Photography Department | Digital
What is Digital At Santa Monica College?
We feel that the Photography Department at Santa Monica College is in an enviable position for a two-year institution. We are able to provide our students with high-end digital capture backs. Our advanced students use Leaf and Megavision backs on Hasselblad 503CM and Mamiya 645AFD bodies. Students also use Better Light and Phase One’s PhotoPhase 4x5 scan backs on Toyo G2 view cameras. In order to facilitate direct digital captures we have dedicated Macs on roll-around carts for tethered shooting workflow. We also teach HDR imaging, panoramic photography and QuickTime VR, the latter two using Kaidan’s Kiwi+ Pan head. QTVR is taught with our Canon's 35mm digital cameras, and Apple laptops.
In our Digipix computer lab the student will find 28 instructional workstations and 8 dedicated workstations in our "service bureau" area, all current generation 27" iMacs. In the service bureau we have Epson 7600, 4000, 2400 and 2880 printers, Canon iPF5000 and iPF8100 printers, an Epson Expression 1640XL flatbed scanner, and 3 Imacon Flextight film scanners for 5x7 and smaller formats, and, of course, a laser printer for student business contracts and forms.
Digital video students have access to Canon 7D still/video cameras and JVC video cameras in addition to Sennheiser and Marantz audio gear.
Students in our digital program use the most recent versions of Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and Lightroom; Apple’s QuickTime VR Authoring Studio and Final Cut Pro; Photomatix HDR software; and Microsoft Word and Excel not only to complete assignments, and also to create individually styled images that will ultimately complete their portfolios.