Photograph Paris with Harold: Night, Black & White and Spring Flower Photography

Have you ever wanted to photograph Paris, the City of Lights, at night? Then this is the workshop for you!

Legendary photographer, night-shooting guru, and flower photographer extraordinaire Harold Davis, and Mark Brokering, our own Director of Social Awesomeness and expert-on-all-things-Parisian, will guide a small group of participants to get those amazing, out-of-the way shots that are hard to find on your own.

Registration is now open for this workshop. Click here for the COMPLETE ITINERARY, workshop terms & conditions, and ONLINE REGISTRATION. A $400 deposit is required to hold a spot.

Please DO NOT RSVP here until you have actually registered for a spot. You can register online or by calling[masked] (ask for Janet Tollund at extension 133).

Note that registration count as shown on Meetup is not necessarily accurate. THIS WORKSHP IS FULL. Please drop us an email if you might be interested in photographing Paris in the spring of 2014!

Besides shooting Paris at night, we will shoot Monet's Gardens at Giverny, and work to emulate the monochromatic visions of Paris expressed by Brassai and Atget.

We'll stay in the arty and luxurious Hotel Lutetia in the Latin Quarter, explore the neighborhoods of Paris, photograph the stairs of Montmartre, shoot the Luxembourg Gardens, and photograph along the banks of the Seine River.

There will be ample time for each participant to pursue their own photographic dreams and goals.

Several sessions will explore ongoing post-production options to enhance the images of Paris we will be creating.

The workshop tuition includes eight days of photography in Paris, transfer from the airport, accommodations for seven nights in the artistic, historic and comfortable Hotel Lutetia, all breakfasts, three dinners, Paris metrocards, and several excursions.

Excluded from the cost: airfare to Paris, gratuities, all lunches, some dinners, single room supplement, and incidentals.

The cost per person of this workshop is $4,500.00 (this is an early-bird special price, rises to $4,750 on September 1, 2012). Spouse or significant others are welcome, subject to space limitations.

Click here for more information, complete itinerary and prospectus!

About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer and widely recognized as one of the leading contemporary photographers.

He is the author of more than 30 books, including Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Photography, Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations (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.

The Creative titles include: Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Portraits: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley). He's also written a book on the fundamentals of exposure, Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O'Reilly Media).

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  • C N

    one of my Paris photos "Night Moves" got an Honorable Mention in the Int'l Photo Awards.

    http://bit.ly/1pShM3O­

    June 4

  • C N

    highly recommended...

    http://movies.netflix.com/WiMov...­

    August 11, 2013

  • C N

    looks like an interesting documentary...

    http://trailers.apple.com/trail...­

    August 9, 2013

  • C N

    something i won't be doing - http://bit.ly/13HKs3d­

    August 6, 2013

  • Susie L.

    What is "Notan"?

    August 4, 2013

    • C N

      it's a concept about the relationship between light and dark tones and how they interact to create form, weight and balance.

      August 4, 2013

    • C N

      August 4, 2013

  • Susie L.

    Thanks for the thoughtful sharing Chester!

    August 4, 2013

  • C N

    Part 4

    One other note... I'm always cognizant of how my eyes travel in a photograph and how the image ends along the edges. A "successful" image is one where the artist manages to keep my eyes from leaving the frame and the edges help define those boundaries.

    I hope these are helpful tools for you to use in evaluating and sorting out which images work best for you. Feel free to share your set of criteria. Inquiring minds want to know...

    Chester

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • C N

    Part 3

    Here are some intangibles (in no particular order) I think are important that I look for beyond the usual technical and composition elements.

    • Story
    • Gesture
    • Mood
    • Metaphor
    • Symbolism
    • Moment
    • Presence
    • Closure
    • Tension
    • Negative space
    • Gestalt
    • Notan

    Their presence (or lack of) and the dynamics of how it's presented in an image can dramatically affect (both negatively and positively) the overall feel and visual impact of that image. At times, these intangibles are powerful enough to override (maybe even complement) imperfections and shortcomings in the technical and composition elements. They have the potential and the leverage to elevate an image from standard pedestrian fare to "fine art". Again, all of this is very subjective, so the bottom line is whatever works for you and your set of criteria.

    August 4, 2013

  • C N

    Part 2

    Here are the questions I ask myself...

