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Orientation Sunday, May 6th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 9th, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Thursday, May 10th 9:00am – 11:00am

Stephen Johnson will lead a special workshop exploring the desert landscape at the 2018 Palm Springs Photo Festival. Attendees will make work together in the spectacular landscapes near Palm Springs and its environs. Stephen will share his love of the desert, exotic flora, desert vistas and wonderful boulder-strewn fields and hills. This workshop is about desert color, organic form and exploration. It is about quiet, and wind, sun, dawn and twilight, star-filled nights and solid photographic information. The light and color will be as much our subject as the land itself. We will work photographing the ancient palm oasis, the magnificent San Jacinto mountains and desert.

Stephen Johnson concentrates on landscape projects exploring wild, endangered spaces and human-altered lands, making images that depict a respect for the land and a real-world celebration of our relationship to nature

He has long been admired for his high photographic craft and for his dedication to making fine prints, excelling at sharing his knowledge and passion for our medium with countless individuals.

Steve’s workshops stress understanding the fundamentals of the photographic craft, while constantly discussing the scene elements that are getting your attention, working toward distilling those light-based elements into photographic beauty. Topics always include exercising finesse over camera use, including exposure, depth of field, ISO and color balance. Even advanced students say they come away with a better understanding of the many technical choices available.

We address being aware of movement from wind, the challenges of contrasty light and the nuances of strange color and lighting. Getting the color right is important. Design and composition discussions are constant. Asserting careful control over depth of field is reviewed and encouraged.

Attendees will have ample time to make photographs, and Stephen will critique the work made each day. Spend three + days with this master of the landscape!

Price: $1230.

Includes class transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.


Stephen Johnson is a landscape photographer, author, designer and educator. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Life Magazine, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, PBS Newshour and ABC Discovery News, among many others. His books include At Mono Lake, the award winning and critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California’s HeartlandMaking a Digital Book and the new Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography. Internationally recognized as a digital photography pioneer, Johnson’s photographs have been exhibited, published and collected in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Japan. Stephen is both a Canon Explorer of Light and an X-Rite Coloratti.

Stephen is well known for his passionate lectures and deep love for the traditions of fine photography. His photography Studios, Galleries and Education Center are located in Pacifica, California.