Printing Photographic Beauty

Make fine art digital prints with the insightful guidance of Stephen Johnson, one of today’s masters.

Stephen Johnson

Focusing exclusively on fine-art digital printing, Stephen explores the possibilities of printmaking using Epson inkjet printers. Concentrating on printing with color pigments and black/gray ink combinations on coated and rag papers, students learn from the digital pioneer how he obtains his impressive results during printing demonstrations in the digital lab. Stephen covers workflow issues, color management, correcting colorcasts, adjustment layers, custom profile generation, editing, and inspection, as well as paper visual qualities and the challenges and advantages of printing.

There being no magic bullet to making good prints, this workshop explores old fashioned testing, careful color judgments, and interactive selection of the best print possible. Discussions on aesthetics in the digital age raise questions, such as what makes for a beautiful print? Do the new possibilities enhance our notion of what photography can be? Are we merely trying to imitate traditional photographic processes? 

This workshop expands exploration of photography's evolution into a digitally based medium, demonstrating the technology and discussing the implications and opportunities of this dramatic change as it relates to prints.

Students concentrate on digital photography's use as a fine-art tool using Macintosh computers, Adobe's Photoshop, and profiling software.

A portfolio review is required for admission to this course. You can submit a portfolio via a link to your website, online portfolio, or print submission. For more detailed information on these requirements, click here.

 

Testimonials:

"The class went beyond my expectations.  Steve Johnson is a master of the craft and an excellent teacher who pushed me to the next level in my understanding of the digital print."
- Paul Griffin, Singapore

"Steve challenged me to rethink my use of color, which allowed me to grow artistically."

Instructors

Stephen Johnson

© JohnsonA photographer, teacher and designer, Stephen has been teaching and working in photography since 1977. His books include At Mono Lake, the critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland and Making a Digital Book. He runs his own photography, publishing and design company--scanning and preparing his photographic books using a Macintosh computer and now photographing in the field with digital view cameras. Current projects include With a New Eye, his groundbreaking and historic all digital national parks project and a new book on digital photography.

Stephen's pioneering work in digital photography, desktop color separations and digital imaging has included software and product development for clients such as Apple, Adobe, Eastman Kodak, Leaf, Ricoh and SuperMac. His work with Adobe includes the creation of the duotone curves shipped with their Photoshop software. He was named to the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2003. Photographic clients have included the Ansel Adams Publishing Trust, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Friends of Photography. Johnson's photographs have been widely published and collected internationally.

What Stephen's students have said:

"Steve Johnson is a master of the craft and an excellent teacher who pushed me to the next level in my understanding of the digital print."
- Paul Griffin, Singapore

"Steve challenged me to rethink my use of color, which allowed me to grow artistically."