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From RAW to Print Digital Photography Bootcamp

  • Stephen Johnson Photography 1220-C Linda Mar Boulevard Pacifica, CA, 94044 United States (map)

This full-week 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 our 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.

All necessary materials will be provided, including a copy of Stephen's latest book "Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography."

or call 650 355-7507
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery Pacifica, CA and the San Mateo Coast

A full-time photo student tuition scholarship is available for this workshop. To apply, please download the application form and send it to us either by mail or email.

Stephen Johnson is a photographic educator with exceptional talent and dedication. His talents as a teacher are no less than his skills as a master printer.
— Michael Reichmann. The Luminous Landscape
Just one of our topics:  Camera RAW is Adobe’s contribution toward a universal interface for accessing and interacting with a variety of camera manufacturers raw/archive formats.

Just one of our topics: Camera RAW is Adobe’s contribution toward a universal interface for accessing and interacting with a variety of camera manufacturers raw/archive formats.


  • 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

Class will run Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Raw to Print Summer Digital Bootcamp Itinerary

Digital Exposure and Color Balance for RAW will be explored in detail.

Digital Exposure and Color Balance for RAW will be explored in detail.

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

Tuesday: Photo downloading and indexing, metadata, Raw Processing, Digital Color Balance, Image Editing and 2nd field trip.

Wednesday: Image editing and color management with extensive lab work assistance.

Thursday: Digital printing, printer profiles, back and white digital printing, digital printing papers.

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

Overnight Accommodations
Register online or call to : 650 355-7507

For more information on these seminars email or call 650 355-7507.

"Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography"

Included in the workshop is a discount on Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography, courtesy of O'Reilly Media.

“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

Testimonials for "From RAW to Print Digital Photography Workshop"

Stephen Johnson is a photographic educator with exceptional talent and dedication. His talents as a teacher are no less than his skills as a master printer.

-Michael Reichmann. The Luminous Landscape

Thanks for an amazing experience during the recent RAW to Print workshop. Your course delivered considerably more than I had ever hoped for, and I learned a tremendous amount, as did all the students. Your professionalism and willingness to go the extra-mile for your students was most appreciated, your grasp of the subject matter mind-blowingly deep, the curriculum rich and well structured, and your personal standards very high. The lab is a fantastically complete environment that is very impressive. All in I cannot say enough about how impressed I was … on a scale of 1 to 10, your Raw to Print class gets a 12.
— Russ Andersson. July 2010 class.
This workshop is so much more than the title reveals. Stephen guides you through a workflow from capture to a print of your vision. He emphasizes the importance of the image capture. And it’s very enlightening to watch him during a field trip walk you through a detailed workflow of capturing the image, which he uses to illustrate the rest of the workflow to the print. No pixel is unturned. Once in the studio, you will be amazed at the depth of his knowledge of the RAW image-processing. The dynamic and illustrative graphic presentations reveal how the different components of the workflow interact in each step of the workflow; i.e., how the color space of the camera, monitor, and print interact with each other. With his outstanding knowledge base, he provides solutions for these interactions in common terms that are readily understandable. He makes certain that everyone understands each step before he proceeds to the next. As a retired instructor, I am impressed with his superb teaching skills. This class has completely changed how I capture and process my photographic images.

One experience you may not expect is the depth of the friendships that develop during his classes. I receive e-mails with photographs from the people I had the pleasure of meeting at this workshop. Stephen sets an atmosphere that is conducive to this experience. If I were allowed only one word to describe the workshop it would be, phenomenal!
— Steve Smaby. RAW to Print Class, July 2010

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 designing his photographic books using a Macintosh computer and since 1994 photographing in the field with digital view cameras.

Current projects include With a New Eye, his groundbreaking and historic all digital national parks project, a new book Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography for O'Reilly, ongoing portfolio development and extensive lecturing.

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.

His 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.

Apple Computer recognized Steve in 1997 with a Color Sync Profiling Excellence Award along with his good friend Bruce Fraser. In 1999, Folio Magazine declared the publication of Johnson's digital photographs in Life Magazine to be one of the Top 15 Critical Events in magazine publishing in the twentieth century. Stephen Johnson was named as a 2003 inductee into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, recognized for his achievements in Art. Canon named Steve as one of their Explorers of Light in 2006. In 2007 X-Rite named Stephen as a founding member of their exclusive Coloratti group of photographers and educators honored for their skills in color management.

In 1997, Life Magazine described Stephen Johnson as an artist that "...applies science to nature and creates art." His images create " intimacy that brings subject and viewer close in ways conventional photographs cannot." 

The Photographer’s Gallery wrote in 1998: “Stephen Johnson's photography rides on the "bleeding edge" of photography's transition to a digital media. Schooled in the traditions of fine-art western landscape photography, Johnson has taken his understanding of traditional photographic processes and brought those skills to bear on the emerging technologies and aesthetics of digital photography. He has pushed technology companies to rise to the best of what imagemaking can be, and pushed his own vision of how we see and record light in the natural world. This has led him to conclude that the way we have traditionally captured images with silver-based photography has been a poor and distortive view of the real and rich world before our eyes. His photographs look almost "unphotographic" in their clarity and purity of color. He shows us a world we know, but rarely see on paper. His is a truly remarkable vision.”

Stephen has recieved numerous awards and grants for his photographic work, including an NEA for At Mono Lake, awards from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, the Commonwealth Club of California and the Golden Light Award for the Great Central Valley. The New York Times named the Valley book as one of the eight best photography books of 1993.



Registration fee must be paid in full to secure a spot in the class. Additional information will be sent upon registration. Register online or call 650 355-7507.

Refunds and Cancellation (note changes)

This workshop is financially dependent on adequate class registration. Where minimum enrollment requirements are not met, the class will be canceled, and a full refund given. You will be notified at least one week in advance if a workshop is not going to take place. Student initiated cancellations received prior to one month before the workshop will receive credit for a future workshop of similar value, a 50% credit will be given for notice received at least 2 weeks immediately prior to the workshop (a full credit less a $50 overhead fee will be given if another student is able to fill the spot from a waiting list). No credit will be given if cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to the workshop. Credits need to be redeemed within one year.

You should consider the purchase of refundable airline tickets as we cannot guarantee adequate enrollment to conduct the workshop.

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