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Webinar Noir on Saturday

Please consider joining us this Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11am PT for our very special and distinctly somewhat offbeat webinar noir.

Noir is black, or dark. So “noir” can refer to a style that employs blackness of attitude and affect, black and white imagery, and/or a specific look—classically that of 1940s Hollywood, with Dames, Private Eyes, Fedoras, and more. Noir imagery, as in our webinar, is usually, mostly, but not always, monochromatic.

In this webinar, Harold will take a deep dive into noir as a style, and how noir can be used to create contemporary photos. Along the way, you can expect readings from Dashiell Hammett and Thomas Pynchon, and even a guest appearance from a Maltese falcon.

In the second half of the webinar, Harold will use examples from his own work to demonstrate implementing noir in specific Photoshop case studies.

Click here for registration and here for more info. Please also keep in mind Printing, Proofing, and all about Paper (a benefit for the Equal Justice Initiative) on Thursday, September 24. 

Click here for our upcoming webinar list.

Alone © Harold Davis

What: Noir | Stylish Black & White

When: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SraMSnHCTnS2dTol-JlzIA

Details: Noir evokes black and white films of the 1940s with “dames”, private eyes in fedoras, low-key lighting, and harsh shadows. More generally, a sense of “noir” has come to mean a range of stylish black and white techniques.

This webinar noire will look at a range of monochromatic techniques, from the subtle to the wonderfully crude and edgy. Low-key imagery, working with harsh shadows, the Blossfeldt effect, and LAB inversions will be covered. The webinar will conclude with suggestions for incorporating more noire in your own work.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $29.95, and requires prior registration. 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_SraMSnHCTnS2dTol-JlzIA

Approaching the Brandenburg Gate © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography and Creative Black & White Second Edition, both 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.

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Copyright for Photographers | Free Public Service Webinar for the Photographic Community

What: Copyright for Photographers | Free Public Service Webinar for the Photographic Community

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:00am PT (2pm ET). Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. This is a free webinar, but pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AUjet6SNRzyhIDWBBv-NTA

Details: Most serious photographers realize that copyright is important, but the extent of how important is not always clear, and the details of how to obtain a registered copyright can seem shrouded in mystery. In this “public service” webinar, prominent intellectual property attorney David Deal details how to protect your work, and how to proceed when your work is infringed. David’s suggestions and recommendations will be illuminated with true accounts from the frontiers of copyright law as it practiced in real life. The discussion will be moderated by photographer (and David Deal client) Harold Davis.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: If you are interested in copyrighting your work, this webinar is a must.

Number of Seats and Tuition: This is a free webinar, but pre-registration is required. 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_AUjet6SNRzyhIDWBBv-NTA

About David Deal: David Deal is the founder of and principal attorney at The Law Office of David C. Deal, P.L.C. David is a nationally recognized intellectual property attorney, specializing in copyright infringement matters on behalf of photographers and businesses throughout the United States and Europe. David has successfully litigated cases of all sizes and complexities in a majority of Federal jurisdictions.

His website is www.daviddeal.com.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a 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.

Apple Slice Playdate © Harold Davis

Number of Seats and Tuition: This is a free webinar, but pre-registration is required. 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_AUjet6SNRzyhIDWBBv-NTA

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You are invited to our SIP party [a free event]

Please come to our sheltering-in-place party on Sunday, September 27. BYOB (of course!). RSVP is required. The party starts at 2pm PT (5pm ET) and won’t be the same without you! 

We are celebrating our photographic community and our upcoming 200th day of SIP (eeek!). So let’s party like it never ends! [only kidding about the never ending thing, but let’s party]

Please wear a costume if you feel like it (but not required). We do request clothing, at least where the webcam sees you!

BYOB and refreshments. There is no planned instruction (although you never know where Harold might segue way!). There will be plenty of talk about photography.

We really are all in this together!

As noted, this is a free event. Click here for more details, and here to register (RSVP).

Fireworks in Budapest © Harold Davis

Fireworks in Budapest (August, 2017): original blog post.

Photography on Black Webinar on Saturday Sept 12, 2020

Click here for a complete list of upcoming webinars!

Photography on Black, on Saturday September 12, 2020 at 11am PT, will feature a live-action photography segment showing how to create striking images on a perfectly black background. In addition to showing how to capture multi-shot black-background images, this webinar will demonstrate successful post-production of images on black. Click here to register, and here for more information. Hope to see you there!

What: Photography on Black

When: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EZbniD4eQ1G6C3A2Usw9nA.

