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									           Marylan d In stit ute C ollege of Art

                      Photography Department

       Still Photography and Digital Photo Imaging

                              HANDB OOK

                          2009 - 2010 Edition

 You are welcome to keep this Handbook, but if you are through reading it, please
                               return it to the Crib.

There will always be copies available at the Crib for reference and the Handbook can
                       be referenced on the MICA Photo Blog.


                                      Tabl e of Cont ents

1.   Gen eral Infor matio n

2.   Introdu ction

3.   Health & S afety
     H1 N1 vir us i nf or m ati o n

4.   Photo gra phy Fa cility Rul es
     a.     Photography Department ID Cards
     b.     Responsibility Forms
     c.     Checkout Policy
     d.     Fines
     e.     Darkroom and Computer Room (M080) Use
     f.     Lockers
     g.     Helpful Hints for a Happy Darkroom

5.   De part ment F acilities
     a.      Darkrooms A & B
     b.      Darkroom C
     c.      Graduate Darkroom
     d.      Color Darkrooms
     e.      Darkroom 15
     f.      Special Darkroom (S Darkroom - M070)
     g.      Coating Room (M091)
     h.      Photo-Finishing Area: The Dry Room
     i.      The Studio
     j.      Computer Facilities (M080) & Digital Print Lab (DPL)
     k.      Wilgus Gallery
     l.       “The Crib”- Photography Equipment Checkout
     m.      Darkroom Accessories Checkout
     n.      Reservations

6.   Rec om me nd ed Stu de nt Equi pm ent/ Sup plies Li st

7.   Equipm ent an d Facility Ch eck -out Pro ce dur es

8.   ADA C om plian ce


This Handbook is a guide for the Photography and Digital Photography Imaging Department at
the Maryland Institute College of Art.

The Handbook covers the rules and procedures for the use of the darkroom facilities and digital
imaging facilities located on the first floor area of the Main Building.

The information in the Handbook IS NOT a substitute for the lectures and demonstrations given
by the instructors. Each instructor is responsible for giving the students a syllabus, health and
safety information, a supply list and technical and creative guidance.

Ph ot og ra ph y Fac il it y i n the M ai n Bu il di n g


Sunday through Thursday: 9:00 am to 12:00 Midnight *
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am to 11:00 pm *

*Note: The lights in the darkrooms will always be turned on and the color processors will be
turned off one hour before closing time. This will allow the students to finish up, wash their
prints, and to allow the staff to clean and close down for the night. Students should finish their
developing and printing and must return the checked-out items one hour before closing. All
stu den ts need t o vac ate t he ph o to dep art me nt are a by 30 (t hir ty) mi nu tes af ter
las t pr in t is c al led .

Holiday, Summer classes and semester break schedules are variable and the hours will be
posted. All studios and labs are closed during school holidays and when the Main Building is

Co nt in ui n g Stu die s students may access the facility after 4:00 PM if there are no classes in the
darkroom. Their access to the facility is from the day of their first class to the day of their last

Im por ta nt Te lep h one Nu m bers :

Crib / Managers Office:                 410 225 2400
Faculty Office                          410 225 2 206
Chairman’s Office                       410 225 2 286
Main Building Guard Desk                410 225 2 308
1212 Mount Royal Security               410 225 2 245
Security Emergency                      410 225 3 333
Continuing Studies Office               410 225 2219
EMERGENCY                               9 – 911


Welcome all new and returning MICA students. Please examine this handbook carefully so that
you are familiar with all procedures relating to equipment, health and safety. This is a reference
to help you while taking photography classes at MICA. Our friendly and helpful staff are on-duty
when the labs are open. Speak with one of our on-duty managers if you have a problem of any
kind. We hope you have a very productive and rewarding semester.

The Maryland Institute, College of Art’s Photography Department, which includes Digital Photo
Imaging, is an active and growing part of the college. The department was first started by
  David Woodward in the 19th century, and was one of the first art colleges to include
photography as part of the fine arts curriculum. The Department is committed to the use of
imaging technologies in the fine arts. The Department includes courses in Black and White
Photography, Color Photography, Digital Photo Imaging, Studio Lighting, Alternative &
Experimental Processes, Artist’s Books and the History of Photography. All classes blend
technical, creative, historical and conceptual concerns into the curriculum.

