Institute of Archaeology


Reflectance Transformation Imaging Training Course (4-day)

4-Day Reflectance Transformation Imaging Training Course

Reflectance Transformation Imaging of Egyptian mummy portrait (facial images top left and bottom right and background shown up in purple and grey, top right and bottom left)

Course Description

This 4-day course, led by Dr Kathryn Piquette, includes a combination of lectures, demonstration, and practical hands-on sessions.

  • Learn how to apply highlight Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
  • Gain experience in applying RTI to portable objects and larger fixed surfaces of various material types
  • Become proficient in capture, processing and manipulation of RTI datasets for diverse applications
  • Gain familiarity with related computational photography and processing techniques for augmenting and re-using RTI  data
  • Apply what you learn in small teams of 2–3 people for hands-on work

Upon completion of this course, participants will know how to set up, capture, process, view, assess and disseminate RTI images on the Internet.

Course participants receive a USB drive with finished RTI examples, data shot during the course, and technical and equipment tips, as well as 2 hours of RTI consulting services free (valid for one year after the course).


  • Basic photography skills; basic computer skills

Who should attend

  • Museum, library, and photographic staff working in conservation and education
  • Archaeologists, historians, and anyone working with collections who wants to learn about emerging digital imaging techniques
  • Anyone interested in Reflectance Transformation Imaging technology and its practical application

Reflectance Transformation Imaging training course (group of people setting up photography equipment in a small outdoor area beside a (church?) building)

What You Will Learn

  • Comprehensive coverage of RTI digital imaging work flow, from planning to archiving and publication
  • Practical information about equipment, image capture setups, and software
  • Examples of RTI from different areas of cultural heritage including museum objects, archaeological sites and artefacts, conservation usage, and paper collections
  • Step-by-step processing of the images
  • How to use different viewing modes to examine details of the image

Course Dates

  • Summer 2024 course: 3-6 June

Reflectance Transformation Imaging of an archaeological engraved stone artefact (grey/purple background)


The registration fee for the course is £1,400. (Concessions: £1,300 for full-time UCL students/staff or for a group booking (2 or more people from the same institution)).