Category Archives: Workshops

Composition & Photography Workshop at Maine Media

Please consider joining me at Maine Media Workshops on mid-coast Maine in September as autumn has begun for a 5-day photography workshop. The dates are September 12, 2022 – September 16, 2022.

In this hands-on workshop we will approach composition as an instance of open-ended two-dimensional design. Photographic exercises will start with simple shapes, such as lines and circles, and proceed through patterns and repetitions, and onwards to spirals, fractals, and abstractions.

Field sessions will take advantage of the “target-rich” mid-coast Maine scenery. Classroom discussions will be intended to provoke thought about composition basics and continuing to enable individual integration of the process of composition into each participant’s creative practice.

Click here for more information and registration!

 

Tulip Pano © Harold Davis

Photographing Flowers for Transparency weekend workshop

We’ll be holding a full weekend Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop Saturday August 6 – Sunday August 7, 2022 here on the east side of the San Francisco Bay.  This is a complete soup-to-nuts photography and digital post-production workshop. This workshop will not be on my 2023 workshop schedule for the Bay area, and there are a few spaces left—so if you are interested in flower photography, or in light box photography, please consider joining our small group for a great weekend of fun in a flower-filled studio!

Click here for more info and the complete curriculum

Some Fine Poppies © Harold Davis

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Photograph on the Old Nakasendo Trail in Japan

Where will this path lead us? The town of Magome hugs the side of the mountain, and the Nakasendo Trail here is lined by inns, wood crafters, and small eating establishments. What waits beyond? The ancient signboards at the top of the town warn travelers the rules of travel with an admonishment to be on your best behavior in town. Now, as you head out of Magome, your journey really begins – views over mountain peaks give way to the ancient Nakasendo as it winds behind farmhouses and small shrines lovingly tended by their neighbours. You pass waterfalls, and stands of bamboo and you walk a section of old paving stones. The path is wide like a smile, welcoming you into the woods.Will you have long conversations with your friends, perhaps new, perhaps old? Will you listen as the cicadas or the crickets or the frogs sing to you?—Oku Japan

Step into the fabled Japan of myth and legend. Journey back in time to a Japan that few westerners are familiar with. Join a small group of compatible photographers led by Harold Davis and a professional guide for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Our in-country partner is the very well-regarded off-the-beaten track Japan travel specialist, Oku Japan.

Please consider joining us now that Japan is opening and our October 16-26, 2022 trip seems reasonably definite. We have a nice group ready to go, but there are a few spaces left. Please call or drop us an email right away if you are interested. This is a unique opportunity, and we will be privileged to make this journey.

Starting in Tokyo, we will end in Kyoto. Travel is by gentle trail (with luggage transport), train, and where appropriate private vehicle. We meet at our hotel in Tokyo, Japan. After exploring the new and old sides of Tokyo, we’ll travel back in time through the Japanese Alps via the ancient Nakasendo way. We’ll visit well-preserved villages in the Kiso Valley, Matsumoto Castle, the castle town of Takayama, and the World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go. Following a stop in the culturally important city of Kanazawa, we will wrap up the destination photo workshop with a dreamlike visit to the gardens and temples of Kyoto, where the tour will end.

Click here for more information, here for the detailed day-by-day trip itinerary (“Prospectus”) and here for the Reservation Form.

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Upcoming Workshop News from Harold Davis

Dear Photographers and Fellow Travelers: We’re very excited that the 2022 live-and-in-person Photographing Flowers for Transparency weekend workshop, here in Berkeley, California in August, is gaining momentum. There are still some places left. Click here for more information and registration.

Waving the Lobelia © Harold Davis

It is looking increasingly likely that our Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey will be able to run. The dates are October 16-26, 2022. We’ve been cautiously optimistic all along that Covid restrictions on “tourists” visiting Japan will be lifted by the time of this destination workshop; and, indeed, it seems that this will be the case. We have a great group already committed to this trip, but there still are a few more spaces available. Click here for the complete Prospectus and itinerary (PDF), and here for the Reservation Form.

Dodecagram Papaver Pod © Harold Davis

Please visit our Workshops & Events page for a full listing. In addition to the two workshops I’ve already mentioned, you’ll find virtual workshops sponsored by the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography, as well as live events at Maine Media Workshops (a week-long composition workshop) and at the Photographic Society of America annual conference.

