Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info September 2007


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

After much interest expressed, we are looking into a possible Galapagos Photo Workshop, May 30-June 9, 2008. Let us know if you are interested.

Join us if you can for our Yosemite in Autumn workshop October 12-14, 2007.

We have added new workshops with this newsletter and new ways of working with Steve on the development of your work. Check out the Graduate Study Lab and the Digital Black and White workshops.

Great teaching, great facility.

What more could you need for the plunge into digital photography?

Steve at the Valley of Fire. 2007.
Photo by Eddie Tapp.

...Possible Galapagos Photo Workshop
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...Special Edition
Lab Rental
...Four Panoramics Poster
Featured Print Offer
...Dawn, Stonehenge
The View From Here
A Most Beautiful Stretch of Road
Workshop News
...Digital Fundamentals
...Graduate Study Lab
...Yosemite in Autumn
...Digital Black and White
...Fine Art Digital Printing

...Death Valley in Winter

The Book
...Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography
Upcoming Events
...Monthly Critiques
...Canon San Diego Lecture
...Maine Fall Workshop
PDN PhotoPlus New York
...PDN On-The-Road
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Possible Galapagos Photo Workshop, May 30-June 9, 2008.
Eight person Catamaran. Approximately $5000, plus airfare.
email immediately if interested: info@sjphoto.com
first come, first served.

Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography
Signed Copies Now Shipping!
Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography Special Edition
Limited Edition Slip-cased edition with original print

Now Shipping!

Some still available from early edition numbers at the best price.

State of the Art Digital Lab
Now Available As Classroom or Individual Workstation Rental
  • printing
  • profiling
  • image editing

Book Poster: Four Panoramics
GrayCapsTM Digital gray card The Digital gray card you will always have with you, even among 10,000 penguins.
Gallery Events

Critique Session
September 26, 2007, 7-10pm

September 2007


Dawn, Stonehenge. 1996
40x7 Pigment Print on Rag paper

$500 each

Dawn at Stonehenge was one of my lifetime high experiences...watching the sun rise among those huge mysterious stones, so clearly arranged for the sky and the earth.

We're offering an 40x7 inch print, matted to 16x50 and ready to frame for $500, framed for an additional $75. This print at this price is offered through September 31. We'll be taking orders until then, and shipping them out by October 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.


Stage Road, 1977.

A Most Beautiful Stretch of Road

I may not be able to say this conclusively, as this is a big planet and there are so many places I haven't been. I do know, that in all my travels, and all of the beauty I've seen in my life as a photographer, Highway One from Pacifica to Santa Cruz remains my favorite road.

It is both nuanced and plainly before your eyes. The views overlooking and running beside the Pacific Ocean remain both spectacular and comforting. The nearness of the ocean has become primary for me. The open sparse farmlands and rocky ocean overlooks are equally engaging, but in very different ways. Of course, ultimately, it is not the view from your car, but the view from your feet on the wooded trails and beaches that reach the deepest.

There are obvious places that draw me in along this coast, and some almost unknown. I also have my personal favorites, having wandered this coastline since the late 1970s. The photograph shown here is a good illustration of place that has become important to me. I've been driving past these road posts on Stage Road since 1977, watching some get worn, repainted, some disappear, and the eucalyptus trees evolving over time. It's a site of personal importance to me as it was an early site for good use of my 4x5 inch camera and my employment of the Zone System in photography. I realize that doesn't mean much to non-photographers, but for me it was a moment of respectful emulation of a style of west coast landscape photography, as well as achieving a certain level of technical competence that has served me well. The place itself, just a curved wide spot in the road, has come to mean a great deal to me.

That's true of so many places along this winding highway. Places associated with falling in love, places I've been amazed by nearby whales breaching, places a thought has come to me that I was certain mattered. It is a region that inspires memories, some of outdoor experiences, but also of internal reflection. Watching the changes in rock forms at Pebble State Beach, or enjoying the consistency of the Cream of Green Chile soup at Duarte's in Pescadero, all have come to matter.

I keep returning to Pebble Beach, its eroded rocks have drawn my camera in countless times. It is in many ways a small taste of Pt. Lobos near Carmel. The rocks are sensual and bizarre. The photographs are almost always abstract.

Pebble Beach, 2001.

I was born and raised in Central California, but since coming to the coast for college, I have never really been able to leave. That was over 30 years ago. There is something about the ocean that captures you and won't let go. It certainly has a hold on my heart.

This road along the sea of my adopted home is a source of solace and inspiration. It is a good ride.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

This month's Photoshop World Conference was proceded by a trip to the desert, framing the experience with a good and proper why. A few of us, Steve Inglima, Scott Kelby, Judy Host and Eddie Tapp went out to Valley of Fire State Park and had a good afternoon walking up a rocky outcrop toward a few small arches Steve Inglima had found. It was a nice walk, lots of good spirit and laughter, a running Bighorn Sheep, a few good photographs.

The Valley of Fire is a great place. We've run a pre-conference workshop there just before a Photoshop World Conference and people were amazed at the beauty and compleixity of this relatively unknown place.

Bighorn Sheep

Steven Inglima

Eddie Tapp

Scott Kelby

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.

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

September 15-16, 2007
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
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.

Graduate Study Lab
September 28, 2007
Additional Dates by Arrangement
(Normally Fridays)
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Days dedicated to labwork with guidance by Stephen Johnson in his specially-built digital photo lab. Afternoon reviews of work. Full lab access. Prior approval must be obtained before registering.

Call for details: 650 355-7507.

Yosemite Valley in Autumn
October 12-14, 2007

The fall colors of Yosemite offer photographers a wide variety of hue and texture. As the weather cools, the valley begins to change, subtle and beautiful colors start to emerge. People begin to disappear, bright greens turn to browns, yellows, blacks and golds. The valley smells fresher, the air clears and invites the walking we will be doing during this workshop. We'll spend three activity packed days in the valley, sometimes rising before dawn and lingering for the last moment of twilight.

The trip is designed to be an in-depth landscape photography workshop in the context of this digital age. We will discuss technical and aesthetic issues, tapping into your emotional response to this landscape, working toward images that are uniquely your own.

Digital Black and White: Conversion and Printing
November 8-11, 2007
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Explore black and white photography in the digital age from file to print with a classic landscape photographer who knows his stuff. Discussions will include scanning, conversion from color files, using filtered color for traditional tonal effects and duotone controls for tonal tuning. Various black and white printing options and papers will also be explored in detail, including the new gelatin-silver look-alike papers.

Fine-Art Digital Printing Hands-On
December 6-9, 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.

Death Valley in Winter
January 19-22, 2008

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

Personal Workshops

Arrangements can be made to work with Steve individually at his studio or at custom locations. Call for a discussion of the possibilities. 650 355-7507

Steve and Tom
Olympic Penninsula, 2002

* 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

Critique Session: September 26, 2007
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery
Pacifica, California.

Maine Media Workshops
Rockport, Maine

High-Resolution Imaging and Large Format Digital Printing.
October 21-27, 2007

PDN On the Road Seminars
  • Atlanta - October 1-2
  • Chicago - October 29-30
  • Dallas - November 12-13
  • New York City - December 3-4
  • Los Angeles - December 10-11

PDN PhotoPlus New York: October 17-20, 2007

Black & White Digital: A Technology Evolved
Thursday, October 18, 2007 9:00am - 12:00pm

The Fine Print: From Concept to Exhibition
Friday, October 19, 2007 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Canon's Explorer of Light Photographer - Stephen Johnson
Grossmont College near San Diego, CA
September 21
, Presentation: 7 p.m.
(a reception and book signing will precede the presentation)

Grossmont College, Rm 220, El Cajon, CA


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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 3 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


Snake, watercolor by Mary Ford


  • 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 michelle@sjphoto.com 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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