Lab / Membership

Become a member for access to our state-of-the-art digital lab, darkroom, lighting studio, and more.

Our facility is open to everyone. Members have access to high-end production equipment and a rock-solid, supportive, and knowledgeable community of staff and fellow members. Lab orientation and assistance is provided continually.

Have questions or want to become a member?

Become A Member
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Membership Fee
General Public (Year) $150
SU ID Holders, Students, Seniors 65+ (Year) $100
Short-term (Four Month) $60

All year memberships expire exactly one year from the day you become a member. We encourage you to consider the value of becoming a yearly member over our shorter-term options, to give yourself the most flexibility and best value.

Membership Benefits

• Access to the digital lab
• Ability to reserve black-and-white darkroom, the lighting studio, and lab equipment
• Use of professional quality Flextight film scanners
• Staff assistance
• Invitations to Light Work receptions and special events
• Viewing walls, lounge, and critique areas

Digital Lab

The Light Work digital lab is set up in an intuitive workstation format with Mac computers, color-managed monitors, print viewing stations, professional grade scanners, and easy to use DIY printers.

Equipment includes:
• Mac Pros, Mac Minis and iMacs
• Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom Classic, Premiere and Bridge
• Color-calibrated monitors
• GTI 5500K dimmable viewing stations
• Epson 5000 and 20000 (prints up to 64 inches wide)
• Canon Pro 4000 and 6000 (prints up to 60 inches wide)
• Color managed workflow and custom paper profiles for stocked papers
• Large magnetic viewing walls
• Central compressed air

Black-and-White Darkroom

Our black-and-white darkroom started out in the early 1970s as a student and alumni-run facility. We are still going strong with one of the best traditional wet labs in the area.

Equipment includes:
• 4×5 Saunders enlarger with built-in filter system (up to 20 x 24 inches)
• Compressed air inside the darkroom
• Tray processing
• Archival print washers
• RC print dryer
• Negative dryer
• Ventilated toning area
• Drying racks for fiber based paper
• Wheelchair accessible enlarger and wash sink

Lighting Studio

Our lighting studio provides members with the ability to quickly set up studio lighting work. The studio includes an overhead track system that makes it fast and easy to position lights.

Equipment includes:
• Soft boxes, reflectors and beauty dishes
• Tripods, light stands and c-stands
• Seamless backdrops
• Lighting system

Finishing Area

The finishing area workspace can accommodate large and small projects on our oversized work tables and equipment.

Equipment includes:
• Dry mount press
• Light tables
• Large work area

Interested in reserving equipment or space?

Visit our Reservations page for more info.


Members of Light Work Lab are expected to conduct themselves in a manner supportive of the educational mission of the institution. Membership fees are non-refundable, and members are responsible for the equipment they use. The misuse or damage of equipment, the storage of hazardous materials, or violations of codes of conduct can result in the immediate loss of membership.