Mastering Creative Photoshop: The Way of the Digital Photographer

Mastering Creative Photoshop: The Way of the Digital Photographer

A Two-Day Weekend Workshop with Harold Davis

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. WE HAVE OPENED A SECOND SESSION OF THIS WORKSHOP, May 31 - June 1, 2014. CLICK HERE FOR INFO AND REGISTRATION.

What: This workshop covers developing a personal digital Photoshop workflow. Topics explained in detail include archiving and checkpoints, RAW processing, multi-RAW processing, HDR, hand-HDR, stacking, LAB color creative effects, using backgrounds and textures, layers, layers masks, working with channels, Photoshop filters, and plugins from Nik Software, onOne Software, and Topaz.

Harold states: “I often get asked about my Photoshop techniques in the course of a workshop. In a general workshop that involves photography there just isn’t time to cover the vast multitude of creative Photoshop techniques that I use in depth. This workshop will provide a one-time opportunity to explore Photoshop as a creative medium and artistic partner component if digital photography. I will work with each participant to develop their personal Photoshop style and to process one or more of their own images using the techniques demonstrated in this workshop.”

Suggested Reading:  Please read Harold’s The Way of the Digital Photographer (published by Peachpit Press) before attending this workshop.

Prerequisites:  Participants are expected to know how to use their computers and to have a basic knowledge of Photoshop. Please contact us with any questions about whether you have the appropriate background for this workshop.

What to bring: Please bring a laptop with Photoshop installed and some of your images that you would like to work on. The following software is also suggested (but not required): Perfect Suite from onOne Software, the Nik Collection, Topaz Adjust and Topaz Simplify.

When: Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, 2014

Where: The workshop is hosted in Berkeley, California, in a convenient location near the upscale Fourth Street shopping district and close to the University Avenue exit from I80.

Cost: Tuition is $695 per person. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer and widely recognized as one of the leading contemporary photographers. His images are widely collected and commissioned, and his popular photo workshops are often sold out. He has been recognized as a Moab Master for his printmaking prowess.

He is the author of many bestselling books about photography and Photoshop, including The Way of the Digital Photographer (Peachpit Press), Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Photography (Amphoto),  Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), and The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press).

Harold is the author of the Creative Photography series from Wiley Publishing.

“Harold Davis’s Creative Photography series is a great way to start a photography library”—Daniel Fealko, PhotoFidelity.


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  • CAROL D.

    Harold, that was a great workshop! I agree with Janet that handouts on the process steps would be most helpful to aid our learning process. Mike's LAB handout was wonderful - more like that, please. Also classroom setup could be better. We are seated far from the wall where the computer projection appears. I could not really see it. So no handout, no visibility, tons of new information, kind of a struggle, especially as one gets tired toward the end of the day. Not sure what the solution might be for improvised visibility. A movie screen to project the computer onto, placed closer to where the students are seated? A different arrangement of the tables? thanks, Carol

    January 28, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Thanks Carol for the feedback. Much appreciated. I do wish you had let me know during the workshop that you had trouble seeing the screen, as this is something we could have fixed in real time!

      January 30, 2014

  • Manuel O.

    Hi Harold:
    Thank you for the workshop and thank you for asking for feedback. Because I do better on a more structured environment I would like to suggest the following:
    1. To have files assigned for the work shop to be downloaded from your site. These files paired to handouts that would give step by step description of the procedure would have help me to keep myself on track and get more out of the class.
    2. To give every participant a light, flag or a signal of some sort that can be left ON to make the assistant instructor aware of the student(s) who have questions and is (are) in waiting.
    I am not suggesting that it should be a tour de force. At the end of the morning or afternoon of both should be time assigned for the participants to work on their on projects.
    Again thank you for the work shop the content was great!

    January 30, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Thanks Manuel for your detailed and helpful comment. I am glad you learned from the workshop content also! Best wishes - Harold

      January 30, 2014

  • Harold D.

    Thanks everyone for your hard work and creativity in this workshop, please keep in touch---and let us see the results!

    January 27, 2014

    • Janet B.

      Harold - I enjoy your workshops and get so much from them. The only improvement that might be made is to include handouts on process steps when they are not included in the book suggested for the class. At least that way when I get home I have something to refer to besides my notes....which can at times be lacking. Thanks again for your eagerness to share your process with us.

      January 27, 2014

  • Mike W.

    Photoshop History Log option:
    In response to a question Harold mentioned a history log function in Photoshop to apparently track/record what you do, but we could not identify the function on-the fly.

    To turn it on (on a Windows PC) go to Edit > Preferences > General > History Log Box > check your preferences.

    January 27, 2014

  • Janet B.

    The information and techniques are amazing. I hope that through repeated practice I will be able to improve the quality of my work and workflow.

    January 26, 2014

  • Janet B.

    Harold...thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and techniques with us. I agree with Greg - you gave us tons of information that we now need to make sure we use and practice over the next few weeks so that it starts to become second nature.....well I can dream! As always.....I gained knowledge and understanding from your workshops.

    January 26, 2014

  • Greg E.

    I think it was very good. Why the doubt? Because I'm not sure I'll remember as much as I need to remember. I need over the next few weeks to make sure that the many useful tools in the class become part of my workflow. The problem isn't Harold, he did a great job. The problem is that I need to work my way through the tools until I am comfortable with them and can easily use them as I process photos. I have my notes from what Harold taught. I have his book. The tools are on my computer. I need to use them.

    Ask me in a month.

    And thank you Harold, I know I need to learn much more Photoshop that I knew before the class began. You gave me a good start.

    January 26, 2014

  • Aamir

    Great meeting everyone. Learned a ton.

    January 26, 2014

  • Susan Q.

