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Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info March 2005


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

Don't miss the just announced March 11-13 Zion National Park Workshop.


...New: Critique Sessions
Featured Print Offer
Workshop News
...Zion National Park
...BetterLight Fieldwork
...Irish Workshop Pre-Announcement
...Southwest Journey Workshop

Upcoming Events
...Photoshop World Lectures and Workshops
...TechEd Keynote in Pasadena
Please Visit Us
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New Gallery Event.....
*Photography Critique Session
Thursday evening, March 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.

Our first session went very well, we hope you can join us at future sessions.

As an old film-darkroom photographer, I sometimes find all the choices of digital imaging to be overwhelming. I have especially struggled with printing. I recently attended a Stephen Johnson Critique Session at his Pacifica studio in hopes of getting some feedback on my digital prints. I have never learned more in such a compact amount of time. Steve is generous and giving of his vast knowledge of digital imaging. He also gives advise in a manner that not only improves your technique but also refines your photographic vision. I would highly recommend these critiques to anyone interested in being a better photographer.

-Betty Blecha

March 2005

Tokosha Mountains. Denali National Park. 1995.
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

Near the end of a three-week journey to Alaska, my assistant Darin Steinberg and I stopped to look back at Denali from the south. It was good to see the mountain, as we had not seen it from Wonder Lake a few days before, but the real visual fascination was the range of cathedral-like spires of the Tokosha range. The color infrared I made was always envisioned as a black and white as represented here, using only the red channel.

I have often used this photograph as the test image as digital black and white printing technolgies have evolved. It is very unforgiving in its demand for rich blacks at the bottom end of the tonal scale and smooth tone transitions through light gray in the sky.

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 March 31. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by April 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.

* Upcoming Workshops

Just Added!

Zion National Park
with the Magical Digital Bus
March 11-13, 2005

Zion National Park with it's spectacular cliffs and wild rock formations will be the site for this 3 day field workshop employing our remarkable digital lab on wheels. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Limited to 10 students.

Fieldwork with the BetterLight Scanning Camera
June 1, 2005
San Mateo Coastline and the Stephen Johnson Photography Studios, Pacifica, California.

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

Color Management Seminar with Bruce Fraser
Friday July 15, 2005. 9am to 5pm. $250

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--19, 2005
New Dates Set for Future Workshops

Studio Based
Fine Art Printing. June 13-14, 2005

Field Workshops
San Francisco Digitally. July 23-24, 2005
1 Day Studio Seminars
Professional Image Editing. April 14
-Digital Portfolios. May 4
-Professional Exhibition. June 2
-Photographic Projects. June 3
-RAW Processing. July 8
-Beauty in Photography: Inspiration and Composition. Sept. 15

* 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

Stephen Johnson at the Photoshop World Conference
March 7-10, 2005. Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas

Plunge into the Valley of Fire with Stephen Johnson
Digital Photo Field Workshop with the Magical Digital Bus
March 7, 7am-6pm
(now full)

In the Exhibition Hall
The Magical Digital Bus with Stephen Johnson

Climb aboard the Magical Digital Bus for a series of intimate hands-on classes with Photoshop Hall of Fame award winner and digital photography pioneer Stephen Johnson. To register call 650 355-7507 or email:

Image Restoration
Tuesday March 8, 2005. 2-3pm
Wednesday March 9, 2005. 2-3pm

Image Editing for Photographers
Tuesday March 8, 2005. 4-5pm
Wednesday March 9, 2005. 10-11am

Creating Custom Color Printer Profiles
Wednesday March 9, 2005. 12-1pm & 4-5pm

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


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

We're open by appointment. To find us, use our map online at:

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Studio directions and site layout.


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