Resources & Facilities

HCP Digital Lab and Lighting Studio


One of our goals at the HCP Learning Center is to ensure that students have the necessary tools for success. We offer excellent facilities that help to advance student initiatives.


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The lab features eight Apple Mac Mini workstations equipped with the following:

  • 24-inch self-calibrating Eizo ColorEdge CG247X LCD monitors that accurately reproduce 99% of Adobe RGB
  • Software includes the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite, including Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Illustrator, and more
  • 17-inch Epson SureColor P800 printer to make archival pigment prints

Large Format Printing

One workstation is available to make archival pigment prints on our 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printer.


One workstation is available for scanning film with an Epson V850 scanner.

Digital Lab Hours

The Digital Lab is available for all current HCP Members who become a Digital Lab Pass holder.

  • Monday–Thursday: 11am–7pm
  • Friday: 11am–5pm
  • Saturday–Sunday: 11am–7pm
  • Not available during scheduled class times

If you have any questions, please email education@hcponline.org for more information.

Digital Lab Registration (Pass Holders Only)

Digital Lab + Res. Large Format Printer (Pass Holders Only)

Learn How to Become a Digital Lab Pass Holder

HCP offers a great opportunity for affordable Studio Lighting!




2 – Bowens/Calumet Travelite 750 monolights (750 watt-seconds studio strobes)
2 – Heavy duty rolling light stands
2 – PocketWizard PlusX transmitters
1 – 7′ Parabolic Umbrella with diffuser
1 – 41 x 74 inch Silver/White Oval Reflector
Assorted Umbrellas, diffusers & tripod stands
1 – 9’ background system with black, white & chroma key (green)
2 – Stabilizer Sandbags

Lighting Studio Hours

The Lighting Studio is available for HCP Members that purchase a Lighting Studio Pass.

  • Monday–Thursday: 11am–7pm
  • Friday: 11am–5pm
  • Saturday–Sunday: 11am–7pm
  • Not available during scheduled classes & Holidays

• During gallery installation, the Lighting Studio is available by appointment

To confirm availability, please check the real-time calendar below or call us at 713-529-4755

Lighting Studio Class Calendar

Learn How to Become a Lighting Studio Pass Holder

1) Register

Please email us at education@hcponline.org or call us at 713-429-4755 to purchase a Digital Lab or Lighting Studio Pass.

2) Orientation

Prior to your first use of the Digital Lab or Lighting Studio, you will need to schedule an orientation session that will familiarize you with the policies, equipment, and setup of the space. This orientation is mandatory unless waived by the education department. This policy does not apply to students taking workshops in the Digital Lab or Lighting Studio.


Digital Lab


Computer and Scanner Usage:

  • Member Yearly Fee: General $150, and $100 for Students (with Valid HS/College ID)
  • Member Monthly Fee: General $35, and $20 for Students (with Valid HS/College ID)

(Fee includes Orientation and use of computers and scanners)


Members interested in making their own prints in the Digital Lab must be familiar with the inkjet printing process. We recommend students to enroll in one of our printing courses to learn or refresh your knowledge of fine art inkjet printing.


  1. HCP members only
  2. Must attend Orientation session
  3. Must be familiar with equipment.
  4. Bring your own paper for printing



Lighting Studio


Lighting Studio Usage:

  • Yearly Fee: $420 HCP Members Only
  • Monthly Fee: $50 HCP Members Only

(Fee includes Orientation and use of all lighting equipment)


  • Five hours of studio time per month
  • After the five hours is used pass holders may continue to use the lighting studio at a rental rate of $25 per/hour
  • ALL Lighting Studio Equipment (click here for a detailed list)


  1. HCP members only
  2. Must attend Orientation session



Learning Center Studio Combination Pass

(Digital Lab & Lighting Studio Pass in one)

This pass gives you full access to all of the Learning Center studio resources!


  • Yearly Fee: $500 HCP Members Only
  • Monthly Fee: $65 HCP Members Only

(Fee includes Orientation and use of computers, scanners, and all lighting equipment)

Our Lighting Studio doubles as a Critique Room which serves as a classroom, a space for portfolio reviews, a conference room, and a screening room. The Critique Room is equipped with museum shelves, balanced lighting for portfolio reviews, and an automated projection screen.

The Critique Room is available for rent. Availability is subject to HCP educational and exhibition programming.

Please contact Education to reserve this space.

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Houston Center for Photography’s John Cleary Library is home to more than 3,800 books on photography and related subjects. Originally, the library primarily housed books that were reviewed in HCP’s SPOT magazine but it has since grown to be a comprehensive reference library on photography.

The John Cleary Library includes monographs, surveys, exhibition catalogs, instructional books, periodicals, and self-published artist books. Its home in HCP’s Learning Center is a comfortable place where all are welcome to enjoy photography in book form and share John Cleary’s passion for photography. The library is open to the public during HCP gallery hours and by appointment.

Browse Collection


JOHN CLEARY (1937-2008)

John was an avid photography collector and dealer; self-educated and highly-devoted, John helped to propel Houston’s photographic connoisseurship.

His gallery was a renowned Houston institution that was celebrated for its vintage work and timeless contemporary photographs.

John’s legacy includes more than 1,200 images of children (known as his “Kid Collection”) and several thousand books on photography.


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