Review of Student Images From Recent Workshops

•March 15, 2020 • 6 Comments

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are staying healthy in these challenging times. Today, I’m posting images that were made by students who attended my workshops in the last few months. It’s a long post, so hang in there, and remember to click on the images to see them larger!

You’ll notice that some students have more than one image. These are students that are alumni students (experienced), or students that took an individual 1-on-1 workshop, and/or stayed for an extra day of training.

I feel very fortunate and honored that students have travelled from near and far to take a personal workshop with me!

In this recap, there is recent work by students who travelled here from: Hong Kong, Ireland, Maine (2 students), Ohio, Texas (2 students), South Carolina, Arkansas, California, Pennsylvania (2 students), Iowa, and Maryland (3 students). I am truly humbled.

A big THANK YOU! goes out to every one of them.

Also, I am once again so pleased and surprised to see the images that students come up with; these are often compositions that I wouldn’t think of. This is one of the most rewarding things about teaching my image-making process. Of course, since I have a finite (if large) collection of props, there is some repetition of singular elements.

A personal word about my workshops… I developed this process, which I call “Sculpting with Light”. It is a process that I’ve been perfecting for almost 30 years, and it allows us to create a tremendous amount of depth, dimension and detail.

Yes, 30 years means that I used light painting with film, and I developed methods then, and I have brought those concepts to a digital workflow. It is a challenging (but rewarding) process, and the workshops are intensive; we work very hard because I want my students to leave with a deep understanding of the process. For this reason, I teach a maximum of TWO students (I also teach individuals), and this is why I teach quite a few workshops per year.

I believe that a workshop such as this, where hands-on technique needs to be taught on a personal level, can only be successful if the class size is very small. It is simply impossible to go deeply into my process with a large group. What matters to me is the immense satisfaction that I get from teaching photographers how to make extraordinary images. – Harold

On to the images…

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Wai Chong Leung (One-on-One Workshop), Hong Kong

Wai wanted to create an image with a reflective surface in order to learn how to light these types of challenging objects. By using a glass container which contains a colored liquid (in this case, olive oil) we also got to explore how to create a “glow” of light inside the bottle. Also, she was, like most of my students, somewhat uncomfortable with the Wacom Pen Tablet, but at the end of the workshop (again, like most of my students), she embraced it. Wai, your composition is beautiful!

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Wai Chong Leung

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Ella Hudson & Knapp Hudson  (Custom Two-on-One Workshop), Maine

Ella and her husband Knapp (see below) decided to take a workshop together and scheduled “custom” dates.

Ella fell in love with one of the beautiful marbles in my collection; she based her still life around it, contrasting its glossy reflective surface with the beautiful patina of some vintage items. I don’t know which I like more; the beautiful internal details of the marble, or the gorgeous textures! Great image, Ella!

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Ella Hudson

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Knapp created a composition with one of my favorite props; the Frings Cigar Box, with its amazing label. What was completely unexpected is how Knapp inverted the green machine part (on the left side of the image). This piece has been photographed before, but no one has inverted it, which completely changes its appearance. Knapp named that piece “The Alien Prince”! If you look closely you’ll see why! Brilliant, Knapp.

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Knapp Hudson

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Stacey Moore (Two-on-One Workshop), Texas

Stacey Moore created a composition inspired by childhood. It’s always a pleasure for me when a student makes an image that has personal meaning for them! This is a great “learning” composition, as there is a good variety of surface qualities, providing a variety of challenges. I love how the marble relates to the background. Great work, Stacey!

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Stacey Moore

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Bob Hawkins (Alumni Two-on-One Workshop), Ohio

Bob Hawkins returned for his second workshop, and he made this beautiful image based on the gorgeous vessel in the center. I really love the color scheme of this image, and Bob did a great job of lighting and rendering the fabric, which is a challenge! Beautiful image, Bob.

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Bob Hawkins

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Canice Dunphy (One-on-One Workshop), Ireland

Canice Dunphy travelled from Ireland once again to take another workshop with me. We have worked together before, so Canice is quite advanced, and this makes for a very productive time! His first image embodies what I love about Sculpting with Light; that even the simplest and most mundane subjects can be transformed into something extraordinary. It’s the reason I still am so passionate about making images, even after three decades! Canice rendered the subtle details so beautifully.

