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29CE - Make Great Digital Photos of Heritage Sites and Restorations

08 May 2014 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

3 ConEd learning hours

This session is also offered Friday, May 9, 2014 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM  

Course Outline

The past exists mainly in memory. After memory, we have photographs. Buildings do not last forever: Some disappear completely, and some are preserved in part through re-imaging and skillful renovation. High quality digital architectural photography is the most accurate and reliable tool for documenting and preserving heritage buildings. In addition, competent digital photography can provide a pristine, reliable record of current architectural undertakings - some of which will become the ‘heritage’ buildings of the future. To do all this well one needs a working understanding of today’s digital imaging hardware and software. But one must also know how to archive and preserve the digital information for the benefit of future generations. This workshop will expose serious architectural practitioners to the aesthetic and technical possibilities of high-end digital architectural photography in a way that will be useful for documentary, display, marketing, and archival purposes. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn how best to use digital photography to document heritage buildings and restoration
  2. Participants will learn to select the most useful digital cameras, lenses, and computer tools for this work.
  3. Participants will learn to appreciate the range and power of Photoshop enhancement and corrections.
  4. Participants will learn how to preserve and protect high-resolution digital images for archival purposes.


Gerry Kopelow is an internationally published author, teacher and training professional. His writing and photography have appeared in many periodicals and magazines. His textbooks on photography are distributed world-wide and are respected as definitive works in the field. He has lectured and delivered workshops for a wide variety of groups and institutions, including The University of Florida, The Georgia Institution of Technology, The Pratt Institute, The Cooper Union, The University of Manitoba and the American Institute of Architects. 

He has lectured at the Harvard graduate School of design, where he was invited to establish a Continuing Education professional development program for architects, Gerry has also consulted for Canon USA in relation to photography education. Gerry has taught at RAIC National Conferences and OAA Annual Conferences for a number of years.