Monthly Archives: June 2014

Peony Softness

I shot Peony Softness on a light box, showing the versatility of back lighting when it comes to flower photography. This is a very different look than most of my light box photography, but also very attractive.

Peony Softness © Harold Davis

Peony Softness © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers

Falling Rose Petals – New Print Edition

We are making available a new print of Falling Rose Petals directly from my studio. Falling Rose Petals is printed on Awagami Unryu washi, generously sized on 12″ X 17″ paper. Each print has my Photographer as Poet stamp hand-applied in archival ink on the lower left, and is signed on the face of the print in pencil.

Falling Rose Petals on Unryu washi

Falling Rose Petals, shown on Unryu washi

The delicacy and uniqueness of the Unryu washi with its visible Mulberry swirls combined with the bitter-sweetness of an image that shows both the beauty of the rose blossoms and the passage of time with the falling, translucent petals makes for unforgettable botanical art that anyone can be proud to display in their home or collection.

Falling Rose Petals © Harold Davis

Falling Rose Petals © Harold Davis

The price for this one-of-a-kind print that blends classical aesthetic with modern sensibility and technology is $395. Please contact my studio for more information, or to purchase a print.

Posted in Photography

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

Posted in Photoshop Techniques, Workshops

Kali and Les Demoiselles

My latest additions to the Multiple Exposures sequence are Kali (below) and Les Demoiselles (bottom). Kali is essentially an in-camera multiple exposure, while Les Demoiselles is more of a Photoshop confection.

Kali © Harold Davis

Kali © Harold Davis

Other stories about images in the Multiple Exposures sequence: Being and Becoming; Solace for the Wild Rest; Duos and Redos.

Les Demoiselles © Harold Davis

Les Demoiselles © Harold Davis

Posted in Photography

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

Posted in Photography, San Francisco Area, Workshops

Duos and Redos

The first duo (and redo) is another in-camera multiple exposure in the series with Solace for the Wild Rest and Being and Becoming. With Earthbound Angels (below),  I also added a white, transparent scarf as an image element when making the choreographed exposures, creating the wing-like effects. Check out the three Multiple Exposures here!

Earthbound Angels © Harold Davis

Earthbound Angels © Harold Davis

The second image, Dance (below), is an iPhone reworking of Models via the Plastic Bullet and Waterlogue iPhone apps.

Dance © Harold Davis

Dance © Harold Davis

Doing something once can be a great deal of fun, but redoing it can redouble one’s pleasure. I’m having great fun with these abstractions—particularly the multiple exposures—and I’ve heard them likened to Botacelli’s La Primavera, Picasso paintings (specifically Les Demoiselles d’Avignon) and Georgia O’Keeffe skulls.

Maybe, maybe not. But I like doing something in-camera for once, and having people think it is Photoshop. Go figure, I say who cares how an image was created if it is good, but this false dichotomy of photography versus Photoshop seems to be a very emotional issue for some people. I guess the world will always have its big-enders versus little-enders because a bone to quarrel over is easier than actually becoming creative.

Posted in Photography, Photoshop Techniques

Selective Sharpening in LAB Color webinar recording now available

Selective Sharpening in LAB Color with Harold Davis

Selective SharpeningHave 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 recording 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 recording 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.

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.

Here are some comments from viewers of this webinar:

  • “Very informative. All my questions were answered.”
  • “It was great to see actual examples and Harold using this technique with his own imagery!”

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

Click here for Selective Sharpening with LAB Color with Harold Davis (webinar recording, approximately 60 minutes, the cost for unlimited access to the recording is $19.95).

Click here to see more Harold Davis webinar recording offerings, and here for our FAQ About Harold Davis webinar recordings.

Posted in Photography

What flowers are these?

“What flowers are these?” a reader asks. Peonies, poppies, a few roses and some campanulas (Canterbury Bells): The bounty of the garden.

Bounty of the Garden © Harold Davis

Bounty of the Garden © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers

Peonies are in bloom

It’s the peonies time of year, and I am putting aside some time to photograph some luscious Peony blossoms!

To learn how I made this photo, check out the FAQs Photographing Flowers for Transparency and Using a High-Key Layer Stack, and also my webinar recording Painting in Transparency Using a High-Key Layer Stack.

