Diving into the Details
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, California (near San Francisco)

October 16-17, 2004

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
  • 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. Your slides or negatives can be scanned and digital cameras will be demonstrated, all with a goal of setting you on a course that could be the visual equivalent of never-never land. 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.

Digitized photographs are almost infinitely malleable. Montage and collage is seamless. Restoration of damaged and faded photographs is a joy. Funky color balance can be faithfully corrected. Archiving takes on whole new meaning. Strange new worlds can form before your eyes. With digital cameras, the moment captured is seen only moments later.

Finally imagemakers can control what happens to their reproduced work, 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.

This workshop 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

The workshop will concentrate 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 discussed in non-technical terms.

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. Workshop fee includes lunch for both days.

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 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 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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Last updated on March, 2004. Mail comments to: sjphoto@aol.com
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