• Garden Photography – Capturing the Great Gardens of Maine

    Maine Media Workshops

    This year, I'll be teaching a week long course in garden photography at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. The dates are August 11-17, 2019. Click here for a full workshop description, and for registration (https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/item/garden-photography-capturing-the-great-gardens-of-maine/). Please consider joining me for a glorious week of photographing gardens and flowers! NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT REGISTER HERE. PLEASE GO TO MAINE MEDIA WORKSHOPS (https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/item/garden-photography-capturing-the-great-gardens-of-maine/) for detailed info and registration! Please do not RSVP YES on Meetup until you have a confirmed workshop reservation. The agenda of this workshop includes plentiful field sessions in a variety of kinds of gardens accessible to Maine Media in Rockport. August is a great time of year for flowers in bloom along the Maine coast! Classroom sessions will focus on specific areas of technique, and also the theory and practice of garden design in the context of photography, as well as working with individual participants to develop a cohesive and personal body of work. Click here for a full workshop description, and for registration (https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/item/garden-photography-capturing-the-great-gardens-of-maine/).

  • Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis

    MIG Meeting Place


    2019 Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis (Weekend Workshop) Where: Berkeley, CA When: Saturday June 22 - Sunday June 23, 2019 Tuition: $795 Registration: RSVP Yes to register via Meetup and Paypal, or contact us for direct registration. WORKSHOP IS FULL. Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis Master photographer Harold Davis is well-known for his often imitated---but seldom equaled---digital images of luscious transparent and translucent 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 light box. Who is this workshop for? The workshop is intended for photographers of all levels with an interest in flower photography. Harold is only planning to give this workshop infrequently. There is no better way to learn the floral transparency techniques that he has pioneered. The multi-day format will give participants the chance to complete their imagery using the techniques that Harold will demonstrate. Here are some comments from previous Floral Transparency Workshops: "Loved the pace, in-depth instruction and generous sharing." "EXCELLENT PRESENTATION AND COVERAGE OF MATERIAL. MR. DAVIS WAS PATIENT TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS." "Harold, thank you for the time, expense and effort it took to put on a great workshop....You are a wealth of information and share it so graciously." "Outstanding workshop!" "A very packed weekend! Harold is very clear and organized; an outstanding photographer who is also an outstanding teacher." Click here to read more comments about Harold Davis workshops (http://www.meetup.com/Harold-Davis/about/comments/?op=all). What to bring: Your creative imagination and sense of fun, a love of flowers, 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). Curriculum - Subject to modification Day 1 9:30AM - Workshop orientation 10:30 - Glory of the translucent petal (understanding translucency and transparency) 11:30 - Introduction to Floral arrangement and composition 12:30 - Lunch break 1:30 - Advanced floral composition 2:30 - Shooting on a light box 3:30 - Understanding high-key hand HDR post-production 4:30 - Advanced HDR topics 5:00 - Review, wrap-up and Q&A Curriculum - Day 2 10:00AM - Day 1 recap 10:30 - Individual post-production guided practice 11:30 - Backgrounds and Textures 12:30 - Lunch break 1:30 - LAB Color effects 2:15 - Individual practice 4:00 - Fine art botannical prints 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 Monochromatic HDR Photography (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0415831458/) (Focal Press), The Way of the Digital Photographer (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0321943074/) (Peachpit Press), Creating HDR Photos: The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Photography (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0823085864/bearhomecom/) (Amphoto), Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (http://www.amazon.com/Photographing-Flowers-Exploring-Worlds-Harold/dp/0240820738/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315329157&sr=1-1) (Focal Press), The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations (http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Darkroom-Creative-Digital-Transformations/dp/0240815319/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_7) (Focal Press), and The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Darkroom-Creative-Digital-Post-Processing/dp/024081259X/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_5) (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.

