Stephen Johnson's digital chops are monumental. Learn from a master in a perfect setting.

This  photography workshop is an intense immersion into digital photography with one of its pioneers. In five days you will go from perhaps not even understanding what a RAW file is, to making well-crafted and thoughtful prints.

Fieldwork, extensive lecture and lab work will fill our time together. Every student will have full access to their own workstation in the lab. Topics include practical experience with digital exposure, RAW processing, image editing, color management and printing.

We will work in the field and in the lab interacting with what has been done in the field. We will look at the real world, ask much of our work and press on to make it as strong and sensitive as possible.


  • Digital Exposure
  • Digital Color Balance
  • Photographic Composition
  • Depth of Field
  • RAW Processing
  • Image Editing
  • Tonal Judgements
  • Selections
  • Color Correction
  • Color Management
  • Inkjet Printing
  • Fine Art Presentation

Vision and Craft Perfecting Photographic Beauty Itinerary

Monday: Lectures on digital exposure, composition, Histograms and color balance. In studio work and field work with depth of field. Local field trip

Tuesday: Photo downloading and indexing, metadata, Raw Processing, Digital Color Balance, Image Editing.

Wednesday: Field trip to Acadia National Park. 

Thursday: Color management, dgital printing, printer profiles, back and white digital printing, digital printing papers, with extensive lab work assistance.

Friday: extensive assisted lab work, discussions of archiving and portfolios.

“Steve is arguably the first digital photographer--I vividly remember the day in January 1994 when he told me that he’d shot his last piece of film. In this sorely-needed book, Steve argues eloquently and passionately that digital photography is photography first, digital second, and places it in the wider context of photography’s history and evolution.”   -Bruce Fraser


Stephen Johnson

A 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."

Course Dates

Aug 30 to Sep 5



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