Creative Digital Post-Processing with Harold Davis

Master photographer Harold Davis is the author of many best-selling books including The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing, The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations, and the upcoming Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis, all from Focal Press.

In this presentation, Harold explains his complete digital workflow starting with his digital photography techniques. He shows how he uses multi-RAW processing and hand-HDR with layering to enhance original photos.

Along the way, Harold will demonstrate how he uses the LAB color space to improve imagery and create special color effects.

Finally, Harold will discuss how his images are prepared for publication and archived in the books he packages for major publishers, including Focal Press.

There will be ample time for Q&A, so please bring your questions for Harold to this presentation.

Harold’s presentation is sponsored by Focal Press, who is also generously providing many give-away items for the audience. Thank you Focal Press!

 

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  • Scott F.

    Great MeetUp. Thanks, Marie! Harold enthusiastically covered a lot of stuff, and interacted with the audience throughout the evening. I only wish it had been longer.

    January 11, 2012

  • Jack A. R.

    Wish he would have covered LAB color, but we ran out of time. Sweet idea with the books being handed out, though it seemed to get in the flow of the presentation a bit. Overall though, awesome work & ideas...

    December 10, 2011

  • Joel S.

    The presentation was powerful in that he focused on a unique segment of his creative work. The illustrations and examples were well explained and the Mr. Davis presents his material in a very spirited and engaging way.

    December 10, 2011

  • Ed

    Excellent workshop!! Thank you Harold.

    December 9, 2011

  • Rob B.

    Although my guest and I sat up front, and both got books for asking questions (the gifts for which we are MOST!!! grateful) I still rate this at only two stars because I feel the topics that were supposed to be covered weren't done so in a way that justified my time and expenses to be there. I really wanted more info/examples/processes RE: Lab, and HDR. Two images would have been sufficient for star trails. With all due respect (and I really mean that) to Harold's work, I feel the presentation was more like a portfolio presentation and promotion of Focal Press. In his sincere eagerness
    to answer every question, I believe the main purpose of the presentation, to cover ALL topics in SOME depth, was lost. I know it is hard to stick to a schedule. Perhaps some structure can be agreed to where questions are held 'til the end. I know that's hard and some get lost. I'm happy so many people got books. Harold knows his stuff. I wish I could have learned more. Thanks for pizza & drinks!

    December 9, 2011

  • Kirk B.

    I can always tell it was a good presentation when I go home and try something I saw. Harold Davis gave me several things I was excited to try out. As a presenter Harold was very engaging, clear and well prepared. I appreciated having the work files for several of the more sophisticated effects readily available for breaking down how the final image was produced. It was unfortunate we were interrupted by the long break for pizza. For me that was just a waste of time and I would have preferred it if the presentation went on and anyone who really needed pizza simply went for it. What Harold had to say was more valuable than cold pizza. This probably contributed to him having to cut things short as 8:30 rolled around. Much interesting material was left out and that was a shame. Even if we'd simply touched on it would have been useful and inspiring.

    December 8, 2011

  • Richard E.

    One of the Best I've Ever attended!. Please bring Mr. Davis back to continue where he left off.

    December 8, 2011

  • Luis

    Awesome! Lots of great info.

    December 8, 2011

  • wenda p.

    Very informative, as well as entertaining. It's great learning from the Mastrs.

    December 8, 2011

  • Jerry G.

    Very precise and very informative. Harold clearly knows his stuff and effectively communicates his points of views. His audience participation technique was awesome.

    December 7, 2011

  • SteveM

    Excellent presentation. Actually needed to be about an hour longer. Most of the presentation was high level overview. the good stuff was the demonstration and "case studies" could of been more of this but hard to do in a large group setting with lots of questions. Bring him back again!!

    December 7, 2011

  • Ben

    Love looking at Harold Davis' photos, but he rushed through a lot of the technical stuff. Would have been nice to see at least one actual demo instead of just walking through the steps.

