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San Francisco Weekend Photography Workshop with Harold Davis August 23-24

Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24, 2014

The San Francisco Bay area is one of the places on our planet most visited for photography. If you live here, why not spend a weekend photographing San Francisco as if you were seeing it for the first time for the wonder it is?

If you have always wanted to photograph San Francisco but are coming from far away, what better way to go about it with the guidance of master photographer and Bay area resident Harold Davis?

Click here to register for the Harold Davis San Francisco Photography Weekend Workshop

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Following a brief orientation, we will carpool and photograph around the Bay area in an exciting and fun weekend with locations depending on weather, lighting and group inclinations. Group size is limited to twelve photographers. There will be time for image review, and Harold will make suggestions for image improvement and creative thinking about image making.

There will be a night shoot on Saturday, and Harold will present material on photographing San Francisco in both color and black & white.

Why not get the imagery of San Francisco you have always wanted?

City as Landscape © Harold Davis

City as Landscape © Harold Davis

When: Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014

Where: The orientation and classroom sessions of the workshop will be hosted in Berkeley, California. We will car pool to field shooting locations.

Cost: Tuition is $745 per person. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Registration: Click here to register for the Harold Davis San Francisco Photography Weekend Workshop

Full Moon Rising © Harold Davis

Full Moon Rising © Harold Davis

Workshop Demo on a Light Box

The Gloriosa Lily is a notoriously poisonous—and extremely beautiful—flower. We had the Gloriosa and many other exceptional flowers to play with at the recent  Creative Flower Photography workshop sponsored by the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography in Germany. I shot the image shown here as an in-class demo using the excellent Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm f/2 macro lens. This was a great workshop with excellent participants, and much fun was had! Special thanks to Carl Zeiss for lending the superb lenses for participants to try.

Gloriosa Lily © Harold Davis

Gloriosa Lily © Harold Davis

Want to learn how to photograph flowers on a light-box, and process them for transparency? Please consider the October 4-5, 2014 session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency.

Gloriosa Bouquet © Harold Davis

Gloriosa Bouquet © Harold Davis

Creative Use of LAB Color Webinar

Please consider joining Harold Davis for this exciting, new live webinar offering that will help you unlock the creative potential of floral imagery (and more)!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 3PM PTCreative Use of LAB Color (the cost is only $29.95, and includes unlimited access to the post-session recording)

Understanding the creative use of LAB color in Photoshop unlocks a vast treasure trove of under-utilized and under-explored possibilities.

This webinar 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.

 The Creative Use of LAB Color with Harold Davis webinar covers:

  • Understanding LAB Color
  • LAB Color in Photoshop
  • LAB Channel Inversions
  • LAB Channel Equalizations
  • Combining adjustments with blending modes
  • Creative LAB in a workflow
  • Examples and case studies

Learn how LAB is structured in Photoshop, and how to use the incredible toolkit that LAB unleashes to add a world of practical and creative effects to your imagery.

Each live webinar session has ample time for questions and is limited to twenty participants, so seating is very limited. The $29.95 fee includes unlimited access to the recording of the session.

Photoshop layers throwing you for a curve? You may also be interested in our upcoming (Saturday, August 16, 2014) live session, Photoshop Layers 101with Harold Davis. Demystify Photoshop for once and for all.

Check out our webinar recordings ($19.95 each for unlimited access):

Click here for more info about Harold Davis webinar recordings.

Very fun Flower Photography Workshop in Heidelberg

A very fun four-day creative flower photography workshop was had at the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography. This was a great group of compatible people and talented photographers genuinely excited by the subject matter. English was spoken (because of me) and also German (my feeble attempts at German were lovingly corrected). Italian was also spoken—not to mention the universal language of “photography.” The agenda included field trips to a lovely horticultural nursery and to the greenhouses at the Heidelberg University Botanical Gardens. We also practiced studio flower photography, and followed the full workflow of my method for capturing and processing flowers for transparency on a light box.

Pilea ovalis and Ancona muricata © Harold Davis

Pilea ovalis and Ancona muricata © Harold Davis

The image above is a study from the Heidelberg Botanical Gardens field trip. Since it is in monochromatic, it is a fitting segway to the next workshop, Creative Black & White Photography that starts in a few days. I hope it is as much fun and fosters gemütlichkeit as much as the Flower Photography did. You can see some of this gemütlichkeit, umlauts and all, in the row of wine glasses I shot at our farewell dinner, shown below.

