SLC Arts owns lighting studio equipment which is currently housed at Potsdam Public Library’s Cleveland Computer Center on the basement level of 2 Park Street. The lighting equipment for photography and film was purchased by SLC Arts thanks to the generosity of individual donors who contributed to a 2016 crowdfunding campaign at AdirondackGives.org, a service of the Adirondack Foundation, and a grant from the Grasseroots Fund.
In fall of 2017, SLC Arts launched a series of free public workshops to demonstrate the equipment, including assembly, set-up, and general questions, with a future goal of making the SLC Arts Lighting Studio available for artists and community members to reserve studio time and use the equipment independently. Local artists can photograph their 2-D and 3-D artwork for professional development purposes.


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 – cancelled due to low registration
  • future dates TBA

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

Register: 315-265-7230, extension 6 (ask for Bobby) or bgordon@potsdamlibrary.org.

“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


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