Fundamentals of Digital Photography:
The Basics, and Way Beyond
November 8-9, 2008
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, California (near San Francisco)

Topics Include

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

photo by Jerry Mullins

This is an exciting exploration of photography's powerful new digital tools with one of the most knowledgeable artists in the field. This class is designed to provide you with the background and understanding to transition your work into the digital realm. The digital basics are covered here, in real world terms, with care to make sure the concepts are understood and the complications simplified. Those basics are built on to tackle the thorny issues of camera design and choice, data storage, color management and printing.

These two days are designed to breakdown misunderstanding, build enthusiasm and make clear fuzzy concepts that can hold your work back from feeling comfortable and in control. Many experienced photographers have taken this class and raved about its helpfullness in their digital transition and understanding.

In this digital era, slides or negatives can be scanned and digital cameras can make your vision able to be seen on site, all new capabilities that can set 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 to your vision.

Digitized photographs are almost infinitely malleable, tunable to your vision of the scene, or your imagination. 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.

This workshop is about taking control of your work, from the recording of light, to the image on paper. Even in graphic arts reproduction, 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 for the demonstrations. All necessary equipment will be provided during the workshop and topics will be discussed in non-technical terms. This class is presented seminar style, and is not a hands-on class with a machine for each student to use.

This is not a beginning photography class, but a fundementals of digital photography class. Basic familiarity with photography is suggested.

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 if we have time. Workshop fee includes lunch for both days.

photo by Jerry Mullins

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, historic all digital national parks project and his new book Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography to be published in early 2006.

Stephen's pioneering work in digital photography has included software and product development for clients such as Apple, Adobe, Eastman Kodak, Foveon, Epson, Hewlett Packard, Leaf, Ricoh and SuperMac. His work with Adobe includes the creation of the duotone curves shipped with their Photoshop software. He was named to the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2003. 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.

photo by Michelle Perazzo

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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