Course on Digital Capture and Printing for Architectural History, Archaeology, and Art History.

The following course in digital photography is flexible enough that it can be included in almost any department, institute, or museum. This course outline is intended to take the capable student to a level where the student can then continue further on their own. This course in digital imaging is, however, not intended to replace an introduction to Photoshop, PageMaker, or QuarkXpress. The student must know basic Photoshop and either PageMaker or QuarkXpress, or be capable of learning these programs on their own time within the first few days of class.

The purpose of this course is to provide researchers and professors in addition to students an introduction to the hardware and software which allow researchers to take advantage of the considerable technological advancements of the last several years. The focus will be on advanced technology to improve recording objects (such as artifacts, art, buildings) with digital cameras, processing these images with digital software, and then the capabilities of the various means of printing the results. The guiding principal will be to encourage researchers to record more, at a higher quality, and then to publish more of their results by means of desktop publishing. In all cases quality will be the goal, yet with an awareness of the need to be cost-effective.

Although the primary focus will be relative to architecture, architectural history, and art, examples will also be included of how digital imaging can assist teaching, research, publication, and student learning in the fields of geology, botany, zoology, and anthropology. Plants, animals, minerals and aspects of indigenous culture will be used for instruction on methods, theory, and practice with hardware and software.

  • Digital capture: digital cameras and scanners
    • Digital cameras:
      • entry level (Nikon CoolPix 950 or Sony Mavica)
      • mid-range (35mm systems by Kodak, Nikon, Fuji, Agfa, or Leica)
      • medium format (6x6 systems from Rollei, Hasselblad, Eye-Like, etc)
      • high-end (large format systems such as Dicomed, Better Light, or PhaseOne
    • 35mm scanners (Nikon or Polaroid)
  • scanners
    • flatbed scanners
      • entry level (600 dpi)
      • mid-level (1200-3000 dpi)
      • high-end (4000 dpi and up)
    • drum scanners
    • scanning 3-D objects
    • scanning old illustrations
    • repro stand (copy stand) overhead scanners
  • Digital imaging (color correction) Adobe Photoshop version 5.5 and ver 6 minimum
    • Digital printing
    • laser printers
    • advanced monochrome
    • advanced color laser
    • dye sublimation and digital photo printers
    • desktop inkjet printers (A4 and A3 size)
    • wide format inkjet printers (the size of architectural plotters, but for full color photographs).


Most recently updated Aug. 5, 2001.