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Photographing Flowers for Transparency: Full Day Workshop with Harold Davis

Full Day Workshop:

Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis

Tuition is $195.00.

Master photographer Harold Davis is well-known for his often imitated---but seldom equaled---digital images of luscious transparent and transulent flowers.

In this unique workshop offering master photographer Harold Davis shows the techniques he uses to create his floral masterpieces. Arrangement, composition, photography, post-production will all be covered, as will Harold's special techniques for shooting on a lightbox.

Who is this workshop for?

The workshop is intended for photographers of all levels with an interest in flower photography.

Where: MIG Meeting Place, 800 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

When: Saturday December 1, 2012, 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Tuition: The cost of the workshop is $195 per person. Workshop limited to 20 participants.

What to bring: Your camera (preferably capable of shooting in RAW and with a manual exposiure mode), camera manual, tripod (if you have one), and a way to make notes!

If you'd like to follow the post-production examples please bring a laptop loaded with Photoshop, and HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software (trial versions of this software are available for free download).


10:00AM - Workshop orientation

10:30 - Glory of the tranlucent petal

11:30 - Floral arrangement and composition

12:30 - Lunch break

1:30 - Shooting on a lightbox

2:30- High-key post-production

3:30 - Adding a background

4:00 - Printing botannicals

4:30 - Review, wrap-up and Q&A

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, Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), 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.

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 Night: 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).

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  • Lucy B.

    A very packed day! Harold is very clear and organized; an outstanding photographer who is also an outstanding teacher. I would like to see a photoshop workshop where you have time to try out what is being taught. Would probably need to be more than one day, though. Or, perhaps, bring in a set of images ready to process. Thank you!

    December 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice meeting all you people It was a good class buy I wish there were handouts on the procedure My notes are not so complete and Ive spent hours in PS trying to get it right and just cant get it right
    I have three books Maybe I can Figger it out

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to be able to meet everyone and participate in this workshop. I was humbled by the amount of work involved in the process and disappointed that I didn't come more prepared. (You mean you can't just put the camera in P mode and sell a million prints?) ;-) I have read through several of the examples in the photographing flowers book as was stumped in several places. This would have been the perfect opportunity to ask some direct questions. My loss on that one. My take away from all of this is to get off my butt and do my homework first.

    December 2, 2012

  • Bob A.

    As usual, Harold was well-organized and clearly presented the information necessary to accomplish the goals of the workshop. The shooting session was very useful. When I returned home I worked through one of my images from the workshop and got a passable rendering of a transparent flower array, and I am confident that I can improve on these results. I will never be able to match Harold's beautiful prints but the workshop opened up new photo possibilities. My only suggestion for future workshops is to not try to be so inclusive; the discussion of the final tweaks using Nik Efex such as Glamour Glow, as well as printing issues, was hurried and perhaps best saved for a Master class.

    December 2, 2012

  • Gail Miller B.

    Thanks, Harold, and everyone else for making the day a wonderful experience. I learned a lot, saw old friends and met new ones. And made it home in the rain safely.
    Harold, thank you for the time, expense and effort it took to put on a great one-day workshop. I learned a lot, but could not absorb nearly as much as you provided. You are a wealth of information and share it so graciously. Hopefully, I will post a photo soon. :-)

    1 · December 2, 2012

  • Steven J.


    December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the pace, in-depth instruction and generous sharing. The 'helpers' were awesome and took the time needed to make sure each participate 'got it'. Thank you so much! It was a 1st for this workshop and it was really very special. Every question was answered completely and I believe everything was covered... Bless the flowers who gave their all :-)

    December 1, 2012

  • Gail Miller B.

    Hi Harold,
    Am looking forward to Dec 1st. You told me once the name of a supplier of light boxes that you would recommend. Could you give me that name or website again? Thanks. Gail

    October 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Got your book on kindle and really dissapointed that there no page numbers only section numbers How do you convert a section number to a page number

      November 26, 2012

    • Harold D.

      Ron, in Creating HDR Photos the section is "Getting the Entire Dynamic Range"; in Photographing Flowers the section is "Photographing on White for Transparency." I haven't seen the Kindle versions for either book, I hope this helps. HD

      November 26, 2012

  • Mary E.

    For anyone interested in ordering a 18" x 24" oak light box from Dick Blick, this is the link:

    I ordered one today, on sale, for $280.50. There was a sales tax of $20.41, charged to me, for living in Minnesota. Shipping was free.....
    See you Saturday!

    November 26, 2012

  • Harold D.

    Hi Steve, we are sending out an info PDF today that should answer your questions. It is also here:

    Regarding lenses, something in the normal or moderate focal range is best, if you have it a 50MM macro lens (macro is not required).


    November 26, 2012

  • Steve G.

    Hi Harold,

    We are looking forward to the workshop Saturday and will soon begin gathering up equipment and getting ready. Can you recommend a focal length range for lenses that will be most useful during the workshop? We are using full frame DSLR’s.


    Steve Gray & Pamm St. John

    November 26, 2012

  • Gail Miller B.

    Thanks, Pam. I will check it out tomorrow. I look forward to seeing you on Dec. 1st.

    October 18, 2012

    • Gail Miller B.

      Hi Pam and Harold, I am going to be in Oregon for 2 weeks and am waiting to order mine until just before I get home. Don't want it coming to an empty house. Another question: Pam's is model #[masked] price $349; Harold mentioned another one, model #[masked] price $162. The only difference I could find was the oak trim. They both use the same 20W fluorescent bulbs. Are there any other differences that you know about?

      October 21, 2012

    • Gail Miller B.

      Hit return before I meant to. Thanks to both of you for your help and guidance.

      October 21, 2012

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