UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


Reflectance Transformation Imaging 4-day Training Course

This 4-day course takes place at University College London in our Multi-Modal Digital Imaging Suite in Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT. (We can also arrange training events at your location.)

Each course[1], 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, you will know how to set up, capture, process, view, assess and disseminate RTI images on the Internet.

RTI software and user guides for Capture, Processing, and Viewing are freely available from the Cultural Heritage Imaging website: Downloads.

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 UCLAiC consulting services free (valid for one year after the course).

Fee: £1200 per person. A concession rate of £1000 per person is available to full-time students, UCL students and staff, and organisations that enroll 2 or more participants. Proof of eligibility for the concession rate must be sent to: advancedimaging@ucl.ac.uk

Prerequisites: Basic photography skills; basic computer skills

Enrol via the UCL Online Store (enrolment not currently open)

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

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

2024 course dates are forthcoming. To receive notification of future courses and events, or for any questions email us at: advancedimaging@ucl.ac.uk

[1] This course is modelled on the training provided by domain experts Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI). If you are located in the US, please visit their website for details on the CHI advanced digital imaging courses.