One-on-One Light Painting the Still Life Workshops


Instructor:      Harold Ross ~ Photographer
Location:         Pequea, PA  HERE is a map with local B&B’s, campgrounds and hotels.
Tuition:            $1695 USD
Registration:    717-923-0269  or  harold@haroldrossfineart.com

PLEASE NOTE: We ask that you please scroll down and read through all of the information provided on this page. We get inundated with phone calls and emails asking questions that are answered here. If you still have questions after reading through this page, we’d be happy to answer them! Thank you very much!

One-on-one, intensive two day (plus intro) studio light painting workshops are available for individual learning.  After the introduction to light painting and slide show of my work, we will spend a few hours at the studio learning about lighting theory and practical application with a demonstration of light painting a still life.  We will then work on composing and shooting your fine art still life in the studio using light painting. We will supply the computer and light sources for your use; you just need to bring your DSLR camera, a shutter release cable (cable preferred over wireless remotes, which can be finicky), and the USB connection cable that came with your camera (an extension is highly recommended, and for a link to the recommended one, see my tools and equipment page HERE). Also, please bring a tripod if you wish, but we have plenty of sturdy tripods here for your use. Contact us if you have any questions about these items. We also recommend that you bring a hard drive or thumb drive (10 GB Min) so that we can give you all of your files at the end of the workshop. Please scroll to see the Equipment section for more detailed information.

NOTE***  I am now offering a REMOTE “pre-workshop” for students who feel that they need to get up and running with basic navigation in Photoshop layers and masking. This session will take place several days before the normal workshop, and will be done remotely over the internet with screen sharing. It will require 1.5 to 2 hours of time. We will install the actions needed in the workshop, create a custom workspace on your computer, and teach you basic navigation in Photoshop, including the layers window, creation of masks and adjustment layers. The cost for this remote session is $140. Check out the “Pre-Workshop” offering HERE. Just call or email to arrange it!

***This workshop can also be offered as a Two-on-One! The tuition for two students is less than that of a One-on-One (per person), so if you have a friend (or husband / wife) who wants to do the workshop with you, you can save some money and attend together. The cost is $1440 per person. (Basically, the second tuition is at 30% off, a discount which is shared by both attendees).

On the second day we will work up your images in post production. You will gain hands-on insight into the use of Photoshop layers, adjustment layers, masking and many other image enhancement techniques as they apply to the light painting techniques we’ll be employing.  You will end up with at least one final finished image, and we will make a finished fine art print on my large format professional printer at the end of the second day.

“In today’s world, given the number of photographers who claim to be professional, it’s not surprising that there are far more workshops than there are quality workshops taught by truly experienced and capable instructors.  Harold Ross is several cuts above 95% of the other photographers whose workshops I have attended.  In my opinion, Harold does several things that distinguish him as a photographer and teacher.  He transmits a true excitement and love of his work, and instills the same feeling in his student.  He focuses on the student, not on his own ego.  Time with Harold is not about him showing endless slides of his portfolio to a script of self-serving euphemisms.  It is about not only giving to a student who wants to learn the tools…hands on…but demanding that those tools be used to a level that Harold demands of himself.  And end of the day, the student, not just Harold, produces an end product that is tremendously rewarding.  I have never spent time with any photographer that was as productive for me, from conceptualization of an image and process, through shooting and post production, to execution of a final product that took me to a new level.”
- John Tebbetts, TX, One-on-One Workshop

The following schedule can occur during weekends or weekdays:

Evening – Day 1 –  2:30-8:00PM

2:30pm:   Meet and greet followed by Harold’s talk on lighting theory which includes a short slide show of Harold’s work, a lecture on lighting tools, techniques, and image capture with Q&A.  A short talk on visual adaptation, followed by the student’s hands-on exercise on how to light a simple object for shape and texture. Harold will then photograph a still life, using light painting, to demonstrate the technique and to discuss lighting angles and movement. Post production of Harold’s image follows. There will be a 30 minute snack break with cheese and crackers, fruit, drinks, etc.

Day 2 – 8:30-5:30 PM

8:30am – 9:00am:     Cappuccinos (or tea) and bagels, yogurt, fruit, etc.
9:00am:      The student composes and light paints their own still life image.
12:00pm:     Lunch Break (lunch included)
12:30pm:     Continuation of student composing and light painting your own still life image.

Day 3 – 8:30-5:30 PM

8:30am – 9:00am:     Cappuccinos (or tea) and bagels, yogurt, fruit, etc.
9:00am:      Hands-on post production of your image
12:00pm:    Lunch Break (lunch included)
12:30pm:    Hands-on post production of your image continued
4:30pm:     Printing your image with a Wrap-up and Review

TUITION & PAYMENTS:

Full tuition for the workshop is $1695 and with a required deposit of $250 to reserve your scheduled workshop.  Your reservation is not confirmed until we receive your deposit.

***Any past Harold Ross Light Painting Workshop attendee will receive $75 off of their tuition.

***Attendees must make payment in full 45 days prior to beginning of workshop.

We accept payments by check (preferred), credit/debit cards or Paypal.

harold@rossstudio.com
717-923-0269

Send checks to:

Harold Ross, 204 Lakewood Drive -Pequea, PA 17565

“I traveled from the UK to learn more about Harold’s amazing light sculpting process and have just completed a one-to-one workshop. For me personally it was the best possible training experience ever. Harold is not only a true master of this unique art, he’s a great trainer and coach. He puts you at ease straight away and tailors the course content to suit your competence, then develop your skills. I was over the moon with the support, and hospitality I received, nothing was too much trouble. I finally left with a great image, stacks of information and all of my objectives fulfilled. I would score the course 11/10 for content, hospitality, facility and satisfaction. Thanks Harold.”
- Will Rose, UK, One-on-One Workshop

TECHNICAL and EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: 

This will be a Digital Capture ONLY workshop. While you may not be an experienced light painter, it is expected that you can operate your DSLR camera in manual mode with longer time exposures, and have an understanding of the relationship between f-stop’s and shutter speeds.

