Point Reyes
National Seashore

A Digital Photography Field Workshop
with Stephen Johnson
and the Magical Digital Bus

June 5-7, 2004. 3 days

Enrollment limited to 10 people

This workshop offers 3 intensive photographic days concentrating on the character of Point Reyes National Seashore. Discussions will focus on portraying a contrasting land that thrusts out to sea, dotted by open grassy
hills and lush forests, surrounded by long stretches of sand and ocean. Our goal will be to better understand this unique place through its landforms and magical everchanging light.

The three-day workshop includes field instruction, critiques, and discussion of composition, digital camera characteristics and exposure. Individualized instruction is designed to accommodate beginning and advanced students. The weekend will mix walking and driving, exploring the trails, beaches and rural countryside of the park. We will visit the windblown Point Reyes headlands that juts miles out into the Pacific, offering ocean views found nowhere else. Time will also be spent in the forest, looking for form and design in the rich flora.

A beautiful coastal forest, isolated undeveloped beaches and views encompassing hundreds of square miles of land and sea will be the rewards of this weekend at Point Reyes. This dynamic landscape promises an intensive and interesting three days on California’s rugged coastline.

The Workshop

We'll spend three activity packed days in and around the seashore, sometimes rising before dawn and lingering for the last moment of twilight. Beaches, trails, cliffs, and a curved expanse of sand-swept dunes, make the trip very worthwhile for photography.

The trip is designed to be a complete immersion in landscape photography and its digital evolution. We will discuss technical and aesthetic issues, tapping into your emotional response to this landscape, working toward images that are uniquely your own.

Individual problem solving is a high priority in my workshop program. Classes are kept small to maximize individual attention. Plan to bring some of your work to give me an idea of how you see, what you are happy with, and photographs that indicate problems you are encountering.

The Magical Digital Bus

We will be employing a state of the art custom-built digitally equipped eBus operated and sponsored by The Community College Foundation. This eBus will be a 10 workstation digital classroom, complete with Macintosh PowerBook G4 17" computers, Apple HD 23 LCD displays, inkjet printers and paper, archiving stations and digital projection for our evening critiques. A high speed satellite internet connection will provide continuous access to email, websites relevant to our fieldwork, and provide daily opportunities to post images from the workshop onto a special website we'll build. Sharing workshop experiences in a variety of media is being encouraged. See it's previous use at the Southwest Workshop Webpage.


Lodging can be arranged Inverness or Pt. Reyes Station. A list of motels will be provided.

A full agenda is planned for this workshop, including dawn and dusk sessions. We will be doing a fair amount of walking on the trails and beaches.

Pt. Reyes NPS Website
Pt. Reyes Maps

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.

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. 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.

Stephen Johnson Biography

To Register
Registration fee must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class. Additional information will be sent upon registration.

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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).

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