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Pre-order Photographer’s Black and White Handbook—Early-bird discounts expiring

Please consider pre-ordering my new book from The Monacelli Press. My book is The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos. It’s also available for pre-order on Amazon. We have been working extremely hard on this book, with much thought, photography, and experimental monochromatic processing over the past several years, and it is truly exciting for me as it gets published!

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Book description: You’ll find inspiration, ideas, techniques, and tools to use in your black and white photography, along with a soup-to-nuts workflow to take you from black and white pre-visualization through capture and post-production. Along the way you will lean over Harold’s shoulder as he travels to exciting photo destinations and creates stunning black and white imagery, explaining his creative and technical processes as he goes.

Early registration discounts ending: I also wanted to alert you to several early registration discounts that are expiring this month. If you are interested in black & white, why not consider Black & White in San Francisco: A Weekend Workshop with Harold Davis? Sign-up in the next few days for this Nov 19-20, 2016 workshop to take advantage of the discount.

There is also a substantial early-registration discount available through the end of August for our April, 2017 guided destination photography workshop to rural France. Click here for the Prospectus, and here for the Reservation form.

If not now, when?

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Related stories: Explore Bordeaux, Perigord, and the Dorodgne with Harold Davis; Handsome Gargoyle Devil and the Pinhole Effect; Black & White in San Francisco; Rooftops of Paris—Split-Toned VersionTraveling France with Harold (PDF download).

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Spring 2017 Destination Photo Workshop to France: early-bird discount ends soon

We have only a few spaces left in our exclusive small-group destination photo workshop to southwestern France April 22-30, 2017. $500 early-registration discount ends August 31. What are you waiting for? Click here for the Prospectus, and here for the Reservation form.

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Explore Bordeaux, Perigord, and the Dordogne with Harold Davis (April 22-30, 2017)

I’m off to Maine to teach photography and eat lobster—before I leave I want to let you know about my newly-listed destination photography workshop to the romantic kingdom of old Aquitaine in the southwest of France. We will explore Bordeaux, Perigord, and the Dordogne, and be based in an old mill that has been converted to a 4-star hotel on the banks of La Dronne river in Brantome, a small village that has been called the “Venice of the Dordogne.”   Set amid gardens with the river running nearby, and only a short walk to the bridges and restaurants of Brantome, Le Moulin de l’Abbaye combines old and new (it was renovated around a structure that dates back to the 1600s) and is an ideal place for photography.

The dates for this photography adventure are April 22-30, 2017. This an exclusive, very small photography tour that is filling up quickly with only a very few places left. Please let us know right away if you’d like to come. An early-registration discount applies until August 31, 2016. Click here for the Prospectus with additional details and the reservation form.

Confluence of Two Rivers © Harold Davis

Confluence of Two Rivers (Dordogne & Vezere) © Harold Davis

More about Brantome, France where the workshop will be based: Brantome, on the northern edge of the Dordogne is an ancient village on an important branch of the Chemin de Saint Jacques pilgrimage trail. This is a region of beautiful rivers and valleys, stark cliffs with ancient clinging villages, sacred pilgrimage routes, stone bridges, churches that date from the era of the crusaders, beautiful flowering gardens, and much more.

Set in a loop in the Dronne River, and sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne, Brantome has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture. Besides the architecture to admire, the setting with the encircling river and the steep wooded slopes around the town add to its attraction. The river is calm and gentle at this point, covered with lilies, and sheltered by weeping willows. It is very pleasant to stroll along the edge of the river and through the river-side gardens. The town is classified as one of ‘les Plux Beaux Detours’ in France.

Click here for the Prospectus with additional details and the reservation form.

LAB Adjustments Rule!

To make this image, I placed a ring of small, blue Lobelia flowers from the garden on a light box. Next, I surrounded it with a ring of chamomile flowers, which have white petals and a slightly yellowish interior. In the center I placed a glass purple heart. The original version is shown second from the top, with the other variations created in Photoshop using LAB color channel adjustments.