Several programs share the facilities: The Undergraduate Day School (BFA), the Graduate
Program in Photography/Digital Imaging (MFA), The Post-Baccalaureate Program, the
Continuing Studies Program, Summer School and the Young People’s Studio. Many people use
the facilities and consequently everyone must be sensitive about keeping things clean and in
good repair. The Managers oversee the day-to-day operations. Work Study students work
under the supervision of the Managers. The staff is responsible for the mixing of chemicals for
printing, repairing equipment and tracking the inventory.

Everyone who uses the facility should help in keeping the place clean, using the equipment
carefully and reporting any problems to the Managers.

        Margaret Adams, Tom Baird, Mary Coble, Regina DeLuise, Howard Ehrenfeld, Alex
        Heilner, Connie Imboden, Irna Jay, Nate Larson, John Morris, Gricel Salazar, Lynn
        Silverman, Laurie Snyder (Chair of Photography), Jonathan Trundle, Colette Veasey-
        Cullors, Jack Wilgus (Faculty Emeritus)

        STAFF :
        Depa rt men t Ma n ager - Jonathan Trundle
        As sis ta nt M a na ger - John Morris
        Par t-t ime M a na gers - Peter Shipley, Rosie Shipley,
                                    Sean Scheidt, Danny Yurchinkonis

 To learn more about Photography at the Maryland Institute from the 1870’s through today,
check out the following web page: ht tp:/ / bri gh tb yte s.co m Then click on “D. A. Woodward,
Photographic Educator and Inventor,” an article by Jack Wilgus, Retired Chair of Photography

3. Heal th & Safet y

Health a nd S afety Co mplia nc e

MICA h as de velope d policie s a nd pr a ctices t o ens ure a health ful e nvir o nme nt
and s afe appr o ach t o the use of eq uip me nt, mate r ials a nd p ro cesse s. It is the
mutu al res po nsibility o f fac ulty a nd st ud ent s to r ev iew health a nd s a fety
sta nd ar ds r elev ant to e ach cla ss at the begi nning of e ach se me ster. St ude nts
shoul d be a wa re o f ge ner al fir e, health, and s afet y regul atio ns p oste d in e ach
are a a nd co ur se speci fic p olicies, pra ctices, and p rec auti o ns. Stu de nts wh o have
co nce rns rel ated t o health and sa fety sh oul d co nt a ct the Envi ro nme nt al Health
and Sa fety M a nager.

This section is a basic outline of health and safety concerns for all photographic work. All art
practices have the potential to cause health problems. It is the responsibility of the student to
learn the appropriate way to handle materials and equipment to minimize any health risk.

Our main darkrooms have slotted local exhaust systems attached to processing sinks. This is the
recommended method because it captures and removes most contaminates as close to the source
as possible.

The Crib has books and files with Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all the approved
curricular chemicals used in the darkrooms.

Speci al No te:

Any student who is pregnant, has allergies, is highly sensitive to chemicals, or has other health
concerns should consult a doctor about their potential risks. Pregnant students should read
Chapter 1 “Photographic Chemicals and Our bodies” in the book Ove rexp os u re
recommended at the end of this section. Read especially pages 32-34 on the “Reproductive
System and Pregnancy.” Small children should not be in the darkrooms and NO pets are
allowed in the Photography Department area.

- H1 N1 vir us i nf or ma ti o n

W ha t to do i f I get s ick? If y o u are sick c on si der th e foll ow in g:
- Limit contact with other people as much as possible. DO NOT GO TO CLASS! Seek
  medical attention at Mount Royal Medial Assoc. (410) 225-8855 but please call ahead.
- Students who are sick should self-isolate for at least 24 hours after any fever is gone.
- Make sure to get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids to keep from being dehydrated. - Avoid
  normal activities including work, school, travel, shopping, social events and public gatherings.

Rep ort i ng Pr oce dures:
- Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 410-225-2422. They will assist with plans for self-
  isolation, arranging for meals, and any other necessary support. Contact any faculty whose
  class you anticipate missing and inform them of your illness. Work with them to make
  arrangements for catching up on any missed work. If you have difficulty reaching your faculty
  or if your illness lingers to the point where you will miss two or more of any one class contact
  the Office of Student Affairs

Po in ts t o Re mem ber

- Be familiar with the location of fire extinguishers, eyewash fountains, first aid kits, the
  posted list of emergency phone numbers, the Guard Desk and Campus Security.

