Harold Davis

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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 Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Focal Press), The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations (Focal Press), The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press), 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), and Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley)

Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, and is a photography columnist for Photo.net.

Harold is a popular presenter on many digital photography topics. He is a gifted teacher, and his workshops are usually sold out well in advance.

Photographic adventures and assignments have taken him across the Brooks Range, the northernmost mountains in Alaska. He has photographed the World Trade Towers, hanging out of a small plane, followed in the footsteps of Seneca Ray Stoddard, a 19th-century photographer of the Adirondacks, and created human interest photo stories about the residents of Love Canal, an environmental disaster area. Harold's work has been published in books and magazines, and as posters and greeting cards. His prints are widely collected.

Harold brings a broad range of experience to his work as a professional photographer and author. He has worked as a software engineer, an enterprise technology consultant, and an Internet company executive.

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 Ansel Adams, M.C. Escher, Monet, van Gogh, and Edward Weston.

Harold frequently collaborates with his wife, Phyllis Davis, on book projects. They live in Berkeley, California with their four children.



Webcast: Photographing Kids, Family, and (other) Weird Things March 18, 2009 Families, kids, holidays: we all want to capture them as fond memories, not stiff poses. During this not-to-be-missed presentation, Harold Davis will show us how to do so with more ease and fun in the shooting, showing us that Cameras don't take photos...
Webcast: Secrets of Digital Night Photography October 17, 2008 In this webcast, professional photographer Harold Davis, author of Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O'Reilly) and creator of the Photoblog 2.0 and Digital Night web sites shows why night photography has become increasingly...
Webcast: Creative Flower Photography December 15, 2011 In this webcast, master photographer Harold Davis, author of the high-acclaimed Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis shows his flower photography and explains how his images were made.


“This book is a must have for those who are passionate about their online business and are willing to put the time and effort required to get the right kind of traffic to their site.”
— Doreen Erhardt, San Francisco Book Review
“This is a beautiful book with lots of technical goodies for the avid photographer, and I would recommend it for your library. ”
— Barbara Hansen, Golden Gate Computer Society
“What we liked most were his photographs because virtually all of them included a nice description of what went into taking each one. This hands-on approach translates well into learning new lighting and exposure techniques.”
— Joe Dolittle, Connected Photographer Magazine
“Highly recommended for fine art photographers; commercial photographers will benefit from Jack Neubart's Location Lighting Solutions , with its emphasis on advertising photography.”
— Daniel Lombardo, Library Journal
“Harold Davis is at the top of his game as a master photographer with this book. For the new photographer who wants to move up the quality of their work from the photograph category to the art category these are the most critical things to understand and this is one of the easiest to understand books on the subject.”
— Harold McFarland, The Midwest Book Review - Reviewer's Bookwatch
“The photos offer lessons on applied techniques and this is a perfect choice for any library catering to pro or neo-pro digital photographers.”
— Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
“The information presented is basic enough for a beginner to understand but not so simple as to bore a more experienced photographer. Detailed explanations and a well thought out scope make this book a must for every photographer's bookshelf.”
— Liz Masoner, About.com
“Davis offers a comprehensive guide to twisting your camera dial to "Manual" and learning how to get the most out of it. Furthermore, he has the photographic work to prove his expertise -- even if you never read a word of this book, Davis' photographic work will stun anyone who picks up the this book. ”
— John E. Mitchell, North Adams Transcript
“If you were once (like me) a fairly keen photographer who has let his standards slip, or if you just can’t work out why your digital photography lacks that ‘certain something’, this is the perfect book to bring yourself up to scratch!”
— Huw Collingbourne, Bitwise Magazine
“Each of [this book's] 176 pages are filled with stunning scenic photos ranging from macro images to tiny water worlds to vast circle of stars in the sky...Each topic is covered in a short but well developed paragraphs on nearly every page of the book. Davis's writing is not laborious. He knows how to break down topics in terse language, providing you just about as much as you need to know to understand the subject. Shorter chapters on macro and night photography are also included but they mainly in my view just wet your appetite on the subject. ”
— Bakari Chavanu, MyMac Magazine
“With a focus on light and exposure, two crucial concepts you need to understand and master if you are to truly capture the images you see, author and renowned fine art photographer Harold Davis presents his own images as examples and inspiration...Concise and to the point, Practical Artistry clearly demonstrates that photography, essentially, is writing with light, and that the type of images you produce depend on the many choices you have for using that skill. Harold Davis gives you an array of choices in full living color.”
— Jennifer Apple, Photoshop Support
“This instructional book is richly illustrated with full color photographs from the author. The text is explained clearly and in detail with an accompanying photo to illustrate the effects of decisions made. Practical Artistry is a great book for anyone who wants to understand the traditional methods of photography within the realm of the digital age.”
— T. Michael Testi, Blogcritics Magazine
“This most excellent book aims to present the best practices of the craft of photography in the context of the digital era. But, more importantly, the author designed this book for you on a number of different levels.”
— John Vacca, Amazon.com
“if you shoot digital and want a good introduction to the all-important basics then I strongly recommend reading Light and Exposure for Digital Photographers.”
— John Watson, PhotoDoto
“If you buy only one photography technique book this year, make it Harold Davis's Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers.”
— Rick Smolan, Photojournalist and creator of the "Day in the Life" book series
“Overall, Google Advertising Tools is a good book to get if you are an AdSense or AdWords user. There is a little bit of fluff, but keep your eyes open and you'll find some gems. Whether your ads are currently making money or not, this book might pay for itself in short order if you use it wisely. ”
— Trent Lucier, Slashdot.org