Wine Glasses at a Dinner Party © Harold Davis

Wine Glasses at a Dinner Party © Harold Davis

Creative Photoshop Fun Day

Registration and information for the Creative Photoshop Fun Day with Harold Davis (Saturday, September 13, 2014)

I often get asked about my Photoshop techniques in the course of a workshop. In a general workshop that involves photography there just isn’t enough time to cover the vast multitude of creative Photoshop techniques that you can use in depth. This workshop will provide a one-time opportunity to do that exploration of Photoshop: both as a creative medium, and as an artistic partner with digital photography.

High-Key Tulips © Harold Davis

High-Key Tulips © Harold Davis

I will also work with each participant to develop their personal Photoshop style and to process one or more of their own images using the techniques demonstrated in this workshop.

Let’s spend a fun day together playing in Photoshop! We’ll work with layers, masking, textures, backgrounds, selections, filters, LAB color, and more. There will be time for image review, and for helping participants with individual creative projects.

The focus will be on creating an individual Photoshop workflow that is fun and that energizes. Take your Photoshop creativity to the next level!

Church at Auvers © Harold Davis

Van Gogh’s church at Auvers-sur-Oise © Harold Davis

Registration: http://www.meetup.com/Harold-Davis/events/186153022/

Prerequisites:  Participants are expected to know how to use their computers and to have (at a minimum) a basic knowledge of Photoshop. Please contact us with any questions about whether you have the appropriate background for this workshop.

Davis- The Way of the Digital PhotographerSuggested advance reading/viewing: The Way of the Digital Photographer and the Harold Davis Photoshop webinar recordings.

What to bring: Please bring a laptop with Photoshop installed and some of your images that you would like to work on. The following software is also suggested (but not required): the Nik Collection, Topaz Adjust and Topaz Simplify.

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9AM to 6PM, with an hour break for lunch.

Where: The workshop is hosted in Berkeley, California, in a convenient location near the upscale Fourth Street shopping district and close to the University Avenue exit from I80.

Tuition: $295 per person. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

Flowering Quince by Moon © Harold Davis

Flowering Quince by Moon © Harold Davis

San Francisco Photography Weekend Workshop

Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24, 2014

The San Francisco Bay area is one of the places on our planet most visited for photography. If you live here, why not spend a weekend photographing San Francisco as if you were seeing it for the first time for the wonder it is?

If you have always wanted to photograph San Francisco but are coming from far away, what better way to go about it with the guidance of master photographer and Bay area resident Harold Davis?

Click here to register for the Harold Davis San Francisco Photography Weekend Workshop

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Following a brief orientation, we will carpool and photograph around the Bay area in an exciting and fun weekend with locations depending on weather, lighting and group inclinations. Group size is limited to twelve photographers. There will be time for image review, and Harold will make suggestions for image improvement and creative thinking about image making.

There will be a night shoot on Saturday, and Harold will present material on photographing San Francisco in both color and black & white.

Why not get the imagery of San Francisco you have always wanted?

City as Landscape © Harold Davis

City as Landscape © Harold Davis

When: Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014

Where: The orientation and classroom sessions of the workshop will be hosted in Berkeley, California. We will car pool to field shooting locations.

Cost: Tuition is $745 per person. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Registration: Click here to register for the Harold Davis San Francisco Photography Weekend Workshop

Full Moon Rising © Harold Davis

Full Moon Rising © Harold Davis

Painting in Transparency Using a High-Key Layer Stack Webinar with Harold Davis

Are you intrigued by transparent flower photos? Ever wanted to know how to make them? Well, here’s your chance!

With photography on a light box, once you photograph a bracketed high-key exposure sequence, then the the next step is to assemble a layer stack. As you build your layer stack, successively darker layers are masked and painted in to create the illusion of transparency. The results surprise and delight!

Digital artist and master photographer Harold Davis states, “My transparent botanical art has been greatly acclaimed and emulated. Flowers can create the most beautiful compositions. Photographers who are interested in photographing flowers should give this technique a try. Certainly, one of the most sensitive parts of the process is painting in the high-key layer stack.”

Learn this exciting technique from its creator!  This webinar will be full of examples and have ample time for Q & A. Register for Painting in Transparency Using a High-Key Layer Stack Webinar with Harold Davis today (details below).