- NEVER smoke, eat or drink in the darkroom areas.

- NO Radios, Tape Players or CD players except while wearing headphones.

- Lab coat or apron, neoprene gloves, eye goggles and towel are recommended as
  required by OSHA regulation when students use darkrooms. Advanced level
  photography class students may need to wear an approved respirator and/or face
  shield when mixing and handling toxic chemicals. The instruction will be given by the
  instructors in advanced level classes.

  Stock solutions are the form in which the product is purchased; Working Solutions are
  diluted for use. Working Solutions exhaust with time, exposure to air and use.
  AVOID contamination of chemicals.

- DEVELOPERS can cause the most common health problems, such as skin or
  respiratory irritations. Mixing developers poses the greatest risk. Wear protective
  masks, gloves, and aprons. Avoid direct contact with developer powders or solutions.
  Never put your bare hands in developer. Use rubber gloves when mixing or handling
  developers and use tongs when printing.

- ACETIC ACID is used in most stop baths is highly irritating to skin and lungs in
  concentrated form, but in diluted working solution it is only slightly hazardous on skin
  contact. Use rubber gloves when mixing and tongs when printing. Always a dd
  acid t o w ater to avoid splashing acid.

- FIXERS Most fixers contain a thiosulfate fixing agent. The main hazard from hypo or
  fixer solutions comes from exposure to heat or long exposures to air. Heat can cause
  it to form highly toxic sulfur dioxide gas. Keep the Fixer trays covered with Plexiglas
  covers when not in use.

- TONING is forbidden in photo department because toners are toxic.

- In case of skin contact with irritating chemicals, wash area immediately with plenty of
  water. In case of eye contact rinse eye for 15 minutes and call physician. Get help
  from Managers or Guard Desk. Wash hands with soap and water after working with
  photographic chemicals before eating or smoking. Use your own towel.

- LABEL all containers with date and contents. Students may get labels in C wash area.

- CLEAN UP any spills immediately. When wet chemistry dries, it then forms a powder
  that is far more easily inhaled or ingested.

The MICA Library has a reference shelf of books dealing with art hazards, including
photography. The Photo Department has some of these publications available at the checkout
desk or office for your reference. A book every photographer should have as a reference is:

Over exp os ure, He alth Haz a rds i n Phot ogr aphy, second edition by Susan Shaw and
Monona Rossol, and published by Allworth Press, 1991.

With common sense and proper informed care you can work safely in photography. In each of
your classes there will be discussions of these issues in depth as they apply to the processes you
are using. Instructors in advanced level photography classes will supply specific information on
health and safety concerns for each class.

Guidelines regarding the use of photography facilities for Alternative Processes:

- Photography students may do any kind of alternative processes in our facilities that

 are taught in photography classes, as long as they follow their instructors’ health and

 safety guidelines.

- Photography students who wish to do any alternative processes for a photography
 class project that are not part of photography curriculum must ask their instructors’


- Photography students who wish to do any alternative processes for a non-
 photography class project must ask photography department manager’s permission.

- Toning of any kind is prohibited in photography facilities.

- It is advised that photography students read MSDS for materials that they wish to use

 and Overexposure, Health Hazards in Photography before they purchase any

 chemicals on their own.

4. Pho to gr ap h y Fac il ity Ru les

a. Photography Department ID (Identification) Cards:

At the beginning of each semester, from the MICA course rosters, the Manager produces bar-
coded Photo Department ID Cards for all Photo Undergraduate and Graduate students and
faculty. ID Cards are re q uire d for checkout of all equipment and accessories. Do not lose
these cards and do not give them to anyone else. The Crib Workers may ask for a second form
of ID (MICA card or Driver’s License) if there is any question about whether this is a correct
Photo Dept ID.

