Achieving Your Potential As a Digital Photographer


Achieving Your Potential as a Digital Photographer

A Multi-Modal Ongoing Six-Month Workshop with Harold Davis

What: This workshop presents a unique opportunity for mentoring by Harold Davis in the context of a supportive group environment. Each participant will conclude the workshop with a completed project such as a book, portfolio, or planned exhibition.

Harold states, “I am very fortunate to have met some extremely advanced photographers in my workshops and through my books. But many of these individuals are stuck and have not been able to move ahead. If this sounds like you, I believe I can provide you with the tools and structure to help take you to the next level.”

This workshop provides a platform for ongoing mentoring. Customized individual assignments will be given. After the initial intensive two-day in-person session, we will keep in touch with monthly private group online webinars and individual phone or email consultations. A final dinner to review work and celebrate our progress will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop.

Who this workshop is for:  Advanced amateur and semi-pro photographers who want to take their work to the next level, either as a means to make money, or simply for personal satisfaction.

Suggested Reading:  A reading list will be provided to participants in advance of the workshop.

Registration Process and Prerequisites:  Admission is by portfolio review only. To be considered for this workshop opportunity:

1. If you are a Meetup member, make sure you have joined Photography with Harold Davis.

2.  Email Harold ([masked]) no more than six low resolution JPEGs of your work. A link to an online portfolio can be substituted for the JPEGs. Include in your email a two or three sentence summary of what you would like to get out of the workshop. Please include the name you use on Meetup in your email and use the subject line "Achieve My Potential Workshop".

2.  If you are accepted in the workshop, we will send you an invoice for payment so you can complete enrollment, and also add you to the event if you are a Meetup member. Note that payment plan in two installments is possible if that works better for you (see below, please let us know if you would like this option).

When: The initial two-day in-person workshop session will be held Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16, 2014, with remote webinars and the final dinner meeting to be arranged depending upon the group schedule.

Where: The initial two-day weekend in-person session of the workshop will be hosted in Berkeley, California at a convenient location near the upscale Fourth Street shopping district and close to the University Avenue exit from I80. The monthly online webinar meetings will be scheduled as best suits the group, with individual phone conferences scheduled at the convenience of Harold and the participant. Participants will be notified of the location of the final Bay area dinner. To get the most out of this workshop you should be prepared to commit at a minimum to the initial weekend workshop and to attending the online webinars.

What is included: An initial two-day intensive in-person workshop, six monthly private online group webinars, individual telephone or email consultations with Harold, and a final celebratory dinner in a private room at a Bay area restaurant.

Cost: Tuition is $1,245.00 per person. A two installment payment plan is available ($622.50 on acceptance, and $622.50 March 1, 2014). Workshop is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. The final dinner is included in the cost.

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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  • Susan Snyder R.

    Not sure whether or not our group meet-up site is still operational, but thought this would be worth a try....

    Heading to Australia and New Zealand in the fall and would like to purchase a wide angle lens before we go. (Using Nikon D800 and D600 cameras.)

    Would love to get feedback from group members and Harold. Prime or zoom? How wide (current lens starts at 28)? What do you use? What do you think is the best bang for the buck? Or just the best? Thanks!

    Hope everyone is doing well and having fun. We went to Death Valley a few weeks ago and loved it.

    April 17

    • Harold D.

      Hi Susan, My favorite wide-angle lenses are the 15mm f/2.8 Zeiss and the 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss---but you might get more bang (and focal lengths) for your buck with the full frame Nikkor 12-24mm. Generally, when I've used a wide angle zoom lens I find that I am mostly using it at the widest setting, hence why bother with the zoom. Keep in mind that cameras (and lenses) don't take photos, people do---and that the craft of photography is always a craft of trade-offs. No gear is ever perfect. The most important thing is really to be familiar with what you are using, so don't buy a nice, new lens just before you leave. Trying before buying via lens rental is also a great idea.

      April 18

    • Susan Snyder R.

      Thanks, Harold. I was considering renting first. Now I'm sure I'll do that.

      April 18

  • Michele S.

    Hi Harold, I would be interested in this workshop, but the timing doesn't work for me this year - please count me on a list of those potentially interested should you do this again in the future. Best regards, Michele

    December 17, 2013

  • Susan Snyder R.

    Thought I'd try the group site to ask a question. (If I don't get any responses, I'll assume this did not work very well.)

    My question: do all the photos in a portfolio/folio need to be the same orientation (horizontal or vertical)? The same size (did not look like all the photos in the Brooks Jensen folio were the same)? Could the shape vary (e.g. some rectangular, some square)?

    I have several options and ideas for a themed grouping (to be included in a portfolio or calendar). Which I choose may partly depend on the size/orientation issue.

    March 20, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Hi Susan, my opinion is that "it depends." Certainly, I have presented portfolios, books, and other bodies of work with images of both orientations in the same grouping, and sometimes this is inevitable. However, having work only horizontal (or only vertical) does make cohesiveness easier, and may be necessary in some end uses, such as calendars. I think as you start laying groupings out you will see for yourself whether a mixed orientation group works or not, and you could always run a rough design by the group (email would probably work best for this). HD

      March 20, 2014

    • Susan Snyder R.


      March 20, 2014

  • Candace

    Such a wonderful group. Thanks Harold! I'm inspired.

    March 18, 2014

  • Robert B.

    Great information and inspiration to take my photography to the next level.

    March 16, 2014

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