Category Archives: Workshops

Coming Up Soon: From iPhone to Art Workshop (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 some of my iPhone art, 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. 

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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 Photo.net). 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 Craftsy.com, 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, www.digitalfieldguide.com and on his blog, http://www.digitalfieldguide.com/blog/.

Path beside the Rhine © Harold Davis

Caddy © Harold Davis

Registration: Click here for registration

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Free Event: Celebrate Black & White Photography, a new book, and Groundhog Day

What: Come celebrate Groundhog Day, Black & White Photography, and the publication of Harold Davis’s new book The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook (not necessarily in that order!). This is a free event but pre-registration is requested.

Where: Nextspace Berkeley, 2081 Center Street, Berkeley CA 94704

When: Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 5PM – 7PM Pacific Time

Harold Davis will present Black & White Photography in the Digital Era: From Visualization to Final Print. Following the presentation there will be a Q&A and a group discussion.

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Presentation description: For much of the history of photography, practitioners were limited to black and white. But digital cameras allow you to choose on a frame-by-frame basis whether you are creating a color or black and white image; in fact, this choice is often best made in post-production. In this presentation, acclaimed photographer Harold Davis addresses how to pre-visualize black and white in a color world, how to find subjects that work well monochromatically, how to tell a story or “write” a poem with black and white, and the best-practices workflow for black and white conversion. Along the way, Harold will present his black and white work, show creative approaches such as digital solarizations and LAB inversions, and discuss black and white printmaking. 

About Harold: Harold Davis is a digital artist and professional photographer whose work is widely collected. Harold is a bestselling author, a popular workshop leader, a Zeiss Lens Ambassador, and a Moab Master.You can learn more about Harold and his work on his website, www.digitalfieldguide.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davis.harold. Harold’s most recent book is The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook, published by Monacelli Press. His books are on Amazon at amazon.com/author/harold.

Nautilus in Black and White

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.

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. 

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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 Photo.net). 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 Craftsy.com, 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, www.digitalfieldguide.com and on his blog, http://www.digitalfieldguide.com/blog/.

Path beside the Rhine © Harold Davis

Caddy © Harold Davis

Registration: Click here for registration

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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

Flowers Round-Robin in a Workshop

This image was made as an in-class demo of light box flower arrangement and post-production. I called on each workshop participant to choose a stem, then arranged them one-by-one on my light box. The top image is an LAB inversion of the composition, the middle image is placed on a scanned background using my background placement blending mode algorithm, and the bottom image is shown as photographing for high-key HDR on a white background.

Flowers 12.03.16 Inverted Version © Harold Davis

Flowers 12.03.16 Inverted Version © Harold Davis

Flowers 12.03.2016 with Background © Harold Davis

Flowers 12.03.2016 with Background © Harold Davis

Flowers on White 12.03.2016 © Harold Davis

Flowers on White 12.03.2016 © Harold Davis

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Workshop Feedback and a Yellow Rose

I’m very pleased with some of the great feedback for the recent Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop. Here’s what some folks said:

  • “Just a fabulous creative presentation for flowers that has so much potential for us to explore. Enjoyed it immensely.”
  • “It was a wonderful workshop, inspirational, much information and tips and tricks a lot.”
  • “Wonderful – very educational for me, nicely organized and inspirational. Thank You Harold! (and Phyllis:) )”
  • “Organized, articulate, creative, in other words fantastic!”

Thanks to a really great creative and energetic group! We couldn’t do it without you, and I am so grateful. You can check out some of the floral art made by participants in this workshop in the Meetup album.

Yellow Rose © Harold Davis

Yellow Rose © Harold Davis

I have two upcoming flower photography workshops scheduled in 2017: Photographing Flowers for Transparency (March 11-12) and Flower Photography Masterclass 4-Day Intensive (June 22-23). If you love flower photography and flowers, please consider joining us for one of these celebrations of floral beauty!

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Free Webinar: A Homeopathic Approach to Adjustments with Harold Davis and Topaz

Definition of homeopathya system of medical practice that treats a disease especially by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in larger amounts produce in healthy persons symptoms similar to those of the disease. In other words, while a great deal of a homeopathic remedy might kill one, a pinch of homeopathy can be great. I use the concepts of homeopathy as a metaphor for how I work with some Photoshop adjustments and filters.

Free Webinar: A Homeopathic Approach to Adjustments with Harold Davis and Topaz—Advance registration is required—Tuesday, December 13 2016 at 2PM PT—Click here to register.

