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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

Coming Up This Saturday: Black & White—Night Photo Panel April 3

Processing Black & White: Landscape and Architecture #2 is scheduled for this Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00am PT. Click here for registration, and here for more information.

I’m very excited to see what the photographers in the first session have come up with regarding the assignment suggestions. If you missed the previous session, you are welcome to join us for this session regardless. You can submit up to four images with the themes Repetition, High-Key, Low-Key, and Old-Fashioned Look (we send out information on how to submit your images for review to registered participants).

Roadside, Nevada © Harold Davis

Roadside, Nevada © Harold Davis

We’re very excited to be hosting a Night Photography panel on April 3, 2021. Distinguished night photographers Steven Christenson and Jeff Sullivan—both previous years winners of the International Astronomy Photographer award—will be joining me for a rocking, information panel discussion that should interest all photographic “creatures of the night.” All proceeds from this panel webinar presentation will benefit the Alameda County Community Foodbank. Click here to register, and here for more information.

Image credit: © Jeff Sullivan

Click here for our scheduled webinars and events, and here for recordings of previous webinars!

Fruits and Vegetables on the Light Box Webinar Saturday February 13

What can you photograph on a light box? It turns out: just about anything that is translucent. In particular, early in the pandemic year Harold had fun experimenting with fruits and vegetables on the light box at the behest of an art director.

In this webinar premiere (there’s a first time for everything!) Harold & Phyllis will show some of Harold’s fruit and vegetable work,  explain the tools they use, show aspects of fruit and vegetable composition, and process some of these images in real time so you can watch. As always, there will be plenty of time for you to ask questions that Harold & Phyllis will do their best to answer.

Click here to register for this unique webinar, and here for more information.

Pear Slices © Harold Davis

Atomic Cucumbers © Harold Davis

Atomic Cucumbers © Harold Davis

Black and White Landscape and Architecture Webinar on Saturday Feb 6

Please consider joining us for Processing Black & White: Landscape and Architecture on Saturday February 6, 2021 at 11:00am PT.

Click here to register for this webinar, here to see our schedule of upcoming webinars, and here for webinar recordings.

Webinar description: In this detailed presentation, Harold Davis explains overall best practices for a digital black & white workflow. Harold will explain a variety of monochromatic conversion techniques. Strategies for putting all these techniques together in a single image with pinpoint control over different areas will be explained.

This presentation will particularly emphasize landscape and architectural photography.

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Participant submissions for photo critiquing: There will be an opportunity for participants to submit images for online constructive critique during the webinar. Submission instructions will follow after enrollment and images will be chosen for critique at the discretion of the instructor.

In addition, one or more assignments will be given for participants, with the plan of presenting some of these images at the second Black & White session on February 20, 2012.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in digital monochromatic photography.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Black & White 2nd edition (Rocky Nook) and The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook (Monacelli). According to the Seattle Book Review, Harold Davis’s photography “is the digital black and white equal of Ansel Adams’s traditional wet photography.”

Harold 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.

Click here to register for this webinar, here to see our schedule of upcoming webinars, and here for webinar recordings.

Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge (B&W) © Harold Davis

Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge © Harold Davis

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Creative LAB Color Essentials Webinar this Saturday

Hydrangea Relativity © Harold Davis

Hydrangea Relativity © Harold Davis

The Creative LAB Essentials Webinar this Saturday January 30, 2021 at 11am PT will be a great review of LAB Color if you’ve worked in LAB before, and an exciting introduction if this is your very first exposure to this incredibly cool topic.

Following a short presentation, I’ll proceed by demonstration. Topics to be covered include:

  • How LAB color works, and its implementation in Photoshop
  • Colors and channels
  • Inversions: the two images shown accompanying this post are an example of an LAB L-channel inversion
  • Creative sharpening with LAB
  • Downloading, installing, and working with my (free) LAB Photoshop Action

Advanced registration is required. Click here for webinar registration, and here for more information.

Hydrangea Relativity Inversion © Harold Davis

Hydrangea Relativity Inversion © Harold Davis

A new dawn—and the upcoming Photographing Flowers for Transparency webinar

Watching the inauguration ceremony for President Biden and Vice-President Harris this morning, I wept. Tears of joy at having a competent, caring, decent administration that believes in science in charge. Tears of sadness for all those we’ve lost to Covid-19, and for the shattering of comity, sanity, and truth. Tears of relief that there is hope, and that we can start over without descending further down the rabbit hole of know-nothingism, authoritarianism, and fascism.

