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Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info January 2005

Featured Print Offer
Workshop News
...New Lecture: Making Better Digital Photos
...Yosemite in Winter
Irish Workshop Pre-Announcement
Upcoming Events
New Book Pre-order
Pacifica Land Trust Poster
Please Visit Us
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Welcome to the January 2005 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter.

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition.


*Lecture Series: Making Better Digital Photos

February 3, 2005, 7-10pm $45

Photographer Stephen Johnson takes the audience through digital cameras and editing software to help them make better photographs.

A question and answer period will conclude the evening.

*Open House Party

Former Photoshop Product Manger Jeff Parker (now of Urban Farmer), writer Bruce Fraser, Steve, HyperCard author and
photographer Bill Atkinson and BetterLight camera inventor Mike Collette.

Thanks to all of you who came to the private and public Open House events in December. It was great to see so many friends. A celebration gallery has been created at:


Thanks to Chris Hunter of the Pacifica Tribune who covered the event for his paper and let us use his photographs.

January 2005

Oaks and Lupins
Merced River near Snelling, California. 1984.
from The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland

11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

This photograph was made on a warm spring day in the good company of my friend and colleague Robert Dawson as we were working on our "Great Central Valley Project." The hills were alive with the green of spring rains and wildflowers dotting the hillsides with the oaks. The Sierra foothills seemed alive in every way that day, even a rattlesnake followed us down an embankment. This is one of my favorite areas of the valley, a region I spent quite a bit of time exploring just after the liberation my Driver's License brought. The original is a 4x5 Vericolor negative film scanned on my original Leafscan 45 in 1992.

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 January 31. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by February 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 have been deeply disturbed by the catastrophic tsunami in Southeast Asia. We have to do something, and it seemed the monthly featured print program might be a way. Therefore, we will donate 100% of the monies coming to us for this month's print. Our labor and materials will be donated. The money will go to UNICEF and the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies.


* Upcoming Workshops

* Death Valley in Winter
January 22-25, 2005 (currently full with waiting list)
with the Magical Digital Bus

* Death Valley in Winter - NEW Second Session
January 27-30, 2005
without the bus, but fewer people and less tuition ($1200)

* Fine Art Digital Printing
Feb. 16-17, 2005
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, California

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

* Fundamentals of Digital Photography
April 2005
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios

* San Francisco Digitally
April 2005. Email for revised date arrangements:
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios

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.

Our concentration will be on controlling your camera's operation to achieve your desired technical results, while building composition and visual skills to make the photograph what you want it to be.

The workshop will run from 9am to 5pm both days. You will be responsible for your own transportation, with parking areas and garages mapped. Lunch stops will also be pre-arranged but are not included in the fee. An optional Saturday night dinner at the wonderful Greens restaurant in Fort Mason will cap the first day.

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 waiting 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.

* 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.

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, my friends 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

Pre-order the late-winter publication of my fourth book "Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography" by McGraw Hill
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

To pre-order your signed copy, go to:


Great Blue Heron, San Pedro Creek Restoration Project

One day last March I saw this Great Blue Heron feeding in the mouth of San Pedro Creek, near the beach. In honor of the countless other waterfowl who now have their "watering-rights" restored, we've produced this handsome commemorative poster. It is available from us, or the Pacifica Land Trust.

The 18x24 inch full color poster is $20 (plus tax and shipping of $7.65, proceeds to benefit the Pacifica Land Trust and their continuing projects.

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 at the number below.

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

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