Category Archives: Workshops

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

Also posted in Flowers

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

2016

2017

Castel Saint Angelo (iPhone image) © Harold Davis

Castel Saint Angelo (iPhone image) © Harold Davis

Visit the southwest of France with a small group of compatible photographers

Harold Davis - 2017 Destination photo workshop to southwestern France

Explore the romantic Bordeaux wine region of France with master photographer Harold Davis. Stop at tiny medieval villages to photograph ancient buildings and visit one of the world’s centers of viticulture at Saint Emilion. Enjoy the fine wines and fabulous cuisine of southwestern France as you travel with Harold Davis on this nine day photo adventure (April 22-30, 2017)! Photograph the wonders of Bordeaux, Perigord, and the Dordogne with Harold as your photographic guide along the way.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the southwest of France with a small group of compatible photographers, then this is the time! To find out more about this photographic adventure, click here. There is very limited space availability. To reserve one of the last remaining spots, please send us an email right away, and click here for the Trip Reservation Form. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Bend in the River - Dordogne © Harold Davis

Bend in the River – Dordogne © Harold Davis

Click here for Harold’s calendar of Workshops & Events.

Window on the Ancient Abbey © Harold Davis

Window on the Ancient Abbey © Harold Davis

Upcoming Harold Davis Workshops

I’m taking a break from leading workshops, teaching, writing books, and making prints in October to recharge my batteries, and to photograph in some very special Italian locations in conjunction with some of my European photography students who have become friends over the years. One of the purposes of my trip is to scout locations in the Dolomites and the lake district of Lombardy that might become a future base for workshops. I’ll also be photographing in Tuscany, and in Rome.

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

Clematis on Black © Harold Davis

Please consider signing up for one of my post-October workshops now, as places do go quickly. I pride myself on giving individual attention to each participant, and many of my workshops provide unique information that cannot be learned anywhere else—in some cases because I am the inventor of the workflows, processes, and techniques involved.

Nautilus by Harold Davis

Nautilus © Harold Davis

You’ll find my calendar for the remainder of 2016 and the first half of 2017 below. First let me tell you a little more about some of these workshop opportunities!

We are very excited about 9781580934787two of our workshops scheduled for November, 2016. The first is Advanced LAB Color Seminar on Saturday November 12, intended for those with some Photoshop already under their belt who want to learn about the stunning creative possibilities inherent in LAB, the weirdest color space. There is no one else who teaches this material, and it is incredibly powerful!

Black & White in San Francisco, the weekend of November 19-20, is one part field photography, and one part classroom instruction in creative black and white post-production. I’ll be demonstrating some of the techniques explained and developed for my new book, The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos from Monacelli Press.

Planet of the Succulents © Harold Davis

Planet of the Succulents © Harold Davis

December, 2016 brings a Photographing Waves Workshop on Point Reyes under the auspices of Point Reyes Field Seminars. It is my seventh consecutive year leading this interesting workshop that teaches how to use shutter speed in the classroom and field in conjunction with the motion of the great Pacific waves themselves.

I’ll also be leading a session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency here in Berkeley in December. While this session is fully enrolled, if you are interested, the March 2017 session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency is just starting to fill up, and there are still ample places.

 

 

Tulip Pano © Harold Davis

Tulip Pano © Harold Davis

If flower photography interests you, please keep in mind the Photographing Flowers Masterclass scheduled for June, 2017. Note that admission is by portfolio review, and that attendance at a session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency (or comparable experience and skill) is a perquisite.

Finally, please note that the early-bird discount for the January session of From iPhone to Art ends shortly, at the end of this month.

San Francisco Moonrise © Harold Davis

San Francisco Moonrise © Harold Davis


2016

Garden Party Black © Harold Davis

Garden Party Black © Harold Davis

2017

Cordes sur Ciel at Dawn © Harold Davis

Cordes sur Ciel at Dawn © Harold Davis

From iPhone to Art Weekend Workshop—Early Registration Discount Ends Soon

The early-bird registration discount for our weekend workshop From iPhone to Art: The Art of IPhoneography ends soon (on September 30, 2016). We still have some space left in this workshop. If you were considering registering, why not take advantage of this discount, and avoid the risk of being closed out. Full workshop details follow. Registration: Click here for registration.