Special Tulips © Harold Davis

Special Tulips © Harold Davis

The Painting in Transparency Using a High-Key Layer Stack Webinar with Harold Davis covers:

  • Photographing a bracketed high-key sequence on a light box
  • Workflow considerations and options
  • Multi-RAW processing layers as needed
  • Creating the layer stack in Photoshop
  • Adding a layer mask
  • Using the Brush Tool
  • Using the Gradient Tool
  • Next steps after the layer stack has been created

When:   The live webinar session will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014, starting at 3PM PT. The webinar is scheduled for one hour, with additional time for Q&A. The session will be recorded, and you can review the recording at your convenience.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Photoshop.

Where:   At your computer, anywhere.

Cost:  The registration fee for the live webinar is $29.95. This includes access to the recording of the webinar session. The cost for access to the webinar recording alone (this will be available after the session) is $19.95.

Registration: Registration for the Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis is limited to 20 participants. Click here to register for the webinar. Seats are very limited, so register now to avoid disappointment.

Anemones 1 © Harold Davis

Anemones 1 © Harold Davis

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Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis Webinar

Have you ever wanted to turn your photos into fine art design pieces? With a little bit of Photoshop know-how, a few inexpensive tools, and the techniques explained in this webinar, it’s easy to create unique art imagery, guided by your vision and creativity.

Placing a photo on a background creates an image that looks like a botanical illustration. Adding a texture to a photo is can be used for an impressionistic and/or painterly effect.

Digital artist and master photographer Harold Davis states, “The two primary techniques that I use to turn straightforward photos into art are to add a photo to a background, and to add a texture to photos. These two techniques have a very visual different impact, and can be particularly effective with my botanical art.”

It’s easy to add a whole set of techniques to your creative use of Photoshop! Register for Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis today (details below).

Flowers of Late Summer © Harold Davis

Flowers of Late Summer © Harold Davis

The Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis webinar covers:

  • Creative use of backgrounds and textures
  • The difference between a background and a texture
  • Making your own backgrounds
  • Making your own textures
  • Commercial libraries
  • How to apply an image to a background
  • Using textures and blending modes
  • Backgrounds and textures in botannicals
  • Using textures with people photography
  • Enhancing landscape photos with artistic effects
  • What to do, what not to do, and examples

When:   The live webinar session will take place on Thursday, May 29, 2014, starting at 7PM PT. The webinar is scheduled for one hour, with additional time for Q&A. The session will be recorded, and you can review the recording at your convenience.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Photoshop.

Where:   At your computer, anywhere.

Cost:  The registration fee for the live webinar is $29.95. This includes access to the recording of the webinar session. The cost for access to the webinar recording alone (this will be available after the session) is $19.95.

Registration: Registration for the Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis is limited to 20 participants. Click here to register for the webinar. Seats are very limited, so register now to avoid disappointment.

Venice of Cuba © Harold Davis

Venice of Cuba © Harold Davis

The landscape in Venice of Cuba (shown above) was enhanced with the addition of a canvas-based texture, creating a work of art with a painterly ambiance.

Kelly © Harold Davis

Kelly © Harold Davis

The photo of the model Kelly (shown above) was first placed on a background, then treated with a texture overlay.

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Selective Sharpening with LAB Color Webinar

Have you ever over-sharpened an image? (We all have!) Have you ever wanted to to sharpen just one thing in a photo, not the entire image?

If you answer “Yes!” to either of these questions, then this webinar is for you!

The internal structure of LAB color makes it ideal for attractive sharpening (without over-sharpening) in Photoshop. This is because you can work on the luminance information, avoiding the unattractive results that can happen when color data is sharpened.

This webinar shows how to use the properties of LAB color to selectively sharpen images for aesthetic effect, and teaches you a technique that should be in the toolkit of every photographer who uses Photoshop. Click here to register for the webinar.

Master photographer and bestselling author Harold Davis says, “I use selective sharpening with LAB color to enhance almost all of my photos.” Sharpening with LAB is one of the true secrets of the masters.

The Selective Sharpening with LAB Color with Harold Davis webinar covers:

  • Different kinds of sharpening
  • Using selective sharpening for artistic emphasis
  • LAB color theory and relative gamut
  • Understanding the color opponent model
  • Converting to LAB in Photoshop
  • Choosing the L-channel in Photoshop
  • Using the Unsharp Mask Filter
  • Selectively painting in sharp areas
  • Converting back to RGB

When:   The live webinar session will take place on Saturday, May 24, 2014, starting at 3PM PT. The webinar is scheduled for one hour, with additional time for Q&A. The session will be recorded, and you can review the recording at your convenience.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Photoshop.

