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Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info April 2005


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

Don't miss the April 14 Professional Image Editing and the April 16-17 Fundamentals of Digital Photography Workshops.


...RPS Journal on Steve
...New: Professional Image Editing
...New: Critique Sessions
Featured Print Offer
...Valley of Fire
Workshop News
...Professional Image Editing
Fundamentals of Digital
...BetterLight Fieldwork
...Irish Workshop
...Southwest Journey Workshop

Upcoming Events
...TechEd Keynote in Pasadena
Featured Student Work
...Printing a Catalog of your work
Please Visit Us
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Royal Photographic Society Journal April 2005 issue features Stephen Johnson's work.

Feature Story: "Digital Integrity" uses Johnson's work as unmanipulated examples of the highest photographic quality possible and a vision of what is to come.

NEW--One-Day Seminar...
Professional Image Editing.
April 14, 2005


Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

New Gallery Event.....
*Photography Critique Session
Thursday evening, April 28, 2005, 7-10pm
$45 per session for showing work
$25 per session to attend

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

April 2005

Rock Swirls. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. 2005.
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

In early March we were scouting for a workshop at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada and thoroughly enjoying the park. At last light we ran across this eroded stream bed and were totally drawn in to the rock layers and sensual form. It was a classic situation where the wonder of the scene presented so many opportunities that it was hard to decide which way to turn. It was quite a lovely scene.

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 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

NEW--One-Day Seminar

Professional Image Editing. April 14, 2005

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.

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

This class is designed to provide you with the background and understanding to transition your work into the digital realm. The digital basics are covered here, in real world terms, with care to make sure the concepts are understood and the complications simplified. Those basics are built on to tackle the thorny issues of camera design and choice, data storage, color management and printing.
Fieldwork with the BetterLight Scanning Camera
June 4, 2005
San Mateo Coastline and the Stephen Johnson Photography Studios, Pacifica, California.

A practical review and demonstration of field work with the BetterLight Scanning camera. We'll talk through visualization and tonal control of real world landscapes with the BetterLight scanning software.

Fine Art Printing.
June 13-14, 2005
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios

This workshop focuses exclusively on fine-art digital printing, primarily using Epson inkjet printers. Concentration will be on inkjet printing with color pigments and black/gray ink combinations on coated and rag papers. We will cover workflow issues, color management, correcting color casts, adjustment layers, custom profile generation, editing and inspection.

San Francisco Digitally
July 30-31, 2005
In and around San Francisco for the workshop and 15 miles south at Stephen Johnson Photography Studios in Pacifica for the pre-meeting and critique.

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

From Bruce: In this full-day seminar, we'll go all the way back to the basics. We'll start by looking at the fundamentals of human vision, and the models of human vision on which all our current color management is based. I promise that we'll keep it equation-free, so don't be scared off if you're math-challenged. The goal is to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the models, because that understanding goes a long way towards explaining what color management can and, equally important, cannot do.

Next, we'll examine the relationship between ICC profiles and the devices whose behavior they try to represent. A device profile is simply a snapshot in time of the way the device behaved when the measurements on which the profile is based were taken. Process control is the part of color management that the color management vendors never talk about, so we'll look at best practices for profiling to ensure that the device behaves the way the profile claims.

Finally, we'll switch from theory to practice, and examine Photoshop's color management features in detail. We'll delve into the mysteries of RGB working spaces, and look at how careful soft-proofing can save paper, time, and frustration.

Along the way, questions will be encouraged, and to the best of my ability, answered.

Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast
June 25 – July 4, 2005

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 Connemara and Achill Island. 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. A $500 deposit will reserve your place in the class for 30 days. Please see Irish Workshop link above for details.

Southwest Journey through 7 National Parks
A Digital Photography Field Workshop
with a full moon and the Magical Digital Bus
August 10--19, 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

Keynote Address by Stephen Johnson: The Magical Digital Bus: Dynamic Visual Education in the Landscape
April 6, 2005 12 noon
TechEd Conference
Pasadena, California

The Digital Landscape: Maine
Maine Photo Workshop
August 21-26, 2005

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.

Jim Kasson's Show Catalog

I became acquainted with Jim Kasson last year when he did an interview article on my work for the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel. Most recently he took my Death Valley Workshop in January. When he came to the Critique he presented us with copies of a very handsome show 40 page catalog for his exhibition "Alone in a Crowd" opening this month at the Blackstone Winery in Gonzales, California (March 30-July 24).

I asked Jim if he would be willing to share his experiences in putting the publication together. To my delight, he created this run through.

The Duotones and the Photo Catalog
pdf of catalog


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:

Map to studio
Studio directions and site layout.


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