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Secrets of Night Photography with Harold Davis

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


Secrets of Night Photography with Harold Davis

In a letter to his brother Theo, the great artist Vincent van Gogh wrote, "It often seems to me that the night is much more alive and richly colored than the day." The advent of digital photography has revolutionized the practice of night photography because a digital sensor can record the spectacular colors of the night. These colors are created by light waves in spectrums that are invisible to the naked human eye. For the first time we can truly "see" the world of the night around us.

In this presentation legendary photographer Harold Davis uses examples of his night photography ranging from urban shots of San Francisco to the empty spaces of the eastern Sierra and Death Valley to demystify the practice of night photography. You’ll quickly understand why this genre has become so popular with digital photographers in recent years. Topics covered include:


·         Finding the best subjects for night photography

·         Exposure and focusing at night

·         Safety at night

·         Capturing night scenes with the moon

·         Night photography in the digital darkroom

·         Understanding how to use multi-RAW and hand-HDR techniques in night photography

·         Stacking star trails


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 (Amphoto),  Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), 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.

Besides Creative Night, 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 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).

For more information, visit his website:


Attention participants:

We are meeting at the Sports Basement - Bryant Street store meeting room in San Francisco. Parking is on the street and in the garage (entrance from Florida Street). Go to the basement meeting room "Grotto". Snacks and drinks will be served (free).

This event is sponsored by Sports Basement and is an online photo hosting and sharing service. Click here to sign up for a free service!

Event schedule:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Socialize, network, refreshments.
This is a perfect networking opportunity in a friendly atmosphere. Bring your portfolio, photos, books or new photo gadgets to share with the group.
7 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Presentation

8 p.m - Q&A Session

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  • Andrys

    I would have been there but was in Yosemite that day. I just went to view the generous video you uploaded, Harold, and although you said it might not be of the best quality for hearing? it is VERY CLEAR. I need hearing aids but had ZERO problem understanding. Excellent presentation and no echo either. Thanks very much for this!

    April 21, 2012

  • Rita

    i've enjoyed many of the other sessions i've attended as part of this group much better. his work didn't really speak to me. i found the group to be very disruptive this session compared to all the others i've attended. firing questions throughout the session, even when repeatedly asked not to.

    March 30, 2012

  • David M

    Harold's work was inspiring and he freely shared his process "how tos" with the group

    March 16, 2012

  • Edward W.

    Another great job Harold - thanks.

    March 15, 2012

  • SteveM

    Thanks Harold!

    March 15, 2012

  • Julie

    Harold Davis work was amazing! He was patient in answering everyone's questions.

    March 15, 2012

  • Jeff

    I have been to several of the presentations put on by this Meetup group, and I think this was the best. I liked the combination of tips, humor, and amazing photographs that were presented. This was much more lively as far as Q&A as well.

    March 15, 2012

  • jane c.

    unfortunately due to my error, i arrived late-i went to the wrong sports basement (presidio) during lengthened commute due to bad weather-got there for q&a which harold is very good about fielding

    March 15, 2012

  • Ed K.

    Really awesome talk. Learnt absolutely loads.

    March 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent. Harold Davis offered well organized materials through his beautiful body of work.

    March 15, 2012

  • Greg E.

    Good pictures
    Enough technical information

    March 15, 2012

  • Stephen S.

    Very fine photography with an excellent command and explanation of his tools. It would be useful to have a web address which lists all the contacts and necessary tools to do this level of work.

    March 15, 2012

  • Justine C.

    Enjoyed the session very much. The speaker was very good and it is always nice to get a chance to get together with other photographers.

    March 15, 2012

  • Chad F.


    March 15, 2012

  • Harold D.

    Great to present information about night photography to such an enthusiastic audience!

    March 15, 2012

  • Garrett

    Spot opened up but it was too late for me to notice and change plans. Next time!

    March 14, 2012

  • Clint


    If there's any way you can get to the city, I can give you a ride back since I'm in Belmont. I actually work in SF, so that's why it would be a one way.

    Let me know.

    March 13, 2012

  • sonny m.

    Now that a spot opened for me I'm wondering if any others from mid peninsula interested in car pooling. I'm in redwood city and willing to drive. Probably leave about 5:00 to get to 6:00 meet and greet

    If interested, contact me directly - [masked] sonny

    March 13, 2012

  • Julie

    So happy a spot opened up. Thank You.

    March 13, 2012

  • Clint

    Awesome! So glad a spot opened up.

    March 13, 2012

  • Beto "Mooncricket" L.

    Cool Thank you. This looks like a good meet up.

    March 13, 2012

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