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About Harold Davis
For Harold Davis, a typical day's (or night's) work might involve photographing star trails from the top of Half Dome, investigating the close-up patterns of early morning dew drops with his camera, or finding a new location for photographing the Golden Gate Bridge.
Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), 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), The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press) and Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O'Reilly). Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com.
Harold is a popular presenter on digital photography topics. His workshops are often sold out.
Harold is well known for his night photography and experimental ultra-long exposure techniques, use of vibrant, saturated colors in landscape compositions, and beautiful creative floral imagery. He is inspired by the flowers in his garden, hiking in the wilderness, and the work of great artists and photographers including M.C. Escher, Monet, van Gogh and Edward Weston.
Harold lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Phyllis Davis, a graphic designer and writer who frequently collaborates with Harold on book projects. They have four children.
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This definitive guide includes:
■ How to see in black and white
■ Pre-visualization in digital photography
■ Understanding black and white composition
■ How to create your own black and white workflow
■ Black and white in ACR, Lightroom, and Photoshop
■ Using black and white plug-ins including Nik Silver Efex Pro and Topaz B&W Effects
■ Extending tonal range with multi-RAW processing and monochromatic HDR ■ Post-production techniques for working with dynamic range
■ Creative black and white special effects
■ Find out how to tone, tint, colorize, solarize, and simulate IR
■ Work with LAB to create unique black and white effects ■ Great tools for unleashing your photographic imagination
■ Beautiful photographs by Harold Davis chosen to inspire and guide you
Learn to master the unique challenges of black and white photography, and create high-quality, beautiful images!
In this newly revised and expanded classic guide to black and white photography, renowned photographer Harold Davis breaks through the mystery of digital monochrome. Using more than 200 of his own stunning fully-captioned monochromatic images to illustrate, Davis walks you through the visual ideas that work well with black and white. He shares the technical approaches that you can use to create high-quality monochromatic photos.
With Creative Black & White you'll discover a deeper appreciation for what you can accomplish when taking portraits, landscapes, night photos, close-ups, and more. This book provides both inspiration and technical instruction. You may never photograph the world in quite the same way again! Learn to see and think in black and white:
- • Convert RAW files to black and white
- • Use color information to create black and white photos in Lightroom and Photoshop
- • Create monochromatic images using multi-RAW processing and HDR
- • Learn how to apply solarization, tinting, toning, and other special effects
- • Complete exposure data and the story behind every photo
Find inspiration and instruction for your journey with black and white photography with Creative Black & White.
Make great photos of flowers, gardens, landscapes and the beautiful world around us!
Gardens are everywhere, all around us. In this long-awaited guide to garden and flower photography, noted photographer and author Harold Davis tackles the subject of garden photography with an expansive brush. In this book, you’ll find techniques ranging from photographing vast formal gardens to photographing flowers for transparency on a light box. You’ll learn about closeup photography and how to become a better landscape photographer.
Whether you’re photographing tiny flowers or grand landscapes, wandering outside in the garden or bringing the garden indoors, your photography will be enhanced using the many techniques in Creative Garden Photography. Garden photography includes a huge range of photographic styles and technical information that can be applied to almost any kind of photography. In this book, you will learn to use an incredible range of tools from one of the acknowledged modern masters of photography.
- • Explore gardens, types of gardens, and how best to photograph them
- • Learn about light, light direction and quality, and controlling light in your photography
- • Work with your camera and tripod to achieve optimal focus
- • Use creative exposures to make beautiful imagery
- • Photograph flowers on a light box for transparency
- • Learn techniques for creating impressionistic photos
- • Master close-up focusing, depth of field, and focus stacking
- • Explore complete exposure data and the story behind every photo
“My goal as a photography teacher and writer about photography is to inspire and to help you become the best and most creative photographer and image-maker that you can be.”
“Harold Davis’s ethereal floral arrangements have a purity and translucence that borders on the spiritual.”
—Popular Photography Magazine
“Harold Davis is a force of nature—a man of astonishing eclectic skills and accomplishments.”
“Harold Davis’s Creative Photography series is a great way to start a photography library.”
Topics cover include: creative pre-visualization; choice of lenses; lighting; exposure; RAW processing; depth-of-field; how to frame a photo; telling a story with photos; recognizing poerful composition; finding the magic in everyday objects.
With the advent of digital photography, new horizons in extending dynamic range are possible. HDR techniques now make it easy to extend the dynamic range of an image well beyond the capability of the human eye.
In Creating HDR Photos, bestselling author Harold Davis covers the complete HDR workflow, from choosing the subjects that work best for HDR through processing RAW files to unlock the dynamic power of HDR. You’ll learn how to photograph multiple exposures and blend them into a single HDR image using various software programs. Best of all, you will find out how to control the style of your HDR images, from subtle to hyper-real, using a range of photographic and post-processing techniques.
Packed with stunning image examples, Creating HDR Photos brings this essential digital technique within every photographer’s grasp.
In this book, master landscape photographer Harold Davis shows you how to look at landscaoes around you with composition, exposure, and lighting in mind.
Learn how to plan your shots to create great images. Then discover ways to improve your landscape photos int he digital darkroom, using post-processing techniques including HDR, multi-RAW processing, and selective sharpening with LAB color.
Technically, close-up photography is demanding. But with the right information you'll be able to unleash your creative potential in the world of close-ups and macro photography.
"Creative Close-Ups" explains the equipment you need to succeed with macro photography, including macro lenses, extensions tubes, and what to look for in a good tripod.
In this book you will:
Explore the world of close-up photography
Learn macro photography techniques
Learn stacking, and how to extend images with stacked sets
Create impressionistic images of flowers
Use aperture creatively in your close-ups
Make your own still life studio
Creatively light macro photos
Coming from the perspective that true inspiration and great image making are at the core of any high-level photographic endeavour, Achieving Your Potential as a Digital Photographer presents an organized and cohesive plan for kickstarting creativity, and then taking the resulting work into the real world. The ideas presented have been formulated by Harold Davis over many years working as a creative artist and award-wining photographer, and in the celebrated workshops he has developed and led all around the world. These concepts are presented with accompanying exercises so that readers can put them into everyday practice as well as workbook pages bound into the book for note taking and journaling. This book will enrich your photographic practice whether the goal is simply to enrich your photography or to make money from your work.
How do you master the art of lighting your photographs? Go beyond the basics, go beyond the "rules," and get creative with the help of renowned photographer Harold Davis. In this book, Harold shows you how to break the boundaries of conventional wisdom and create unique, lively, and beautifully lit photographs. Packed with tips and tricks as well as stunning examples of the author’s creativity, this book will both inform and inspire you to create your own lighting style.
- Teaches you when and how to control the light in your photographs
- Reviews the basic “rules” of digital photography lighting and shows you how to break the rules to create your own uniquely lit images
- Helps you start building a lighting style of your own
- Includes stunning examples of the author’s photography and lighting techniques
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned digital photographer, you'll find ideas and techniques to spark your creativity.