ANNOUNCEMENT: Light Painting Workshops: September, October, November and December 2016

•July 12, 2016 • 2 Comments

Light Painted Image, Still Life with Measuring Spoons, by photographer Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

We have just decided on weekend workshop dates in September, October, November and December!

Our next Light Painting the Still Life Workshops, which will be held here at my home studio (in beautiful Lancaster County, PA) are scheduled for:

~ September 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2016

~ October 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2016

~ November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2016

~ December 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2016

Registration is now open, and the workshop is limited to 4 students.

To sign up please contact us at 717-923-0269 or via email at harold@rossstudio.com

Click HERE for the schedule and details of the workshop.

My workshops involve real teaching of the methods I employ, and this is a technical and intensive workshop… you will be given the training needed to produce work at a very high level. You will be receiving personal, detailed hands-on (literally!) instruction on proper light painting (not light pointing), and my post production process. You will actually learn the subtleties of lighting, using simple and inexpensive lighting tools, and the nuances of using layers and masking in Photoshop to create powerful images!

I’ve been using light painting as my main method of lighting for 27 years.

I can only begin to list the other things we cover in the workshop; Visual accommodation (very important!), proper sharpening, lens choice for studio work, diffraction and why it happens, preparing an image for print, and lots more.

My co-instructor, John Corcoran, will be bringing a lot of experience to the workshop. He has worked as a professional photographer for over 35 years, and has been light painting for over 25 of those years. John will be present when the workshop is filled.

He shoots wonderful floral images and portraits, all using light painting. You can see some of John’s images HERE.


You can see my students’ images in my Student Workshop Images page.


“I (Light) Paint What I See” (from the poem by E.B. White)

•July 6, 2016 • 4 Comments

My grandfather, Albert Iten (with whom I was very close), was Swiss, and was trained as a blacksmith in the Swiss Journeyman tradition. Years ago, he taught me how to weld and how to work with metal. I love to make welded sculpture, sometimes incorporating very simple blacksmithing techniques. Although I could never approach his level of skill, it is a gift for which I am very thankful, and his inspiration is with me every day.

Not long ago, I was in my shop after working on a project, and as I often do, I used my magnetic pickup tool to clean up the metal shavings from my drill press area.

I was just about to drop the shavings into a container when I noticed how interesting the shapes were! I decided to photograph it (using light painting, of course). Photographic opportunities are everywhere!

Light painted image by photographer Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

A close up of the metal shavings:

Light Painted image (close up) by photographer Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

 *From the poem by E.B. White.

Images created by students in “One on One” workshops.

•June 30, 2016 • 2 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I posted images from some of my group workshops.

Today, I’m posting images that were shot by students who attended One-on-One (or Two-on-One) workshops.

In individual workshops, there is a little bit more time to spend on slightly more complex images, as there is only one student. Alternatively, instead of shooting more complex images, we sometimes are able to shoot two or even three simpler images.

I really love teaching groups of students, but there is something nice about a one-on-one workshop. Of course, there is more attention given to the student, and there is more of a back-and-forth, resulting in a workshop that is a bit more conversational and focused in terms of material.

As I mentioned before, because my prop collection is limited (although it is extensive), there is often a repetition of props throughout the images. That said, I’m always excited to see the compositions that my students come up with!

The workshop is not about making a masterpiece, but is designed to teach a process and a way of thinking about light. I believe that my “Sculpting with Light” process is very transformative, and the images of ordinary objects shot by my students is a testament to that.

Bob Egan, of Cranberry Twp., PA, wanted the challenge of learning how to light glass and metal. He did a very nice job of that, and the use of the copper plate as a background element is interesting.

Sonya Sanchez Arias, of Boca Raton, FL, created an image using old silverware, and captured the gorgeous patina on it. I love the splash of red that Sonya used!

Fernando Arias, also of Boca Raton, made a beautiful but simple composition using a piece of oxidized/rusted steel as a background, and one of my antique barn pulleys. Very nice, Fernando.

Fax Ayres, of Charlottesville, VA., did a very interesting image incorporating tension using one of my antique plumb bobs. Very imaginative and fun! Great job, Fax.

Scott Goodwin, of Ipswich, MA, a commercial advertising photographer, wanted to do something a bit on the commercial side (and technically challenging), yet beautiful. I think he succeeded!

David Goldberg, of Westland, MI, also a commercial photographer, created a nicely seen composition of some industrial tools, and he introduced a nice softness with the rope and burlap.

The images load onto this page in random order… each time you refresh the page, the order and sizing will be different. I think it’s kind of fun to see the random juxtapositions.

