FLAAR courses in large format scanning back digital photography.

Photographer Nicholas Hellmuth is now teaching courses in large format scanning back digital photography which are open to the general public.

That same time period, roughly during 1995-1996, the Ministry of Education of Japan awarded a fellowship to Dr Nicholas Hellmuth as Visiting Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka, Japan) for further training in digital imagery relative to color slides of Maya ceramic art.

The goal of both the Japanese program and the concurrent FLAAR. project was to work out the most efficient means to digitize, store, process, and publish the immense photographic archive of FLAAR. (Funds were not available from either source to digitize the entire archive, but funding did make it possible to learn the basics and then move to more advanced understanding of digital imaging hardware and software).

The result of these two years of training and experience puts us in a position to pass along basic information to other museums, institutes, departments of art, art history, archaeology, anthropology, history, and to interested colleagues and students.

We initiated our program at Brevard Community College, but when a palace coup eliminated the president, the new president naturally wished to eradicate the more successful programs of the former president. We FLAAR removed all its wide format digital imaging and digital photography equipment. Very quickly Francisco Marroquin University made an offer of space, facilities, and staff. A year later Bowling Green State University made a bid as well. Since FLAAR had enough equipment to outfit two universities, we set up studios on both campuses.

The assigned task of a university is to serve the educational needs of the general public. Distance Learning programs depend on digital images to send illustrations over the Internet. Thus this particular Web site is dedicated to helping people from any background who are facing the digital era.


Most recently updated April 09, 2001.
Previously updated August 5, 2001.