Where:   At your computer, anywhere.

Cost:  The registration fee for the live webinar is $29.95. This includes access to the recording of the webinar session. The cost for access to the webinar recording alone (this will be available after the session) is $19.95.

Registration: Registration for the Selective Sharpening with LAB Color with Harold Davis is limited to 20 participants. Click here to register for the webinar. Seats are very limited, so register now to avoid disappointment.

Nature's Palette © Harold Davis

Nature’s Palette © Harold Davis

To emphasize the distinction between the flower core and the petals in Nature’s Palette (shown above) I used LAB color and masking to selectively sharpen the flower centers. This is a relatively subtle technique, in the sense that the viewer is not necessarily aware that I have increased the “sharpness differential” between the two types of subject matter.

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Where in the world is Harold Davis?

Anybody else remember Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? My kids sure don’t! Their world of computer gaming is deeply involved with Minecraft. Anyway, where in the world is Harold Davis? Right now, abroad at home, but for me this year is “back-end loaded” with travel, and I wanted to give you a heads-up.

First, the upcoming Black & White workshop I am giving in San Francisco the weekend of April 12-13 is my last scheduled workshop in San Francisco in 2014. This will be a small workshop oriented at field photography, and (as noted) I do have a few places left. Click here for more information and registration.

Cable Car Wheels © Harold Davis

Cable Car Wheels © Harold Davis

From mid-April through mid-May I will be in France, leading a photography workshop in Paris, and then exploring some rural parts of southern France on my own with my camera.

In June I’ll be presenting my prints at Photo Oakland in a free event, then leaving for Germany towards the end of the month. I’ll be giving two workshops at the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography. Although I expect most of the participants to be German photographers, I’ll be giving the workshops in English, and there are a few places still open. My workshops in Heidelberg are in flower photography and black & white. My sponsor, Zeiss Camera Lenses, will be loaning lenses for workshop participants to try!

Back in the States in mid-July, I’ll head pretty much straight away for Denver, where I’ll be making another online course with Craftsy. By the way, you can use this link for a $10 discount on my first Craftsy course, Photographing Flowers.

Chateau des Nazelles © Harold Davis

Chateau des Nazelles © Harold Davis

In August, I’ll be back in coastal California, with two weekend workshops in very cool locations: a Night Photography workshop in Big Sur August 1-3, and Creative Landscape Photography on Point Reyes August 8-10. There are some spaces available in each of these workshops.

I am planning to be back in Japan in October. One of the purposes of this trip is to scout locations for my Japan Photographic Odyssey, now tentatively scheduled for April 5-25, 2015. I will bring a very small group of photographers to explore some of the less-known areas of Japan. Stand by for details!

At the end of October I’ll be in New York for PhotoPlus Expo. I’ll head back to Europe in time to co-lead the Photographic Caravan to Spain and Morocco for most of November. By the way, if this interests you, we are taking waiting list applications (and it is not unusual to have one or two drop-outs due to personal reasons).

In December, I have the fifth annual winter Waves Photography workshop on Point Reyes scheduled for Saturday, December 13. Whether there are almost no waves (like last year) or massive surf in a storm (three years ago), this is always great fun! Please save the date, and check the Point Reyes Field Seminars website for registration availability.

Bixby Bridge by Starlight © Harold Davis

Bixby Bridge by Starlight © Harold Davis

They say travel broadens, and often this is true. You can learn much about what you have by seeing “the other.” I also find that travel also shows me what I care most about at home, and I am more able to be truly present when I am home knowing I will be soon adventuring again with my camera. I hope that you may be able to join me one of these days on one of my photographic adventures—and if you have a particular destination that you’d like to see me lead a workshop to, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

 

Into the votex of the universe © Harold Davis

Into the vortex of the universe © Harold Davis

Photograph San Francisco in Black and White—also Workshop Updates

Photograph San Francisco in Black and White

Please consider joining me the weekend of Saturday April 12 and Sunday April 13, 2014 for a black & white photographic tour of San Francisco. I like to think of this as the film noir workshop of San Francisco, although of course we will be working in digital. Click here for details, curriculum and registration.

