Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info August 2004

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Welcome to the August 2004 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography

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

New Book Announcement

"Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography"
Osborn McGraw Hill

Perspectives & Techniques from a Digital Photography Pioneer
Exploring the Intersection of Art & Technology

For many years I've been asked to write a book on digital
photography. For a long time I resisted, feeling that I had little
interest in doing a book on Photoshop, and that my lectures and the
broad range of topics I covered were of deeper interest to me. From my
experience, perspective and extensive lecturing, the available
material was extensive and somewhat compelling. This year, we
accepted an offer from McGraw Hill to do the book I thought was needed
and we are proud to announce the fall publication of my fourth book
"Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography."

This work traces the evolution of digital imaging from publishing to
space exploration, explains the technology underlying the digital
photo revolution, explores a personal history of involvement and
influence, and uses the pages to suggest pathways through what Stephen
considers the core of Photoshop for photographers in transition and
rebirth into the digital realm. His personal insights, workflows and
encouragement are central to this work, but the concentration on
digital photography as photography and not computer science or
trickery, makes this work pivotal. The sections on aesthetics,
composition and ethics take stands and make concrete suggestions that
are welcome in this age of anything goes and the assault on
photographic truth.

Digital photography teaching has gone along a very singular path of
essentially being a lab class for Photoshop. "Stephen Johnson On
Digital Photography" breaks that mold and takes on the subject of
digital photography in book form from the broad perspective of a
humanities course, contextualized with history, the why, the how and
the inspiration. That makes this book unique and long overdue.

"Steve is arguably the first digital photographer - I vividly
remember the day in January 1994 when he told me that he'd shot his
last piece of film. In this sorely-needed book, Steve argues
eloquently and passionately that digital photography is photography
first, digital second, and places it in the wider context of
photography's history and evolution."

- Bruce Fraser, author, Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop
CS, Real World Color Management, Real World Adobe Photoshop CS

"Steve reveals a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience that's
unique among photographers, digital or otherwise, and converts his
insights to an appealing and accessible form for the rest of us.
His book will be a treasure forever."

- Richard F. Lyon, Chief Scientist, Foveon, Inc.

To pre-order your signed copy, go to:

August 2004

Grasses, Paoha Island Mono Lake. 1979
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

My first visit to Paoha Island on Mono Lake was a fascinating
experience, with obsidian-lined volcanic cones on the north shore, hot
springs in the south and hills of ancient lake bottom in-between. On
the south end of the island, near an abandoned mineral springs resort
from the 1920s, I found these waves of grasses. Having carried the
4x5 out to the island via canoe, and lugged it around the island, I
was delighted to find these silvery grasses near our camp at twilight.

Many nice photographs came from the trip, this was the one that cried
out to be printed when the film was developed. The print made at the
time broke out with a beautiful silvery glow when developed in a
selectol-soft/dektol sequence. The effect never repeated itself on
subsequent prints. The original was made with 4x5 black and white
negative film and scanned from the master 11x14 gelatin-silver print.

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.


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

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

* Intermediate Digital Photography
October 16-17, 2004

* The Fine Art Digital Print
November 6-7, 2004
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios

* 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.


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 (http://www.sjphoto.com/Southwest/ebus.html)
provides us with the hands-on tools to work with our images, review
our 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.

* Yosemite National Park
September 19-25, 2004

* Joshua Tree, Anza Borrego and Salton Sea
December 5-11, 2004

Email for information: advanzio@yahoo.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS with Stephen Johnson

* Gallery Reception

Join us for a exhibition of B&W images, Friday September 10,
2004. 7-9pm.

Our latest show will open on September 10th with a retrospective of
black and white work, featuring all new digital prints of many silver
based images and an extensive body of all digital landscapes. Please
join us for the opening on September 10th from 7-9pm. The exhibition
will run through September 30th.

RSVP to michelle@sjphoto.com.


Printing and the Problem of Double Color Management.
(an excerpt from "Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography")

Try the Driver from the Printer Manufacturer

You should always try the printing method supplied by the printer
maker first. Explore the built-in capabilities you have already
paid for before you spend additional money on alternative software
and profiles. These built-in drivers were once quite poor, but have
improved dramatically and are generally worth trying for many
printing needs. For those who want to assert deeper control over
print appearance, other methods may be needed.

Photoshop and Printer Color Management

Photoshop can control the color management of the printer, or get
out of the way. It's up to the user to decide its behavior.
Employing the printer's driver means that you have to tell Photoshop
to leave the color management to the printer.

Driver Control:

1. Set Photoshop's print dialog box to Show More Options.
2. Select Printer Color Management if you want the built-in driver to
control the printing, this tells Photoshop not manage the color.
3. Then set the driver's behavior according to the paper, resolution and
color look you desire. Keep track these settings. Those settings
should be named carefully and saved under Presets for re-use.

For Epson printers like the 2200, good straight-forward results can
often be obtained by setting "Photo-Realistic" and "Epson Natural
Color" as color management options.

Profiled Path with Photoshop in control:

1. Set Photoshop's print dialog box to Show More Options.
2. Select the desired printer profile as the Print Space
3. You must then select No Color Adjustment (for Epson printers) in the
subsequent driver screens.

You must choose one or the other and avoid double color management.
The specific drivers vary and evolve, but these principles will still


* Photographs by Stephen Johnson
Benham Gallery
1216 First Ave.
Seattle WA. 98101

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

Phone (206) 622-2480

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.

We're located at:

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

We're open through Tuesday through Saturday, 10-3,
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