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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

Also posted in Digital Night, Photography

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

Paris

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Beneath the Pont de la Concorde © Harold Davis

Beneath the Pont de la Concorde © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Hotel de Sully, Paris © Harold Davis

Hotel de Sully, Paris © Harold Davis

There’s still time to join us photographing Paris in the spring (and Giverny with special after-hours artist access). Click here for the full itinerary, and here for the Reservation form.

Southwest France Itinerary

If you’d like to armchair travel, we’ve sent out a day-by-day itinerary for the lucky photographers who will be traveling with me soon to the southwest of France. You can checkout the PDF by clicking this link! I am looking forward to this adventure with many good friends who have traveled with me before very much, and also look forward to making some new photography friends among my guests, and in France as well.

Valentre Bridge © Harold Davis

Valentre Bridge © Harold Davis

The destination photography workshop to the southwest of France is full, but we do have space in our Paris adventure the first week in May. Click here for the PDF itinerary, and here for the Reservation Form.

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Also posted in France

The Appeal of Venice Off-Season

Photograph Venice in November with Harold Davis

In November, most of the people are gone, skies can be atmospheric and cloudy, and photography of Venice is at its best! Please consider joining me for a fantastic photographic visit to this most incredible of destinations. Click here for the detailed itinerary, and here for the Reservation Form!

Piazza San Marco © Harold Davis

Piazza San Marco © Harold Davis

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.

Bridge of Sighs at Night © Harold Davis

Bridge of Sighs at Night © Harold Davis

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 for the detailed itinerary, and here for the Reservation Form!

Venice of Dreams © Harold Davis

Venice of Dreams © Harold Davis

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.

Guided tours of the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of San Marco, and the Peggy Guggenheim collection are included. We will also explore with our camera many well-known and secretive locations on foot and vaporetti. These include the island of San Gorgio, across the water from San Marco; Murano, the famous island where glass blowing techniques originated; and Burano, a quiet island in the Venice lagoon whose inhabitants make lace and live in colorfully painted houses.

Non-photographic spouses are welcome (there’s plenty to do in Venice besides photography, including cultural and shopping activities!). The group is strictly limited to ten participants.

Burano © Harold Davis

Burano © Harold Davis

Here’s what some participants in past Harold Davis destination photo workshops have to say:

  • “Had an awesome time with Harold and the workshop participants.  Itching to go back.”

    Canals of Venice © Harold Davis

    Canals of Venice © Harold Davis

  • “A once-in-a-lifetime experience that I plan to repeat!”
  • “Harold has great skill, without the ego of most master photographers. Travel arrangements were perfect.”
  • “One thing I really liked about the photo tour that Harold set up is that we had plenty of time to photograph in the best locations, and really prioritized when the light would be good.”
  • “You two did a great job at researching, organizing, and leading this trip.”
  • “Again, thanks for a wonderful trip and a big thank you to Phyllis for everything that she did!”
  • “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, and his workshops shows the depth of his connecting with others in a very real and personal way.”

Where: The group will be based at the Hotel Flora, a unique and charming Venetian hotel that is an oasis of calm and centrally located a very short walk from Piazza San Marco.

Hotel Flora Garden

Hotel Flora Garden

Hotel Flora - Stairs

Hotel Flora – Stairs

When: Sunday November 6, 2016 (leave US November 5) to Sunday November 12, 2016 (six nights and seven days).

Group Size: This exclusive, small photo workshop tour is limited to ten photographers (non-photographer significant others are also welcome).

Venice Gondola © Harold Davis

Venice Gondola © Harold Davis

Click here for complete itinerary with a list of inclusions and exclusions.

To Register: Please send us an email expressing interest right away; a completed registration requires a $1000 deposit and Reservation Form, and a copy of your passport page.

Venice in a Silver Light © Harold Davis

Venice in a Silver Light © Harold Davis

Also posted in Italy

Flowers for Transparency December Session (early-bird discount applies)

Due to many requests, I have opened a new weekend workshop session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency for the Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4 weekend (2016) here in Berkeley, CA. The workshop provides end-to-end hands-on instruction in my photography and post-production techniques for photographing on a light box (more info and curriculum below). Note, this workshop is currently more than half full, and if past experience is a guide it will fill-up with a waiting list long before the workshop date. There is a $50 discount for early registration by May 1, 2016.

Degrees of Translucency © Harold Davis

Degrees of Translucency © Harold Davis

Click here for my 2016 Workshops & Events Calendar.

Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis (Weekend Workshop)

Where: Berkeley, CA

When: Saturday December 3 – Sunday December 4, 2016

Tuition: $645 until May 1, 2016; $695 thereafter.

Workshop limited to 16 participants.

Iris ensata 'Azuma-kagami' © Harold Davis

Iris ensata ‘Azuma-kagami’ © Harold Davis

Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis

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.

Who is this workshop for?

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.

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 one-day 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.”

Wheel of Flowers (on White) © Harold Davis

Wheel of Flowers (on White) © Harold Davis

What to bring: Your creative imagination and sense of fun, a love of flowers, camera (preferably capable of shooting in RAW and with a manual exposiure mode), camera manual, tripod (if you have one), and a way to make notes!

If you’d like to follow the post-production examples please bring a laptop loaded with Photoshop, and HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software (trial versions of this software are available for free download).

