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

 

 

 

I’m very honored to be featured in LENSCRATCH!

•April 22, 2016 • 9 Comments

~~I’m very honored to be featured in LENSCRATCH!~~

LENSCRATCH: The States Project: Harold Ross

 

 

Noted photographer DeAnn Desilets was asked by Founder and Editor Aline Smithson of LENSCRATCH, to be a guest curator. She was to focus on work from seven fine art photographers from Pennsylvania.

DeAnn was especially interested in my NIGHT project and decided to feature that work.

Please take some time to check out DeAnn’s photography and the work of the other artists HERE.

Thank you, DeAnn!

We now have an opening for the June 17-19, 2016 Light Painting Workshop

•April 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Still_Life_with_Gourd

Photograph by Harold Ross

Just a quick little notice that we have had a student cancellation for our June 17-19, 2016 workshop.

There is one spot for that workshop now open.

If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to sign up!

We are also holding group workshops on the following dates:

~ May 13th, 14th, 15th, 2016 ** This workshop is filled **

~ June 17th, 18th, 19th, 2016 **Due to a cancellation, we now have one opening**

~ July 15th, 16th, 17th, 2016 ** Two openings remain**

~ August 12th, 13th, 14th, 2016 **Two openings remain**

 

Registration is open, and the workshops are 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.

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

 “I have attended several photography workshops over the past few years; some as long as 7 days.  I have no hesitation in saying that I learned way more photography, lighting and photoshop skills in 3 days with Harold and John than I have in all of the other workshops combined. The structure and timing of the sessions were perfect.  The new iMac computers streamlined the tethered captures and the CaptureOne and Photoshop software set-up helped us spend more time on learning and less time on solving technical issues.  All in all a great weekend and well worth every dime.”
– Mike McGinnis, Colorado, Group Workshop

“I have taken many workshops but this is the best one I’ve ever taken. The concepts and techniques I learned from Harold and John will extend well beyond the workshop and help me in many other areas of photography. This was not a “mass” workshop but very individual. When’s the last time you had a student/participant ratio of 2:1? And for the price? What a bargain! I felt like I had quality personal attention. It won’t be my last workshop. I felt Harold and John were every bit or more interested in me personally than they were collecting my money. Everyone in my workshop produced a masterpiece (no exaggeration) by the end of the course! Thanks again Vera for all of your hard work behind the scene. It was very much appreciated.”
– Bill Watson, Kansas, Group Workshop

ANNOUNCEMENT: August 2016 Light Painting Workshop

•April 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Photographer Harold Ross' Light Painted image "Still Life with Green Vase and Walnuts"

Photograph by Harold Ross

We have decided on dates for our August workshop!

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

~August 12th, 13th, and 14th, 2016

If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to sign up. If a particular workshop fills, you can be placed on a wait list.

We are also holding group workshops on the following dates:

 

~ April 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2016 ** One opening remains **

~ May 13th, 14th, 15th, 2016 ** This workshop is filled **

~ June 17th, 18th, 19th, 2016 **Due to a cancellation, we now have one opening**

~ July 15th, 16th, 17th, 2016 ** Two openings remain**

~ August 12th, 13th, 14th, 2016 **Two openings remain**

 

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

We will be announcing more 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! The techniques you will be learning are simply not taught anywhere else.

I’ve been using light painting as my main method of lighting for 26 years.

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 20 of those years.

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

   “I first saw Harold Ross’s work in Lenswork magazine several years ago.  I subsequently purchased his Special Edition Folio, “Shopcraft”.  At that time I made a commitment to myself to contact Harold and take his light painting workshop.  Finally after four years of dreaming, I took Harold’s workshop.  I was not disappointed! The structure of the workshop was very effective. The learning environment was also excellent. During the introductory session, Harold was able to discern the level of expertise of his students.  He then tailored the instruction around that expertise.  Students were able to get direct hands-on training by Harold as well as gain additional information by watching Harold work with other students.  It was a very intense hands-on interactive workshop.  The photo studio, selection of props, and the processing computer equipment and software were all superb. Harold was able to translate his years of experience into a very understandable instructional methodology.  He took subtle but complex techniques and made them simple and workable for the students. My overall objective for the class was to get a good understanding of Harold’s light painting technique.  I received much more.  I walked away confident that I could continue to experiment and learn the technique.  I came away with many ideas to explore.  And exceeding my expectations, I also had an image that I am proud to exhibit. Thank you Harold for a great workshop and a start of a new learning experience.”
– Karl Graf, Group Workshop

“Harold’s Light Painting workshop was a five star experience. The workshop is professional A to Z and Harold shares his knowledge on any aspect of pre- and post processing photography and beyond. A true 360 experience. Harold ignited in me a very important new level towards professional photo working, thinking, and processing as artist and engineer. I am delighted that I made the decision to participate and feel like a different photographer post-workshop. This was my first real experience with light painting and will help me in practicing these techniques beyond a studio setup. This is THE light painting workshop you will ever need to take, seriously. 
Harold is a great teacher in both theoretical and hands-on teachings. He is very open and sensitive to a situation to guide a student, but also to allow for failure so that teacher and student gain insights together and discuss their experience. This is golden.”
– Frank Schneider, Group Workshop

 

Photographic opportunities are everywhere…

•March 14, 2016 • 4 Comments

 

Photographic opportunities are everywhere.