Confusion © Harold Davis

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Update: Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey

I’m off to France and Spain this coming week, and I wanted to write a brief update for anyone interested in my Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey, scheduled to begin in Tokyo on October 16, 2022. We have a very few spaces left in this destination photography workshop, but it is filling up fast.

Misty Mountains © Harold Davis

As you may know, Japan is still closed to foreign tourists. A number of my sources in Japan are cautiously optimistic about this changing. So I think it is likely (but not certain) that we will be able to travel in Japan in October. However, it is likely that the changes will not take effect before the Japanese election in July. 

If you are interesting in coming with me on this Japanese adventure, please read the Prospectus carefully including the Itinerary and the Terms & Conditions. Next, drop us an email to let us know you would like to come, complete the Reservation Form, and mail it to us along with your deposit check and copies of your passport page and Covid vaccination card.

Considering the certain uncertainties and the known unknowns: We will not be requesting the balance payment until after tourist travel to Japan has been confirmed. And, your deposit is fully refundable until that point, and also we will, of course, refund the deposits if we are unable to run this trip.

Very best wishes, and see you in Japan!

Online Workshops in June

I’ll be giving two online workshops in June under the auspices of the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography. These workshops will be given in English.

The first is a Photographing Flowers for Photography session on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 11am PT (2pm ET). Click here for more information and registration

The workshop descriptions are along the right of the page in English. When you click the registration link (in German), you go to https://pretix.eu/dpunkt/foto2022-2/ to pay. You can toggle this to English on the upper right. You need to find my workshops on their list of offerings.

The Flowers session is 45 Euros (about $50). The three Composition sessions (below) are 199 Euros (about $220).

Flowers Party Too! © Harold Davis

Composition & Photography is a three-part online workshop with reviews and exercises on successive Thursdays, June 16, 23, and 30. Online sessions begin at 10am PT (1pm ET). Click here for more information & registration.

Waves on Drakes Beach © Harold Davis

Waves on Drakes Beach © Harold Davis

I hope to see you at these unique online events. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Composition & Photography: A Hands-On Workshop

What: Composition & Photography: A Hands-On Workshop with Harold Davis

Where: Maine Media Workshops + College in beautiful Rockport, Maine

When: Sept 12, 2022 – Sept 16, 2022

Click here for more information and registration.

Description: In this hands-on workshop we will approach composition as an instance of open-ended two-dimensional design. Photographic exercises will start with simple shapes, such as lines and circles, and proceed through patterns and repetitions, and onwards to spirals, fractals, and abstractions.

Field sessions will take advantage of the “target-rich” mid-coast Maine scenery. Classroom discussions will be intended to provoke thought about composition basics and continuing to enable individual integration of the process of composition into each participant’s creative practice.

Tulip Pano © Harold Davis

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Donation to Doctors without Borders

Thanks to the participants in the Creating Structure with Forms and Patterns webinar yesterday we are delighted to donate $712.88 to Doctors without Borders.

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Last Chance for France

Last call for France, at least in April 2022, and with our small, exclusive photography group! We are finalizing arrangements for this trip shortly, and will be closing it to new enrollments. We do have an opening for either a single or a couple. If you are interested, please let us know in the next few days. Thanks.

Click here for more information, here for the Prospectus, and here for the Reservation form (includes pricing info).

Cordes sur Ciel at Dawn © Harold Davis

Creating Structure Using Forms and Patterns [Webinar Benefits Doctors without Borders]

What: Creating Structure Using Forms and Patterns with Harold Davis | Benefits Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières).

When:Saturday February 26, 2022 at 11:00am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where:  Live webinar on your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. This is a benefit webinar, with pre-registration required using your Zoom account. A tuition payment of $19.95 is required for enrollment. All proceeds benefit Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f2rskyGUT7iSXSC3Gd272g

Details: Of all the magical elixirs that make up a successful photograph, composition is perhaps the most fundamental, and at the same time the most elusive. What makes a composition “good”? It’s hard to define exactly, but we instinctively recognize good composition when we see it. There is an undeniable emotional response when a composition resonates with and complements the subject matter of an image.