  • Paris in the Spring (April 27-May 5, 2019)

    Louvre museum

    We look forward to exploring Paris with you. Please check details of the itinerary at https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/learning/workshops-events/2019-paris-in-the-spring-photography-with-harold-davis There's nothing like photographing Paris in the spring! Let's spend some glorious days together in April of 2019 making photos in Paris, and having a great time. Photography begins with the medium of light, which the artist captures and applies to the canvas in endlessly surprising ways. And what better place to explore this medium than Paris, the City of Light? We’ll focus our lenses on Paris in bloom, Paris at night, and Paris in black & white, reinterpreting for ourselves some of the images that have been captured in paint and on film by many great artists, including Daguerre, Monet, Atget, Picasso, and Erwitt. We’ll have a grand time photographing and we’ll return home with many priceless shots to treasure! Photo tour includes an excursion to Monet's famous gardens at Giverny, with exclusive after-hours artist access. Space is limited. Registration is via https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/pdf/2019-Reservation-Form-Paris-Harold-Davis.pdf

  • Free Presentation---Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis

    I'll be talking about my Photographing Flowers for Transparency work, showing images, and discussing the process at a free presentation at the North Berkeley Public Library Community Meeting Room on Thursday March 28, 2019 at 5:30 PM. Please join me for a fun and "floriffic" evening! What: Harold Davis presents images, thoughts, and tips related to his Photographing Flowers for Transparency technique. See https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/faqs/faq-photographing-flowers-for-transparency The presentation is free, and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Where: Berkeley Public Library---North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707. When: Thursday March 28, 2019 at 5:30 PM. We will start seating at 5:15 PM. The presentation is expected to last about 45 minutes, with ample time for Q&A following. About Harold Davis: Harold Davis is the bestselling author of many books, the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. His website is www.digitalfieldguide.com. Library statement: Wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. PLEASE NOTE: This event is not sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library. Groups and organizations may use meeting rooms when they are not being used for activities sponsored by the Library. Permission to use the meeting rooms does not imply Library endorsement of the goals, policies or activities of any group or organization. For more information on meeting rooms at the Berkeley Public Library, visit www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

  • Garden and Flower Photography Workshop with Harold Davis

    Palm Beach Photographic Centre

    I’ve had many requests for a Florida-based workshop, and I’m happy to say that this indeed will be happening! Please note that the workshop size and places are limited. I’ll be leading a Garden and Flower Photography Workshop at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida. The dates of the workshop are February 8-10, 2019. REGISTRATION IS ONLY THROUGH PALM BEACH PHOTOGRAHIC CENTRE at https://www.workshop.org/calendar/garden-and-flower-photography-with-harold-davis/ Workshop description: This workshop combines field sessions to practice garden and flower photography with classroom and studio instruction in photographic and post-production techniques. Classroom and studio sessions will focus on specific areas of technique, including macro photography, focus stacking, and lightbox work.Field sessions will include a number of different kinds of gardens and a variety of flower photographic situations. Emphasis will be on supporting each participant in achieving an individual approach to floral, botanical, and landscape garden photography. Post-production will be shown in the context of utilizing an individual workflow customized to each participant, as well as best practices in Photoshop and color management. Along the way, we’ll examine the theory, philosophy, and practice of garden design in the context of photography, as well as working with individual participants to develop a cohesive and personal body of work. Bio: Harold Davis is a bestselling author of books including Photographing Flowers (Focal Press), the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador. He is an internationally known photographer and a sought-after workshop leader. Harold is a popular workshop leader and has taught at institutions including the Center for Photographic Art, Maine Media Workshops and College and Point Reyes Field Seminars. He has been called an “amazing teacher” whose workshops are “inspiring.” As one workshop participant noted, “Harold Davis is that rare master photographer who can both do, and teach.”

