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Color Managed Workflow for Digital Print (July 12-13, 2016)

Dates: July 12-13, 2016


If you are new or relatively inexperienced to a color managed digital imaging workflow, this workshop may appeal to you. Do you struggle with getting the image on your monitor match the prints you make? If so this workshop will fully investigate the important procedures required to go from capture to print. Participants will receive hands-on and practical instruction necessary for setting-up and utilizing a color-managed workflows integral to managing files from capture to final output. Hands-on experiences with personal files using the School’s state-of-the-art equipment and facilities will allow participants to walk away with broad and extensive knowledge of contemporary practices for workflow and required steps to achieve greater control of practices leading to desired outcomes.

Participants will Learn

What a color-managed workflow is and why it is important?
How to get a print to match what is observed on the monitor.
What hardware and software tools are required to manage digital color.
How to create and use color profiles.
The language of color management and associated terminology.
How to create full tone color and/or black and white prints from digital files.
How to choose the proper substrates for your artistic vision.
How to choose the correct digital printing technology for your budget ad artwork.
Controls/Techniques utilized in every step of the process for complete control of your workflow.
A complete experience with a wide variety of hardware tools, cameras, spectrophotometers, printers, scanners, substrates, etc.
Techniques for finishing your prints for proper display.

Program Outline

General overview of Color Management
Defining color various spaces … capture to output, a comparison.
Using and recording accurate color, color checkers, camera raw, etc.
Monitor calibration and profiling
Scanning and color
Projector profiles
Color settings in Photoshop & Lightroom
Printer profiles, generic and custom. Where do they live?
Profiling tools for custom printer profiles
Custom printer profiles
File Formats & Archiving Techniques
Print Technologies
Inkjet printers
Inkjet Paper Discussion
Alternative printing media
Preparing images for print
Black point, white point
Test print, evaluating your image
Optimize image for print, plug-ins.
Printing considerations
Driver settings
Printer Maintenance (Nozzle checks, Platen gap)
Avoiding paper
B&W Printing
Finishing Techniques
Creating work in editions & Archival Qualities
Questions and further study

Who Should Attend

Educators, Photographers, and others who want - or need to - learn how to manage color images from the stage of initial capture to output.

Special Program Features

Participants should bring their own digital images, slides, negatives, or other relevant document enabling a richer experience in the making of inkjet prints on a variety of printers and papers, up to 44" wide.

Instructor Bios

Eric Kunsman

Eric T. Kunsman is a photographer, educator and book artist from Rochester, New York. Eric is currently a Lecturer for the Arts & Imaging Studies Department in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and also teaches in the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at Mercer County Community College where he was also the coordinator of the photography program. He has nationally taught workshops, lectured on digital printing. Eric holds his MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and holds an MS in Electronic Publishing/Graphic Arts Media, BS in Biomedical Photography, BFA in Fine Art photography all from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He currently owns Booksmart Studio, which is a fine art digital printing studio specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists.

Program fee:  $350
Materials fee: $150



High School Photojournalism Workshop with a 4x Pulitzer Prize Winner (July 18-22, 2016)

Do you want to spend a week working with and learning from a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist?

This workshop is specially designed for high school students who have a strong desire to transform their pictures from simple snapshots into effective and interesting storytelling photographs. This rigorous, hands-on workshop will emphasize the storytelling aspects of photojournalism while also instilling strong technical fundamentals. It will consist of five intense days of instruction with 4x Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and editor William Snyder, using state-of-art facilities at Rochester Institute of Technology’s nationally acclaimed School of Photographic Arts and Sciences photojournalism laboratories. The workshop includes two afternoons of photographing at The Hemlock Little World’s Fair in Hemlock, NY.

This workshop welcomes young participants who are interested in a unique experience that will introduce them to the real world of photojournalism and could set in motion a career path in this field. Several past attendees have gone on to attend RIT or another universities to pursue careers in photojournalism. Group critiques and the publication of a book of your work are part of the activities.

