Black & White in San Francisco: A Weekend Workshop with Harold Davis

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Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, 2017

This workshop includes field photography in several Bay area locations, monochromatic shooting techniques in the field, black & white conversion in Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex, and other plug-ins, and monochromatic processing. Emphasis will be on thinking creatively in black and white in the field, and fully understanding the myriad possibilities in post-production.

Workshop limited to 12 attendees.

Tuition: $695.

The workshop will feature many of the field and processing techniques shown in Harold's new book, The Photographer's Black & White Handbook (

In this workshop, Master Photographer Harold Davis guides participants in all aspects of monochromatic digital photography and processing.

Workshop participants will take advantage of several San Francisco Bay area locations, with field destinations to be determined depending on weather and group predilections. Possibilities include the Cable Car Museum, Fort Point, Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will learn how to best to modify exposure settings when black and white is the ultimate destination.

In the classroom, hands-on guidance will explain techniques for converting RAW files and extending dynamic range. Monochromatic conversion methods in ACR, Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik, Topaz, and Perfect B&W will also be covered.

In addition, the workshop will provide extensive coverage of the creative vision required to successfully create art-gallery quality monochromatic images as well as the workflow necessary to make art prints.

Please note: If this workshop has less than eight participants, then we will use a less formal, field-based teaching format which will allow for more location photography and individual attention.

When: Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: The classroom session of the workshop is hosted in downtown San Francisco.

Workshop limited to 12 attendees.

Cost: $695.

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 Photographer's Black & White Handbook (Monacelli), 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.”


“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.”