  • Days and Knights of Malta Photo Tour

    The Phoenician Hotel

    2018 Destination Photography Workshop with Harold Davis PLEASE NOTE: YOU CANNOT SIGN UP FOR THIS DESTINATION PHOTO TOUR ON MEETUP. Follow these links for more information (https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/learning/workshops-events/2018-malta) and for the trip Reservation Form (https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/pdf/2018-Reservation-Form-Malta-Harold_Davis.pdf). Thanks for your understanding! Detailed itinerary: https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/pdf/2018-Harold-Davis-Malta.pdf (PDF download). What: At the cross-roads of history and central to the Mediterranean, Malta is a romantic and uniquely situated island country. Ruled by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, the Knights of St. John, the French, and (up until 1964) the British, Malta boasts some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world, numerous incredible fortifications, and a capital (Valletta) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety. Because of its unique attributes, history, location, and size, Malta presents great photographic opportunities in a very manageable environment. We'll walk the fabled cobble-stoned streets, stairs, and ramparts of Valletta with our cameras, explore locations known only to locals, and enjoy legendary Maltese hospitality. In the evening, when we're not photographing sunset or the night sky, we'll critique our photos and work on extending our range of photographic techniques. Where: The country of Malta is a small archipelago in the Mediterranean roughly equidistant from Sicily and the North African coast. Malta is a member of the European Union. English is one of the two official languages (the other is Maltese). The workshop will primarily be based in Valletta, the capital of Malta, with several days to explore the smaller, more laid-back island of Gozo. When: Saturday, November 3, 2018 (leave US Friday, November 2) to Monday, November 12, 2018 (nine nights and ten days). Group Size: This is an exclusive, small photo workshop (non-photographer significant others are also welcome) with very limited space availability (the minimum group size is six and the maximum is twelve). We've heard quite a bit of excitement about exploring Malta with Harold, so this group is likely to fill quickly. How to Register: Please send us an email expressing interest right away; a completed registration requires a $1000 deposit, the trip Reservation Form (https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/pdf/2018-Reservation-Form-Malta-Harold-Davis.pdf), and a copy of your currently valid passport page. Details: The group will meet at a luxurious 5-star hotel adjacent to the main gates to the ancient fortified city of Valletta. We will explore Valletta and the surrounding areas such as Burgu and Silemma on foot over the course of several days with the assistance of professional guides as well as docents from the Malta Photographic Society. Click here for more information! (https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/learning/workshops-events/2018-malta)

  • Dark of the Moon Night Photography in the Eastern Sierras

    Location visible to members


    Three nights; arriving Friday, September 7, 2018 and departing Monday, September 10, 2018 ***Some participants may choose to arrive late and/or depart early, if necessary for work-related reasons. Where: Locations in and around Lone Pine, CA (details provided to registrants closer to the date of the workshop). Classroom sessions will be held at the Dow Villa Hotel & Motel in Lone Pine, where rooms are available at a discounted rate to workshop participants (details will be sent following registration). Group size: Limited to 12 participants. Tuition: $725 Registration: Opens January 1, 2018 on a first-come-first served basis Join award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of the bestselling Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0470527099/bearhomecom/) (Wiley), and distinguished night photographer Steven Christenson of Star Circle Academy (http://starcircleacademy.com/) for a once in a lifetime adventure practicing night photography in the rugged and beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The workshop is timed to coincide with the low-light phases of the moon to maximize the possibilities of combining star circle photography with imagery of the incredible landscape. Harold and his associates will help with the technical aspects of field night photography, and post-production of night imagery. The workshop will be based in Lone Pine, California (please contact us for a recommended list of hotels in Lone Pine). Our primary field location will be the fantastic Alabama Hills (https://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/Education_in_BLM/Learning_Landscapes/For_Travelers/go/adventures/alabama_hills.html), located only a few miles from Lone Pine. Note that lodging, meals, and transportation are not included in the workshop tuition. During the day, we will take advantage of the unique workshop location for photography. Several photographic field sessions will explore the waterfalls below Mount Whitney and the rugged country to the east of Lone Pine. Side trips to Manzanar and the Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains are also a possibility, depending on group inclinations and weather conditions. Sunrise photography on Saturday and Sunday is also a possibility, depending on conditions and group desires. Classroom demonstrations will cover use of an intervalometer (interval timer), minimizing noise in long exposures, safety at night, post-processing night photos, and much more. Curriculum Friday, September 7, 2018: 3PM Meet in Lone Pine 4-5PM Orientation, night safety, night photography overview 6PM Carpool to locations in Alabama Hills, Sunset & night photography Saturday, September 8, 2018 possible early morning shoot 9-10AM Breakfast 10-12:00 Classroom: Night Photo presentation, previous night's shoot, interval shooting 12:00-12:45PM Lunch 1PM-3:00PM Field session (Whitney Portal, or to be determined) 3:00-5:00PM Free time 5PM Early dinner 6:00 PM Night photography. Sunday, September 9, 2018 possible early morning shoot 9-10AM Breakfast 10-12:00 Image review, night planning tools 12:00-12:45PM Lunch 1:00-5:00 Field session, location tbd 5:30-6:30PM Dinner 7PM - 11PM Night photography, stars and light painting Monday, September 10, 2018 possible early morning shoot 8:00-9:00AM Breakfast 9:00-10:30AM Image review and Workshop wrap-up

