Lily Leaves, Fitzgerald Reserve. Moss Beach. 2006.

Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info April 2006


Welcome to the April 2006 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter. As always, we hope you enjoy this edition.

Don't miss the
Fine Art Printing Hands-On workshop April 27-30, 2006 in our new hands-on lab.


...Hands On Printing workshop
...The New Lab

Online Galleries
The View From Here
...The New Lab
Featured Print Offer
...Stone Barn, Ireland
Workshop News
...Fine-Art Digital Printing Hands-On
...Highway One
...Ireland's West Coast

New Product
...Hahnemühle Museum Etching
Upcoming Events
...Imaging the Future Conference, Copenhagen
...Maine Photo workshops
Photographic Services
...Stephen Johnson Editions Announced
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Hands-On Fine Art Printing Workshop Offered Again

Special Limited Edition Neil Young Print to Aid Bridge School donation to school extended.

Online Galleries Webpage Added

Gallery Events.....

One-Day Seminars 2006


Our New State of the Art Hands-on Lab

In the past, I have been frustrated in teaching digital printing. I wanted to teach hands-on classes more often, but my own space was limited to seminar and demonstration. Other labs were under-powered, under-equipped and constrained on ink and paper. I gradually became determined to build my own facility that could rise beyond those constraints.

With these desires in mind, I have assembled the equipment to teach printing and digital photography the way I think it ought to be done, with solid information, great facilities and careful feedback, proper lighting, time and thought. We successfully premiered this new capability in March and are looking forward to using it in a variety of workshops. We continue these offerings with our April 27-30 Fine-Art Digital Printing Hands-On Workshop.


Most photographers are fascinated by both the art of photography and the technology used to produce that art.

One of the internal mysteries of the art of photography is: “How good could my photographs really be if there were virtually no money barriers to using the best photographic technology available?” 

Most people never find out. Now you can.

By enrolling and participating in a Stephen Johnson Digital Workshop you gain access to one of the leading digital imaging teachers of our time. Concurrently, you will put into practice what you are taught in one of the best-equipped digital labs in the United States.

With state of the art digital imaging technologies and equipment from Apple, Adobe, Epson, Hahnemuhle and other leading suppliers / sponsors you will experience what it is like to create without barriers.

You will be able to answer the eternal question of how good your photographs can really be.

Treat yourself.

Enroll now and experience the best digital imaging teaching and the best digital lab available. Only then will you know how good your photographs can really be.

-former student Stephen Brown

The lab is a thing of beauty. All state of the art equipment and software. Stephen has leveraged his standing to equip this with all
and best and has opened it to classes and the community. I have never seen a computer lab this well equipped.

-Will Emerson, student from the March Printing Workshop

With our brand-new Mac G5 Lab
each station has it's own:

  • Power Mac G5 Dual 2.3
  • 21 inch Eizo LCD display
  • 13x19 Epson 2400/2200 printers
  • Complete Adobe Creative Suite Premuim
  • EyeOne Spectrophotometer for Printer Profiling
  • X-Rite Monaco-Optix XR Monitor Calibrator
  • Network Connection to large-format printers
  • 5000K Print Viewing light

with Network Access to additional printers:

  • Epson 9600, 9500, 10000
  • HP 130, 8750, 9180

Facilities and Tools Available for specific classes:

  • GretagMacbeth I/O and Spectroscan Spectrophotomenters
  • GretagMacbeth ProfileMaker Pro
  • X-Rite DPT-70 and Monoco Color
  • Imacon Precision II film scanner
  • Epson Perfection 4870 print/film scanner
  • Linotype Circon 11x17 scanner
  • Fletcher Pro 60 inch matt cutter
  • Seal 72 inch Vacuum Press
  • GTI 6500°K Viewing booth
  • WireMac binding machine

Every station has its own dedicated Color Management and Profiling tools (no sharing). The Adobe Creative Suite is fully installed on every machine as well as GretagMacbeth Eye-One Match, ColorEyes monitor calibration, and the Colorbyte ImagePrint RIP. Every machine has enough RAM to really edit and print. 5000°K viewing lights available at all stations with viewing booths and print review areas also in the lab. Classes in this new lab are proving very rewarding.

Lab Technology Partners
Apple, Adobe, Eizo, Epson, X-Rite/Gretag, Hahnemühle, Colorbyte

April 2006

Stone Barn, Ireland. 1996.
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

We're offering an 11x14 inch print, matted to 16x20 and ready to frame for $195, framed for an additional $75. This print at this price is offered through April 30. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by May 15th.

About the Program
Each month we offer a signed, original print, at a special price. This is a great opportunity to own a very affordable fine-art photograph. Orders are taken for a 30-day period, then printed and shipped within two weeks after the close. When it's over, it's over, these prints won't be available again at this price.

