Bob Dylan, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco. 1975.

Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info November 2005


Welcome to the November 2005 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography Newsletter. As always, we hope you enjoy this edition which has adopted a bit of a rock and roll theme.

Don't miss the
Highway One San Mateo workshop November 12-13 and the Death Valley in Winter workshop January 14-17, 2006.


...Hands-On Fine-Art Printing workshop
...Neil Young prints donated
...Limited Edition Neil Young print
Online Galleries Added
...Critique Sessions
Featured Print Offer
...George Harrison, 1974
Workshop News
...Highway One: San Mateo Coast
...Photoshop Illustration with Bert Monroy
...Death Valley in Winter
...Fundamentals of Digital Photography
...Fine-Art Digital Printing Hands-on

Upcoming Events
...Lecture Series: Basic Digital Camera
The View from Here
...Photography, Art, Inspiration and Rock and Roll
Photographic Services
...Stephen Johnson Editions Announced
Please Visit Us
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Hands-On Fine Art Printing Workshop Announced

Prints Donated to Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert

Special Limited Edition Neil Young Print to Aid Bridge School

Online Galleries Webpage Added

Gallery Events.....
Photography Critique Session
Thursday evening, November 17, 2005, 7-10pm
$45 per session for showing work
$25 per session to attend

Digital Camera Fundamentals Lecture
Thursday January 5 2006, 7-10pm

November 2005

George Harrison, Cow Palace, San Francisco. 1974.
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

It seemed miraculous to be going to see a Beatle. I was 19, my friend Rick Lopez and I waited in line for hours to rush the stage for a good place to stand and photograph. It was a great show. George did John Lennon's "In My Life" as one of his favorite songs by one of his dearest friends. His voice was hoarse from touring, but the concert was splendid. These photographs of George mean even more to me now that he is gone. It's nice to have them.

This photograph is from custom hand-processed 35mm Ekatchrome, scanned with the Imacon Precision II scanner and printed on the Epson 2400.

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

Earthquake Relief
50% of the proceeds from this print will be donated to the Red Cross to aid victims of the Pakistani Earthquake.

Featured Print Web page

Other Rock and Roll photographs

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

Fine-Art Digital Printing: A Hands-on Workshop
March 9-12, 2006

This 4 day 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. Learn from the digital pioneer how he obtains his impressive results during two days of printing demonstrations 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.

Steve and his assistants will work with you to tune your printing into the vision you have of what it should be, always guiding you toward asking the most of the media. Each student will have their own 13x19 desktop printer, as well as network access to large-format printers. Paper will be supplied by Hahnemühle and Epson.

Fundamentals of Digital Photography
January 28-29, 2006
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, California.

This is an exciting exploration of photography's powerful new digital tools with one of the most knowledgeable artists in the field. 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.

These two days are designed to breakdown misunderstanding, build enthusiasm and make clear fuzzy concepts that can hold your work back from feeling comfortable and in control. Many experienced photographers have taken this class and raved about its helpfullness in their digital transition and understanding.

The Landscape of the California Coast
Highway One San Mateo: A Digital Photography Field Workshop
November 12-13, 2005.

The coastline of San Mateo County is one of the most beautiful stretches of land and sea anywhere. From eroded, rocky shorelines, to cliffs, long beaches, redwood forests and small towns, this coast is complex and varied. We'll spend the days roaming the coast and mountain roads, stopping at state parks, county parks and checking out the lunch options along the way.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. Our concentration will be on controlling your camera's operation to achieve your desired technical results, while building composition and visual skills to make the photograph what you want it to be. Digital exposure and dynamic range, composition, emotion and amazement-all will be part of our 2-day excursion into the evolving world of digital photography. Enrollment limited to 10 people.

Photoshop Illustration with Bert Monroy
Friday November 18, 2005. 9am to 5pm. $250
Register by Credit Card
for questions email:

You are offered a chance to attend an intimate small workshop with photo realist master Bert Monroy. In this one-day workshop Bert will lead you on a journey taking the blank screen and, with the power of Photoshop, turning it into a work of art. You will learn the techniques he's developed over the years to create realistic images that boggle the imagination.

It's the perfect seminar for Photoshop users, photographers and illustrators alike! You will master features overlooked by most people, yet powerful enough to make any imagined effect a reality. Bert will inspire you to look at Photoshop in ways you never thought possible.

* 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

PhotoPlus, October 20-22, 2005. Javitts Center, New York City. A great success, thanks to all who attended my classes. Next year's dates are November 2-4, 2006.

Digital Camera Fundamentals Lecture. Thursday January 5, 7-10pm


Photography, Art, Inspiration and Rock and Roll

Music came first, and in some ways remains more primal. Music led me to photography. There was something about my emotional reactions to the world needing to find creative outlets. I started playing guitar when I was 12, by 14 I bought my first piano, by 17 my first loan bought a Fender Rhodes electric piano. My freshman English teacher, Wayne Denno, revealed the beauty of poetry, my teenage poetry quickly evolved into music. It was all about expression and living a creative life.

The music and songwriting never stopped, but photography became the career focus. The first real photography income bought my long-dreamed-for Martin D41. It was only natural for photography and rock and roll to mesh. Of course, it was much easier to photograph concerts in the 1970s. You could actually bring cameras into the shows.

The photographs were not easy to make. Film was not as sensitive as was needed. Developing my own Ektachrome was critical, as I substituted a high energy black and white developer, Acufine, for the first developer in the E4 process, and was able to push the film to well over 1000 ISO. That was a big deal in 1974.

It's a bit easier now, the Canon 5D I just used went to 1600 ISO easily, and although the darker values had noise, the upper midtones and highlights were relatively clean. The technology has advanced dramatically. But of course, shadow detail still seems to only come at the native ISO of the device. Some things don't seem to change.

My own concert photographs of value were hard fought for. Endless shots of famous musicians eating their microphones just didn't cut it. Mid-word singing with strained and weird expressions were not usually very attractive either. But I learned. I learned to look and watch, wait for the right moment and see what I could do.

Most of my rock and roll work is from the seventies, and my photography has grown in so many ways since that time. But the archive does hold some precious images, and Neil Young's Bridge Concert this year with my images helping to raise money for the school has inspired me once again to do some more work.

We'll see where it goes, but some of the archive work is displayed in this month's newsletter, making a kind of theme to November, in honor of rock and roll, fund raising through photography, and the inspiration that links music's passion with photography's vision.

excerpted from "Essays Along the Way"
a work in progress


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Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-7507

The Sanchez Art Center from Linda Mar Boulevard

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