Monthly Archives: January 2017

New Neighbors

Wandering around our neighborhood today in the rain, we came upon this small door and entrance walkway in a redwood tree. I guess we have new neighbors!

Door in the Tree © Harold Davis

Door in the Tree © Harold Davis

Posted in iPhone

Everything You Always Wanted to Ask about Printmaking

I’m often asked about high-end printmaking, and I thought, who better to answer these questions for my extended photographic community than a topflight bespoke printer for fine art photographers and other artists. Hence this conversation with Rob Reiter of The Lightroom the morning of Saturday February 11, 2017. Please see the description below. Seating is limited, there’s a nominal ($10.00) admission charge, and preregistration is required.

Mastering Fine Art Inkjet Printing: A Discussion with Rob Reiter

Harold Davis will introduce master printer Rob Reiter of The Lightroom (see Rob’s bio below). Rob will lead an informal discussion of printers, printing, papers, and the digital workflow that includes printmaking. There will be ample time for Q&A. Following the Meetup, some of us will amble next door for a leisurely brunch at the Tomate Cafe.

Ever wonder what the difference is between the printers? What papers should you use? How do you best “match” an image to a paper? How can you work with a professional printer for best results? What kinds of choices are there? If these issues interest you, consider joining us for this free-wheeling session.

What: Guided discussion of fine art digital print making, with time to get all your questions answered.

Where: The Lightroom, 2263 5th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

When: Saturday February 11, 2017 at 10:30AM

Admission: Meetup limited to 40 attendees. Admission contribution is $10 by advance reservation. No walk-ins please! Click here to register. Please click the link to register, make sure you are logged into Meetup, then RSVP YES on Meetup. You can pay the $10 admission using Paypal or a credit card.

Why I chose Rob to lead this session at The Lightroom: I’ll let Rob speak for himself. Rob puts it this way:

In 1975 I began my business offering custom Cibachrome prints from transparencies. Over the years I progressed from using a friend’s borrowed basement darkroom, through several live-work studios, to a Berkeley storefront in 1993. After 20 years of custom darkroom work and 10 years of exploring early digital imaging technologies, in the mid-90s The Lightroom became the first photo lab in the San Francisco Bay area to offer fine art quality inkjet printing of digital files. Since this was before the advent of good digital cameras, this meant offering film scanning and file prep services, too.

In 2006, as demand for darkroom printing waned, my current studio space became available and I closed down the Cibachrome business after more than 30 years and re-opened here. Now I have a gallery to showcase client’s work and my services as a well as a large production space for printing, scanning, and workshops.

One of the attractions I had to inkjet printing was the variety of papers available, from glossy or luster photo style to matte “fine art” papers, bright white, natural white, smooth, textured-I stock almost 20 different papers of these traditional kinds, as well as more exotic offerings such as hand made Japanese paper with deckled edges, clear film, fabrics…and more.

Whether you shoot film, digital cameras or are an artist looking to get your paintings or drawings faithfully reproduced, this is the golden age of printing. Whatever your vision is, I’m here to help you get it down on paper.

Click here to register.

Posted in Workshops

Weekend Workshop: From iPhone to Art (Jan 28-29, 2017)

Our weekend workshop From iPhone to Art: The Art of IPhoneography is coming up soon. You’ll find more information about this very special workshop below, as well as many of my photos, all photographed and processed on the iPhone. Please consider joining us for an extraordinary weekend of creative photographic play!

 Registration: Click here for registration.

Courtyard in Naples

From iPhone to ART: The Art of iPhoneography

A Two-Day Weekend Workshop with Harold Davis, Saturday January 28 – Sunday January 29, 2017

Tuition: $695.

Eye of Sauron in His Cups © Harold Davis

Eye of Sauron in His Cups © Harold Davis

Registration: Click here for registration. Once on the Meetup website, RSVP YES, and pay the tuition via Paypal (using a credit card). Alternatively, send us an email that you’d like to register, and either mail us a check for the tuition amount, or we can email you a Paypal invoice for the tuition that can be paid via credit card, or we can charge your card directly. Note that Meetup attendance count may not reflect actual workshop enrollment. 

