Category Archives: Workshops

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

Pont Vieux, Albi

Set on massive brick pylons, the Pont Vieux in Albi, France spans the River Tarn. This bridge has been in continuous use for a millennium. I’ll be taking a select group of photographers to Albi and other destinations in the southwest of France and the Pyrénées-Orientales in May, 2018. Please consider joining us. Click here for more information.

Pont Vieux, Albi © Harold Davis

Also posted in France

Exploring Cathar Country and the Pyrenees-Orientales (April 28 – May 7, 2018)

A Photographic Journey with Harold Davis

What and Where: 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.

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.

The dates for this small-group tour  are April 28 to May 7, 2018. Click here for more information, and here for the Reservation Form. We’ve heard quite a bit of excitement about exploring Cathar Country and the Pyrénées-Orientales with Harold, so this group will fill quickly. Note that an early-bird discount applies until September 15, 2017.

Please consider joining me for the photographic adventure of a lifetime!

Flowers from My Garden; Off to Maine

I’m off to Maine tomorrow morning to teach flower photography in the coming week. With departure looming before me once again, of course I feel the need to take advantage of the glorious California summer, and to photograph some of the flowers from our garden. The two below started as seedlings from Annie’s—you can find some really unusual flowering plants at Annie’s so it is a great local resource for gardeners.

Eschscholzia californica ‘Purple Gleam’ on Black © Harold Davis

Eschscholzia californica ‘Purple Gleam’ © Harold Davis

Centaurea gymnocarpa ‘Velvet Centaurea’ © Harold Davis

Centaurea gymnocarpa ‘Velvet Centaurea’ on Black © Harold Davis

Also posted in Flowers, Photography

Days and Knights of Malta Photo Tour (Nov, 2018)

2018 Destination Photography Workshop with Harold Davis

We are proud to invite you to join us for a unique, new destination photography workshop to the island country of Malta. Malta, a member of the European Union, is located in the Mediterranean about sixty miles off Sicily. 

Because of its unique attributes, history, location, and size, Malta presents great photographic opportunities in a very manageable environment. We’ll walk the fabled cobble-stoned streets, stairs, and ramparts of Valletta with our cameras, explore locations known only to locals, and enjoy legendary Maltese hospitality. In the evening, when we’re not photographing sunset or the night sky, we’ll critique our photos and work on extending our range of photographic techniques.

The dates for this small-group tour  are November 3 to November 12, 2018. Click here for more information, and here for the Reservation FormWe’ve had a great deal of interest in Malta as a photographic destination, and expect this opportunity with very limited spaces to fill quickly. Note that an early-bird discount applies until November 1, 2017.

Please consider joining me for the photographic adventure of a lifetime!

Free PhotoPills Planning Session and Night Photography (Port of Oakland)

Rafael Pons, co-founder of PhotoPills, and I will co-lead a photography planning and night photography session in the Port of Oakland, California on Saturday September 30, 2017. Click here for more information and to sign up. The event is free, so what are you waiting for?

New Span of the Bay Bridge © Harold Davis

Flower Photography Workshop in Maine Coming Up Soon

Please consider joining me July 31 – August 5, 2017 at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine for a week of intensive flower photography—both on the light box and in the field. There’s nothing like a week of intensive photography at Maine Media on mid-coast Maine eating lobster with a group of fellow photographers, and eating, breathing, and living photography.

Some comments from participants in my recent flower photography workshop follow below, as well as a note on my workshop philosophy and the content of this specific workshop.

There are still a few spaces left in the Harold Davis Maine Media Workshop week of flower photography, but to avoid disappointment please consider registering right away (click here for more info and for registration). I don’t get to the east coast of the United States that often, and do not expect to be giving this workshop again anytime soon.

Flowers at School © Harold Davis

Here are what some participants in my recent flower photography 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… “

Mallow © Harold Davis

From my welcome 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 subject matter, and are really applicable to almost any kind of photography.

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

There are still a few spaces left in the Harold Davis Maine Media Workshop week of flower photography, but to avoid disappointment please consider registering right away (click here for more info and for registration).

Clematis and Poppies © Harold Davis

There are still a few spaces left in the Harold Davis Maine Media Workshop week of flower photography, but to avoid disappointment please consider registering right away (click here for more info and for registration).

