Harold Davis


When folks think of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, they tend to have color imaging in mind. But the fact is that HDR techniques are just as applicable to monochromatic photography as to color.

In both cases, the point is to extend the dynamic range of the resulting image beyond what is normally seen in a single exposure—and, indeed, beyond normal human perception. When working in digital black and white, the tonal range is extended from the lightest lights to the darkest darks. This results in images with great graphical appeal that make for splendid monochromatic prints.

In this workshop, Master Photographer Harold Davis guides participants in both aspects of the monochromatic HDR process: shooting and post-processing.

Workshop participants will take advantage of Carmel and historic Monterey as well the glorious landscape of Big Sur, photographing subjects as varied as Bixby Bridge along Highway 1, Point Lobos, Mission Carmel, and more. In the classroom, hands-on guidance will explain techniques for extending dynamic range, monochromatic conversion methods, and best practices where the two technologies intersect.

In addition, the workshop will provide extensive coverage of the creative vision required to successfully create monochromatic HDR images as well as the workflow necessary to make art prints from this specialized image-making technique.


Friday, September 27

5 pm:  Orientation

5:30 pm:  Harold Davis presentation, “Creative Vision in Monochromatic HDR Photography”

6:30 pm:  Classroom session on Monochromatic HDR field techniques

7:30 pm: “Dutch Treat” Group dinner (optional)

Saturday, September 28

9 am:  Gear check

9:30 am:  Field session (location tbd)

11:30 am to 1:30 pm:  Classroom session on multi-RAW processing and processing HDR sequences (box lunch provided)

2 to 6 pm:  Field photography session (Point Lobos)

7 pm:  “Dutch Treat” Group dinner (optional)

8:30 pm:  Night shoot (optional)

Sunday, September 29

9 am:  Classroom session, individual assignments

10 am to 12 pm:  Individual assignments

12 to 2:30 pm:  Assignment review, classroom session covering monochromatic conversion techniques (box lunch provided)

2:30 to 3:30 pm:  The high tonal range monochromatic print (special considerations and techniques)

4 pm:  Workshop wrap-up

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