Category Archives: Workshops

Registration is now open: Dark of the Moon Night Photography

Registration is now open for Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra with Harold Davis and Steven Christenson. September 7-10, 2018. Meets in Lone Pine, CA. Space is limited. Registration: https://www.meetup.com/Harold-Davis/events/244904313/

More info and registration via Meetup (enrollment is now open, but space is very limited!).

Registration is now open: Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis

Registration is now open for Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis, June 23-24 2018, in Berkeley, CA. Space is limited. Registration via Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Harold-Davis/events/243890530/

This will be only session of the Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis workshop in calendar 2018 anywhere in the world. Info and registration via Meetup (enrollment is now open, but space is very limited!).

Malta Destination Photo Workshop: Early-Bird Discount Ends Dec 31, 2017

Please consider joining us! Save $500 if you register by Jan 1, 2018. Click here for more info, and here for the trip Reservation form.

Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis: Registration opens Jan 1, 2018

This will be only session of the Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis workshop in calendar 2018 anywhere in the world. Info and registration via Meetup (enrollment opens 1/1/18).

Night Photography Workshop: Registration Opens Jan 1, 2018

More info and registration via Meetup (enrollment opens 1/1/18)

Destination Photo Workshop to Malta in November, 2018

Please consider joining me to explore an incredible destination!

Info: https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/learning/workshops-events/2018-malta

Reservation Form: https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/pdf/2018-Reservation-Form-Malta-Harold_Davis.pdf

Also posted in Malta

Free Webinar “The Ten Minute Photo Gourmet: From RAW to Art”

On Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 3PM PST I will present a free webinar “The Ten Minute Photo Gourmet: From RAW to Art” sponsored by Topaz Labs Software. The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required. Click here to pre-register.

The images that accompany this story were processed to what is presented here from RAW in Topaz Studio in less than ten minutes each, as I’ll show in the webinar! A full webinar description follows below.

Rose to Blue © Harold Davis

Webinar description: Noted photographer and author Harold Davis states, “Often when I give a workshop presentation of my Photoshop workflow, hands go up, and folks want to know, ‘How long does that take?’.” The answer of course varies, but Photoshop being Photoshop a detailed workflow can be pretty time consuming indeed.

This is where Topaz Studio rides to the rescue! Harold Davis will show examples of using Topaz Studio to move from RAW file to finished art with no intermediary software in a matter of minutes.

Being able to add subtle and artistic effects quickly and without numerous processing steps helps put the fun back in photography. But of course, many times we also need to use Photoshop in our high-end workflows. The good news is that Topaz Studio can as easily accommodate this need as it can quickly and artistically process images.

This webinar will conclude with Harold Davis showing you how to use Topaz Studio in several alternative Photoshop workflows, since Topaz Studio can be used both as a standalone filter, and as a “wrapper” for accessing the other Topaz plugin products in your arsenal.

Along the Mekong © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is the bestselling author of numerous books about photography, including most recently The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook, as well as a popular workshop leader around the world. The Seattle Times has compared his black and white photos to those of Ansel Adams; and according to Popular Photography, “Harold Davis’s ethereal floral arrangements have a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual.” Rangefinder Magazine states that “Harold Davis is a force of nature—a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments.” Harold Davis’s work has been widely exhibited and collected. He is a Zeiss Lens Ambassador and a Moab Master. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Lonesome Road © Harold Davis

On Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 3PM PST I will present a free webinar “The Ten Minute Photo Gourmet: From RAW to Art” sponsored by Topaz Labs Software. The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required. Click here to pre-register. The webinar description follows below.

How Long Must Eye Wait?

Wedged in a crack behind the aptly-named Ladyboot Arch in the Alabama Hills of the eastern Sierra near the Nevada border of California, I already knew this wasn’t going to be the perfect image. For one thing, the lens I was using, my dearly beloved Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 horizontal fisheye had blown over in an accident a few days earlier, with a nasty crack on the front optical element.

How Long Must Eye Wait? © Harold Davis

The focus of the lens was also jammed, stuck (fortunately) on infinity. That is, nobody wants focus to be jammed, but if an extreme wide-angle has to have a single focus, infinity would be the choice.

Ultimately, I had no idea whether shooting through this damaged lens would produce reasonable results.

I was also faced with a problem of topography: the crevice I was in would not let me set the tripod up normally, and I had to spread the legs and wedge them against the rock walls.

Finally, all was ready to start the timer on the intervalometer. But for reasons unknown, it simply wouldn’t work with the camera. 

Falling back on “Plan B” with grace under pressure is a normal part of any photographer’s toolkit. My Nikon camera has on-board intervalometer functionality, admittedly with an inscrutable user interface. The limitation is that the shutter speed maxes out at 30 seconds. 

Normally, my practice with this kind of photography is to set the camera to Bulb, and shoot a sequence of wide open (or nearly wide-open) captures at four minutes (using ISO 400). 

Dropping the shutter speed down to 30 seconds meant I was exposing for 1/8 the duration of time I normally would (because 30 seconds is 1/8 of 4 minutes). To compensate, I needed to boost the ISO by a factor of eight, from 400 to 3,200.

The final exposure data was 141 exposures, each exposure made at 30 seconds, f/2.8, and ISO 3,200. Post-production was in Photoshop, using the Statistics script with stack mode set to Maximum.

Here’s an image from the front of Ladyboot Arch, and another image from the rear of the arch (made with my other camera, a working intervalometer, and the Zeiss 15mm wide-angle lens!).

Night photography workshops are indeed a great deal of fun, and I am looking forward to a repeat engagement in Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills, with my friend and distinguished night photographer Steven Christensen of Star Circle Academy as co-teacher in 2018. The dates are Friday, September 7 through Monday, September 10, 2018. Click here for more information!

Also posted in Digital Night, Landscape, Photography

PhotoPills Camp 2018

Please consider joining me and other Photography Masters at the PhotoPills Camp in May, 2018 on the beautiful island of Menorca. For more information, click here and register to get priority. If the link opens in Spanish (and you prefer English) click the Eng button on the upper right.

From the event description: 

And you’ll be experiencing the island the way we do, the way the islanders do. You’ll feel like a local, not like a tourist.

Simply mix Menorca’s gems with some of the best easy going photography masters, a jam-packed into the field and straight to the point class schedule (on creativity, planning, shooting, post-processing, social networks & business), multiple photo escapes to our secret locations, the delicious Menorcan cuisine, amazing beaches, hikes, horse riding and boat trips, night picnics, coffee talks, party moments and catching up with old and new friends, and finally add the distinctive PhotoPills fun flavour… and you get the perfect cocktail.

Your days will be full of learning, adventure, aha moments and meaningful connections

Also posted in Photography

Early-Bird Discount: Exploring Cathar Country and the Pyrenees-Orientales

Please consider joining me on a grand photographic adventure to southwest France in spring 2018: Exploring Cathar Country and the Pyrenees-Orientales (April 28-May 7, 2018). A substantial early-bird discount ($500 per person) applies for reservations accepted by Nov 15, 2017. Click here for more information about Cathars and Cathar country, here for a detailed day-by-day itinerary (PDF), and here for the Reservation Form.

Opening in Night Photography Workshop Oct 20-23

Due to a cancellation, we have an opening in our upcoming night photography workshop in the Eastern Sierras Oct 20-23, 2017. Click here for more info and registration. It’s not to late to join a group of compatible night photographers in Lone Pine next weekend to enjoy the stars and night skies! A $50 discount is available.

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Announcing a new session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency—June 23-24, 2018

We’re pleased to announce by popular demand a new session of Harold’s acclaimed Photographing Flowers for Transparency weekend workshop, to be held in Berkeley, CA Saturday and Sunday June 23 and 24, 2018. Enrollment is limited. Registration opens Jan 1, 2018 on a first-come-first-served basis.

Click here for more information about this workshop, here for the Photographing Flowers for Transparency FAQ, and here for Harold’s upcoming event, workshop, and destination photo tour schedule. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

The Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop is a great deal of fun, and covers Harold’s light box techniques as well as related topics (see the partial list below). If you are interested in Harold’s unique approaches, this is the best way to learn. Each participant will produce their own fully processed images following Harold’s lectures and demonstrations, and with Harold’s personal hands-on supervision.

Flowering Dogwood & Friends © Harold Davis

Topics covered in the Photographing Flowers for Transparency Workshop include:

  • Floral arrangement and composition
  • Botanical art in the digital era
  • Shooting on a light box
  • Understanding high-key post-production
  • Working with Photoshop layers
  • High-key HDR
  • LAB color effects
  • Backgrounds and textures
  • Preparing to make floral pigment prints
  • Tips & techniques from Harold Davis
  • Implementing one’s own vision

Flowers at School © Harold Davis

Here are what some participants in Harold’s recent Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshops have said:

  • “Harold is unmatchable! An honor to be able to be able to have him as a mentor…. for photography and for life.”
  • “AWESOME!!! Harold has a great teaching style, and it was great to learn some new shooting and post-processing techniques.”
  • “Excellent!!! Recommend to anyone who wants to take their flower art to the next level.”
  • “Amazing teacher! Patient, knowledgeable, thoughtful and sharing, easy to learn from. Looking forward to many more workshops with Harold! What a total gem… “

Floral Composition © Harold Davis

From Harold’s introductory note to workshop participants:

My belief is that folks learn most when they are hands-on, and having fun. So we will be doing a great deal of flower arrangement and flower photography—and I think along with new ways of seeing, you will learn some techniques, and ways of using your camera, that may not have occurred to you before.