CAMERA: 

You are required to bring a DSLR or camera with Digital Back with a WIRED shutter release (wireless shutter releases are somewhat unreliable, and we need to minimize technical troubleshooting), tripod (We can provide a tripod at no charge if you let us know ahead of time so we can reserve it for you), all necessary cables/cords to shoot tethered (shutter release, USB camera cable, and USB extension) and CHARGED batteries, as well as your battery charger. It is also recommended, as a backup, to bring CF cards and a card reader in case you have issues shooting tethered. (See Shooting Tethered Below).

COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE:

In order to keep things running smoothly and efficiently, we will be supplying the computer and software needed to the student for the workshop. It reduces the number of variables that we have to deal with, such as different cameras,  different OS’s and different versions of Photoshop.  You will be using our computer as your tethered capture workstation as well as for the Photoshop classroom part of the workshop. Please bring a hard drive or thumb drive (10 GB min) so that we can give you all of your files at the end of the workshop.

NOTE: Attendees need only have a basic knowledge of Photoshop tools, menus and navigation. We will be teaching the advanced use of blending layers, masking and other advanced image enhancement techniques as they apply to the image(s) you will be shooting at the workshop, so knowledge of layers and masking is NOT needed prior to the workshop. If you need “brushing up” on Photoshop, or would like to gain an understanding of layers and masking prior to the workshop, please check out the “Pre-Workshop” offering HERE.

**SHOOTING TETHERED: 

You will be shooting tethered (if your camera supports it) to our computer, as opposed to shooting to a memory card. Shooting tethered gives you much greater control in evaluating your image and lighting while shooting.

**NOTE: Some cameras may not support tethering and this is fine… we will shoot to the card and use the camera’s screen for exposure verification. That said, most likely we will have a workaround for your particular camera.

LIGHTING:

For use during the workshop, we will supply each attendee with a soft light source and LED hand held flashlight with accessory attachments for detail work.

“I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who understands light as well as Harold does and in the course of the 2+ days I spent with him, I began to notice properties of light and shade that had previously been too subtle for me.  He has a great appreciation for the richness of detail.  If you are looking to expand your expressive capacity, I don’t think you could do better than Harold’s workshop.  He is by turns passionate and disciplined and always generous.  He and Vera are wonderful hosts.  Highly recommended.”
- Robert Jacobsen
, New York, One-on-One Workshop

ACCOMMODATIONS:

CLICK HERE  for a map with local B&B’s, campgrounds and hotels.

MEALS: We will start each morning with a cappuccino (or tea) and bagels, yogurt and fruit for breakfast.  Lunch will also be provided each day.

CANCELLATION POLICY: In the small likelihood that the workshop needs to be canceled, your tuition/deposit will be refunded in full if you paid by check, or less a $25 processing fee if paid by Paypal.

After the workshop begins, no refunds will be granted should you need to withdraw.

We will not be responsible for any cancellation due to medical or other reasons.

We highly recommend that you purchase refundable tickets and/or trip insurance to protect yourself in the event of an emergency that prevents you from attending.

TRAVEL: The studio address for Google Maps or GPS units is:

Harold Ross Studio
204 Lakewood Drive
Pequea, PA 17565

There is ample free parking. The workshop is in the beautiful countryside of Southern Lancaster County, PA. Please watch for Amish buggies as you drive to the workshop!

Please contact the studio or sign up for our newsletter and blog to be notified of future light painting workshops:    http://tinyurl.com/RossFineArt

“Writing a testimonial has never been easier. What an amazing workshop … not a moment wasted … not a moment without a learning experience. How great the reward – the experience – leaving with an image I had in my mind the day I registered. This workshop taught me all that light painting can and should be … and what to do to create astonishing images. Thanks. And the Americano was pretty terrific. Great barista.”
Jack Schachner, Ontario, Two-on-One Workshop

“Harold, just a quick note to say thank you for a great workshop. Hospitality, hands on teaching and learning style (I know, I know, you working on my image to show me what we’re trying to achieve and then deleting {the modifications} is for my own good!!!) all brilliant. I wasn’t sure that I had it in me to get those results and at the end of the day, the sense of satisfaction at pushing new creative limits was wonderful. The trouble is, I’m now having dinner with my wife and seeing light painting opportunities in the restaurant!”
Gareth Callaway, Ontario, Two-on-One Workshop

“Thank you for the wonderful experience at your workshop.  The teaching was superb and the vast selection of objects to photograph was amazing.  Your knowledge of Photoshop and the post-production work was also great.  Another item that stands out from other workshops I have attended is your acceptance of follow up questions and help, long after the workshop ends.  Vera and you were very hospitable.   I would highly recommend the workshop to anyone interested in light painting.  Thank you again.”
Tim Hacker, Ohio, Two-on-One Workshop

“Harold, I want to thank you for your recent two-on-one workshop. The organization was top notch and the content will have an ongoing large impact on my photography both in composition and an improved understanding of Photoshop.
We especially enjoyed the low key approach that made the experience fun. We also appreciate how you’ve made yourself available since the workshop for some trouble shooting. Finally thanks to both you and Vera for your wonderful hospitality. We really felt welcomed to your home.”
Fred Shiple, Ohio, Two-on-One Workshop


2 Responses to “One-on-One Light Painting the Still Life Workshops”

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