Category Archives: Workshops

Harnessing the Power of Composition Webinar on Saturday

Harnessing the Power of Composition in Your Photography is scheduled for this coming Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11am PT. In this unique webinar: “Harold Davis shares his work across numerous genres of photography, and explains how he applies compositional excellence to enhance his work. He will provide specific information about how he approaches composition in different contexts, and discuss tips, techniques, and exercises to help you improve composition in your own work.”

Click here for more information about this webinar, and here to register. Also check out our extensive new listings of live webinars for the next few months!

Cayucos Pier

Cayucos Pier © Harold Davis

Creative Projects for Wintering in Place on Saturday Nov 21, 2020

This coming Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 11am PT we will be hosting Creative Projects for Wintering in Place via Zoom webinar.

My thinking behind presenting this webinar now is that the light is clearly at the end of the tunnel, with the wonderful news about the effectiveness of the vaccines. But there are some dark days ahead before we get there. Now is not the time to relax our vigilance. Creative Projects for Wintering in Place is intended to help bridge this gap.

The webinar is intended to address three tiers of making the best of this in-between time. First, what are the habits of mind and attitude that will best help you enhance your creativity and encourage you to stay productive?

Next, as we’ve said, sheltering-in-place offers the opportunity for creating your own, personal artist-in-residency program. But an artist-in-residency works best with ideas, structure, and an overarching theme. I can’t write the great American novel for you, but I can help point you to an approach that will help you make work you can be proud of.

Finally—and this may be the real “meat” of the webinar—Phyllis and I will show you a number of specific projects: fun, creative, with substance, but also nothing that is “pie in the sky.” Our idea is to present projects that you can do while sheltering-in-place, with materials you probably already have.

We can do this!

Click here for registration and here for more information. Our currently scheduled webinars are:

Saigon Fine Art Museum Stair (Down) © Harold Davis

Saigon Fine Art Museum Stair © Harold Davis

We’re proud of superb panelists Anne Belmont and Bryan Peterson, and of all the registrants, because last week’s truly inspiring Master Photographer webinar raised a nice contribution to a good cause.

A number of folks gave been asking about the video recording of Patterns, Abstractions & Composition. It has now been posted on YouTube. Click here for Harold Davis Photography videos on YouTube.

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Webinar contribution to The Center for Policing Equity

Thanks to the superb panelists Anne Belmont and Bryan Peterson, and all who attended, we were able to write a check today to The Center for Policing Equity for $1,620.95. 

I can’t say enough positives about the presentations, comments, and conversation about photography. So a good time was had by all, photographic insights abounded, and a contribution was made to a great cause. This falls into my category of win-win.

If you’d like to watch the recording (or if you attended, to see it again), it will be posted in the due fullness of time to the Harold Davis Photography YouTube channel (subscribe and turn on notifications to get a ping when a new video has been posted).

Click here to view our currently scheduled webinar offerings!

Let There Be Light © Harold Davis

Let There Be Light © Harold Davis

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Master Panel with Anne Belmont and Bryan Peterson this Saturday!

Please consider joining us for an extraordinary Master Photographer panel on Saturday November 14, 2020 featuring Anne Belmont and Bryan Peterson. This webinar will benefit a great cause, the Center for Policing Equity. Click here for registration, and here for more information.

You will find Anne’s close-ups and floral art expressive and sensuous. Bryan is one of the bestselling photographic book authors of all times, and his presentations are always thought provoking. Best of all, this presentation will benefit a worthy cause via an organization of great integrity.

Please also keep in mind Creative Projects for Wintering in Place (November 21) and Harnessing the Power of Composition in Your Photography (December 5).

Click here for our currently scheduled webinars and workshops.

We are proud to announce a new series of limited edition prints based on my homage to Karl Blossfeldt. Click here for more information.

As the flowers turn © Harold Davis

As the flowers turn © Harold Davis

With: A deep felt happiness that it looks like we may be at the dawn of a new era, with hope that we come out the other side safely!

Through a Glass Lightly

Please consider joining us for Photographing Bottled Light on Thursday, October 29 at 10am PT via Zoom

How creative can get you get with colored liquid, sunshine, some glass bottles, and a camera? Pretty gosh-dang creative!

In this webinar, I’ll show you how to use simple materials to come up with entire new worlds, recreations of Mark Rothko paintings, abstractions, highways at night, and much more!

Even if you don’t have any food color sets around, you probably have colored liquid (soda pop, brandy, maple syrup, cherry juice, red wine, and blue Gatorade all work well). Be creative! What can you do close to home with these everyday materials? You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get fantastic results.

Stand by for a webinar that combines Betty Crocker with modern photography!

Click here to sign up, and here for the information page.

