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Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info February 2007


Welcome to the February 2007 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter. As always, we hope you enjoy this edition.

We've been working hard on workshops, printmaking and the spring publication of Steve's long-awaited book on the national parks "With a New Eye."

Don't miss our Fine Art Digital Printing and San Francisco workshops in March and Mendocino May 5-6.


...Book Now Shipping!
...Special Edition Announced
Lab Rental
New Products
...Panoramics Poster
Featured Print Offer
...Tree and Cliff, Canyonlands
The View From Here
Workshop News
...Hands-On Fine Art Digital Printing
...San Francisco Digitally
...Mendocino and the North Coast
Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast
...One Day Seminars

The Book
...Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography
Upcoming Events
...Monthly Critiques
Recent Publicity
...podcasts reviews
Photographic Services
...Stephen Johnson Editions
Visit Us
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Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography

Signed Copies Now Shipping!

Special Edition Announced
Limited Edition Slip-cased edition with original print
State of the Art Digital Lab
Now Available As Classroom or Individual Workstation Rental
  • printing
  • profiling
  • image editing

New Products

New Poster: Four Panoramics
GrayCapsTM Digital gray card you will always have with you
Gallery Events.....

Critique Session
March 22, 2007, 7-10pm

Newsletter Subscriber's Benefit

Adobe Lightroom 1.0 for $199 ($100 discount available beyond Adobe's 90 day offer). Email for discount code.

February 2007

Tree and Cliff, Canyonlands 1995
11x14 Pigment Print

$195 each

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 Feb. 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.

Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography

Four Panoramics poster by Stephen Johnson
promoting the book

24x32 inches, 300 line screen


The Digital gray card you will always have with you.


Around the Gallery
Some big prints going out and some new papers being evaluated. John Csongradi and Jim Rubino are helping alot. It's great to have two engineers around, one also a surgeon, the other also an inventor. Since building the hands-on lab, their help has been crucial. Michelle is typically doing more than is really possible, bringing great humanity to our enterprise, and holding the whole operation together.

The new HP Z3100 printer has arrived.
After nearly three years of development work with HP, their new line of large format self-profiling printers are now shipping. I'm very anxious to work the printer to its limits and beyond. Its built-in color profiling will be put through its paces during the next few months. Look for some news in later newsletters to see if what I helped create is what I now prefer to use.

Finishing the Parks Book
Growing in size and context, the parks book is nearing its final form and heading into editing. Although limited to 256 pages, the working length has grown to 308 pages. Length diting will have to follow copy editing.

In November, I reorganized the book into regions, even making up a middle west region. We'll see how it flies through editing but it did commit the work to a needed organizational structure.

The 300 line screen tests came back from the printer and they look very good. The duotone reproductions from On Digital Photography worked so well that I'm confident about the black and white photographs.

We are on schedule for a September publishing date. The details of a special limited edition for collectors will be available soon.

Getting Ready for Antarctica:
Packing up for the voyage, trying to fit gear in to secure, too small spaces. Still no consumer map GPS coverage south of 55° south, but readings still work. I have to be careful with time settings to link up the GPS Tracks with camera EXIF data. We'll probably settle on ship time, and let the GPS track Genwhich differencial.

Buenos Aires
Long flight down, rescheduled planes, heat, the basso nova La Boca neighborhood with its bright colors and great music. A three piece band called Flower Power with sax, guitar and violin on the street with cold beer and improv vocal by local elder. Jazz, blues and latin soul all rolled into a single piece. Meeting up with good friends and our first greetings with workshop people.

In Ushuaia, Argentina
Last day on land after a long journey down, boarding the ship this afternoon, the Professor Multanovskiy. Taking time to update this newsletter and spend some quiet time before the voyage.

First stop, the Falklands, then on to South Georgia's wildlife and glaciers. From there we cross back to the southwest and onto the Antarctic Peninsula.

I'm looking forward again to the icebergs, their color, scale and wild abstraction. The adventure of seeing new places continues to draw me to these trips. Down here though, it is the very real sense of being on the edge of the world. It is only conceptual, as in how we construct our maps and orientation. But in terms of our human experience of the world, it's way past an edge, well-over into the barely known.

Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography

Book Reviews
Book Comments online

* Upcoming Workshops
We hope you find our selection of classes interesting and useful for your needs. We take the imparting of information and the empowerment of our students quite seriously. The digital age has considerably enhanced our ability to teach, and we believe your ability to capture what you see. This program is designed to help you benefit from both of these advances. We hope you can join us on a workshop.

San Francisco Digitally
March 17-18, 2007
In and around San Francisco for the workshop and 15 miles south at Stephen Johnson Photography Studios in Pacifica for the pre-meeting and critique.

A two day digital photography workshop exploring some of San Francisco's most visually interesting areas. We'll spend time in the Presidio with its old forts and forests, downtown skyscraper cityscapes, the Palace of Fine Arts World's Fair remnants, Fort Point with its spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, (and possibly the Marin Headlands) and the urban eden of Golden Gate Park. We will also take in the restored Cliff House and its historic Camera Obscura. Much time will be spent walking and looking, knowing we will be in the area for awhile, giving you the freedom to explore, but also keeping help nearby.

* Fine-Art Digital Printing Hands-On
March 29-April 1, 2007
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

This workshop focuses exclusively on improving your fine-art digital printing in our new Digital Lab, 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, 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 judgements and interactive honing in on the best print possible.

* Mendocino and the North Coast

May 4-5, 2007

Dive into the lush seascape of California's North Coast on this intensive two-day photographic workshop to Mendocino. Dark, musty redwood rainforests pierced by sunbeam shafts, spectacular rocky cliffs with the tumbling surf below, and rolling shoreline dunes will fill our two days with remarkable varied photographic experiences. The north coast architecture of this beautiful little township and the fishing port of Noyo will add plenty of man-made subject matter to our weekend. And, of course, we will find time to sample a few of Mendocino's good eating establishments.

The misty north coast light will likely be as much our subject matter as the landforms. This special quality of light is part of what makes this area so visually interesting and dynamic. Come prepared for rain, fog and sun.

* Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast - 2007
June 20-30, 2007
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.


-RAW Processing: March 10, 2007
-Color Management: April 21, 2007
-Digital Black and White: May 19, 2007
-Beauty in Photography: Inspiration & Composition: June 2, 2007

* 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

Critique Session: March 22, 2007


O'REILLY podcast
MacVoices Podcast
MacEdtion Radio
Book Reviews
Book Comments online


We are now offering rental time in our new lab on an hourly basis during our normal business hours.

Tuesday-Friday 10am to 5pm.
$25 per hour, plus a per print charge

Includes full access to calibrated monitors, fast G5 Macs, Epson pigment inkjet printers, 5000°k viewing lights and color profile creation hardware and software.

Appointments can be made by calling 650 355-7507.
Familiarity with Mac OSX and Photoshop CS2 or Adobe Lightroom recommended. Staff tutorials available for additional charge.

A Great Opportunity!
  • Fully equipped lab
  • Make your own printer profiles
  • Finally have access to the equipment you need


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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