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Workshop photography and scanning

From: Anne Hillam <ahillam>
Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Photography and Scanning for the Professional Book Conservator:
A two day workshop with Dwight Primiano
New York Academy of Medicine
September 17th-18th, 2004
9am - 4 pm

The Challenge: Photo-documentation plays a major role in
conservation, but many professionals who use photography are
self-taught or have never participated in a photography class
structured for conservators. This two-day workshop will present the
necessary techniques and demonstrate the skills needed to achieve
better photo-documentation specifically for the professional

Participants will be able to compare an original object under studio
lighting with a slide of that object, a scanned image of the slide
(on a monitor) and the same image in print form (inkjet); hence,
illustrating the differences between film rendering, digital
rendering and the human eye's perception.  The techniques to
eliminate these differences will be presented in depth. Participants
will be able to make exposures with film or digital cameras for
personal reference if they choose.

The Foundation:  The first half of day one will begin by covering
the relationship between f/stops, shutter speeds, film speeds (2:1
system) and correct metering (manual and automatic). Other issues
such as lens choice, focusing (manual and automatic), depth of
field, choosing correct film, selecting correct white balance,
creating slides that scan easily, capturing in the appropriate
digital format, working with processing labs and choosing the
correct equipment (film and digital) will also be covered.

Implementation: In the second half of day one, the technical issues
discussed in the morning will be put to use by lighting and
photographing an actual object (i.e. book).  Each step of the
photographic capture process will be demonstrated and explained in
detail. The exposed film will be developed that night and returned
the following day for evaluation and scanning.  Everything discussed
and demonstrated in the first day will be applicable to both film
based and digital photography.

Digital Implementation: The entire second day will be focused on
demonstrating 35mm color film scanning techniques.  We will begin by
calibrating the monitor and film scanner,  followed by selecting the
correct color space, creating an archival scan, creating a
derivative of the archival scan, making adjustments for image
quality, and finally printing the image using archival ink and
paper.  Issues of color space and color management will be presented
by demonstrating all the necessary steps for proper color
management; including monitor calibration, scanner calibration and
printer calibration. Hardware and software issues will also be
discussed and recommended.  There will be handouts and time for
questions and answer.  For those who plan on bringing a camera (film
or digital), please remember to bring film or memory cards.  Also,
bring your camera manual and any manual for film scanners and
printers.  If you are planning on purchasing equipment feel free to
bring the list of equipment.  Please do not purchase any equipment
for this workshop.

Workshop fees:
    Members: $165.00
    Non-Members:  $195.00

Limited to 12 participants

RSVP:  Anne Hillam at ahillam [at] nyam__org or call 212-822-7365

The workshop will be held at the Preservation Laboratory of the New
York Academy of Medicine located at 1216 Fifth Avenue at the corner
of East 103rd Street in Manhattan.

Dwight Primiano has taught numerous workshops and seminars at the
Conservation Center at New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
at NYU and for the Historic Preservation Program and History
Department at Columbia University. He is a freelance photographer
with clients such as The New York Historical Society, New York
University, Columbia University, The Pierpont Morgan Library, The
New York Public Library and the Museum of American Art. You can view
his resume and samples of his work at <URL:>

Anne Hillam, Co-Chair
New York Chapter, Guild of Book Workers

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