Natural Bridge © Harold Davis

Natural Bridge © Harold Davis

Finding the Mysterious in Photography webinar on Saturday

Please consider joining us for a wholesome-but-spooky pre-Halloween photographic experience at Finding the Mysterious in Photography on Saturday October 24 at 11am PT. Click here for more info and here for registration.

You are cordially invited to submit images for this webinar. After you have registered, click here for submission guidelines.

Click here for our currently scheduled webinars and workshops.

Asclepias physocarpa © Harold Davis

Asclepias physocarpa © Harold Davis

Using Your Words To Become a Better Photographer

This coming Saturday we’ll be hosting Photography and Writing: Using Your Words To Become a Better Photographer

Ansel Adams once wrote that the most important tool in his camera bag was his pencil and notebook.

In that spirit, this three-part webinar will start will a look at the role writing has played in the work of some great photographers, continue with how I have used the synergy of writing and photography in my more than twenty published photography books, and conclude with some suggestions about how to integrate the discipline of writing into your photography practice.

Click here for more information, here to register for Photography and Writing, and here for a schedule of our upcoming webinars.

Circumflex © Harold Davis

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Webinar Noir on Saturday

Please consider joining us this Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11am PT for our very special and distinctly somewhat offbeat webinar noir.

Noir is black, or dark. So “noir” can refer to a style that employs blackness of attitude and affect, black and white imagery, and/or a specific look—classically that of 1940s Hollywood, with Dames, Private Eyes, Fedoras, and more. Noir imagery, as in our webinar, is usually, mostly, but not always, monochromatic.

In this webinar, Harold will take a deep dive into noir as a style, and how noir can be used to create contemporary photos. Along the way, you can expect readings from Dashiell Hammett and Thomas Pynchon, and even a guest appearance from a Maltese falcon.

In the second half of the webinar, Harold will use examples from his own work to demonstrate implementing noir in specific Photoshop case studies.

Click here for registration and here for more info. Please also keep in mind Printing, Proofing, and all about Paper (a benefit for the Equal Justice Initiative) on Thursday, September 24. 

Click here for our upcoming webinar list.

Alone © Harold Davis

What: Noir | Stylish Black & White

When: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SraMSnHCTnS2dTol-JlzIA

Details: Noir evokes black and white films of the 1940s with “dames”, private eyes in fedoras, low-key lighting, and harsh shadows. More generally, a sense of “noir” has come to mean a range of stylish black and white techniques.

This webinar noire will look at a range of monochromatic techniques, from the subtle to the wonderfully crude and edgy. Low-key imagery, working with harsh shadows, the Blossfeldt effect, and LAB inversions will be covered. The webinar will conclude with suggestions for incorporating more noire in your own work.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $29.95, and requires prior registration. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SraMSnHCTnS2dTol-JlzIA

Approaching the Brandenburg Gate © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography and Creative Black & White Second Edition, both from Rocky Nook. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

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Copyright for Photographers | Free Public Service Webinar for the Photographic Community

What: Copyright for Photographers | Free Public Service Webinar for the Photographic Community

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:00am PT (2pm ET). Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. This is a free webinar, but pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AUjet6SNRzyhIDWBBv-NTA

Details: Most serious photographers realize that copyright is important, but the extent of how important is not always clear, and the details of how to obtain a registered copyright can seem shrouded in mystery. In this “public service” webinar, prominent intellectual property attorney David Deal details how to protect your work, and how to proceed when your work is infringed. David’s suggestions and recommendations will be illuminated with true accounts from the frontiers of copyright law as it practiced in real life. The discussion will be moderated by photographer (and David Deal client) Harold Davis.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: If you are interested in copyrighting your work, this webinar is a must.

Number of Seats and Tuition: This is a free webinar, but pre-registration is required. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AUjet6SNRzyhIDWBBv-NTA

About David Deal: David Deal is the founder of and principal attorney at The Law Office of David C. Deal, P.L.C. David is a nationally recognized intellectual property attorney, specializing in copyright infringement matters on behalf of photographers and businesses throughout the United States and Europe. David has successfully litigated cases of all sizes and complexities in a majority of Federal jurisdictions.

His website is www.daviddeal.com.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Apple Slice Playdate © Harold Davis

Number of Seats and Tuition: This is a free webinar, but pre-registration is required. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AUjet6SNRzyhIDWBBv-NTA

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You are invited to our SIP party [a free event]

Please come to our sheltering-in-place party on Sunday, September 27. BYOB (of course!). RSVP is required. The party starts at 2pm PT (5pm ET) and won’t be the same without you! 

We are celebrating our photographic community and our upcoming 200th day of SIP (eeek!). So let’s party like it never ends! [only kidding about the never ending thing, but let’s party]

Please wear a costume if you feel like it (but not required). We do request clothing, at least where the webcam sees you!

