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Fruits and Vegetables on the Light Box Webinar Saturday February 13

What can you photograph on a light box? It turns out: just about anything that is translucent. In particular, early in the pandemic year Harold had fun experimenting with fruits and vegetables on the light box at the behest of an art director.

In this webinar premiere (there’s a first time for everything!) Harold & Phyllis will show some of Harold’s fruit and vegetable work,  explain the tools they use, show aspects of fruit and vegetable composition, and process some of these images in real time so you can watch. As always, there will be plenty of time for you to ask questions that Harold & Phyllis will do their best to answer.

Click here to register for this unique webinar, and here for more information.

Pear Slices © Harold Davis

Atomic Cucumbers © Harold Davis

Atomic Cucumbers © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

Fruits and Vegetables on the Light Box

What: Fruits and Vegetables on the Light Box

When: Saturday February 13, 2021 at 11:00am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. Click here to register!

Details: This webinar explores in-depth the craft and art of photographing fruits and vegetables on a light box. Slicing, arrangement, composition, and exposure will be considered.

Get your camera and tripod, grab an apple, and get ready for some creative fun!

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in light box photography.

Orange Peppers © Harold Davis

Orange Peppers © Harold Davis

Number of Seats and Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $29.95, but requires prior registration. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! Click here to register!

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Apple Slice Playdate © Harold Davis

New Light Box Work

Happy to have fun playing with flowers on my light box. These recent compositions are partly made from”store bought” flowers, and partly from my garden’s flowers. We’re beginning to enter autumn here in coastal California, and it is looking like (at least in this location) we may be okay in terms of smoke and fire for the remainder of the season. Knock wood, of course—and since I have a little time this coming week I am looking forward to enjoying myself in the garden, and photographing on my light box.

Autumn Bouquet on Scanned Paper © Harold Davis

Autumn Bouquet on Scanned Paper © Harold Davis

Flowers of Autumn © Harold Davis

Flowers of Autumn © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Mandalas and Patterns on the Light Box

What: Mandalas and Patterns on the Light Box

When: Saturday December 12, 2020 at 11:00am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qjbFai-BRuunphpCd8PVag

Details: Many of Harold’s most successful light box images involve mandalas and patterned compositions. This webinar will show Harold creating a mandala—a round, geometric figure thought to represent the world or universe in Hinduism and Buddhism, and standing for the unity of self in Jungian psychology—on his light box in real time.

Harold will also discuss and demonstrate patterned image creation on the light box.

Time permitting, he will review the basics of light box photography, and demonstrate post-production using the mandala he has created at the beginning of this webinar.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in light box photography.

Lady Pink Apple Slices with Lemons © Harold Davis

Lady Pink Apple Slices with Lemons © Harold Davis

Number of Seats and Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $29.95, but requires prior registration. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qjbFai-BRuunphpCd8PVag

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Wabi-Sabi Mandala © Harold Davis

Wabi-Sabi Mandala © Harold Davis

Sliced Fruit on my Light Box

Where do ideas come from? In the case of these translucent fruit slices, an art consultant showed me an image of translucent fruit. I immediately thought of photographing fruit slices on my light box.

I’d never want to specifically imitate someone else’s art, but it seems fair enough to use a general idea as a leaping off point. I’ve seen plenty of images styled after my own flowers photographed for transparency in this fashion. I guess a moral is to keep looking at art of all styles and stripes. You never know when this will lead to an actionable idea.

Pear Slices © Harold Davis

Another benefit of photographing fruit in addition to photographing flowers: not only do the subjects not require a release, but also you can eat them once the photography is done.

Lemon Slices © Harold Davis

Lemon Slices © Harold Davis

Posted in Fruits and Veggis on Light Box, Photography

Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions—Continued!

Last week, we presented Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions with live action footage of the actual setups and photography (click here for the video replay). In the course of the webinar, we found that the post-production nuances could not really be shown in detail in a single session. So today at 2PM Pacific Time I will recap and then continue with post-production of the three-dimensional light box images shown in this blog (click here for registration for the session, and here for our scheduled workshops and events).