Towers of San Gimignano © Harold Davis

Towers of San Gimignano © Harold Davis

Webinar description: Join Topaz for this advanced presentation in which Harold will explain why he uses Topaz Adjust, Topaz Simplify, Topaz Glow 2, and Topaz Impressions 2, and provide concrete examples of how he uses these tools. Besides digital homeopathy, he’ll discuss additional ideas about creating digital art in Photoshop such as how this work relates to the Hegelian triad. Finally, Harold will provide some concrete examples of how he used the homeopathic approach to Topaz in his workflow to create his unique photographic art.

“I’ve been called a digital artist who uses photographs as my source material,” Harold says, “and I believe this is a good way to consider my work.” He likes to take his imagery slightly beyond conventional photography using digital painting, but not so far beyond photography that he would “lose the suspension of disbelief inherent in the photographic capture.” In creating this syncretic mixture of photography and digital art, Harold Davis says that among his favorite “go-to tools are the brilliant Topaz Labs Photoshop plugins.”

About Harold Davis: A Zeiss Lens Ambassador and Moab Master, Harold’s work has been published in books, advertisements, cards, posters, and in art editions. His prints are widely collected. As a workshop leader he is constantly in demand. Harold is on the faculty at institutions including the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography, Maine Media Workshops, and Point Reyes Field Seminars.

Harold Davis is the author of eighteen bestselling photography books, most recently Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer: A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook, published by Focal Press. His new book, The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos, is slated for early 2017 publication by Monacelli Press and can be pre-ordered now.

Be sure to stick around after the presentation for a Q/A session, webinar specific discount codes for the Topaz store and to see if you’re the winner of the copy of the Topaz Complete Collection to be given away.

Free Webinar: A Homeopathic Approach to Adjustments with Harold Davis and Topaz—Advance registration is required—Tuesday, December 13 2016 at 2PM PT—Click here to register.

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Upcoming Flower Photography Workshops with Harold Davis

I’m very pleased and excited to be leading a sold-out session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency next weekend here in Berkeley, CA. If this topic interests you, we are running a session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency in March, 2017 (also in Berkeley). I expect this to be the only session of my acclaimed Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop that I will lead in 2017.

Spring Wreath © Harold Davis

Spring Wreath © Harold Davis

I will be leading a 4-day Flower Photography Intensive Masterclass in June, 2017 hosted in the Bay area. The Flower Masterclass will include field sessions, studio work, and post-production techniques. This workshop is filling up quickly. It is open to folks who have taken Photographing Flowers for Transparency, or by portfolio review.

Once your portfolio has been reviewed, and you are approved for the Flower Masterclass (or if you have attended a previous Photographing Flowers for Transparency), you can register on Meetup, or directly with us, with tuition payment by check or credit card. Note that a payment plan is available, and that a $50 discount applies until the end of 2016. We are holding some spaces for folks who have expressed interest, and as these fill expect to be starting a waiting list soon.

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis

On a personal note, I have a great deal to be thankful for—and some of that is you! Thanks for being part of my photographic community! It is great to be around people who enjoy photographing flowers as much as I do. Bringing beauty into the world is one way we can combat the evils of our times, and is a small contribution towards making life worth living.

Repeating Flower Pattern © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern © Harold Davis


Photographing FlowersHarold Davis’s Photographing Flowers (published by Focal Press) has been called “the most comprehensive guidebook to flower photography ever written” by Rangefinder Magazine, rated the Best Guide to Flower Photography by Digital Photography Magazine, and was the subject of rave reviews in the Photographic Society of America Journal, the San Francisco Review of Books, and elsewhere.

“In this book Davis offers his knowledge and experience in the art of floral photography, presenting not only the results of his beautiful creations, but explanations of how each photograph was captured: the set up, the equipment and even the camera settings used for each brilliant image. The author takes you beyond the point of capture and discusses processing, both in a lab environment and digital post processing, as well as offers side-trips through history to learn a bit from the masters of art and photography, such as Van Gogh and O’Keeffe. Davis even goes so far as to share affordable and easy use studio setups which he has designed over the years. Using his techniques wonderfully artistic images can be created! For any photographer interested in floral photography – whether amateur or pro – this book will not only tutor them, but will inspire them.”–San Francisco Book Review

Click here for Photographing Flowers on Amazon!

Painting with Flowers Inverted © Harold Davis

Painting with Flowers Inverted © Harold Davis


2016

  • Photographing Flowers for Transparency, Weekend Workshop in Berkeley, CA, December 3-4, 2016; click here for details and registration (workshop full).
  • Photographing Waves on Point Reyes, Saturday December 10, full-day workshop under the auspices of Point Reyes Field Seminars. Click here for registration and information.
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016—Free webinar with Harold Davis, sponsored by Topaz Labs, more information and registration link to come.

