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The VRC provides digital imaging stations and a Portfolio Photography Room to members of the department who wish to create their own images. We also scan images in support of teaching in the department.
DIGITAL IMAGING STATIONS
The VRC maintains digital imaging stations for Art and Art History faculty and students, and provides training by appointment to department members in image scanning, processing, and archiving strategies for purposes such as classroom presentations and artist portfolios. For optimal color management, lighting is daylight balanced (5000K), backdrop walls are painted an RGB-balanced gray, and the equipment is calibrated regularly.
Our stations include:
- iMacs (Intel Core 2 Duo) with Adobe CS5 Production Premium suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, OnLocation, Encore, Device Central, Bridge, Media Encoder), Acrobat X Pro. Final Cut Express 4 is installed on one station.
- Flatbed scanner: Epson Expressions 10000XL, tabloid size (12” x 17”)
- Flatbed scanners: Epson Perfection 4490, letter size
- Flatbed scanner: Epson GT-2500, letter size with document feeder
- Slide scanners: Nikon “Coolscan V ED,” optical resolution 4000 ppi
- Memory card readers
Policies for using the digital imaging stations
- First come, first served. Undergraduate students may use the equipment during VRC hours only. Art and Art History faculty and graduate students may use the equipment after hours with Buff OneCard access.
- This equipment is to be used only for digital imaging related to studies in the Department of Art and Art History.
- If you need any formal training in image scanning or processing, you may schedule a personal training session in advance, available 9:00am – 4:00pm, Mon. – Fri. (firstname.lastname@example.org; 303-735-1640)
- Plan ahead in the event of occupied stations or unexpected VRC closure.
- Users must observe copyright laws and understand the basic tenets of fair use. For information about copyright and fair use, please see the VRC copyright page.
- There is no printing available in the VRC (see below). Bring a CD, DVD, or removable storage device (flash drive, external hard drive) for saving work, or use a cloud-based file storage system such as Dropbox. Routine printing can be done in the OIT lab (room 1B23) or at the Inkspot in the UMC.
PORTFOLIO PHOTOGRAPHY ROOM
Located in the VRC, this room is for photographing small to medium 2-D and 3-D works. Use is restricted to Art and Art History faculty and students. Studio instructors who wish to incorporate a portfolio requirement into their syllabi should contact email@example.com in advance to discuss logistics.
- Hours of availability are between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
- Reserve in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. PLAN AHEAD — the room is generally booked solid at the end of the semester.
- Users must be trained prior to or during the first reservation.
- A Buff OneCard is required for all users.
- Contact email@example.com with questions.
The room is equipped with a removable shooting table for smaller 3-D works. One wall is used for hanging framed 2-D works, and another has a magnetic surface for hanging unframed 2-D works.
- Nikon D300 Camera kit, shooting wirelessly to an iPad
- Nikon AFS DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 wide angle lens
- Bogen Tripod
- Bogen Still Life Shooting Table with Plexiglass
- Promaster Fluorescent Three-Light Studio Reflector Kit
VRC SCANNING SERVICES
Upon Art and Art History faculty request, the VRC scans images needed for teaching and learning within the department. In observance of fair use, the VRC cannot scan images that are reasonably available from vendors. The VRC is happy to purchase these commercial images to be included in the collection for educational purposes.
To avoid scanning images already available in digital form, the VRC encourages instructors to first check the VRC digital image collection and ARTstor before requesting VRC scanning. The VRC guarantees scanning and processing of up to 40 images within a two week turnaround time, although we always try to accommodate rush orders of a reasonable size.
Please see the VRC’s order images page for complete policies and ordering instructions.