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Non-Credit Bearing Photography & Imaging Courses


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Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Spectroscopy with Don Drake (June 1-5, 2015)

Date: June 1-5, 2015


This 5 day week long class is designed for the engineer interested in making images using a scanning electron microscope. The class will cover the basics of secondary electron imaging and backscatter electron imaging. The class will also cover basic machine maintenance, including tungsten filament replacement and column cleaning. The last part of the class will be involved with preforming elemental material composition measurements using x-ray spectroscopy. This is a good class for the novice, or a person looking to further their understating of scanning electron microscopy and x-ray spectroscopy.

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Instructor bios

Don Drake

Don Drake

Professor Drake holds graduate degrees in biology and engineering. He retired from Xerox as an engineering manager, leading a group in microelectronics (MEMS) design and fabrication. He published numerous articles on scanning electron microscopy and holds 64 US patents involving ink jet technology. Prof. Drake has been teaching scanning electron microscopy for the past 5 years at RIT.

Program fee

General Public: $2250



High Speed Photography for problem solving in Engineering (June 15-19, 2015)

with Jason Faulring

This class is designed to introduce the engineer to the concepts of high-speed photography specifically for solving problems associated with motion, acceleration, and timing. The class will cover topics of flash duration; introduce several different types of flashes. Video systems will be presented along with how these systems work and what types of measurements can be done with each. This three day class will follow the format of several hours of lectures in the morning followed by hands on labs and activities every afternoon. The class will culminate with students experimenting with photographing the motion of bullets in flight and colliding with soft objects.

Dates: June 15-19, 2015

Cost: $1300



Minimum Students 2
Maximum Students 10

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Jason Faulring


Jason Faulring is a staff research engineer in the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. A 2003 graduate of RIT’s Computer Engineering program, he has over 10 years of experience in solving unique problems through the design, construction and operation of novel imaging equipment. His primary focus has been the development of airborne imaging platforms to support disaster response. Jason’s experiences include a nine-day mission to Haiti to image and map the damage from the January 2010 earthquake. Jason has authored/co-authored numerous papers and holds one US Patent.

Color Managed Workflow for Digital Print (June 15-17, 2015)

Dates: June 15-17, 2015


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

Michael Dear

Michael Dear is the Operations Director for the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.  An avid photographer,  Mike has extensive experience with a variety of digital equipment, software and workflows. He created and proposed new color managed workflows to support curriculums in the College and has consulted extensively on the subject.

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



Photojournalism Workshop for High School Students (July 20-24, 2015)

Date: July 20-24, 2015

Intended Audience

High school students who are seriously interested in exploring a career in photography/photojournalism.


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 using state-of-art facilities at Rochester Institute of Technology’s nationally acclaimed School of Photographic Arts and Sciences photojournalism laboratories. The workshop will include multiple field trips organized to expose attendees to photographing people on location.

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 one-on-one sessions from the School’s world acclaimed faculty will be daily activities.

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 instructors help students learn basic technical skills along with basic photojournalistic skills, visual story-telling techniques and to always consider the storyline when making photographs.

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William Snyder

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 began working 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 1989 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 from the Texas Headliners Foundation, Pictures of The Year Internationally, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism and Best Use of Photography in addition to other state and national awards. The photography department was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Program fee: $500



Summer Nature Photography Workshop (July 13-16, 2015)

Date: Monday, July 13 through and including Thursday, July 16.


This is intense workshop is for photographers seeking to improve their nature photography techniques, from landscape to macro. Practical lectures will discuss design, composition, optimizing camera settings, using histograms, using scanners as cameras, digital housekeeping, and more. Lectures will be combined with personal instruction given in the field. Several field trips will allow participants to explore Chimney Bluffs State Park on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and the glacial valleys south of Rochester. This workshop will give participants field experience and technical guidance provided by highly experienced professionals Steve Diehl and his wife Vici Zaremba. Prior to the start of the workshop, participants are encouraged to be familiar with operating their cameras including the downloading of files.

The workshop will:

  • Provide personal attention to attendees
  • Share the advantages of manual exposure & focus
  • Make sense of histograms
  • Discuss the best combinations of shutter speed, depth-of-field, and ISO
  • How to use RAW capture and best practices for digital photography
  • Discuss why tripods are critical
  • Discuss design/composition
  • Show how to modify ambient light
  • Show to use flashlights and other light sources for nature
  • Discuss digital housekeeping and more

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What to bring

  • DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses
  • Off-camera flash
  • Polarizer filter(s)
  • Remote shutter release
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Field clothing for hiking in warm to hot weather
  • Rain Gear
  • Umbrella for the camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Flashlight
  • Mist Bottle
  • Thumb-drive (flash-drive) preloaded with images for critique (10 images with little or no post-production/digital editing or 5 pairs of before/after images).
  • Laptop computer or portable hard-drive for saving your workshop images
  • Participants must be familiar with their own camera and off-camera flash
  • Instructors