No need to bring a camera. Nikon sponsors the event and will provide all the camera equipment you need for the week.

You Will Learn:

  • Basic Digital Capture - proper exposure, color balance
  • Basic Composition and Lighting
  • Basic Camera Controls - shutter speed, aperture, & depth of field
  • Basic Hand-held Flash Techniques
  • Basic Visual Story-telling
  • Basic Techniques for approaching/photographing strangers

Program Outline:

Through daily lectures, critiques, demos and daily assignments the instructor will help students learn basic technical skills along with basic photojournalistic skills, visual story-telling techniques and how to always consider the storyline when making photographs.

On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons you will photograph at the Hemlock Little World’s Fair in Hemlock, NY and on Friday we edit your images and create a book that will be printed and sent to you at a later date. Check out the Blurb link below to see an example of books we’ve created.

Who Should Attend? High School students who want to learn the basics of photojournalism.

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William Snyder is a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, editor, manager and educator. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with highest honors and a BS in photography. He returned to RIT in 2008 to teach and also serves as the Chair of the Photojournalism Program.

Following graduation from RIT in 1981, Snyder worked for The Miami News where he covered many of the city's major news stories. In 1983 Snyder moved to The Dallas Morning News where he won three Pulitzer Prizes along with numerous other awards during his 15 years as a staff photographer. In 1998 Snyder became an Assignment and Photo Editor and, in 2005, was named Director of Photography. Under his direction, the DMN photography staff won dozens of awards including the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Program fee: $450



Digital Photography Workshop (July 25-29, 2016)

Date: July 25-29, 2016

Intended Audience:

Students between the ages of 15-18 who are interested in exploring photography.


This one-week intensive summer workshop will immerse students in a wide range of ways that photographs are considered, produced and studied in contemporary culture. The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences offers a BFA degree with a focus in advertising, fine art, photojournalism and visual media and a BS degree in technology and biomedical photographic communications. RIT faculty members from the School will lead this course and work collaboratively to create a unique and exciting one-week workshop exploring the possibilities.

You will learn the Fundamentals of:

  • Digital Capture - proper exposure, color balance
  • Composition and Lighting Techniques and Skills
  • Camera Controls - shutter speed, aperture, & depth of field
  • Hand-held Flash Techniques
  • Visual Story-telling
  • Techniques for approaching/photographing strangers
  • Artificial Light in the Studio
  • Photojournalism and Picture Editing
  • Engagement with the broad context of photographic picture making practices


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Workshop Faculty

Advertising Photography Professor: Rachel Ferraro

Rachel teaches Advertising Photography in the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her courses, with decades of experience in the Advertising and Editorial fields in New York City. Her professional projects include national and international campaigns with leading advertising agencies. Ferraro's editorial work has appeared in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Rolling Stone, People, Real Simple, and New York Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from Photo District News, Graphis, American Photo, and Communication Arts Annuals.

Fine Art Photography Professor: Christine Shank

Christine Shank is an artist that works predominantly in photography and is interested in exploring the narrative quality in a single image and through relating images in a series. Her work is concerned with ideas of loss, isolation, intimacy, storytelling and the implication of place. She has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States since 1998. Her work has received funding through NYFA, The Midwest Center for Photography and The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Shank has participated in the Booksmart Residency in 2007 as well as the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Residency in Ithaca NY 2012. Her artwork is housed at the Harry Ransom Center and the William Benton Museum of Art as well as several private collections.

Shank has a BFA from Miami University, Oxford Ohio and a MFA from Texas Woman’s University. She currently lives in Rochester NY where she is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Photojournalism Photography Professor: Jenn Poggi

Jenn Poggi joins RIT as a visiting assistant professor following four years at the White House where she served as a picture editor and deputy director of the Photo Office. Jenn began her career in 1994 as a photo assistant with the Associated Press in New York and later worked as a picture editor covering national, international, and sports news. In 1998, she joined U.S. News & World Report as an assistant picture editor handling national and political news. She went on to serve as deputy director of photography at the magazine. In 2008, Jenn was awarded a John S. and James L. Knight Fellowship at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication where she taught picture editing and completed her masters course work in multimedia and newsroom graphics management. She is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Visual Media Photography Professor: Frank Cost