Curriculum – Subject to modification

Day 1

9:30AM – Workshop orientation

10:30 – Glory of the tranlucent petal (understanding translucency and transparency)

11:30 – Introduction to Floral arrangement and composition

12:30 – Lunch break

1:30 – Advanced floral compositon

2:30 – Shooting on a lightbox

3:30 – Understanding high-key hand HDR post-production

4:30 – Advanced HDR topics

5:00 – Review, wrap-up and Q&A

Curriculum – Day 2

10:00AM – Day 1 recap

10:30 – Individual post-production guided practice

11:30 – Backgrounds and Textures

12:30 – Lunch break

1:30 – LAB Color effects

2:15 – Individual practice

4:00 – Fine art botannical prints

4:30 – Review, wrap-up and Q&A

Clematis on Black  © Harold Davis

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

Click here for registration on Meetup. To register via Meetup, RSVP Yes (using the button on the upper right), and follow the directions for tuition payment.

From iPhone to Art

From iPhone to Art

From iPhone to Art is a full-day workshop on Saturday May 21, 2016 in Berkeley, California. I have often been asked to lead a workshop that explains iPhone photography and processing techniques. I am excited to be assisted in this workshop by Robert Eckardt as my co-teacher. Robert is an extremely gifted iPhone photographer in his own right. There are some places left in this workshop, but it is filling up fast.

Courtyard in Naples © Harold Davis

The iPhone is the most used camera in the world. As they say, the best camera to use is the one you have with you, and this is often your iPhone camera. But the fundamental rules of photography still apply, and you can become a powerful photographer with your iPhone by learning the fundamentals of exposure and composition.

Still Life in Silver Bowl © Harold Davis

Of course, your iPhone is more than just a camera. The computing power within a contemporary iPhone is greater than the computing power that sent NASA to the moon—and many photography apps take advantage of this “darkroom” in your pocket.

Feathers © Harold Davis

In From iPhone to Art, we will learn how to leverage our talents to make the best iPhone imagery we can. Demos, lectures, and hands-on exercises will explore the principles of photography as they relate to the iPhone camera.

Click here to see some more of my iPhone images, and here for workshop information and registration!

Door in Capri © Harold Davis

 

Path beside the Rhine

 

Porto iphone

 

Also posted in iPhone, Photography

Paris is always a good idea!

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

Paris Sunset © Harold Davis

Pyramide © Harold Davis

Pyramide © 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.

Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Also posted in Paris, Photography

Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer at Maine Media Workshops

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. Immersing oneself in photography for a week on the beautiful Maine coast at MMW is a life-transforming experience! Not to mention, all the lobster you can eat…

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?

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.

Reflections in a Maine Pond © Harold Davis

Reflections in a Maine Pond © Harold Davis

The workshop will include group and individual exercises and assignments. There will be guided field sessions, and work in the classroom. Technical and practical skills and topics will be covered.

Click here for information and registration.

Lobsters for Dinner © Harold Davis

Lobsters for Dinner © Harold Davis

Also posted in Photography

Flowers for Transparency December Session (early-bird discount)

Due to many requests, I have opened a new weekend workshop session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency for the Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4 weekend (2016) here in Berkeley, CA. The workshop provides end-to-end hands-on instruction in my photography and post-production techniques for photographing on a light box (more info and curriculum below). Note, this workshop often fills quickly once it has been announced. There is a $50 discount for early registration by May 1, 2016.

Floral Lecture © Harold Davis

Floral Lecture © Harold Davis

Click here for my 2016 Workshops & Events Calendar.

Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis (Weekend Workshop)

Where: Berkeley, CA

When: Saturday December 3 – Sunday December 4, 2016

Tuition: $645 until May 1, 2016; $695 thereafter.

Workshop limited to 16 participants.

Cymbidium Orchid © Harold Davis

Cymbidium Orchid © Harold Davis

Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis

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.

Who is this workshop for?

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.

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 one-day 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 to read more comments about Harold Davis workshops.

Salutation to the Sun © Harold Davis

Salutation to the Sun © Harold Davis

What to bring: Your creative imagination and sense of fun, a love of flowers, camera (preferably capable of shooting in RAW and with a manual exposiure mode), camera manual, tripod (if you have one), and a way to make notes!

If you’d like to follow the post-production examples please bring a laptop loaded with Photoshop, and HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software (trial versions of this software are available for free download).

Curriculum – Subject to modification

Day 1

9:30AM – Workshop orientation

10:30 – Glory of the tranlucent petal (understanding translucency and transparency)

11:30 – Introduction to Floral arrangement and composition

12:30 – Lunch break

1:30 – Advanced floral compositon

2:30 – Shooting on a lightbox

3:30 – Understanding high-key hand HDR post-production

4:30 – Advanced HDR topics

5:00 – Review, wrap-up and Q&A

Curriculum – Day 2

10:00AM – Day 1 recap

10:30 – Individual post-production guided practice

11:30 – Backgrounds and Textures

12:30 – Lunch break

1:30 – LAB Color effects

2:15 – Individual practice

4:00 – Fine art botannical prints

4:30 – Review, wrap-up and Q&A

Translucency of Rosa on Black © Harold Davis

Translucency of Rosa on Black © Harold Davis