The Fundamentals of Digital Photography

An Eight Meeting, Four Week Course
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings: June 3 through July 3, 2003. 7-9pm
(on-going registration available, missed classes on video)
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, California (near San Francisco)

Topics Include

  • What is a Digital Image
  • Hardware Choices
  • Input/Scanning
  • Digital Cameras in the Field & in the Studio
  • Software: The Electronic Darkroom
  • Basic Tools of Image Editing
  • Color & Contrast
  • Photographic Composition
  • Digital Photography Tools & Techniques
  • Introduction to ColorSync & Color Management
  • Calibration
  • Image Compression
  • Printing & Color Separations

This is an exciting exploration of photography's powerful new digital tools with one of the most knowledgeable artists in the field. This course will cover the fundamental information you need to manage your transition into digital photography. This is a unique opportunity to get your questions really answered.

You'll walk in with your photographs and your imagination, and walk out with a new vision of where photography is headed. And how to help shape that future to your vision.

This class is about taking control of your work, from the recording of light, the transition from film to scan, to the image on paper. Even in graphic arts reproduction, imagemakers can control what happens to their reproduced work like never before, create beautiful duotones, tritones, or even quadtones, making a reproduction imitate the depth of a silver print or stay true to the carefully controlled color of your original.

Class time will explore photography's evolution into a digitally based medium, demonstrating the technology and discussing the implications and opportunities of this dramatic change.

Learn The Possibilities

Our emphasis will be on digital photography's possibilities as a fine-arts photography tool, using Macintosh computers, Adobe's Photoshop software and inkjet printers. All necessary equipment will be provided during the workshop and topics will be explained in non-technical terms. You will leave with an understanding of the terminology.

You'll leave having a good grasp of the kind of equipment you need to accomplish your goals, budgets, priorities, and best of all, what you can do with these ever more capable and amazing tools.

The nearby Pacific Ocean beach should provide a fairly nice field trip opportunity as the days lengthen in the spring.

Classes will be videotaped for in-studio viewing in case a class is missed. Meeting dates June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19 and July 1, 3.

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. 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 all digital national parks project.

Stephen's work in digital photography has included software and product development consulting for clients such as Apple, Adobe, Eastman Kodak, Foveon, 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.

This class 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 week before the workshop will receive a full refund, a 50% refund will be given for notice received during the week immediately prior to the workshop.

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