July 18th-20th, 2014 workshop – We Have An Opening!

•June 16, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone!

This is Vera Ross again… We’ve just had a cancellation for our upcoming workshop, July 18th – 20th.

PLEASE CALL US at 717-923-0269 to make arrangements if you’d like to fill the opening.

It’s first come, first served, so please don’t hesitate if you are interested.

We also have spots available for our October 10,11,12, but our November 7,8,9 workshop has only ONE spot remaining. See the link for those workshops HERE. Thanks everyone!

Harold Ross's student Lisa Cuchara's light painted image

Photograph by workshop student Lisa Cuchara

Workshop recaps… a 2-on-1 and Two Individual Sessions.

•June 5, 2014 • 5 Comments

A few months ago (yes, I’m playing catch-up), I had several workshops in one four week period. As always, I’m so proud of the images that were produced that I want to share them.

The first of these workshops, a 2-on-1, was with Fred Shiple and Tim Hacker – two friends who decided to travel together from Ohio and take a workshop. Both were experienced in photography and Photoshop, and both took very well to the process I teach at my workshops.

Fred wanted to do something traditional and simple, and as always, simple seems to work well when considering the transformational quality of light painting. He created a beautiful composition:

Fred_Shiple_WS copy

 Photograph by workshop student Fred Shiple

 Tim gravitated to my collection of old photography gear. He has an eye for color, and chose some props that worked together in that regard, and he also specifically wanted to learn to light glass objects. The reflection of one bottle in another was quite intriguing!


      Photograph by workshop student Tim Hacker

Will Doak, a fellow Pennsylvanian (who has recently moved to Santa Fe, and I’m a little jealous!), like Fred, decided to do a traditional still life. He selected some pewter from my prop collection and nicely combined it with some organic elements. Of special interest to us was the tiny glass with its specular highlights.


Photograph by workshop student Will Doak

Robert “Jake” Jacobsen, who took the train from his home in NYC, was quite knowledgeable about art in general, and was specifically interested in the painterly quality that light sculpting affords. Jake took to the process very quickly, and has actually been back for a second workshop (more on that in a future post). Hint: Remember the plumb bob…

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Photograph by workshop student Robert “Jake” Jacobsen

The lighting techniques I teach in the workshop are crucial to my process, but the Photoshop post production has a bonus… the layering and masking techniques are applicable to non-light painting work also! Not only am I gratified by what my students produce during a workshop, but I’m also happy to know that their other photography will benefit  from what they learn here as well.

To see more student images from my workshops, click HERE.

If you’re interested in learning this powerful and rewarding process, there are upcoming group workshops, as well as individualized one-on-one workshops available anytime, all to be held at my home studio in beautiful Lancaster County, PA.  See more details HERE. Hope to see you!

Outdoor Light Painting Photo challenge announced by PopPhoto…

•May 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

In case you haven’t seen it, Popular Photography is having a Light Painting Outdoor contest for the month of May. I wish I were judging it!

Why don’t you get outside and try your hand at some light painting outdoors at night! Bring a friend with you and have some fun while you’re at it. If you don’t get a winning image, at least you’ll have some good memories!


As you should with any contest you enter, make sure to read through the official rules to make sure you are okay with their language about copyright and usage!

July 18th-20th, 2014 workshop – 1 opening now available!

•May 12, 2014 • 2 Comments

UPDATE: We’re sorry but the opening has already been filled. Contact us if you would like to be placed on our waiting list!


Hi Everyone! This is Vera Ross. We’ve had a cancellation for our upcoming workshop, July 18th – 20th! PLEASE CALL US at 717-923-0269 to make arrangements if you’d like to fill the opening. It’s first come, first served, so please don’t hesitate! We also have spots available for our October 10,11,12, and our November 7,8,9 workshop has only 2 spots remaining. See the link for those workshops HERE. Thanks everyone! WD_Demo

Photograph by Harold Ross

Last minute opening for May 2nd-4th, 2014 workshop!

•April 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone! This is Vera Ross. Just a quick announcement letting you know that we’ve had a last minute cancellation for our upcoming workshop this weekend, May 2-4th!

