Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info April 2004

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Featured Print Offer
Workshop News
Upcoming Events
Exhibition Opening
Tutorial on Dust Removal
Feature in American Photo
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Welcome to the April 2004 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter.


An Introduction to Digital Photography
Monday May 3, 2004, 7-9pm


Why are so many people excited about digital photography? What exactly is it? Is it really as good as film? How does it work? This two hour introduction to Digital Photography will familiarize the audience with the basic functions of digital cameras, printers and computer needs. Fundamental to the presentation will be easy to understand concepts and language. Bring your love of photography and experience the beginning of a new series of lectures.

Admission: $25, $10 of the admission price can be applied to any
purchase during the evening. A drawing will be held for a book or

This session will be video taped.

RSVP is required as seating is limited.
Call (650) 355-7507 or email michelle@sjphoto.com

April 2004

Yosemite Falls Infrared. 1994.
Black and White print on rag paper.

In June of 1994, I arranged a press conference with the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite to announce "With a New Eye" my digital landscape photography project on the national parks. I wanted to demonstrate the scanning back technology and show the first digital view camera photographs of the park. We spent an hour or so going through the technology, talking about art, then went for a walk out into the meadows. Much to my surprise, even during the press conference, I made an infrared photograph that I liked of Yosemite Falls, caught mid-air blowing west. It is our featured print this month.

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 April 30. We'll be taking orders until then, and
shipping them out by May 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

* Pt. Reyes
June 5-7, 2004
with the Magical Digital Bus

* Southwest Journey through 7 National Parks
August 22-31, 2004
with the Magical Digital Bus

* Mono Lake
October 9-11, 2004
with the Magical Digital Bus

* Intermediate Digital Photography
October 16-17, 2004

* Death Valley in Winter
January 22-25, 2005
with the Magical Digital Bus

* Check out our workshop web page for information on all of our
workshops, including both our field and studio workshops.


* HOPE Workshops
with Stephen Johnson and the Magical Digital Bus

Hands On Photography Events are 6 day experiences, in beautiful
settings, that are designed to give students the opportunity to work
with Steve on a wide range of issues. We'll have plenty of time to
work on everything from the technical and aesthetic challenges of
composing and capturing meaningful images to overcoming the hurdles
involved in producing great prints.

The Magical Digital Bus provides us with the hands-on tools
to work with our images, reviewour day's work, and produce
fine-art prints.

Workshop tuition includes a variety of equipment that participants
get to keep, including a 200 gigabyte Maxtor hard drive, a Gretag Eye-One
Display, and your choice of an Epson 4000 printer or Wacom Cintiq
LCD Graphic Tablet. We'll provide catered food and bus service for
the participants.

* Monterey & Carmel
May 16-22

* Mendocino
July 18-24

* Yosemite
Sept. 19-25

* Joshua Tree
Dec. 5-11

Email for information: advanzio@yahoo.com. A website will be up soon at:

UPCOMING EVENTS with Stephen Johnson

* Large-Format Conference
Embassy Suites, Monterey, California
April 24, 2004

Landscape Photography session and a Digital Capture with Large
Format session.


* Exploring The Creative Edge Conference
Santa Fe Photo Workshops
May 7-9, 2004


* Two Day Digital Photography Workshop with Stephen Johnson
Museum of Photographic Arts. San Diego
July 9-10, 2004


* Benham Gallery -- Featuring the Photographs of Stephen Johnson
1216 First Ave.
Seattle WA. 98101

July 27-September 4, 2004
Opening Reception August 5, 2004

Phone (206) 622-2480


Dust is the photographers enemy. Age, dusty negatives, corrosive droplets of
time and material existence on the planet seem to add more problems. The
digital tradition up to this point has been to use the Rubber Stamp tool to
clone nearby pixels onto the area of dust. This works fairly well and is
still often the only way to deal with many problems. There are other ways.

Auto dust removal as in the Photoshop feature Dust & Scratches can be
helpful but often does too much where it is not needed in order to get it to
do work where it is needed. It can be finessed through use of multi-layered
Photoshop files with the image duplicated as two identical layers, a careful
but assertive use of the Dust & Scratches filter on the bottom layer, the
eraser tool punching a hole through the top unfiltered layer to the
“auto-retouched” layer below, thus using the image itself to self-spot.

Real Image Dust Removal

1. Duplicate dusty file by dragging the image layer to the page icon on the
layers palette.

2. Turn viewing off for the top layer, then select bottom layer

3. Run a fairly aggressive Dust and Scratches filter on the bottom layer,
careful to make the Radius large enough to get most of the spots you need to
lose, but then dial the Threshold up to as high as you can to bring texture
back, but not undo your dust removal.

4. Turn viewing back on for the top, unretouched layer, and then select it
as the active layer.

5. Use the Eraser tool to erase your dust spots on the unfiltered top layer.
This will let the dust removed layer show through from underneath. Brush
will likely need to hard-edged to not blur grain.

6. Flatten layers when done.

Feature in American Photo

The May 2004 issue of American Photo features a profile of Stephen and a few photographs from "With a New Eye."

As always, to purchase original prints:

11x14 pigment on rag paper $450

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

We're happy to mail you a copy of our product catalog, just send a
note to michelle@sjphoto.com or call us at the number below.

QuickTime VR View of Gallery

We're located at:

580 Crespi Drive, Suite A2
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-7507

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