From dark rooms to Mac labs, film to digital cameras, and photography to videography, the needs of the faculty and students in Sheridan’s Bachelor of Photography program have changed dramatically over the years. As the person responsible for supporting those needs for more than a decade, Carlos Garcia works tirelessly to maintain the college’s status as one the best-equipped photography schools in North America.
Purchasing new technology, servicing existing equipment, and keeping the photography labs running smoothly are some of Garcia’s responsibilities in his role as a technologist. The technology that he works with includes DSLR cameras, studio and location lighting, computers, printers, scanners, and an array of software that students rely on for editing and processing their work. His days are spent surrounded by computer screens and cameras, but his interactions with students are what he values most.
“I feel a sense of pride when I see that a student has made it. I feel like I played a small part in their success” – Carlos Garcia
“I see students from the first day they start in the program right up until they graduate,” Garcia explained. “It’s rewarding to see how their work develops throughout four years.” He often spends time working one-on-one with students when they arrive for their first year and are handed a DSLR camera kit. With a background in electronics and service engineering, Garcia is fascinated by all things related to technology. “I enjoy teaching students how the technology works so that the instructors can teach them how to use it creatively.”
Although he is experienced working with the technology used in photography, Garcia is not as comfortable being behind the lens. “I leave that to the students. I am continually in awe of the work they produce,” he said. As photography transitions toward videography, students’ work has begun to change, presenting Garcia with his next challenge. He spent the summer reimaging computers with the appropriate software to allow for the integration and editing of audio. “The focus was once on still images, now it’s on moving pictures,” he explained. “It’s a natural evolution of the industry.”
By attending conferences, browsing manufacturing websites and reading up on social media channels, he stays afloat of the trends in photography that will impact the program. He also takes time to research the work of Sheridan’s photography alumni. “I feel a sense of pride when I see that a student has made it,” he said. “I feel like I played a small part in their success.”
Pictured at top of page: Sheridan Photography Technologist Carlos Garcia. Photo by fellow Photography Technologist Owen Colborne.
Keiko Kataoka is the Digital Communications Officer at Sheridan.