Foxtail Lilies © Harold Davis

Foxtail Lilies © Harold Davis

Roses in a Cut Cyrstal Vase © Harold Davis

Roses in a Cut Crystal Vase © Harold Davis

Snapdragons © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

New Webinar: Advanced 3-D Light Box Processing (Sunday July 19, 2020)

What: Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions | Part II: Advanced Processing

When: Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 2pm PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $19.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yOdKskySSIG3lutNxcDkHw

Details: Drawing on the examples and techniques demonstrated in the earlier Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions | Part I webinar, Harold continues on the adventure of Photoshop post-production in digital photography. Light box photography requires little in the way of equipment besides a camera, tripod, and a light pad. But quality work does depend on some knowledge of effective post-production. Using a variety of examples, Harold will show how he uses layers, masking, high-key photographic stacks and other techniques to encourage the appearance of perspective and visual dimensions.

Special attention will be paid to cleaning up extraneous edging and other impediments to clean visuals. Harold will share his joy in this wonderful kind of innovative photography, and discuss his three dimensional light box work in the the light of his overall post-production workflow.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $19.95, and requires prior registration. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yOdKskySSIG3lutNxcDkHw

A lightly-edited recording of this Webinar will be posted following a time delay on the Harold Davis Photography YouTube channel

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook, which can now be pre-ordered. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Posted in Workshops

Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions | Part II: Advanced Processing

What: Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions | Part II: Advanced Processing

When: Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 2pm PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $19.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yOdKskySSIG3lutNxcDkHw

Details: Drawing on the examples and techniques demonstrated in the earlier Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions | Part I webinar, Harold continues on the adventure of Photoshop post-production in digital photography. Light box photography requires little in the way of equipment besides a camera, tripod, and a light pad. But quality work does depend on some knowledge of effective post-production. Using a variety of examples, Harold will show how he uses layers, masking, high-key photographic stacks and other techniques to encourage the appearance of perspective and visual dimensions.

Special attention will be paid to cleaning up extraneous edging and other impediments to clean visuals. Harold will share his joy in this wonderful kind of innovative photography, and discuss his three dimensional light box work in the the light of his overall post-production workflow.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $19.95, and requires prior registration. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yOdKskySSIG3lutNxcDkHw

A lightly-edited recording of this Webinar will be posted following a time delay on the Harold Davis Photography YouTube channel

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook, which can now be pre-ordered. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions | Part I

What: Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions | Part I

When: Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $19.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EZbniD4eQ1G6C3A2Usw9nA.

Details: Want to take your light box photography to the next level? It’s great to photograph flowers for transparency on the light box, but what about flowers in vases and other three dimensional objects?

In this unique webinar, Harold will demonstrate the actual setups he uses for three-dimensional light box photography. Hint: All you need besides your light box is a mirror. He will also shows how he processes three-dimensional light box images to create a consistent background without distracting lines.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $19.95, and requires prior registration. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EZbniD4eQ1G6C3A2Usw9nA.

A lightly-edited recording of this Webinar will be posted following a time delay on the Harold Davis Photography YouTube channel

Birds of Paradise in a Glass Vase © Harold Davis

Birds of Paradise in a Glass Vase © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook, which can now be pre-ordered. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Dahlia Fusion X-Rays and Light Box Photos

Dahlia Fusion X-Ray Inversion © Harold Davis

Dahlia Fusion X-Ray © Harold Davis

This Dahlia was photographed on a light box for transparency, then captured via x-ray photography. The two capture techniques were combined in Photoshop. In the upper version, there is also an L-channel inversion in LAB color.

I worked with my friend Julian Kopke, who is a medical doctor, radiologist, and a physicist to create these images.

This technique is also shown here, and with a Sunflower.

Posted in Flowers, X-Ray

Light Box Floral Composition with Sunflowers, Irises, Alstromerias, and Glads

I’ve been taking advantage of my interlude at home (being at home for me has become increasingly rare in recent years and hence an unexpected pleasure) to photograph flowers on the light box. It’s fun doing this surrounded by family, as in “Don’t move, Daddy’s exposing!”

I photographed this relatively complex composition using my Photographing Flowers for Transparency set of techniques in two panels, with six exposures each. In post-production, first I combined the exposures, then I put the two panels together to create the composition.

Floral Composition © Harold Davis

I used an LAB color invert adjustment, and some fairly simple LAB tweaks, to created an inverted version of the original composition, on a black background rather than on white.

Floral Composition Inversion © Harold Davis

What do I do when I am at home fooling around with flowers? Here are some other recent stories: Black Dahlia; Rose Rose in Rose and Black and White; Pretty in Pink; and Flowers for Kwangsik. Also check out Of Beauty and Art, The Long and Winding Road Takes the Path Less Traveled; and an announcement of an upcoming exhibition of my work (opening November 9, 2017).

