All students should familiarize themselves with the Photography Studio Access Policy, listed below, prior to using the facilities.

Contact Brianna Tadeo, Photography Studio Manager, at 510.594.3718 or btadeo@cca.edu, for additional information.

For specific equipment checkout questions, contact the Photography Checkout Center at 510.594.3618.

About the Photography Studios

CCA's Photography studios and checkout center have been designed and equipped to enable students to realize any photographic project they wish to pursue. The facility recently underwent a major renovation, introducing the following:

  • a 19-station digital classroom
  • a 16-station digital homework lab
  • an improved and expanded lighting studio
  • student space for finishing, presentation, and storage

Photography students also have access to the Digital Fine Art Studio (DFAS) that provides the necessary equipment and space needed to make high-resolution scans and produce professional-quality ink-jet prints.

In addition to the college's top-of-the-line digital facilities, the Photography Program maintains a large analog black-and-white printing and film-developing facility, including a dedicated large-format mural darkroom.

Equally important is the Photography checkout center (AKA "The Cage"), which provides students overnight access to all of the equipment they need to complete their assignments.  Contact the Photography checkout center at 510.594.3618.

A full-time studio manager and staff of experienced student workers ensure excellent out-of-class instructional support.


With both in-lab and take-home equipment, the Photography Program provides students with high-end, professional-quality tools with which to use and learn.

The Digital Classroom is equipped with 19 iMac Retina 5K machines with a 4GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 32GB RAM. Each computer has Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, Silver Fast, Macromedia Suite, Microsoft Office and other useful software applications as well as a Wacom Cintiq 13HD tablet. There are eleven Epson Perfection V750 Pro flat bed transparency scanners and the computers are networked to the two Epson 4900 Printers in the Digital Photo Lab. There is also a teaching lectern with an iMac Retina 5K, a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet, and an Epson Perfection V750 Pro flat bed transparency scanner. It is attached to a Panasonic FW 430 a projector that is calibrated. The lighting in the room is dimmable for on-screen viewing or print viewing and is daylight balanced, non-flickering, Kinoflo fluorescents. This classroom is reserved for class use only, the Photography Program has priority but the Digital Classroom hosts classes from other programs and divisions.

The Digital Darkroom is designed to meet the increased digital needs of CCA’s Photography Department. Additionally, it functions in collaboration with the Digital Fine Art Studio (DFAS) and is a place where students can scan film, work on digital files, and make small-scale prints. The lab is equipped with eight iMac Retina 5k machines and one additional work-study station. Each computer is outfitted with Adobe Creative Cloud to serve all of your editing needs. The lab includes two networked Epson 5000 inkjet printers with one dedicated to Moab Exhibition Luster paper and the other is loaded with Epson Enhanced Matte. There are also two Hasselblad Flextight scanners for various film formats and flatbed scanners for film and 2D work.

In the black-and-white darkroom, each station has an Omega D5XL enlarger that can print from negatives up to 4 x 5 inches in size, and produce prints sized up to 20 x 24 inches.

The adjacent mural room has an 8 x 10-inch enlarger that enables reproductions up to 4 x 8 feet.

The lighting studio is equipped with a range of Profoto lighting equipment, including a tethered shooting system, HD monitor, a Horseman 4 x 5 studio camera, and a Phaseone P40+ medium-format digital camera.

Commitment to Quality

The Photography Program's commitment to professional-quality tools extends to the overnight equipment checkout, where students have access to an incredibly broad range of digital, medium-format, and large-format cameras, portable lighting kits, light meters, tripods, and much more.

A small sample of the equipment available for students:

  • Three Pentax 67IIs, with 90mm lenses
  • 1 Fuji GF670 folding rangefinder
  • 1 Mamiya 645 AF, with 80mm lens
  • 3 Mamiya 7 rangefinders, with 80mm lenses
  • Mamiya RZ67, with 110mm lens
  • 4 Hasselblads, with 80mm lenses
  • Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, and Canon 35mm cameras and lenses
  • 2 Nikon D300 digital SLR cameras
  • 4 Canon 5D digital SLR cameras
  • 3 Toyo 45AII/AX large-format field camera with 150mm lens
  • 4 Sekonic dual meters
  • Monfrotto and Induro tripods
  • 3 Acute Profoto lighting kits, 1,200-watt packs, 2 heads, stands, umbrellas, and soft boxes
  • 1 Acute Profoto 7b battery-powered lighting kit
  • 2 Dyna-Lite monokit, 400-watt heads, stands, umbrellas, battery packs
  • A range of lenses and accessories are available for each camera, and new equipment is frequently added

Photography Studio Access Policy

All undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty who are enrolled in or have completed the course that addresses the area of the Photography lab they wish to use are eligible to use the Photography facilities during staffed hours.

Anybody who has taken a corresponding course at a school other than CCA who wishes to use the lab must get permission from the studio manger and go through an orientation before lab access is permitted. Contact Brianna Tadeo, Photography Studio Manager, at 510.594.3718 or btadeo@cca.edu, for additional information.

Take-home equipment is only available to Photography majors and those students who are currently enrolled in a Photography course.

After-hours access is available to Photography graduate students and advanced Photography majors currently enrolled in a Photography course. Undergraduate majors are required to have completed at least 60 units, completed Tools I-III and Investigations I, and passed or be currently enrolled in Tools IV and Investigations II in order to be granted after-hours privileges.

After-hours students are responsible for lab clean up and break down when working without a lab monitor present. Students must obtain a current lab access sticker from the studio manager to work during after hours.