From 2016-2017, SLC Arts has worked towards establishing a space in Potsdam where artists can photograph their 2D and 3D artwork for professional development purposes. This project is now becoming a reality thanks to the generosity of the Grasseroots Fund, a partnership with the Potsdam Public Library, and donors like you who contributed to our 2016 crowdfunding campaign at, a service of the Adirondack Foundation. SLC Arts is hosting a series of free training workshops, with a future goal of making the SLC Arts Lighting Studio available for artists and community members to reserve studio time to use the equipment independently.

SLC Arts Lighting Studio equipment demos

Lighting is a key factor in successful photography and film. Local photographer Jim Bullard will do a brief demo of the SLC Arts Lighting Studio Potsdam Public Library logoequipment, including assembly, set-up, and general questions. Group discussion will help guide topics for future Lighting Studio classes, which could include how to photograph 2-D and 3-D artwork and other product photography topics. FREE & open to everyone (registration required). Sponsored in part by the Grasseroots Fund.
Register for:
  • Mon. Sep. 18, 10-11a
  • Thu. Sep. 21, 1-2p
  • Mon. Oct. 2, 10-11a
  • Thu. Oct. 5, 3-4p
  • Mon. Oct. 23, 10-11a
  • future dates TBA

At Potsdam Public Library’s Cleveland Computer Center, 2 Park Street.

Register: 315-265-7230, extension 6 (ask for Bobby) or

“If you do attend a session, please bring an example of what you want to photograph. Here is a photo of Nancey Brackett’s work from session one. If you have questions about using your own camera, bring the camera too (and its manual).” – Jim Bullard

Inventory of SLC Arts Lighting Studio equipment, as of 9/15/2017:
– in 2 black bags: 2 sets of 2 dimmable 500-LED Photo-Video Light Panels
– in 1 black bag: 10 foot high adjustable backdrop frame, wall hooks to hang backdrop rod instead of using tripod legs for backdrop if desired (reduces set-up time)
– panels to block excess light from windows
– in plastic bin: black backdrop, white backdrop, 6 black plastic muslin clamps, 4 rubber-tipped steel clamps, baggie with 6 hooks for hanging rail
– in black bag: light tent cube for small 3-D objects
– folding stepstool
– hanging rail

It is recommended that photographers bring their own:
– camera, with polarizing lens if needed
– fishing line to suspend 2D artwork (hooks & hanging rail are provided)
– drapes for tables for 3D objects
– custom colors of backdrops if something other than black or white is desired

The following items may be borrowed from SLC Arts with advance notice:
– columns for displaying 3D work
– digital camera