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Click on the names of the following currently offered courses to view details.

Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Spectroscopy with Don Drake (June 9-13, 2014)

Date: June 9-13, 2014, times are approximately 8 - 5

Overview

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

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 18 - 20, 2014
times are approximately 8 - 5

Cost: $1300

Minimum Students 2
Maximum Students 10

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Jason Faulring

jFlauring

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 (Dates TBD)

Date: Dates TBD

Overview

This workshop may appeal to new or relatively inexperienced users of digital photography practices. 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 workflow integral to managing files from capture to final output. Students will gain knowledge from hands-on experiences when using personal files in SPAS's state-of-the-art facilities. This immersive experience will allow participants to walk away with a broad and extensive new knowledge of contemporary practices for workflow.

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.
A complete experience with a wide variety of hardware tools, cameras, spectrophotometers, printers, scanners, etc.

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
Find and use printer profiles, generic and custom.
Profiling tools for custom printer profiles
Custom printer profiles
Inkjet printers
Preparing images for print
Black point, white point
Test print, evaluating your image
Optimize image for print, plug-ins
Printing considerations
Driver settings
Nozzle checks
Platen gap
Paper type
B&W options
Questions and further study

Who Should Attend

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 24" wide.

Instructor Bio

Michael Dear

Michael Dear is the Operations Manager for the School of Photographic 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 in the school for more than 15 years and has consulted extensively on the subject.

Program fee

General Public: $500
RIT Faculty/Staff/Students/Alumni: $350

Photojournalism Workshop for High School Students (July 14-18, 2014)

July 14-18, 2014
8:30am - 6:00pm daily
12 seats

Intended Audience

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

Overview

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.

Multimedia Links

Instructor

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.

http://www.williamsnyderphotography.com

Program fee: $500

Video Storytelling (Dates TBD)

Date: Dates TBD

Program Length: 6 days, 8-10 hour days

Intended audience: Beginner & Intermediate still and video photographers

Overview

The Video Storytelling Workshop is a week-long intense immersion into the world of moving pictures and sound. Participants will spend eight hours per day for five days working with and learning from nationally and internationally known photojournalists.

Students new to video will build a solid foundation of technical and storytelling skills. More experienced photographers in video or photojournalism will fine-tune writing, shooting, editing and production skills. Bring an open mind, a willingness to learn new skills, and lots of energy for this week-long excursion into video storytelling. Develop story ideas, research, report, shoot, edit and produce complete packages under real world deadlines. Critiques and one-on-one sessions with instructors are a primary components of this Workshop.

You Will Learn:

  • Effective planning and story development strategies to save time on your workflow and to produce quality pieces
  • Basic Interviewing Techniques
  • Professional audio recording techniques
  • Hands-on explanations on how to use audio, video and photo gear
  • Hands-on video production editing training and experience on Final Cut Pro
  • Ethics and legal issues
  • Basic Composition and Lighting

Program Outline

The program will train students to always consider the storyline when gathering content. Through daily lectures, critiques and demos, the instructors help students develop, shoot and produce a short video documentary about the local community.

Who Should Attend: Anyone who wants to learn or refine their video storytelling skills.

Special Program Features: Canon 5D mkII DSLRs and lenses provided for use during Workshop

Instructor bios

Evan Vucci

Evan Vucci is a photojournalist for the Associated Press based in Washington, D.C. He studied photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he graduated in 2000. He began his career as a freelance photographer for Reuters News Agency, The New York Times, the European Pressphoto Agency and The Associated Press.

Evan joined The Associated Press full time in 2003. His work deals primarily with U.S. politics and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has received awards from Pictures of the Year International, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Competition, White House News Photographers Association, The Associated Press Managing Editors Association, and a national Edward R. Murrow award.

He ventured into multimedia journalism in 2007 and is committed to developing short and long form documentary storytelling at The Associated Press.

http://www.evanvucci.com

Melanie Burford

Melanie Burford, a photojournalist and multimedia video journalist, is known for her perseverance in pursuing a story and her profound empathy for her subjects.

Melanie was part of the team of Dallas Morning News photographers who received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2009, she won a regional Emmy Award for a video documentary portfolio at the Lone Star Emmy Advanced Media Awards.

Melanie's work has been recognized at the 74th annual National Headliner Awards, the Harry Chapin Media Awards, the Clarion Awards, the APME Awards, the Best of Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International and the Qantas Media Awards.

Her career began in New Zealand in 1990 before leaving for America in 1999. In 2003, Melanie became a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News before moving to New York in 2009.

http://melanieburford.com/

William Snyder

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.

http://www.williamsnyderphotography.com

Program fee

General Public: $950
RIT Faculty/Staff/Students/Alumni: $750

Contemporary American Photography

Date: July 6 – 12, 2014

Overview

This week long workshop has been designed to immerse international participants to trends and techniques used by contemporary American Photographers from the applied and fine arts. Led by professors in the School, students will have lectures and assignments exploring photography, applications, and creativity. There will be daily critiques and a number of excellent field trips including a visit to the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography Film, Niagara Falls and Letchworth State Park often described as the Grand Canyon of the East. There will be an emphasis on creativity, the power of observation and effective critiquing techniques. Students will be expected to bring their own cameras and external hard drive.

Faculty

Lectures and Critiques by led various RIT photography professors.

Program fee

$1500 per student
$500 Non-refundable deposit

Summer Nature Photography Workshop

Date: July 14 – 16, 2014

Overview

This intense workshop is for photographers seeking to improve their nature photography skills required when photographing landscapes and 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
  • Workshop Schedule

    • July 14 Monday
      1pm: Classroom lectures and critique of attendees work
      4pm: Field trip Mendon Ponds County Park
    • July 15 Tuesday
      8:30am: Classroom lecture, and editing/ critique of day one photography - breakfast provided
      1:30pm: Field trip Chimney Bluffs – lunch provided
      9:30pm: Depart Chimney Bluffs
    • July 16 Wednesday
      9:00am: Classroom lecture, and editing/ critique of day two photography - breakfast provided
      1pm: Field trip Hemlock-Canadice State forest – lunch provided
      7pm: Depart for Hemlock-Canadice
    • July 17 (Thursday)
      8:30am: Classroom lecture, and editing/ critique of day three photography - breakfast provided
      12:30pm: end of workshop

    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