Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Composition and Photography on Saturday Feb 27

Please consider joining us for Photographing Flowers for Transparency | Composition and Photography on Saturday February 27, 2021 at 11am PT. In this webinar, I’ll start by recapping the basics of light box photography (if you missed the earlier Photographing Flowers for Transparency webinar from a couple of weeks ago, or just want to review it, you can watch the recording by clicking here).

Following the recap, I’ll move to on to show various common design patterns for light box photography, and how to capture them. I’ll work though post-production examples, and explore some of the many artistic techniques and options available following the initial assemblage.

Click here for webinar registration, and here for more information.

Lenten Rose © Harold Davis

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Mellow Yellow

Yellow Lines © Harold Davis

Blue and Yellow Arrows on the Camino © Harold Davis

Spadix of a Calla Lily © Harold Davis

Yellow Spadix © Harold Davis

Yellow Tulips © Harold Davis

Wasp © Harold Davis

Road Trip © Harold Davis

Gazania Solar Flare © Harold Davis

Gazania Solar Flare © Harold Davis

Autumn Arbor © Harold Davis

Aisle of Sight © Harold Davis

Core of the Anemone © Harold Davis

Mondrian Car © Harold Davis

Morning in the Foothills © Harold Davis

Ocean Sunset © Harold David

Owens River Gorge © Harold Davis

Playing in the Rain © Harold Davis

Resurrection © Harold Davis

Yellow Dahlia on Black © Harold Davis

Yellow Roses (on scanned background) © Harold Davis

Yellow Vase and Blue Vase © Harold Davis

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Go Green

Green Bottle © Harold Davis

Dragonfly in Green © Harold Davis

Green Gates © Harold Davis

Arbor at Giverny © Harold Davis

Giverny © Harold Davis

Getting the Drop © Harold Davis

Green Hills and Distant Flatlands © Harold Davis

Patterns of the Green World © Harold Davis

Confluence of Two Rivers © Harold Davis

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Better Red

Red Anemone © Harold Davis

Red Anemone © Harold Davis

Red Pitcher © Harold Davis

Red Pitcher © Harold Davis

Red Tulip, Giverny © Harold Davis

Red Tulip, Giverny © Harold Davis

Red Dragon Sunset © Harold Davis

Red Planet © Harold Davis

Poppies © Harold Davis

Poppies © Harold Davis

Red Tulips © Harold Davis

Red Tulips © Harold Davis

Red Tail Hawk © Harold Davis

Kiss from a Rose © Harold Davis

Sunset from Lembert Dome © Harold Davis

Pacific Sunset © Harold Davis

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Missed the first feature? Now you can catch up before continuing…

Did you miss the first session of Processing Black & White: Landscape and Architecture? No worries, the webinar video has been posted (or do you just want a review?).

Easy peasy…first review the video, then sign up for the second session (whether or not you were at the first session) on Saturday February 20. We’ll recap, then pick up where we left off, with plenty of new techniques followed by image reviews for those enrolled.

Missed the January 23 session of Photographing Flowers for Transparency: Introduction? Be of good cheer, the recording is here. The follow-on webinar, Photographing Flowers for Transparency: Composition and Photography is scheduled for Saturday February 27. Click here for registration, and here for more info.