Sunset on the Bay

Sunset on the Bay © Harold Davis

Depending on light, weather and group inclinations, we will shoot famous locations and those known only to locals, possibly including (but not limited to) the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Fort Point, the Cable Car Museum, Urban Ore and Market Street at Night. We will photograph in the daytime, and include at least one night shoot (Saturday night). Classroom sessions will cover black and white conversion, monochromatic HDR, and creating high tonal-range imagery.

The workshop will be based in Berkeley, California (we will carpool to locations) and the tuition is $695 per person. Click here for details, curriculum and registration.

Cable Car Wheels © Harold Davis

Cable Car Wheels © Harold Davis

City as Landscape © Harold Davis

City as Landscape © Harold Davis

Updates

My understanding based on email responses is that the Photographic Caravan to Spain and Morocco is almost full. However, we are taking firm registrations when we get completed applications and deposit checks—so if you are on the fence, send yours in now because there may still be a possibility of getting that last spot, and also we will be taking a waiting list.

Nearer to home, I am giving two extraordinary workshops on the coast of California you may wish to consider in August, 2014. I am very excited about both these workshops. Night Photography in the Big Sur Landscape is hosted by the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA the weekend of August 1-3 and Creative Landscape Photography on Point Reyes will take place at the historic and romantic Coastguard Boathouse the weekend of August 8-10 under the auspices of Point Reyes Field Seminars.

Perhaps needless to say, we do expect these workshops to be popular. To avoid disappointment, I urge you to register early.

Bixby Bridge by Starlight © Harold Davis

Bixby Bridge by Starlight © Harold Davis

Here are the related Meetup groups for these workshops:

If you are interested in flower photography, please keep in mind the Best of Botanicals National Juried Photography Exhibition partially benefiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Related to this exhibition, I will be presenting and discussing my botanical prints on Saturday, June 7 (this event is free). Finally, I am pleased to offer my Photographing Flowers online course at $10 off the $59.99 price (use this link for the special discount).

Tulip Pano © Harold Davis

Tulip Pano © Harold Davis

Photographic Caravan to Spain and Morocco

I am very, very excited to announce that registration is now open for the Photographic Caravan to Spain and Morocco in November, 2014. In a nutshell, we will start photographing in Barcelona, drive down the Costa del Sol, and spend some time photographing the fabulous Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Next, we’ll ferry past the Rock of Gibralter to North Africa, where we’ll explore Tangier, Rabat and linger in Marrakech. For me, I am totally thrilled about what comes next: crossing the Atlas Mountains to spend some time exploring, luxury camping, and photographing the Sahara itself. We’ll make our way back via the imperial Morrocan cities of Fez and Meknes to Casablanca. From Casablanca, the group will fly to Lisbon (the cost of this flight is included), where we will spend a day exploring.

This will be us!

It’s my great pleasure to co-lead this destination photography workshop with distinguished commercial and stock shooter Bill Bachmann. Although we agree about many things, Bill has a different approach to photography than mine, and different areas of expertise—this means you will have the opportunity to learn two different skill sets from both of us.

The Photographic Caravan to Spain and Morocco is 18 days and 17 nights. Accomodations are at 4-star hotels (except the luxury camping in the desert part). Many meals are included. At $5,695 per person double occupany (the single supplement is $695), I think this is a GREAT deal. Bill in particular has worked very hard to get the best prices possible, and we both have tried to plan things so the trip will include those destinations that will be very unique and special with photographers in mind. Please note that trans-Atlantic airfare to Europe is not included in this cost, although we are working to arrange a lowcost airfare for those who want to travel with the group from Newark to Barcelona, and back from Lisbon to Newark (you are of course free to make your own arrangements and meet the group in Barcelona).

If this destination photography workshop interests you, I suggest you RUN not WALK to get your deposit and paperwork in. My guess is that between Bill’s followers and mine we will fill up pretty quickly (applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis). What you have to do is fill out the application form, and send it, along with a check for $500, to Bill. It’s pretty straightforward. The link is below. We won’t deposit the checks unless there is sufficient enrollment to run the Photographic Caravan. By all means, also drop me an email if you decide to enroll so I know you will be coming.

Click here to learn all about the Photographic Caravan to Spain and Morocco in terms of destinations, plans, details and what is included in the price. I think you’ll be amazed at this fabulous itinerary

If you are interested in enrolling, please click here for the registration form and mailing instructions.

Do feel free to email me if you have any questions. As I’ve said, I am incredibly excited about this, and look forward to having you join me on a photographic adventure of a lifetime.

