Digital Black and White Photography Hands-on: Scanning, Conversion and Printing


Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

November 6-9, 2008 9am-5pm
$975 Limited to 10 people


Explore black and white photography in the digital age from file creation to print with a classical landscape photographer who comes from the world of large-format black and white.

Steve has maintained his deep love of black and white photography while leading the transition into digital photography. His digital black and white work dates back through 1992 with the Kodak DCS 200, the Leaf DCB and later through the BetterLight, Kodak dedicated BW cameras and the Foveon BW mode. Steve's use of custom Iris inks, gray inks for Epson printers and development work on the new HP Z3100s black and white modes shows a long-term interest in bringing BW into the mainstream digital world.

Discussions, demonstrations and hands-on projects will include scanning, conversion from color files, using filtered color for traditional tonal effects and duotone controls for tonal tuning.

Many black and white printing options and papers will be explored in detail, including the new gelatin-silver look papers.

This will be a first-class hands-on experience for lovers of Black and White photography. It should be fun.

Topics Include

  • Black and White Scanning
  • Black and White Printing modes
  • Special Printing Drivers
  • RIPs for Black and White
  • Special Inksets


  • Traditional Looks and New Looks
  • Fine Art and Traditional papers
  • Conversion in RAW, Layers and Channel Blends
  • Selective conversion
  • Tone and Beauty










Stephen Johnson is a photographic educator with exceptional talent and dedication. His talents as a teacher are no less than his skills as a master printer.

-Michael Reichmann
The Luminous Landscape

To Register
Registration fee must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class. Additional information will be sent upon registration.

Call to Register: 650 355-7507 or
Click here to register now with a credit card.

All studio workshops run from 9am to 5pm. Lunch is provided as well as refreshments throughout the day.

Overnight Accommodations


About 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. His Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography was published in 2006 by O'Reilly Media.

Current work includes With a New Eye, his ground-breaking and historic all digital national parks project, new work on Antarctica, and ongoing photographic technology development projects.

Stephen's pioneering work in digital photography has included software and product development for clients such as Apple, Adobe, Eastman Kodak, Epson, Foveon, Hewlett Packard, Leaf, Ricoh and X-rite. His work with Adobe includes ongoing consultation on the development of Photoshop since 1991 including the creation of it's duotone curves.

Photographic clients have included the Ansel Adams Publishing Trust, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Friends of Photography and the National Park Service. Johnson's photographs have been widely published and collected internationally.


He has recieved numerous awards and grants for his photographic work, including an NEA for At Mono Lake, awards from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, the Commonwealth Club of California and the Golden Light Award for the Great Central Valley. The New York Times named the Valley book as one of the eight best photography books of 1993. He was named to the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2003 and as a Canon Explorer of Light in 2006.

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To Register
Registration fee must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class. Additional information will be sent upon registration.

Register by phone 650 355-7507


This workshop is financially dependent on adequate class registration. Where minimum enrollment requirements are not met, the class will be canceled, and a full refund given. You will be notified at least one week in advance if a workshop is not going to take place. Student initiated cancellations received prior to one month before the workshop will receive a full refund, a 50% refund will be given for notice received 2 weeks immediately prior to the workshop (a full refund less a $50 overhead fee will be given if another student is able to fill the spot from a waiting list).

You should purchase refundable airline tickets as we cannot guarantee adequate enrollment to conduct the workshop.


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