If you think you’d like to make the workshop this weekend, PLEASE CALL US at 717-923-0269 to make arrangements. It’s first come, first served, so please don’t hesitate!

We also have spots available for our October 10,11,12, and our November 7,8,9 workshops if those dates suit you better! See the link for those workshops HERE.

Thanks everyone!




Photograph by Harold Ross

Delaware Art Museum – Upcoming Exhibition – “Transitions”

•April 28, 2014 • 11 Comments

Today I’ll be delivering three framed prints to the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington. The prints are part of a juried photography exhibition of work by the Brandywine Photo Collective, a terrific group of talented photographers that I’ve had the pleasure of associating with for the last few years.

The show is entitled “Transitions, and looks to be a very good one, with a high level of work. The show has 31 images that were chosen in by juror Eddie Soloway.

I felt that three images from an ongoing series, “Burnt Offerings”, would be appropriate for the theme, and happily, they were accepted!

The images are explained:

“Burnt Offerings” is a series of images of burned leaves. I’ve always been captivated by the beauty and variety of leaves. In photographing things that are “past their prime”, I work with the notion of finding beauty in things which are thought to no longer have any. In the fall, leaves are burned to ash. I decided to burn some leaves to discover what would happen to them, and I found something amazing. Although rendered to near ash they held their shape, albeit somewhat deformed, and are extremely fragile. Although devoid of color and nearly destroyed by the heat, I find them to be quite beautiful and almost metallic.

Please make some time to get to the show to see the show, which opens on May 3rd and runs through August 10th, with the opening reception on Sunday May 4th from 12-4 PM. I won’t be able to see you at the opening reception as my May Group Workshop is that weekend, but we will definitely be down to see the show before it ends!


Burnt Offerings #1 by photographer Harold Ross

“Burnt Offerings #1″ by Harold Ross


Burnt Offerings #2 by photographer Harold Ross

“Burnt Offerings #2″ by Harold Ross

  Burnt Offerings #3 by photographer Harold Ross

“Burnt Offerings #3″ by Harold Ross

A new tutorial video…Gradating a highlight using the Inverse Square Law.

•March 17, 2014 • 7 Comments

Very often, I’ll place a highlight on the edge of something round. Of course, the highlight is on the “lit” side of the object, and so, the look of the highlight should indicate and be a result of the direction of lighting. In nature, when a hard light source is reflected on the edge of something rounded, the center of the highlight is brightest, and the brightness tapers off toward the ends of the highlight. Depending on various factors, like the reflectivity of the surface and the hardness of the light, this effect can be extreme or subtle. As in most of my work, I like to push things toward the dramatic side a bit. To that end, I employ one of the basic principles of lighting. Most photographers understand the inverse square law, which tells us that light falls off by the square of the distance. In other words, if we double the distance of the light to the subject, the amount of light is quartered. Put another way, if we move the light twice as far away, we lose two f-stops of exposure. This principle of lighting is often looked at in the negative (as a loss of something). In light painting, however, we use this principle to our advantage in several ways. This tutorial covers one of those ways.

Scales with light painted highlight using Inverse Square Law

Highlight on left using consistent distance………..Highlight on right using Inverse Square Law

So, in this image, I’m applying a highlight to the edge of a beautiful old scale. Below is a short video showing the application of the highlight in two different ways. In the first case, I’m keeping the distance of the light consistent as I go around the edge. In the second instance, you’ll see that I’m moving my light in an arc opposite the arc of the subject. This means that my light is closer to the subject at the center of the arc and gets progressively further away as I move through the arc away from the center. Light falls off by the square of the distance, so the center of the highlight is much brighter, and there’s a beautiful smooth gradation of light as we get further from that center point. Not only does this create the illusion of even more roundness of the edge, but it gives us a more dramatic indication of just where the light is coming from.

***Note: The video was shot with room lights ion so you could see the movement of the light. Normally, I am shooting in complete darkness.

This is one of a series of tutorials that I’ve created involving my light painting process, and it is just a quick look at the kind of information that my students learn more in depth at my workshops.

After the video starts, please click on the “gear” icon on the lower right to increase the video resolution for better viewing quality (1080 recommended)… especially if you want to watch it full screen.

To see more of my videos on Light Painting technique click HERE


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