NEW--One-Day Seminars with Stephen Johnson

Professional Image Editing
April 14, 2005
$250

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

A day exploring the tools really needed by photographers for fundamental image control and finishing. Camera RAW acquisition, Color Correction, Sharpening, careful tonal control, and preserving options into archive versions of your files will be our primary concerns. Software concentration will be mainly on Adobe Photoshop, but will look at other tools as well. A number of images with various challenges will be worked through to satisfaction during the course of the day. This seminar is not about compositing or faking photographs, nor is it for beginners, as basic familiarity with Photoshop is required.

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Digital Portfolios
May 4, 2005 $250

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Custom portfolios of your work are now a must to provide to galleries and potential buyers. It is now too easy to produce prints and buy handsome display folios for you not to go to this effort on behalf of your work.

Digitally printed paper portfolios and electronic CD/DVD and web portfolios are explored, constructed and critiqued.

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Professional Exhibition
June 2, 2005
$250

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Techniques and practices relating to exhibiting your photographs. Matting and framing, labeling, lighting and packing materials are reviewed and demonstrated.

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Photographic Projects
June 3, 2005
$250

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Constructing a framework for your work by theme, whether visual, location, political or emotional, can be a very motivating way to work as an imagemaker. You can also examine your existing work and discover relationships and themes that can serve as a means of organizing the photographs, or inspiring a continuation and deepening of the work.

Thematic ideas, fundraising, publication and contracts will all be reviewed in this one-day intensive seminar on Photographic Projects. Examples from Steve' career with his projects At Mono Lake, The Great Central Valley and With a New Eye will be part of the discussions.

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RAW Image Processing in Adobe Photoshop
July 8, 2005
$250

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

For the first few years of digital cameras, JPEG was the only picture saving option in many cameras. As a compressed format with permanent data loss, this was not acceptable. Eventually, many of us working in the industry were able to convince camera makers to support uncompressed files, but they were implemented as fully processed TIFFs and therefore were big and slow to save.

In the early 1990s, Kodak, Leaf and BetterLight pioneered in what has generally become known as a “RAW” format—holding onto their camera data and building software to process these “sensor dumps.” In response to many of our requests, additional camera makers have started incorporating a raw archive format into the file saving options in many cameras.

Preserving the data that the camera sensor can record is a very high priority for pulling every nuance of photographic information from the camera and for long-term options to reprocess and later improve the image as software improves.
Camera RAW is Adobe’s contribution toward a universal interface for accessing and interacting with a variety of camera manufacturers raw/archive formats. This one-day seminar explores this process with Adobe's new Photoshop CS2 Camera Raw processor.

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Beauty in Photography: Inspiration and Composition
Sept. 15, 2005
$250

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 curiousities and turn them into strong photrographs? 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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For information on these seminars email info@sjphoto.com or call 650 355-7507.

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