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Good news for those who wanted a new photography studio at MUM: This semester has seen the opening of a recently renovated studio in Verrill Hall that includes new lighting equipment, an editing station, DSLR cameras, and more.

The man behind these renovations is Gareth Bell. As the new equipment specialist in the Department of Media and Communications, one of his first tasks after being hired was to secure a better location for the digital photography classes where portrait photography could be possible.

“The entire process of research, pricing, planning, cleaning, decluttering, etc. happened steadily over the course of the year,” he said. “Slowly but surely, the space was cleared and cleaned and was ready for a fresh look.”

The photography studio now has a selection of lighting equipment, a permanent “infinity wall” painted white for a clean background. A second area offers a selection of different colored paper backgrounds, providing a variety of different functions and styles.

An editing station includes an iMac with editing software so that photographers can organize and edit their work. Also available are a few basic DSLR cameras.

Written by Christopher F. Darden for The Review Vol. 34, #6.