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Capturing the unique moments that celebrate our vibrant community and showcase the beauty of our campus surroundings.
Our team provides professional photography and video assets that support our institutional communication goals, specifically tailored for you (and everyone else on campus) to utilize and enjoy.
Our curated library of assets, hosted on Photoshelter, ensures convenient access for the campus community and the general public through our public photo and video galleries.
Visit our walk-in photo studio for professional portraits, conveniently located on the third floor of Plaza Centre One. While we are unable to accommodate individual or group requests for specific times or locations due to limited staffing, any student, staff, or faculty member may drop in for a portrait session when the studio is open. There is no fee for photo studio services.
We do not offer passport photography services of any kind.
Fall Session 2023 (August 21 - December 15)
Mondays from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
*Studio will be closed on Wednesday, November 22
We can help with
- Providing a collection of high-quality campus photo and video assets through Photoshelter.
- Offering livestreaming services for strategic institutional events and productions.
- Providing professional portrait headshots for faculty, staff and students through our walk-in studio.
- Providing consultation and support regarding web accessibility guidelines and best practices, including captioning livestreamed events.
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Documents and resources
Documents and resources
When shooting in public places where there are many people (outdoors on campus, downtown Iowa City, concerts, sporting events, etc.) it is not plausible to obtain signed consent forms for individuals being photographed/filmed.
For intentionally planned or staged photo/video shoots involving student participants and/or volunteers (e.g. for marketing or promotional applications), our policy and practice in OSC is to get their permission in the form of a signed release/consent form.
In addition to obtaining a signed release form, it is best practice to verbally set fair and realistic expectations with participants around the usage of the photography/videography, along these general lines:
- Communicate clearly with the subject(s) that photography/videography might be shared with multiple areas and departments on campus and that the imagery captured may appear in publications (print/web/social) associated with those departments.
- Participation in a photo/video shoot does not guarantee that a given student will appear in any specific publication.
- In the event that the university decides to feature an individual student prominently in marketing (e.g. on the university homepage, a magazine cover, etc.), it is our policy to make reasonable efforts to notify those featured before publication.
Many colleges, departments, and units at Iowa regularly create videos and livestream events that are available for viewing by audiences outside the university. But did you know that captioning is required for all university-created public-facing content?
Use this guide to learn more about the importance of captions and how to implement them.
Note: "Public-facing" content is broadly defined as content available to audiences outside the university. This does not include academic or course material content.