Sullivan Bay, Galapagos, 2005.

Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info June 2005


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

I've just returned from a great trip to the Galalpagos and we are considering doing a 10 day workshop there next year. (see below)

Don't miss the June 13-14 Fine-Art Digital Printing Workshop and the Southwest Journey featuring the Magical Digital Bus.


...Stephen Johnson Editions Announced
...Portraits by The Studios of Stephen Johnson Photography
...New: One-Day Seminars
...New: Critique Sessions
Featured Print Offer
...Sea Lion and Rocks, Galapagos
Workshop News
...Fine Art Printing
...San Francisco Digitally
...Southwest Journey Workshop

Upcoming Events
...BIOCOMM Conference
...Maine Photo Workshops
The View from Here
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Stephen Johnson Editions Announced


  • Artwork Copying
  • Custom Printing
  • Custom Profiles

Digital Portraits by
The Studios of Stephen Johnson Photography

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  • Special prices
  • Satisfaction or no fees

NEW--One-Day Seminars...
Stephen Johnson Studios & GalleryPacifica, California.

Raw Processing
July 8, 2005


Beauty in Photography
Sept. 15, 2005


New Gallery Event.....
Stephen Johnson Studios & GalleryPacifica, California.

*Photography Critique Session
Thursday evening, June 23, 2005, 7-10pm
$45 per session for showing work
$25 per session to attend

June 2005

Sea Lions and Rocks, Galapagos. 2005.
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

Having just returned from my first trip to the Galapagos Islands, I had to pick something from the trip for this month's print. This photograph of a Sea Lion stretched out over the rocks stood out immediately.

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 June 30. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by July 15th.

Featured Print Web page

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 Seminars

RAW Image Capture Processing
July 8, 2005

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

As a long time advocate of full sensor data capture since the mid-1990's, it has been my pleasure to work with Thomas Knoll and Adobe on the evolution of the Photoshop Camera RAW plug-in. We will spend the day exploring the principles behind raw capture, the plug-in itself, image editing techniques and data preservation strategies, as well as delving into what still needs to be done in Photoshop proper. To Register

Beauty in Photography: Inspiration and Composition
Sept. 15, 2005

Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Photographic composition, inspiration and aesthetics will be explored in this one-day seminar. Examples of Steve's influences and inspirations will be discussed, as well as practical structural considerations in putting photographic images together. Nuts and bolts plus romance will define the day. To Register

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.

Not to be offered again until fall 2005.

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.

Southwest Journey through 7 National Parks
A Digital Photography Field Workshop
with a full moon and the Magical Digital Bus
August 10--19, 2005
Join us on a ten-day trek through the visual wonderlands of southern Utah and northern Arizona. We'll visit Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Monument Valley and end up at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The trip is designed to be a complete immersion in landscape photography and its digital evolution with the pioneer in digital landscape photography.

* Death Valley in Winter
January 14-17, 2006
with the Magical Digital Bus

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.

Ireland’s Spectacular West Coast - 2006
June 24 – July 4, 2006
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

BIOCOMM Conference 2005
Pioneer Lecture by Stephen Johnson.
Saturday July 23, 4pm

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.


Galapagos: May 2005

I spent May 14-22 with Olaf Malver and Explorer's Corner on a trip to Ecuador's Galapagos Archipelago. Explorer's Corner has mostly run kayaking adventure tours, but is considering adding photography trips to their program. I was invited along to consider running a photography trip to the Galapagos in 2006.

The trip was a revelation. I could not have imagined the complexity nor size of these islands. The group of islands lie 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, right on the Equator. A general description of volcanic islands with unique and unafraid wildlife that inspired Darwin's The Origin of Species, barely scratches the surface of the real places. The volcanic landscapes hold great appeal for me, the wildlife are so accessible that it almost redefines the normal very real challenges of wildlife photography. It is clearly a place that could take years to explore and easily fill a week long workshop with wonder.

From My Journal: The walk back along the cliffs was filled with great views of the rocky shoreline, a multi-spouted blowhole and many nesting blue-footed boobies, some doing their mating dance. It was so visually rich that it was very hard to keep walking forward, even though the light was dropping. A kind of yellow-silver hung in the air, holding back the approaching night.

Please explore the link below for a few photographs from the trip, and let us know ( if you might be interested in a May 2006 ten-day trip coming in at about $4000 (less airfare).

Galapagos Photo Gallery
Flash plug-in needed for the Photoshop CS2 produced Web Photo Gallery


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.

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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

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