Venice 2

The iPhone is the most used camera in the world. As they say, the best camera to use is the one you have with you, and this is often your iPhone camera. Harold says, “While I haven’t given up my ‘big-boy cameras’ by any stretch, my iPhone camera and its apps have opened a whole new world of experimentation and creativity. Bravo being a photographic kid again!”

Note: The images in this workshop listing were all photographed and processed on Harold’s iPhone! Learn how to unleash the creative potential of your iPhone camera and apps.

© Harold Davis

But the fundamental rules of photography still apply, and you can become a powerful photographer with your iPhone by learning the fundamentals of exposure and composition.

Still Life in Silver Bowl © Harold Davis

Of course, your iPhone is more than just a camera. The computing power within a contemporary iPhone is greater than the computing power that sent NASA to the moon—and many photography apps take advantage of this “darkroom” in your pocket.

In From iPhone to Art, we will learn how to leverage our talents to make the best iPhone imagery we can. Demos, lectures, and hands-on exercises will explore the principles of photography as they relate to the iPhone camera.

Tender Dance (via iPhone) © Harold Davis

Tender Dance © Harold Davis

Since the iPhone is the camera we always have with us, and since so much of our photography is done with the iPhone, why not be the best iPhoneographers we can be?

Master photographer and Photoshop guru par-excellence will show you some of the apps he uses to finish his iPhone images. Advanced topics will include texturizing and layering iPhone images.

Fetish © Harold Davis

The workshop will include several guided field sessions, in class processing help, and image critiques. Those who have attended Harold’s previous iPhone workshop are encouraged to attend; newcomers are also welcome. Class materials provided includes a list of suggested apps.

Registration: Click here for registration

Maple Leaves © Harold Davis

What Participants Have Said about Harold’s Previous iPhone Workshop

  • “Great information! I learned lots of new tricks and different ways of seeing things. Thank you so much.”—FW
  • “I enjoyed the class and am having fun practicing with the new apps. Thanks!”—LT
  • “Hey guys, thanks for a great workshop!”—MP
  • “I’ve had fun with my iPhone before, but I thought it was kind of a toy. I never knew one could make serious prints from iPhone images, and I had a great deal of fun with the creative apps. Great group of people, too!”—SA
  • “One day was great, but I’m on information overload. Can you please do a two-day workshop? I’ll sign up right away. This was so cool.”—FA

Spiral © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is an internationally-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of many bestselling photography books including The Way of the Digital Photographer (Peachpit Press, awarded as a Top 10 Best 2013 Photography Book of the Year by Harold Davis’s most recent book is Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook (Focal Press). His Photographing Flowers (Focal Press) is a noted photography “classic,” and is rated the Best Guide to Flower Photography byDigital Photographer Magazine.

Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

In addition to his activity as a bestselling book author, Harold Davis is an Adobe Influencer, a Moab Master printmaker and a Zeiss Lens Ambassador. Harold Davis’s work is in collections around the world. It is licensed by art publishers, in annual reports, and has appeared in numerous magazines and many publications.

Pagoda in Nara © Harold Davis

Harold’s black and white prints have been described as “hauntingly beautiful” by Fine Art Printer Magazine, and his floral prints have been called “ethereal,” with “a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual” by Popular Photography.

Recently Harold Davis’s work has been exhibited in venues including Photokina in Cologne, Germany, PhotoPlus Expo in New York, the Gallery Photo in Oakland, California, the Arts & Friends Gallery in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Awagami Gallery in Japan.

Harold Davis has led destination photography workshops to many locations including Paris, France; Spain and Morocco; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

Les Deux Magots © Harold Davis

Harold’s popular online course on, Photographing Flowers, has thousands of students. His ongoing photography workshops in partnership with institutions such as Point Reyes Field Seminars, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, Maine Media Workshops, and the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography are continually in demand and popular.

According to Rangefinder Magazine, Harold Davis is “a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments.” You can learn more about Harold and his work at his website, and on his blog,

Path beside the Rhine © Harold Davis

Caddy © Harold Davis

Registration: Click here for registration

Posted in iPhone, Workshops

Oculus in Crystal and Optical Sidekick

I was fooling around the other day with photographing glassware and loose (unmounted) lenses on my light box. The images are inverted in LAB. With one of the glasses, I couldn’t resist bending it into a spiral convolution!