The ID’ s give n t o o ther s wil l be co llec ted a n d des tr oye d.
  - Rules f or Fo rg ot ten P h ot o ID C ard s:
        1. F irs t of fen se: Name will be recorded, no fine.
        2. Sec o nd o ffe nse: $ 5.00 fine.
        3. Th ird offe nse: $ 5.00 fine and new Photo ID made.
        4. Eac h s ubse q uent offe nse: $ 5.00 fine.

b. Responsibility Forms

All Students need to come to the Crib with completed Responsibility Forms, agreeing to be
financially responsible for all equipment that they have checked-out. The Department cannot be
responsible for the safety of prints or personal property. Ne ver leave cameras, book bags,
equipment (ours or yours) unattended.

c. Check-out Policy

1. All equipment needed to process film and to print, such as tanks, reels, lenses,
   negative carriers, grain focusers, filters, etc. should be used only within the photo
   department area and returned to the crib on the same day before the crib closes.
   Other equipment, such as light meter, tripod, etc. is checked out on daily basis
   except on weekends. Equipment checked out on weekends should be returned by
   the following Monday.

2. Access to some equipment and darkroom is permitted only to students enrolled in
   certain advanced classes. Contact a manager if you have a question about the
   availability of certain equipment to you.

3. S tu den ts a re resp o nsi ble f or t he sa fe retur n o f al l equ ip me nt t ha t t hey
   check out. Stu den ts are f in a nci al ly res p on si ble f or it s rep lace men t if i t
   is lost, s to len or d a ma ged. T he repl aceme nt c os t char ge wil l be
   equiva len t to t he cur ren t price of t he new eq ui p men t.

d. Fines

1. If a student loses her card, there will be a $10.00 fine for replacement. If she/he
   did not lose her card but does not have it with her/him and still wishes to use the
   darkroom, she/he may use the darkroom on the day with an appropriate fine. See
   above under rules for forgotten Photo ID cards for the details.

2. A student will be charged a fine of $5.00 per day for each piece of late equipment.

3. Lost or damaged equipment will be charged to the student. Any outstanding
   accounts will delay credit, grades and/or diploma.

4. A student who repeatedly abuses their checkout privileges will lose the privilege to
   use the department equipment and facilities.

e. Darkroom and Computer Room (M080) Use

1. Scheduled photography classes have priority over all darkrooms and labs during
   their class time. Additional students who wish to work must have permission from the
   instructor on duty.

2. The MICA photo lab is an educational facility. Students are not allowed to use any
   part of the facility for non-curriculum purposes.

f. Lockers

Lockers are available on a first come first serve basis. Students must sign-up in the Crib for the
locker for one semester at a time. The lockers must be vacated at the end of each semester.
Students provide their own locks. Locks will be cut off at the end of each semester. Flat storage
lockers in the Dry Room are available for Junior and Senior Photo Majors. These will be
distributed through the Senior Thesis Coordinator.

g. Helpful Hints for a Happy Darkroom:

         1. Be kind and courteous to others
         2. Have clean work habits
         3. Remember that dust is the enemy of photography
         4. Avoid chemical contamination
         5. Clean all containers and trays before and after use
         6. Remove your prints, and tools promptly after each session
         7. Return equipment dry and clean to the crib
         8. Conserve water: Turn off when finished washing prints or film
         9. Conserve electricity & bulbs: Turn off enlargers, dry mount press, tacking
             irons, copy stand lights, when finished.
         10. Keep dry area dry, wet areas wet

* Students must get w rit ten permission from the chair when they request special access to
equipment or facilities. The management requires written permission from the chair; it is the
student’s responsibility to provide the written permission (oral permission by way of the student is
not acceptable).

**Please remember that the photography facility is home to more than three hundred students
per semester. Be considerate to the facilities and others. Working here is a privilege, not a right.
Any behavior which is deemed inappropriate will be noted and handled accordingly.


a. Darkr oo m s A&B

Darkrooms A&B are for beginning photography students. Darkroom A is reserved for Basic
Black and White and the overflow is directed to Darkroom B. Each darkroom has a large sink for
processing, siphon washer, timer, safelight, and ventilation. Each darkroom has 14 enlarging
stations, equipped with timer, easel, and contact printing glass. Always OPEN the easel before
adjusting blades. Keep them dry and clean.
The darkroom area has film processing areas, print washing and drying areas, light table, and
film loading rooms. There is a first aid kit and eyewash located at the entrance to Darkroom C.

b. Darkr oo m C

Darkroom C is reserved for advanced students. Intermediate students are given access after
appropriate instruction and orientation. This darkroom is fitted with enlargers capable of 35mm,
medium format, and 4 x 5. There are 11 x 14 and 16 x 20 easels in the darkroom. 20 x 24
easels may be checked-out from the Crib. Always OPEN the easel before adjusting blades.
Keep them dry and clean.

