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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Photography is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios.

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Alternative Darkrooms and Thesis darkrooms are not available for this Maker Space.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.           

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Start Date: Sep 21, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Thu)

Designed for the first time film shooter or for those who need a refresher in the darkroom. Learn how to process film, make black and white prints in the traditional darkroom and valuable darkroom techniques, including dodging and burning, contrast filters, and tray chemistry. Recommended for beginners. Tuition includes access to the OCAC darkroom during Open Studio hours throughout the month of the class.

Prerequisites: You must have an SLR film camera with shutter speed and aperture controls. 

Start Date: Sep 25, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

How do F-stops, shutter speeds, depth of field, ISO, exposure, panning, and composition sound to you? Add to the aforementioned venerable terms those of pixels, file size, histogram, RAW, jpeg, color balance, memory cards, Photoshop, and inkjet printers and the notion of digital photography seems daunting indeed. Introduction to Digital Photography will demystify all these ideas and more. From basic camera controls to post-processing and printing, the class, utilizing lecture, slide presentations, hands on instruction and assignments, will establish a firm foundation for beginning digital photographers.

Prerequisite: None

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Start Date: Oct 3, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Explore alternative process printing with photographer, Ray Bidegain.  Spend four sessions exploring three popular alternative photography processes. Begin with a session in the digital lab learning how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing. Learn to make digital negatives from digital files generated with the camera or by scanning camera negatives.  Scanning will not be covered in this session so negative scans will have to be done by students ahead of time.  In the following three sessions we will learn to make cyanotype, VanDyke Brown, and Platinum palladium prints.  Leave the class with a basic understanding of these great alternative processes and a variety of prints for your portfolio.

Prerequisites:  None

Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat)

Spend the day with photographer, Ray Bidegain, learning this fascinating historical process.  Learn how to mix the needed materials and receive instructions on how to gather and build the equipment to make wet plate collodion tintypes.  Spend the day pouring plates and making images in the studio and darkroom. By the end of the day you will have had a chance to make many plates and should have a good understanding of the process.  Techniques covered include learning and understanding equipment and materials needed for Wet Plate Collodion, using of a 4x5 view cameras to make Tintypes and Ambrotypes, pouring plates, exposing plates, developing plates by inspection, finishing plates using sandarac varnish and safety measures needed.

Prerequisites:  None


Start Date: Oct 26, 2017 Days: Thu Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Thu)

Follow-up to Darkroom I, Darkroom II is designed for students who want to refine and expand their darkroom skills. Explore advanced darkroom techniques including fiber base printing, push and pull printing, flashing and mooning, and split filtration. Create a conceptual series of fine art fiber-base prints. Tuition includes access to the OCAC darkroom during Open Studio hours throughout the month of the class.

Prerequisites: Darkroom I or instructor consent. You must have an SLR film camera with shutter speed and aperture controls. 

Start Date: Nov 6, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

You’ve completed your first digital photography class, or perhaps it has been a few years. You are pleased with your pictures but sense they could be better.  But how?  If only you knew which questions to ask.  You’ll spend six weeks exploring how to improve your pictures under the patient guidance of Frank Lavelle, a photo-educator and fine-art photographer with over thirty years experience. Learn to take advantage of light and color and adding emotional, symbolic, and intuitive elements to your photographs.  Weekly assignments are complemented by critiques and slide presentations illustrating technical and aesthetic issues, including often misunderstood issues like composition and exposure.  Expand your repertoire with the introduction of low-light photography/night and flash                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Prerequisite: Digital Photography 1 or the equivalent experience