from the 2005 Death Valley Workshop

Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info February 2005


Welcome to the February 2005 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter. As always, we hope you enjoy this edition.

Dont' miss the Fine Art Digital Printing workshop: there are still a few spaces available.


...New: Critique Sessions
...Lecture: Photographic Composition
Featured Print Offer
Workshop News
...Yosemite in Winter
...BetterLight Fieldwork
...Irish Workshop Pre-Announcement
...Southwest Journey Workshop dates announced

Upcoming Events
New Book Pre-order
Please Visit Us
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*Lecture Series: Photographic Composition
March 3, 2005, 7-10pm $45

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

What makes a good photograph? Why do we point the camera in one direction instead of another when the subject matter might be very similar? Why does a photographer take so long to make a photograph? These and other such "compositional" questions will be discussed in this lecture on photographic composition.

There will no be rules of composition propagated here, but explorations and suggestions. A good nuts and bolts evening for improving your photographs.A question and answer period will conclude the evening.

New Gallery Event.....
*Photography Critique Session
Thursday evening, February 24, 2005, 7-10pm
$45 per session for showing work
$25 per session to attend

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Feedback on our work has proven critical to many of us involved in the arts. In this emerging age of digital photography, it is hard to find people knowledgeable in the technology and with a background and experience in the fine arts.

After many requests, we are initiating monthly critiquing sessions at our studio in Pacifica, California. The session will be conducted from 7 until 10pm (if needed), and refreshments will be available. Attendance will be limited to 10 students wishing to show work, others may attend to listen and learn. Prints or digital files are acceptable forms of presentation. Projection will be available. Registration to show work requires the pre-submission of sample work.

February 2005

The Bavarian Alps near Garmisch Germany. 1995.
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

My friend Alexis Gerard and I were invited to speak at the FOGRA Conference in Munich during the winter of 1995. The conference went very well, but I was anxious to see the Alps to the south. Our host Michael Has volunteered to take us up to the mountains. We had a fine day amid the farmlands of southern Germany and the ski towns of the northern Alps. The ski lifts provided easy access to some elevation and immersion into the rocky spires.

I remember opening the 140mb scan on my PowerBook 540c with 32mb of RAM. It took 20 minutes to offload the files, and another 20 to open it in Photoshop. Nice reassurance, but only in the car on the way back.

I've looked at this photograph with great affection many times over the years. I finally decided to share it.

Featured Print Web page

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 February 28. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by March 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.

Tsunami Aid
We appreciate the orders for the January print and are very proud to have sent the funds to UNICEF. It is a great example of how art can contribute. We were able to send a check in an amount that would not have been easy to contribute on our own. Thanks.

* Upcoming Workshops

Fine Art Digital Printing still a few spaces available
February 16-17, 2005
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, California

Yosemite in Winter
with the Magical Digital Bus
February 26-28, 2005

Fieldwork with the BetterLight Scanning Camera
April 9, 2005
San Mateo Coastline and the Stephen Johnson Photography Studios, Pacifica, California.

Fundamentals of Digital Photography
April 16-17, 2005
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios

Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast
June 25 – July 4, 2005
Tentative Cost: $5000
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 Donegal. 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. Final pricing and final itinerary will be announced in a subsequent newsletter. A fully refundable $500 deposit will reserve your place in the class.

Southwest Journey through 7 National Parks
A Digital Photography Field Workshop
with a full moon and the Magical Digital Bus
August 10--21, 2005

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

UPCOMING EVENTS with Stephen Johnson

The Digital Landscape: Florida
Palm Beach Workshop
March 14-18, 2005
Members: $995 • Non-members: $1045
Prerequisites: Imaging Overview or equivalent experience

Spend a week with digital photography pioneer Stephen Johnson exploring landscape and urban photography in the digital age. This workshop will blend field work, image processing, printing, and presentation into a week jam-packed with information and inspiration. Primary emphasis will be on empowering participants to get past technological hurdles and pursue their vision. Aesthetics and technology, workflow and results will be the goals for the week. Workshop time will roughly split 1/3 in the field, 2/3 in the digital lab.

Keynote Address by Stephen Johnson: The Magical Digital Bus: Dynamic Visual Education in the Landscape
April 6, 2005 12 noon
TechEd Conference
Pasadena, California

Antarctica Workshop
November 30 — December 11, 2005

My friend Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape has organized a Photography Workshop to Antarctica in December 2005. I will be teaching the workshop with Michael, John Paul Caponigro, Jeff Schewe, Seth Resnick and Chris Sanderson. We will have the entire boat for our 10 day trek to the Antarctic Peninsula. The workshop filled with Michael's pre-announcement to his own list and so is listed here for information purposes or in case you want to be added to the waiting list.

The Digital Landscape: Maine
Maine Photo Workshop
August 21-26, 2005


About my fourth book "Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography"
Perspectives & Techniques from a Digital Photography Pioneer Exploring the Intersection of Art & Technology

This work traces the evolution of digital imaging from publishing to space exploration, explains the technology underlying the digital photo revolution, explores a personal history of involvement and influence, and uses the pages to suggest pathways through what Stephen considers the core of Photoshop for photographers in transition and rebirth into the digital realm. His personal insights, workflows and encouragement are central to this work, but the concentration on digital photography as photography and not computer science or trickery, makes this work pivotal. The sections on aesthetics, composition and ethics take stands and make concrete suggestions that are welcome in this age of anything goes and the assault on photographic truth.

Steve Johnson, one of the true visionaries of the digital photography era, offers us a technical tour de force and passionate artistic overview of the possibilities inherent in this new medium. On Digital Photography should be required reading for every aspiring photographic artist."

-Ted Orland, photographer & writer

"The hardest challenge to the digital author is to create a book that is not out of date by the time the ink is dry. Steve Johnson has broken through this barrier, creating the first book that address digital photography as a complete process, from digital's earliest beginnings, through today's technology knothole and ethical impact on our world. 12 on a scale of 10."

-Richard Newman, Education Coordinator, Calumet Photographic

Publication date to be determined. To learn more, go to:


As always, to purchase original prints:

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 Sanchez Art Center
1220-C Linda Mar Boulevard, Creekside Suites, 5-7
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-7507

The Sanchez Art Center from Linda Mar Boulevard

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