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

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 brand-new 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 newly designed 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, which provides students overnight access to all of the equipment they need to complete their assignments. A full-time studio manager and staff of experienced student workers ensure excellent out-of-class instructional support.

Equipment

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 lab is equipped with 8-core Mac Pro computers (featuring 27” cinema displays), Epson V750 and Nikon Coolscan scanners, plus Epson 4900 ink-jet printers. For more critical output, the Digital Fine Art Studio has Epson 9900 and 4900 ink-jet printers available for students to use including a wide range of papers as well as Hasselblad Flextite X5 and X1 scanners.

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 newly renovated lighting studio is equipped with a range of Profoto lighting equipment, 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. 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.

Location

Martinez Annex, Oakland campus

Access Hours

Staffed:
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 2–8 p.m.

Unstaffed (for advanced students only):
8 a.m.–4 a.m., seven days a week

Contact

Chris Nickel, Photography Studio Manager
510.594.3718
cnickel@cca.edu