Workshop on Advanced Digital Photographic Documentation of Artifacts and Architecture (RTI and Photogrammetry), 2014

Location: Bankya , Bulgaria

May 31, 2014 to June 7, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Flyer: bhfs_brochure_2014.pdf

Discount for AIA members: 
5% discount off the regular admission fee.

Program Type

Field school


The Balkan Heritage Foundation; New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria and Conservation Of Sculptures, Monuments And Objects (CSMO), Canada.

Project Director:

George A. Bevan (PhD) - Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Queen's University, Canada

Project Description

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 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:

  • Lectures and Workshops related to Advanced Digital Photographic Documentation of Artifacts and Architecture: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Photogrammetry and Digital Drawing related to them;
  • Field training on RTI and Photogrammetry at one medieval ecclesiastic edifice and an area with a couple of standing stone-crosses dedicated to different Christian saints;
  • Guided visit of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.

All participants will receive:

  • Project handbook (in PDF version by e-mail and a hard copy on arrival);
  • Balkan Heritage Field School Certificate specifying the fieldwork hours, educational modules, and sites visited.


Period(s) of Occupation: Late Medieval and Early Modern period (fourteenth to nineteenth century).

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One week.

Minimum age: 

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.

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants will be accommodated 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. Requests for vegetarian food are accepted. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee.

849 EUR (app.1100 USD. Check current exchange rates!). The Admission fee includes educational and fieldwork activities, full-board accommodation (hotel + 3 meals per day), materials, project Handbook, issue of Certificate of Attendance, excursions/sightseeing tours/entrance fees and administrative costs.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
The New Bulgarian University
Number of credits offered 3 credits.
Transcripts are available upon request for an additional tuition fee starting from 270 EUR (app. 350 USD).


Contact Information
Ms. Anna Parmakova
204 "Sveta Troitsa", St.
Stara Zagora
+ 359 877 725 052