Holography Workshops

Frank DeFreitas October 2014
Frank DeFreitas, Holographer
Still going strong after 32 years of holography:
Exhibiting at a 2014 Maker Faire in Scranton, PA

2015 is 32 YEARS of my famous holography workshops!


Not everyone needs a holography workshop. Some people can begin on their own, utilizing the many DIY resources available both online and off. Others have a personal preference to first work with someone that has experience. With that being said, I can almost guarantee that when all is said and done, it will usually cost much more to learn on your own. DIY is not always what it is celebrated to be. My advice after 30+ years of seeing the results of both? Learn correctly the first time: take a workshop.

After 32 years of actively working with holography (and nearly 50 years of following it), I have developed a new workshop for 2015 that celebrates the classical techniques of making holograms (or as some would say, it celebrates the "good old days" of holography). Offered at my personal holography home studio, and located in a small Pennsylvania town, this workshop is geared for people just starting out, as well as "old timers" wanting to dust off and power up the old laser.

We'll start off with a bit of history, theory and basic techniques. You'll get to view a few very famous holograms, and enjoy some antique lasers and memorabilia. Next, we'll head down into the lab for a full step-by-step, start to finish demonstration workshop. Perhaps most importantly, you'll see how you can make your own equipment: equipment that gives extraordinary results that rivals (and in some cases exceeds) holograms made by professional studio laboratories ... all hand-built from inexpensive (even no-cost), readily available materials. Your workshop will include a reference CDROM that is filled with years of accumulated holography instructional information (how to make holograms; darkroom chemistry formulas; computer-generated holograms; table layouts, full color holography; and more). Each class / lab size is limited to one to four students. An adult must accompany any student under 18 years of age, however there is no additional fee for the adult. Contact me for more information on when the next class will take place (see telephone and email link below), or suggest a few dates of your own, and I'll try to accommodate one of your choices. Can also be held at your location.

You'll also appreciate my reasonable fee, which remains the same as it was back in 1983 ... adjusted each year only for inflation. As I have with students since 1983, I hope to work with you soon.

P.S.: Running since 1983, my workshop program is one of the longest, continuously running holography workshop programs in the entire world. Same instructor (me), same location for 32 years.

Frank DeFreitas, holographer
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

send email to frank defreitas at holoworld

About My Work in Holography:

Since 1983, my past clients include: The Smithsonian Institution, Wash. D.C. (The Hirshhorn Museum & Ripley Education Center); The Franklin Institute, Phila; Stevens Institute of Technology; Liberty Science Center, NJ; The Discovery Center of Science and Technology, PA; Lehigh University Physics Dept.; University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; California Institute of Technology; Northampton Commmunity College; Lehigh-Carbon Community College; Allentown Art Museum; Rodale Press; WFMZ-TV; NASA / Northrop Grumman; Georgian Court University Physics Dept.; AT&T; Lucent Technologies; U.S. Navy; Fuji Film Corp.; Dupont; the Urban Systemic Initiative (NSF); and many elementary, middle and high schools. National Science Foundation-funded programs; scouts; home school groups; corporate events; birthday parties; and teaching the first online class for holography, with America On Line, in 1995.

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I viewed my first laser and hologram in 1968 and designed and built my own holography lab in 1983. I have spent 30+ years working with lasers and holograms in various capacities. Presently, I am retired to my study, where I spend my time caring for my 20,000+ piece holography history archives and welcoming the occasional visitor from around the world. I now have time to work on my own projects, and I enjoy providing historical and technical knowledge through speaking engagements. My full bio page is here, and you can write to me at: holoworld at yahoo dot com (replace the "at" with @ and the "dot" with .)

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