Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info October 2003

Featured Print Offer
Workshop News
Upcoming Events/Gallery Opening
Photoshop Hall of Fame Ceremony
Please Visit Us
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Welcome to the October 2003 edition of the Stephen Johnson
Photography Newsletter.

This issue includes a new featured print, the story of Steve's
induction into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, a Photoshop tutorial and
information about where to catch Steve and his work. We hope you
enjoy it!

October, 2003

Tokosha Mountains, Denali National Park. Alaska. 1995.

The photograph was my last look back at Denali heading south from the
park. It has always been an eerie mix of Gothic cathedral and natural
form. Made as a color infrared, it was intended to be a black and white
print drawn from the red channel of the RGB infrared.

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.




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

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

Death Valley in Winter with the Magical Digital Bus
January 17-20, 2004

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


* **Just Added**

Fieldwork with the BetterLight Scanning Camera
October 12, 2003, 1 day, $250.
Call for information 650 355-7507.


Gallery Opening
New Selections from "With a New Eye"

There will be an opening reception for a show of new work at the Stephen
Johnson Photography Gallery.

Friday November 14, 2003. 7pm to 9pm
Refreshments will be served

New prints, many previously unseen from Stephen's work in the national
parks "With a New Eye."

RSVP at 650 355-7507 or email Michelle at: michelle@sjphoto.com


PhotoPlus Expo. New York City

* Latest Developments in Digital Printers, Inks and Media
Thursday Oct. 30. 3:45pm to 5:45pm


* Secrets of Digital Workflow
Thursday Oct. 30. 1:00pm to 3:00pm


* State of the Art Professional Digital Cameras
Saturday Nov. 1. 9:00am to 11:00am


* Fine-Art Digital Printing
Saturday Nov. 1. 3:45pm to 5:45pm



Dynamic Range Expansion with a Single Contrasty Image and Adobe Camera

Adobe's Camera RAW plug-in has opened up many camera's RAW file
formats to a wide audience of digital camera users. This software is
a great step forward, providing a standard interface and encouraging
photographers to save and take advantage of all the information the
camera's sensor can provide. The new version that ships as part of
Photoshop CS goes even further, allowing corrections for some lens
problems like chromatic aberration.

However, working with very contrasty photographs still presents a
problem. Barely held highlights and important detail in the shadows
can be difficult to carry out of Camera RAW and therefore difficult to
edit effectively in Photoshop.

The following procedure solves this problem, processing two versions
of the photograph in Photoshop (one preserving highlight detail and
the other shadow detail) and then combining them simply in Photoshop
Layers by means of a Luminance Mask selection.

1. Process the image in Camera RAW so that it has good open shadow
detail (blown highlights are ok). Keep the file in 16 bit mode.
2. Copy the image to the clipboard and close the file.
3. Reprocess the image so that it has good highlight detail
(blocked shadows are ok).
4. Paste the shadow detail image from the clipboard into the
highlight detail image, creating a new layer.
5. Turn off viewing of the top layer (shadow detail layer).
6. Select the bottom layer (highlight detail layer).
7. Create a Luminance Mask from the bottom layer (Command Option
8. Select the top layer and delete the now selected blown-out
highlights. Next Select None so that there is no selection.
9. Double click on the Background Layer in the layers palette (to
rename and unlock) which will enable Opacity Adjustment for both
layers and allow custom tonal balance adjustments.
10. Edit for the desired appearance.

Photoshop Hall of Fame Ceremony

Photoshop Hall of Fame: 2003

Digital imaging veteran Stephen Johnson was named as a 2003 inductee
into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his
achievements in Art. The induction ceremony took place as part of the
Photoshop World Conference and Expo, on September 30, 2003 at the
Miami Beach Convention Center.

In his thank you remarks before the audience of 3000 Photoshop users,
Stephen staked out his long held uncommon ground in this digital age,
stating that for him : that "digital photography is not about manipulation,
but about seeing the world more clearly, with greater veracity and
faithfulness to the beauty of the planet earth than we've ever known in the
history of photography."



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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