A 10 Day Field Workshop
with Stephen Johnson
and the Magical Digital Bus

The Trip

Experience our ten-day trek through the visual wonderlands of southern Utah and northern Arizona. We visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Monument Valley and end up at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The trip was designed to be a complete immersion in landscape photography and its digital evolution with the pioneer in digital landscape photography.

Route pdf

The Workshop

This digital landscape workshop explored these national parks with the new tools of digital photography, including on-site visualization, and technical evaluation. Lectures will include digital exposure, composition, visual distillation, archiving, color management and fine-art printing. We discussed technical and aesthetic issues, tapping into participants emotional response to this landscape, working toward images that are uniquely their own. The emphasis was on improving the composition and technical finesse of the participants, empowering the individual photographers to better pursue their vision, from image-making to print-making. We held group and individual critique sessions, using a digital projector and workstations to display selections of the day's work.

Participant Galleries

Andrew Knoll
Andrew Stern
Betty Blecha
Curt Kiest
Eric Csongradi
Hannah Knoll
John Csongradi
Nick Kiest
Ruth Knoll
Thomas Fenwick
Thomas Knoll

Workshop Experiences

Stephen Johnson
Nikki Fox
Andrew Stern

The Magical Digital Bus

We employed a specially-built digitally equipped eBus operated and sponsored by The Community College Foundation. This eBus is a 10 workstation digital classroom, complete with Macintosh PowerBook G4 17" computers, Apple HD 23 LCD displays, Epson and Hewlett-Packard inkjet printers and paper, and digital projection for our critiques and lectures. A satellite internet connection provided continuous access to email, websites relevant to our fieldwork, and alowed daily opportunities to post images from the workshop onto this website we built. Sharing workshop experiences in a variety of media was encouraged.

This unique field photography workshop capability gave us a freedom to make our photographs, inspect and archive them, critique, print and publish the images, all from the field.

Digital cameras from Foveon and BetterLight were available to borrow during the workshop.

It turned out be an unparalleled experience.

The Workshop Program

Individual problem solving has been a high priority in this workshop program all through its 25 year history. Classes are kept small to maximize individual attention. Students bring some of their work to demonstrate how they see, what they are happy with, and photographs that indicate problems they are encountering.

Corporate Sponsors

We are very grateful for the help of the following institutions and companies for their help supplying equipment and software for this workshop.

Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, BetterLight, Community College Foundation, Epson, Foveon, GretagMacbeth and Hewlett-Packard.


A full agenda is being undertaken for this workshop, including dawn and dusk sessions. We have been doing a fair amount of walking in the canyons and on the dunes.

Arches NPS Website
Canyonlands NPS Website
Bryce Canyon NPS Website
Zion NPS Website
Canyon de Chelly NPS Website

Stephen Johnson

A photographer, teacher and designer, Stephen has been teaching and working in photography since 1977. His books include At Mono Lake, the critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland and Making a Digital Book. He runs his own photography, publishing and design company--scanning and preparing his photographic books using a Macintosh computer and now photographing in the field with digital view cameras.

Current projects include With a New Eye, his groundbreaking and historic all digital national parks project.

Stephen's work in digital photography, desktop color separations and digital imaging has included software and product development for clients such as Apple, Adobe, Eastman Kodak, Leaf, Ricoh and SuperMac. His work with Adobe includes the creation of the duotone curves shipped with their Photoshop software. Photographic clients have included the Ansel Adams Publishing Trust, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Friends of Photography. Johnson's photographs have been widely published and collected internationally.

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