The DT Digitization Certification (DTDC) Series focuses on the theory and practice of modern camera-based cultural-heritage digitization. These courses are largely equipment-agnostic, suitable both for those using DT systems or other copy stands. The full DTDC Series is currently comprised of 2 classes:
Digitization 101 – Intro to Digitization
Digitization has undergone a rapid and profound transformation in the past two decades. Legacy systems built on scanning have been replaced with modern instant capture systems. Direct-to-TIFF workflows are being replaced by Raw Workflow. Institutions are adopting FADGI and other guidelines that ensure digitization is done at a preservation-grade of quality, but require a more nuanced understanding of image quality than relying on manufacturer’s stated PPI. To fully reap the rewards of this transformation requires new hardware, software, and workflows, as well as a new approach to digitization’s position in an institutional context. In this class we’ll take the 10,000 foot view of these transformations to form a foundation of the modern approach to digitization.
Take the online course at your own pace; you are free to go through the videos and tests as quickly or slowly as you’d like, and can revisit the videos as many times as you’d like for as long as you’d like. Typically the course takes about 2 hours if taken straight through.
This course is a prerequisite to our 201 class. It must be completed online on the registrant’s own time prior to taking the 201 course.
Digitization 201 – Operator Training
This course covers routine workflows for camera-based digitization systems, from capture to post processing. It covers topics like setting exposure, establishing focus, creating an LCC (even field), as well as topics like file organization, batch editing, and batch processing. Also included are basic standards-compliance theory and image-quality evaluation, including Golden Thread and OpenDice. Students emerge ready to be operators of modern digitization systems for most non-challenging object types.
The curriculum covers workflows for both Capture One Pro (for clients using commercial-oriented cameras like Canon, Nikon, Sony, or Fuji) and Capture One CH (for clients using cultural-heritage-oriented cameras such as DT and Phase One systems). We strongly suggest you install and activate a trial of Capture One Pro and Capture One CH in the week or two prior to the class; the trial is good for 30 days so will still be valid after the class for you to practice various techniques you learn during the class. You’re welcome to bring a laptop to the class with Capture One installed but it is NOT a requirement. Both Capture One Pro and Capture One CH can be installed at the same time, click here for a step by step installation break down. If you need help with installing Capture One or activating the Pro or CH trial prior to the course, please contact [email protected]
Please plan to stay through the entire scheduled course.
Successful completion of our 101 class is required. The 201 course is a 2-day in-person training.
Click here for more information on Digitization 201 – Operator Training or reach out to our events manager, Kate Stone, with any questions at [email protected]
EACH COURSE MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY. Your registration on this page will only include registration for Digitization 201.
The 2-Day in-person training will be held at the address below:
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
SC Johnson Conference Center
1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How do I know if I’m ready for Digitization 201?
Successful completion of 101 is required to take our 201 class.
2. Does the training come with a license for Capture One Pro or Capture One CH?
No, the fee does not include Capture One software. You can download Capture One Pro here and Capture One CH here. For instructions on how to install the two programs simultaneously check out our blog post!
3. What Software should I have for the class?
We suggest that you come with both Capture One Pro and Capture One CH installed.
4. What Should I Bring?
Lunch will be provided by DT both days with vegetarian options available. If you have other dietary restrictions please contact us so we can make accommodations. If you’re able to, we recommend a laptop with the latest version of Capture One CH and Capture One Pro installed and a charger.
Due to the limited seating, Digital Transitions DOES NOT offer refunds for this program.
September 30 (Monday) 10:00 am - October 1 (Tuesday) 4:30 pm