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One-Day Digital Photography Seminars with Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Introduction to Digital Photography: Exposure, Composition & RAW
September 15, 2011
9am to 5pm
(To Register call 650 355-7507)

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Photographer Stephen Johnson takes students through an introduction to digital camera use and working procedures by breaking down the components of exposure, composition and RAW processing.

The first presentation of the morning is designed to familiarize students with digital exposure techniques and measurements. A lecture on Photographic Composition follows on wrapping up the morning. The afternoon is spent introducing the RAW file concept and demonstrating its use and advantages.

This seminar is designed to help you make stronger photographs by empowering technique and vision.

A question and answer period will take place frequently during the course of the day.

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Promo video from May 2011 class.


Color Management Seminar
July, 2011 9am to 5pm
$250 To Register

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Credit Card Registration by phone 650 355-7507

An exploration of Color Management theory and practice designed to get you comfortable with the concepts and architecture of color management and build practical experience methods for using profiles for display and in printing. Monitor calibration and print profiles will be explained and you will have hands-on experience making both.

As each workstation has it’s own printer, spectrophotometer and profiling system, making it possible to implement a fully color managed system during the course of the day.

By printing profiling targets ahead of time you can also profile your own printers, making the class a real bargain.

You will leave with a good understanding of the why and how without feeling like you have to be a color scientist.

Registration fee must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class.

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  • Demystify Color Management
  • Learn about Color Spaces: Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB
  • Make Profiles for your own printers
  • Viewing Lights
  • Monitor Profiles
  • Rendering Intents

Digital Black and White: an Exploration
August 2011

$250 To Register

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Explore black and white photography in the digital age from file to print. Discussions will include scanning film, conversion from color files, using filtered color for traditional tonal effects, duotones controls for tonal tuning, in addition to various black and white printing options and papers.

Beauty in Photography: Inspiration and Composition
September 2011
$250 To Register

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Talking about Art is hard. There either doesn’t seem to be words to describe the motivations or reactions, or there are too many words obfuscating meaning. Learning contemporary language and references of modern art criticism may help some understand art history, but “art-speak” is rarely a tongue I hear used by artists themselves. Plain talk, real dreams and real passions are what drive us forward, sometimes irrationally, sometimes with a plan. Photography fits neatly into this long and confused history.

Why do some images move us, and other leave us cold?
What makes a good photograph? What makes us pick up the camera at a particular moment? How do we work toward understanding our momentary visual curiosities and turn them into strong photographs? 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 inspirational and compositional questions will be discussed in this seminar on photographic composition. Sources of inspiration will be explored, from photography to other art forms, ideas and people. There will no be rules of composition propagated here, but explorations and suggestions. A good nuts and bolts day for improving your photographs.

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