The Photography & Digital Media Department has a traditional black and white darkroom, Mac Computer Lab and photo studio. It is a workspace where you can meet like-minded folks, learn about your camera gear and explore various ways to make photographic imagery. We are bridging digital technology with the tried and true art of the hand made print. We are a place where you can develop your personal vision with a camera.
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Spring Classes

Six cultural institutions offer free admission to each other's members during the month of May. Simply present your membership card from any of the cultural sites to visit the others for free. Participating: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Binder Park Zoo, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Gilmore Car Museum and the Air Zoo.

Gum Bi-chromate, Advanced Alternative Process (829)

Dave Jones, Darkroom
Thursdays, April 12 " May 17
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$155/Members: $135

Gum Bi-chromate is a 19th century color printing process. Paper is hand coated and exposed multiple times using digital negatives. Students will be taught the fundamentals of Photoshop to modify their digital images for best results. Film negatives or digital files can be used. Contact Dave Jones at with any questions.

Spring Landscape (824)

Mark Cassino, Computer Lab
Tuesdays, April 10- May 15
6:30-9 pm/6 weeks
$135/Members: $115

Participants will explore Michigan's spring landscape to hone skills in making photographs that express each location's unique sense of place. The class will be based upon sharing of participants work and discussion of the results. Discussions will also include field techniques and post exposure finishing of images. Several sessions will be Saturday field trips to locations in the Kalamazoo area where students will have the opportunity to photograph a variety of scenes and share results in class. Mark s blog:

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DPI, RGB and CMYK Explained (826)

Carolyn R Fink, Computer Lab
Saturdays, April 14 - 21
1 - 3:30 pm/2 weeks
$45/Members: $25

Offered for the first time. Simple course for those who need instructions on how to get an image of your art into print, or formatted to meet the specifications to enter shows, etc. This course will be taught using artist type language and welcome all a questions and requests. You may bring your own laptop.