Tahoe Photo Weekend Retreat and Critiques
Stanford Alpine Chalet at Alpine Meadows

April 17-18, 2010
Limited to 12 students
$450 plus lodging ($99/day breakfast included)

Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. Optional Friday evening April 16 reception.

Highlights Include

  • Lectures
  • Individual and Group Critiques
  • Hardware and software assistance

Come spend a weekend in the Sierra with photographer Stephen Johnson in Alpine Meadows near Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe. This two-day retreat is designed to immerse you in photography. Work with Steve on image processing, composition, and the why of photography.

The weekend will consist of lectures, open time to do your own independent photographic work in the area, and critiques on both work brought from home and work done during the weekend.


  • Friday evening: No host cocktail reception
  • Saturday morning: Lecture on Exposure and Composition
  • Saturday afternoon: Free time for field work. Scheduled critiques/reviews of work, hardware help
  • Saturday evening: Group slide show/critique
  • Sunday morning: Lecture on RAW processing, Print Aesthetics
  • Sunday afternoon: Free time for field work. Scheduled critiques/reviews of work

Laptops recommended. Please bring work to be reviewed. No field instruction included. Addition lodging costs for non-participating spouses.

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The Stanford Alpine Chalet is located on the northwest region of Lake Tahoe near Tahoe city. It is about an hour from the Reno Airport, and about 3.5 hours from San Francisco. Nearby ski resorts include Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley.

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To Register

Credit Card Registration by phone 650 355-7507 (preferred)

Chalet Room Reservation information sent on enrollment.


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 designing his photographic books using a Macintosh computer and since 1994 photographing in the field with digital view cameras.

Current projects include With a New Eye, his groundbreaking and historic all digital national parks project, a new book Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography for O'Reilly, ongoing portfolio development and extensive lecturing.

Stephen's pioneering 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.

His 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.

In 1999, Folio Magazine declared the publication of Johnson's digital photographs in Life Magazine to be one of the Top 15 Critical Events in magazine publishing in the twentieth century. Stephen Johnson was named as a 2003 inductee into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, recognized for his achievements in Art. Canon named Steve as one of their Explorers of Light in 2006. In 2007 X-Rtie named Stephen as a founding member of their exclusive Coloratti group of photographers and educators honored for their skills in color management.

In 1997, Life Magazine described Stephen Johnson as an artist that "...applies science to nature and creates art." His images create "...an intimacy that brings subject and viewer close in ways conventional photographs cannot." 

The Photographer’s Gallery wrote in 1998: “Stephen Johnson's photography rides on the "bleeding edge" of photography's transition to a digital media. Schooled in the traditions of fine-art western landscape photography, Johnson has taken his understanding of traditional photographic processes and brought those skills to bear on the emerging technologies and aesthetics of digital photography. He has pushed technology companies to rise to the best of what imagemaking can be, and pushed his own vision of how we see and record light in the natural world. This has led him to conclude that the way we have traditionally captured images with silver-based photography has been a poor and distortive view of the real and rich world before our eyes. His photographs look almost "unphotographic" in their clarity and purity of color. He shows us a world we know, but rarely see on paper. His is a truly remarkable vision.”

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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 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).
For information on these seminars email info@sjphoto.com or call 650 355-7507.

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