There are two photographic studios, an adjacent film loading and storage room, and a fully-shielded radiography room. On a separate floor are two supporting darkrooms for archival black-and-white film processing and photographic printing. The department's conservation treatment laboratories are equipped with a variety of stereomicroscopes (primarily Wild and most with video and photographic capability), and students are thoroughly trained in their use.
Photographic equipment in the main studio includes a Sinar P large-format view-camera with accessories; a large selection of Nikon 35mm film cameras and lenses; professional Gossen light meters, a Minolta color temperature meter, a comprehensive set of photographic filters including those for reflected ultraviolet, fluorescence and luminescence, and infrared photography; a large selection of flood, spot, fiberoptic, and polarized light sources, including a large industrial lightline for raking illumination, light boxes for transillumination, portable electronic flash units, and lighting control accessories. Artifact support equipment includes a motorized easel; slant board for photography of large planar artifacts; a FOBA studio shooting table for three-dimensional artifacts; and table easels, turntables, and studio background equipment. A secondary studio houses a large format Polaroid MP-4 copy and photomacrographic camera and a smaller general-purpose copy stand.
Students develop their documentation skills using the department's regularly updated and extensive collection of digital image capture and processing equipment.
The department has a superb x-radiography facility. Its two Philips x-radiography units cover the 5 to 320 kV range allowing the radiography of materials ranging from thin paper sheets, textiles, and paintings to heavy metal objects. The facility also includes a xeroradiography unit, radiocarbon source sheets for beta radiography, radiation survey meter, Geiger counter, and dosimeters, and a fully equipped darkroom for film processing.
The department owns a Kodak/Carestream Health ACR 2000 computed radiography system with a selection of High Resolution 2174 storage phosphor imaging plates ranging in size from 5 x 7 inches to 14 x 60 inches.
Ultraviolet, infrared, and additional technical examination equipment
Students have access to two infrared vidicon units used with a Scion scientific frame grabber for capture; an FJW infrared image converter; a fiberscope for internal examination of artifacts; a variety of illumination sources for UVA, UVB, and UVC ultraviolet examination and documentation, filtered visible light sources for infrared luminescence studies, low-pressure sodium vapor sources, and light sources for Dylux recording of watermarks.
Professional presentation techniques
Students also receive extensive training and practical experience in professional presentation techniques and are required to give four formal oral presentations during their three years in the program. Primary presentation software is Microsoft PowerPoint in Office 2008 (Mac) or Office 2007 (PC). There are several InFocus and Proxima digital projectors, two Apple MacBook laptop computers with radio controller; as well as overhead projectors and an HDV camcorder. Broadcast quality digital video services are available through the college's Instructional Resources Center.
Students are also trained in the documentation and assessment of environmental conditions using a variety of equipment maintained in this space, including a luminance/illuminance meter, an ultraviolet content meter, an ultraviolet radiometer with UVA, UVB and UVC sensors, psychrometers, recording hygrothermographs, and data loggers.