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

Introduction to Photography/How To Use Your Camera Creatively (820)

John Crouch, Multi-Purpose Classroom
Thursdays, April 12 - May 17
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$115/Members: $95

Learn how to use their digital cameras more creatively. Basic photographic concepts on exposure control and basic composition are explored through lectures, demonstrations and class assignments. Participants need to provide their own cameras that have user controls for shutter speed and lens opening. A tripod is recommended. Please bring your owner's manual to the first class. Instructor's website;

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.

On the Road with your Camera Phone (823)

Mary Whalen, Computer Lab
Thursdays, April 26 - May 17
1 - 3:30 pm/4 weeks
$110/Members: $95

Using the camera phone as your photographic tool, we will visit the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and the Gilmore Car Museum for the annual reciprocal museum month. Students will learn to effectively capture and edit with various apps while exploring our community's wealth of natural, artistic and historic resources. No prior photographic experience is required for this class. Please bring your camera phone fully charged to the first class.
Members of the KIA or any of the other 5 participating institutions, for the month of May will have free admittance. Non-member will be charged a fee for admittance.

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.

Traditional Black and White Film & Printing (821)

Mary Whalen, Photography Darkroom
Tuesdays, April 10 - May 15
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$155/Members: $135

Through demonstrations and supervised printing sessions, participants will learn film and print development, how to control print contrast, and special darkroom techniques. This class is a perfect opportunity to print your special black and white negatives from the family archives. Students must provide their own film and paper for this class. Darkroom chemicals and equipment are provided. Open darkroom time is available to students.

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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.