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Creating Optical Holograms

Instructor: Melissa Crenshaw

Course Curriculum

Outline for Course starting May 2nd,  2024       

MM Crenshaw


Creating Optical Holograms:

Creating Optical Holograms, the options and possibilities.


SESSION  1   Part 1  Introduction to this course, Overview,

What is Optical Holography and what are real Optical Holograms?

What is not an Optical Hologram!

Brief History and Culture.

Overview of Holography

The Culture (Artist emerge)


SESSION  1   Part 2  Basics and the technical language

Creating an optical hologram (more detail in later sessions)

The technical language used to describe Holography.

Examples of Art Holograms


SESSION 1  Part 3  Overview of Hologram equipment, recording Studios and labs, color.

Equipment Overview (details in a later session)

Holographic equipment  requirements




SESSION 2  Part 1  More on Breaking down the equipment requirements, Publications.

Review and more details:

Recording Materials: Silver halide, Photo Polymer, Dichromate Gel, Photo Resist , Pros and cons.

The film/plate holder: ease of use in the dark, stability requirement, edge diffraction issues

Publications (advice and cautions)


SESSION 2  Part 2   The diverse types of Optical Holograms (technical diagrams & examples)

Examples of the diverse types of technical holography by artists with diagrams.


Hybrid Holography

Synthetic (CGH) Digital input, analog systems for the hard copy


SESSION 3  Part 1   Optical Holograms Deeper Dive

Deeper Dive, Creative/technical options possible with the Single Beam and multiple Beam setup.

SESSION 3  Part 2    Deeper dive continued

Mixed media considerations

Multi-channel Masters:  Possible only with the H1 to H2 process

Content: Examples of Subjects/objects/scenes

Setting up a playback/reconstruction light for illuminating and evaluating your holograms.


SESSION 4  Part 1 Setting up to record a direct, single beam, Reflection & Transmission Holograms.

How a single beam hologram is created.

Off-the-shelf kits, advantages and disadvantages.

Diagrams and photos of different SBR systems you can set up.

The Sand Isolation Table:


SESSION 4  Part 2

Considering your options and how to decide on what system to set up, designing your scene/object.

Fundamental skills for creating all Optical Holograms.

Designing an object or scene for an SBR Hologram


SESSION 5 Part 1  Step by step

Review:  setting up your own system to make SB holograms.

Step-by-step process, in the correct order for recording an optical hologram.

Troubleshooting: Things that can go wrong resulting in dim images or no image at all.


SESSION 5 Part 2  Preserving  Holograms.

Preserving your finished holograms.


SESSION 6 Part 1

Exhibition space considerations.

Pedestals and display stand options, frames.

Review of Lamp considerations for lighting your works in an exhibition or display setting.

Examples of Exhibitions


SESSION 6 Part 2


Where to go from here: Labs, Resources

Links document

The Center for Holographic Arts

Facebook communities


Email any questions or for guidance please direct to M Crenshaw

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