Category Archives: Workshops

Fire and Ice, Sunflowers and Poppy Pods

Candy Mountain Sunflower © Harold Davis

I’m off to Iceland in a few days, and very excited about the adventure. I do find that my packing and travel preparation jujitsu has somewhat atrophied over the pandemic year, and there is much to do before I leave. I think it is likely that my next blog story will be from Iceland—unless I am having too much fun to write!

Meanwhile, please consider our current workshop and live webinar options:

  • Out of Chicago Botanic: Flower & Garden Photography Conference, August 29 – September 2, 2021. In person, near the Chicago Botanic Garden. Click here for information and registration.
  • Photography on Black | Saturday November 20, 2021 at 11am PT click here for registration. Click here for more info. This is a live Zoom webinar. Both images accompanying this story were created using the techniques that this webinar will explain.

Dried Poppy Pods – Longitudinal and Latitudinal Slices © Harold Davis

Also posted in Photography

Recent Images

I’m pleased with my images from the last week or so, and am having trouble keeping up with my photography in post-production, and also as a blogger. But here are three of my recent images (below). There’s just so much going on the real world and with family…

On the Workshop front, the early-bird discount on Photography Flowers for Transparency ends soon. And, I’m off to Iceland for photography in two weeks!

Papaver Pods © Harold Davis

I never promised you a rose garden © Harold Davis

Gaillardia © Harold Davis

Also posted in Flowers, Photography

The Blossfeldt Effect webinar video recording

We’ve posted The Blossfeldt Effect video webinar recording. Here’s the description:

In this unique and creative webinar, Harold starts with a look at the characteristics of a Blossfeldian composition. What kinds of subjects did Blossfeldt choose to photograph, and why? What makes a particular botanical specimen visually exciting?

Next, Harold explores two possible places to start with Blossfeldian botanical compositions: the black background and the light box.

To cap it off, Harold demonstrates how he processes his Blossfeldt-like images using some surprisingly simple yet tricky steps.

I think you’ll enjoy this one, it is one of our best!

Click here for The Blossfeldt Effect video, here for a catalog listing of our video webinar recordings, here for my YouTube channel, and here for upcoming Workshops & Events.

California Live Oak © Harold Davis

Also posted in Monochrome, Photography

The Blossfeldt Effect Webinar coming up on Saturday June 12

Karl Blossfeldt (1866-1932) began his career at a decorative ironwork manufacturer. He was assigned the task of creating reference botanical photographs to use for wrought iron designs. Eventually, his iconic botanical images became celebrated in their own right, and today he is known as one of history’s foremost botanical photographers.

I’ve long been fascinated by Blossfeldt’s botanical imagery and have developed a set of techniques for emulating the beautiful photographs of this master.

Some of my work in homage to Blossfeldt has even been mistaken for the real thing on a certain art consolidation website that shall not be named!

You can check out a portfolio of my (genuine, authorized Harold Davis) prints after Blossfeldt on Saatchi Art

Click here to read more, and here to register for this webinar!

Queen Anne's Lace © Harold Davis

Queen Anne’s Lace © Harold Davis

Also posted in Monochrome, Photography

Photographing Flowers for Transparency: Early-bird discount of $200 applies through June

I am beyond delighted to announce an in-person Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop here in Berkeley, California towards the end of September, 2021. This is always an incredibly festive occasion, with the workshop room decked out in myriad flowers. It’s great working through the process, and helping folks get over the bumps. We always have a fun time enjoying botanicals with like minded folks, learning together and making translucent floral images, and investigating LAB color. 

This year, we’re adding an included bonus feature: a Zoom follow-up so participants can show their work, and get help with any issues. We want you to learn!

Note that an early-bird tuition discount of $200 applies through June 30, 2021.

Click here for complete information including the curriculum. To register, visit the listing on Meetup to register using Paypal (RSVP YES, and pay the discounted tuition using any credit card), or contact us for direct registration by check or credit card. Please do contact us if you need help with registration, or have any questions.

Mass Delusions of Poppies © Harold Davis

Here’s part of the workshop description: Harold Davis is well-known for his often imitated—but seldom equaled—digital images of luscious transparent and translucent flowers.

In this unique workshop offering, Harold Davis shows the techniques he uses to create his floral masterpieces. Arrangement, composition, photography, post-production will all be covered, as will Harold’s special techniques for shooting on a light box.

There is no better way to learn the floral transparency techniques that Harold Davis has pioneered. The multi-day format will give participants the chance to complete their imagery using the techniques that Harold will demonstrate, with input and help from “the master”. We will follow up with an online Zoom session for further critique and help with work.

Click here to learn more and for the curriculum!

