Black & White in San Francisco and HDR

Saturday April 12 and Sunday April 13, 2014

This workshop includes field photography in several Bay area locations, monochromatic HDR shooting techniques in the field, black & white conversion in Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex, and monochromatic HDR processing. Limited to 12 participants.

When folks think of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, they tend to have color imaging in mind. But the fact is that HDR techniques are just as applicable to monochromatic photography as to color.

Cable Car Wheels by Harold Davis

In both cases, the point is to extend the dynamic range of the resulting image beyond what is normally seen in a single exposure—and, indeed, beyond normal human perception. When working in digital black and white, the tonal range is extended from the lightest lights to the darkest darks. This results in images with great graphical appeal that make for splendid monochromatic prints.

In this workshop, Master Photographer Harold Davis guides participants in both aspects of the monochromatic HDR process: shooting and post-processing.

Workshop participants will take advantage of several San Francisco Bay area locations, with field destinations to be determined depending on weather and group predilections. Possibilities include the Cable Car Museum, Fort Point, Marin Headlnds and the Golden Gate Bridge.

In the classroom, hands-on guidance will explain techniques for extending dynamic range, monochromatic conversion methods, and best practices where the two technologies intersect.

In addition, the workshop will provide extensive coverage of the creative vision required to successfully create monochromatic HDR images as well as the workflow necessary to make art prints from this specialized image-making technique.

When: Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014

Where: The classroom session of the workshop is hosted in Berkeley, California/ We will car pool to field shooting locations.

Cost: Tuition is $695 per person. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.


Saturday, April 13

9 am:   Orientation

9:30am:   Black & White Photography in the Digital Era

10:30 am to 12:30 pm:  Classroom session on multi-RAW processing and shooting and processing HDR sequences

12:30 - 1:15 Lunch break

2 to 7 pm:  Field photography session(s) (Car pool, possible locations include San Francisco Cable Car Museum, Fort Point, Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge, tbd)

8 pm:  “Dutch Treat” Group dinner (optional, location tba)

Sunday, September 14

9 am:  Classroom session, individual assignments

10 am to 12 pm:  Individual assignments and field photography

12:00 - 12:45pm  Lunch break

12:45 to 3:00 pm:  Assignment review, classroom session covering monochromatic conversion techniques

3:30 to 4:00 pm:  The high tonal range monochromatic print (special considerations and techniques)

4:30 pm:  Workshop wrap-up







About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is a well-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of many photography books. His most recent titles are The Way of the Digital Photographer (Peachpit) and Monochromatic HDR Photography (Focal Press).

In addition to his activity as a bestselling book author, Harold is a featured columnist for He has been acknowledged as a Moab Master printmaker and is known as a Master Printer. His limited edition artist book Botanique was featured most recently in Fine Art Printing, the only magazine devoted exclusively to fine art photographic printmaking. Harold’s work is widely collected, licensed by art publishers, and has appeared in numerous magazines and other publications.

Harold’s technique and destination photography workshops to such diverse locations as Paris, France; Heidelberg, Germany; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada are widely popular and usually sell out quickly.

You can learn more about Harold Davis and his work on his website, Harold’s blog can be found at

What some folks have said about Harold Davis workshops:

“A great artist and speaker!”

“Harold is genuine, generous, and gracious – He has a world of knowledge and expertise that he loves to share – his wonderful books show his monumental talents and skill set- his workshops shows the depth of his connecting with others in a very real and personal way.”

“Awesome! He patiently addressed questions from the audience, which contained photographers of all levels, molding his answers to the level of understanding for each of us. His presentations covered a wonderful range of technical knowledge as well as emphasizing the need for images to have an emotional quality. The images he shares are breathtaking and he is generous in sharing many facets of how he captures such beauty.”

“Not all photographers are good verbal communicators. Harold is someone who can DO and TEACH. A rare combination of talents.”


“He was very giving of his talents and time. The course was very organized and thorough. Loved it! Learned so much!”

“Very creative and a marvelous instructor.”

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  • CAROL D.

    Yes a wonderful weekend. Thank you for teaching us so much, and for providing fabulous opportunities to photograph.

    April 16

  • Mary des J.

    Amazing weekend spent with all of you! Bows of gratitude to Harold, Mike and Phyllis for creating a stellar experience and all the inspirational mentoring. Love the rich dialogues that happen during the experience. Will be posting some images soon!!! Contemplating Hawk Hill tonight for the full moon eclipse!

    April 14

  • Linda N.

    I had fun!! And also learned a lot about the process after the photo was taken. Even though I had read the book, it's more valuable to be able to see the process in action and hear others comments and questions. Thanks Harold for a wonderful and insightful workshop!

    April 14

  • Harold D.

    Thanks for being such a creative, game and fun group. I had a great time with you!

    April 14

  • Judy B.

    Question- what lens will we need? I have a[masked] and[masked] Nikon. Plus a 24- 70 and a micro
    just want to know what will be the best for this event.

    Plus a tripod and will we need a flash?

    April 8

    • Harold D.

      Hi Judy---I would bring the[masked] and the 17-55. I think you can live with the gap between 55 and 70, but if you want to also take the 24-70 you would fill it. Most likely you will not need the macro lens. Yes, you should bring a tripod. No, you will not need a flash, although your are welcome to bring yours if you are comfortable with using it. Look forward to seeing you! Best - Harold

      April 8

  • Gary H.

    Is there a hotel near by that you recommend.

    March 24, 2014

    • Phyllis D.

      Hi Gary, I'll email a list with a map for you. Thanks! Phyllis

      March 24, 2014

  • Cynthia G

    OOPS! Didn't see that my answer is already posted, sorry.

    March 18, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Cynthia no worries. This is first and foremost a "seeing and shooting" workshop. When we are not in the field, we will be working through black & white conversion in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Silver Efex. Best wishes - Harold

      March 18, 2014

  • Cynthia G

    Although I replied I wasn't attending, I keep coming back to look at it. My main concern is what software is necessary for these techniques, what software do you use.

    March 18, 2014

  • Judy B.

    I am not sure I am advanced? What software is needed for this class? I am currently using a Nikon camera and have Lightroom and elements for editing.

    February 9, 2014

    • Harold D.

      Hi Judy, I think this workshop would work for you. It is largely about shooting in black and white and critiquing the results. I would want you to install the Nik Collection as a plug-in for Lightroom. We will be looking at processing via Nik Silver Efex and Nik HDR Efex Pro (the monochromatic HDR presets). There will be some material on selective layering in Photoshop, this will be part of the morning session on Saturday and the mid-afternoon session on Sunday (maybe a maximum of two hours), and as someone who doesn't use Photoshop you may not feel completely engaged with this (relatively small) part of the content. The real issue is whether you have an interest in seeing and making photos in black and white. Hope this helps, and best wishes.

      February 9, 2014

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