Palms, Merrit Island Reserve, Florida, 1996.

Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info January 2007


Welcome to the January 2007 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter. As always, we hope you enjoy this edition.

We've been working hard on workshops, printmaking and the spring publication of Steve's long-awaited book on the national parks "With a New Eye."

Don't miss our Death Valley in Winter workshop or our Fine-Art Digital Printing Hands-On January 20-23 (or, just added March 29-April 1, 2007).


...Book Now Shipping!
...Special Edition Announced
Lab Rental
New Products
...Panoramics Poster
Featured Print Offer
...Lava Rocks Hawaii
The View From Here
Bruce Fraser
Workshop News
...Death Valley in Winter
...Hands-On Fine Art Digital Printing
...Mendocino and the North Coast
Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast

The Book
...Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography
Upcoming Events
...Monthly Critiques
...Book signing
...MacWorld San Francisco
Recent Publicity
...podcasts reviews
Photographic Services
...Stephen Johnson Editions
Visit Us
Newsletter Administration


Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography

Signed Copies Now Shipping!

Special Edition Announced
Limited Edition Slip-cased edition with original print

New Products

New Poster: Four Panoramics
GrayCapsTM Digital gray card you will always have with you

State of the Art Digital Lab

Now Available As Classroom or Individual Workstation Rental

January 2007

Lava Rocks, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 1996
11x14 Pigment Print
$195 each

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 Jan. 31. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by February 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.

Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography

Four Panoramics poster by Stephen Johnson
promoting the book

24x32 inches, 300 line screen


The Digital gray card you will always have with you.

Bruce Fraser: 1954-2006

Many of you may have heard by now that our good friend Bruce Fraser passed away Saturday afternoon December 16, 2006. Bruce was 52 years old and a native of Scotland. His short bout with lung cancer lasted mercifully a mere 4 months. He was with people he loved and passed gently, in his own home, in his own bed.

Bruce was a uniquely talented and kind person, who shared his time and knowledge with many over the years.

He was not a genius or a saint, but a very real human being who cared deeply and tried to make a difference. His warmth and openness made him an extraordinary friend.

Bruce was a masterful bass player, a talented writer and dedicated researcher, an aspiring photographer, an eclipse chaser, and a devotee of the Dalai Lama.

He was a man capable of understanding complex interrelationships and sorting them out to make sense for others. He had to know the details, and was persistent in getting to the bottom of issues others were more than willing, sometimes even anxious, to gloss over. Perhaps more importantly, he was intensely curious. Those qualities were really the great value he brought to his books.

His publisher, Peachpit Press, lists nine books currently in print, most known among them Real World Photoshop (with David Blatner), Real World Color Management (with Chris Murphy and Fred Bunting), Real World Camera RAW and his most recent Real World Image Sharpening. He wrote scores of articles over the last decade and half for magazines such as MacWeek, MacUser, MacWorld, CreativePro and many others. He was honored for his work many times during his career, including an Apple Computer Award in 1997 for ColorSync Profiling Excellence, his 2005 induction into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and most recently a Photoshop Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bruce did not invent digital color management, nor make any tools to implement it, but many may have thought he did. His understanding of color management tools, lobbying for their improvement, and clarity of expression on the subject was renown. Among the many unique gifts he left us was his own colorspace, BruceRGB.

In 2002 he co-founded PixelGenius, a company dedicated to building intelligent automation into Photoshop. He consulted with the major players in the digital imaging world, worked with many museums, and taught countless seminars around the world.

He is survived by his lovely wife Angela, his stepson Alex, his parents Cameron and Janice, and many dear friends. There will be a tribute to Bruce at the MacWorld show in San Francisco at the Moscone Center on January 10 from 6 to 8pm. Details are here.

Bruce Fraser Legacy Website

Macworld Tribute Jan. 10, 2007

Order Now for a signed copy!

Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography

Book Reviews
Book Comments online

* Upcoming Workshops
We hope you find our selection of classes interesting and useful for your needs. 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.

* Death Valley in Winter
January 13-16, 2007

Transformed from a searing 120 degree desert in summer to January's mild 60-70 degree weather, Death Valley is filled with intriguing landforms, delicate flora, strange mineral deposits and expansive views. Mile high Dante's View overlooks the patterned salt flats of Badwater and the Amargosa River below (the lowest point in the United States). Badwater's still water in turn mirrors the blue and white Panamint Mountains to the West. The lunar landscape of Ubehebe Crater's black volcanic fields rise from the rolling desert at the valley's north end with the steep gorge of Titus Canyon and Red Pass to the southeast.