Also posted in Flowers

2018 Photography Workshop to the Southwest of France with Harold Davis

Please consider coming with me and bringing your camera on an adventure to the “deep France” of the Lot River valley. The dates for our Destination Photography Workshop to the Romantic Southwest of France are April 19 (leave US April 18) – April 27, 2018. We will be hosted once again at the wonderful Mas de Garrigue near Calvignac. For more information, click here for the Prospectus, here for the detailed itinerary, and here for the Reservation Form.

This is a very small group, with a minimum size of six, and a maximum size of ten. There’s already been some enrollment. Early-bird discount ($500 off) expires August 15, 2017.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and hope to see you there!

Upcoming Flower Photography Workshops

We have two upcoming extended flower photography workshops this summer, one in Berkeley later this month, and one in Maine the first week of August:

Both workshops will be a great deal of fun, and cover my light box techniques as well as other topics (see the partial list below). If you are interested in my unique approaches, this is your chance: I do not expect to lead intensive flower photography workshops again for at least a year.

Flowering Dogwood & Friends © Harold Davis

Topics covered in each of these extended flower photography workshops will include:

  • Floral arrangement and composition
  • Botanical art in the digital era
  • Shooting florals in the field
  • Creative field techniques
  • Best practices in macro photography
  • Shooting flowers on a dark background
  • 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

Click here for current workshop offerings!

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis

Upcoming Flower Photography Workshop—A Few Spaces Available—Other Updates

We have only a few spaces open in my upcoming Flower Photography Intensive 4-Day Workshop here In Berkeley California coming next month, June 22-25, 2017. This will be a great time photographing flowers in the field, on the studio, on the light box, and exploring the ins-and-outs of my “special sauce” post-production techniques.

I have a version of this workshop I’ll be leading the first week in August at Maine Media Workshops but otherwise I will not be scheduling Flowers for Transparency again for a long while (at least in the United States), probably not until well into 2018 or 2019. So if my techniques interest you, please take advantage of these opportunities, strategically located on each of the two coasts!

Flower Tondo 1 Variation © Harold Davis

Flower Tondo 1 Variation © Harold Davis

Please also note three other scheduled workshops that still have openings:

Save the Dates: You may also be interested the continuation of my series of webinars for Topaz Labs, scheduled for Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 2PM. If you are a local photographer, I’d like to invite you to save Thursday November 9, 2017 for the opening of my exhibition at Shoh Gallery here in Berkeley, CA. As always, you can track what I am up to on my Works & Events page and in the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup!

My new book: The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook, has been receiving good reviews from readers and press such as Library Journal, Midwest Review, Popular Photography, and Rangefinder. Click here for my book on Amazon. For your reference, my Author Page on Amazon with info about many of my books and more is amazon.com/author/harold and, if you are interested, here is my biography as a photographer and writer on Wikipedia

Recent YouTube Videos: As part of the publicity for the book launch I recorded a number of live events, which you may be interested to view on YouTube:

Best wishes to all in photography and creativity!

Harold Davis

Golden Gate Splash © Harold Davis

Golden Gate Splash © Harold Davis

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Brantome (via iPhone) © Harold Davis

Also posted in Photography

Home is Best…with Flower Photography

As the saying goes, “You may travel east, you may travel west, but in your heart you know home is best!” In the past two months, I have traveled east (Vietnam), and I have traveled west (France and Malta)—although arguably since the earth is a globe every place is west of California. Or east.

In any case, it is good to be home, particularly when spring and the flowers are so much in bloom as they are in Berkeley, California. I was home in time for Katie Rose’s birthday, and am enjoying spending some time with Phyllis and the kids, and recharging my batteries.

Gladiolas and Campanulas © Harold Davis

In this image, the gladiolas are from Trader Joe’s and the bellflowers (campanulas) from our garden. I used seven exposures with my D810 and Zeiss Otus 55mm/1.4 on a tripod over a light box. The exposures were all at ISO 64 and f/16, and ranged from 1/30 of a second to 4 seconds. I combined the exposures in Photoshop, and added them to a scanned background, using techniques that I explain in my workshops.

Enthusiastic about flower photography? You might want to consider joining us here in Berkeley, Ca next month for a joyous flower photography time where I will share my secret sauce techniques for transparent flower photography and beyond (we still have a few spaces left)!

Also note that I will be teaching related flower photography techniques this year at Maine Media Workshops the first week in August.

Also posted in Flowers, Photography

Media Coverage; Workshop Opportunities; Way Station between Vietnam and Europe

I’m back this week from Vietnam for a few days to embrace my beloved family, do laundry, archive images—and get ready for the next adventure! On Monday I am off for France, where I’ll be leading a great group of photographers in the beautiful Dordogne countryside, and then next to Malta, where the Malta Photographic Society has invited me to give some lectures.

