Patterns, Abstractions, and Composition

What: Patterns, Abstractions, and Composition

When: Saturday, October 17, 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

Details: 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. At its best, the judicious use of visual patterns transcends the original context of the photograph to become an abstraction—that is, an image with resonance, multiple contexts, and emotional appeal. Mastering patterns and learning to make abstractions is the key to becoming adept at composition.

In this presentation, I’ll examine the role and progression of patterns and abstractions in the composition of my work. The webinar will conclude with exercises and suggestions for bringing best practices for working with patterns and abstractions to build stronger compositions 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

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

Patterns in Glass 3 © Harold Davis

Patterns in Glass 3 © 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

Misty Mountains© Harold Davis

Misty Mountains © Harold Davis