Current Harold Davis Photo Workshop offerings

I have only two spots left in the Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop this coming weekend (Feb 22-23, 2014) here in Berkeley, California. This is an opportunity to photograph your own light box composition and process it for translucency from beginning to end with my assistance.

Achieving Your Potential as a Digital Photographer is an opportunity for ongoing mentoring limited to 12 photographers. The initial meeting is the weekend of March 15-16, 2014. I have very limited space availability remaining. Admission is by portfolio review only, please click here for instructions about how to submit a portfolio.

Poppies Galore © Harold Davis

Poppies Galore © Harold Davis

I am extremely excited about my upcoming Black & White workshop. If you are interested in shooting black and white with me in the Bay area on the weekend of April 12-13, and learning my techniques for processing digital black and white, please consider joining me.

Mastering Creative Photoshop, to be given May 31 – June 1, is a chance to learn my ideas about the way of the digital photographer, and the “secret sauce” that makes my Photoshop post-production “play-flow” unique.

Workbench © Harold Davis

Workbench © Harold Davis

Maybe you don’t want to go as far as Heidelberg, Germany to take a workshop with me, but if you do (or if you are based in Europe) there is still some room in my Creative Flower Photography (June 27-30) and Creative Black & White and HDR (July 4-7) workshops at the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography.

Also please note my free presentation at Photo Oakland on Saturday, June 7 at 4PM. In this event, I will show my botanical prints and talk about how they were made.

My Photographing Flowers online course now has almost 1,000 students and many exciting projects. Use this special link to take $10 off the normal price of $59.99 for the course, with 2.5 hours of HD video and a number of interactive features.

Questions? Wondering if a particular workshop is appropriate for your level? Don’t hesitate to drop me an email. As always, you can find current information about my technique workshops and destination photography trips on my Workshops & Events page.

Graced with Light at Grace Cathedral © Harold Davis

 Grace Cathedral © Harold Davis

Opium Poppies

It’s perfectly legal in this country to cultivate the Opium Poppy, Papaver somniferum, for decorative purposes. But this pretty flower, shown in the image below, has long caused wild dreams and flights of fancy. For example, the poet Samuel Coleridge wrote his poem Kubla Khan in 1797 following an opium-inspired dream that was interrupted by a bill collector. Equally, this innocent-looking flower is responsible for much human misery, from the killing fields of Afghanistan to the addictions and overdose deaths caused by the stronger products refined or synthesized based on opium.

Opium Poppies © Harold Davis

Opium Poppies © Harold Davis

When you buy an opium poppy plant from an American horticultural nursery, the name is likely to be changed, as if naming this flower something other than what it is makes it less deadly, or more licit. So one nursery I know calls the Opium Poppy a “Purple Breadseed Poppy,” and there are other cloaked names in use as well.

By whatever name, it is an easy flower to grow (the ones shown here are from my garden, for decorative purposes only of course!). In case you are curious, opium is refined from the paste that accumulates inside the seed pods that form after the flower has bloomed. A single poppy pod wouldn’t be enough—it takes a great many poppies to make a usable quantity of opium.

Want to learn how to make images like this one from beginning to end? There are three spots left in my Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop next weekend (I won’t be giving this workshop again in this country until 2015).

Photographing Flowers for Transparency: Only four spots left in February session

There are only a few spaces remaining in the February 22-23, 2014 Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop here in Berkeley, Ca. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!
As one participant in the 2013 weekend workshop noted, “Learned a new photographic technique that I can apply not only to flowers, but to other subject materials.” Another workshop photographer added, “Thank you for an amazing weekend workshop. Have waited a long time to take this workshop. The weekend flew by. Have much to digest and process. Highly recommended.”
There are no plans to give this workshop again in the United States until 2015, and there is nowhere else you can learn the techniques I have pioneered for photographing and processing flowers for transparency on a light box.
As workshop size is strictly limited, to avoid disappointment don’t delay. Here’s the registration link for this opportunity.

Also please note two free presentationsThe Art & Craft of Photography in Berkeley, CA on February 8, and Making the Botanical Photo: The Digital Print as Artifact at PHOTO Fine Art Photography in Oakland on June 7.

You can also join my ongoing Photographing Flowers online workshop via this link (and get $10 off the normal full price of $59.95).

Finally, registration is now available for my two courses over the summer in Heidleberg, Germany at the Heidelberger Sommerschule der Fotografie. Click here for Creative Flower Photography, and here for Creative Black & White Masterclass. Please consider joining me for some exciting photography in charming Heidelberg.