Also posted in Photography

Splitting up my Long Exposure Waves workshop

I’ve been contemplating a Long Exposure Waves workshop, and trying to see where this would fit into my schedule. My idea has been to combine a webinar prep session with an in-person session at the ocean, followed by another webinar to review results.

Long Exposure Wave Study, South Beach © Harold Davis

The request I’ve received from several photographers is to split the workshop up for separate enrollment, by doing the before and after webinars separately from the in-person session. Pro: Folks who just signed up for one or both of the webinars could practice on beaches anywhere. Con: In the past, when I’ve done this as a live workshop I’ve had before and after classes. My idea of the webinars is to replace these classroom sessions. It would be harder for me to keep a tightly focused group if the registrations were decoupled, and I might worry that some participants didn’t have adequate preparation.

As you can see, I am still thinking this through. In our new normal world, there are certainly uses for remote learning and Zoom as a way to make learning more available and flexible, and it is not entirely clear how to best take advantage of this capability.

Exposure data: +4ND, Circular Polarizer, five minutes at f/16 and ISO 64. Check out Five Minute Wave Exposures.

Long Exposure Waves

Now that things are opening up, I’ve been thinking about giving a long exposure waves workshop again. It’s been several years since I’ve given this workshop in person and with an ocean at hand.

The idea behind this technique is that with the camera on a tripod even the most violent action of the ocean can be stilled. The results can be an abstraction. Depending on the length of the exposure, the effect can be fairly subtle and attractive, or with really long exposures produce imagery that seems like fields of color. I think this kind of work is great, but it does take some know-how and a great deal of patience to pull-off successfully.

Long Exposure Wave Study 2 © Harold Davis

To make Long Exposure Wave Study 2, shown above, with my camera on a tripod, I added a +4 neutral density filter and a circular polarizer to the front of my lens, and exposed for five minutes at f/29 and ISO 31.

In a Blue Hour, shown below, is a shorter duration exposure. Once again, I had the camera on a tripod and used a polarizer. I exposed for 10 seconds at f/29 and ISO 200.

In a Blue Hour © Harold Davis

My conception of a new, improved Long Exposure Waves workshop is a hybrid format, with an introduction and technical preparation session held over Zoom, followed by a week later an actual in-person session at a photography-friendly beach. We’d follow up after the live session a week or so later on Zoom to review images and discuss technical issues that came up.

Anyhow, in terms of my calendar, I haven’t been able to schedule this workshop yet. There’s just been too much on my plate between family, travel, and existing commitments. But, when I can I will put it on our calendar—you can keep an eye out for it on my Workshops & Events page!

Also posted in Photography, Point Reyes

Photographing Flowers for Transparency Workshop Sept 25-26 Live! In-Person!

2021 Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis (Weekend Workshop) | LIVE and IN-PERSON

Master photographer Harold Davis is well-known for his often imitated—but seldom equaled—digital images of luscious transparent and translucent flowers.

In this unique workshop offering, Harold Davis shows the techniques he uses to create his floral masterpieces. Arrangement, composition, photography, post-production will all be covered, as will Harold’s special techniques for shooting on a light box.

There is no better way to learn the floral transparency techniques that Harold Davis has pioneered. The multi-day format will give participants the chance to complete their imagery using the techniques that Harold will demonstrate, with input and help from “the master”. We will follow up with an online Zoom session for further critique and help with work. Click here to read more and for the curriculum!

Where: Berkeley, CA (see notes in the full listing)

When: Saturday Sept 25 – Sunday Sept 26, 2021

Tuition: $1195 (early bird discount of $200 applies until June 30)

Special Feature: We will follow-up with a Zoom webinar approximately two weeks from the workshop to showcase and critique participant work (and to help with any problems).

Workshop size: Maximum of 14 photographers

To register: Visit the listing on Meetup to register using Paypal (by RSVPing YES), or contact us for direct registration by check or credit card. Please do contact us if you need help with registration, or have any questions.

Click here to read more and for the curriculum.

From Blossom to Art Webinar on Saturday May 15, 2021

Please consider joining us for One Flower, One Garden, One World | From Blossom to Art, a live Zoom webinar on Saturday May 15, 2021 at 11am PT.

Click here for registration, here for more info, here for our Workshops & Events, and here for Webinar recordings.

Details: In this unique and detailed presentation, Harold Davis will take you along his garden path to show you some of his favorite flowers for translucent photography in high Spring bloom. From the garden, the next step is onto the light box, where Harold will discuss and demonstrate some of the archetypes of floral composition. The webinar will continue with a demonstration of actual exposure of a high-key sequence on a light box, and conclude with post-production in the Photoshop darkroom.

Folks have asked for it, and here it is! One image from start to finish: from flower pot, to light box, to post-production. Fasten your seat belts, because it is going to be a fun ride!

There will be ample time for Q&A.

We look forward to “seeing” you there!