    • Does the image capture my attention and maintain my interest?
    • Does the image present a fresh, original or different perspective?
    • Does the image reveal a deliberateness in intent and style?
    • Does the image draw me in and make me want to spend time to study it in depth?
    • Does the image connect with any of my life experiences?
    • Does the image have personality and charisma?
    • Does the image move beyond a literal representation?
    • Does the image provoke imagination or provide latitude for interpretation?
    • Does the image keep me coming back for more?
    • Do I discover new things when I do come back?
    • How often do I come back?
    • Does the image make me want to see additional work from this artist?
    • Does the image make me want to probe the psyche of the artist?

    Hmm... one can almost substitute the word "image" with "person" and apply this test to HR screening and hiring.

    August 4, 2013

  • C N

    Part 1

    Since there is a 1,000 character max here for each post, I need to post this in multiple parts.

    A photographer friend of mine asked me yesterday about my thought process on how I go about evaluating and critiquing photographs. He's going to judge a couple of contests and will be gauging which ones are most "successful" that work for him.

    I thought I'd share my response with you. These are my own personal views.

    For me, it's all about how an image engages me. It's purely a right brain emotional gut reaction and VERY, VERY subjective. My choice is no better than the next person's.

    It's like music. Often times I can't articulate why I like a song. I just find myself cranking up the volume because it really moves me. Someone else might think it sucks.

    Yes, there are technical and composition elements you can speak to, but at the end of the day, these are the only questions that really matter to me. Responses aren't a simple Yes/No. It's a scale with much discussion.

    August 4, 2013

  • Susie L.

    National Geographic Traveler put up France photos. A few look pretty familiar :)

    http://travel.nationalgeographi...­

    July 29, 2013

  • Harold D.

    Here's the link to the 2014 Photograph Paris workshop: http://www.meetup.com/Harold-Da...­. A $500 early-bird discount applies until September 1, 2013. There's also a $500 discount for previous workshop participants. Hope to see you there!

    July 22, 2013

  • Terry H.

    It also has a motion blur component to it as far as I can tell. If motion is vertical the pole will be solid. If there is some horizontal motion but with the majority of the exposure time at the center then the horizontal blur will be less exposed. If it is multiple but with a primary longer exposure and secondary exposures that are less exposed, this might explain some of this effect. I am rambling but looks like some fun experimentation is in order.

    July 20, 2013

  • Marianne G.

    It does look like multiple exposures but I can't see why the black pole near the right edge is so sharp. I can tell that a slow shutter speed was used from the way the people in the street are warped. It's that pole that's a mystery.

    July 20, 2013

  • Vivian L.

    Looks like multiple exposures.

    July 20, 2013

  • Terry H.

    This is a nice effect Marianne. You have me curious now :-)

    July 20, 2013

  • Marianne G.

    Here's another take on ways to photograph Paris. This appeals to me although I'm not quite sure how to achieve the effect. http://www.americanphotomag.com...­

    July 20, 2013

  • Terry H.

    Vivian's and my 5DM3 appear OK. Canon Rumors has info on this. http://www.canonrumors.com/2012...­ the original like leak was from the LCD. My guy in Salt Lake City performed a mod to correct this. It was strategically placed electrical tape inside the unit. As to the latesest light leak with the night light, How often does one shoot with this illuminated?

    July 16, 2013

  • C N

    has anyone with a 5DMIII experienced this light leak?
    http://petapixel.com/2012/04/13...­

    July 16, 2013

  • Susie L.

    bad French. parce que il est le television Americain. is that better?

    Is there anyone besides me who would enjoy having a photo book made from the photos everyone is posting? Maybe it's a little selfish of me in that there are so many good images from everyone. Really enjoy seeing them.

    July 13, 2013

    • Susie L.

      I have the interest but questionnably the time. I also have not put a photo book together so my expertise may not be sufficient to do it. But I will give it some thought. If there is someone who would collaborate with me I would feel more comfortable.

      July 14, 2013

    • Harold D.