* Fine-Art Digital Printing Hands-On
January 20-23, 2007 or March 29-April 1, 2007
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

This workshop focuses exclusively on improving your fine-art digital printing in our new Digital Lab, primarily using Epson inkjet printers. Concentration will be on inkjet printing with color pigments and black/gray ink combinations on coated and rag papers. Learn from the digital pioneer how he obtains his impressive results during four days of lectures, printing, and feedback in the studio.

We will cover workflow issues, color management, correcting color casts, adjustment layers, custom profile generation, editing and inspection. There being no magic bullet to making good prints, the workshop will also explore old fashioned testing, careful color judgements and interactive honing in on the best print possible.

* Mendocino and the North Coast

May 4-5, 2007

Dive into the lush seascape of California's North Coast on this intensive two-day photographic workshop to Mendocino. Dark, musty redwood rainforests pierced by sunbeam shafts, spectacular rocky cliffs with the tumbling surf below, and rolling shoreline dunes will fill our two days with remarkable varied photographic experiences. The north coast architecture of this beautiful little township and the fishing port of Noyo will add plenty of man-made subject matter to our weekend. And, of course, we will find time to sample a few of Mendocino's good eating establishments.

The misty north coast light will likely be as much our subject matter as the landforms. This special quality of light is part of what makes this area so visually interesting and dynamic. Come prepared for rain, fog and sun.

* Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast - 2007
June 20-30, 2007
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.

* 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

MacWorld SF: Lectures in the O'Reilly Booth

Tuesday Jan. 9
2-3pm: O'Reilly booth
3-5pm: Book signing in Canon booth

Wednesday Jan. 10
1-3pm: Book signing in Canon booth

4:30-5:30pm: Apple Store, San Francisco, Digital Photo Panel
Photo Tips from O’Reilly’s Experts
Join O’Reilly Media authors and expert photographers Mikkel Aaland, Eddie Tapp, Stephen Johnson, Ken Milburn, and Derrick Story for this insightful look at digital photography. Learn tips and techniques for getting the most out of your images.

6pm Bruce Fraser Tribute

Thursday Jan 11
10-12pm Digital Photo Experience - North Hall

1-3pm: Book signing in Canon booth

Steve is again off to Antarctica in February!

In early February, 2007, I will be co-teaching a photographic expedition to Antarctica. This trip will last for 20 days, departing from Ushuaia, Argentina at the tip of South America bound for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula.

Our voyage is operated by Quark Expeditions, one of the most experienced operators of adventure tours in the Antarctic. Quark's ship is a converted Russian research vessel designed for Antarctic conditions and specially fitted-out for this type of expedition. Quark will dedicate this ship to our expedition, and all 50 passengers will be members of our workshop / expedition. Our itinerary will be designed to maximize photographic opportunities.

In addition to the adventure of this trip and the opportunity to do photography in a very special environment, this trip will offer a unique learning experience. Michael Reichmann, Jean Paul Caponigro, Stephen Johnson, Seth Resnick, John Shaw and Jeff Schewe will each be conducting seminars on shooting technique, digital imaging processing, inkjet printing, colour management and more — throughout the voyage. Each day will see a different presentation, and presentations will be repeated. We will be onboard to act as your guides, consultants and teachers.

Digital Photography Panel and Book Signing
Book Passage - Corte Madera, California (Marin County)
Sunday January 7, 2007, 7:00 pm
The five of us will be providing Photoshop, digital imaging and printing seminars on a regular basis throughout the trip. We will also be shooting alongside workshop members every day as well as being available for one-on-one instructional sessions throughout the trip.


O'REILLY podcast
MacVoices Podcast
MacEdtion Radio
Book Reviews
Book Comments online


We are now offering rental time in our new lab on an hourly basis during our normal business hours.

Tuesday-Friday 10am to 5pm.
$25 per hour, plus a per print charge

Includes full access to calibrated monitors, fast G5 Macs, Epson pigment inkjet printers, 5000°k viewing lights and color profile creation hardware and software.

Appointments can be made by calling 650 355-7507.
Familiarity with Mac OSX and Photoshop CS2 or Adobe Lightroom recommended. Staff tutorials available for additional charge.

A Great Opportunity!
  • Fully equipped lab
  • Make your own printer profiles
  • Finally have access to the equipment you need


Digital Portraits by
The Studios of Stephen Johnson Photography

  • Instant Feedback
  • Special prices
  • Satisfaction or no fees

Stephen Johnson Editions Announced


  • Artwork Copying
  • Custom Printing
  • Custom Profiles


To purchase original prints, see:

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 Pacifica Center for the Arts
1220-C Linda Mar Boulevard, Creekside Suites, 5-7
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-7507

Pacifica Center for the Arts from Linda Mar Boulevard

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