If you’d like to learn how I use LAB color creatively for effects like these, check out my Advanced LAB Color Seminar on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Note that a free book give-away and an early-bird special discount both apply until July 31, 2016.

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Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation B © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation E © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation E © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation D © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation D © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation F © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation F © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation C © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation C © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation AA © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation AA © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation A © Harold Davis

Heart Ringed with Flowers Variation A © Harold Davis

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Free Signed Book with Workshop Enrollment

We are offering a free, signed copy of one of my books with each paid workshop enrollment through July 31, 2016.

Specifically, for each qualifying workshop enrollment you can choose from a copy of Creative Landscapes (38 5-Star Reviews on Amazon), Creative Lighting (30 5-Star Reviews on Amazon), or Creative Night (18 5-Star Reviews on Amazon). I will sign your copy, and add a dedication if you’d like. These are the genuine Wiley Publishing editions, a $29.95 retail value each. We will ship your book for free within the continental United States, or give it to you at the workshop, as you prefer.

The qualifying workshops are Advanced LAB Color Seminar (November, 2016), Black and White in San Francisco (November, 2016), From iPhone to Art (January, 2017), Photographing Flowers for Transparency (March 2017), and Flower Photography Intensive: 4-Day Masterclass (June, 2017).

As noted, this is a limited time offer, while our supplies last, books mailed within the continental United States.

Contemplation © Harold Davis

Contemplation © Harold Davis

Get Your Camera Off Automatic: Full Day Workshop with Harold Davis on Saturday Sept 17, 2016

Full Day Workshop: Get Your Camera Off Automatic with Harold Davis

Have you always wanted to take fantastic photos, but somehow they never seem to come out as well as you see them in your mind’s eye?

By leaving their camera in one of the programmed automatic modes many photographers fail to realize their full creative potential. At the same time, if you don’t shoot manually you won’t learn the basic concepts of photography. In this intensive one-day workshop you will learn all you need to know to successfully support your creative vision by using your camera to its full potential.

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Cordes-sur-Ciel at Sunrise © Harold Davis

Besides presentations from award-winning master photographer Harold Davis, this workshop uses hands-on exercises to “cement-in” the concepts you will learn.

Where: MIG Meeting Place, 800 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

When: September 17, 2016, 9:45AM

Tuition: $99 per person.

What to bring: Your camera, camera manual, tripod (if you have one), and a sense of fun and wonder!

Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

So please bring your camera, camera manual, and tripod (if you have one).

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

Who is this workshop for?
If you’ve been enjoying shooting digital photos, but don’t really understand the underlying photographic concepts or what the camera settings do this workshop is a fun way to get quickly up to speed.

Perhaps you are used to shooting film and want to get up to speed on the concepts of digital photography. Then this intensive “Digital Photography 101” workshop may be for you.

Intermediate digital photographers may also be interested in this workshop as an easy way to help them reinforce and remember what they’ve previously learned.

Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

Manarola Painting © Harold Davis

Manarola © Harold Davis

Curriculum

9:45AM – Workshop orientation
10:00 – Fundamental concepts: Exposure, the exposure triangle, aperture, f-stops, shutter speed, sensitivity (ISO), sensor size, focal length, focus
11:00 – Setting your camera using the basic concepts
11:30 – Camera Clinic – first session
12:00 – Hands-on exercises
1:00 – Lunch break
1:45PM – Exercise review and concept refresher
2:30 – From camera to computer and digital post-production
3:30 – Hands-on exercises
4:30 – Review, wrap-up, and Q&A
5:30 – Camera Clinic – second session

Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

What past participants have said about this workshop:

“It was a great day filled with both opportunities to practice and many words of wisdom from Harold.”

“This was a most informative and interesting workshop. It covered the things I wanted to learn about, and I left satisfied. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good basic class.”

