Category Archives: Workshops

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

Updates: Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra

Saline Valley Star Circles © Harold Davis

Saline Valley Star Circles © Harold Davis

This workshop is now scheduled for Friday October 20, 2017 to Monday October 23, 2017. We will meet in Lone Pine, California. Click here for information and registration. Please note the following updates:

  • Tuition is $675 until March 10; it is $725 thereafter.
  • Attendance is extremely limited, to 12 participants, so each photographer will get individual attention from Harold and his team. This workshop is filling up, with only four places left!
  • We are pleased to have reserved rooms in Lone Pine at the hotel where the workshop classes will be held. These rooms are available at a discounted rate. While you are free to stay where you’d like, we recommend you take advantage of this offer. Details will be sent upon registration.
  • The Orionid meteor shower is strongest towards the end of October. This is the meteor shower formed by the debris from Haley’s comet. In 2016, the strongest portion of the Orionid shower occurred during bright phases of the moon. In 2017 at this workshop, we may have the chance to photograph the Orionids in their full glory—which means 10 to 20 meteors per hour on a dark-of-the-moon night!

Click here for information and registration.

Ancient Music of the Stars © Harold Davis

Ancient Music of the Stars © Harold Davis

Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra

Three nights; arriving Friday, October 20, 2017 and departing Monday, October 23, 2017

***Some participants may choose to arrive late and/or depart early, if necessary for work-related reasons.

Where: Locations in and around Lone Pine, CA (details provided to registrants closer to the date of the workshop)

Group size: Limited to 12 participants.

Tuition: $675 until March 10, 2017; $725 thereafter.

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Join award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of the bestselling Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), for a once in a lifetime adventure practicing night photography in the rugged and beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. 

The workshop is timed to coincide with the low-light phases of the moon to maximize the possibilities of combining star circle photography with imagery of the incredible landscape. Harold and his associates will help with the technical aspects of field night photography, and post-production of night imagery.

The workshop will be based in Lone Pine, California (please contact us for a recommended list of hotels in Lone Pine). Our primary field location will be the fantastic Alabama Hills, located only a few miles from Lone Pine. Note that lodging, meals, and transportation are not included in the workshop tuition.

During the day, we will take advantage of the unique workshop location for photography. Several photographic field sessions will explore the waterfalls below Mount Whitney and the rugged country to the east of Lone Pine. Side trips to Manazar and the Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains are also a possibility, depending on group inclinations and weather conditions. 

Sunrise photography on Saturday and Sunday is also a possibility, depending on conditions and group desires.

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Classroom demonstrations will cover use of an intervalometer (interval timer), minimizing noise in long exposures, safety at night, post-processing night photos, and much more.

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Owens River Valley © Harold Davis

Owens River Valley © Harold Davis

We will take advantage of the wonderful photographic possibilities presented by the Alabama Hills themselves in their location below the high crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the heart of the marvelous Owens Valley!

Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

 

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

iPhone images from the iPhonegraphy Workshop

The enthusiastic group of iPhoneographers at the workshop this weekend helped make it a great deal of fun. Here are a few of the images I created during workshop field sessions, and processed using my iPhone during the workshop as part of in-class app demonstrations.

Tracks © Harold Davis

Tracks © Harold Davis

The image (above) of the railroad tracks that cut between Berkeley and the I80 corridor (and the San Francisco Bay) was processed in the MobileMonet app.

The image (below) of the snake at Berkeley’s Vivarium was processed in Waterlogue. I then blended the original (the upper part) with the Waterlogue version (the lower part) using a layer mask and the gradient tool in Leonardo. The image was finished using Snapseed, by adding a black border with rounded corners.

Snake © Harold Davis

Snake © Harold Davis

I don’t really remember how I did the raccoon image below. The original photo was of a painting on the side of a truck. I am pretty sure Plastic Bullet, Lo-Mob, and Prisma were involved. As one of the workshop participants pointed out, someone really should write an app that helps people keep track of their iPhone post-production workflow, the apps used and the settings within each app. Writing these recipes down the old-fashioned way with pen and paper seems so, well, old-fashioned!

Raccoon Face © Harold Davis

Raccoon Face © Harold Davis

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Dark of the Moon Night Photography Workshop in the Eastern Sierras (Oct 2017)

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra

Three nights; arriving Friday, October 20, 2017 and departing Monday, October 23, 2017

***Some participants may choose to arrive late and/or depart early, if necessary for work-related reasons.

Where: Locations in and around Lone Pine, CA (details provided to registrants closer to the date of the workshop)

Group size: Limited to 12 participants.

Tuition: $675 until March 10, 2017; $725 thereafter.

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Join award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of the bestselling Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), for a once in a lifetime adventure practicing night photography in the rugged and beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. 

The workshop is timed to coincide with the low-light phases of the moon to maximize the possibilities of combining star circle photography with imagery of the incredible landscape. Harold and his associates will help with the technical aspects of field night photography, and post-production of night imagery.

The workshop will be based in Lone Pine, California (please contact us for a recommended list of hotels in Lone Pine). Our primary field location will be the fantastic Alabama Hills, located only a few miles from Lone Pine. Note that lodging, meals, and transportation are not included in the workshop tuition.

During the day, we will take advantage of the unique workshop location for photography. Several photographic field sessions will explore the waterfalls below Mount Whitney and the rugged country to the east of Lone Pine. Side trips to Manazar and the Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains are also a possibility, depending on group inclinations and weather conditions. Sunrise photography on Saturday and Sunday is also a possibility, depending on conditions and group desires.

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Stars My Destination © Harold Davis

Classroom demonstrations will cover use of an intervalometer (interval timer), minimizing noise in long exposures, safety at night, post-processing night photos, and much more.

Curriculum

Friday, October 20, 2017:

4PM Meet in Lone Pine
4-5PM    Orientation, night safety, night photography overview
6PM Carpool to locations in Alabama Hills, Sunset & night photography

Saturday, October 21, 2017

possible early morning shoot

9-10AM Breakfast

10-12:00 Classroom: Night Photo presentation, previous night’s shoot, interval shooting
12:00-12:45PM Lunch
1PM-3:00PM Field session (Whitney Portal, or to be determined)
3:00-5:00PM Free time
5PM Early dinner
6:00 PM Night photography.
Sunday, October 22, 2017

possible early morning shoot

9-10AM Breakfast
10-12:00 Image review, night planning tools
12:00-12:45PM Lunch
1:00-5:00 Field session, location tbd
5:30-6:30PM Dinner
7PM – 11PM Night photography, stars and light painting

Monday, October 23, 2017

possible early morning shoot

8:00-9:00AM Breakfast
9:00-10:30AM Image review and Workshop wrap-up

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Ladyboot Arch © Harold Davis

Registration: Click here to register via Meetup.com or contact us for direct registration. It’s free to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup, and members can register with a YES RSVP.

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

Sunrise, Alabama Hills © Harold Davis

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This coming weekend on the camera you always have with you

Please consider joining us for an extraordinary weekend of creative photographic play!

 Registration: Click here for registration.

Fetish © Harold Davis

Fetish © Harold Davis

We are going to have some serious fun!

 Registration: Click here for registration.

Rainy Night © Harold Davis

Rainy Night © Harold Davis

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

Also posted in Flowers

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