    December 7, 2011

  • HH

    I thought it was interesting and it was invigorating and exciting - I've hardly tapped the potential with photoshop. I would definitely go to another workshop.

    December 7, 2011

  • Olga M.

    Good presenter, beautiful work, open to questions. Enjoyed the presentation

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guest speaker was well informed and answered alot of audience questions. Mishap with food delivery resulted in late start and end. Audience seemed a bit wound up while waiting to start. I have differing opinions on how the audience initially seemed focused more on getting free books than the topic of the night.

    December 7, 2011

  • Lisa Y.

    I really enjoyed Harold's presentation. I've enjoyed his Photoshop Darkroom books, he has a unique view of the program and it's capabilities, which is refreshing. Thanks!

    December 7, 2011

  • Wing C.

    Good turn out, great examples and question/answer

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Such promise, but not good. 1: If it says 6:30, it should start at 6:30 not 7pm. I got there at 6:15 and wasted 45 minutes. 2: There was never any length of time given for the meeting. That would have been VERY helpful.

    3: The presenter had GREAT stuff to share but time was wasted by really off topic questions from the audience. He promised to discuss 4 specific things. He should have covered the demos of those first and then went through a slide deck of his photos. Going through 30 of his photos and taking questions about random things killed the session. We had only gotten through 50% of the material when we were told there were 5 minutes left. If he had done it in reverse order we could have completed everything.

    Excited about the potential but this was unfortunately a complete waste of my time. Very hopeful for future presentations if they're better structured.

    December 7, 2011

  • Maxine C.

    Enjoyed Harold Davis - he always has some new information to share with us all.

    December 7, 2011

  • Howard B.

    Harold is always a great, passionate speaker. Wish we had more time for techniques as we ran out of time near the end.

    December 7, 2011

  • debrast

    Bummer that it started late. I would have liked that extra 30 minutes listening to Mr. Davis. Fun presenter. Thank you!

    December 7, 2011

  • Rodney S.

    Excellent speaker. Probably a little too advanced for me.

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish there had been more of a focus to Harold's presentation. He obviously knows a lot, but the constant interruptions for questions was tedious and boring. It was obviously done to give away books, which unfortunately only the first and second rows benefitted from. I expected more, including a much better presentation from from someone who has published so many books. At least the pizza was good.

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the material covered - too bad the pizza being late kept us from covering more material...It was great that Harold gave out books and It was great meeting him.

    December 7, 2011

  • Sean M.

    inspirational images, giveaways, and an energetic presentation!

    December 7, 2011

  • Charles K.

    OK. Too much portfolio not enough technique. Interesting work though.

    December 7, 2011

  • Shari

    It was a privilege gaining insight on the art and process of Mr. Davis. The level of dedication to the art was quite evident

    December 7, 2011

  • George H.

    The good news is I learned some different ways of image making, beyond HDR multi-exposure to include multi-focus, multi-time, and other possibilities. The bad news is Harold had lots more to share than we had time, partly due to a problem with pizza delivery and taking a break in the middle of the presentation.
    It was an exciting session with competitive interactions frequently rewarded with copies of his books from Focus Press, more so the closer you were to the front of the audience. Harold interacts well with the audience and continually expands his information provided in response. I'd like to hear more.

    December 7, 2011

  • Fima

    Great speaker. Great presentation!!! Not enough time to discuss all. Bring him back!!!

    December 7, 2011

  • Steve B

    Really enjoyed Harold's talk. I wish he'd had more time to show off how he made some of those great images in PS showing his efforts using layers etc... I'm reading his book The Photoshop Darkroom now.

    December 7, 2011

  • Tom H.

    Awesome, inspirational, funny, informative, and left me wanting more.

    December 7, 2011

  • Lee J.

    I will have to admit that I was rather disappointed. Too much time was spent on handing out books, answering irrelevant questions and on pictures of star trails. I was there to learn and felt that the presentation actually never got started. Had the subject been "Get to know Harold Davis", it would have been fine, but my goal for attending was to get tips on Photoshop. I would suggest leaving questions for the end of the presentation in the future and to have somebody that can steer the conversation back on track when needed.

