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

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  1. Doug Gardner November 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    are you planning another photographing flowers for transparencies workshop?

    thanks Doug Gardner

  2. Harold Davis November 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    @Doug I will be giving this workshop again at the end of June 2015 in Heidelberg Germany and in Berkeley, CA in January 2016. Other sessions are a possibility in 2015 depending on the interest. best wishes, Harold

  3. Doug Gardner November 29, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    I’ll have to use your books until you schedule a US course..
    I have a homemade 30×30 light box for a different purpose…
    2 questions
    what would you use for the top surface and where to obtain?
    Where would you recommend getting the lights and how many for a 30 inch box?

    Thanks in advance. Do you have a email list for course announcements?

    Doug Gardner

  4. Harold Davis November 29, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    @Doug: To sign up for my mailing list please go to For building a lightbox, please see this FAQ: and the plan that is downloadable in the ‘Can I Build My Own Lightbox’ section.

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