“Great workshop! Learned a lot! Also appreciate the effort that went into putting the class together – the small conveniences like water, snack, handouts, and a nice meeting space made it easier to get through the day without being overwhelmed. Highly recommended.”

Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

In a Blue Hour © Harold Davis

In a Blue Hour © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer and widely recognized as one of the leading contemporary photographers.

He is the author of more than 30 books, including Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations (Focal Press), and The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press).

Harold is the author of the Creative Photography series from Wiley Publishing.

“Harold Davis’s Creative Photography series is a great way to start a photography library”—Daniel Fealko, PhotoFidelity.

The Creative titles include: Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Portraits: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley). He’s also written a book on the fundamentals of exposure, Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O’Reilly Media).

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Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

When Flowers Talk © Harold Davis

When Flowers Talk © Harold Davis

Join Harold Davis at Maine Media Workshops Aug 7-13, 2016

There’s still time to join my small group of photographers in Maine for a week of intensive photography and self-exploration. This workshop is scheduled for August 7-13, 2016 at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Click here for information and registration.

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be the best photographer you can be? Do you feel blocked by petty circumstances, or lack the creative space to do the work you know you can do?

I’ll be teaching a week-long version of my popular Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer workshop in Maine from August 7 to August 13, 2016 at Maine Media Workshops. We’ll explore our creative potential and photograph mid-coast Maine together.

Nautilus © Harold Davis

Nautilus © Harold Davis

Well-known creativity guru Steven Pressfield, the author of The War of Art, has called my Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer (published by Focal Press) a great accomplishment: I salute you. You’re gonna help a lot of people with this one.” 

02-04-2015-Achieving-CoverAccording to an Amazon reviewer, “You’ll find inspiration, ideas, exercises, and challenges in this excellent book, that will help you become the best photographer you can be. This great book also shows you examples, challenges you, and gives you directions for precisely how to proceed.”

Over time, I’ve taken the feedback of literally hundreds of readers and workshop participants to fashion an Achieving Your Potential workshop. Here’s some of the comments participants have had in previous sessions of this workshop:

• “Thank you for provided the tools I need to take my photography up not one notch, but many notches, to the next level indeed!”

• “The Achieving Your Potential workshop has had a substantial impact on my photographic journey. Thanks for the mentoring, assistance, and inspiration.”

• “I particularly liked getting feedback from the group and from Harold regarding my goals and progress…Achieving Your Potential [is] well-thought-out and concrete.”

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Mandahlia © Harold Davis

This workshop is for every photographer who wants to draw their line in the sand to become the best photographer and artist they can be. We’ll use mid-coast Maine as the base for exploration and photography, and come back with the tools and motivation to continue advancing our individual creative photographic journeys.

The workshop will include group and individual technical, practical, theoretical and spiritual exercises and assignments. There will be guided field sessions, and work in the classroom. The complete photographer—technical, practical, emotional, and business—skills and topics will be covered.

Click here for information and registration.

Reflections in a Maine Pond © Harold Davis

Reflections in a Maine Pond © Harold Davis

Inside the Pemaquid Lighthouse © Harold Davis

Inside the Pemaquid Lighthouse © Harold Davis

Monhegan Storm © Harold Davis

Monhegan Storm © Harold Davis

Black & White in San Francisco: A Weekend Workshop with Harold Davis

Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20, 2016

This workshop includes field photography in several Bay area locations, and monochromatic shooting techniques in the field. Classroom sessions will explore black & white conversion in Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex, and other plug-ins, and monochromatic processing. Emphasis will be on thinking creatively in black and white in the field, as well as fully understanding the myriad possibilities in post-production.

Tuition is $645 until August 31, 2016 (early-bird discount), and $695 thereafter. Click here to register and for more information.

The workshop will feature many of the field and processing techniques shown in Harold’s forthcoming book from Monacelli Press, The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook.

San Francisco Moonrise © Harold Davis

San Francisco Moonrise © Harold Davis

In this workshop, Master Photographer Harold Davis guides participants in all aspects of monochromatic digital photography and processing.