Posted in Flowers

Light Box Floral Fun with My iPhone

Here are two new floral images shot and processed with my iPhone. Both were initially processed in Snapseed. The upper image was then put through Plastic Bullet and Lo-Mob, with the frame added in Snapseed. The bottom image is a Waterlogue.

Floral Fun © Harold Davis

Floral Fun © Harold Davis

iPhone Light Box #3 © Harold Davis

iPhone Light Box #3 © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, iPhone

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

Posted in Photography, Workshops

Earth Day Free Webinar; Iceland Photo Adventure; Garden-to-Lightbox Webinar

  • Please join me this week on Thursday April 22 (Earth Day) at 11am PT for a free webinar on Photographing Flowers for Transparency sponsored by Rocky Nook. Click here for more info, and here for registration.
  • Iceland recently opened to those who are vaccinated for Covid-19, and we have a few spaces left for our exciting photo adventure in Iceland, July 14-25, 2021. Visit digitalfieldguide.com/iceland for more info. Contact us right away if you’d like to join me in Iceland, or if you have questions.
  • One Flower, One Garden, One World | From Blossom to Art is a live webinar scheduled for Saturday May 15, 2021 at 11am PT. Click digitalfieldguide.com/flower for info, or click here for registration.

Fun Flower Phantasy © Harold Davis

Click here for webinar video recordings, and here for Workshops & Events.

Posted in Photography

Photographing Flowers on a Lightbox for Transparency

So far as I know I am the inventor of my process for creating images of flowers using a lightbox that are transparent—actually, images that seem translucent. This process relies on digital capture and post-production techniques and would not have been possible in film photography.

Like all photography the technique relies on illusion. Specifically, the illusion in this case has to do with the fact that lighter areas in an image can appear more translucent to the human eye—whether or not they actually are. The reality is that the effect has to do with color differential rather than degrees of opacity, but this is not the way the difference is perceived.

Papaver and Iridaceae

Papaver and Iridaceae © Harold Davis

The technique for creating these images involves four distinctive stages, with aspects worthy of commentary at each stage:

  1. Manually bracketed HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography using backlighting
  2. Combining the bracketed exposure sequence using hand-HDR
  3. Adjusting the combined image
  4. Placing the image on a scanned or textured background (this step is optional)

The key observations about the HDR process I use in this technique are that it is high-key and that it is manual. High-key means that I throw away everything to the right of the histogram, I am really only looking for frames that are “overexposed” (at least according to the in-camera light meter). Manual means that I am not using an auto-bracketing program. There is more information about this style of HDR in Creating HDR Photos on pages 82-85.

In my book Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis there is a spread showing both the photographic setup I use for this technique and the manually bracketed exposure sequence that I used with a specific image (pages 184-185).

Putting together the bracketed exposure sequence is also a manual affair. Essentially, I start with the lightest image (to use as the white background) and use Photoshop to selectively paint in the contrasting areas I want for the final image. Usually this involves 4-6 different exposures and layers. I then often very selectively paste in some structurized details from an automated HDR program such as Nik HDR Efex Pro.

Schizanthus Grahamii and Iceberg Roses

Schizanthus Grahamii and Iceberg Roses © Harold Davis

With Schizanthus grahamii and Iceberg Roses (shown above) I used a 40mm macro lens, and with my camera on a tripod shot six exposures with shutter speeds ranging from one second to 1/100 of a second. Each exposure was at f/10 and ISO 100. I combined the images starting with the one second exposure version (the lightest capture) as the bottom frame.

The image was finished by placing it on a scanned paper background. The formula I usually use is to blend the floral on white into a scanned background at 15% opacity using Normal blending mode, and (using a duplicate layer) also at 85% opacity using Multiply blending mode.

My technique for placement on a scanned paper background is shown and explained on pages 190-193 of Photographing Flowers.

Peonies mon amour

Peonies mon amour © Harold Davis

Of course, another issue is the paper I print the image on—using special Washi such as the Moab Moenkopi Unruyu I used to print Peonies mon amour (shown above) can increase the appeal of an image greatly.

If my technique for photographing flowers on a lightbox intrigues you, may I suggest the Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop I am giving in December 2012? This is a one-time special purpose event that will include demos and a chance for participants to try their hand at the technique with my guidance.

Posted in Flowers, HDR, Photography