But traditional attempts to define “good composition” and to pass on rules for good compositional construction are often doomed to failure. The truth is, there are no hard and fast rules. Rules eliminate experimentation and spontaneity which are crucial for creating compelling, dynamic, and exciting compositions. The best compositions contain an element of the unexpected. “Expect the unexpected!” is perhaps the only viable “rule” of composition. To create exciting compositions, you must have a willingness to embrace serendipity and change as part of your artistic practice. After all, composition is a process, not a result.

Endless Doors © Harold Davis

In this webinar Harold approaches composition as an instance of open-ended two-dimensional design. Photographic examples and “thought experiments” will start with simple shapes, such as lines and circles, and proceed through patterns and repetitions, and onwards to spirals, fractals, and abstractions. The webinar will present ideas from Harold’s new book Composition & Photography, and will be intended to provoke thought about composition basics.

The goal of this webinar is to enable individual integration of the process of composition into each participant’s creative practice.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Who should attend: Anyone who wants to find out more about creating images that work and about the creative process of composition in photography.

Number of Seats, Tuition, and Benefit: The tuition for this webinar is $19.95 and requires prior registration. All proceeds benefit Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), but the ticket price is not tax deductible.  You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! If you haven’t paid the tuition, you aren’t registered. Please contact us in advance with any questions.

The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f2rskyGUT7iSXSC3Gd272g

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. According to Popular Photography Magazine, “Harold Davis’s ethereal floral arrangements have a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual.” He is a Moab Master and a Zeiss Ambassador. He has exhibited widely and his prints are extensively collected. In 2022, several of his images were selected by the United States Post Office for use as postage stamps.

Rangefinder Magazine states that “Harold Davis is a force of nature—a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments.”

Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Composition & Photography, Creative Garden Photography and Creative Black and White, all from Rocky Nook.

Harold Davis’s website is digitalfieldguide.com.

Room in France Tour; Japan Filling Fast

We have room in Romantic Southwest France (April 27 – May 5, 2022). Click here for info, here for the detailed itinerary, and here for the Reservation Form.

Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey (October 16-26, 2022) is filling quickly, but there is still some space. Click here for info, here for the detailed itinerary, and here for the Reservation Form.

Please also keep in mind our in-person Photographing Flowers for Transparency weekend workshop, August 6-7, 2022 in Berkeley, California. Click here for more info.

Please call or write with any questions!

Announcing Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey with Harold Davis

Misty Mountains © Harold Davis

What: Step into the fabled Japan of myth and legend. Journey back in time to a Japan that few westerners are familiar with. Join a small group of compatible photographers led by Harold Davis and a professional guide for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. 

When: Sunday, October 16, 2022 to Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (ten nights and eleven days).

Where: We meet at our hotel in Tokyo, Japan. After exploring the new and old sides of Tokyo, we’ll travel back in time through the Japanese Alps via the ancient Nakasendo way. We’ll visit well-preserved villages in the Kiso Valley, Matsumoto Castle, the castle town of Takayama, and the World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go. Following a stop in the culturally important city of Kanazawa, we will wrap up the destination photo workshop with a dreamlike visit to the gardens and temples of Kyoto, where the tour will end.

Click here for the full description (with details, pricing, and how to register), here for the detailed day-by-day trip itinerary (“Prospectus”) and here for the Reservation Form. Our in-country partner is Oku Japan.

Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey with Harold Davis

We are being optimistically obdurate in the face of Omicron, and planning to open Off-the-Beaten Track Japan Photography Journey with Harold Davis for registration soon. This destination travel workshop is tentatively scheduled for October 16-26, 2022. Click here for more information.

Temple Flags © Harold Davis

Temple Flags © Harold Davis

Sharing My Techniques for Photography on Black—Webinar on Saturday 11/20/21—There Are No Secrets

I’ll be sharing my techniques for Photography on Black in a live Zoom webinar on Saturday November 20, 2021 at 11am PT. The webinar will include real-time demonstrations of photography and post-production in Photoshop. There are no secrets! I’ve explained my techniques in my books; you can attend this webinar to see me actually do the work, with plenty of time for Q&A.

Click here for more info, and here to register on Zoom!

Papaver hybridium ‘Naughty Nineties’ © Harold Davis

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Romantic Southwest France Workshop—Limited Space Availability

Click here for more info, here for the detailed itinerary, and here for the Reservation form.

We have limited space availability. Please contact us right away if you are interested. An early-bird discount applies through November 10, 2021!