    December 7, 2011

  • Tom D.

    My friend, Shari and I drove down from Sonoma County for this and it was well worth it. Harold is very good with an audience and I got a lot of good tips out of it; just enough to whet the appetite for more. It also confirmed my suspicions that I am on the right track in some of my workflows, though they are in need of some tweaking. Harold has opened my eyes up to some new possibilities which is always exciting.

    December 7, 2011

  • Rob C

    Very inspirational.
    I too would have liked for Harold to spend less time answering audience questions, especially the off-topic ones. This was a Photoshop learning event, not, what lens did you use, how do you hold your tripod still, and how do you price your work. Every moment spent off-topic meant less time for all of the material he had to skim over at the end of his presentation.

    December 7, 2011

  • Ronnie P.

    Harold was good. I would like to see more demo on how he work on processing in photoshop.

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Harold was really excellent. . . for people with far more Photoshop experience than myself. You might have included in the description that this was an advanced workshop.

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe abit fewer audience questions interrupting the flow & set aside times for audience involvement - it was fun but I think there was content that we missed - and the presentation doesn't need to be extended - time was fine - want to hear about your work flow not so much everyone else's - within this context -- but, of course, thank you!

    December 7, 2011

  • gregory C.

    Very wise speaker. Great imagery. However I thought the structure o the presentation was all over the place. I wish there was more time spent on technique and demos then on giveaways. Nonetheless grateful to Adobe, Focal Press and Harold for the talk

    December 7, 2011

  • Michael

    I thought Harold was great, but my friend and I really wished there had been more how-to demonstrations than just showing the finished final photos. It would have been excellent if he had devoted most of the talk time to, say, three or four photos and really done an in-depth breakdown of what he did to create the images. Or just taken some original images and tinkered with them in real time, showing us his process and how to do certain things. Otherwise, it just felt like a brief overview and wasn't particularly helpful to us (especially for my friend, who had to travel a long way to attend the lecture). I mean, I've been using Photoshop for decades now, and it would be nice to compare the process of what he does with what I do when working with photos. I'm hoping to discover tips and tricks unknown to me that would help me in my work. I suppose these comments apply to some of the past speakers as well. Still, Harold produces stunning work. Thanks for hosting his talk!

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too many questions ruined the flow of the lecturer. He couldn't get in depth about anything and the topics kept bouncing all over the place.

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent author, speaker, and very generous person giving out books. One of the best Photographer I know, and explain everything if had questions. A 5 star event.

    December 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The tips and advise we're much appreciated. Thanks Harold for sharing.

    December 6, 2011

  • Lou

    Magical work, clearly and exuberantly explained!
    I hope Mr. Davis returns soon, to cover the material in more detail, and I'm looking forward to getting his books!
    Thank You!
    P.S. Get well soon, Marie!

    December 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @All Travelers: CalTrain is available to SF and is about a few blocks from the SF CalTrain station.

    December 6, 2011

  • Josh

    @Christian-there is a few parking lots in the area, just make sure they're open past the end of the event. Some close at 6:30pm in the area, I believe. I usually find street parking, since most meters end after 6pm. Find an open meter, pay till 6pm, and you're golden.

    December 6, 2011

  • Christian L.

    Is there parking lot around adobe office? Please help!!!

    December 6, 2011

  • Marie M.

    hi tom - I will send a link and instructions out in an email to the members.

    December 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Marie - will directions on how to access the recording be posted in the comments section? Thanks!

    December 5, 2011

  • Louise J.

    Nancy--Thank you for understanding. This is exactly what I meant. I come directly from work and need to eat between work and the event, which I am also excited about.

    December 5, 2011

  • Nancy G.

    Perhaps Louise just wanted to know if she should eat before she gets there, based on past experience with pizza available. I don't understand how that is being rude. I am excited about the event. Thanks to all who are involved with making this happen.

    1 · December 5, 2011

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