NEW BALKAN HERITAGE FIELD SCHOOL PROJECT (COURSE) 2014:
WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION OF ARTIFACTS AND ARCHITECTURE (RTI AND PHOTOGRAMMETRY)
Project Type: field school (workshop).
THE PROJECT IS SUITABLE FOR THOSE WITH INTEREST IN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND DOCUMENTATION OF ARTIFACTS AND ARCHITECTURE AND HAVE SOME FAMILIARITY WITH THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHY, DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS AND THOSE WHO ARE COMFORTABLE WITH LEARNING NEW COMPUTER PROGRAMS.
Site/s: a small medieval Christian Orthodox church and three to five standing stone-crosses dedicated to different Chrisitian saints in Western Bulgaria.
Period(s): Late Medieval and Early Modern period (fourteenth to nineteenth century).
Project Venue: a hotel in Bankya, a small SPA town in the Sofia Metropolitan Area. The fieldwork during the work days will involve travel to the sites that are app. 60-80 km away from Bankya. The transport will be arranged by the Balkan Heritage Field School (BHFS).
Nearest Air Terminal: Sofia - don't forget checking the low cost flight options!
How to get there? If participants arrive at either the Sofia airport or bus/train stations, a taxi transfer to the project venue in Bankya may be arranged by request (Please, specify this in your application form!). Individual or group transfers' price may vary depending on number of passengers from 10 to 20 EUR. Otherwise, participants could use Sofia public transport (bus, subway, train) to reach Bankya.
THE FIELD SCHOOL
Application Deadline: 10 April, 2014
Minimum length of stay: One week
Minimum age: 18
Number of field school places available: 8
Project language: English
Experience required: Yes. Participants in the workshop are expected to have some familiarity with the basic principles of photography with digital SLR cameras and are comfortable with learning new computer programs on the PC and/or MAC platforms. Experience in documentation photographic projects is an advantage.
Special requirements: The project is not recommended for individuals with special illnesses that might be exacerbated during the outdoor activities. Each participant is expected to bring a personal DSLR camera, a laptop having at least 5 GB free disk space, a mouse and an USB flash drive.
The Workshop: This workshop will instruct students on the use of the latest techniques in Computational Photography to document a Medieval church in Western Bulgaria. It is undertaken to support and compliment the efforts of the "FRESCO-HUNTING" PHOTO RESEARCH EXPEDITION TO MEDIEVAL BALKAN CHURCHES that has been running for six years in the area. The workshop has been training students and supporting the documentation of medieval churches since 2012.
The instruction will focus on the use of flexible, non-destructive and low-cost documentation techniques to capture 3D data using digital cameras. These techniques will include Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a powerful technique to expose minute surface details by dynamic relighting, and close-range photogrammetry, which uses overlapping images to create true 3D models or architectural features. Discussed as well will be image processing techniques to enhance faded images, the creation of image mosaics, as well as best-practices for technical photography. The practical goal of this 2014 workshop is to document the faintly visible graffiti on the church frescos, produce drawings of them, and finally to incorporate them into the project record.
The students will learn the basics of good technical photography, and the theory of both RTI and photogrammetry. They will, by the end of the course, be able to set-up, shoot and post-process RTI images. They will also be able to take these images to create 2D drawn records of graffiti and inscriptions. The students should also be able to plan and execute close-range photogrammetry projects, including the creation and manipulation of colour point-clouds and the generation of orthophotos.
The Workshop (31 May -7 June, 2014) is comprised of:
Credit hours: New Bulgarian University grants 3 credits to students for participation in the Workshop. Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee! For details please read the BHFS Regulations for obtaining ToR!
Collaborative Universities & Institutions: the Balkan Heritage Foundation; New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria and Conservation Of Sculptures, Monuments And Objects (CSMO), Canada;
THE TEAM & PROGRAM
Instructors and trainers:
Lectures (L), Workshops (W) and Field Instructions & Trainings (FIT):
National Museum of History, Sofia, Bulgaria
ACCOMMODATION AND FREE TIME
Accommodation and Food: in comfortable rooms with two to three beds (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV) in a hotel located in the downtown of Bankya, wich also provides free Wi-Fi. Laundry service is available. Three meals (fresh, organic Bulgarian food) per day are covered by the admission fee. They usually take place (except the lunch packages during the excursions) in the hotel restaurant. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 33 EUR. Single rooms are available upon request for the supplement of 170 EUR (for one-week period).
Free time: Bankya and esp. Sofia offer a lot of opportunities for good entertainment, SPA, sports, sightseeing and shopping. For more information look at: http://cityinfoguide.net - the Sofia monthly guide for culture and entertainment! SPA treatments, hiking and horse-riding are the possible leisure activities in Bankya! Guided visit of Sofia is organized for all field school participants and covered by the admission fee.
Extra trips and excursions: The BHFS participants could take advantage of their stay in the Balkans and take trips to some worth seeing historical sites and towns nearby. The BHFS encourages participants in the current project to visit after the field school either Athens, Greece (800 km/500 mi) or Istanbul, Turkey (570 km/350 mi). The BHFS can assist the participants who plan to organize their own trips with trip advices and recommendations, accommodation and tickets reservations, by providing historical information about the sites to be visited, arranging travel insurance and other tips. With our help these excursions could be cheap, easy, safe and pleasant.Look-up at the suggested travel ideas before/after the field school!
THE ADMISSION FEE
ADMISSION FEE: 849 EUR (app.1100 USD. Check current exchange rates!). There is no Early Bird Discount for this Worshop!
Admission fee transfer options (for further information contact Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org):
DISCOUNTS OFF THE ADMISSION FEE:
* 5% discount off the regular admission fee available in case of:
* 7% discount off the regular admission fee available in case of:
* 10% discount off the regular admission fee available in case of:
* 15% discount off the regular admission fee is available for BHFS alumni, who participate in more than one BHFS project or project session in 2014 (15% discount is valid only for the second, third etc. project/session to be attended).