Springtime rain brings flowers—and a sense of renewal and hope. It has been raining here in Berkeley, California all this week. Good for the garden, and good for the parched reservoirs of California. So I am glad of the rain. But still, it is trying weather for the photographer who would rather be outdoors.
Shooting creatively requires thinking outside the box no matter outdoors or indoors, no matter what the weather is like. That’s the point of my workshops: to help you jumpstart your creativity in a community of like-minded photographers. Here’s what I have planned for the remainder of the year!
2012.03.24 (Saturday)—Coming up soon on Saturday, March 24, here in Berkeley, California. In this workshop, I’ll teach my unconventional approach to HDR which informs almost all my work. This is a hands-on workshop, and you’ll leave being able to use HDR as part of your photographic toolchest. There are still a few places left. HDR (High Dynamic Range) Bootcamp with Harold Davis
Are you curious about HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography? Do you want to learn the gamut of techniques for extending dynamic range in your photos? Would you like to unleash the full power of HDR photography but don’t know the “secrets”?
If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” then HDR (High Dynamic Range) Bootcamp with Harold Davis is for you!
In this intensive, full-day workshop, Harold will show you how to shoot for HDR, how to extend dynamic range using multi-RAW processing, using automated HDR software including Photomatix and Nik HDR Efex Pro, and hand HDR processing in Photoshop.
In this workshop Harold reveals the secrets of HDR that you can’t learn anywhere else. With the HDR techniques taught in this workshop your photos will never be the same.
Information and registration for the HDR workshop!
2012.05.05 (Saturday)—Full Moon Workshop: Photograph the Golden Gate Bridge Like You Never Have Before. This workshop is sold out, but a waiting list is available. If enough people sign up for the waiting list I will run the workshop again later in the year.
2012.06.01 (Friday)-2012.06.03 (Sunday)—Macros, Close-Ups and Flower Photography (Point Reyes Institute)
2012.06.09 (Saturday)—Flower Photography Workshop. This workshop is sold out, but a waiting list is available. If enough people sign up for the waiting list I will run the workshop again later in the year.
2012.08.03 (Friday)-2012.08.06 (Monday)—Tao of Photography Workshop at Green Dragon Temple (Soryu-ji).
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, also known as Green Dragon Temple (Soryu-ji), is a Buddhist practice center in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition offering training in Zen meditation and ordinary work.
Green Gulch Farm Conference and Retreat Center is located in a beautiful coastal valley just a short drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge, in Marin County, CA. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of National Parkland and the spectacular heart of the Marin Headlands, its organic farm and gardens will provide a serene environment for our workshop. Muir Beach is just a 20-minute walk away, and the surrounding hills offer miles of trails up and down the coast and into nearby Muir Woods National Monument.
In the Tao of Photography workshop we will use the majestic and mystical landscape of the Marin Headlands and the Green Gulch gardens to explore becoming more in touch with the sources of intuition and inspiration in our photography.
Please note: The tuition for this workshop is increasing from the discounted price ($895) to the full price ($995) on March 31, 2012. If you are interested in the workshop I urge you to take advantage of this early-bird special price. Register Now!
2012.08.17 (Friday)-2012.08.20 (Monday)—Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Ancient Bristlecone Pines (Point Reyes Institute). Registration is now open for this popular and exciting workshop; please register early as based on past experience this workshop is likely to fill up. Information and registration.
Join award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of the bestselling Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), for a once in a lifetime adventure high in the White Mountains of Eastern California. Harold will have the assistance of Steven Christenson, a 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year, and co-founder of Star Circle Academy, and Eric Harness, faculty member Star Circle Academy.
The gnarled, ancient, and beautiful Bristlecone Pines are the oldest living things on planet earth—but their isolated location makes photography, particularly at night, logistically difficult. Locations in the White Mountains are among the least light polluted in the continental United States, and a frequent favorite destination of astronomers. The workshop is timed to coincide with the dark phase of the moon to maximize the possibilities of combining star circle photography with imagery of the ancient trees.
For 2013 we are trying something new, and taking expressions of interest for a workshop in Paris, France in the spring. The workshop will focus on night photography, black & white, and spring flower photography. Besides shooting Paris at night, we will shoot Monet’s Gardens at Giverny, and work to emulate the monochromatic visions of Paris expressed by Brassai and Atget.
We’ll stay in a quaint but comfortable hotel in the Latin Quarter, explore the neighborhoods of Paris, photograph the stairs of Montmartre, shoot the Luxembourg Gardens, and photograph along the banks of the Seine River.
If you think you might be interested in the workshop, please let us know so we can get you information once the details have been firmed up.
2013.04.28 (Sunday)-2012.05.04 (Saturday)—Photograph Paris with Harold: Night, Black & White and Spring Flower Photography.