    Vici and Steve

    Vici Zaremba and Steve Diehl have taught nature photography workshops for RIT and other organizations throughout New York State. In addition to nature photography, they have conducted workshops on topics ranging from garden photography, architecture photography, portrait photography, commercial studio photography to using scanners as cameras. Presentations have featured: architecture and the urban landscape, textiles, 1903 Reproduction Wright Flyer, butterflies, seasonal nature photography and dragonflies. They are both graduates in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Steve currently teaches in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

    Vici and Steve have lived and photographed in New York state for over 35 years. Unique photography projects have taken them throughout the continental United States and Alaska plus Panama, Ecuador, Brazil, Newfoundland, Albania, and Greece. They have written for and had images published by Outdoor Photographer, Natural History, Outdoor and Travel Photography, Sport Aviation, Flying, Adirondack Life and New York State Conservationist. Their photographs are part of international collections and permanent displays, including the NYS Museum in Albany.

    Vici and Steve are currently surveying and photographing dragonflies and damselflies for the New York Odonate Group (NYOG…a continuation of the NY Natural Heritage Program Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey), and the Adirondack All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI). Recently they have expanded their survey work to include butterflies and moths.

    Program fee

    $415 per student



    Immersions in Photography (July 13-17, 2015)

    Date: Date: July 13-17, 2015

    Intended Audience:

    High school students who are seriously interested in exploring photography between the ages of 15 - 18


    Only at RIT: 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 Science offer 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:

    • Basic Digital Capture - proper exposure, color balance
    • Basic Composition and Lighting Techniques and Skills
    • Basic Camera Controls - shutter speed, aperture, & depth of field
    • Basic Hand-held Flash Techniques
    • Basic Visual Story-telling
    • Basic Techniques for approaching/photographing strangers
    • Fundamentals of Artificial Light in the Studio
    • Fundamentals of Photojournalism and Picture Editing
    • Engagement with the board 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: Ahndraya Parlato

    Ahndraya Parlato was born in Kailua, Hawaii in 1979. In 2002 she received a B.A. from Bard College, where she majored in photography; and in 2005 she received an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Her work consists of large-format, color photographs that explore the ambiguous nature of reality, often revealing the uncanny or magical in everyday life. Her work has been shown, among other places, in The Helsinki Biennale, the International Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyéres, France, and at 9W Gallery in New York City. Her work was also included in the Humble Arts Show 31 Under 31: Women in Art Photography, as well as in Never Been to Tehran, which showed consecutively in eight countries around the world.

    This year she was the recipient of a Light Work grant, and last year, she was a nominee for the Paul Huff Award from the FOAM Museum in Amsterdam. Her work has been published in a number of books, including New American Landscapes, Smoke Bath, and a Collector’s Guide to Photography. Her work has also been published in Nylon, Wallpaper, and in Untitled Magazine.

    In 2008, she created and curated, a show/fundraiser that included the work of over 60 photographers, including Richard Misrach, Katy Grannan, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia and Wolfgang Tillmans. The show was the single biggest art-auction fundraiser that year for the Obama campaign.

    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: Ted Kinsman

    Kinsman has an AS in Optics, a BS in Physics, and a MS in Science Education. He has worked as an optical engineer, a physicist, and a physics instructor before coming to RIT to teach the technical side of imaging.

    Ted Kinsman is one of the few active high-speed photographers able to photograph at times less than 1/1,000,000th of a second. That is faster than a speeding bullet. Recently, Kinsman’s work has expanded to the x-ray region of the spectrum where he continues to explore imagery for books and magazines. His work has appeared on The Discovery Channel, Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), The X-Files, South Park, The Tyra Banks Show, ABC, NBC, PBS, CBS and the British Broadcast Corporation. Recently, he did work on The Frozen Planet series, and James Cameron’s Avatar movie.

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    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:

    9:00 – 4:30

    Course Schedule

    Day 1:
    Intro to the Class
    Fundamentals of Photographic Equipment and Practices
    Tour of RIT School of Photographic Arts and Science

    Photographic Scavenger Hunt
    Discussion of Light

    Day 2:
    Cameras Functions
    Assignment – Shooting on Location

    Photography from Collage to Montage

    Day 3:
    The One-Hour Project Assignment

    Photo Technology – High Speed and Stroboscopes
    Assignment – Making the invisible visible

    Day 4:
    Experiences in Visual Media

    Photojournalism - Editing and sequencing their portfolios.
    Prepare files for printing

    Day 5:
    Book Editing File Management

    Finish the Book

    A Day of Photography (November 13, 2015)

    Date: November 13, 2015

    Registration: 8:30am

    Concludes: 4:00pm


    As the world of photography continues to be transformed by new technology, the century old School of Photographic Arts and Sciences continues to invent the future of photographic education. Participants in this event will spend a day visiting the world renown School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and hear exciting panel presentations by faculty and students. Additional presentations will feature careers and coops, tours of the one-of-a-kind facilities, class visitations and demonstrations. There will also be visits to the residential community of Photo House. More information will be added as it becomes available.

    A Day in Photography is held in conjunction with RIT's Open House on November 14th.


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