Review of Student Images From Recent Workshops

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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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~ by Harold Ross on March 15, 2020.

6 Responses to “Review of Student Images From Recent Workshops”

  1. Harold,

    I’m sure I speak for many. We are humbled by your work and sharing your talents with us. You’ll see me in one of your classes, hopefully soon.

    Tom Horning

  2. Hi Harold,

    Hope you and your wife are in good health,

    Honestly when I see these photos I get amazed with the professional teaching that you teach to your students.Congratulation to you and to all your students.

    I have seen your photos in a magazine at our photographic club. If not mistaken it was PSA Mag.

    Give my best regards to your wife and keep up the good work. God be with you all.

    Regards
    Mario

    Sent from Outlook

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    • Hi Mario, Thank you, and I hope all is well in Malta!

      We are doing well, thank you.

      Yes, the PSA magazine ran an article that i co-wrote with one of my students, and happily, they placed one of my images on the cover.

      Thanks again, Mario!

  3. The Student images are beautiful….

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