Featured Print Web page

* Upcoming Workshops

This class gives you experience printing your files using the best tools and the best methodologies (and understanding them more thoroughly than you ever thought possible), but more importantly, critically evaluating your prints and figuring out what you need to do to coax them toward perfection.

-Susan Beveridge

Fine-Art Digital Printing: A Hands-on Workshop
April 27-30, 2006 plus new date added: June 22-25, 2006

This 4 day workshop focuses exclusively on Fine-Art Digital Printing, primarily using Epson 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 and printing 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.

Steve and his assistants will work with you to tune your printing into the vision you have of what it should be, always guiding you toward asking the most of the media. Each student will have their own 13x19 desktop printer, as well as network access to large-format printers. Paper will be supplied by Hahnemühle and Epson.

The Landscape of the California Coast
Highway One San Mateo: A Digital Photography Field Workshop
May 13-14, 2006

$650. Enrollment limited to 10 people

The coastline of San Mateo County is one of the most beautiful stretches of land and sea anywhere. From eroded, rocky shorelines, to cliffs, long beaches, redwood forests and small towns, this coast is complex and varied. We'll spend the day roaming the coast and mountain roads, stopping at state parks, county parks and checking out the lunch options along the way. Critiques wills be conducted back at our Pacifica studios.

Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast - 2006
July 22 to August 2, 2006
Seats limited to 12 students

Join Stephen Johnson and Anthony Hobbs for an unforgettable journey along the rustic West Coast of Ireland. This workshop will include hotel stays in several towns along our route from County Clare towards Connemara and Achill Island. Along the way, participants will explore western Ireland's landscape with its lush greens, rocky islands and remote castles. 

If you are interested in joining the reservation list for this workshop, please email us at  We are limiting this workshop to 12 students. Photography instruction, transportation, lodging and some meals included. Airfare to and from Shannon will be participant's responsibility. A $500 deposit will reserve your place in the class for 30 days. Please see Irish Workshop link above for details.

Zion National Park
September 2-4, 2006

Zion National Park with it's spectacular cliffs and wild rock formations will be the site for this 3 day field workshop.
The trip is designed to be a complete immersion in landscape photography and its digital evolution with the pioneer in digital landscape photography. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging.

*Death Valley dates for 2007 posted: January 13-16, 2007

* Check out our workshop web page for information on all of our workshops, including both our field and studio workshops.


Digital Photography Workshops with Stephen Johnson
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery, Pacifica, California.
9am to 5pm. $250 each.

*Digital Black and White:
Saturday April 22, 2006

*Professional Exhibition:
Saturday May 6, 2006

*Beauty in Photography: Inspiration and Composition:
Saturday June 3, 2006

*Color Management Seminar with Bruce Fraser:

UPCOMING EVENTS with Stephen Johnson

With a New Eye and the State of Digital Photography with Stephen Johnson
Lennart Nilsson Conference Imaging the Future , Copenhagen Denmark

May 18, 2006

At The Maine Photographic Workshops this Summer
The Digital Landscape July 2-8, 2006
Fine Art Digital Printing July 9-15, 2006


Hahnemühle Museum Etching

I have been working with Hahnemühle in Germany to develop a rag paper to my specifications, slight texture of "real" paper, 100% cotton rag, no optical brighteners and sufficient weight to really hold up. I am very grateful that their new Museum Etching is now shipping so everyone can have the access to it as I have had since late 2004.

“I've long wanted a 100% cotton-fiber fine-arts white paper with a traditional printmaking surface of some texture and substance.  After long discussions as to the kind of paper I needed, Hahnemühle has now made a great implementation of those qualities in their new Museum Etching Digital Fine-Art Paper. It is 100% rag, a good weight of 350gsm, no optical brighteners, a stable coating and a subtle, rich surface. There is no evident linting and it profiled well on the first try.  I've been using the White Etching for all of my Fine-Art prints for galleries and individual collectors and in my Digital Printing classes to much acclaim. It's a very beautiful paper.”

-Stephen Johnson


Digital Portraits by
The Studios of Stephen Johnson Photography

  • Instant Feedback
  • Special prices
  • Satisfaction or no fees

Stephen Johnson Editions Announced


  • Artwork Copying
  • Custom Printing
  • Custom Profiles


To purchase original prints, see:

11x14 pigment on rag paper $450 from existing prints

•Information on Stephen Johnson's Original Prints

With a New Eye: The Digital National Parks Project


Please come visit us at our gallery and see our original prints in person. The subtle detail of the prints and the beautiful texture of the fine art paper have to be seen to be understood. And while you're here, browse through our books, cards, posters, and specially priced prints.

We're happy to mail you a copy of our product catalog, just send a note to or call us.

We're located at:

Stephen Johnson Photography at the Pacifica Center for the Arts
1220-C Linda Mar Boulevard, Creekside Suites, 5-7
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-7507

Pacifica Center for the Arts from Linda Mar Boulevard

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