Out of Chicago Live! April 9-11, 2021

Hi everyone!

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be participating in the Out Of Chicago LIVE event this year! Due to the pandemic, it will be a webinar event, and I’m quite excited, as there are so many great photographers (and several of them are friends) participating! Please join us for what promises to be a fun and valuable learning experience.


Out Of Chicago LIVE! 2021 April 9-11



From Out Of Chicago’s website:

Connect, engage and energize your photography alongside the world’s best photographers.

This live, 3-day, interactive conference is where you learn, share and get feedback from the pros. With 100+ sessions to choose from covering a wide range of genres, from landscape and nature, to travel, street, architecture, and post-processing, immerse yourself in new ways to improve your photography. Don’t miss out on this special, once-a-year, event where over 40 leading photographers gather, in one place and at one time, to connect and share their discoveries from the past year. Register and be part of a community as passionate about photography as you are.


Attendees can choose from about 100 different sessions during the three day event. Click HERE for the entire list of instructors

Light Painting Photographer Harold Ross's light painted photograph "Pewter Bowl and Marble"

“Pewter Bowl and Marble”
Photograph by Harold Ross

During the event, I’ll be giving a presentation on (what else?) my methods and use of Light Painting. More akin to painting or sculpture, I use the light in a very controlled way, in order to optimize lighting to a higher degree than normally possible. This optimization results in a great level of depth, dimension, and detail in the images.

My presentation will delve into what I believe is a powerful image-making process. As many of you know, I’ve been light painting for 30 years. That means, of course, that I was using the technique with film (and because I was a commercial advertising photographer, it was transparency film…talk about challenging!).

After 30 years of practicing and perfecting, I am still excited every time I make an image. In my presentation, I’ll touch on why this method of working has held my interest for so many years. One of the main reasons is that I consider it to be so transformative. All photographic genres are transformative, of course, but in my work, I attempt to use the incredible power of light alone in order to transform the ordinary subject into something remarkable. I believe that by simply revealing the full essence of a subject, we can get across to the viewers of the image the spirit of it.

I’ll explain the tools I use (very few and inexpensive) and you’ll learn why such simple tools can be so effective. I’ll also discuss the lighting tools that I use in my landscape light painting work.

Also, as part of my presentation, I’ll discuss my “Six Principles of Light”, a technical talk, which gets across what I feel are the most important physical properties of light and how they relate to light painting. You’ll learn why light painting is the only method where we get the benefits of a smaller light source while retaining the beauty of a larger light source.

Of course, I’ll be using examples of my work to illustrate these important points.

So, mark your calendar and register for this exciting event!

~ by Harold Ross on February 28, 2021.

6 Responses to “Out of Chicago Live! April 9-11, 2021”

  1. Dammit. Next year come to Chicago and I’ll buy dinner one night and cook for you another!

  2. Hey Harold: Cool! That’s great! Thanks for sending that out. I’ll look at it. Stunning image! Kathy

  3. Do you happen to know what day and time you will be presenting? Also, will we be able to replay the classes for a period of time or is it limited only to the live session?

    • Hi Jane, I don’t know yet exactly what time slot I’ll be in but my understanding is that a recording of the presentation will be available for a year. Hope to see you there!

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