2017

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis


Harold’s workshops are often sold-out, and fill up quickly. To avoid disappointment, please register early. Feel free to contact Harold Davis if you have any questions about our workshops! Please also consider Harold’s online webinar recordings and his Photographing Flowers course with Craftsy. This course is rated 5.0 stars, with 25 out of 26 5-star reviews, and literally thousands of satisfied students. (Save  50% off the full retail price of my course using this link. Cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts. Link and offer expires January 15, 2017.)

Winged Clematis on White © Harold Davis

Winged Clematis on White © Harold Davis

We arrange many of our workshops and events using the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup group. Click here for Group and Workshop reviews on Meetup. Please subscribe to our list and/or blog feed for early notification about new workshop offerings.

Garden Party © Harold Davis

Garden Party © Harold Davis


What folks have said about Harold Davis workshops and events:

  •  “A great artist and speaker!”—W. Anglin
  •  “Harold is genuine, generous, and gracious – He has a world of knowledge and expertise that he loves to share – his wonderful books show his monumental talents and skill set- his workshops shows the depth of his connecting with others in a very real and personal way.”—P. Borrelli
  • “Awesome! He patiently addressed questions from the audience which contained photographers of all levels , molding his answers to the level of understanding for each of us. His presentations covered a wonderful range of technical knowledge as well as emphasizing the need for images to have an emotional quality. The images he shares are breathtaking and he is generous in sharing many facets of how he captures such beauty.”—J. Phillips
  • “Not all photographers are good verbal communicators. Harold is someone who can DO and TEACH. A rare combination of talents.”—B. Sawyer
  • “Inspiring!”
  • “He was very giving of his talents and time. The course was very organized and thorough. Loved it! Learned so much! … I also wanted to let you know that I have more than paid the cost of the workshops I’ve done with you by selling some photos! I have sold three prints already.”—L. Beck
  • “Very creative and a marvelous instructor.”—Kay S.
Tulip Blast © Harold Davis

Tulip Blast © Harold Davis

Also posted in Flowers, Photography

Workshop in a Suitcase

I am used to leading two kinds of photography workshops: one is close enough to my home base in Berkeley so it is easy to set up the workshop room in advance, the other is under the auspices of an institution where I am not responsible for setup. Last weekend’s Black and White in San Francisco workshop was a hybrid, in other words a kind of cross between the two.

Golden Gate Splash © Harold Davis

Golden Gate Splash © Harold Davis

We rented a really very nice space in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown as the home base for the event. This turned out to be a great idea, but there was really no way we could setup in advance. In thinking how I could get everything I needed over to the workshop from the parking garage, I hit on the idea of encapsulating it in the suitcase I use traveling. This led to the workshop in a suitcase, possibly a relative of the great monologist Spalding Gray’s Monster in a Box.

Farther Shore © Harold Davis

Farther Shore © Harold Davis

Thanks to the participants in this workshop for being a great and game group despite the rain in Saturday. We had fun in a variety of locations. I photographed the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point (top) and Baker and China Beaches from Fort Point (above) in foul weather on Saturday, and used the images in classroom black and white conversion demos.

Rome from St Peter's Dome © Harold Davis

Rome from St Peter’s Dome © Harold Davis

The sepia image of the eternal city (Rome) shown above was a classroom demonstration, with the file drawn from my recent trip to Italy. The box of prints shown below was contained as part of my monster, er, workshop in a suitcase. This was a great workshop and location. We will probably but it on rotation for a repeat sometime in the next 12-18 months, and you might not want to miss it both in terms of the photography and the hands-on demos of monochromatic conversion techniques. You can keep tabs on my workshop schedule by visiting my Workshops & Events page.

Prints in a Box © Harold Davis

Prints in a Box © Harold Davis

Also posted in Monochrome, San Francisco Area

At sixes and sevens this weekend? Photograph Black & White in San Francisco!

Free this weekend? Interested in a last minute extraordinary opportunity to photograph San Francisco with a master of digital black & white photograhy?

We are photographing San Francisco in black and white this weekend (Nov 19-20, 2016). This workshop will be one part photography, and one part classroom. As an overall matter, I plan to follow the arc of my upcoming book, The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook. That means (both in field photography and classroom sessions, in the context of participant exercises and my own work) examining the questions of what makes a good black & white image, how you find black & white subjects, and essentially pre-visualization in black & white.

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I do find that people learn from each other in the context of this kind of small-group workshop. I will plan to tailor classroom sessions to specific interests and requests. That said, my own list post-production topics that I plan to address besides seeing in black & white and pre-visualization include:

  • Best-practices digital workflow for black & white
  • Working in color to create black & white
  • Conversion techniques including PS Adjustments, Nik Silver Efex, and time and interest permitting Topaz B&W and OnOne Perfect B/W.
  • Tinting, toning, and working with antique looks
  • Some special effects. I’m most interested in split toning via color selection, simulated IR, simulated solarization, and LAB B/W inversions, but there may be more.

