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Special Projects in Fine Art Digital Printing

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Two Days of Hands-On Printing Refinement

Great Teaching
Real World Experience
Individualized Instruction

July 27-28, 2019
9am to 5pm

Stephen Johnson Photography Studios
Pacifica, California (near San Francisco)

Limited to Six Participants Enroll

With our Digital Mac Photo Lab
each station has it's own:

  • Intel Mac (or Bring Your Own Laptop)

  • 21 inch Eizo LCD display

  • 13x19 Epson printer

  • Spectrophotometer for Printer Profiling

  • Monitor Calibrator for each system

  • Network Connection to large-format printers

  • 5000K-6500K Print Viewing lights

Refine your photographs into a new level of perfection and beauty with fine teaching, print by print problem solving, great viewing and lighting conditions.

To Register:

Topic Review Includes

• Digital Printing Technologies
• Monitor Calibration
• Color Management and Profiles
• Profile Creation
Fine-Art Papers
• Print Aesthetics in a Digital World
• Fine-Tuning the Print to Beauty
Print Lighting

This workshop is designed to be a follow-up on previous printing classes, helping the students maintain their growth and increasing control of the printing process. More assistance than lecture, this class focuses exclusively on refining your fine-art digital printing using our 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 working with Steve again to continue your printing progress.

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 judgments and interactive honing in on the best print possible.

Discussions will also include an exploration of print aesthetics in the digital age - 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? Papers and their printing problems and advantages will be weighed, as well as their visual qualities.

Pre-requisites: our Digital Printing Class

Workshop Workings
You bring your photographs. We help you learn about the details of digital printing, then we help you make prints that reflect your visual aspirations. We'll supply paper, ink, computer, printer, viewing light and some awesome teaching with the conceptual hurdles of color management, color balance and B&W tonal control left in the dust of former lack of confidence and understanding. These four days will make a difference in your printing.

We have chosen not to add a lab fee to the workshop and are trying instead to establish a budget for ink and paper. Each student will be provided with their own workstation and printer, 20 sheets of letter sized paper and 5 of 13x19. Prints beyond those numbers can be charged on a print basis. Arrangements can be made to bring your own paper and adjust ink allocations. You are also welcome to make paper profiles for your own papers during the workshop, but it will eat into your printing time.

This workshop will expand our workshop program's 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. We will then spend 2 days making your prints and working them into as near perfection as we can manage. In that management is the dedication, skill, aesthetics and sensitivity that seems required to make prints of great beauty.


Learn The Possibilities

The workshop will concentrate on digital photography's possibility as a fine-arts tool using Macintosh computers, Eizo LCD displays, Adobe's Photoshop, and profiling software such as X-Rite i1 Profiler and Colorbyte Software's ImagePrint RIP. All necessary equipment will be provided during the workshop and will be discussed in non-technical terms. Macintosh computer experience definitely helps, but is not required. Enrollment is limited.

This is an exciting exploration of photography's powerful new digital tools with one of the most knowledgeable artists in the field.

To Register:

Online Credit Card Registration (preferred) or by phone 650 355-7507