Digital Photography Studio

What is the Bob LaFollette Memorial Digital Photography Studio?

The studio provides is capable of making high quality prints from digital photographs for all residents of Fairhaven.

Why is it named for Bob LaFollette?

For many years, Bob LaFollette was the “resident photographer” at Fairhaven. He attended almost every event held here and always brought one or more of his cameras. His pictures were featured in almost every venue at Fairhaven, including the Inkling and the Residents’ Web Site.

Upon his death in June of 2019, he donated his high-quality photo printer and a large supply of ink and paper to the Computers and Cameras interest group here. With help from the Residents’ Association, the group purchased a computer to run the printer and set up the studio.

The studio was named for Bob to commemorate his photographic legacy as well as his many other contributions to resident life at Fairhaven.

A close up of text on a white background Description automatically generatedWhere is it?

The studio is on the ground floor of the Beasman Center in the old darkroom as shown in the figure at the right. To get to it, go into the Craft Studio. Immediately past the door to the Craft Studio, turn left into the Treasure Shop Storage Room. The LaFollette Studio is on your left.

What equipment does it have?

The studio is equipped with a Dell computer running the latest version of Microsoft Windows and has Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom installed. It controls a Hewlett-Packard OfficeJet 7610 ink jet printer.

What are its capabilities?

The Adobe photography suite is the most powerful image editing suite generally available.

The printer is capable of printing high quality images in sizes ranging from 4”x6” to 13”x19” on glossy, semi-gloss, and matte paper, all of which are available in the studio.

Who can use it?

Every resident can have their photographs printed at the studio. The actual printing of photographs must be done by, or in the company of, a member of the group of users who have been certified in use of the studio.

How do I arrange to have one or more photos printed?

Contact a certified user of the studio and ask that person to either print photos for you or to assist you in printing them yourself.

Initially, the only certified user of the studio is Don Stevens-Rayburn (don@stevray.net, x3084). Other users will be added to the list as they are certified.

How do I become a certified user?

Becoming a certified user is easy. First, learn the basics of using the computer/printer combination and then meet with Don Stevens-Rayburn and demonstrate that you have the knowledge to make prints without damaging the equipment.

What are the advantages of being a certified user?

You will receive a key to the photo studio, and you will be able to use it whenever it is not being used by others.

What are the disadvantages of being a certified user?

You may be asked to print photos for folks who are not certified users, or you may be asked to help them become certified and/or to print their own photos.

What does it cost?

Getting prints of photos is not a free service because the studio must cover the cost of paper and ink in doing the printing. The current price schedule is as follows:

Photo Size (inches) Price per Photo
4×6 $0.60
5×7 $1.00
8×10 $2.00
11×14 $3.80
11×17 $4.70
13×19 $6.50

These prices are less than one half of the price that one would be charged at a commercial photo printing service such as Walmart or Walgreens.