Silvia Amato is a young conservation scientist. She has been a follower of the “Cultural Heritage Science Open Source” blog and she decided to take the training in multispectral imaging. My goal is to deliver to the professionals I am working with a program that is shaped specifically on their educational background and their goals. This is the reason I prefer to coach just one student with a full-immersion schedule. This format allows me to discuss what the students want to get from this training and what their experiences are. Indeed, it is very different to work with a young scientist, such as Silvia, or an established conservator. Where the first has a savvy experience with software and computers, the other has an extensive experience with art materials and techniques. Then, my second goal is to offer to the students who leave my studio the opportunity to keep learning by following the educational posts, categorized by topics, on the training page of the blog. Last, the third goal is to meet up in my studio, in Sicily, with extraordinary and passion-driven professionals. With Silvia, we discussed and implemented, based on her needs and interests, a 3 days program.
An introduction to the Nikon D800 modified for full-spectrum (ultraviolet, visible and infrared photography), the photographic equipment for art documentation (filters, reversible tripod, remote shutter, remote speedlights) and Adobe Camera Raw for the editing of raw images. After this intro to the photographic workflow, she learned and practiced the RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) method for art documentation.
This day was dedicated to the series of multispectral imaging methods and their relative hardware and software tools.
UVF, Ultraviolet Fluorescence Photography
UVR, Ultraviolet Reflected Photography
IR, Infrared Photography
IRT, Infrared Transmitted
IRF, Infrared Fluorescence Photography
IRFC, Infrared False Color
The last day was devoted at providing basic info on infrared reflectography IRR and how to produce IRR images with the panoramic method. They were introduced the software tools for high resolution art documentation by Panoramic imaging for both multispectral imaging and IRR (panoramic head, Gigapan server, PTGUI Stitching software, Arduino).