BYOB and refreshments. There is no planned instruction (although you never know where Harold might segue way!). There will be plenty of talk about photography.

We really are all in this together!

As noted, this is a free event. Click here for more details, and here to register (RSVP).

Fireworks in Budapest © Harold Davis

Fireworks in Budapest (August, 2017): original blog post.

Photography on Black Webinar on Saturday Sept 12, 2020

Click here for a complete list of upcoming webinars!

Photography on Black, on Saturday September 12, 2020 at 11am PT, will feature a live-action photography segment showing how to create striking images on a perfectly black background. In addition to showing how to capture multi-shot black-background images, this webinar will demonstrate successful post-production of images on black. Click here to register, and here for more information. Hope to see you there!

What: Photography on Black

When: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EZbniD4eQ1G6C3A2Usw9nA.

Details: Imagery that presents a subject on a black, or very dark, background can be striking. In fact, the most iconic monochromatic photographs frequently involve a black background. In this webinar, Harold shows how to photograph with a bracketed low-key sequence to achieve perfect black backgrounds, and how to post-process images to enhance the black-background effect.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Nesting Bowls and a Nautilus Slice © Harold Davis

Nesting Bowls and a Nautilus Slice © Harold Davis

Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $29.95, and requires prior registration. Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EZbniD4eQ1G6C3A2Usw9nA.

Camellia Japonica © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is digitalfieldguide.com.

Very Excited to List Four New Webinars!

Phyllis and I are very excited to list four new webinars through the autumn. Hopefully, there will be something for everyone from newbie to the most advanced photographer. We’ve included a free event in with the mix. It is our goal to keep supporting our community of photographers during these puzzling and challenging times, and to come out the other side healthy, stronger, more creative—and ready to capture the inner and outer worlds.

Click here for the full schedule of our upcoming webinars. Here are the new webinar listings:

Road Less Traveled by Harold Davis

Road Less Traveled © Harold Davis

Quick Flashes from the Photography Webinar Front

Item 1: In a synergistic coincidence, legendary photographer William Neill and I are both having new books published by Rocky Nook. Bill and I are combining to present a free webinar on Saturday, The Solace of Nature, in honor of our publications. There’s still time to register for the webinar, and still some space available. Click here for more info, and here to register.

Item 2: Tomorrow (Thursday) I will be presenting Hand-HDR Processing, an explanation of a post-processing technique that should be in every serious photographer’s toolkit. Click here for more info, and here to register.

Also of note: Special Pandemic Print Pricing offer.

Webinars Coming Up Soon

If you are a photographer bracketing exposures in your practice, it is time to move beyond automated HDR processing and add hand-HDR to your toolbox. Please join us on Thursday September 3, 2020 at 10am PT for Hand-HDR Photography (click here to register; more information here) for a not-to-be-missed post-production technique session.

I am very excited to host distinguished photography legend William Neill, who will be joining me on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11am PT for a discussion and presentation, The Solace of Nature, featuring a new book from each of us. This is a free, not-to-be missed webinar. Click here to register, and here for more info.

Photography on Black, on Saturday September 12, 2020 at 11am PT, will feature a live-action photography segment showing how to create striking images on a perfectly black background. In addition to showing how to capture multi-shot black-background images, this webinar will demonstrate successful post-product of images on black. Click here to register, and here for more information.

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

New Webinars Coming Up Soon in Early September

Phyllis and I would like to call your attention to three live webinars coming up in the first half of September! These webinars are now open for registration. Click here to see all our upcoming webinar offerings. We very much hope you can join us for some or all of these.

Hand-HDR Photography will be given on Thursday September 3, 2020 at 10am PT. Just like good photographers know when to get their camera off automatic, in post-production sometimes automatic HDR programs simply won’t do. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to recognize situations that call for hand-HDR photography and processing, and how to use layers and layer masks to create your own extended dynamic range blends. Click here for more info, and here to register for the webinar.

The Solace of Nature with William Neill and Harold Davis: This free webinar is scheduled for Saturday September 5, 2020 at 11am PT. Noted photographers William Neill and Harold Davis present work from their recent books, Light on the Landscape (Neill) and Creative Garden Photography (Davis), both published by Rocky Nook. After the presentation, Neill and Davis will discuss the influence of nature on their work and lives, and invite questions from the audience. Click here for more info, and here to register for the webinar.

Photography on Black on Saturday September 12, 2020 at 11am PT. This webinar will feature a live photo feed showing Harold at work, as well as post-production issues involving black backgrounds. The idea is to use extended dynamic range bracketing to create a truly black background, specifically in situations where without this set of techniques the background would be dark, but not entirely black. Click here for more info, and here to register for the webinar.

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis