Category Archives: Workshops

The Blossfeldt Effect Webinar

What: The Blossfeldt Effect

When: Saturday June 12, 2021 at 11AM PT.

Where: Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 is required for enrollment in each session. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WdzXDLdfQ0Gs1dnzjuj08Q

Details: Karl Blossfeldt (1866-1932) began his career at a decorative ironwork manufacturer. He was assigned the task of creating reference botanical photographs to use for wrought iron designs. Eventually, his iconic botanical images became celebrated in their own right, and today he is known as one of history’s foremost botanical photographers.

Harold has long been fascinated by Blossfeldt’s botanical imagery and has developed a set of techniques for emulating the beautiful photographs of this master. Some of Harold’s work in homage to Blossfeldt has even been mistaken for the real thing! You can check out a portfolio of Harold’s prints after Blossfeldt on Saatchi Art

Click here to read more, and here to register for this webinar!

Papaver Pod from above © Harold Davis

Are You the One Lucky Photographer to Join Our Tour to Iceland?

Iceland has opened its borders to fully Covid-vaccinated travelers, and we are taking advantage of this with our cameras. We have only one open spot left on our very exciting, small group photography tour of Iceland. The dates are July 14-25, 2021. Click here for Details and Full Itinerary, here for an FAQ, and here for the Reservation Form

If you are interested in coming with us, please contact us right away. We’re happy to answer any questions.

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

One Flower, One Garden, One World | From Blossom to Art Webinar

Please consider joining us on Saturday May 15, 2021 for a live webinar! In One Flower, One Garden, One World | From Blossom to Art, Harold Davis will take you an exciting photographic ride from his garden to the light box, and through post-production. Hang-on, this one is going to be fun!

Click here for details, and here for registration.

Wanted: Intrepid, Vaccinated Photo Adventurers for Travel to Iceland

Iceland has managed the pandemic relatively well, and has now opened for travel by fully Covid-19 vaccinated travelers. We are looking for a few more participants to fill-out our small group photography tour in mid-July. This adventure includes the possibility of aerial photography of an active volcano!

Click here for details. Please contact us right away if you are interested.

Photographing Flowers for Transparency Free Webinar

To celebrate Earth Day, Thursday April 22, 2021, Rocky Nook is sponsoring a special webinar with Harold Davis, Photographing Flowers for Transparency. This is a free webinar, to be given at 11am PT, but advance registration is required. Click here to register!

 In this detailed presentation, Harold Davis shows his stunning floral imagery and explains in detail his process for light box photography. Botanical composition, exposure, and post-production are explained.

Papaver Party © Harold Davis

Papaver Party © Harold Davis

Harold says: “Light box photography is a joy in and of itself, and is a great form of photography to practice at home with relatively minimal investment in equipment. Techniques that can be learned from light box photography cut across myriad aspects of photography, and will enrich all aspects of your photographic practice.”

The presentation will include stop-motion video showing one of Harold’s light box compositions as it is created, and Harold will show the post-production steps with an actual example.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

This is a free webinar, but advance registration is required. Click here to register!

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a artist, photographer, educator, and the  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.

Iceland Photo Adventure with Harold Davis this July! Yes!

Please consider joining me for a photography adventure this July in Iceland. Click here for the Reservation form! Click here for the itinerary, and here for the Iceland trip FAQs. This is an extremely small group size, and there seems to be a great deal of interest, so if you think you want to come drop us an email right away!

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

  • Trip dates: July 14-25, 2021 (Twelve days and eleven nights)
  • Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 8
  • Vaccination: The Icelandic government will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination (we will need to see this for registration)
  • Itinerary: We will combine a visit to the remote summer Highlands with touring the Ring Route waterfalls and other attractions. Day-by-day details are in the full trip description.
  • Volcano: This cannot be guaranteed, but we are planning an optional aerial helicopter photo session of Mount Fagradalsfjall (which started erupting in March!)
  • Inclusions: Professional photo local guide, photography mentoring opportunity with Harold, transportation in a comfortable vehicle, accommodation in hotels and guesthouses (rooms with private bathrooms), and all meals. Detailed inclusions and exclusions are in the full trip description.
  • Cost: $8,995 per person. Single supplement is $1,100. Optional helicopter photography of the volcano is $1,250 additional per person. $1,000 deposit required for reservation, with balance due May 15, 2021.

Click here for the Reservation form! Click here for the itinerary, and here for the Iceland trip FAQs.

Thanks for giving this exciting photography adventure your consideration. I hope you decide to join me!

 

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

 

Night Photo Webinar Contribution to Alameda County Community Food Bank

Special thanks to Jeff Sullivan and the attendees of our Night Photography webinar yesterday! Thanks to you, we were able to contribute $972.57 to Alameda County Community Food Bank. According to their website, every $1.00 contributed to this organization results in seven times the amount donated in food given away. So that is quite a bit of food in these times that are so tough for so many!

We’ll be posting the recording of the event once it has been processed. Click here for the listing of our webinar video recordings, and here for our upcoming schedule.

Heidelberg at Night © Harold Davis

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Night Photography Webinar Panel on Saturday, April 3, 2021

Please consider joining us this Saturday April 3, 2021 at 11am PT for a night photography webinar. This panel session will present work by accomplished night photographers Steven Christenson and Jeff Sullivan.

I’ll be showing some of my own work, with a look at my urban night photography from around the world and other work that uses long-exposure techniques, as well as dark skies and star circles in nature.

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion in which the photographers will discuss how they approach night photography, as well as their future plans.

All proceeds will benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Click here to register for the Night Photography Webinar, here for more information, and here for our scheduled Workshops & Events.

Edge of Night © Harold Davis

Get creative in this photo challenge with Harold Davis [Free]

PHOTO CHALLENGE

Photography on Black 

with Harold Davis

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 at 2:00 pm CT
FREE! Click here to register.Knowing a variety of techniques to work with gives you the power to be more creative. Join Harold Davis as he shows you how to create low-key HDR images using a black velvet or other dark background. His demonstration will emphasize photography of floral subjects and various background possibilities, plus post-processing tips to create beautiful effects that almost seem like light painting. Afterwards you’ll get a fun photo challenge to put Harold’s ideas into practice, plus an invitation to share your results in the community.

Click here to register for this FREE live webinar. Be sure to forward this email to invite your friends!

Space is limited. If you are unable to join us live, a recording will be available. If you would like to participate in the photo challenge and be part of the discussion in our community you need to be registered for Out of Chicago LIVE!

 
Harold Davis is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. Harold’s most recent book is Creative Garden Photography, published by Rocky Nook. His prints are widely collected. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. Learn more.

The Black and White Still Life Webinar

I’m looking forward to The Black and White Still Life Part II, a webinar we’ll be presenting on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11am PT.

This presentation will particularly emphasize tabletop and other kinds of still life that can easily be accomplished in anyone’s home with things you already have. Shadows, lighting, and monochromatic composition will be explained and considered. A number of post-production effects will be demonstrated with complete examples.

There will be an opportunity for presenting and reviewing participant work.

Click here to register for The Black and White Still Life Part II, and here for more information.

Parfait Mandala 1 © Harold Davis

Please keep in mind the upcoming Night Photography Panel Webinar on Saturday April 3, 2021 (benefits the Alameda County Food Bank) and One Flower, One Garden, One World on Saturday May 15, 2021.

Please click here for our scheduled webinars and events.

Creating Artists Books and Portfolios Webinar

Please bring your questions to Creating Artists Books and Portfolios, a webinar scheduled for Saturday March 13, 2021 at 11am PT. Or send your questions to us in advance. This is a complex topic with many aspects, and we look forward to a wide ranging discussion including issues of editing, presentation, marketing, and more. 

Click here for registration, and here for more information.

In this webinar, we’ll present my Botanique limited edition artist book, my Monochromatic Visions and Kumano kodo portfolios, and other work. 

We’ll also demonstrate the Moab Flint portfolio system for displaying one’s prints. (In full disclosure, I am a Moab Master and sponsored by Moab Paper, which takes nothing away from their way-beyond-great products).

Themes covered in this webinar will include how to edit one’s work with an artist book or portfolio in mind, printing and constructing unique artists books, paper and binding, edition sizing, how to use portfolios to present your work and put your best foot forward, and how to market portfolios and artists books.

I fully believe that one doesn’t really see one’s work until you have printed it. In that light, making artists books and portfolios is an extremely important topic that is often overlooked. I hope you will join us.

Monochromatic Visions Portfolio prints © Harold Davis

Monochromatic Visions Portfolio prints © Harold Davis

Click here for registration, and here for more information. Click here for currently scheduled Workshops & Events.

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The Black & White Still Life on Saturday March 6, 2021

Please consider joining us on Saturday March 6, 2021 for The Black & White Still Life

In this detailed presentation, I’ll explains how to find and create black and white compositions at home, and how best to process these images.

This presentation will particularly emphasize tabletop and other kinds of still life that can easily be accomplished in anyone’s home with things you already have. Shadows, lighting, and monochromatic composition will be explained and considered.

There will be an opportunity for participants to submit images for online constructive critique during the webinar.

Click here for registration, and here for more information.

Egg White © Harold Davis

Egg White © Harold Davis

One Flower, One Garden, One World | From Blossom to Art

What: Harold & Phyllis Davis are proud to present One Flower, One Garden, One World | From Blossom to Art

When: Saturday May 15, 2021 at 11AM PT.

Where: Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 is required for enrollment in each session. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I8_q6UihQb2E25UeTpmBTw.

Details: In this unique and detailed presentation, Harold Davis will take you along his garden path to show you some of his favorite flowers for translucent photography in high Spring bloom. From the garden, the next step is onto the light box, where Harold will discuss and demonstrate some of the archetypes of floral composition. The webinar will continue with a demonstration of actual exposure of a high-key sequence on a light box, and conclude with post-production in the Photoshop darkroom.

Folks have asked for it, and here it is! One image from start to finish: from flower pot, to light box, to post-production. Fasten your seat belts, because it is going to be a fun ride!

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in light box photography; lovers of botanical art. This webinar is intended for artists and photographers of all levels. Those who are interested can also watch some of Harold’s previous related webinar recordings for a head start on “photographing flowers for transparency”.

Resurrection © Harold Davis

Number of Seats and Tuition: Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 is required for enrollment.  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_I8_q6UihQb2E25UeTpmBTw.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a artist, photographer, educator, and the  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.

Drama Queen © Harold Davis

Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Composition and Photography on Saturday Feb 27

Please consider joining us for Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Composition and Photography on Saturday February 27, 2021 at 11am PT. In this webinar, I’ll start by recapping the basics of light box photography (if you missed the earlier Photographing Flowers for Transparency webinar from a couple of weeks ago, or just want to review it, you can watch the recording by clicking here).

Following the recap, I’ll move to on to show various common design patterns for light box photography, and how to capture them. I’ll work though post-production examples, and explore some of the many artistic techniques and options available following the initial assemblage.

Click here for webinar registration, and here for more information.

Lenten Rose © Harold Davis

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Missed the first feature? Now you can catch up before continuing…

Did you miss the first session of Processing Black & White: Landscape and Architecture? No worries, the webinar video has been posted (or do you just want a review?).

Easy peasy…first review the video, then sign up for the second session (whether or not you were at the first session) on Saturday February 20. We’ll recap, then pick up where we left off, with plenty of new techniques followed by image reviews for those enrolled.

Missed the January 23 session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency: Introduction? Be of good cheer, the recording is here. The follow-on webinar, Photographing Flowers for Transparency: Composition and Photography is scheduled for Saturday February 27. Click here for registration, and here for more info.

Gazania Solar Flare © Harold Davis

Gazania Solar Flare © Harold Davis