Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info August 2003
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Workshop News
Sample “With a New Eye” Book Printing
National Park Notecards
Studio Flood
Equipment for Sale
Building The Magical Digital Bus
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Welcome to the August 2003 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography
Newsletter, which is also available online at:


August, 2003

Foresta Burn, Yosemite. 1994.
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

In 1994, on my first weekend in the park with the digital scanning
camera, I spent a few hours in Foresta, where a fire had come though a
few years before. It was awash in wildflowers, and the contrast between
the new life and the burned trees was quite handsome. One particular
photograph stood out from that day, and I made a 27x34 inch print which
I have been looking at for years. A friend and former student, Barbara
Sheppard, who had purchased an 8x10 print of the photograph, came into
my gallery in the late nineties, remarking how much she loved the image,
particularly the deer in the photograph. I said “what deer?” and she
proceeded to show me. I made the photograph, had been looking at it for
years, and had never noticed the buck and doe sitting beside a tree.
The power of the sheer resolution of this new technology was once again
driven home.

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 August 31. We’ll be taking orders until then, and
shipping them out by September 15th.

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, and these
prints won’t be available again at this price.



August 6-15, 2003 (and possibly August 20-29)


On this 10-day roving workshop through the Southwest, we will visit
Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, and Canyon de
Chelly National Parks, making a loop through some of the most
awe-inspiring areas of the country. In Monument Valley and Canyon
de Chelly, we will have guided tours of the landscape and Anasazi

The workshop will include archiving and printing capabilities along
the way with our awesome Magical Digital Bus, as well as daily
critiques with digital projection of the images made on the trip.
The workshop fee is $2,500. Participants are responsible for their
own transportation and lodging.

Enrollment is limited to 10.

The workshop is now full with a waiting list, but we are exploring
additional dates in the second half of August, tentatively August
20-29. Please let us know of your interest by sending an email to

FOLLOW THE PROGRESS of the Southwest Workshop with the Magical
Digital Bus! Workshop website:



October 10-13, 2003


The workshop will be a dynamic combination of a traditional
landscape photography workshop while diving deep into the digital
age. Technical and aesthetic considerations will be discussed in
detail, while we explore this high desert lake and its strange

The stark and beautiful scenery of this legendary lake is unlike any
other landscape in the world. Its alkaline water, desert vistas,
volcanos and unusual tufa towers make it a remarkable place. The
presence of this huge lake in the eastern sierra desert is
improbable at best, its out of place character is pervasive, at
times seeming more lunar than terrestrial.

Digital exposure and dynamic range, composition, color management,
printers, papers and pigments, black & white, and color will be part
of our 4-day excursion into the evolving world of digital
photography. The cost of the workshop is $950, and enrollment is
limited to ten participants.


Beginning Digital Photography Workshop
September 20-21, 2003 (weekend)

Fine-Art Digital Printing
October 20-21, 2003 (weekdays)

Intermediate Digital Photography
November 8-9, 2003 (weekend)

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


The Passage II: Photo Imaging and Printing
The Archives Workshop in Florence, Oregon
September 16-19, 2003

A digital photography and printing workshop featuring Stephen Johnson
with Joshua Greene. It is a hands-on workshop with computers and

Fundamentals of Image capture; high resolution scan backs and scanning
film. We will address color management, monitor calibration and
workflow. On site, individual tutorials on the many different
techniques that can be utilized will be given the utmost priority.

The goal of the class is to teach and make the participants aware of
the many different steps in maintaining the highest integrity in their
files and what can be done to prepare them for large format printing.

The printers on hand will be 42” and 60” Hewlett Packard Designjet
5000 and 5500 machines with pigmented inks; a 7600 Epson and a 7000
Epson modified with Cone Editions archival black ink set.

All printers will be outfitted with Hahnemuhle’s bright white 308gm
100% rag archival PhotoRag fine art media. Gretag MacBeth color
management software, Adobe Photoshop 7, Colorbyte image print Rip
software and individual Apple workstations will be provided for each

A catered continental breakfast and lunch and all lab fees are
included in the $1000 tuition.