Frank Cost is the James E. McGhee Professor of Visual Media in the School of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has taught a wide variety of courses in the field of visual media for more than three decades. Frank has been photographing professionally since 1975 and has authored both textbooks and experimental photo books exploring new forms of graphic expression enabled by digital technologies. He can be contacted at

Photographic Sciences Professor: Dan Hughes

Graduate of RIT’s BFA program for Advertising Photography, Dan took a different road than most photographers out of school. In 2009 Dan was brought on by Nik Software to establish, evolve, advance in their educational webinar system. He planned, marketed and executed over 2000 live training webinars. The system and content won his team a TIPA award in 2011; the model he developed is still being emulated in the photo industry today. After Nik, Dan transitioned to a job at Google, working on the Google+ Photos team to help elevate the photographic community on the social media platform. His team worked with influential photographers, organizations, and companies to bolster activity, resulting in the growth of Google+ photos page from 24,000 followers to over 1.5 million followers and the Nik Software page from 14,000 to almost 40,000 followers.

While much of his time is spent developing and delivering photographic “edutainment”, Dan is an avid shooter. A few of his personal projects include: experimenting in historical processes, creating mini-documentaries about the interesting people around him, and helping to produce a photo challenge reality series online.

Program fee:




Program Outline:

Through daily projects, lectures, demos and daily discussions the instructors will assist students in learning basic technical skills along with basic photographic skills, visual story-telling techniques and much more including high speed and stroboscopic photography.

Course Hours:

9:00am – 4:30pm

Course Schedule:

Monday July 25

Course overview
School facility and orientation tour
Equipment overview and checkout
Discuss workshop final project

Light and Photography
First assignment – Quality of light scavenger hunt

Tuesday July 26

Fundamentals of Image Processing using Adobe® Lightroom
Work Review Assignment one

Portraits and Self Portraits using available and made light
Assignment two – Portraits
Writing for Photography

Wednesday July 27

Work Review Assignment two
Assignment – the one hour project

Photographing in Science
Assignment three – Photographing the invisible world

Thursday July 28

How to see - Image Editing
Assignment – Visual Variety

Image Editing and Sequences

Friday July 29

Making a book

Presentation of the class book file
Selecting the best work and cover
The week's work-in-review

A Day of Photography (November 11, 2016)

As the world of photography continues to evolve, the Photo School at RIT is at the forefront of photographic education. We invite you to spend a day visiting the world renown School to hear about the experience from current students and our award-winning faculty. 


8:30 - 9:00      Registration, coffee and refreshments

9:00 - 9:15      Welcome & Announcement of RIT Photo Prize Winners

9:15 - 9:30      Careers and Co-operative Education at RIT

9:30 - 10:15    Panel: RIT Photo School Overview & Alumni Highlights

10:15 - 10:30  Break

10:30 - 11:30  Panel: RIT Photo Student Experiecne

11:30 - 12:30  Photo School Tour (Gannett)

12:30 - 1:15   Lunch with Photo School Faculty

  1:30 - 4:00   Afternoon Activities:

  • Gannett Hall: Portraits, Prints, Gear Demos, Portfolio Reviews, and Classroom Visits
  • Campus Tours: RIT Photo Store, Photo House, and Wallace Center       
  • Opportunities to speak with reps from Admissions and Financial Aid

Participants can:

  • Bring a high resolution file to print at our ISL Lab.
  • Have portraits made by RIT faculty members, Clay Patrick McBride & Ted Kinsman
  • Sign up for Portfolio Reviews with a faculty member or current student.

Can't Attend? Follow along while we post live Stories via the Instagram account.

College of Imaging Arts & Sciences Showreel & Viewbook

Day of Photography is being held in conjunction with RIT's Office of Undergraduate Admission's Fall Open House. To register for RIT's Fall Open House on November 12, please click here.