Facilities

Imaging Lab

Photographic documentation is an important part of design. The Imaging Lab provides the College of Design with the resources and support to work with digital photography and video. The Imaging Lab provides studio space and is staffed to educate and assist students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of technological resources.  Imaging lab staff are also available to photograph and record video of events as capacity permits.


Hours

Rapson Hall Lab

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

Room 125 (by appointment only -- make an appointment here )

McNeal Hall Lab

The McNeal Hall Location is designed for small projects such as packaging design and for photographing apparel design projects. Lights and backgrounds available.

Room 244

Due to the difficulties in following social distancing guidelines in McNeal 244, this space will be available only if absolutely needed. Please use Rapson 125 if at all possible. If you must use McNeal 244, please contact Sam Reed (reedx386@umn.edu).


Services

Unfortunately we are not able to provide many of these services for health and safety reasons. Please contact Sam Reed (reedx386@umn.edu) with any questions.

The imaging labs provide the space and equipment needed to document work, and our equipment can also be checked out for classroom use. Offsite use of equipment may be possible as workload permits.

If you have an event that you would like photographed or recorded, we are happy to assist with your needs. It is important to note that we receive a lot of requests, so if possible, please consider alternative means of recording or capturing your event (using digital copies of work instead of photographs, considering if smartphone photos/video are adequate for your event, and so on).

If scheduling with us, please do the following:

  • Email us at least one week in advance of the event;
  • Ensure the requestor is present before the event to answer imaging lab staff questions, help with sound check, etc.;
  • Bear in mind that we do our best to accommodate all requests but scheduling conflicts do happen;
  • Know that turnaround time varies depending on the amount of photos/video to be processed, amount of processing required, and balancing the priority of all projects;
  • Please let us know your timeframe and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Livestreaming is a BETA service. We cannot provide it in all locations and the quality may vary.

We offer A/V support for events held in Rapson courtyard and McNeal atrium. All other areas, please contact 1-HELP for basic A/V troubleshooting.

Imaging lab staff are available to educate and assist students and faculty with a wide variety of technological resources. 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.

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Contacts

Phones are not monitored during COVID; please email Sam Reed at reedx386@umn.edu

Office: 612-624-2937

Front desk:  612-624-4137

Samuel Reed, Lead Photography Technician

To make a general service request, please fill out this form.

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Equipment

Unfortunately we are not able to check out equipment due to health and safety reasons.

Nikon D7000

  • 16.2 MP
  • 1920x1080 30fps video
  • APS-C

Nikon D7100

  • 24.1 MP
  • 1920x1080 30fps video
  • APS-C

Nikon D7200

  • 24.2 MP
  • 1920x1080 60fps video
  • APS-C

Nikon D3200

  • 24.2 MP
  • 1920x1080 24fps video
  • APS-C

Lumix GH4

  • 16 MP
  • 4K video
  • Micro4/3
  • Primarily for recording video

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

  • 22.3 MP
  • 1920x1080 30 fps video
  • Full frame

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

  • 20.2 MP
  • 1920x1080 60 fps video
  • APS-C

35mm Film

The imaging lab also has a variety of 35mm film cameras for experienced photographers. The lab does not supply or develop film.

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.

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.

EpsonV700 Photo

  • 35mm negatives & slides
  • Medium & large format
  • Maximum size: A4 8.5x11.7
  • 600 dpi

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

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.

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.

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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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