These new approaches are great with flower photography, but also go way beyond floral subject matter, and are really applicable to many kinds of photography.

Besides floral photography, floral arrangement, working on a light box, and various kinds of special lighting effects, we will be exploring high-key HDR, post-production in Photoshop, backgrounds and textures, and LAB color, and much more. As you can see, it will be a very special, busy, and creative weekend!

Click here for more information about this workshop, here for the Photographing Flowers for Transparency FAQ, and here for Harold’s upcoming event, workshop, and destination photo tour schedule. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis

Also posted in Flowers

Exploring Cathar Country: Detailed Itinerary Now Available

Exploring Cathar Country (April 28-May 7, 2018): A Photographic Journey with Harold Davis

The detailed itinerary for this photographic pilgrimage into the historic and spiritual world of the Cathars and southwest France is now available. Click here to download the PDF.

Click here for overview information and here for the Reservation Form (early-bird discount applies through November 15, 2017)

In the twelfth century in the part of the world that is today southwestern France, a new set of religious beliefs coalesced and came to be known as the Cathar heresy. The Cathars believed in a supreme being and god of light, utterly unconcerned with matters of this world, and in a direct individual interaction with this god with no need for inter-mediation by the hierarchy of an established religion.

As one would expect, this view was anathema to the Catholic Church. In the early 1200s the church unleashed the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar heresy under the aegis of the notorious Simon de Montfort. Power, religion, spirituality, and politics mixed, and by the end of the crusade the formerly independent country of Languedoc was firmly under the temporal sway of the King of France and the religious sway of the Catholic Church.

Pont Vieux, Albi © Harold Davis

Against the backdrop of this romantic and dramatic history, we will explore the ancient centers of Catharism. In Albi, the birthplace of the artist Toulouse-Lautrec, we will walk across the bridge that spans the River Tarn and has been in continuous use for a thousand years, and marvel at the Basilica of Saint Cecile, built as a symbol of religious intolerance. In Carcassone, we will spend time exploring the incredibly romantic reconstruction of a medieval citadel by Viollet-le-Duc.

Carcassone © Harold Davis

Moving into the mountains, from a comfortable base we will explore the crags and remote fastnesses of the Pyrénées-Orientales. No one will ever forget a visit to the melancholy Montsegur, where following a devastating siege, hundreds of Cathars hurled themselves into the abyss or were burnt at the stake rather than renounce their faith, or to the Château de Quéribus, where the last of the Cathars eked out their wilderness survival against a world that seemed to have gone mad.

Château de Quéribus © Harold Davis

Wild, craggy peaks and deep canyon valleys dominate the Pyrénées-Orientales in scenery somewhat reminiscent of parts of the American West. The Pyrénées-Orientales and old Languedoc is a region where the wildness of the landscape and the flavor of Spanish cuisine mingles with traditional French culture to create a unique and very special world apart. 

While the primary emphasis of this journey will be photography, we’ll also take the time to learn more about Catharite beliefs, enjoy the unique culture, wild scenery, and cuisine of Cathar Country and the Pyrénées-Orientales.

Château de Saissac © Harold Davis

The detailed itinerary for this photographic pilgrimage into the historic and spiritual world of the Cathars and southwest France is now available. Click here to download the PDF.

Click here for overview information and here for the Reservation Form (early-bird discount applies through November 15, 2017).

Also posted in Photography

Celebrating 2,000 Members in the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup

We are celebrating passing the 2,000 member milestone in the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup with a free book giveaway: “We are celebrating you—and all the wonderful, creative photographic education, travel, and fun we have had across the years on our way to 2,000 members…”

Click here to learn more, or to post your black and white photo to the event!

Pont Vieux, Albi © Harold Davis

Space available in the Sept 16-17 San Francisco Black & White workshop

We have space available in our Black & White in San Francisco Weekend workshop coming up next month September 16-17, 2017. San Francisco is a great place for photography, and a great locale to “think” in black and white!

Farther Shore © Harold Davis

Workshop Description: This workshop includes field photography in several Bay area locations, monochromatic shooting techniques in the field, black & white conversion in Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex, and other plug-ins, and monochromatic processing. Emphasis will be on thinking creatively in black and white in the field, and fully understanding the myriad possibilities in post-production.

Sunset on the Bay © Harold Davis

More info and registration: https://www.meetup.com/Harold-Davis/events/237226290/

Pop-Up Workshop: Note that if this workshop stays small (less than eight participants) I will conduct it as a pop-up workshop on-the-fly (rather than classroom based) which will give opportunities for more field locations, and more one-on-one interaction.

Noir City Dreams © Harold Davis

 

San Francisco Moonrise © Harold Davis

Also posted in Monochrome, San Francisco Area