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High School Photography and Imaging Instructor Workshop (May 18, 2018)


Are you interested in spending a day at RIT talking about teaching photography with some of the world’s leading & award-winning photographic educators? We hope so!

Participants will listen to presentations, tour labs, and be engaged in hands-on exercises during the day. Exercises will include using new and older technology with the goal to foster new ideas on teaching photographic practices spanning applications and critical thinking for young learners.

Because of laboratory space, registration will be limited to 20.

This special event is free to high school teachers. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to participants upon successful completion of the day.

Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Inquires please email: Ted Kinsman at

Program fee: Free



Color Managed Workflow for Digital Print (June 25-27, 2018)


If you are new or relatively inexperienced to using 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 that you make? If so this workshop will help you 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 of Photographic Arts and Sciences state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Participants will walk away with a 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

Workshop total fee: $500



Digital Photography for High School Students

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
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Photographing in Science

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

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:

$400 before May 1

$450 after May 1



Photojournalism for High School Students (July 16-20, 2018)

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 learn how to improve 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 4 time Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and editor William Snyder. The workshop is offered in the state-of-art facilities at Rochester Institute of Technology’s nationally acclaimed School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. 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.

Multimedia Links


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:

$400 before May 1

$450 after May 1



Three Day Tune Up - Image Making for Visual Artists (August 1-3, 2018)

Intended Audience:

Participants should have Intermediate to Advanced Digital Photography Skills.


This workshop has been created for visual artists who work digitally but sometimes feel confused about how to accomplish a specific outcome or need to learn about updates and trends. If you are this person, this workshop will be perfect for you!

This seminar will present the latest thinking about digital photography, best practices, and workflow solutions. It will overview the process of planning including image capture. It will explore archiving and so much more. Participants will work with the latest Adobe Lightroom, Camera Raw and Photoshop products needed to optimize workflow and imaging outcomes.

Topics will include:

  • When to use Lightroom
  • How is Lightroom different from Adobe Camera Raw
  • How image processing in Photoshop (pixels) vs Lightroom (P.I.E.) be managed
  • What are output options?
  • How to track of it ALL?
  • Integration other media/craft
This workshop will provide an opportunity to develop a personalized, integrated workflow without feeling overwhelmed by “geek speak” and make technology transparent Participants will become versed in and comfortable working in Lightroom, Bridge and Photoshop.

Participants will learn

  • Workflow overview from Planning to Output
  • Importance of a color managed environment
  • Organizational strategies – naming conventions, ingestion, digital asset management (DAM), and archiving
  • Software updates in Adobe Creative Suite, Lr, Camera Raw, Bridge and Photoshop
  • What should be done in Lightroom and Camera Raw (Parametric Editing)
  • Why and when you should you move into Photoshop
  • File Optimization
  • Smart objects
  • Montage, collage, mixed media techniques
  • Mark Making in Photoshop CC
  • Substrates to print on other than paper, file prep for print, soft proofing, importance of profiles
  • DIY prints vs Service Bureau

Program Schedule

Day 1

  • Beginning at the End
    • Review of final "product" options
    • Deconstruct the process
    • Importance of working backwards
    • Collecting resources
  • Workflow Overview
    • Planning for Output
    • The means to an end - how to assess what your workflow needs really are an how they change
    • Pay it forward - organizational strategies
    • Naming conventions, pre-sets, templates, digital asset management (DAM), archiving, back-up
  • Discuss and Demonstrate
    • Necessity of a color managed environment
    • Raw Power and non-destructive imaging
      • Macbeth Color Checker
      • ETTR
    • ISO settings (quality vs. speed?)
    • Setting Up Lightroom, Bridge and Photoshop for speed and consistency
      • Preferences
      • Color Settings
  • Adobe Lightroom
    • Understanding and keeping track of Lr's parts
  • Lightroom Modules
    • Library and Develop modules
    • Overview of other modules

Day 2

  • Q&A
  • Working in Lr
    • Ingestion - Import
    • Edit - Library
    • Optimization - Develop
    • Working Smart
  • Batch vs Individual image optimization
  • Round tripping = Lr - PS - Lr
  • Editing in photoshop
    • Soft Objects
    • Soft Proofing
  • Round trip back to Photoshop
  • Keeping track of files and Lr Catalog synchronization
  • Personal Work Time

Day 3

  • Time to work on projects and 1:1 assistance
  • Topics to be discussed and demonstrated:
    • Overview of output options
    • Getting what you envision into your file and onto a substrate on the first try!
    • Techniques for image enhancement and dust busting
    • Converting to grayscale and creating cross processed appearances
    • Making complex selections
    • The power of layer masks
    • Preparing files/images for multiple outputs
    • How to prep and deliver your image for the service bureau
    • Making prints

Special Program Features:

The workshop will be conducted in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. It will feature state of the art equipment. It will be led by Patricia Russotti who has been working with, teaching and training Adobe products since the beginning of digital photography.

Photographic Arts Professor: Patricia Russotti

Visual artist and photo-educator, Patricia Russotti is an Associate Professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.
 She works in mixed media and produces a wide range of pieces displayed by corporations, public service organizations, museums, individual artistic commissions, funded projects, and public exhibitions.

Patti has been training and presenting on Adobe Photoshop since the first version of the application was released in 1990. She has developed and presents technical and creative corporate seminars, workshops, and training programs internationally. Patti’s career has a breadth and depth of experience and skill in workflow, image making (analog, digital, alternative, and historic processes), the creative process, design, and education. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences. She is the co-author of “Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook, A Guide to Staying Ahead of the Workflow Curve”. © 2010, published by Elsevier Inc, Focal Press.

Patti has M.S. and Ed.S. Degrees from Indiana University.

Program fee:




Day of Photography (November 9, 2018)

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.


8:30am - 9:00am Registration, coffee, and refreshments
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome & Announcement of RIT Photo Prize Winners
9:15am - 9:30am Careers and Co-operative Education at RIT
9:30am - 10:15am Panel: RIT Photo School Overview & Alumni Highlights
10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - 11:30am Panel: RIT Photo Student Experience
11:30am - 12:30pm Photo School Tour (Gannett)
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch with Photo School Faculty
1:30pm - 4:00pm 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.