Bicycle Planter © Harold Davis

Bicycle Planter © Harold Davis

I’m excited by the media coverage of my new book, The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook. Prestigious publications such as Library Journal have reviewed my book positively, and so have many readers, as you’ll see on Amazon (it will likely come as no surprise to you that my readers are the more important to me!).

You may also be interested in the following recent YouTube videos related to me and my work:

Warding off Evil © Harold Davis

Warding off Evil © Harold Davis

Please keep in mind the following workshop opportunities that still have openings (click the links for more information, or to register!):

Upcoming Flowers Workshop Opening & Early-Bird Discounts Expiring

We have two spaces open in my upcoming Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop here In Berkeley California the coming weekend of March 12-13, 2017. I have a version of this workshop I’ll be leading the first week in August at Maine Media Workshops but otherwise I will not be scheduling it again for quite a while, probably not until well into 2018.

Flower Tondo 1 Variation © Harold Davis

Flower Tondo 1 Variation © Harold Davis

Also two workshops have early-bird discounts that are ending in one week (on March 10, 2017). If you are interested in these workshops, why not take advantage of the $50 advance registration discount? They are:

Golden Gate Splash © Harold Davis

Golden Gate Splash © Harold Davis

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Free Webinar, The Artistic Image: From Start to Finish

I’m giving a new, free webinar on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 2PM PT, sponsored by Topaz Labs. The webinar title is The Artistic Image: From Start to Finish.

This is going to be a little different than my previous sessions for Topaz. I’ve heard in the past that folks like my ideas, and they like my images. But they want to understand the details and all the steps of my workflow. So I am going to get down and dirty!

I’ll take a handful of images (as many as we have time for, and still have some time for Q&A), and process these images in real time from RAW file(s) to finished art. Beware: You may not like what see! Sometimes it’s better to not know the details (politics and sausage-making come to mind). Your workflow may never be the same!

This is a free webinar sponsored by Topaz Labs. However, preregistration is required. My webinar is scheduled for February 28, 2017 at 2PM Pacific Time. Click here to register for this free webinar.

Tuscan Road © Harold Davis

Tuscan Road © Harold Davis

Here’s the official webinar description: In this advanced webinar, renowned photographer and author Harold Davis will start with his RAW files, and show step-by-step how he creates his artistic images. This is a unique, behind the scenes look at how Harold accomplishes his acclaimed results, with Photoshop workflow and the application of plugins such as Topaz explained in detail. You are welcome to ask questions as Harold demonstrates each step, and also there will time for Q&A at the end of the webinar.

Harold Davis is the author of nineteen 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.

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

Advanced LAB Color Seminar (September 23, 2017)

By popular request—a repeat of Harold’s unique Advanced LAB Color Seminar! Click here for details and registration!

Trio of Flowers via a LAB Inversion © Harold Davis

Trio of Flowers via a LAB Inversion © Harold Davis

As one participant in the last LAB Color Seminar wrote, “I want to thank you so much for your help in discovering the power of the L-channel and LAB color generally.”

This full-day intensive post-production workshop is specifically intended to explore the creative possibilities inherent in the LAB color space within Photoshop.  Learn about the glories of creative LAB color from one of its foremost and most creative practitioners!

Tulip Mandala on Black © Harold Davis

Tulip Mandala on Black © Harold Davis

Understanding the creative use of LAB color in Photoshop unlocks a vast treasure trove of under-utilized and under-explored possibilities. Truly one of the secrets of spectacular color in Photoshop, if you know how to work creatively with LAB color you will far ahead of the game in terms of getting the results you want from Photoshop.

This workshop explains the structure of LAB color, and demonstrates inversions and LAB equalizations for both image optimization and creative fun. You will learn how to combine Blending Modes with LAB equalizations for an unlimited and powerful palette.

Not a Rose Garden © Harold Davis

Not a Rose Garden © Harold Davis

This is information you will learn nowhere else. There will be ample time to experiment with adding LAB effects to your own work, with Harold’s guidance and feedback.

Harold says, “When I discovered LAB color, and how to use what has been called ‘the most powerful color space,’ I knew I was on to one of the great secrets of Photoshop.”

Click here for details and registration!

Repeating Flower Pattern LAB 2 © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern LAB 2 © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern LAB 1 © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern LAB 1 © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern © Harold Davis

Repeating Flower Pattern © Harold Davis