IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE...
The College offers photography classes for the budding
artist. If you don't have seniority on your side, is good to have
some work to show - it proves you're committed to spend the time
it takes to do quality photography.
Photo journalism? There are any number of publications
on campus looking for dedicated photographers. Often, what you can
ask to learn is only curbed by your immagination. Check out the
digital scene from here, too. Take photos for credit, get published,
What OPAC offers
OPAC offers some basic training via free workshops at the beginning of
each semester. If you've never developed or printed, these are necessary
in order for you to know your way around the darkroom. OPAC posts announcements
on the door of the third floor darkroom.
Officers are also available to help. If you're looking to brush up on
your skills or need a tutorial, contact an officer and find out who might
be able to help you. The other members of OPAC may also be willing to
answer questions and the cooperative owns many resource guides that are
kept in the office if you have specific questions.
Please make sure that you're safe when working in the darkroom. Remember
these general rules of thumb:
- Try to pour only over the sink.
- Do not leave puddles of chemicals anywhere. When they dry, the residue
can be picked up by hands, backpacks, etc.
- Always work with the fan on and leave it on when you leave.
- Don't work for long periods of time. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded,
it's time to leave.
- No eating or drinking in the darkroom. No matter how tempting. Residue
is on the counters, in the air, etc. and can be picked up too easily
and you DON'T want to eat chemicals.
- Keep your hands out of the chemicals. Use tongs and maybe even wear
rubber gloves (kept on the shelf above the sink).
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly. Wash once before leaving the
darkroom and again soon after you've left.