UC Berkeley History of Art Department

 The following is a list of some of the tools/skills the VRC staff can assist you with:

  • Using local and subscription image databases
  • Search strategies and best practices for finding images
  • Instruction on the use of image presentation software such as PowerPoint or ARTstor's OIV
  • Basic Photoshop and scanning techniques
  • Guidelines for obtaining copyright permissions for publication
  • Digital photography, panoramic, and 360-degree capture techniques
  • Data Visualization 

Past Instruction Sessions:


Out of the Archives & Into Your Laptop: Capture, Management, and Storage for Personal Image Collections

Presented by: Lynn Cunningham, Jason Hosford, Eugene De La Rosa, Mary Elings (Bancroft), Jamie Whittenberg (Research Data Management), and Quinn Dombrowski (Research IT) 

Reflective Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Photogrammetry Workshop
Presented by: Cultural Heritage Imaging

May 19, 2016
308A Doe Library

Cultural Heritage Imaging will present a 2-hour workshop on breakthrough imaging techniques used in cultural heritage and natural history documentation and preservation.

RTI is a computational photographic method that captures a subject’s surface shape and color and enables the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. And Photogrammetry refers to deriving 3D measurements from photographs. Read their overview of Photogrammetry and learn how the photogrammetric process captures extremely dense and accurate 3D surface data with standard digital camera equipment.

Out of the Archives & Into Your Laptop: Capture, Management, and Storage for Personal Image Collections

Presented by: Lynn Cunningham, Jason Hosford, Mary Elings (Bancroft), Jamie Whittenberg (Research Data Management), and Camille Villa (Research IT)
February 12, 2016
308A Doe Library
Before you head out to do research in the archives this semester, please join us for a workshop on best practices for gathering and digitizing research materials. This workshop will focus on capturing visual and manuscript materials, but will be useful for any researcher collecting research materials from archives. Topics covered will include smart capture workflows, preserving and moving metadata, copyright, and platforms for managing and organizing your research data.

Visual Literacy: Learning to Look and Looking to Learn

Feburary 26, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
308A Doe Library and the Berkeley Art Museum
Registration required. See the workshop website for more information:


3D Modeling and Photogrammetry Presented by: Lisa Trever, Isabella Warren, Ashley Jerbic, Lynn Cunningham

Creating Online Exhibits with Google Open Gallery and StoryMapJS

Presented by: Lynn Cunningham
Instruction session on creating online exhibits using Google Open Gallery and StoryMapJS. Students in the Murals of the Americas class learned how to use Google Open Gallery to annotate images with video, audio, and text. Students also learned how to load gigapixel images into StoryMapJS and create captions and image annotations.

Obtaining Copyright Permission for Publication
Presented by: Lynn Cunningham & Jason Hosford
Workshop for graduate students on the basics of obtaining copyright permission, sources for restriction-free images, and a brief history of copyright law including a discussion on fair use and public domain. Many resources on the VRC copyright page are referenced: http://arthistory.berkeley.edu/resources/policies

ARTstor batch download
Presented by: Lynn Cunningham 
Lynn reviews the feature in ARTstor which allows the user to batch download images into a PPT presentation.

PowerPoint Tools -- Video
Presented by: Jason Hosford
Jason will discuss how to use video in PowerPoint.  He will instruct users on how to embed, link, and play video in a presentation.

PowerPoint Tools  -- Transitions and Animations
Presented by: Jason Hosford
Jason will cover transitions and animations in PowerPoint.

Europeana Portal
Presented by: Lynn Cunningham
Lynn will present on Europeana, a search engine for the digitized collections of museums, libraries, archives and galleries across Europe. Europeana is a single access point to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records. It is an authoritative source of information coming from European cultural and scientific institutions. http://www.europeana.eu/portal/

Digital Photography
Presented by: Julie Wolf
Learn the basics of using a digital SLR camera.