    Great instruction with good use of plug ins to enhance work. New techniques to give good work that extra something.

    January 26, 2014

  • CJ G.

    A number of you had questions about how to organize your images in Adobe Lightroom. Mike Watson and I recently wrote an article on this. You can find it at: http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/how-to-organize-photos-in-adobe-lightroom/

    January 26, 2014

  • CJ G.

    January 26, 2014

  • celie p

    Thanks Harold for taking us to the headlands last night. It was a real thrill. Now I need help making a series of exposures some of which may be longer than 30 sec.

    January 26, 2014

  • Janet B.

    Mike......thanks so much!

    January 25, 2014

  • Mike W.

    I have posted a .PDF file that contains a detailed description of the LAB workflow Harold demonstrated. To download click on the tab above called More > Files > LAB & LAB Actions – Mike Watson.pdf

    January 25, 2014

  • Aamir

    For those who use both Lightroom and Photoshop, do you recommend getting Perfect Photo Suite for one or the other or both?

    January 20, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Hi Amir, I'd suggest getting the Premium Edition, it works with both Lightroom and Photoshop. If you get the Lightroom only version you'll find it too limiting, and not compatible with the workflow I show in this workshop. Best wishes - Harold

      January 20, 2014

  • Harold D.

    Optional free shoot for workshop attendees: Weather permitting, on Saturday evening following the session I will lead an optional photo shoot to the Golden Gate Bridge. There will be no additional charge for this.

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • Richard

    Will this program be offered at another time this year, and maybe on the east coast?

    January 1, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Great idea Richard! At the moment I have no plans to give this workshop again, or on the east coast. But I always appreciate requests/suggestions. Where on the east coast are you located?

      January 1, 2014

    • Richard

      I'm in the Finger Lakes region of NY

      January 3, 2014

  • Harold D.

    This workshop is limited to 16 attendees. There will also be two facilitators. As of today (Jan 1, 2014) there are only five places available. Thanks!

    1 · January 1, 2014

    • Greg E.

      I put a note in the Millbrae Camera Club newsletter about this (I'm the editor).

      January 1, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Thanks Greg!

      January 1, 2014

  • Harold D.

    This workshop is limited to 16 attendees. There will also be two facilitators. Thanks!

    January 1, 2014

  • Melvin G.

    Hello Harold, I've attended Green Dragon and Paris workshops with you and found myself feeling helpless regarding photoshop as you go through the processing as I know you have to go with the majority of participant's expertise and experience. Will this class lean more towards the expert wanting to know exotic ways to process or will you start with simplified processing and slowly progress? I want to learn photoshop (I admire your work and teaching ability)
    but am concerned about being "lost" from the "GITGO"

    January 1, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Mel, this is a great question. My feeling is that one area in photographic education that is missing is using Photoshop to artistically enhance photography. Sure, you can get step-by-step tutorials on features via Lynda.com or elsewhere---but as in my books I am going to focus on the specific creative assets that photographers need. Within that universe, I am absolutely going to take it one step at a time (we should have plenty of time with the entire weekend). Please also see private email. Hope you decide to come, and best wishes, Harold

      January 1, 2014

    • Melvin G.

      OK, its a new year to learn, I'm taking you at your word Harold I'm from SE Ga. just don't leave me behind, I just signed on.

      January 1, 2014

  • Greg E.

    I also want to learn PS reasonably* well this year. So far I have only about 30 hours reading/studying/using PS. I'm pretty good with Aperture (Apple's equivalent of LR) and Nik. However I think my work is not as subtle as Harold's and I'd like to gain a better eye for what makes a good photograph as well how to achieve the post-processing to turn a good into a great photo.

    Like Melvin, I've been on several workshops with Harold before. (Bristlecones, Anza Borrego, Waves, Point Reyes MLB, Sutro Baths, etc.)

    I'm studying the book and looking forward to the class and meeting all of you!

    * Does anyone know all of PhotoShop? If by the end of 2014 I know well the 5-10% of PS I need to create what I want I'll be happy.

    January 1, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Good point Greg about not knowing all of Photoshop! The entirety is unknowable by any one person (but see my comment to Mel!).

      January 1, 2014

  • Manuel O.

    Helo to all. I hopefully meet you in January. I guess Harold has to let me know of the specifics about the how to pay for the workshop

    December 15, 2013

    • Harold D.

      Dear Manuel---the first step is to join the Photography with Harold Davis Meetup group, I see you have already done this. Next, in the Mastering Photoshop workshop click the Yes button under "Will you attend?" on the upper right. Follow the screen instructions to provide your payment info using Paypal (a major credit card or bank account will work). If you have any problems with this, please let us know and we can send you a Paypal invoice, take a credit card payment directly, or you can pay by check. Look forward to seeing you there! Harold

      December 16, 2013

  • Greg E.

    How well should one know Photoshop before taking this class?

    November 25, 2013

    • Greg E.

      Ok, I have signed up. I've just started working on PhotoShop, are there any particular areas I should concentrate on?

      November 25, 2013

    • Harold D.

      Familiarize yourself with the interface, particularly layers panel and channels panel. Take a good look around the Toolbox and find out which tools are hidden under others. Have a good look at the layers material in the first third of "The Way of the Digital Photographer." Look forward to seeing you there!

      November 25, 2013

  • Sadanand P.

    Does this workshop involves actual photo-shoot at locations?

    October 31, 2013

    • Harold D.

      Hi Sadanand, great question. No, this is solely a Photoshop Darkroom workshop. Many my workshops involve both a photography and a post-production component. But this one focuses on post-processing, in response to the many requests I get for going into the digital darkroom in depth. Hope to see you there! Harold

      1 · October 31, 2013

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