Facilities

Imaging Lab

Photographic documentation is an important part of design at the University of Minnesota. The College of Design Imaging Lab provides College of Design students with the resources and support to work with digital photography within a studio setting as well as the equipment to record and edit digital video. The Imaging Lab is staffed daily to educate and assist students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of technological resources they may use within their coursework and classes.


Fall Semester Hours

McNeal Hall Lab

Room 244

  • Monday: 5–8 PM
  • Tuesday: 12–8 PM
  • Wednesday: 1:30–6 PM
  • Thursday: 5–8 PM
  • Friday: 10 AM–2 PM
Rapson Hall Lab

Room 125

  • Monday–Thursday: 9 AM–9 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM–6 PM
  • Saturday: 12–4 PM
  • Sunday: 3–7 PM

Labs are closed on University holidays. Check at Lab for changes to the schedule. Hours are effective September 5–December 22, 2017.


Contacts

Warren Bruland, Lab Manager, Principal Photographer
brula001@umn.edu

David Bowers, Senior Photographer

bower001@umn.edu
Imaging Lab Telephone: 612-624-4137

Photography is an important skill to learn while at the College of Design; therefore the staff provides assistance with learning rather than doing photography work for students.

The lab's staff is available for consultation about photographic problems and will provide advice and equipment where needed to help College of Design students photograph their own work.

In addition to work with students, the lab's staff originates photography of student projects for the school's records.

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About

Photographic documentation is an important part of design at the University of Minnesota. The College of Design Imaging Lab provides College of Design students with the resources and support to work with digital photography within a studio setting as well as the equipment to record and edit digital video. The Imaging Lab is staffed daily to educate and assist students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of technological resources they may use within their coursework and classes.

McNeal Hall Location

The McNeal location is designed for small projects such as packaging design and for photographing apparel design projects. LIghts and backgrounds available. One workstation allows a student to utilize the space for a range of subjects.

Rapson Hall Location

The Rapson Hall location is setup with 3 to 4 workstations to document large projects. Lights and backgrounds are available. Backgrounds are black fabric and white seamless paper.

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Policies

The Imaging Lab is for use by currently registered students in the College of Design documenting course related projects. No commercial use is allowed.

Using the Lab

  • Check in with imaging lab attendant and sign in on the clipboard. If the attendant is occupied or not at the desk please wait patiently by the desk for assistance.
  • Tell the attendant what type of equipment you need or explain what you need to photograph. Sign out equipment on the clipboard.
  • When done photographing, unplug any lights and wind up cords neatly. Return any of the equipment on the clipboard.
  • Use card reader and imaging lab computer to upload images to Google Drive or personal computer.

The Imaging Lab is staffed daily to educate and assist students and faculty with a wide variety of technological resources they may use within their coursework and classes. The lab's staff is available for consultation about photographic problems and will provide advice and equipment where needed to help College of Design students photograph their own work.

Equipment may be checked out for up to 3 hours maximum.

Each student is responsible for cleaning up the studio space they use. The Imaging Lab will not store models, scrap, or other disposalble items left behind. Attendant will clear out space and will place any items outside of the lab near the trash at the end of the night.

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Equipment

Cameras for Student Use:

 

Nikon D7000

  • For experienced photographers
  • High Quality Video and Stills
  • Available for special projects. Must be reserved in advance.
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Nikon D3200

  • Manual Function offers freedom
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Optimal customization
  • Video capabilities

An approchable DSLR that offers an experienced camera user a customizable freedom to take crisp images or video.

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Nikon P340

  • Fast, Straigh-forward & Easy
  • Light, easy to carry
  • Perfect for process models
  • Ideal for Site visits

A powerful point-and-shoot, the P340 is the most commonly checked out of the imaging lab.

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Tripods:

  The Imaging Lab houses a variety of tripods with a wide spectrum of applications for use in and out of the lab. Check with the lab attendant for availability.  

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Scanner:

 

Epson Expression 10000XL

  • Professional grade scanner
  • Maximum Scan Area: 12.2" x 17.2"
  • Maximum Resolution: 12,800 x 12,800 dpi

A similar scanner to that available in the computer lab. The Image Lab scanner is ideal for scanning printed photographs.

scanner

Copy Stand:

 

For work that students would like photographed from an areial perspective, the copy stand offers an easy hands-free set up. Simply mount a desired camera to capture image. Ideal for work that is too large to be scanned or for books and sketches.

copy stand

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Photography Techniques:

 

Standard 3-Point Lighting

This set-up is the easiest way to achieve the best quality image using the equipment available in the Imaging Lab. Use a spotlight as your key light and a Rifa softbox light as your fill light.

photo techniques

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Faculty Consultation

Imaging Lab staff is available for consultation on a variety of technology. Faculty can request assistance recording interviews, lectures, or presentations. Staff is utilized by college to document special events for the college.

Email Warren Bruland brula001@umn.edu for more information on your specific needs.

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