Monochromatic HDR in the Big Sur Landscape with Harold Davis

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Center for Photographic Art

San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue · Carmel, CA

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Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29, 2013---Sponsored by the Center for Photographic Art (CPA), Carmel, CA. THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.

Click here for info about the Monochromatic HDR in the Big Sur Landscape with Harold Davis workshop.


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.

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 Carmel and historic Monterey as well the glorious landscape of Big Sur, photographing subjects as varied as Bixby Bridge along Highway 1, Point Lobos, Mission Carmel, and more. 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.

Tuition: $400 (CPA members); $450 (non-members)

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Friday, September 27

5 pm: Orientation

5:30 pm: Harold Davis presentation, “Creative Vision in Monochromatic HDR Photography”

6:30 pm: Classroom session on Monochromatic HDR field techniques

7:30 pm: “Dutch Treat” Group dinner (optional)

Saturday, September 28

9 am: Gear check

9:30 am: Field session (location tbd)

11:30 am to 1:30 pm: Classroom session on multi-RAW processing and processing HDR sequences (box lunch provided)

2 to 6 pm: Field photography session (Point Lobos)

7 pm: “Dutch Treat” Group dinner (optional)

8:30 pm: Night shoot (optional)

Sunday, September 29

9 am: Classroom session, individual assignments

10 am to 12 pm: Individual assignments

12 to 2:30 pm: Assignment review, classroom session covering monochromatic conversion techniques (box lunch provided)

2:30 to 3:30 pm: The high tonal range monochromatic print (special considerations and techniques)

4 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.” “Inspiring!” “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.”