Gazania Solar Flare © Harold Davis

Gazania Solar Flare © Harold Davis

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Color Me Purple

Purple Haze © Harold Davis

Purple Haze © Harold Davis

Pom Pom Chrysanthemum Purple © Harold Davis

Pom Pom Chrysanthemum Purple © Harold Davis

Tulip Society © Harold Davis

Tulip Society © Harold Davis

Purple Cala Lily © Harold Davis

Purple Cala Lily © Harold Davis

Colorado River © Harold Davis

Colorado River © Harold Davis

Great Beach, Point Reyes © Harold Davis

Great Beach, Point Reyes © Harold Davis

South Farallon Island © Harold Davis

South Farallon Island © Harold Davis

Death Valley Sunrise © Harold Davis

Death Valley Sunrise © Harold Davis

San Francisco Sunset © Harold Davis

San Francisco Sunset © Harold Davis

Alabama Hills Star Trails © Harold Davis

Azalea Sunset © Harold Davis

Azalea Sunset © Harold Davis

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Rhapsody in Blue

Blue Danube © Harold Davis

Blue Velvet Sunset © Harold Davis

Blue Velvet Sunset © Harold Davis

In a Blue Hour © Harold Davis

Blue Distance 2 © Harold Davis

Blue Distance 2 © Harold Davis

Inside the Blue Kasbah, Rabat © Harold Davis

Blue #1 © Harold Davis

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Coming Up This Saturday: Black & White—Night Photo Panel April 3

Processing Black & White: Landscape and Architecture #2 is scheduled for this Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:00am PT. Click here for registration, and here for more information.

I’m very excited to see what the photographers in the first session have come up with regarding the assignment suggestions. If you missed the previous session, you are welcome to join us for this session regardless. You can submit up to four images with the themes Repetition, High-Key, Low-Key, and Old-Fashioned Look (we send out information on how to submit your images for review to registered participants).

Roadside, Nevada © Harold Davis

Roadside, Nevada © Harold Davis

We’re very excited to be hosting a Night Photography panel on April 3, 2021. Distinguished night photographers Steven Christenson and Jeff Sullivan—both previous years winners of the International Astronomy Photographer award—will be joining me for a rocking, information panel discussion that should interest all photographic “creatures of the night.” All proceeds from this panel webinar presentation will benefit the Alameda County Community Foodbank. Click here to register, and here for more information.

Image credit: © Jeff Sullivan

Click here for our scheduled webinars and events, and here for recordings of previous webinars!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

In this pandemic year, amorous propensities may not be running high, and the ability to deliver romantic tchotkes is diminished. But I think Valentine’s Day is sweet. The world could always use more love.

I’d like to dedicate this heart-on-a-light-box to my sweetheart, Phyllis. 

Translucent Heart © Harold Davis

Translucent Heart © Harold Davis

Valentine’s Day is something of an ersatz holiday, with made-to-order Hallmark cards, chocolate, and roses. The historical origins are murky, to say the least: there were several martyrs named “Valentine” slaughtered by Roman authorities that the Catholic church elevated to sainthood. Also Roman: the festival of Lupercalia, roughly February 13 – February 15. This extended party involved animal sacrifice, drinking, sex, and flagellation. Pretty far from today’s canonical ‘Hallmark’ holiday!

In the 5th Century A.D., Pope Gelasius I probably laid the foundations for the modern holiday by combining commemoration for the martyrs (St. Valentine’s Day) with the old pagan holiday of Lupercalia.

To Hades with historical origins! Let’s love each other, and enjoy Valentine’s Day!

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Monochromatic Visions Portfolio

We’re pleased to be able to offer my Monochromatic Visions Portfolio at a still fairly affordable price ($1200). There are only two portfolios left at this price.

Monochromatic Visions portfolio by Harold Davis

Monochromatic Visions portfolio © Harold Davis

The twelve images in the portfolio are shown above, and the actual prints curing from a portfolio we sold to a very nice collector over the summer are shown below.

Monochromatic Visions Portfolio prints © Harold Davis

Monochromatic Visions Portfolio prints © Harold Davis

Please contact us with questions, or if you are interested in acquiring one of these portfolios!

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Fruits and Vegetables on the Light Box Webinar Saturday February 13

What can you photograph on a light box? It turns out: just about anything that is translucent. In particular, early in the pandemic year Harold had fun experimenting with fruits and vegetables on the light box at the behest of an art director.

In this webinar premiere (there’s a first time for everything!) Harold & Phyllis will show some of Harold’s fruit and vegetable work,  explain the tools they use, show aspects of fruit and vegetable composition, and process some of these images in real time so you can watch. As always, there will be plenty of time for you to ask questions that Harold & Phyllis will do their best to answer.