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Canice Dunphy

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For his second image, Canice kept it very simple (and I believe that the simplest images can be the most powerful) and created a study in color and texture. The vintage inkwell is amazing. Great job, Canice!

Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Canice Dunphy

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Rachna Jain (Two-on-One Workshop), Maryland

Rachna Jain did something that I normally don’t recommend; she created a composition consisting totally of reflective objects! I normally caution  against this, as I feel that the learning (of lighting techniques) is limited, but Rachna proved me wrong! There is quite a variety of surface textures and shapes, and there is transparency involving color. I feel that this image is so successful, and I really love the monochromatic feel of it! Great work, Rachna.

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Rachna Jain

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Ann Evans (Two-on-One Workshop), Iowa

Ann Evans wanted to create a simple, classic composition, and she was drawn to one of my favorite props; a vintage stag-horn handled knife. Ann made great use of a concept that I teach in my workshops; brighter things tend to come forward in our vision, and conversely, darker things tend to recede. By using this concept, Ann made an image with a good amount of depth, even though the actual still life is quite shallow. I believe that this is one of the most important principles in my Sculpting with Light process. Beautiful work, Ann!

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Ann Evans

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Mark Myers (Two-on-One Workshop), California

I love this image by Mark Myers, and for two reasons. One, the objects are truly unrelated to each other. I often joke that we should avoid “matchy-matchy” thinking, that is, that not everything in a composition needs to relate, and in fact, it can be very fun to place things together that don’t relate at all. Second, I LOVE the color scheme here. The red, green and gold jewel tones are fantastic! Excellent, Mark.

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Mark Myers

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Chris Jewett (One-on-One Workshop), Maryland

Chris Jewett is also a return student, and I personally love to work with a student who already has worked with the process. This allows us to go deeper into the image-making process, and often, we are able to make more than one image, mainly as a method of reinforcing the workflow and lighting techniques. Chris has a great eye when it comes to choosing subject matter to bring to the workshop (I welcome students to bring objects to photograph, as long as I get a look at them first to insure that they aren’t too complex), and this scale is no exception. Upon close examination, one can see that this is an “American Family Scale”. The vintage wedding photo, framed in a very old film holder, works as a great visual play on words. Terrific image, Chris.

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop
Photograph by Chris Jewett
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This second image of Chris’s is also of an object that he brought to the workshop. It’s a silver plated flagon (a vessel containing drink), and although it is seemingly a simple object, it was quite a challenge to light properly! One of the things I teach students is the lighting approach for very reflective objects, such as glass and glossy metal. Chris did a great job here applying those techniques!

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Chris Jewett

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Rodney Steele (Two-on-One Workshop), Arkansas

Rodney Steele created this pyramidal composition from a very old colander, a vintage beer stein, a tomatillo, a shallot and a pomegranate. Five simple objects, beautifully composed and lit. The color scheme of this image is fantastic, as are the subtle textures of the organic subjects. Beautiful work, Rodney!

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Rodney Steele

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Jennifer Kouyoumjian (Two-on-One Workshop), South Carolina

Jennifer Kouyoumjian wanted to photograph an object that relates to her work; she is a professional photographer and designer and as part of her job, she works with industrial objects. This subject is very complex, and so, was quite challenging. Looking closely, you can see the variety of angles, surfaces and shapes. Each of these must be considered when applying the light, and of course, in masking as well. Jennifer did a fantastic job of bringing out these details in both instances. Terrific work, Jennifer!

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Jennifer Kouyoumjian

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Suzanne Chauvin (Two-on-One Workshop), Texas

Suzanne Chauvin came from Texas, but she brought us some goodies from Louisiana! Some cajun spices, and Beignet mix, which Vera and I have enjoyed! Thanks again, Suzanne! ;-) Suzanne zeroed in very quickly on a very unusual object in my prop collection; a piece of titanium that is a by-product of a plasma cutting process. It is quite interesting, and beautiful, but as Suzanne found, it is also quite difficult to photograph! By using multiple captures (as we always do in my process), Suzanne was able to capture every important detail, as well as the beautiful color in the object. Again, I am always so pleased to see the compositions that my students come up with; often unexpected ones. Great image, Suzanne.

