Photography Facilities

Main Panel Photo © Steven Pitts

Our Space at A-178

The sheer volume and special features of our studio space gives enormous advantage for expressing a fully-featured curriculum.

The Laney College Photography Department’s spacious and fully equipped Studio Suite is the crucible for developing Photographic craft.


The 1800 sq ft studio is unmatched in the East Bay and gives City studios a run for their money. A 50-foot span of floor to ceiling windows emits beautiful available light. Draw our full blackout curtains closed and you have that black slate that sets the stage for lighting control of electronic sources.  A full complement of grip includes C-stands and arms, Matthews Mini and Manfrotto booms, High Rollers, 12’x12’, 8’x8′ & 6’x6′ butterflies with silks and griffoils on overhead rollers and tons of seamless. 8 3’x6′ rolling and folding tables are supported with carts that manage cards, gobos, flags, sandbags, apple boxes, cords for 8 identical sets. We have redeveloped our storage systems to make our mountains of gear more accessible and portable.


Got an idea or assignment? This is the place.


Lecture Hall

Key to any good studio space is convertibility and utility. Our bright and roomy classroom seats 30 students comfortably. The desks are mobile to accommodate conventional classroom or in-the-round group seating and easily clearing the room for Studio use. As a visual craft we’re all about seeing, capturing and reproducing images, so a viewing process must have fidelity. Projectors simply cannot produce what we need. Our lectures, critiques and discussions are enhanced by an 84” Phillips LCD. Beautiful colors, sharp; it makes all the difference.


Shooters’ Arcade

Vision drives us to make what is evident in our fertile program. Here we get to show off the great imaging from all levels of our classes. Our students and Darkroom Club spread their images out on the 200 sqft of wall space lining the entrance to the Studio. As a productive department images are changed often. Is there a better voice for the Laney Photo Department than this?




We provide a variety of light systems with continuous AC/DC LED and Tungsten, spots, floods, striplights and 4 Pentalux LED lightbanks for large set work. Our Monolight, Power Pack and AC/DC Strobes connect to cameras via radio remotes. TTL on-camera flashes and high-powered battery flashes are at hand for commercial event use. Light sources are modified by a variety of soft boxes, honeycombs, gels, filters, barn doors, pans, and umbrellas. We have all the stands you will ever need from 3” to 16‘. Better yet, we have 12’x12’, 8’x8′ & 6’x6′ butterflies with silks and griffoils on overhead rollers for some very special light in studio and on location.


It’s no secret that photography makes gear demands that can cost a few bucks. Fear not, we have lots to make your experience smooth and complete. In support of our shooters our program, built around digital capture, has invested in Canon and Nikon DSLR/MILC (mirrorless) cameras, all for use while you are enrolled with us. They are supported by a wide range of lenses: fast Zoom and Prime lenses. Macros? We got ’em, along with specialty lenses like the Canon 400mm 2.8, with other fast/fixed focal length telephotos. As a bonus from our transition to MILC, we have adapters that will make our stock of lenses work on many makes of cameras. The gear is further supported with light meters, tripods and all the odd bits.




Binding this digital process together is our Digital Lab System. It is equipped with 22 iMac computers, most recently enhanced by the addition of 12 of the the newest 24″ M3 chip workstations. It is the same platform we use for our professional jobs to work Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, provided in the Lab by the department. Our iPads and MacBooks connect with cameras via Wi-fi and tether. We also have two Epson photo printers, and MicroTek flatbed and Nikon Film scanners.


The department was built around our B&W Darkroom in the mid 70s. So there are seven 35mm film loading rooms and a dedicated 4×5 room with 3.5-gallon tanks. Film dries in hot air or static-free cabinets. The 4-sink, 18-station wet lab has digitally-timed, wheelchair accessible, enlargers up to 4×5. Two 26×30 print washers allow separate and simultaneous washing of both RC and fiber-based prints, dried in an apron-fed hot air unit or 20″ drum drier respectively. For fine finish there are multiple light tables, cold and hot presses for dry mounting and ample work space.