  • Night and Low Light Photography in Heidelberg, Germany

    Heidelberg Summer School of Photography

    I am pleased to announce the opening for registration of my Night & Low Light Photography workshop in Heidelberg, Germany! The dates are August 19-20, 2018. Click here for the registration link and info (https://www.fotografie-sommerschule.de/lecture.php?id=3658) (it is in German but you can read a translation here (https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fotografie-sommerschule.de%2Flecture.php%3Fid%3D3658&edit-text=&act=url)); don't worry, I will be teaching in English! Please consider exploring Heidelberg with me. Note that you can only register at the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography (https://www.fotografie-sommerschule.de/lecture.php?id=3658). You can check out some of my night and low light images by clicking here (https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/galleries/night). How Long Must Eye Wait? © Harold Davis Workshop Overview: This two-day workshop includes field photography in several locations and covers the theory and practice of night and low light photography. There is great joy in learning more about what Vincent van Gogh termed "the colors of the night." In addition, and perhaps more important, low light photography techniques cut across a wide gamut of photographic genres. Becoming comfortable with these techniques will enhance the arsenal of photographers at any level of sophistication. The workshop will feature many of the field and processing techniques shown in Harold's books Creative Night Photography (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0470527099/) and The Photoshop Darkroom (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=024081259X/). Click here for the registration link and info (https://www.fotografie-sommerschule.de/lecture.php?id=3658).

  • Black and White Photography in Heidelberg, Germany

    Heidelberg Summer School of Photography

    I am pleased to announce the opening for registration of my Black & White Photography workshop in Heidelberg, Germany! The dates are August 17-18, 2018. Click here for the registration link and info (https://www.fotografie-sommerschule.de/lecture.php?id=3657) (it is in German but you can read a translation here (https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fotografie-sommerschule.de%2Flecture.php%3Fid%3D3657&edit-text=&act=url)); don't worry, I will be teaching in English! Please consider exploring Heidelberg with me (here are some of my images and stories (https://www.digitalfieldguide.com/?s=heidelberg)from previous visits to Heidelberg)! Note that you can only register at the Heidelberg Summer School of Photography website (https://www.fotografie-sommerschule.de/lecture.php?id=3657). Workshop Overview: Master Photographer Harold Davis will guide participants in all aspects of modern monochromatic digital photography and processing. Workshop participants will take advantage of several Heidelberg locations, with field destinations to be determined depending on weather and group predilections. Classroom sessions will discussion vision, craft, and technical issues related to modern monochromatic practice. Click here for the registration link and info (https://www.fotografie-sommerschule.de/lecture.php?id=3657).