I’m excited that classroom sessions will be held in a beautiful loft in San Francisco’s Chinatown. There’s plenty to photograph right around the location. Besides photographing Chinatown, we’ll also visit the Cable Car Museum, Fort Point, and the Golden Gate Bridge. If this appeals to you, click here to register (by RSVPing YES on Meetup)

Cable Car Wheels © Harold Davis

Cable Car Flywheels © Harold Davis

Please visit our Workshops & Events page to view other upcoming opportunities!

Lonely Islet by Harold Davis

Lonely Islet © Harold Davis

Advanced LAB Color (Nov 12) and Photographing San Francisco in B&W (Nov 19-20)

We still have a few remaining spaces in Advanced LAB Color (Nov 12) and Photographing San Francisco in Black & White Weekend Workshop (Nov 19-20). Note, the San Francisco in Black & White Workshop has been moved to San Francisco (for its own protection? No—to be nearer the subject matter!)

Please take a moment to consider these opportunities. We will probably not be offering either of these workshops again before 2018.

LAB Floral Inversion © Harold Davis

LAB Floral Inversion © Harold Davis

Advanced LAB Color is a unique offering and window into the arcane wonders of the most powerful color space.

Do you like black and white photography?

Do you like San Francisco?

Well…B&W + SF = Harold Davis Black & White Photography Weekend Workshop!

Learn and refine your digital black and white from master photographer and best-selling author Harold Davis.

Noir City Dreams © Harold Davis

Noir City Dreams © Harold Davis

Click here for our Workshops & Events Calendar.

My new book is available for pre-order on Amazon and the publisher’s website. Thanks to everyone who has made The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos the #1 New Release in Black & White Photography on Amazon and Amazon’s #1 “Hot New Release” in this category!

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Forever Young

I’ve been listening to a Nobel prize play-list of Bob Dylan—both his own voice and cover versions of his songs—while photographing and processing my White Phalaenopsis Orchid and Variegated Phalaenopsis Orchid images. In the versions here, the two plants of come together for photography on my light box. The orchids are shown first placed in Photoshop on a scanned paper background, next inverted via LAB color on a black background, and at the bottom on white they way they were photographed. There’s something wonderful and at the same time a little disorienting about Dylan receiving the Nobel prize in literature. Listening to the vast oeuvre of his work in this way, one thing that becomes a little clearer to me is the incredible variety in his poetics, and his long-term integrity as an artist—an integrity that is rare and probably was hard to maintain in face of the success he had so early.

Orchids in Love on Cream © Harold Davis

Orchids in Love on Cream © Harold Davis

Orchids in Love Inversion © Harold Davis

Orchids in Love Inversion © Harold Davis

Want to learn how to invert an image like this (and more!)? My Advanced LAB Seminar is coming up next weekend (Saturday, November 12, 2016). Note that the location has been moved (to the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina Hotel), and that we have a few places left. Click here for details.

Orchids in Love on White © Harold Davis

Orchids in Love on White © Harold Davis

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Photographers! France! April!

We are looking for a (very) few good photographers (or a photographer and spouse) to join our small, exclusive group going to the southwest of France in April, 2017. Click here to download the day-by-day itinerary (PDF) if you are interested in the specifics (or just want to armchair travel!).

If you’d like to come, please drop us an email ASAP. The trip Prospectus can be found here, and the Reservation form is here.

Click here for our complete Workshops & Events listings.

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Pont Neuf, Toulouse © Harold Davis

Harold Davis Upcoming Workshops

I’m just back from a photographic trip to Italy. You can see a couple of the images I processed first by clicking Dawn on Lake Como, Tuscan Landscape, and Duomo di Pavia. Of course, there are many more images to follow—and I also scouted some very interesting places that give me ideas for future workshops!

In the meantime, I wanted to remind you about some of our upcoming workshop opportunities. I’ve pasted our workshop calendar through the first half of 2017 at the bottom of this post. I particularly want to call your attention to three upcoming workshops here in Berkeley, California: Advanced LAB Color Seminar (November 12); Black and White in San Francisco (weekend of November 19-20); and From iPhone to Art (weekend of January 28-29).

You can click on the links to learn more about the workshops, and to register (by RSVPing YES on Meetup after clicking through). Look forward to seeing you there for a creative and fun learning experience!

Dawn on Lake Como © Harold Davis

Dawn on Lake Como © Harold Davis

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Castel Saint Angelo (iPhone image) © Harold Davis

Castel Saint Angelo (iPhone image) © Harold Davis