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RTI Workflow Materials

» Capture

  • Download the guide and the glossary
  • Watch the how-to video

» Highlight Capture Kit

  • Order the RTI Starter Kit

» Process: RTIBuilder

  • Download the guide and example files
  • Download RTIBuilder

» View: RTIViewer

  • Download the guide and example files
  • Download RTIViewer

RTI Highlight Capture Starter Kit

Your starter kit for using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is designed to get you up and running quickly. It contains the parts you need to get started capturing images for RTI using the highlight process.

How to Order RTI Kits

Choose the appropriate form below, fill it in, and send to rti-kit@c-h-i.org to order a kit. You can type directly into our fillable PDF order forms: to do so, you may have to download the form first, click to open it in Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro, type directly into the fields, and send it to us.

Download the US Domestic Order Form (PDF)
Download the International Order Form (PDF) 

The cost of each kit is $350.00 plus a cost of between $11—$18 for UPS ground shipping in the US, depending on the destination.

Note: After almost 3 years of selling RTI kits for $350, we will be raising the price to $370 on November 1, 2014, to cover cost increases for many of the parts. We will sell our current stock at the $350 price through October 31, after which the price will go up.

To determine international shipping and handling costs, contact us at rti-kit@c-h-i.org. We charge sales tax for kits shipped within California. We can accept credit cards, Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT), checks, and purchase orders. If you choose to pay by credit card, we will send you an invoice that includes a link to enter your credit card information using a secure server. At that time you can pay with any major credit card or with a PayPal account. Please let us know what you prefer.

If you have any questions about the kit, please send an email to rti-kit@c-h-i.org and include your location. If you need to have your department information and/or a purchase order number included on your invoice, please send us that information, and we will email an invoice back to you. We will ship the kit once we have received payment from you or a p.o. number from your institution.

Kit Contents

The kit contains a set of reflective spheres of various sizes, mounting hardware for the spheres, parts that you need to create a light wand, and miscellaneous items you will find useful in setting up and using your image-capture system. The parts are contained in a durable Tuff storage box for easy transport and safekeeping.

RTI Kit Contents, Updated 2014

Contents of the RTI Highlight Capture Starter Kit



Reflective sphere parts
Spheres 2.25" (57.15mm) tapped and threaded to fit 1/4x20
  1" (25.4mm) tapped and threaded to fit 1/4x20
  1/2" (12.7mm) ceramic ball bearings
  1/4" (6.35mm)  
  1/8" (3.175mm)  
  1/16" (1.588mm)  
  1/32" (0.79375mm)  
Finish washers variety of sizes, for holding spheres  
12" and 3" threaded rods (2 each) 1/4x20 format to fit 2.25" and 1" spheres (2 each)  
Coupler nuts (2) 1/4x20  
Light wand parts
Umbrella adapter handle umbrella adapter with cold shoe flash mount  
Handle handle for strobe assembly; matched with coupler to mount umbrella adapter  
Coupler adapters (pair) coupler adapters 1/4" and 3/8" female  
Threaded stems taped 1/4x20 bolts, to hold radio trigger or to secure string  
OP-3 UV-filtering acrylic, cut to fit “speedlite/speedlights” (1.75"x3")  
Miscellaneous
String for measuring a fixed distance from target to light source  
Bongo ties (8) for cable management  
Bubble level cold shoe bubble level, fits in hot shoe of SLR  

Note: Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) is furnishing this item “as is.” This RTI kit is provided by CHI without any representation or warranty whatsoever, whether express, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any implied warranty or condition of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, satisfactory quality or accuracy of informational content, and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed by CHI.