Sunset on the Bay © Harold Davis

Sunset on the Bay © Harold Davis

Workshop participants will take advantage of several San Francisco Bay area locations, with field destinations to be determined depending on weather and group predilections. Possibilities include the Cable Car Museum, Fort Point, Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will learn how to best to modify exposure settings when black and white is the ultimate destination.

Beneath the Berkeley Pier © Harold Davis

Beneath the Berkeley Pier © Harold Davis

In the classroom, hands-on guidance will explain techniques for converting RAW files and extending dynamic range. Monochromatic conversion methods in ACR, Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik, Topaz, and Perfect B&W will also be covered.

Cable Car Flywheels © Harold Davis

Cable Car Flywheels © Harold Davis

In addition, the workshop will provide extensive coverage of the creative vision required to successfully create art-gallery quality monochromatic images as well as the workflow necessary to make art prints.

When: Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 2016

Where: The classroom session of the workshop is hosted in Berkeley, California. We will car pool to field shooting locations.

Cost: Tuition is $645 until August 31, 2016 (early-bird discount), and $695 thereafter. Click here to register and for more information.

Noir City Dreams © Harold Davis

Noir City Dreams © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is a well-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of many photography books. His most recent titles are The Way of the Digital Photographer (Peachpit) and Monochromatic HDR Photography (Focal Press).

In addition to his activity as a bestselling book author, Harold is a featured columnist for Photo.net. He has been acknowledged as a Moab Master printmaker and is known as a Master Printer. His limited edition artist book Botanique was featured most recently in Fine Art Printing, the only magazine devoted exclusively to fine art photographic printmaking. Harold’s work is widely collected, licensed by art publishers, and has appeared in numerous magazines and other publications.

Harold’s technique and destination photography workshops to such diverse locations as Paris, France; Heidelberg, Germany; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada are widely popular and usually sell out quickly.

You can learn more about Harold Davis and his work on his website, www.digitalfieldguide.com. Harold’s blog can be found at www.digitalfieldguide.com/blog.

Story of O © Harold Davis

Story of O © Harold Davis

What some folks have said about Harold Davis workshops:

“A great artist and speaker!”

“Harold is genuine, generous, and gracious – He has a world of knowledge and expertise that he loves to share – his wonderful books show his monumental talents and skill set- his workshops shows the depth of his connecting with others in a very real and personal way.”

“Awesome! He patiently addressed questions from the audience, which contained photographers of all levels, molding his answers to the level of understanding for each of us. His presentations covered a wonderful range of technical knowledge as well as emphasizing the need for images to have an emotional quality. The images he shares are breathtaking and he is generous in sharing many facets of how he captures such beauty.”

“Not all photographers are good verbal communicators. Harold is someone who can DO and TEACH. A rare combination of talents.”

“Inspiring!”

“He was very giving of his talents and time. The course was very organized and thorough. Loved it! Learned so much!”

“Very creative and a marvelous instructor.”

Cayucos Pier © Harold Davis

Cayucos Pier © Harold Davis

Lonely Islet by Harold Davis

Lonely Islet © Harold Davis

Click here to register and for more information.

Full-Day Advanced LAB Color Seminar with Harold Davis

We are offering a new, full-day Advanced LAB Color Seminar for those who want to learn more about one of the most mysterious, powerful, and underused set of creative tools in Photoshop from Harold Davis, one of the world’s foremost experts.

This full-day intensive post-production workshop is specifically intended to explore the power and creative possibilities inherent in the LAB color space within Photoshop. Some prior experience with Photoshop is a prerequisite (check with us if you are not sure whether you have the background to successfully attend). Learn about the glories of creative LAB color from Harold Davis, one of LAB color’s best-known practitioners and the author of The Photoshop Darkroom (Focal Press)—the leading book explaining creative LAB in Photoshop.

Workshop limited to 14 attendees.