Oculus Crystal © Harold Davis

Oculus Crystal © Harold Davis


Optical Experiment 1 © Harold Davis

Optical Experiment 1 © Harold Davis

Related stories (glass on a light box): The eye believes what it think it sees; HDR is Technique, not Style. For laughs: The Oculus in Antelope Canyon.

Posted in Photography

Workshops and Events in 2017

I want to invite you to join with me and a select group of friends in seeking the sources of our creativity—and working to become the best and most creative artists and photographers we can be!

Road Less Traveled by Harold Davis

Road Less Traveled © Harold Davis

This spring and summer, in Berkeley, California please consider:

  • From iPhone to Art—January 28 and 29, 2017. My iPhone photography has been acclaimed as art, and published and collected widely. This workshop answers the question: Since the iPhone is the camera we always have with us, and since so much of our photography is done with the iPhone, why not be the best iPhoneographers we can be? 
    Click here for more information and registration.
  • Photographing Flowers for Transparency—March 11 and 12, 2017. There is no better way to learn the light box photography and post-production techniques that I’ve pioneered than to join me for this soup-to-nuts hands-on workshop. Each participant will produce their own translucent floral compositions. Click here for more information and registration.
  • 4-Day Flower Masterclass Intensive—-June 22-25, 2017. Do you have a special love for photographing flowers? This unique, one-time small group workshop may be for you. We’ll photograph flowers in gardens, in horticultural nurseries, and experiment with photographing flowers on a light box as well as other studio techniques. Admission is by portfolio, unless you are a graduate of one of my flower workshops. Click here for more information and registration.

9781580934787On the East coast, I’ll be presenting at B&H in New York City on Monday, February 20. I’m in New York as part of the publicity campaign for my new book from Monacelli Press, The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook.

Later in the year, I look forward to fellowship of photographers, lobster, and a week photographing flowers for transparency at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine from July 30 – August 5. This will be my third season teaching at MMW; highly recommended as a fun and intensive learning experience that is hard to match anywhere else.

Destination Rural France: Exploring and photographing rural France with a compatible group of photographers is a once in a lifetime peak experience, particularly in the spring. We enjoyed it so much last year when we stayed at an old restored farmhouse in the Lot River Valley that we’re repeating the exclusive experience, this time with an emphasis on Bordeaux and the Dordogne, with a lucky few photographic friends from April 22-30, 2017.

This is a beautiful and very special part of the world with great beauty and style—not to mention great food! We have room for one or two more. Click here for the trip description, here for the Reservation Application, and here for the detailed itinerary (makes great armchair reading even if you can’t come with us!).

Cordes sur Ciel at Dawn © Harold Davis

Cordes sur Ciel at Dawn © Harold Davis

Click here for my complete Workshops & Events calendar, which I keep updated as new learning opportunities come up!

More from me: As the old saw goes, “Enough about me. Now, what do you think of me?” Be that as it may, I’ll be following up as I am able with notes about what I am up to, thoughts about creativity and staying creative, and some exciting personal travel plans. Be well, and best wishes for a great 2017!

Floral Tondo Inversion 1 © Harold Davis

Floral Tondo Inversion 1 © Harold Davis

Posted in Workshops

White Tulip—Three Ways!

White Tulips (Wabi-Sabi) © Harold Davis

White Tulips (Wabi-Sabi) © Harold Davis


White Tulip (Close-Up) © Harold Davis

White Tulip (Close-Up) © Harold Davis


White Tulip (Simulated IR) © Harold Davis

White Tulip (Simulated IR) © Harold Davis

Posted in Flowers, Photography

Last Light

As the last light of day touches the sea-kissed cliffs, it is important to keep in mind that although night may follow day, day also follows night. Be of good cheer, and Happy New Year! There is always light beyond.

Last Light © Harold Davis

Last Light © Harold Davis

There is always light beyond © Harold Davis

There is always light beyond © Harold Davis

Sunset beyond the Bridge © Harold Davis

Sunset beyond the Bridge © Harold Davis

Posted in Landscape, Monochrome, Photography