A Still Life Lighting Animation

•November 26, 2016 • 7 Comments

Now and then, I make a lighting animation to see how the light plays through a still life photograph. It’s fun, and it’s easy to make these animations, and it gives me an idea of how the light is working. These animations almost feel like videos shot from the camera’s point of view!

There are two pencil sharpeners in this image; the small green one on the left has such an unusual shape, and I love the color. The larger sharpener was given to me many years ago by my father, and although it’s just an object, it’s a sentimental one which I’ve photographed before. It really is a small machine (and it has gears!), and I admire the thought that went into its design.

Photographer Harold Ross' Light Painted Image Still Life with Pencil Sharpener and Bottle

Photograph by Harold Ross

Here’s the video animation, which gives an idea of how the lighting looked as I applied it:

The (almost) forgotten teapot collection…

•November 20, 2016 • 8 Comments

Vera and I have been collecting teapots for some time, but in the four years since moving to our current home, we’d forgotten to unpack them! Finally, a few weeks ago, we found the cardboard box which held the carefully packaged collection.

I decided to photograph them, and here is one of the images from the series.

We love Japanese Tetsubin pots, which are cast iron. Traditionally, when making tea, they are heated over a charcoal fire. Their textures are gorgeous, and with my interest in metal work (started by my blacksmith grandfather, Albert Iten) they really speak to me.

My hope was to capture the sublime combination of craft and design.

As always, if you’re viewing this in an email, please click to see the blog, which offers a better viewing experience.

Light Painted photograph Still Life with Teapot and Red Cloth by Harold RossPhotography by Harold Ross

Email woes :-( …are now fixed!

•November 8, 2016 • 2 Comments

*** Thanks everyone for your cooperation while our email was down. We appreciate it! Our preferred email is now up and running again, and you can send emails to our harold@rossstudio.com email. However, the gmail email account will also reach us if you forget.***

Due to our email migration from LiveBooks, we are having an email outage which began last night, and hopefully will be resolved by Wednesday.

If you need to contact us to discuss a workshop, please send an email to haroldrossstudio@gmail.com

Or call us at 717-923-0269 and leave a message.

Sometimes I long for the old days:

 

Still Life with Postage Scale and Scissors by Photographer Harold RossPhotograph by Harold Ross

ANNOUNCEMENT: Spring 2017 Light Painting Workshops Dates!

•October 25, 2016 • 1 Comment

 

Photographer Harold Ross' Still Life With Teapot And TablePhotograph by Harold Ross

We have just decided on weekend workshop dates for 2017!

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:

~ March 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2017

~ March 31st, April 1st, and April 2nd, 2017

~ April 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2017

~ May 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2017

Registration is now open, and each 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 have been a professional photographer for the last 38 years, working in Los Angeles, and for the last 15 years in Santa Barbara, California.  I have always wanted to learn light sculpting but never seemed to have the time.  Well, I’m glad I waited to find Harold Ross!  His expertise and quality instruction has opened my eyes to a new and wonderful way to express my creativity in photography.  My expertise is lighting, and I have met very few photographers I admire more than Harold for lighting, amazing.  His quality and attention to every detail is second to none.  The personal attention I got from such a small class gave me a deep understanding of the ideas behind the procedures.  It enabled me to have a fuller experience and benefit from Harold’s personal touch and guidance.  I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to take their photography in a very different direction than the rest of the photographic crowd.  Harold Ross is a craftsman, which there are very few left in our profession.”
– Richard Salas, California, Group Workshop

A seat has become available in November’s Light Painting Workshop…

•September 22, 2016 • 2 Comments

 

Photographer Harold Ross' "Still Life with Gourd"

Photograph by Harold Ross

UPDATE: This seat is no longer available. The workshop has been filled. Thank you!

We are announcing that due to a cancellation, we now have an open seat in our November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2016 workshop!

If you want to fill that opening, please contact us at 717-923-0269 or send an email to harold@rossstudio.com

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

~ November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2016 (1 seat is now available)

~ December 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2016 (seats available)

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

We will be announcing 2017 workshop dates shortly.

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 learned about Harold’s website a few years ago from a fellow photographer.  For several years I attempted to justify spending the money for Harold’s workshop.  The cost of the 3 day workshop deterred me at first; however, I realized that no other photographer’s works compared to Harold’s light painted images. I was hesitant too about signing up for the workshop, as I’ve sat through some really poorly designed workshops and was afraid to invest the money and sit through another bad workshop.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well Harold organized all the information needed to learn to light paint.  Harold and John were more than willing to impart valuable tips and assistance in learning the process.  I would highly recommend Harold’s course to anyone that is interested in learning how Harold creates such amazing images.  The workshop was well worth every penny spent!”
Karen Warkany, Ohio

 

Capture One 25% Discount – Starting today!

•September 19, 2016 • 1 Comment

Hello everyone! I’m reminding you that, starting today, Capture One is running a 25% discount promo in celebration of Photokina, and they have given me a special voucher code that I can share with you!

Starting today through the 26th of September, you can receive a discount on all Capture One sales – including Sony products, multiuser licenses, and upgrades!

Capture One is a fantastic program for editing in RAW and it’s also the most intuitive and best tethering program available (I always shoot tethered). The program has color adjustment tools which are found in no other software, and this, combined with layering, makes for a very powerful editing software!
Phase_One_logo

You can use my special promo voucher code AMBHAROLD_PROMO to receive 25% off your purchase on the Capture One website! Click on the Capture One logo above to get to their website.

***Please remember that this discount is only valid during Photokina, today through the 26th of September.***

 

Photographer Harold Ross' light painted image, "Still Life with protractor and plumb bob"

Photograph by Harold Ross

The following tutorial shows how I use Capture One’s styles as a way to balance the color of various light sources in my “Sculpting with Light” workflow.

By the way, a huge thanks to Ben Wilmore for turning me on to (and giving me!) the WhiBal grey card! It’s definitely recommended.

(Make sure to click on the HD button for a better viewing experience.)

 

 

Capture One Special Discount Code 25% Off! (And a tutorial on C1 White Balance Styles)

•September 14, 2016 • 3 Comments

Hello everyone! I’m excited to let you all know that Capture One is running a 25% discount promo in celebration of Photokina, and they have given me a special voucher code that I can share with you!

From September 19th through the 26th, you can receive a discount on all Capture One sales – including Sony products, multiuser licenses, and upgrades!

(We will be posting again on the 19th as a reminder).

Capture One is a fantastic program for editing in RAW and it’s also the most intuitive and best tethering program available (I always shoot tethered). The program has color adjustment tools which are found in no other software, and this, combined with layering, makes for a very powerful editing software!
Phase_One_logo

You can use my special promo voucher code AMBHAROLD_PROMO to receive 25% off your purchase on the Capture One website! Click on the Capture One logo above to get to their website.

***Please remember that this discount is only valid during the Photokina days from the 19th to the 26th of September.***

 

Photographer Harold Ross' light painted image, "Still Life with protractor and plumb bob"

Photograph by Harold Ross

The following tutorial shows how I use Capture One’s styles as a way to balance the color of various light sources in my “Sculpting with Light” workflow.

By the way, a huge thanks to Ben Wilmore for turning me on to (and giving me!) the WhiBal grey card! It’s definitely recommended.

(Make sure to click on the HD button for a better viewing experience.)

 

 

 
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