There is a small Alternative Processes darkroom in the entrance to Darkroom C with a UV Light
Box exposing unit for exposing non-silver processes and a sink for processing and washing.
Exposure units are also located in the “Exposure Room”, formerly known as the “Graduate
darkroom”. Coating is to be done in the “Coating Room” formerly known as the “Wheelchair
Access Darkroom.”

*N ote: The MICA photography department provides black & white printing chemistry for A, B
and C darkrooms. Any variations are prohibited except during a class at the time of an
instructor’s request. All variations from the standard black and white chemistry mixtures must be
approved by the management and used in S darkroom.

c. Col or Da rkro o ms

The color area has 10 enlargers in separate rooms, a large sink area, a 32 inch Omnia Color
Print processor, and Jobo negative processors. Students who are currently enrolled in Color
class or who have taken color classes in the past and have received the wri tte n permission from
the Chair have access to the equipment. Time slots for printing must be reserved on the door of
each darkroom. Check with managers for detailed instructions. Never use equipment if you
don’t understand how.

*N ote: Even though our Omnia processor is capable of printing 30 X 40 inch paper, it is at
students’ own risk when they do bigger than 11 X 14 inch print.

**N ote : The Jobo negative processors should only be used for 4X5 black & white film
processing by students who have been instructed by a faculty member on the proper use of the
machine. They may not be used to keep the temperature of chemicals for other purpose than
4X5 black and white processing.

e. Darkro om 1 5

This darkroom has four UV Light Boxes for exposing non-silver processes and is reserved for
alternative processes only.

f. Special D arkr o om (S D arkro o m – M070)

This darkroom is used mostly for Advanced Photography and Alternative Processes classes and
advanced students. Students wishing to make mural prints must have instruction from their
instructor or the lab managers. There is a sign-up sheet on the checkout desk.

The “S” Darkroom has six LPL enlargers and an 8x10 Ilford Multigrade 500LE enlarger for
making mural prints with 8x10 negatives. For processing large prints, there are two 30 x 40
sinks. T o u se the I lfo rd en l arger, st u den ts m us t h ave an i nd ivi d ua l in str uct io n al
less on w it h p ho to f ac ult y a n d pr ovi de a wri tte n pe rmi ss io n fr om the f acu lt y to t he
ma n age me nt. The Il fo rd en la rger i s o nl y fo r m ura l pri nt s a nd /o r for pri nt i ng 8x1 0
neg at ives.

Students are responsible for correctly mixing these chemicals and keeping this area clean. Take
care of the chemicals and clean the area when finished with the printing session. Failure to do so
will be noted and appropriate measures will be taken.

Outside the darkroom is a small mixing, washing and drying area with a sink and film dryer.
Clean all brushes and beakers in this sink. The materials for the Wilgus Gallery are stored in the
Blue Cabinet. The Key is kept in the Crib.

No te: This is not a private darkroom, so please leave it in a condition ready for the next student.
We will not guarantee that this darkroom will not be used during your absence.

g. Co at in g R o om

There are coating counters in this room for applying emulsions or solutions. This area is covered
with plastic and newspapers. Please remove soiled newspapers and replace with clean ones.
Dry the coated materials on newspapers on the racks, leaving coated materials is at your risk.

h. Ph ot o-F in is hi ng Are a: The Dr y R oo m

The dry-work room is for trimming, mounting and matting prints. (Do not bring in any wet
containers.) There are dry mount presses, trimmers, a bevel mat cutter and a copy stand. Blades
for the mat cutter, tacking irons and the mount for the copy stand are available from the Crib.
Don’t use the mat cutter to cut thick mat board; it cannot handle thicker than four-ply board.
Please be considerate and begin finishing all work in conjunction to last print.

i. The Stu di o

The Studio has backdrop sweep assembly and many flats. Clamps, boards, tissue flats, reflectors,
stands and other accessories are also available. The studio is equipped with hot lights and
strobe units. DO NOT REMOVE an yt hi n g from the studio.

