Category Archives: Workshops

Free Live Webinar: A Creative Palette of Possibilities Using Topaz presented by Harold Davis

When: Tuesday, September 25 2018 at 2PM PDT.

Where: At your computer, anywhere!

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5500202857890891778 ***The webinar is free, but registration is required. Early registration is strongly suggested!

What: In this all-new webinar, Harold Davis demonstrates how he uses Topaz Studio, Glow, Adjust, Simplify, Impression, and Texture Effects as a creative palette of possibilities for taking his work to the next level.

Harold will show his favorite effects within each of these Topaz Photoshop plugins, and demonstrate how he combines the use of the Topaz software with the use of Photoshop layers, masking, and blending modes for pinpoint control and enhanced creativity.

Harold notes that he is “often asked by clients to make very large prints. While I am working with high-resolution RAW files, I still need to enlarge these for good results. With the release of Topaz A.I. Gigapixel, I have a new and excellent tool for my resizing needs.” This webinar will conclude with an overview demo of how Harold includes A.I. Gigapixel in his printmaking workflow.

There will be time following the presentation for Q&A, so please attend with your questions in mind.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is an internationally recognized digital artist and photographer, the bestselling author of many books about photography, and a notable photographic educator and workshop leader. He is a Moab Master and a Zeiss Ambassador. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

Be sure to stick around after the webinar for a short Q/A and to see if you’re one of the 2 winners of the Topaz Studio Gro Pro Adjustment Bundles that we’ll be giving away.

Visit Paris in the Spring with a small group of Photographers

Visit Paris in the Spring with Harold Davis and a small group of photographers. Click here for more information. Features after-hours artist access to Monet’s delicious gardens at Giverny!

Announcing a new session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency—June 22-23, 2019

We’re pleased to announce by popular demand a new session of Harold’s acclaimed Photographing Flowers for Transparency weekend workshop, to be held in Berkeley, CA Saturday and Sunday June 22 and 23, 2019. Enrollment is limited. Registration is now open on a first-come-first-served basis.

Click here for more information about this workshop, here for the Photographing Flowers for Transparency FAQ, and here for Harold’s upcoming event, workshop, and destination photo tour schedule. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

The Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop is a great deal of fun, and covers Harold’s light box techniques as well as related topics (see the partial list below). If you are interested in Harold’s unique approaches, this is the best way to learn. Each participant will produce their own fully processed images following Harold’s lectures and demonstrations, and with Harold’s personal hands-on supervision.

Flowering Dogwood & Friends © Harold Davis

Topics covered in the Photographing Flowers for Transparency Workshop include:

  • Floral arrangement and composition
  • Botanical art in the digital era
  • 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

Flowers at School © Harold Davis

Here are what some participants in Harold’s recent Photographing Flowers for Transparency 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… “

Floral Composition © Harold Davis

From Harold’s introductory 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 floral subject matter, and are really applicable to many kinds of photography.

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

Click here for more information about this workshop, here for the Photographing Flowers for Transparency FAQ, and here for Harold’s upcoming event, workshop, and destination photo tour schedule. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis

Photoshop: Backgrounds and Textures with Harold Davis Now Live!

I am very pleased and excited that my online course Photoshop: Backgrounds and Textures is now live.

Click here to view my course on LinkedIn Learning and here to view my course on Lynda.com. There is a free preview. The full course is behind the paywall, but note that a free trial subscription is available for one month.

The description of my course follows below the image! Please let me know what you think.

Poem of the Road © Harold Davis

Poem of the Road © Harold Davis

Course Description:
Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Learn how to transform relatively straightforward photographs into distinctive visual art, using Photoshop backgrounds and textures.

In this course, photographer and digital darkroom expert Harold Davis walks through the technical specifics of adding backgrounds and textures to your Photoshop compositions, and provides the inspiration and resources you need to get fantastic results.

Learn how to provide context and “frames” with backgrounds, and use textures as nondestructive overlays to enhance the look and feel of your images. Harold shows how to use scans and photos of found objects as the basis for custom textures, and even license textures from commercial libraries.