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Suzanne Chauvin

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Lori Ellis (Two-on-One Workshop), Pennsylvania
Lori Ellis put together a gorgeous composition; the glass vessel is just beautiful, and Lori handled the lighting (which was not terribly easy) so well! And those tomatoes! It always excites me to see what beautiful lighting can do when applied to a beautiful subject. Every detail of the image is given attention and care, and it shows. Wonderful work, Lori!
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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Lori Ellis

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Linda Agar-Hendrix (Two-on-One Workshop), Maryland

Linda Agar-Hendrix brought along this beautiful cigar box and the ornate spoon, as well as the pewter pitcher. Gorgeous items, and they photographed so nicely. Of course, I believe that with the proper lighting, beauty can be found in almost any subject. It helps, though, when the subjects are already interesting, and subjects of vintage design are usually just that! Linda used various lighting techniques to render the variety of surfaces, and she did a beautiful job. Good work, Linda.

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Student image from Harold Ross Photographer's Light Painting Workshop

Photograph by Linda Agar-Hendrix

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I like to say that the workshop is not about making a masterpiece, but instead, it 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.

There are three ways to take a workshop with me:

For workshop information please click HERE .

All images from students over the years are HERE.

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Attend my Light Painting Demonstration in Downingtown, PA!

•February 15, 2020 • 4 Comments

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The Chester County Camera Club in West Chester, PA has asked me to present my extended talk and demonstration of my image making process, which I call “Sculpting with Light”. I’ll be setting up a still life, photographing it (using light painting of course), and creating a final image in Photoshop. The entire program will be projected.

The Camera Club has been gracious enough to open the program up to non-members!

The six hour presentation will be open to anyone; you don’t need to be a club member, but you do need to sign up ahead of time (and there is an admission fee).

Light Painted Photograph "Still Life with Copper Vessel" by Harold Ross

“Still Life with Grapes and Copper Vessel” by Harold Ross

This will be a program rich in technical information and aesthetic inspiration! Watch live as I light paint a still life, and as I use my specialized masking and layering techniques to create the final image from multiple captures in Photoshop. Questions will be welcomed as I work, and you’ll see the step-by-step approach that I use in each image I make. You’ll also see my use of the very simple (and very few) lighting tools that I employ.

The presentation will be on Saturday February 29th from 11AM to 5PM at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Downingtown, PA. The cost is $40 per person. We do ask that there be no video recording of my presentation.

Light Painted Photograph "Japanese Brushes No. 3" by Harold Ross

“Japanese Brushes No. 3” by Harold Ross

You can find all of the information about how to register for the event at the Chester County Camera Club website, or you can email Ginia at giniaaposto@gmail.com

Light Painted Photograph "Still Life with Copper Pot" by Harold Ross

“Still Life with Copper Pot” by Harold Ross

For more information on where I’ll be speaking and giving demonstrations in the future, please go HERE.

Light Painted Photograph "Blood Oranges and Grapes" by Harold Ross

“Blood Oranges and Grapes” by Harold Ross

For more information on my work please see my blog HERE .

For my workshop information please click HERE .

Please visit my Website

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I’m honored to be profiled in Phase One Stories

•January 24, 2020 • 12 Comments

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I’m very honored to have been asked by Phase One to do an interview for their Stories section of their website, which features photographers from around the world.

Light Painting Photographer Harold Ross in PhaseOne Stories

Please take a few minutes to explore this area; there are lots of interesting photographer profiles, and of course, tons of great information on Phase One’s website!

For more information on my work please see my blog HERE .

Please visit my Website

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January 2020 PSA Journal Article

•January 20, 2020 • 8 Comments

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You may recall the name Bas Montgomery from my workshop recap posts. He travelled here from the UK in 2018 to take a workshop with me. Bas has very successfully integrated my “Sculpting with Light” process into his photographic work.

A few months ago, Bas asked me to co-write an article on light painting for the PSA Journal, the publication of the Photographic Society of America, of which he is a member.

Of course, I agreed, and I’m happy to say that they published it in their January issue, and used my image for the cover!

Light Painting Photographer Harold Ross' Light Painting image "Still Life with Olive Oil and Shallots" January 2020 PSA Journal

Photograph by Harold Ross

Co-writing an article was an enjoyable process; it’s something I hadn’t done until now.

