-- Cultural Heritage Imaging | Training


Carla Schroer of CHI in a consulting session

Need some help? 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 this overview of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a breakthrough method of imaging used in cultural heritage and natural history documentation and preservation.

What Is Photogrammetry?

Learn more about photogrammetry and how its application captures extremely dense and accurate 3D surface data with standard digital camera equipment.

Questions About Training?

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

Flickr Gallery: January 2016 Photogrammetry Training at the CHI Studio

A photo gallery of CHI's 4-day training class in photogrammetry in San Francisco.

Capturing the Olmec head for photogrammetry

Photogrammetry class trainees capturing an enormous Olmec head in San Francisco.


Contents:   4-day Photogrammetry Class  4-day RTI Class  4-day Class at Your Site  Half-day Workshop

4-day Photogrammetry Training

photogrammetry training class Learn how to acquire photogrammetric image sets and how to produce scientific 3D documentation. You will leave with practical experience using equipment, image capture setups, and software to build 3D content. More…

Next class: Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, July 12, 2019.
Interested? Let us notify you re future classes. Send email to training@c-h-i.org to get on our “interested” list!
“I learned more in four days than I had in the last two years of wrangling with photogrammetry.”—Trainee, CHI studio San Francisco

“Excellent one-of-a-kind class full of information not found anywhere else.”—Trainee, CHI studio San Francisco

“Extremely informative and approachable instruction! I feel 100% capable going forward. Lots of personal attention.”
—Trainee, CHI studio San Francisco

4-day RTI Training

RTI training class Learn how to use highlight RTI to create digital representations of various objects.

You will leave with the ability to implement the digital imaging workflow, including steps to capture, process, and view RTI digital representations. More…

Next class: To be announced.
Interested? Let us notify you re future classes. Send email to training@c-h-i.org to get on our “interested” list!
“Great balance between lectures and practical skills!”—Trainee, CHI studio, San Francisco

“Excellent balance of applied practice, i.e., using studio and photographic methods, techniques, and software. An energizing and inspiring week!”—Trainee, Buffalo State College

CHI Training / Expertise Can Come to You

on-site training class Our training/consulting can come to your site!

CHI experts can deliver a 4-day training class in RTI or photogrammetry (or both)—optionally with consulting services—at your institution for groups of up to 15 people.

Write to training@c-h-i.org with an inquiry or a proposal for on-site expertise using the latest digital imaging techniques. 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 By arrangement with CHI.

Whether you're an archaeologist, photographer, or staff at a museum or library, you'll learn about digital imaging techniques in conservation and education.

You will see examples of RTI applied to museum objects, paper collections, and archaeological sites. More…
“Great overview of sophisticated ideas that can be applied easily and professionally.”—Attendee, CHI studio, San Francisco

“The workshop was so engaging! It felt like an RTI Sampler, piquing my interest in the four-day class.”—Attendee, CHI studio, San Francisco

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 in association with the following institutions and projects, among others. These links lead to Flickr galleries, blogs, and other forms of detailed descriptions of past CHI training sessions.