Four Days of Hands-On Printing Instruction

Students from all across the country come in for this class....

Great Teaching
Real World Experience
Individualized Instruction

Give tangible physical form to your photographs and create the only lasting form of your work, fine-art prints, as beautiful hand-crafted renderings.


July 13-16, 2019

Limited to 6 students. If you can't make the date, tell us when you can.

Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, California (near San Francisco)

Specal Summer Sale $495 (regular $875)

Credit Card Registration online or by phone 650 355-7507

Work your photographs into a new level of perfection and beauty with fine teaching, print by print problem solving, great viewing and lighting conditions.

from our Decemnber 2016 class.

With our Digital Mac Photo Lab
each station has it's own:

  • Mac Intel Duo Core computer
  • 21 inch Eizo LCD display
  • 10 13x19 pigment inkjet printers
  • 10 Spectrophotometers for Printer Profiling
  • Monitor Calibrator for each system
  • Network Connection to large-format printers
  • 5000K-6500K Print Viewing lights at each workstation

Topics Include

  • Digital Printing Technologies
  • Monitor Calibration
  • Color Management and Profiles
  • Profile Creation
  • Fine-Art Papers
  • Print Aesthetics in a Digital World
  • Fine-Tuning the Print to Beauty
  • Print Lighting

All ink and premium paper supplied with dedicated instruction and a great atmosphere. This Workshop is limited to 6 people (all students get special attention and their own printer).

A full-time photo student tuition scholarship is available for this workshop. To apply, please download the application form and send it to us either by mail or email.

Scenes from the March 2012 class

A scene from the June 2015 class

Featuring Hahnemühle Fine Art Papers

sj print viewingprofile

Special New Workshop Features: The workshop includes a follow-up of two custom profiles made for you and a round of prints sent in (or brought in) for follow up critique.

Student Quotes:

Just had a "wonderful four days" in Steve's Printing workshop. "The workshop was satisfying in every way---and real world ---beginning from how annoying and balky digital devices can be all the way to how superb prints are within the reach and the grasp of mere mortals (like me). The recipe is disarmingly simple: add equal parts of education, inspiration, perspiration, frustration mitigation, insight, excellent technical support and equipment; mix liberally (all meanings); season with a generous spirit and humor and out comes a great four day workshop."
                                -George Andros, Los Angeles, California


There is no better teacher than Stephen Johnson. YOU are the reason for the workshop and he is passionate about helping YOU become a better photographer. Honest, kind and always willing to help make a Stephen Johnson workshop a remarkable experience. Stephen Johnson is a great photographer- and a greater friend. His love of nature and its beauty will inspire your work."

Paul Tornaquindichi, Connecticut

Workshop Testimonials

This workshop focuses exclusively on improving your fine-art digital printing in our fully-equipped Digital Lab using pigment inkjet printers. Concentration will be on inkjet printing with color pigments and black/gray ink combinations on coated and rag papers. Learn from the digital pioneer how he obtains his impressive results during four days of lectures, printing, and feedback in the studio.

We will cover workflow issues, color management, correcting color casts, adjustment layers, custom profile generation, editing and inspection. There being no magic bullet to making good prints, the workshop will also explore old fashioned testing, careful color judgments and interactive honing in on the best print possible.

Discussions will also include an exploration of print aesthetics in the digital age - what makes for a beautiful print? - do the new possibilities enhance our notion of what photography can be? - are we merely trying to imitate traditional photographic processes? Papers and their printing problems and advantages will be weighed, as well as their visual qualities.

Workshop Workings
You bring your photographs. We help you learn about the details of digital printing, then we help you make prints that reflect your visual aspirations. We'll supply paper, ink, computer, printer, viewing light and some awesome teaching with the conceptual hurdles of color management, color balance and B&W tonal control left in the dust of former lack of confidence and understanding. These four days will make a difference in your printing.

We have chosen not to add a lab fee to the workshop and are trying instead to establish a budget for ink and paper. Each student will be provided with their own workstation and printer, 20 sheets of letter sized paper and 5 of 13x19. We supply Hahnemuhle Museum Etching and Hahnemuhle PhotoRag Pearl papers. Prints beyond those numbers can be charged on a print basis. Arrangements can be made to bring your own paper and adjust ink allocations. You are also welcome to make paper profiles for your own papers during the workshop, but it will eat into your printing time.

This workshop will expand our workshop program's exploration of photography's evolution into a digitally based medium, demonstrating the technology and discussing the implications and opportunities of this dramatic change as it relates to prints. We will then spend 2 days making your prints and working them into as near perfection as we can manage. In that management is the dedication, skill, aesthetics and sensitivity that seems required to make prints of great beauty.

Learn The Possibilities

The workshop will concentrate on digital photography's possibility as a fine-arts tool using Macintosh computers, Eizo LCD displays, Adobe's Photoshop, and profiling software such as X-Rite i1Profiler and Colorbyte Software's ImagePrint RIP. All necessary equipment will be provided during the workshop and will be discussed in non-technical terms. Macintosh computer experience definitely helps, but is not required. Enrollment is limited.

This is an exciting exploration of photography's powerful new digital tools with one of the most knowledgeable artists in the field.


Credit Card Registration online or by phone 650 355-7507

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 has run his own photography, publishing and design company since the late 1980s--digitaly scanning and designing his photographic books using Macintosh computers 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, the acclaimed 2006 book Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography, new work Exquisite Earth and ongoing portfolio development and extensive lecturing.

Stephen's pioneering work in digital photography has included software and product development for clients such as Apple, Adobe, Epson, Kodak, Hewlett Packard, 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-Rite named Stephen as a founding member of their exclusive Coloratti group of photographers and educators honored for their skills in color management.

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 1997, Life Magazine described Stephen Johnson as an artist that "...applies science to nature and creates art." His images create " 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.”

Refunds and Cancellation (note changes)

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 credit for a future workshop of similar value, a 50% credit will be given for notice received at least 2 weeks immediately prior to the workshop (a full credit less a $50 overhead fee will be given if another student is able to fill the spot from a waiting list). No credit will be given if cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to the workshop. Credits need to be redeemed within one year.


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