All images from students over the years are HERE.

To sign up for a currently offered group workshop, click HERE.

We will be announcing new workshop dates for September, October, November and December very soon.

Make sure to click on any image to get a carousel view!

A fun evening at Berks County PhotoCon!

•June 11, 2016 • 6 Comments

Last night I gave a presentation to a terrific group of photographers at the 2016 Berks Photographic Conference. The organization has been putting on this conference for almost 60 years!

The turnout was great, and the attendees were engaged and very interested! There were some familiar faces in the audience, and I had a fantastic time.

The presentation, lasting 3 hours, covered the basics of lighting theory as it applies to Light Painting, the tools involved, and some samples of my work.

Then came the fun part! In front of the audience, I photographed a still life (using light painting), and then I assembled the image in Photoshop using my simple approach to layers and masking.

Here is the resulting image (make sure to click on the image to see a larger view):

Light Painted Image "Still Life with Copper Pot" by photographer Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

If you would like to learn my process (and many more things) we do have 2 seats open for for both our July and August workshops here in beautiful Lancaster County, PA. Information can be found HERE.

REMINDER… Presentation and Sculpting with Light Demonstration at Berks Photo Conference this Friday June 10th!

•June 6, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hello everyone! This is a reminder that I’ll be giving the opening presentation (and light painting / post production demonstration) at the 2016 Berks Photographic Conference in Kutztown, PA this Friday June 10th at 615PM.

The dates of the conference are June 10, 11 and 12, 2016. It’s coming up fast, so please plan to come out and learn why this process is so beautiful and transformative!

Light Painted Jade Plant by photographer Harold Ross

 

Jade Plant (2016) by Harold Ross

I’ll be giving a roughly 3.5 hour presentation on Friday evening (June 10), which will include a discussion of the advantages of this fun and powerful process, a talk on lighting theory, and an explanation of the tools involved (few and inexpensive).

After the talk, I’ll photograph a complete still life using light painting, and then I’ll produce a final image in Photoshop, all live and projected on the big screen!

This promises to be an information-filled evening, and be prepared to be inspired!

Also, please consider attending all weekend! The Conference is chock-full of great presenters, and it will be tons of fun to boot. You must register in advance to attend! Meals are also available on site and can be purchased at the time of registration.

Click HERE for the complete schedule (click HERE to register)).

 

 

 

 

 

March and April 2016 Student Group Workshop Images

•June 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hi all,

I always enjoy posting results from our group workshops. Although there is sometimes a repetition of subject matter (my collection of props is large, but not that large!), my workshop attendees always managed to surprise and delight with their interpretations. I always like to say that the goal of the workshop is not to make a masterpiece, but to learn how to make a masterpiece. That said, I’m constantly amazed at the level of quality of the images created.

The images load onto this page in random order… each time you refresh the page, the order and sizing will be different. I think it’s kind of fun to see the random juxtapositions; also there is no possible way for me to choose any favorites among these terrific images!

All images from students over the years are HERE.

Make sure to click on an image to get a carousel view!
Note: We just had a cancellation for our upcoming June 17 – 19, 2016 group workshop,
so there is one seat open! Details HERE.
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Coming up… Presentation and Sculpting with Light Demonstration at Berks Photo Conference!

•May 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I’m thrilled to be giving the opening presentation (and light painting / post production demonstration) at the 2016 Berks Photographic Conference in Kutztown, PA.

(I was scheduled to give this presentation last year (2015), but due to a family emergency at the last minute, I was unable to. Unfortunately, the Berks website still has/had that notice up, but hopefully it has been corrected by the time you read this post!… I WILL be there!)

The dates of the conference are June 10, 11 and 12, 2016. It’s coming up fast, so please plan to come out and learn why this process is so beautiful and transformative!

Still Life with Gourd by photographer Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

I’ll be giving a roughly 3.5 hour presentation on Friday evening (June 10), which will include a discussion of the advantages of this fun and powerful process, a talk on lighting theory, and an explanation of the tools involved (few and inexpensive).

After the talk, I’ll photograph a complete still life using light painting, and then I’ll produce a final image in Photoshop, all live and projected on the big screen!

This promises to be an information-filled evening, and be prepared to be inspired!

Also, please consider attending all weekend! The Conference is chock-full of great presenters, and it will be tons of fun to boot. You must register in advance to attend! Meals are also available on site and can be purchased at the time of registration.

Click HERE for the complete schedule (click HERE to register)).

 

Still Life with Pencil Sharpener by photographer Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

 

 

 

 
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