Click here for registration, here for more info, here for our Workshops & Events, and here for Webinar recordings.

Creating Your Signature Style Webinar

What: Creating Your Signature Style

When: Saturday August 14, 2021 at 11AM PT.

Where: Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 is required for enrollment in each session. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yibm5QbnQOeU7UPSzC8e8g

Details: In a world deluged with images, some stand out. A very few select photographers have an iconic look and signature style. We recognize the work of these artists anywhere. How do these photographers create a recognizable and individual style? Harold’s light box flower photography is one example of this.

In this webinar you will discover:

  • What makes photographs special?
  • How do you cultivate an individual style?
  • Believing in your own vision
  • Learning not to listen
  • Validation is for parking tickets

Becoming an artist takes time, patience, dedication, and a certain blessed kind of stubbornness that comes from belief in one’s own vision. Creating Your Signature Style will help you assemble a toolkit to get you there!

Some Fine Poppies © Harold Davis

Webinar participants are encouraged to share some of their own work for constructive feedback. Pick images that best represent your journey towards an individual style. 

Click here for registration.

Who should attend: All photographers interested in creating a unique personal style so they can work towards becoming a more powerful artist.

Note that by participating in this webinar you are authorizing your likeness and your work to appear in the video recording, which will be posted on public websites such as YouTube.

Number of Seats and Tuition: Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 is required for enrollment in this webinar.  Seating (on a first come, first served basis) is limited. You must register via Zoom to be enrolled in this webinar! The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yibm5QbnQOeU7UPSzC8e8g

Poppy Extravaganza © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is an artist, photographer, educator, and the  bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.

The Blossfeldt Effect Webinar

What: The Blossfeldt Effect

When: Saturday June 12, 2021 at 11AM PT.

Where: Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 is required for enrollment in each session. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WdzXDLdfQ0Gs1dnzjuj08Q

Details: Karl Blossfeldt (1866-1932) began his career at a decorative ironwork manufacturer. He was assigned the task of creating reference botanical photographs to use for wrought iron designs. Eventually, his iconic botanical images became celebrated in their own right, and today he is known as one of history’s foremost botanical photographers.

Harold has long been fascinated by Blossfeldt’s botanical imagery and has developed a set of techniques for emulating the beautiful photographs of this master. Some of Harold’s work in homage to Blossfeldt has even been mistaken for the real thing! You can check out a portfolio of Harold’s prints after Blossfeldt on Saatchi Art

Click here to read more, and here to register for this webinar!

Papaver Pod from above © Harold Davis

Are You the One Lucky Photographer to Join Our Tour to Iceland?

Iceland has opened its borders to fully Covid-vaccinated travelers, and we are taking advantage of this with our cameras. We have only one open spot left on our very exciting, small group photography tour of Iceland. The dates are July 14-25, 2021. Click here for Details and Full Itinerary, here for an FAQ, and here for the Reservation Form

If you are interested in coming with us, please contact us right away. We’re happy to answer any questions.

Photo credit: Iurie Belegurschi / Iceland Photo Tours

One Flower, One Garden, One World | From Blossom to Art Webinar

Please consider joining us on Saturday May 15, 2021 for a live webinar! In One Flower, One Garden, One World | From Blossom to Art, Harold Davis will take you an exciting photographic ride from his garden to the light box, and through post-production. Hang-on, this one is going to be fun!

Click here for details, and here for registration.

Wanted: Intrepid, Vaccinated Photo Adventurers for Travel to Iceland

Iceland has managed the pandemic relatively well, and has now opened for travel by fully Covid-19 vaccinated travelers. We are looking for a few more participants to fill-out our small group photography tour in mid-July. This adventure includes the possibility of aerial photography of an active volcano!

Click here for details. Please contact us right away if you are interested.

Photographing Flowers for Transparency Free Webinar

To celebrate Earth Day, Thursday April 22, 2021, Rocky Nook is sponsoring a special webinar with Harold Davis, Photographing Flowers for Transparency. This is a free webinar, to be given at 11am PT, but advance registration is required. Click here to register!

 In this detailed presentation, Harold Davis shows his stunning floral imagery and explains in detail his process for light box photography. Botanical composition, exposure, and post-production are explained.

Papaver Party © Harold Davis

Papaver Party © Harold Davis

Harold says: “Light box photography is a joy in and of itself, and is a great form of photography to practice at home with relatively minimal investment in equipment. Techniques that can be learned from light box photography cut across myriad aspects of photography, and will enrich all aspects of your photographic practice.”

The presentation will include stop-motion video showing one of Harold’s light box compositions as it is created, and Harold will show the post-production steps with an actual example.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

This is a free webinar, but advance registration is required. Click here to register!

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a artist, photographer, educator, and the  bestselling author of many books, including most recently Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook. He is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com.