Night Photography in San Francisco with Harold Davis - 3-Day Workshop

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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.

Night covers the globe half the time and—surprising to many—photographic opportunities with digital equipment are as exciting at night as they are during the day. Join night photographer Harold Davis, the author of Creative Night: Digital Photo Tips & Techniques (, a book explaining night photography techniques and 100 Views of the Golden Gate (, a book celebrating the visual glories of San Francisco's iconic structure, as we explore the freedom of the night in the glorious surroundings of San Francisco.

What: Night Photography in San Francisco with Harold Davis

When: Feb 20-22, 2015

Where: Berkeley, CA (classroom sessions); field locations around the San Francisco Bay area

Tuition and registration: $695; RSVP YES to register for this workshop using Paypal, or contact us if you'd prefer to pay by check or using an installment plan.

Workshop size: Minimum 4 and Maximum 12 participants

Field locations: Depend on conditions and group inclinations, may include Berkeley Pier, Oakland Waterfront Park, Mare Island, Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge, Kirby Cover, Lombard Street curves, San Francisco waterfront and Bay Bridge

Full Moon Rising © Harold Davis

On Friday, Harold will cover techniques, equipment, and night safety issues during an orientation session before moving outdoors to create images of the night. In the morning we’ll regroup to demystify post-processing of night time captures in Photoshop and evaluate our work in the context of personal goals.

A second night shoot on Saturday gives participants the opportunity to put into practice their newly acquired skills.

Time permitting, we will take advantage of the wonderful locations available to also shoot some daylight landscapes!

Classroom sessions will provide critiques of participant work, and demonstrate night photographic post-production Photoshop techniques including multi-RAW processing, stacking, layering, and LAB enhancements.

Field locations depend upon conditions, but will likely include the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands, the curves on Lombard Street, Berkeley Municipal Pier and downtown San Francisco. Conditions permitting, we may be able to take advantage of the early-setting new moon the weekend of Feb 21-22 to also practice capturing star trails.

San Francisco Moonrise © Harold Davis

We will learn to make beautiful night landscapes together, and enjoy the spectacular San Francisco scenery from a unique perspective. You’ll leave the workshop with great images and the skills to capture the world of the night while others sleep.

Agenda and Curriculum

Friday (Feb 20, 2015 sunset 5:53 PM)

5 PM Classroom session

Orientation to night photography

Night photography gear

Low-light and night shooting techniques

Safety in the dark

6 PM Proceed to location for low-light and night photography (location(s) tbd)


Saturday (Feb 21, 2014 sunset 5:54 PM)

10 AM Classroom session

Review last night’s work


Multi-RAW processing


12 Lunch Break

1 PM Daytime shoot, location tbd

3 PM Classroom session


LAB Color

Finishing techniques

5 PM – midnight Proceed to location(s) for sunset and night photography


Sunday, February 22, 2014

11 AM Group brunch (“Dutch Treat”)

12 Classroom

Review last night’s work


Night photography lessons learned

2:30PM Workshop wrap-up

Lombard Street Curves © Harold Davis

About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is an internationally-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of many photography books including The Way of the Digital Photographer ( Peachpit), Monochromatic HDR Photography ( (Focal Press) and Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques ( (Wiley Publishing).

In addition to his activity as a bestselling book author, Harold Davis is a Moab Master printmaker and a Zeiss Lens Ambassador. Harold Davis’s work is widely collected, licensed by art publishers, and has appeared in numerous magazines and other publications. His black and white prints are described as “hauntingly beautiful” [Fine Art Printer Magazine] and his floral prints have been called “ethereal,” with “a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual” [Popular Photography].

Harold Davis leads popular technique and destination photography workshops to many locations including Paris, France; Heidelberg, Germany; and the ancient Bristlecone Pines of the eastern Sierra Nevada.

You can learn more about Harold and his work on his website,