Welcome to the Photo Facilities at Emerson College.
It is highly recommended that all users familiarize themselves with the various production processes and systems in the VMA Photo Facilities.
- Users are to follow the instructions of staff at all times.
- Staff will assist when questions arise concerning systems and/or equipment operations.
- Technical Tutorials, individual or group, may be available upon request and practice time on the various systems can be scheduled when the facility is not in use.
1) Hazardous materials
- Photo and film processing involves the use of hazardous materials. Users work within the facility at their own risk.
- Gloves, aprons, tongs, and goggles are provided for handling chemistry.
- Only chemicals provided by Emerson College can be used within the Photo Facilities. No outside chemistry.
- Report any chemical spills or any abnormal conditions immediately.
- If your skin or eyes are lightly exposed to the chemistry they should be rinsed for 15 minutes.
- For moderate to extreme exposure, the monitors will contact the ECPD.
2) Food and drink
- Are not permitted in the darkroom.
- Are permitted on the center table of the PEL. All trash must be thrown away outside of the classroom.
- Photo facilities are for the exclusive use of students enrolled in Emerson College Photo classes or 16mm hand processing workshops.
- Generally, there is no access to photo facilities when a class is in session. The wet lab (darkroom, print room) may have limited access at the instructor’s discretion.
- As a general rule, the print room takes 30 minutes to set up in the morning, however, in order to ensure the safety of its users, it may take longer. Lab monitors will inform users when the facility is ready for use.
- Students who are not enrolled in the scheduled class are required to be outside of the labs when classes begin and when the facility closes. Darkroom printing and processing equipment will not be vended less than an hour before closing. The lights go on in the print room (Ansin 505) 15 minutes before closing.
4) Shared workspace
- Photo Monitors are student staff trained to resolve issues, restock provided supplies, and provide basic technical support.
- Please report the issues to the monitor.
- If you need more chemistry at the sink, please contact the monitor.
- Thoroughly dry tanks and pat dry reels before returning them.
- Make sure you have a lens, negative carrier, and closed filter holder before turning on your enlarger.
- All cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices must be turned off or covered when inside the wet lab.
- Remove tape from enlarging stations and negative carriers before returning them.
- Check that filter kits are complete and properly organized before returning them.
- Lockers within the facility are available for the semester. Lockers are rented to pairs of students on a first-come first-served basis. Students are responsible to provide their own lock. There will be places to store large paper, Label it with your email and date you will remove it. You must remove your belongings before the last day of the semester. Any items left after the semester will be disposed of.
- All users are required to provide their own media storage. The Photo Facilities are not responsible for lost, deleted, or corrupted data. Any files left overnight may be deleted.
- Label your items. Unlabeled items will be thrown away at the end of each week.
- Wear headphones for all audio listening in the open labs. Keep the volume low enough to be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep discussions at a moderate volume.