Last week, our friend Joe Schober was painting our bedroom for us, and as I walked by his work table, I was struck by the beauty of the protective canvas on which he had placed his tools. Joe told me that the canvas has been used for covering his work table for the last 2 or 3 decades! I was also drawn to the tools themselves; a simple paint can and a blow torch. I decided to do a still life which emphasized the canvas. One of the things I love about old tools is that they speak to me about their years of use and the people who used them. Tools are for most people a means to an end, but I find that they tell a wonderful story.

Joe’s Tools:

Photographer Harold Ross' Light Painted Image of Joe's ToolsPhotograph by Harold Ross

ANNOUNCEMENT: July 2016 Light Painting Workshop

•March 5, 2016 • 2 Comments

 

Photographer Harold Ross' Light Painted Still Life with Postage Scale and Scissors

Photograph by Harold Ross

We have decided on dates for our July workshop!

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

~July 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2016

 

If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to sign up. If a particular workshop fills, you can be placed on a wait list.

We are also holding group workshops on the following dates:

 

~ April 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2016 ** One opening remains **

~ May 13th, 14th, 15th, 2016 ** This workshop is filled **

~ June 17th, 18th, 19th, 2016 **Due to a cancellation, there is now one opening**

~ July 15th, 16th, 17th, 2016 **Two openings remain**

 

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

We will be announcing more 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! The techniques you will be learning are simply not taught anywhere else.

I’ve been using light painting as my main method of lighting for 26 years.

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 20 of those years.

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

 

“I know as a flight instructor that there is a big difference between being able to do something well and being able to teach that thing well. You are a very very good teacher, and I can’t complement you enough on your workshop’s organization, thoroughness and attention to detail, as well as your own clarity of explanation, patience, and attentiveness to your students’ level of understanding and need for support. Your workshop was an absolutely wonderful experience, and I will risk some hyperbole by saying that for me personally as a photographer, it was trans-formative. Furthermore, you and Vera are outstanding hosts and made me feel exceptionally welcome in your home. Vera provided seamless support and way too much candy. John was an excellent co-instructor, and I hope you will convey my complements to him – he also has great bedside manner and a really effective, low-key manner. He was great to work with. Thank you.”
Henry “Fax” Ayres, Virginia, Group Workshop

“Your class Rocked… Your attention to detail and the quality of your product/art is so far above the average that it places your work in a higher realm.  It was a real pleasure being in your studio, seeing you work and being able to see light in a different way.”
Joe Carr, South Carolina, Group Workshop

“I have to say, that you folks put on a stellar workshop. It was well organized, and we as students were well taken care of. The information was tremendous! I feel like I now have a set of tools that I can use to pursue my craft well into the future and actually achieve the results that I’m after. Harold and John’s teaching style worked very well for me. I now have to live up to the standard that has been set! I think the thing that excites me the most about learning this technique is that it will allow me to be a painter and a photographer at the same time. It was so worth the cost!”
– Kirk Deese, Virginia, Group Workshop

 

By popular demand… Introducing LightWand!

•February 27, 2016 • 9 Comments

We are very excited to introduce a new and important addition to our very simple set of lighting tools… LightWand.

Photograph of LightWand by Harold Ross

John Corcoran and I have been using light wands for over 25 years, so we decided to design one which works with our flashlight adapter.

Whether you have one of our 0.9″ or 1″ adapters, the LightWand will simply slip on it just like our diffusers.

This means that you will be using the same light source that is used with our adapter and diffusers! So, the flashlight that you already own (or will own) will be used for both the diffusers and the LightWand. This is efficient… no extra batteries or light source to purchase and maintain, and it is simple… usually a good thing!

A light wand is very useful in light painting, as it can be passed right in front of the lens (great for fill light), and it acts as a strip light, and it’s an ideal light for placing long highlights on a subject.

It’s a perfect light for light painting portraits. Take a look at John’s portraiture!  Scroll down to see a sample image of John’s.

To purchase one, go HERE!

This video explains more, and shows how the wand was used in the three images below:

 

 

Light painting photograph of John Sartin jewelry by Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

Light painting photograph of camera lens by Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

Light painting photograph of vintage hammer by Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

Portrait done with light painting by John Corcoran

Photograph by John Corcoran

 
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