Details: Imagery that presents a subject on a black, or very dark, background can be striking. In fact, the most iconic monochromatic photographs frequently involve a black background. In this webinar, Harold shows how to photograph with a bracketed low-key sequence to achieve perfect black backgrounds, and how to post-process images to enhance the black-background effect.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Nesting Bowls and a Nautilus Slice © Harold Davis

Nesting Bowls and a Nautilus Slice © Harold Davis

Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $29.95, and requires prior registration. 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_EZbniD4eQ1G6C3A2Usw9nA.

Camellia Japonica © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a 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 digitalfieldguide.com.

Very Excited to List Four New Webinars!

Phyllis and I are very excited to list four new webinars through the autumn. Hopefully, there will be something for everyone from newbie to the most advanced photographer. We’ve included a free event in with the mix. It is our goal to keep supporting our community of photographers during these puzzling and challenging times, and to come out the other side healthy, stronger, more creative—and ready to capture the inner and outer worlds.

Click here for the full schedule of our upcoming webinars. Here are the new webinar listings:

Road Less Traveled by Harold Davis

Road Less Traveled © Harold Davis

Quick Flashes from the Photography Webinar Front

Item 1: In a synergistic coincidence, legendary photographer William Neill and I are both having new books published by Rocky Nook. Bill and I are combining to present a free webinar on Saturday, The Solace of Nature, in honor of our publications. There’s still time to register for the webinar, and still some space available. Click here for more info, and here to register.

Item 2: Tomorrow (Thursday) I will be presenting Hand-HDR Processing, an explanation of a post-processing technique that should be in every serious photographer’s toolkit. Click here for more info, and here to register.

Also of note: Special Pandemic Print Pricing offer.

Webinars Coming Up Soon

If you are a photographer bracketing exposures in your practice, it is time to move beyond automated HDR processing and add hand-HDR to your toolbox. Please join us on Thursday September 3, 2020 at 10am PT for Hand-HDR Photography (click here to register; more information here) for a not-to-be-missed post-production technique session.

I am very excited to host distinguished photography legend William Neill, who will be joining me on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11am PT for a discussion and presentation, The Solace of Nature, featuring a new book from each of us. This is a free, not-to-be missed webinar. Click here to register, and here for more info.

Photography on Black, on Saturday September 12, 2020 at 11am PT, will feature a live-action photography segment showing how to create striking images on a perfectly black background. In addition to showing how to capture multi-shot black-background images, this webinar will demonstrate successful post-product of images on black. Click here to register, and here for more information.

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

New Webinars Coming Up Soon in Early September

Phyllis and I would like to call your attention to three live webinars coming up in the first half of September! These webinars are now open for registration. Click here to see all our upcoming webinar offerings. We very much hope you can join us for some or all of these.

Hand-HDR Photography will be given on Thursday September 3, 2020 at 10am PT. Just like good photographers know when to get their camera off automatic, in post-production sometimes automatic HDR programs simply won’t do. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to recognize situations that call for hand-HDR photography and processing, and how to use layers and layer masks to create your own extended dynamic range blends. Click here for more info, and here to register for the webinar.

The Solace of Nature with William Neill and Harold Davis: This free webinar is scheduled for Saturday September 5, 2020 at 11am PT. Noted photographers William Neill and Harold Davis present work from their recent books, Light on the Landscape (Neill) and Creative Garden Photography (Davis), both published by Rocky Nook. After the presentation, Neill and Davis will discuss the influence of nature on their work and lives, and invite questions from the audience. Click here for more info, and here to register for the webinar.

Photography on Black on Saturday September 12, 2020 at 11am PT. This webinar will feature a live photo feed showing Harold at work, as well as post-production issues involving black backgrounds. The idea is to use extended dynamic range bracketing to create a truly black background, specifically in situations where without this set of techniques the background would be dark, but not entirely black. Click here for more info, and here to register for the webinar.

Upper White River Falls © Harold Davis

[Coming Up Soon] Intimate Flowers on Saturday August 15, 2020

What: Intimate Flowers with Harold Davis

When: Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11am PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $29.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_agS00EhOT2SQnTGXSldpiQ

Details: August is here! We have flowers! Let’s forget about the world at large and make some intimate joy with intimate landscapes and colors of the flowers of summer!

This webinar heads to the patio for flower techniques outside, then heads back in for ideas and inspiration for photographing flowers close-up and in bouquets. Harold shares his secrets for flower arrangements and for making intimate close-ups of flowers using materials that are at hand. Harold will explain technical concepts in floral close-up photography, and show how he lights his intimate floral portraits.