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Where: Berkeley, CA

Tuition: $245 until July 31, 2016 (early-bird special); $295 thereafter.

Click here for information and registration.

Echinacea on Black © Harold Davis

Echinacea on Black © Harold Davis

Understanding the creative use of LAB color in Photoshop unlocks a vast treasure trove of under-utilized and under-explored possibilities. Truly one of the secrets of spectacular color in Photoshop, if you know how to work creatively with LAB color you will far ahead of the game in terms of getting the results you want from Photoshop.

This workshop explains the structure of LAB color, and demonstrates inversions and LAB equalizations for both image optimization and creative fun. You will learn how to combine Blending Modes with LAB equalizations for an unlimited and powerful palette.

Three Graces © Harold Davis

Three Graces © Harold Davis

This is information you will learn nowhere else. There will be ample time to experiment with adding LAB effects to your own work, with Harold’s guidance and feedback.

Harold says, “When I discovered LAB color, and how to use what has been called ‘the most powerful color space,’ I knew I was on to one of the great secrets of Photoshop.”

Low Geostationary and Decaying Orbits around the Clematis Inversion © Harold Davis

Low Geostationary and Decaying Orbits around the Clematis Inversion © Harold Davis

The Advanced LAB Color Seminar with Harold Davis covers:

  • Understanding LAB Color
  • LAB Color in Photoshop
  • LAB Channel Inversions
  • LAB Channel Equalizations
  • Downloading, installing and using Harold’s Photoshop LAB color action
  • Combining adjustments with blending modes
  • How to combine creative LAB with plugins such as Nik and Topaz
  • Creative LAB in a workflow
  • Examples and case studies
  • Using LAB in your own work for unique and powerful effects

Click here for information and registration.

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

Translucency of Rosa on Black © Harold Davis

Translucency of Rosa on Black © Harold Davis

Succubus © Harold Davis

Succubus © Harold Davis

Back View Inversion © Harold Davis

Back View Inversion © Harold Davis

Click here for information and registration.

Faulty Towers © Harold Davis

Faulty Towers © Harold Davis

2017 Flower Photography with Harold Davis Workshops

Since our Flower Photography workshops are so popular, we’ve opened enrollment for two new sessions:

(If you can’t wait until next year, there is still one spot left in the December 3-4, 2016 session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency.)

Salutation to the Sun © Harold Davis

Salutation to the Sun © Harold Davis

The new Flower Photography Intensive: 4-Day Flower Photography Masterclass on June 22-25, 2017 will cover advanced topics in floral translucency, field techniques, macro photography, and topics such as focus stacking. It is designed for photographers who have already attended a Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop (so this perquisite can be met by attending the March, 2017 or having attended an earlier session); alternatively admission is possible by portfolio review.

Cymbidium Orchid © Harold Davis

Cymbidium Orchid © Harold Davis

While these workshops are scheduled quite a ways in advance, please keep in mind that they will fill up quickly. Early-bird registration discounts are available. Here are the links for more information and registration (also see the workshop descriptions below):

Photography Flowers for Transparency (March 25-26, 2017; early registration discount until October 31, 2016)

Flower Photography Intensive: 4-Day Flower Photography Masterclass (June 22-25, 2017; early registration discount until January 1, 2017)

 

 

 

Photography Flowers for Transparency (March 25-26, 2017)

Master photographer Harold Davis is well-known for his often imitated—but seldom equaled—digital images of luscious transparent and translucent flowers.

In this unique workshop offering master photographer Harold Davis shows the techniques he uses to create his floral masterpieces. Arrangement, composition, photography, post-production will all be covered, as will Harold’s special techniques for shooting on a light box.

Garden Party © Harold Davis

Garden Party © Harold Davis

The workshop is intended for photographers of all levels with an interest in flower photography.

Harold is only planning to give this workshop infrequently. There is no better way to learn the floral transparency techniques that he has pioneered. The multi-day format will give participants the chance to complete their imagery using the techniques that Harold will demonstrate.