The article is a combination of some good examples of light painted images by Bas and myself, along with an explanation of my basic approach to using “Sculpting with Light” as a method of capturing tremendous depth, detail, texture and dimension!

If you wish to learn how to work with this powerful process (along with much more!), consider taking a workshop from me here in beautiful Lancaster County, PA!

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I like to say that the workshop is not about making a masterpiece, but instead, it 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.

There are three ways to take a workshop with me:

For workshop information please click HERE .

All images from my students over the years are HERE.

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I’ll be speaking at the 2020 Macro Photo Conference in October!

•January 13, 2020 • 4 Comments

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Light painted image "Blood Oranges & Grapes" by light painting photographer Harold Ross

“Blood Oranges and Grapes” by Harold Ross

On October 24th & 25th, 2020, I’ll be speaking at Mike Moats’ 2020 Macro Photo Conference, which is in its 7th year, The conference will take place in Spartanburg, South Carolina. As the name would imply, the conference is based around macro and close-up photography. Please take a few minutes to look at Mike’s beautiful work HERE.

The event is being held Saturday October 24th, 8AM to 6PM, and Sunday October 25th, 8AM to 3PM, at the Spartanburg Marriott in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The hotel group block room rate is $135. Ask for the “Macro Photo Conference Rate” at (864) 586-1211.

The conference will be featuring 5 speakers (myself included). I will be giving a lecture titled: Sculpting with Light: A Transformative Process, in which I’ll explain in detail the principles behind my image-making methods.

At the Macro conference, which is for all skill levels, there will be plenty of “how-to” lectures, and 4-5 hours (2-3 hours each day) of participation in the photographing of various subjects. The 5 speakers will be circulating around the shooting area, giving advice on composition, general lighting principles, and other technical matters. And… I’ll have a dedicated area for attendees to do some light painting!

There is a limit of 100 participants and seats go fast! The conference has sold out in all previous years, so if you’re interested, please don’t hesitate! The cost is only $199.

You can find more information about the conference HERE.

The speakers are:

Mike Moats 

Charles Needle

Jackie Kramer 

Ann Belmont

and lastly, myself!

This is a conference for all skill levels, and it will be inspiring, educational and fun!

I hope to see you there!

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Blazing Editions PhotoPlus NYC!

•October 25, 2019 • 23 Comments

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If you have a chance to to go to Photo Expo in NYC this weekend (October 24-26) at the Javits Convention Center, please stop by the Blazing Editions booth!

I’m very honored that the folks at Blazing Editions chose to display one of my images!

It’s one of my favorites; The “A-Frame Steam Pump”.

I’ve had several pieces printed by them, using their Dye-Sublimation Aluminum process, and I can’t say enough about their quality and their customer service.

It really is unparalleled.

Unfortunately, I am in Seattle and can’t attend, but the folks at Blazing sent me some pictures:

Blazing Editions Photo Expo 2019 "A-Frame Steam Pump "Harold Ross Photographer

Blazing Editions Photo Expo 2019 "A-Frame Steam Pump "Harold Ross Photographer

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For workshop information please click HERE .

To see images from workshop students over the past years, go HERE.

 

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Photo Review Benefit Print Auction – October 19th, 2019

•October 16, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Stephen Perloff, the esteemed editor of The Photo Review, holds a Benefit Auction every year. This will mark their 43rd anniversary! This year the auction is being held at Drexel University’s Paul Peck Alumni Center, at 32nd and Market Streets in Philadelphia at 4pm.

For several years, I have been honored to have been asked to contribute a print to this worthy cause, and this year I’m donating a limited edition print of my image “Steam Engine Hoist”, seen below. It is an archival pigment print on cotton rag, signed and titled recto, and numbered, edition 3/20. The print is 15.5″ x 12″, on 22″x17″ paper.

Light Painting Photographer Harold Ross's Light Painted Photograph "Steam Engine Hoist"

“Steam Engine Hoist”, Photograph by Harold Ross

 

If you cannot attend the auction, you can bid early and purchase any print; auction rules are HERE

You can read more about the auction on the Photo Review website HERE

 

 
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