Click here to register for this unique webinar, and here for more information.

Pear Slices © Harold Davis

Atomic Cucumbers © Harold Davis

Atomic Cucumbers © Harold Davis

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Pandemic Print Pricing Offer Still Applies

I’d like to remind potential print collectors that we are still offering a “pandemic” print special (please click the link for the details of our specially-priced offer). I am optimistic and hopeful that widespread vaccination will end the pandemic this spring. Returning to a new normal will mean an end to our pandemic print special. So if collecting one of my prints at a very special price interests you, please don’t delay!

During the pandemic, it has been great to be able to put my work in tangible form in the hands of collectors at an affordable price, and great when I hear from a discerning print recipient (as I did the other day): “Thanks Harold for the print. It is deliciously delicate and I love it!” Another collector writes “[Our print is] so beautiful and we will enjoy it in our home. We knew it would be wonderful, but this far exceeds what we imagined.”

It is worth pointing out that pandemic print special applies to almost all of my images. The choice of image is yours, and I will try to match the image with the best paper to make the most graceful and beautiful print possible!

Peonies mon Amour © Harold Davis, shown on washi with ink stamp

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Black and White Landscape and Architecture Webinar on Saturday Feb 6

Please consider joining us for Processing Black & White: Landscape and Architecture on Saturday February 6, 2021 at 11:00am PT.

Click here to register for this webinar, here to see our schedule of upcoming webinars, and here for webinar recordings.

Webinar description: In this detailed presentation, Harold Davis explains overall best practices for a digital black & white workflow. Harold will explain a variety of monochromatic conversion techniques. Strategies for putting all these techniques together in a single image with pinpoint control over different areas will be explained.

This presentation will particularly emphasize landscape and architectural photography.

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Rooftops of Paris © Harold Davis

Participant submissions for photo critiquing: There will be an opportunity for participants to submit images for online constructive critique during the webinar. Submission instructions will follow after enrollment and images will be chosen for critique at the discretion of the instructor.

In addition, one or more assignments will be given for participants, with the plan of presenting some of these images at the second Black & White session on February 20, 2012.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: Anyone interested in digital monochromatic photography.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of many books, including Creative Black & White 2nd edition (Rocky Nook) and The Photographer’s Black & White Handbook (Monacelli). According to the Seattle Book Review, Harold Davis’s photography “is the digital black and white equal of Ansel Adams’s traditional wet photography.”

Harold 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.

Click here to register for this webinar, here to see our schedule of upcoming webinars, and here for webinar recordings.

Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge (B&W) © Harold Davis

Under the Yaquina Bay Bridge © Harold Davis

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Creative LAB Color Essentials Webinar this Saturday

Hydrangea Relativity © Harold Davis

Hydrangea Relativity © Harold Davis

The Creative LAB Essentials Webinar this Saturday January 30, 2021 at 11am PT will be a great review of LAB Color if you’ve worked in LAB before, and an exciting introduction if this is your very first exposure to this incredibly cool topic.

Following a short presentation, I’ll proceed by demonstration. Topics to be covered include:

  • How LAB color works, and its implementation in Photoshop
  • Colors and channels
  • Inversions: the two images shown accompanying this post are an example of an LAB L-channel inversion
  • Creative sharpening with LAB
  • Downloading, installing, and working with my (free) LAB Photoshop Action

Advanced registration is required. Click here for webinar registration, and here for more information.

Hydrangea Relativity Inversion © Harold Davis

Hydrangea Relativity Inversion © Harold Davis

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Models in Stop Motion: the Multiple Exposure Series

We recently posted the video recording of Models in Stop Motion: the Multiple Exposure Series. Note that this video includes art photography of female nudes, and is not intended for anyone offended by this kind of photography, or who is under 18.

Vitruvian Woman © Harold Davis

Vitruvian Woman © Harold Davis

To learn more about my Multiple Exposure Series, click here and here. You can find more webinar recordings on this page. Click here for our upcoming schedule of workshops and events.

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