Now you know where I stand, if you didn’t know already. If you disagree with me, that is your right, but I hope we can do it with love and respect for each other.

Anyhow. We’ll be presenting the first in my sequence of Photographing Flowers for Transparency webinars this Saturday January 23 at 11am PT.

I’ve been asked several times how this webinar will differ from the recordings I have posted on YouTube and from the previous Photographing Flowers for Transparency live webinar (which I gave back in April 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic).

There’s no really easy answer to this question.

Of course, a live webinar differs from a recording. For one thing, you can ask questions, and also be involved in the community that has coalesced around our webinars. A live webinar is part way to an in-person workshop (which I can’t wait to resume) compared to a recording.

In terms of the content I will present, some of it will be the same. But I don’t really like to repeat myself, and in the intervening months I’ve also been pretty creative with light box photography, and learned a fair amount about webinar presentation. We do expect to present some new material, and I am looking forward to showing you some exciting ways to accomplish great light box results.

I hope you consider joining us!

You’ll find our upcoming schedule of webinars by clicking here. You can view our recordings from the past year by clicking here.

Wheel of Fortune © Harold Davis

Wheel of Fortune © Harold Davis

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Webinar Contribution to Project Coyote

Phyllis and I are delighted that the sold-out webinar Finding Meaning in Photography with panelists Guy Tal and Michael Gordon generated a bit more than $1900 as a contribution to Project Coyote

Special thanks to the wonderful and insightful presenters, and everyone who registered and made this possible.

Project Coyote is a national non-profit organization based in Northern California whose mission is to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science and advocacy.

You’ll find our upcoming schedule of webinars by clicking here. You can view our recordings from the past year by clicking here.

Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

Eye of the Tower © Harold Davis

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Webinars Coming Up Soon

We’re back in the saddle and starting up the webinars after some time off for artistic (and otherwise) rest and relaxation. Hopefully, the bulk of 2021 will be less stressful than the year behind us that shall not be named.

On this coming Saturday, we are pleased to present Guy Tal and Michael Gordon showing their work and discussing Finding Meaning in Photography. Click here for registration, and here for more information. This is a benefit for Project Coyote.

We recently added a new Night Photography webinar to benefit Alameda County Foodbank. Click here for registration, and here for more information. 

You’ll find our upcoming schedule of webinars by clicking here. You can view our recordings from the past year by clicking here.

Aspens near Sonora Pass

Aspens near Sonora Pass © Harold Davis

A Pandemic Year of Webinars—Video Recordings

“Do you have any idea how productive we’ve been?” I asked my spouse, as I compiled a page of links to our recent webinar video recordings. I had no idea myself, until I put together this list. 

You can watch these recordings for free by following the links on the Webinar Video Recording page. There are 37 videos, most well over an hour. The pandemic came along, we hunkered down, and got busy with webinars. You can check them out here, the good, the bad, and not-so-much the ugly in categories including Photographing Flowers for Transparency on the Light Box, Black & White, Photoshop and LAB Color, and Inspiration and Exploration. I’m particularly pleased with the guest photographers we brought in, who helped us contribute to some great charitable causes when they showed their work.

Thanks to everyone who has been part of our photographic community this difficult year!

Please consider joining us live. Click here to see our current schedule of live webinars.

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Metamorphosis © Harold Davis

Best wishes for the coming year

We are looking forward to a time when it is safe to have workshops in person. Meanwhile, please consider our new slate of 2021 webinars on Saturdays, with (we hope) something for everyone and some new listings. Click here for the complete schedule.

Wishing you a joyous, healthy, and creative 2021—Harold & Phyllis Davis

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Webinars nouveau est arrivé (Please check out our new webinars!)

Please consider our new slate of webinars, now scheduled through March, 2021 on Saturday mornings (Pacific Time), with (we hope) something for everyone:

  • Models in Stop-Motion: the Multiple Exposure Series [Free Webinar] | Saturday January 2, 2021 at 11am PT click here for registration. Click here for more info. This is a FREE webinar, but seats are limited, and preregistration is required 
  • Finding Meaning in Photography: Guy Tal and Michael Gordon [Benefits Project Coyote] | Saturday January 16, 2021 at 11am PT click here for registration. Click here for more info. All proceeds from this webinar will benefit Project Coyote. Seats are limited, and preregistration is required 
Camellia Blossom © Harold Davis

Camellia Blossom © Harold Davis

Click here for our Workshops & Events page, and here for our past webinar video recordings on YouTube.

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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