Only Photo major students who have taken Studio Lighting classes may use the Studio with
special written permission by Chairman. Students must sign up for use of the Studio and check
out the key from the Crib. If you have questions about how to use a piece of equipment, please
seek help in advance. The equipment in the Studio is delicate, potentially hazardous and
expensive to replace. Please take care of the Studio and its equipment and leave it cleaner and
tidier than the way you found it.

Remember the Studio key must be returned no later than 15 minutes after last print. Please be
considerate and begin finishing all work in conjunction to last print.

j. Co mp uter F aci li ty (M08 0) a nd D ig it al Pr i nt La b (DPL)

Only current students enrolled in Digital Photography classes and Photo major students can use
this facility. The lab is equipped with Apple Computers, imaging software, scanners, and Epson
printers. The instructors will give out detailed instructions and guidelines for accessing this

- Dig it al P ri nt La b (DP L)
Hours of Operation: Mon thru Friday 1-5pm, and 7-10pm (Friday the DPL will close at 9:00pm.)

The Digital Print Lab is a new addition to the MICA Photography facility. The DPL is located
across from M080 and will operate with 3 printer workstations. A variety of Epson printers will
be available and students will have the capability of making prints ranging from 8x10 inches to
24x30 inches.

This facility will enable a higher degree of control over the final output of digital files and will
help students to better predict and appreciate fine digital printing. Due to this new resource, the
free mo del of d ig it al pri nt in g wi ll no l o nger be fea sib le.

    1.   The lab will have designated open hours, and it will maintain a “First come, first serve”
         policy. Hours can be reserved by a class meeting in the computer lab.
    2.   This lab will be designated for printing and color correcting, it will not operate as an
         open lab for web-surfing, file manipulation etc. Digital files should be ready for printing
         upon arrival at the lab. In addition this lab will not be a drop off center for making
         prints. Students are expected to work with the lab tech to ensure the quality and color
         balance are correct. The Lab Tech will not accept orders for prints to be simply dropped
         off and processed.
    3.   Students will only be able to print on one printer at a time, please be considerate. If you
         can work on a smaller format printer, do so, leaving the larger printers available for
         someone who wants to make larger prints.
    4.   Access to the DPL is reserved to students taking a Digital Class through the Photography
         Department, as well as Photography Majors and Photo Concentrators who have
         already taken the Digital 1 Photo course at MICA.
    5.   The prices for prints will be the same as the Campus Print Lab in the Art Tech Center.
         The prices will change in accordance to their price changes.
    6.   The lab will be run and operated through the crib. In trying to keep the printers
         calibrated and running as smoothly as possible we wi ll no t al low ou ts ide p a pers !
         We will try to keep a wide assortment of papers in stock, as well as maintaining the
         corresponding Printer Profiles in the lab. (If you have a request for a paper we do not
         carry, please email that request to John Morris at jmorris@mica.edu and he will look
         into getting it put into the system.
    7.   Any exceptions to these rules will be allowed only by presenting the exception in
         written form, signed by the Photography Chair Laurie Snyder.

Reme m ber th is i s a new re so urce t o the MI C A Ph ot ogr a ph y Dep ar tme nt, a n d it
wil l h ave its s h are of gro wi ng pa in s. One t h in g t o make y o ur li fe easier is t o
prep are y our di gi ta l fi les bef ore y ou w a nt t o pr in t. If yo u are pr i nti n g for a cl ass
do no t wa it f or t he la st m i nu te.

k. Wil gu s G alle ry

The Wilgus Gallery has approximately 80 linear feet of wall space available for student
exhibitions. A student committee coordinates this gallery. The gallery has the necessary tools
for hanging exhibits readily available. If a student paints the walls, they must repaint the walls
back to “Gamma Gray” available from Bell Hardware at their own expense. If a student wants
to repaint the walls, or touch up the walls, they will do so at their own expense.

l. “The C ri b” - P h ot og ra p hy E qu ip me nt C heck-o ut

This room is open during scheduled hours. Sometimes it must be closed temporarily because the
“crib-worker” is working in another area of the facility.

Equipment is available on a first come first serve basis. Access to the equipment depends upon in
which class students are enrolled. Some equipment requires special written permission from the
faculty member.