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From iPhone to ART: The Art of iPhoneography

A Two-Day Weekend Workshop with Harold Davis, Saturday January 28 – Sunday January 29, 2017

Tuition: $645 until September 30, 2016 (early-bird special); $695 thereafter.

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. 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.

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.

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 Workshops

  • “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

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

Last few days to enroll for Get Your Camera Off Auto; November Workshops

I’ll be leading a session of Get Your Camera Off Auto here in Berkeley, California this Saturday—so there are only a few days left to enroll. This is the perfect workshop if you are new to photography and want to get the concepts and controls on your camera right in the first place, or if you are a more experienced photographer wanting a refresher in the core creative photographic ideas. The session is currently a little light on enrollment—which is good for you to get the maximum individual attention. I do not plan to schedule another session of Get Your Camera Off Auto until the autumn of next year at the earliest.9781580934787

Please also note two workshops scheduled for November: Advanced LAB Color Seminar on Saturday November 12, intended for those with some Photoshop already under their belt who want to learn about the stunning creative possibilities inherent in LAB, the weirdest color space; and Black & White in San Francisco, the weekend of November 19-20.

Black & White in San Francisco is one part field photography, and one part classroom instruction in creative black and white post-production. I’ll be demonstrating some of the techniques explained and developed for my new book, The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos from Monacelli Press.

Also note my free webinar coming up on Tuesday September 20 sponsored by Topaz Labs, A Touch of Art with Harold Davis and Topaz.


Full Day Workshop: Get Your Camera Off Automatic with Harold Davis

Have you always wanted to take fantastic photos, but somehow they never seem to come out as well as you see them in your mind’s eye?

By leaving their camera in one of the programmed automatic modes many photographers fail to realize their full creative potential. At the same time, if you don’t shoot manually you won’t learn the basic concepts of photography. In this intensive one-day workshop you will learn all you need to know to successfully support your creative vision by using your camera to its full potential.

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Cordes-sur-Ciel at Sunrise © Harold Davis

Besides presentations from award-winning master photographer Harold Davis, this workshop uses hands-on exercises to “cement-in” the concepts you will learn.

Where: MIG Meeting Place, 800 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

When: September 17, 2016, 9:45AM

Tuition: $99 per person.

What to bring: Your camera, camera manual, tripod (if you have one), and a sense of fun and wonder!

Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

So please bring your camera, camera manual, and tripod (if you have one).

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

Who is this workshop for?
If you’ve been enjoying shooting digital photos, but don’t really understand the underlying photographic concepts or what the camera settings do this workshop is a fun way to get quickly up to speed.

Perhaps you are used to shooting film and want to get up to speed on the concepts of digital photography. Then this intensive “Digital Photography 101” workshop may be for you.

Intermediate digital photographers may also be interested in this workshop as an easy way to help them reinforce and remember what they’ve previously learned.

Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

Manarola Painting © Harold Davis

Manarola © Harold Davis

Curriculum

9:45AM – Workshop orientation
10:00 – Fundamental concepts: Exposure, the exposure triangle, aperture, f-stops, shutter speed, sensitivity (ISO), sensor size, focal length, focus
11:00 – Setting your camera using the basic concepts
11:30 – Camera Clinic – first session
12:00 – Hands-on exercises
1:00 – Lunch break
1:45PM – Exercise review and concept refresher
2:30 – From camera to computer and digital post-production
3:30 – Hands-on exercises
4:30 – Review, wrap-up, and Q&A
5:30 – Camera Clinic – second session

Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

What past participants have said about this workshop:

“It was a great day filled with both opportunities to practice and many words of wisdom from Harold.”

“This was a most informative and interesting workshop. It covered the things I wanted to learn about, and I left satisfied. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good basic class.”

“Great workshop! Learned a lot! Also appreciate the effort that went into putting the class together – the small conveniences like water, snack, handouts, and a nice meeting space made it easier to get through the day without being overwhelmed. Highly recommended.”

Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

In a Blue Hour © Harold Davis

In a Blue Hour © Harold Davis

 

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Registration: Click here for information and registration on Meetup!