Due to many requests I have added a new session of the Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop, Saturday, February 22—Sunday, February 23, 2014. Click here for information and online registration for the February Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop

Synopsis: 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 lightbox.

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Here are some details about the workshop:

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?

Papaver and Iridaceae
Papaver and Iridaceae © 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 once this year. There is no better way to learn the floral transparency techniques that he has pioneered. The two-day format will give participants the chance to complete their imagery using the techniques that Harold will demonstrate.

Here are some comments from the 2012 and 2013 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 day! Harold is very clear and organized; an outstanding photographer who is also an outstanding teacher.”
  • “Thank you for an amazing weekend workshop. Have waited a long time to take this workshop. The weekend flew by. Have much to digest and process. Highly recommended.”
  • “Learned a new photographic technique that I can apply not only to flowers, but to other subject materials.”
  • “A great workshop! Learned about creating translucent flower photographs and also about important features of Photoshop.”
  • “Great workshop with a good balance of instruction and practical application. Plenty of opportunity to ask questions and more importantly get answers.”

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

When: Saturday February 22, 2014, 9:30AM to 5:30PM and Sunday February 23, 2013, 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Tuition: The cost of the workshop is $695 per person. Workshop limited to 16 participants.

Red Poppies © Harold Davis


2014 Harold Davis Workshop and Event Offerings 

2012.02.08—Free event at The Lighthouse in Berkeley, CA. Harold Davis presents “The Art and Craft of Photography.” Click here for more information.

2014.02.22—2014.02.23—Photographing Flowers for Transparency: Two Day Workshop with Harold Davis—a unique opportunity to learn Harold’s techniques, workshop location is Berkeley, California (Limited space availability, click here for information and registration).

Tulip © Harold Davis
Tulip © Harold Davis

2014.03.15—Achieving Your Potential As a Digital Photographer: A Multi-Modal Ongoing Six Month Workshop

This workshop provides a platform for ongoing mentoring in the context of a supportive group environment. Customized individual assignments will be given. After the initial intensive two-day in-person session, we will keep in touch with monthly private group online webinars and individual phone or email consultations. A final dinner to review work and celebrate our progress will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop. Limited to 12 photographers. A portfolio review is required—Limited space availability, click here for info and instructions on how to apply.

2014.04.12—2014.04.13—Advanced Black and White Photography and Photoshop—This workshop includes field photography in several Bay area locations, monochromatic HDR shooting techniques in the field, black & white conversion in Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex, and monochromatic HDR processing. Click here for information, curriculum and registration.

2014.04.262014.05.04—Photograph Paris with Harold Davis featuring Paris at night, the gardens at Giverny, black & white, and more. Click here for detailed information and itinerary, and click here for online registration. Here’s what one participant in a previous Harold Davis Photograph Paris workshop had to say: “Had an awesome time with Harold, Mark, and the workshop participants.  Itching to go back.  If you’re a photographer, Paris at night is a ‘Must Do!’.  Put it on your bucket list ‘cause you may not see this in Heaven.”

2014.05.31—2014.06.01Mastering Creative Photoshop: The Way of the Digital Photographer—This workshop covers developing a personal digital Photoshop workflow. Topics explained in detail include archiving and checkpoints, RAW processing, multi-RAW processing, HDR, hand-HDR, stacking, LAB color creative effects, using backgrounds and textures, layers, layers masks, working with channels, Photoshop filters, and plugins from Nik Software and Topaz—Click here for information and registration.

2014.06.07—Free event at Photo Oakland: Harold will show his botanical prints and discuss “Making the Botanical Photo: The Digital Print As an Artifact.” Click here for more information about the event.

2014.6.27-2014.6.30—I will be teaching Creative Flower Photography at Summer School in Heidelberg, Germany from June 27 – June 30, 3014. Click here for more information about Heidelberger Sommerschule der Fotografie, here for workshop information and curriculum,  here for nearby hotel information (with special participant discounts), and here to register for enrollment.

2014.7.04-2014.7.07—I will be teaching a Creative Black & White Masterclass at Summer School in Heidelberg, Germany from July 4 – July 7, 3014. Click here for more information about Heidelberger Sommerschule der Fotografie, here for workshop information and curriculum, here for nearby hotel information (with special participant discounts), and here to register for enrollment.