Plus, discover a post-production workflow for the iPhone that maximizes your flexibility, mobility, and creativity, and explore four iOS apps that Harold recommends for iPhone photography.

Topics Include:

  • Using blending modes, masks, and selections to build backgrounds
  • Creating and sourcing backgrounds
  • Creating effects with textures
  • Adding textures to portraits and landscapes
  • Licensing textures
  • Creating texture-based effects on the iPhone

Duration: 2h 18m

Click here to view my course on LinkedIn Learning and here to view my course on Lynda.com. There is a free preview. The full course is behind the paywall, but note that a free trial subscription is available for one month.

The Art of Photographing Flowers for Transparency: Harold Davis at B&H in New York (Aug 13, 2018)

I’ll be presenting The Art of Photographing Flowers for Transparency on Monday August 13, 2018 at the B&H Photo Event Space, 420 Ninth Avenue, in New York City from 1-3 PM. The event is free, but space is limited, so pre-registration is strongly suggested. Click here for information and registration for the live event, or to view it live-streamed.

Poppies and Mallows on White © Harold Davis

Event Description: According to Popular Photography, Harold Davis’s botanical images “have a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual.” Harold Davis is a renowned photographer, an internationally-known digital artist, a workshop leader, and a bestselling author of numerous books about photography. His upcoming title is The Art of Photographing Flowers for Transparency. He has been honored as a Zeiss Lens Ambassador and a Moab Master. His high-key photographs of flowers on a light box are widely imitated, but seldom equaled.

Poppies Dancing Inversion © Harold Davis

In this presentation, Harold will show examples of how he arranges and lights his flowers for photography. He’ll explain the secrets of high-key HDR photography, and show how his images are combined using post-production techniques. Tools, techniques, and the craft of light box photography will be demystified. Harold will explain inverting his light box images using LAB color, so they can be easily presented on a black background, and will discuss botanical printmaking, including how he makes his sought-after washi prints.

There will be a Q&A session following the talk. Click here for information and registration for the live event, or to register to view it live-streamed.

Bouquet of Neighborhood Flowers © Harold Davis

Click here for information and registration for the live event, or to register to view it live-streamed.

Also posted in Flowers

2018 Photographing Flowers for Transparency Workshop

This was a great Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop this weekend, with nice folks who are creative photographers coming from many places around the world. I hope they get safely home with creative ideas for extending their practice of floral photography

I’m looking forward to teaching this again in 2019, and to finishing my book on the subject

I used the image of a Papaver Rhoeas (corn poppy) shown here live in the workshop to demonstrate high-key layer processing!

Single Poppy © Harold Davis

Visit Paris in the Spring with a small group of Photographers

Visit Paris in the Spring with a small group of photographers. Early-bird discount applies. Click here for more information.

Also posted in Photography

Visit Paris in the Spring with a small group of Photographers

© Harold Davis

Visit Paris in the Spring with a small group of photographers. Early-bird discount applies. Click here for more information.

Detailed Malta Day-by-Day Itinerary; Workshop Opportunities

We’re delighted to have available the detailed itinerary for our November 2018 Destination Photography Workshop to Malta (as a PDF download). Making this visit especially timely: Valletta, Malta will be hosting the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018! This destination photography workshop includes many extras such as a Heritage Malta pass to most Maltese attractions for each participant. Click here for the detailed day-by-day itinerary (PDF) and here for the Reservation Form.

Other workshop notes: 

Long Exposure Wave Study 2 © Harold Davis

Night and Low Light Photography in Heidelberg, Germany (August 2018)

I am pleased to announce the opening for registration of my Night & Low Light Photography workshop in Heidelberg, Germany! The dates are August 19-20, 2018. Click here for the registration link and info (it is in German but you can read a translation here); don’t worry, I will be teaching in English! Please consider exploring Heidelberg with me. You can check out some of my night and low light images by clicking here.

How Long Must Eye Wait? © Harold Davis

Workshop Overview: This two-day workshop includes field photography in several locations and covers the theory and practice of night and low light photography. There is great joy in learning more about what Vincent van Gogh termed “the colors of the night.” In addition, and perhaps more important, low light photography techniques cut across a wide gamut of photographic genres. Becoming comfortable with these techniques will enhance the arsenal of photographers at any level of sophistication.