Bounty of the Garden - Center Panel © Harold Davis

Bounty of the Garden – Center Panel © Harold Davis

Exposure data: Nikon D800, Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, six exposures each at f/11 and ISO 100, tripod mounted, exposures processed using Adobe Camera RAW, Adobe Photoshop, and Nik HDR Efex Pro.

I applied the peonies photo to a background of scanned paper created using a gradient, so it is slightly lighter at the top than the bottom. For more information about this technique, check out my webinar recording Using Backgrounds and Textures.

Related story: Peonies and Poppies.

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Using Backgrounds and Textures webinar recording available

Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis Webinar Recording

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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! Watch Harold as he explains the entire process of using backgrounds and textures, then shows how to use them in the actual context of his own work.

Here are some comments from viewers of this webinar:

  • “I have been using textures for a while, but watching this webinar showed me some new things. Great information.”
  • “Up all night and enthused about textures after watching your video. Great info about layer masking. Thanks!”
  • You hit the mark for me, Harold! Filled in all the gaps. Thank you!”

In this webinar recording, Harold Davis explains how you can use the power of backgrounds and textures in your own work. The Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis webinar explains:

• 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

Click here for the Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis webinar recording (approximately 65 minutes, the cost for access to the recording is $19.95).

Posted in Photography

Models

I shot this in the studio with my iPhone camera while I was experimenting with multiple exposures on the DSLR, some of which are shown in Solace for the Wild Rest and Being and Becoming.

Models © Harold Davis

Models © Harold Davis

Posted in iPhone, Models

Peonies and Poppies

Yesterday in the morning I wrote and posted my Using a High-Key Layer Stack FAQ. Around lunch time I took a product development conference call. Phyllis brought in some pizza for lunch. After lunch, I drove over to nearby Kensington, California with my pruning shears and clipped a bunch of Matilija Poppies from a strip right near the old downtown. These shrubby poppies are the only genus in the Papaver family besides those in the Eschscholzia  family that are native to California.

Poppies and Peonies © Harold Davis

Poppies and Peonies © Harold Davis

Back at home I pruned some Papaver rhoeas from the garden, and added some peonies to create a light box composition. Processing the resulting high-key layer stack took me well past a sane bedtime. A very full day, with some time for the kids.

Above, the image is shown on white, and below it is placed on a scanned paper background and lightly texturized.

Poppies and Peonies © Harold Davis

Poppies and Peonies © Harold Davis

Exposure data: I do not believe the resolution I achieved in this photo would have been possible without the clarity of my Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens. Nikon D800, 55mm, six exposures at ISO 100 and f/13, exposures ranging from 1/30 of a second to 1 second, tripod mounted, processing in Adobe Camera RAW, Nik HDR Efex Pro and Adobe Photoshop.

Posted in Flowers

New Webinar Sessions with Harold Davis

Please consider one of our upcoming live webinar offerings. Each costs $29.95, has very limited seat availability, and includes access to the webinar recording following the session (a $19.95 value). Details regarding each webinar follow below.

Using Backgrounds and Textures (Second Session, Thursday June 5 at 7PM PT)

Selective Sharpening with LAB Color  (Second Session, Sunday June 8 at 3PM PT)

Creative Use of LAB Color (World Premier, Saturday July 26 at 3PM PT)

For more information about the webinar format as a way to learn about photography and Photoshop, check out our FAQ, About Harold Davis Webinar Recordings.

 

Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis

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Second Session: Thursday June 5, 2014 at 7PM PT. Click here to register for this webinar session ($29.95).

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! In this webinar recording, Harold Davis explains how you can use the power of backgrounds and textures in your own work. The Using Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis webinar explains:

  • 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

Click here to register for this webinar session ($29.95).

 

Selective Sharpening in LAB Color with Harold Davis

Selective Sharpening

Second Session: Sunday June 8, 2014 at 3PM PT. Click here to register for this webinar session ($29.95).

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 recording 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 recording 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.

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

Click here to register for this webinar session ($29.95).

 

Creative Use of LAB Color with Harold Davis

01-title-LABWorld Premier: Saturday July 26, 2014 at 3PM PT. Click here to register for this webinar session ($29.95).

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.

 

LAB color underlies the color math of Photoshop, and once you discover how to work creatively with LAB your work (and life!) will never be the same!

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

Click here to register for this webinar session ($29.95).

Posted in Photoshop Techniques