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Let CHI experts advise you on your imaging challenge. CHI offers customized consulting services to both institutional and private clients, with special rates for nonprofit organizations. Projects of all sizes can be accommodated. Learn more…

What Is RTI?

Read our overview of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a breakthrough class of imaging techniques used in cultural heritage and natural history documentation and preservation, enabling the study of the minute details of surfaces.

Questions About Training?

Please write to training@c-h-i.org.

Learn More from Trainees

With a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), CHI delivered 10 training sessions on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) across the US for emerging and established museum professionals. Learn more from the trainees…

Flickr Slide Show: Training Classes at Four Regional Host Museums

As part of the IMLS 21st Century Museum Professionals grant, CHI held 4-day training sessions at four regional host museums in the US. This Flickr slide set are shots taken from those classes.


Training class at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Checking for focus and exposure. (Image courtesy of Tad Fruits, Senior Photographer, Indianapolis Museum of Art)


Training

4-Day RTI Training
2011 training at NYU Sign up now for our next 4-day class!

Learn how to use highlight RTI to create digital representations of objects of various sizes and shapes.

You will leave with the ability to implement the digital imaging work flow, including the steps to capture, process, and view RTI digital representations. More…
“I greatly appreciated the hands-on and practical focus of the class.”—Trainee, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

“Excellent balance of applied practice, i.e., using studio and photographic methods, techniques, and software. An energizing and inspiring week!”—Trainee, Buffalo State College
 
RTI Training Can Come to You
on-site training Ask us about setting up training at your site!

CHI experts can deliver the four-day training program on site at your institution for groups of up to 15 people.

Write to training@c-h-i.org with your inquiry or a proposal for on-site training in the latest digital imaging techniques available from CHI. More…
“I learned a ton. Liked the balance of lectures and time to work in small groups on hands-on projects.”—Trainee, Worcester Art Museum

“Superb—well organized and taught by skilled, dedicated leaders.”—Trainee, Museum of Modern Art, New York
 
Half-Day Workshop
Half-day workshop Sign up for our next workshop!

Whether you're an archaeologist, photographer, or staff member of a museum or library, you'll learn about emerging digital imaging techniques in conservation and education. You will see examples of RTI as applied to museum objects, paper collections, and archaeological sites. More…
“Great overview of sophisticated ideas that can be applied easily and professionally.”—Attendee, Half-Day Workshop

“The workshop was so engaging! It felt like an RTI Sampler, piquing my interest in the four-day class.”—Attendee, Half-Day Workshop

Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) offers classes and workshops in computational photography techniques used by cultural heritage and natural science professionals to document and research objects and artifacts. We train conservators, archaeologists, museum curators, museum photographers, anyone who wants to learn how to use the low-cost, digital techniques in which CHI specializes. We also train staff at special collections libraries on how to capture paper and bindings.

We hold training sessions on site at excavation sites, museums, and universities, and at the CHI studio in San Francisco, California.

Examples of Past CHI Training Sessions and Workshops

CHI has held training and workshops for these institutions and projects, among others. These links lead to more detailed descriptions of these past CHI training sessions.