When Flowers Talk © Harold Davis

When Flowers Talk © Harold Davis

From iPhone to ART: A weekend iPhonegraphy workshop with Harold Davis

From iPhone to ART: The Art of iPhoneography

A Two-Day Weekend Workshop with Harold Davis, Saturday January 28 – Sunday January 29, 2017

Tuition: $645 until September 30, 2016 (early-bird special); $695 thereafter.

Registration: Click here for registration

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!”

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.

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

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

Pre-order Photographer’s Black and White Handbook

Please consider pre-ordering my new book from The Monacelli Press. My book is The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos. It’s also available for pre-order on Amazon. We have been working extremely hard on this book, with much thought, photography, and experimental monochromatic processing over the past several years, and it is truly exciting for me as it gets published!

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Book description: You’ll find inspiration, ideas, techniques, and tools to use in your black and white photography, along with a soup-to-nuts workflow to take you from black and white pre-visualization through capture and post-production. Along the way you will lean over Harold’s shoulder as he travels to exciting photo destinations and creates stunning black and white imagery, explaining his creative and technical processes as he goes.

Photograph in Black & White with me: If you are interested in black & white, why not consider Black & White in San Francisco: A Weekend Workshop with Harold Davis? The dates of this workshop are Nov 19-20, 2016.

Where could be more fun to photograph in black and white than the southwest of France? If this intrigues you, please check out our April, 2017 guided destination photography workshop to rural France. Click here for the Prospectus, and here for the Reservation form.

If not now, when?

Harold Davis - 2017 Destination photo workshop to southwestern France

Related stories: Explore Bordeaux, Perigord, and the Dorodgne with Harold Davis; Handsome Gargoyle Devil and the Pinhole Effect; Black & White in San Francisco; Rooftops of Paris—Split-Toned VersionTraveling France with Harold (PDF download).

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Spring 2017 Destination Photo Workshop to France: early-bird discount ends soon

We have only a few spaces left in our exclusive small-group destination photo workshop to southwestern France April 22-30, 2017. $500 early-registration discount ends August 31. What are you waiting for? Click here for the Prospectus, and here for the Reservation form.

Harold Davis - 2017 Destination photo workshop to southwestern France

Explore Bordeaux, Perigord, and the Dordogne with Harold Davis (April 22-30, 2017)

I’m off to Maine to teach photography and eat lobster—before I leave I want to let you know about my newly-listed destination photography workshop to the romantic kingdom of old Aquitaine in the southwest of France. We will explore Bordeaux, Perigord, and the Dordogne, and be based in an old mill that has been converted to a 4-star hotel on the banks of La Dronne river in Brantome, a small village that has been called the “Venice of the Dordogne.”   Set amid gardens with the river running nearby, and only a short walk to the bridges and restaurants of Brantome, Le Moulin de l’Abbaye combines old and new (it was renovated around a structure that dates back to the 1600s) and is an ideal place for photography.

The dates for this photography adventure are April 22-30, 2017. This an exclusive, very small photography tour that is filling up quickly with only a very few places left. Please let us know right away if you’d like to come. An early-registration discount applies until August 31, 2016. Click here for the Prospectus with additional details and the reservation form.

Confluence of Two Rivers © Harold Davis

Confluence of Two Rivers (Dordogne & Vezere) © Harold Davis

More about Brantome, France where the workshop will be based: Brantome, on the northern edge of the Dordogne is an ancient village on an important branch of the Chemin de Saint Jacques pilgrimage trail. This is a region of beautiful rivers and valleys, stark cliffs with ancient clinging villages, sacred pilgrimage routes, stone bridges, churches that date from the era of the crusaders, beautiful flowering gardens, and much more.

Set in a loop in the Dronne River, and sometimes known as the Venice of the Dordogne, Brantome has a nice mix of medieval and renaissance architecture. Besides the architecture to admire, the setting with the encircling river and the steep wooded slopes around the town add to its attraction. The river is calm and gentle at this point, covered with lilies, and sheltered by weeping willows. It is very pleasant to stroll along the edge of the river and through the river-side gardens. The town is classified as one of ‘les Plux Beaux Detours’ in France.

Click here for the Prospectus with additional details and the reservation form.