541-997-4970 or email: prints@archivesmhg.com


Steve’s “With a New Eye” project has entered a new stage in its
eight-year journey through the National Parks.

Using Hewlett Packard’s Indigo Digital Press, Steve has been running
test runs of the book. With this new digital press, Steve has been
able to see what the book will look like, all the way through to a
finished, bound book. The press itself is designed as an on-demand
publishing device which requires no pre-press setup (such as printing
plates) and prints using liquid toner and six color ink units with
photo inks (adding light magenta and light cyan to the usual CMYK just
like most of the current inkjet printers), thereby decreasing the
apparent dot and increasing the visual quality photographic
reproduction. This test situation, however, is pushing the printer to
new levels, trying to achieve the highest possible quality. Pushing
the press forward is still a work in progress, but is evolving
interestingly. A sample copy of the book printed in this manner can
be seen in our gallery.


Our newest note cards are images of the National Parks, collected as
part of the With a New Eye project.



The waters have parted, the carpet cleaners have left, and the studio
resembles what it looked like before the flood. Yes, flood. Last
week, while we were sleeping, the cafe next door had a percolator
problem that seeped under the walls and into our space. The next day,
we walked into 70 gallons of water in the floor.

After spending the week cleaning, lifting and reorganizing, the studio
is back in order (and Michelle can lift her arms again!). A few books
and prints lost, a few rolls of paper gone, and much disorder and lost
time, but we are survivors here.


We are selling a few machines that don’t fit into the reorganized
post-flood space.

-HP Designjet 3500 54” Postscript inkjet printer for $3400 with
extra ink, and a $350 roll of Photo Semi-Gloss paper.

-Mutoh RJ400 Falcon 36” inkjet printer for $1500 (basically a
big Epson 3000 printer, same ink carts and print heads)

email for more information: info@sjphoto.com


* In preparation for the Southwest Digital Photography Workshop, Steve
has been working with the Community College Foundation to build the
Magical Digital Bus. Corporate aid has come from Apple Computer,
Adobe Systems, Hewlett Packard and Epson.

This eBus is a ten-workstation digital classroom, complete with
Macintosh PowerBook G4 17 computers, Apple HD23 LCD displays, medium
format inkjet printers and paper, archiving stations, and digital
projection for critiques. The eBus even comes with a high-speed
satellite Internet connection so that images can be published to the
web from the field. This bus will allow us to make our photographs,
inspect and archive them, critique, print and publish images-- all
from the field. Special mounts have been constructed for the
screens, a library is being built, and we are getting ready to
hit the road.

* Follow the progress of the Southwest Workshop with the Magical
Digital Bus! Workshop website:



Steve is lecturing at the following events:

* Key 3 Media’s Seybold Conference
Moscone Center in San Francisco
September 9-10, 2003.



* ASMP Talk --- Riding the Bleeding Edge of Digital Photography
Blue Sky Studios, San Francisco.
September 9, 2003



* The New Print - Digital Evolution

The Santa Fe Council for the Arts, in collaboration with the Center
for Contemporary Arts, is presenting an exhibit of nationally known
photographers who utilize digital technology in their photography,
including Steve, who has five prints displayed in the show.

The New Print - Digital Evolution is being held at the CCA Warehouse
gallery from July 11 to August 2, 2003.



* Photoshop Hall of Fame inductees announced

Digital imaging veterans Mark Hamburg, Jack Davis, and Stephen
Johnson have been named as the 2003 inductees into the Photoshop
Hall of Fame, recognized for their achievements in Photoshop
Business Development, Education, and Art, respectively. The
induction ceremony, which takes place as part of the Photoshop World
Conference and Expo, will be held September 30, 2003 at the Miami
Beach Convention Center.



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.

We’re located at:

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

We’re open Tuesday through Saturday, 10-3, or by appointment. To
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