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Since 1939, Calumet Photographic has shepherded photographers through every step of the artistic journey with classes for all skill levels, high-quality instruction, and sophisticated photographic equipment available to purchase or to rent. Classes teach a variety of stylized soul-stealing methods, such as fashion photo shoots ($100) and pin-up photography ($125), as well as traditional techniques for portraits, landscapes, and catching pets ballroom dancing. Calumet Photographic offers courses to expand entrepreneurial and software skills, such as Getting Your Photographic Business Started ($45) and a location lighting workshop ($225–$250), as well as skill-specific classes about digital editing, fine art printing, and Photoshopping your face over the high-school prom queen's. Required equipment and materials vary by class.
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
1135 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90038