Student scanning film in a photography darkroom

Chalmers Hall Photography Lab


206 Chalmers Hall – Film Scanning Room

207 Chalmers Hall – Photo Lighting Studio

209/213 Chalmers Hall – Film Processing/Darkroom

209A Chalmers Hall​ – Equipment Check-Out Office

Primary Contact


Accessibility and Limitations on Use

Only students enrolled in Photo Media courses are allowed to use the film processing, wet darkroom facilities, film scanning room, and lighting studio. Equipment check-out is available for all Arc/D students, faculty, and staff. Please note that there are limitations on the types of photo equipment that can be checked out by students who are not Photo Media majors.


Monday - Thursday 9am – 9pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Sunday 12 - 9pm

After-hours access is available for Photo Media majors and minors. To receive after-hours access, students must complete a training with the lab technician as well as have the necessary course pre-requisites.

Services Available

The photography lab offers full darkroom facilities for black and white silver gelatin printing, as well as wet lab spaces for processing both B&W and color film. Additionally, the lab offers an alternative process darkroom and coating room, a fully equipped lighting studio, and film scanning space.

Appointment Required

No appointment is required during Open Lab Hours to use the film processing and darkroom facilities. Students have the option to reserve time in the Lighting Studio, Scanning Room, and Photo Digital Printing Lab.

Training Required

Yes, some advanced equipment requires training or a course prerequisite to check-out. To reserve time in the lighting studio or film scanning room, training or course prerequisites are required.

Available Equipment

  • DSLR Canon Cameras
  • Point & Shoot Canon Cameras
  • Canon Lenses—various sizes
  • Speed-lights & LED Light Kits
  • 35mm Film Cameras
  • 4x5 Cameras
  • Video Cameras
  • Audio equipment (various microphones, condensers, recorders, mixers and headphones)

Darkroom Equipment

  • Jobo Processors
  • Film Drying Cabinets
  • Small, Medium, and Large Format Enlargers
  • Mounting Press
  • Archival Print Washer
  • Film Scanners
  • UV Exposure Boxes

Lighting Studio

  • Strobes
  • Continuous Lights
  • Tripods/Stands
  • Reflectors
  • Soft Boxes
  • Lighting Stands

Rules on Usage

Rules and policies are posted throughout the studios. Equipment check-out requires signature of an agreement that covers responsibility, liability and check out duration. Equipment can be checked out for 7 days at a time.