The Landscape of the California Coast
A Digital Photography Field and Studio Workshop

Enrollment limited to 10 people

Workshop Brochure pdf

It's time to do a digital photography field workshop for experienced photographers. And this is it. The workshop will be a dynamic combination of a traditional landscape photography workshop while diving deep into the digital age. Technical and aesthetic considerations will be discussed in detail.

We will spend our first half-day in the studio preparing for our outings. Topics covered will be optimal digital camera use in a variety of formats, file size and printing considerations. Day 2 will be fieldwork at various locations with intensive presentations and assistance. Day 3 will be back in the studio, opening, editing (where necessary), and printing the photographs made on day 2. Day 4 will be back in the field putting into practice lessons learned during days 1-3. Some field power and field printing will also be available.

A number of BetterLight and possibly Dicomed Scanning camera inserts for 4x5 view cameras will be available for use. Participants who want to use the scanning cameras will have to supply their own 4x5 camera and accessories. A limited number of Macintosh PowerBooks will be available to control the cameras. A few 35mm format digital cameras will also be available for use. Bringing your own digital camera is greatly encouraged. There will be some teaming up on equipment.

High-end b&w and color inkjet printers and supplies will be provided during the workshop. Our printing will be limited, but should provide good feedback.

Explorers just wanting to use film, but anxious to learn the ropes, are also welcome.

Digital exposure and dynamic range, color management, printers, papers and pigments, b&w and color, composition, emotion and amazement-all will be part of our ambitious 4-day excursion into the evolving world of digital photography.

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, an all digital national parks project, and the digital scanning and restoration a 600 glass-plate negative collection from the early twentieth century.

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, and the Friends of Photography. Johnson's photographs have been widely published and collected internationally.

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Registration fee must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class. Additional information will be sent upon registration. Call 650 355-7507 with credit card or make check payable to: Stephen Johnson.

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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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