After several photographic setups, Harold will continue with ideas about how to process and post-produce photographs to create stunning botanical art with your camera.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $29.95, and requires prior registration. 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_agS00EhOT2SQnTGXSldpiQ

A lightly-edited recording of this Webinar will be posted following a time delay on the Harold Davis Photography YouTube channel

Wabi-Sabi Mandala © Harold Davis

Wabi-Sabi Mandala © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook, Photographing Flowers, and Photographing Waterdrops (both published by Focal Press). 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.

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis


Phyllis and I are very excited to announce our series of Saturday webinars! We hope to see you there.

Intimate Flowers on Saturday, August 15, 2020: August is here! We have flowers! Let’s forget about the world at large and make some intimate joy with intimate landscapes and colors of the flowers of summer! Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

Intimate Iris © Harold Davis

Webinar Noir on Saturday September 19, 2020: Noir evokes black and white films of the 1940s with “dames”, private eyes in fedoras, low-key lighting, and harsh shadows. More generally, a sense of “noir” has come to mean a range of stylish black and white techniques. Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

Chorus of One © Harold Davis

Photography and Writing | Using Your Words to Become a Better Photographer on Saturday, October 3, 2020: Writing has always had an important role in relationship to my photography. Not only have I “used my words” to introduce and explain images and techniques, but writing has also helped me to tease out the meaning in my own work, and to understand and explore what I need to do next with my art. Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

Circumflex © Harold Davis

Patterns, Abstractions, and Composition on Saturday October 17, 2020:  In a very real sense, creating a photograph is an act of intentional design. The photograph presents a transformation of the subject so that it fits within a specific frame. Meticulous use of patterns, and understanding the boundary conditions where patterns begin and end, is crucial to this act of design. Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Finding the Mysterious in Photography on Saturday October 24, 2020: As nights grow longer and days shorter, and as we approach Halloween and All Saints’ Eve, separations between our world and that of the spirits gets thinner. Some of the very best photographs send a frisson of the spooky and the ineffable up our spine. Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

World on Fire © Harold Davis

Announcing New Saturday Webinars

Phyllis and I are very excited to announce a new series of Saturday webinars! We hope to see you there.

Intimate Flowers on Saturday, August 15, 2020: August is here! We have flowers! Let’s forget about the world at large and make some intimate joy with intimate landscapes and colors of the flowers of summer! Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

Intimate Iris © Harold Davis

Webinar Noir on Saturday September 19, 2020: Noir evokes black and white films of the 1940s with “dames”, private eyes in fedoras, low-key lighting, and harsh shadows. More generally, a sense of “noir” has come to mean a range of stylish black and white techniques. Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

Chorus of One © Harold Davis

Photography and Writing | Using Your Words to Become a Better Photographer on Saturday, October 3, 2020: Writing has always had an important role in relationship to my photography. Not only have I “used my words” to introduce and explain images and techniques, but writing has also helped me to tease out the meaning in my own work, and to understand and explore what I need to do next with my art. Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

Circumflex © Harold Davis

Patterns, Abstractions, and Composition on Saturday October 17, 2020:  In a very real sense, creating a photograph is an act of intentional design. The photograph presents a transformation of the subject so that it fits within a specific frame. Meticulous use of patterns, and understanding the boundary conditions where patterns begin and end, is crucial to this act of design. Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Finding the Mysterious in Photography on Saturday October 24, 2020: As nights grow longer and days shorter, and as we approach Halloween and All Saints’ Eve, separations between our world and that of the spirits gets thinner. Some of the very best photographs send a frisson of the spooky and the ineffable up our spine. Read more…Click here to register for this webinar.

World on Fire © Harold Davis

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Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions—Continued!

Last week, we presented Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions with live action footage of the actual setups and photography (click here for the video replay). In the course of the webinar, we found that the post-production nuances could not really be shown in detail in a single session. So today at 2PM Pacific Time I will recap and then continue with post-production of the three-dimensional light box images shown in this blog (click here for registration for the session, and here for our scheduled workshops and events).

Foxtail Lilies © Harold Davis

Foxtail Lilies © Harold Davis

Roses in a Cut Cyrstal Vase © Harold Davis

Roses in a Cut Crystal Vase © Harold Davis

Snapdragons © Harold Davis

New Webinar: Advanced 3-D Light Box Processing (Sunday July 19, 2020)

What: Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions | Part II: Advanced Processing

When: Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 2pm PT. Duration between one and two hours, including Q&A

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom. Zoom authenticated registration and a tuition payment of $19.95 are required for enrollment. Seating is limited. The registration link is https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yOdKskySSIG3lutNxcDkHw

Details: Drawing on the examples and techniques demonstrated in the earlier Light Box Photography in Three Dimensions | Part I webinar, Harold continues on the adventure of Photoshop post-production in digital photography. Light box photography requires little in the way of equipment besides a camera, tripod, and a light pad. But quality work does depend on some knowledge of effective post-production. Using a variety of examples, Harold will show how he uses layers, masking, high-key photographic stacks and other techniques to encourage the appearance of perspective and visual dimensions.

