I am a portrait, commercial, and fine art photographer and printmaker. I live near Los Angeles, in the Santa Clarita Valley (Valencia) California. My personal work is focused on landscape and fine art photography.

I also teach workshops, seminars, and webinars. My teaching style is collaborative – I always feel I learn a great deal from my students. My sessions’ focus ranges from beginner to expert – in venues in the US and Europe. I teach photography, color management, lighting, and printing. In the past few years I’ve taught thousands of students. I can be reached via email: d s a f f ir ( a t )  m a c . c o m .

This year’s schedule (link) will include printmaking, color management, digital photography, Photoshop, and more.

I have a blog, https://davidsaffir.wordpress.com, and a web site, www.davidsaffir.com, both of which provide support for my business clients and students.

Examples of publication credits include two books “Mastering Digital Color” and “The Joy of Discovery”, Professional Photographer, Rangefinder, Great Output, After Capture, Pro Photo West, Professional Digital Imaging Association, the HP Pro Photo Blog, Visionary Photographers, Photo Technique magazine, and Digital Imaging Technology.

I am past President of the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association, and a member of the HP Experts and Mentors board. (see bottom of page for other affiliations).

© D Saffir

What’s in my photography kit?

Hasselblad H-series camera and lenses (my favorite landscape lens is the Hasselblad 35mm f/3.5, and favorite portrait lens is the Hasselblad 100mm f/2. I also use the 100mm lens for multi-frame panorama images.

Nikon D3 and lenses, Nikon D2x, F5, F100, Nikon flash units, Canon G10

Datacolor Spyder4Elite, SpyderCube, SpyderLensCal, SpyderCheckr, SpyderPrint, Spyder4TV HD, and software.

Prophoto, Calumet, Hensel, and Arri lighting

Gizo carbon fiber tripods with Really Right Stuff and Arca-Swiss ballheads, Manfrotto fluid video head.

Really Right Stuff macro mount and nodal mount

MacPro Tower, MacBook Pro, iPad, and various Windows boxes

Photoshop CS5 and CS6, Phase One Capture One Pro, Photomatix, Helicon Focus, HP Advanced Printer Profiling System, Nik Software (Silver Efex Pro 2 and Viveza are favorites), others

HP Dreamcolor wide-gamut display and 30″ Mac Cinema Display. Mitsubishi

Think Tank Airport Rolling case and 360 backpack

Tenba photo backpack and over-the-shoulder camera bag

Sekonic 358 pro light meter with spot metering

Minolta Color Meter

Marantz digital recorder

PocketWizard radio triggers and receivers

Garmin GPS system


I work with a wide variety of printers, including Epson, Canon, and HP. Currently I have Epson 3880, HP Z3200 and 3100, HP B9180.


David Saffir Photography -Primary service area, commercial and product photographer
Examples of Southern California cities within 60-90 minutes drive time
Available for travel throughout the US, Asia, and Europe

My email address is davidsaffir(at)mac(dot)com (this is anti-spam format)

Cities nearby: Agoura Hills Altadena Antelope Valley Arcadia Arcadia Bakersfield Beverly Hills Burbank Camarillo Carpinteria Castaic Chatsworth Culver City El Monte Goleta Granada Hills Inglewood Lancaster Long Beach Los Angeles Malibu Montecito Moorpark Moorpark Northridge Ojai Palmdale  Palos Verdes  Pasadena Pomona Rancho Cucamongan San Fernando Santa Barbara Santa Clarita Santa Monica Saugus Sherman Oaks Simi Valley Sylmar Thousand Oaks Valencia Van Nuys Ventura West Covina West Hills.


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All contents and the information contained in this website and accompanying documents, without exclusion, are subject to change without notice. Nothing contained herein provides or should be construed as constituting any warranty, performance promise, or representation of accuracy, implied or explicit. Although I make reasonable efforts to ensure accuracy, and to acknowledge the intellectual property rights of others, David Saffir Photography, David Saffir, or his employees or vendors shall not be liable in any way for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

All content in this web site, including but not limited to photographs, logos, graphic elements, images, site design, written material, audio, and video files is Copyright 2001-2012 by David Saffir, Santa Clarita and Valencia California. This content may not be reproduced or copied, in whole or in part, by any means, without the express written permission of the copyright holder, David Saffir. Note that images contained herein contain a hidden electronic watermark and identifying information.

If you would like to license or purchase copyright protected content from this site, or you would like to see additional fine art or stock photography, please contact me directly.

Thank you!



Disclosure: I am a member of the HP Expert and Mentors team, and I participated in the beta testing of the ARTtrust product. I am also a technical consultant for Datacolor, and a beta tester and blog contributor for Nik Software. I have in the past worked with other companies, such as Nikon, Ergosoft, XRite, Colorbyte / Imageprint, Eizo, Digital2You, and Parrot. I do not receive monetary compensation for the content published in this blog. From time to time, the blog will contain references to, or links to content or articles I’ve created for compensation.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: David Saffir Reviews Mamiya DF Camera and DM56 Digital Back | Mamiya Blog

  2. David;

    I read the recent article on PPAmag.com about making inkjet negs from digital files. It was timely. I have a file that I would like to make prints from (wet darkroom), but I don’t have access to the printer you referenced. Do you offer the service commercially or know of someone who does? I have a photograph that I made last Friday with a digital camera and my 4×5 kit was at home. I so prefer the look of a silver print for black and white to that of the commercial labs.

    Nathan McCreery

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