Click here for registration and class curriculum.

Bougainvillea Study II © Harold Davis

Bougainvillea Study II © Harold Davis

Here are some comments from previous Floral Transparency Workshops:

“Loved the pace, in-depth instruction and generous sharing.”

“EXCELLENT PRESENTATION AND COVERAGE OF MATERIAL. MR. DAVIS WAS PATIENT TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS.”

“Harold, thank you for the time, expense and effort it took to put on a great workshop….You are a wealth of information and share it so graciously.”

“Outstanding workshop!”

“A very packed weekend! Harold is very clear and organized; an outstanding photographer who is also an outstanding teacher.”

Click here for registration and class curriculum.

Painting with Flowers Inverted © Harold Davis

Painting with Flowers Inverted © Harold Davis

Flower Photography Intensive: 4-Day Flower Photography Masterclass (June 22-25, 2017)

This is a four-day masterclass-level flower photography intensive intended for photographers who have already attended a previous Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis workshop and are ready to move beyond the basics of translucent flower photography.

Alternatively, admission is possible via portfolio review if you haven’t already attended Flowers for Transparency; please contact us for the review procedure.

This workshop is limited to 14 participants.

Click here for registration.

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis

In this workshop, we will venture to the cutting edge of floral translucency. Flower arrangement, photography, and post-production will be explored in depth. We will also hone our macro photography techniques, and pay field visits to local gardens such as Blake Garden, the U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden, Filoli, and San Francisco Botanical Garden. Topics covered include:

• Photographing Flowers for Transparency review and recap

• Vertical versus horizontal light box compositions

• Layering, stacking, and exposure blending

• The sophisticated layer mask

• Arranging for inversion

• LAB color effects

• Advanced backgrounds and textures

• Topaz and Nik Filters

• Advanced field flower techniques

• Macro gear and best practices

• Focus stacking

• Creating a O’Keeffe effect

• Banishing the mundane: flower photography that sings

Orchids in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Orchids in a Blue Bowl © Harold Davis

Well-known photographer Harold Davis is well-known for his often imitated—but seldom equaled—digital images of luscious transparent and translucent flowers, for his luscious “Georgia O’Keeffe” rose imagery, and for his overall mastery and love of all things floral and photographic.

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

In this unique workshop offering master photographer Harold Davis shows the techniques he uses to create many of his floral masterpieces. Advanced topics in translucent light box photography will be covered in depth, along with sessions in the field to help you hone your skills and vision when photographing flowers. We’ll celebrate our work together and share the great wonder and gift for all artists that are inspired by flower photography!

Click here for registration.

Tulip Blast © Harold Davis

Tulip Blast © Harold Davis

Achieve Your Potential in Maine in August

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be the best photographer you can be? Do you feel blocked by petty circumstances, or lack the creative space to do the work you know you can do?

I’ll be teaching a week-long version of my popular Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer workshop in Maine from August 7 to August 13, 2016.

Well-known creativity guru Steven Pressfield, the author of The War of Art, has called my Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer (published by Focal Press) a great accomplishment: I salute you. You’re gonna help a lot of people with this one.” 

02-04-2015-Achieving-CoverAccording to an Amazon reviewer, “You’ll find inspiration, ideas, exercises, and challenges in this excellent book, that will help you become the best photographer you can be. This great book also shows you examples, challenges you, and gives you directions for precisely how to proceed.”

Over time, I’ve taken the feedback of literally hundreds of readers and workshop participants to fashion an Achieving Your Potential workshop. Here’s some of the comments participants have had in previous sessions of this workshop:

• “Thank you for provided the tools I need to take my photography up not one notch, but many notches, to the next level indeed!”

• “The Achieving Your Potential workshop has had a substantial impact on my photographic journey. Thanks for the mentoring, assistance, and inspiration.”

• “I particularly liked getting feedback from the group and from Harold regarding my goals and progress…Achieving Your Potential [is] well-thought-out and concrete.”