Special attention will be paid to cleaning up extraneous edging and other impediments to clean visuals. Harold will share his joy in this wonderful kind of innovative photography, and discuss his three dimensional light box work in the the light of his overall post-production workflow.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Tuition: The tuition for this webinar is $19.95, and requires prior registration. 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_yOdKskySSIG3lutNxcDkHw

A lightly-edited recording of this Webinar will be posted following a time delay on the Harold Davis Photography YouTube channel

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook, which can now be pre-ordered. 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.

New free session: Intro to Photography Flowers for Transparency

By popular demand, we have scheduled a second free session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Part 1: Introduction because the first session filled up right away to the capacity of our Zoom Webinar account. As requested, you will be able to attend this new introductory session prior to attending Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Part 2: Floral Arrangement and Exposing on April 16. Here are the second session details.

Harold Davis is proud to present a live webinar! Stay healthy, be creative, make art, and be mighty!

What: Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Part 1: Introduction

When (second session):  Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Part 1: Introduction Saturday April 11, 2020 at 2PM PT FREE, click here for advance registration (required). Seats are limited.

Where: On your computer or mobile device from anywhere via Zoom.

Tuition and Registration:  This is a free webinar, but advance registration is required. Seats are limited.

Description: 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 will be explained. There will be time for Q&A.

Touching Petals in the Garden of Social Distancing © Harold Davis

Touching Petals in the Garden of Social Distancing © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook, which can now be pre-ordered. 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.

Announcing New Online Live Webinars

I am proud to announce a series of NEW online Harold Davis webinars. At this point, we will be experimenting with different subjects and offerings. So if there is anything you’d particularly like me to teach online, please let me know. I’ll probably do it!

Seats are limited for each, but do not worry: if a topic is popular and the webinar fills we will run additional sessions. Advance registration with a Zoom account (free) is required for all webinars, including our no charge offerings (this keeps things secure). Thanks for your understanding.

You can keep an eye on our Workshops & Events page and our Live Webinars page. We are planning a mixture of free and paid online events. Please check out our live webinar listings!

Be mighty. Stay healthy and sane. Keep creative, and make art. #allinthistogether #artinthistogether #CantQuarantineArt 

Stay tuned for more online events as we list them on this page. We will have both free and paid online webinars. Click here for the Workshops & Events page, and click here for the Webinar recordings page.

Into the Vortex of the Universe © Harold Davis

Into the Vortex of the Universe © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Garden Photography from Rocky Nook, which can now be pre-ordered. 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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Photography Conference Discount Code

I’ve recently returned from a photography conference in Yosemite Valley organized by the Out of Chicago gang. This was an incredible life experience! These guys (and gals) know how to organize things, and present a smorgasbord of photographic offerings at their conferences that is rich beyond belief.

Whatever level of photographer you are, if you like flowers and gardens as much as I do, there is something for you at their Botanic conference. So it makes me very happy that there is a discount code I can offer you (see below), but you must take advantage of the discount soon (by March 10). I look forward to photographing with you at the Chicago Botanic Garden in August!

Into the Vortex of the Universe © Harold Davis

Into the Vortex of the Universe © Harold Davis

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching at the Out of Chicago Botanic Garden Photography Conference in Deerfield, Ilinois near Chicago, August 23–27th, 2020. Field sessions will be at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Use the special discount code DAVIS at checkout for a $250 discount for registration until March 10, 2020.

If you care about flower photography as much as I do, this one will be great!

Out of Chicago Botanic Garden will bring together passionate flower and garden photography enthusiasts with world-class photographers all in a great location, where you can learn and shoot side-by-side with working professional photographers who appreciate flower and garden photography.

Highlights include:
• Stay in Deerfield, Illinois and photograph the Chicago Botanic Garden for 5-days.
• Daily, in-the-field, hands-on, small group teaching excursions.
• There will be classes, group critiques and post-processing help.

Don’t miss this one! Reserve by Tuesday, March 10, 2020 and save $250 by using my special discount code at checkout, DAVIS.

Visit www.outofchicago.com/chicagobotanic for registration and more information about the Out of Chicago Botanic Garden Photography Conference.