The workshop will feature many of the field and processing techniques shown in Harold’s books Creative Night Photography and The Photoshop Darkroom.

Click here for the registration link and info.

Black and White Photography in Heidelberg, Germany (August 2018)

I am pleased to announce the opening for registration of my Black & White Photography workshop in Heidelberg, Germany! The dates are August 17-18, 2018. Click here for the registration link and info (it is in German but you can read a translation here); don’t worry, I will be teaching in English! Please consider exploring Heidelberg with me (here are some of my images and stories from previous visits to Heidelberg)!

Nautilus in Black & White

Nautilus in Black & White © Harold Davis

Workshop Overview: Master Photographer Harold Davis will guide participants in all aspects of modern monochromatic digital photography and processing. Workshop participants will take advantage of several Heidelberg locations, with field destinations to be determined depending on weather and group predilections. 

Classroom sessions will discussion vision, craft, and technical issues related to modern monochromatic practice.

Click here for the registration link and info.

Days and Knights of Malta Destination Photo Workshop November 2018

Please consider joining us for an exciting destination photo workshop to Valletta, the capital of the island country of Malta, and the Maltese island Gozo, thought to be Calypso’s island from the classical Odyssey. The dates are November 3-12, 2018. Making this visit especially timely, Valletta, Malta will be hosting the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018! Click here for more information, and here for the Reservation Form.

At the cross-roads of history and central to the Mediterranean, Malta is a romantic and uniquely situated island countryMalta boasts some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world, numerous incredible fortifications, and a capital (Valletta) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety

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.

Excursions will include:

  • A sunset harbor cruise of Valletta and the surrounding areas
  • Special boat tour of the Blue Grotto designed for us to allow for photography
  • The fabulous fishing harbor at Marsaxlokk
  • A sunset visit to the citadel at Mdina
  • Tour of the world-famous neolithic sites with a local archaeology expert

Besides our time on the main island of Malta, we’ll also travel by private bus and the ferry to the island of Gozo, where we will spend two nights. Gozo is likely the island famed in antiquity called Ogygia, where Calypso lived. Limerick poet extraordinaire Edward Lear described its coastal scenery as “ponskizillious and gromphiberous, being as no other words can describe its magnificence.” On Gozo, we will visit sea cliffs, salt pans, small villages, churches, and beaches.

Click here for more information, and here for the Reservation Form.

Valletta © Harold Davis

Garden Photography – Capturing the Great Gardens of Maine

Dahlia Mandala © Harold Davis

This year, I’ll be teaching a week long course in garden photography at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. The dates are August 5-11, 2018. Click here for a full workshop description, and for registration. Please consider joining me for a glorious week of photographing gardens and flowers!

Giverny © Harold Davis

The agenda of this workshop includes plentiful field sessions in a variety of kinds of gardens accessible to Maine Media in Rockport. August is a great time of year for flowers in bloom along the Maine coast! Classroom sessions will focus on specific areas of technique, and also the theory and practice of garden design in the context of photography, as well as working with individual participants to develop a cohesive and personal body of work. Click here for a full workshop description, and for registration.

Salutation to the Sun © Harold Davis

Dark of the Moon Night Photography Workshop September 7-10, 2018

Limited space is still available for the Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra with Harold Davis and Steven Christenson. September 7-10, 2018. Meets in Lone Pine, CA. Space is limited. Registration and more info: https://www.meetup.com/Harold-Davis/events/244904313/

Click here to see some work from last year’s participants. Please consider joining us for a great time in the dark!

More info and registration via Meetup (limited space available).

Registration is now open: Dark of the Moon Night Photography

Registration is now open for Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierra with Harold Davis and Steven Christenson. September 7-10, 2018. Meets in Lone Pine, CA. Space is limited. Registration: https://www.meetup.com/Harold-Davis/events/244904313/

More info and registration via Meetup (enrollment is now open, but space is very limited!).