      Hi Susie---I think putting together a book is a very educational thing to do, ultimately photos need to be printed and designing a book helps to see how this works, and this is information one can take back to one's photography. There are some courses out there on making photo books, this might be a structure that would help it to seem less daunting. Also, Phyllis, Mark and I would certainly be happy to give you input, advice and feedback if you took it on. Best - Harold

      July 15, 2013

  • Susie L.

    je ne sais pas. peut-être parce que le televsion est Americain. :)

    July 5, 2013

  • Mike W.

    Pourquoi pas ?

    July 5, 2013

  • Susie L.

    Oh, and there's no one speaking French! :)

    July 2, 2013

  • Susie L.

    Just tuned in to a NCIS episode set at Hotel Lutetia! It's a rerun from 2012 called "Recovery" according to the Xfinity schedule. If you're interested you can probably find the episode online. Fun! Lots of shots of the Concierge, lobby, hallways. And at least one shot of the front entrance :)

    July 2, 2013

  • Harold D.

    Understanding Gertrude Stein's Paris: http://www.newyorker.com/online...­

    June 24, 2013

  • C N

    June 22, 2013

  • C N

    stats on the french tourist - http://www.doyouspeaktouriste.f...­

    June 22, 2013

  • C N

    interesting technology. i'm a little skeptical but it might be worth a try. http://www.piccure.com/­

    June 18, 2013

  • C N

    White Dinner at the Louvre last night - http://yhoo.it/14zRb2B­
    (looks like a lot of fun)

    from previous years...
    http://bit.ly/lpYdTf­
    http://bit.ly/kxolF5­
    http://bit.ly/14zReLy­

    June 13, 2013

  • C N

    John Sexton & Kim Weston interviews

    http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/St...­

    June 13, 2013

    • Harold D.

      Great interviews! Highly recommended, thanks Chester.

      June 13, 2013

    • C N

      note that you do not have to wait until the other parts air at future dates to view them. when you pull up the viewer, you can click on the menu button on the bottom right to access the other parts immediately.

      June 13, 2013

  • C N

    "FREE" is a good four letter word.

    https://www.coursera.org/course/...­

    June 12, 2013

  • C N

    June 7, 2013

    • C N

      wow, "the best you ever had?" that's saying something. now i gotta go try it out.

      June 8, 2013

    • Vivian L.

      It was an unanticipated splurge. Made up for the next night when we ended up in a 400 yr old house in a room with no heat, no wifi, no tv, etc.

      June 8, 2013

  • Harold D.

    They built a faux Paris => http://www.messynessychic.com/2...­

    June 8, 2013

  • Harold D.

    The Eiffel Tower's Voice: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/...­

    June 5, 2013

  • C N

    i don't remember seeing all these places. guess i better go back.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    June 5, 2013

  • C N

    May 30, 2013

  • C N

    Two of my photos were selected for this upcoming exhibition in SF opening on July 13th.

    http://galleryphotographica.com...­

    May 29, 2013

  • Marianne G.

    Another very talented photographer, Peter Monteforte, who is a friend of mine and Chester's, was in Paris at the same time we were. If you are interested in seeing his shots of some of the places we visited as well as some different takes, go to montefortephotography/travel/Paris­. I think you'll enjoy his perspective.

    May 19, 2013

  • Phyllis D.

    Hello Everyone! Even though I wasn't on the trip, I really love the photos that keep appearing as everyone has the chance to put them up. Thank you everyone for the photographic journey! Phyllis (o:

    May 21, 2013

    • Susie L.

      Me too Phyllis! I'm really enjoying seeing everyone's work from the trip.

      May 27, 2013

  • C N

    May 24, 2013

  • C N

    for those of you who are just dying to get back to Paris, here's a good excuse.

    http://fotofest-paris.com/­

    May 20, 2013

  • C N

    for future reference - paris metro iphone app

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/...­

    May 19, 2013

  • Susie L.

    I just got a message from Find my iPhone. It was an announcement that all data and settings on my phone are being erased. It is a little disconcerting that I lost the phone on April 27, initiated the erase on that date, and am just now being notified that the erase is happening. I wonder what has being going on from then until now. wow.

    May 16, 2013

    • C N

      cool. i guess the technology works. too bad the O/S doesn't go one step further and totally obliterate the phone. you know, like self destruct with a whiff of smoke.

      May 17, 2013

    • C N

      must be an app for that...

      May 17, 2013

  • C N

    May 14, 2013

  • Harold D.

    May 13, 2013

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