*N ote: Continuing Studies students do not have access to equipment checkout except
        for the equipment they need to process film and print.

m. Darkr o om Acces sor ies C hecko ut

All the following darkroom accessories must be checked-out by surrendering current Photo Dept
ID card.

       •    Enlarger Lenses
       •    Negative Carriers
       •    Grain Focuser
       •    Processing Tanks and Reels
n. Reserv ati o ns:

Spaces and Equipment that need to be reserved in advance are:
Color Darkrooms, The Studio, Mural Printing (S Darkroom), Digital Cameras, UV box, etc.

If the student does not appear within one half hour of the reservation time, the reservation will be
released to another person, on a first come, first serve basis.

Students cannot sign up more than one assigned slot per day from two weeks before the finals.
Please plan ahead. If you have any questions about a time slot, please see the manager on duty.

6. Rec o mme n ded St ude nt E qu i pme nt an d Su pp lies

The following information will serve as basic information. The instructor may suggest a few
different things as well. When student decides to major in photography, they should plan to
gradually purchase additional equipment so that by the time they graduate, they will have the
professional tools to continue their creative work, and even find employment.

Photography Students should own a 35mm or 2-1/4 format cameras with adjustable focus,
f/stops (aperture) and shutter speeds. The camera should have a functioning light meter and
fresh batteries. Or the students should own their own handheld light meter.

Students are expected to provide: thermometer, air blowers, burning card, print dodgers, anti-
static cloth, scissors, tape, can opener, pencils, pens, markers, utility knives, loupes, plastic
containers for chemical storage, negative file pages, notebook, 3 ring binder for negatives and
contact sheets, film cleaner and photo-wipes, gray card, blotter book, thin rubber gloves, apron
or lab coat, small cloth towels and a lock for locker.

Photo majors should plan to acquire their own film processing tanks and reels, multi-grade
printing filter sets, cable release and a tripod.

        Printing Papers - for Basic and Continuing Studies Students
        Ilford Multi-grade FB (Fiber Base) Double Weight paper, 8x10 inches
                                                          (with green and pink label on the box)

        Film - Black and White
        Kodak T-Max 100
        Kodak T-Max 400

        Film Processing Chemicals
        Sprint Film Developer (1 quart size) or Kodak X-TOL (5 litre size)
        Kodak Indicator Stop Bath (1 pint size)
        Kodak Rapid Fixer (1 quart)
        Edwal Hypo Check (or equivalent)
        Heico Perma Wash Hypo Eliminator (1 quart)
        Kodak Photo Flo or Edwal LFN Wetting Solution
        1 Quart size brown plastic bottles for storing working solutions (x04)

7. Equ ip me nt a n d Fac il ity c heck-o ut pr oced ures

Black and White: tanks and reels (1,2 or 4 reels)
For 4 x 5 sheet film: Jobo Tank or Combi Plan processing tank

Note: Film processing equipment should not leave the facility and it must be returned
      on the same day -- no overnight checkouts.

 B ri ng w it h y ou : Scissors, thermometer, chemistry, negative protectors

 Prov ide d f or y ou: Graduates and beakers, funnels, chemistry stirring rods

When a student is ready to print, bring negatives, photographic paper, scissors,
burning cards, dodging tools, negative cleaning materials to the lab.

Determine which enlarger is available, and then present the current Photo Dept ID to the Crib
Worker and check out a negative carrier and a grain focuser. The type of negative carrier is
determined by the type of enlarger.

The Color labs are reserved for those students who are enrolled in the Color class or photo
majors who have previously taken the Color class. They usually need to be reserved in advance.

Students can have access to the darkrooms when there is not a class in that facility. If the student
wants to work and there is a class, check with the instructor to see if there is space available that
day to work.

If the student has any doubts about how to use any equipment, please seek help from the Crib
workers, faculty members, teaching assistant, or advanced student.

Full-time MICA Day School students who have taken a Basic Photography class at MICA may use
the darkrooms after they get the permission from the management and get the Photo Dept ID
card. They should only use equipment they were trained to use!

8. AD A C om pl i ance St ate men t

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability
should contact his instructor privately to discuss specific needs. Please contact the Learning
Resource Center at 410-225-2416, in Bunting 458, to establish eligibility and coordinate
reasonable accommodations. For additional information please refer to:


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