2014.08.01-2014.08.03—Night Photography in the Big Sur Landscape sponsored by the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA. Link for details and registration to follow.

2014.08.08-2014.08.10—Creative Landscape Photography in Point Reyes sponsored by the Point Reyes Field InstituteLink for details and registration to follow.

2014.11.04-2014.11.20—Photography Caravan to Morocco (with Bill Bachmann). Details and registration link to follow.

Also of note: We are in the planning stages for two destination workshops: Morocco Photographic Caravan in November 2014, and off-the-beaten track Japan in the spring of 2015.

The adventure to Morocco will start in Barcelona, head down the southern coast of Spain, and with a pause to take in the Rock of Gibralter will cross over to Africa. Highlights will include a stay in the Sahara under the stars with time for night photography and camel rides. The group will be co-led by well-known commercial and travel photographer Bill Bachmann, who will help partipants learn how to make money from the photos they shoot.

Wanted: A few photographers for serious fun! 

Can you handle photographing Paris in April? Are you serious about your photography and looking to have fun with it in an environment that has nurtured artists over the centuries? Are you ready for a great learning experience in the company of a master photographer and educator in a group of dedicated colleagues? Are you ready to have fun with your photography??

I am looking for a few photographers to join me and my wonderful group in Paris this year from
April 26 – May 4, 2014. Click here to register now!

Photography begins with the medium of light, which the artist captures and applies to the canvas in endlessly surprising ways. And what better place to explore this medium than in Paris, the City of Light, and one of the birthplaces of photography?

Paris City of Light © Harold davis
Paris City of Light © Harold Davis

When we work together to photograph Paris, you’ll experience firsthand the places and sights that have inspired artists for centuries, and find new creative and unusual ways to make photos of the City of Light!

We’ll focus our lenses on Paris in bloom, Paris at night, and Paris in black & white, reinterpreting for ourselves some of the images that have been captured in paint and on film by many great artists, including Daguerre, Monet, Atget, Picasso, and Erwitt. We’ll have a grand time photographing and we’ll return home with many priceless shots to treasure!

White Chrysanthemums Japonicum at Giverny © Harold Davis
Giverny © Harold Davis

We’ve included many of the highlights from previous workshops, such as the visit to Monet’s garden at Giverny with after hours access (a personal favorite!), as well as new places to explore.

If you check out the itinerary, I think you’ll find many wonderful locations, such as the view from the top of the Tour Montparnasse at night, Père Lachaise, and Vaux-le-Vicomte.

As one of the participants in last year’s workshop said, “Put Paris on your bucket list ‘cause you may not see this in Heaven.” Another workshop participant added, “I already admired Harold Davis, and had confidence that he would lead us to fantastic places – and he did!”

The workshop cost is $5,639.00, excluding airfare. The workshop fee includes eight nights in a delightful 4-star hotel as well as numerous excursions and extras. We’ve got great deals on the hotel and excursions—if you reserved these on your own you’d pay more—even without Harold’s teaching fee for eight days and nights!

Click here for the complete itineraryterms and conditions, and online registration.

 

What folks have said about Harold Davis workshops and events:

  •  “A great artist and speaker!”—W. Anglin
  •  “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.”—P. Borrelli
  • “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.”—J. Phillips
  • “Not all photographers are good verbal communicators. Harold is someone who can DO and TEACH. A rare combination of talents.”—B. Sawyer
  • “Inspiring!”
  • “You were very giving of your talents and time. The course was very organized and thorough. Loved it! Learned so much! … I also wanted to let you know that I have more than paid the cost of the workshops I’ve done with you by selling some photos! I have sold three prints already.”—L. Beck
  • “Very creative and a marvelous instructor.”—Kay S.

For information and registration links for Harold Davis workshops, please go to http://www.digitalfieldguide.com/about/workshops-events.

papaver and iridaceae

 


About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is an internationally-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 Davis is a Moab Master printmaker and a Zeiss Lens Ambassador. Harold Davis’s work is widely collected, licensed by art publishers, and has appeared in numerous magazines and other publications. His black and white prints are described as “hauntingly beautiful” [Fine Art Printer Magazine] and his floral prints have been called “ethereal,” with a “a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual” [Popular Photography].

Harold Davis leads popular technique and destination photography workshops to many locations including Paris, France; Heidelberg, Germany; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada.


More information: BotaniqueHarold Davis websiteHarold Davis blogbooksworkshops.