© Harold Davis

Mandahlia © Harold Davis

This workshop is for every photographer who wants to draw their line in the sand to become the best photographer and artist they can be. We’ll use mid-coast Maine as the base for exploration and photography, and come back with the tools and motivation to continue advancing our individual creative photographic journeys.

The workshop will include group and individual technical, practical, theoretical and spiritual exercises and assignments. There will be guided field sessions, and work in the classroom. The complete photographer—technical, practical, emotional, and business—skills and topics will be covered.

Click here for information and registration.

Reflections in a Maine Pond © Harold Davis

Reflections in a Maine Pond © Harold Davis

Inside the Pemaquid Lighthouse © Harold Davis

Inside the Pemaquid Lighthouse © Harold Davis

Monhegan Storm © Harold Davis

Monhegan Storm © Harold Davis

What’s it like to join a Harold Davis Destination Photo Workshop?

Want to see what joining a Harold Davis destination photography workshop is like? Check out this wonderful PDF book by Romantic Southwest of France participant Katie Kutschinski (thanks Katie!!!). It’s the next best thing to being there.

Mas de Garrigue © Harold Davis

Mas de Garrigue © Harold Davis

Upcoming trip: Please consider joining us for a magnificent destination photography week in Venice, Italy this October. Click here for more info.

Stay tuned! We’re planning one or two very special destination travel workshops for 2017. As these plans move towards reality, they will be posted on my Workshops & Events page—or you can subscribe to my email list or blog for notifications.

Nocturnes Exhibition and Competition at the Southeast Center for Photography

I am the juror for Nocturnes a competition and exhibition based around night photography at the Southeast Center for Photography.

Here’s the description:  A nocturne is a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night. Enter your best photos that express the poetry of the night referentially in visual symbolism. Show us you night images, your light painting talents. Imagery should be evocative of the night and our human relationship to nocturnal darkness. Structures are okay, as is the urban landscape. It’s fine to include celestial features such as star trails or the Milky Way, but images should include terrestrial markings as well; this will be an exhibition about the human relationship, and feelings about the night.

Submissions close on June 5, 2016. Click here for the prospectus for the competition and exhibition.

Edge of Night © Harold Davis

Edge of Night © Harold Davis

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Venice Destination Photo Workshop Rescheduled

We’ve rescheduled the Photograph Venice with Harold Davis destination photo workshop. The new dates are October 23-29, 2016. Click here for details. Please let us know if you would like to join us in Venice!

Bridge of Sighs at Night © Harold Davis

Bridge of Sighs at Night © Harold Davis

Destination Workshop Description: Venice is the largest preserved antique city in Europe, and possibly the world. Extravagant, decadent, charming with ever-changing light, Venice is a photographer’s delight with its fairy-tale canals and endless maze of footpaths and bridges.

Join acclaimed photographer Harold Davis for the experience of a lifetime exploring and photographing La Serenissima, the most serene and exciting Republic of Venice. There you’ll have the opportunity to experience firsthand the places and sights that have inspired artists for centuries.

We’ll focus our lenses on canals, reflections, and the infinite wonder found around every corner in Venice. There will be special emphasis on techniques for impressionistic rendering, and several sessions will be held to teach the related post-production techniques, as well as how best to use an iPhone camera in Venice.

Click here to learn more!

Piazza San Marco © Harold Davis

Piazza San Marco © Harold Davis

Photograph Paris (and Giverny) the first week of May!

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Double Rainbow Pano over Paris © Harold Davis

Double Rainbow Pano over Paris © Harold Davis

Paris, as Audrey Hepburn said, is always a good idea. Please consider joining my small group of photographers in Paris (and, oh yeah, at the Monet gardens in Giverny!) the first week in May, 2016.

Click here for the detailed day-by-day itinerary (PDF), here for the Prospectus, and here for the Reservation Form. If you are interested, please let me know right away.

Monet's Lily Pond at Giverny © Harold Davis

Monet’s Lily Pond at Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis