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Welcome to the September 2004 edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter.

September 2004

Bryce Towers at Dawn, 1995
Bryce Canyon National Park

11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

Much like the iconic landscapes of Yosemite and Yellowstone, Bryce has become its own photographic cliché. This photograph was made in 1994 on my first trip out
with the prototype scanning camera. My assistant Darin Steinberg was along to help out. People have gravitated to this photograph over the years and I've resisted, continuing to think that it is so hard to photograph Bryce's remarkable landforms in a unique way. Nonetheless, this photograph did move my vision forward in thinking about subtle renditions of wild forms, and what may have been the first dramatic example of the scanning camera's ability to record tonal transitions into shadows with open detail and no overt blue shift. I do keep returning to it and was very impressed with the reality of the image.

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


About the Featured Print 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

* Mono Lake in Autumn - 2 spots left
October 9-11, 2004
with the Magical Digital Bus

* Intermediate Digital Photography
October 16-17, 2004

* The Fine Art Digital Print
November 6-7, 2004
Stephen Johnson Photography Studios

* Death Valley in Winter
January 22-25, 2005
with the Magical Digital Bus

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


with Stephen Johnson and the Magical Digital Bus

Hands On Photography Events are 6 day experiences, in beautiful settings, that are designed to give students the opportunity to work
with Steve on a wide range of issues. We'll have plenty of time to work on everything from the technical and aesthetic challenges of composing and capturing meaningful images to overcoming the hurdles involved in producing great prints.

Where possible, The Magical Digital Bus (http://www.sjphoto.com/ Southwest/ebus.html) provides us with the hands-on tools to work with our images, review our day's work, and produce fine-art prints. Temporary labs will be set up off-shore.

Workshop tuition includes a variety of equipment that participants get to keep, including a 200 gigabyte Maxtor hard drive, a Gretag Eye-One Display, and your choice of an Epson 4000 printer or Wacom Cintiq LCD Graphic Tablet. We'll provide catered food and bus
service for the participants.

* Joshua Tree, Anza Borrego and Salton Sea
December 5-11, 2004

* Kauai Hawaii with Steve and Jay Maisel
February 6-12, 2005

* Yosemite National Park
October 9-15, 2005

Email for information: advanzio@yahoo.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS with Stephen Johnson

* Photo Plus Expo, New York City. October 21-23, 2004
Jacob Javitz Convention Center

Seminar: Large Format Fine Art Printing
Thursday, October 21st. 1-3 p.m.

Seminar Panel: The Latest Developments in Digital Print Output
Friday, October 22nd. 9-12 p.m.

Seminar: Digital Photography as a Creative Teaching Tool
Saturday, October 23rd. 1-3 p.m.

* Gallery Reception for Friday September 10 - Postponed

Our latest show will be postponed due to our upcoming move to a new gallery

space. We are very excited about a expanded space for galleries, work and workshops. Once the move is complete there will be a retrospective show of black and white work, featuring all new digital prints of many silver based images and an extensive body of all digital landscapes.

* The Studio and Gallery is Moving!

More news about the new space in October's Newsletter. We will be open our
normal hours at our current space through September 26.


Pre-order the fall publication of my fourth book "Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography" by McGraw Hill

Perspectives & Techniques from a Digital Photography Pioneer Exploring the Intersection of Art & Technology

This work traces the evolution of digital imaging from publishing to space exploration, explains the technology underlying the digital photo revolution, explores a personal history of involvement and influence, and uses the pages to suggest pathways through what Stephen considers the core of Photoshop for photographers in transition and rebirth into the digital realm. His personal insights, workflows and encouragement are central to this work, but the concentration on digital photography as photography and not computer science or trickery, makes this work pivotal. The sections on aesthetics, composition and ethics take stands and make concrete suggestions that are welcome in this age of anything goes and the assault on photographic truth.

Steve Johnson, one of the true visionaries of the digital photography era, offers us a technical tour de force and passionate artistic overview of the possibilities inherent in this new medium. On Digital Photography should be required reading for every aspiring photographic artist.

-Ted Orland, photographer & writer

"The hardest challenge to the digital author is to create a book that is not out of date by the time the ink is dry. Steve Johnson has broken through this barrier, creating the first book that address digital photography as a complete process, from digital's earliest beginnings, through today's technology knothole and ethical impact on our world. 12 on a scale of 10."

-Richard Newman, Education Coordinator, Calumet Photographic

To pre-order your signed copy, go to:


Depth of Field Increase
excerpted from: "Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography"

Our photographic desires are limited by many constraints. The photographic
constraints to record what is in front of the lens is a fundamental aspect of what makes photography a wondrous medium. But the technical issues like optical behavior and recording medium limitations are areas where we are always working to make photography better.

Innovative combinations of different versions of photographs are now more
possible in this digital age because of digital editing software and potentially precise registration between images. Depth of Field expansion is one of those areas of possibility. In situations with stationary subject matter where a small aperture is not practical or possible, you can combine more than one version of a scene into a finished image that bypasses traditional optical limitations.

The basic procedure for depth of field increase would be:

1. Using a tripod, make a series photographs encompassing the depth of
field you want to record. Allow for some focus overlap between shots to build smooth transitions between them. This can be accomplished through changing the focus or the aperture and focus. Keep in mind that different focusing points within an image will also scale an image which can make reintegrating a challenge.

2. Assembling these images together is not easy. Open your base file and
paste all others into layers stacked above background layer. For the purposes of this procedure, I’ll use a two image integration as the example.

3. Erase the out of focus areas of the image on top of your base file to see
through to the in-focus areas below. This commonly might done by erasing an out of focus foreground in the second shot because you refocused the lens to sharpen an out of focus background. This should be done with a soft-edge brush, with many history states set in Preferences, and careful inspection as you go.

4. Save the Layered file and both of your originals for later use depending
on what flaws you may see in the image after looking at it for awhile.

5. Flatten the file when finished.

As always, to purchase original prints:

11x14 pigment on rag paper $450

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 at the number below.

We're located at:

580 Crespi Drive, Suite A2
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-7507

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