Virtual Learning with Stephen Johnson

I teach because I believe I can make a difference for people.
It is a deep ethic, with three decades of photography and teaching experience, combined with some great feedback.

Online Critiques and Consulting

Work with Steve side by side, virtually, from anywhere in the world, just as you would if you were with him in Tuscany, the Galapagos or the Antarctic. With no hassle of an airport pat down, lost luggage, a canceled flight or the expense of a plane ticket.

Stephen Johnson Photography is inaugurating a virtual consulting program to enable individual photographers worldwide to consult directly with Stephen on their technical and aesthetic photographic questions. This virtual connection is established using Skype for video conferencing.

Recent online interactions with students have included individual critiques of the student's work, digital concepts including exposure, histograms and depth of field, printing workflow connectivity and profiling, consultation on photographic projects and input on publishing your work. Ongoing work with Steve over time can provide a unique opportunity for feedback and growth.

Potential students can email Steve to determine how he might help. Naturally, this initial interaction is free. Once you and Steve determine that he can be of help, you can contact our studio to set up emailed image submissions or submitted questions to enable working virtually with Stephen directly online, prepaying for the estimated time needed.

Consulting Rates: are $250/hour. A 20% discount is earned on future workshop enrollment with every 4 sessions.*

The number of clients and regularity of this service is limited. Appointments must consider resonable times for our California location. Image submission and the nature of the needed consultation is arranged up front, before payment or booking. Buy ahead for multiple session discounts.

What you need:

  • A Skype account (free), webcam, and high speed internet connection
  • Email to briefly discuss with Steve how he might help
  • Arrangements for a time and date
  • A desire to work with Steve on your photography

Contact: or call 650 355-7507.


I highly recommend Stephen Johnsonís virtual consulting service. I have taken a number of workshops from Stephen and also attended a couple of photography trips with him. His photography knowledge and expertise are excellent. I really admire his printing skills and have seen that he has an amazing eye for detail.

There are times when it is difficult for me to get to Stephenís studio because of my schedule. I have found using Skype to communicate with him a perfect way to utilize his skills. Recently on Skype, Stephen helped me set up paper profiles for my new Epson printer. I am thrilled that Stephen has added this option to his growing list of services.

-Marsha Guggenheim, San Francisco

Workshop Testimonials


Many Tutorials, Technical discussions and Essays are linked from the Techniques Button on our Home page.

Techniques Page

Photography Workshops

Interested in learning more? Perhaps one of our digital photography classes would be of help? 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.

Next Workshops:

Yosemite in Winter
February 16-18, 2013

Fine Art Digital Printing Hands-on
February 23-26, 2013

Pt. Lobos and Carmel
March 16-18, 2013

Large-Format Printing
March 23-24, 2013

Photoshop & Photographers Series
Selections, Adjustment Layers, Tone and Color
April 6-7, 2013

Highway One San Mateo Coast
April 20-21, 2013

Pt. Reyes National Seashore
May 4-6, 2013

San Francisco Digitally
June 1-2, 2013

RAW to Print Summer Digital Bootcamp
June 10-14, 2013

Maine Media Workshops

Ireland's Spectacular West Coast
July 21-31, 2013

Alaska Parklands
August 5-17, 2013

Galapagos March 2014
exact date to be determined, please email

For a full list of current workshops, click here.

Workshop Testimonials

*does not apply to workshops organized through third parties.

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