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

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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.”


“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.

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