One-on-One Light Painting the Still Life Workshops
One-on-one, intensive two day (plus intro) studio light painting workshops are available for individual learning. After the introduction to light painting and slide show of my work, we will spend a few hours at the studio learning about lighting theory and practical application. We will then work on composing and shooting your fine art still life in the studio using light painting. I will supply all light sources, you just need to bring your camera and a laptop or other computer (I do have available computers loaded with the needed software for a small rental fee… see “computers” below).
NOTE*** I am now offering a REMOTE “pre-workshop” for students who feel that they need to get up and running with basic navigation in Photoshop layers and masking. This session will take place several days before the normal workshop, and will be done remotely over the internet with screen sharing. It will require roughly 2 hours of time. We will install the actions needed in the workshop, create a custom workspace on your computer, and teach you basic navigation in Photoshop, including the layers window, creation of masks and adjustment layers. The cost for this remote session is $140. Just call or email to arrange it!
***This workshop can also be offered as a Two-on-One! The tuition for two students is less than that of a One-on-One (per person), so if you have a friend (or husband / wife) who wants to do the workshop with you, you can save some money and attend together. The cost is $1160 per person. (Basically, the second tuition is at 40% off, a discount which is shared by both attendees).
On the second day we will work up your images in post production. You will gain hands-on insight into the use of Photoshop layers, adjustment layers, masking and many other image enhancement techniques as they apply to the light painting techniques we’ll be employing. You will end up with at least one final finished image, and we will make a finished fine art print on my large format professional printer at the end of the second day.
“In today’s world, given the number of photographers who claim to be professional, it’s not surprising that there are far more workshops than there are quality workshops taught by truly experienced and capable instructors. Harold Ross is several cuts above 95% of the other photographers whose workshops I have attended. In my opinion, Harold does several things that distinguish him as a photographer and teacher. He transmits a true excitement and love of his work, and instills the same feeling in his student. He focuses on the student, not on his own ego. Time with Harold is not about him showing endless slides of his portfolio to a script of self-serving euphemisms. It is about not only giving to a student who wants to learn the tools…hands on…but demanding that those tools be used to a level that Harold demands of himself. And end of the day, the student, not just Harold, produces an end product that is tremendously rewarding. I have never spent time with any photographer that was as productive for me, from conceptualization of an image and process, through shooting and post production, to execution of a final product that took me to a new level.” - John Tebbetts, Texas
The following schedule can occur during weekends or weekdays:
Evening – Day 1
6:00p – 9:30p 30 minutes meet and greet, Talk on lighting theory with a slide show presentation of Harold’s work. (If you prefer, these 3 hours of instruction can be added on to the full days’ schedule)
8:30a – 9:00a Cappuccinos (or tea) and Bagels
9:00a – 10:30a Harold’s Lecture on Lighting Tools and Image Capture
10:30a – 12:00p Harold’s Lighting and Shooting Demonstration
12:30p – 1:00p Lunch Break (lunch included)
1:00p – 5:30p Composing and Light Painting your images
8:30a – 9:00a Cappuccinos (or tea) and Bagels
9:00a – 11:00a Photoshop Tutorial – Layers, Masking and Blending Techniques
11:00a – 12:00p Editing, Processing and Post-production of your image
12:30p – 1:00p Lunch Break (lunch included)
1:00p – 4:00p Continuation of post-production of your image
4:00p – 5:30p Printing your image with a Wrap-up and Review
If, for logistical or scheduling reasons, you cannot attend the first evening, we will simply add that time to the two full-days.
TUITION & PAYMENTS:
Full tuition for the workshop is $1450 and with a required deposit of $250 to reserve your scheduled workshop. Your reservation is not confirmed until we receive your deposit.
***Any past Harold Ross Light Painting Workshop attendee will receive $75 off of their tuition.
***Attendees must make payment in full 30 days prior to beginning of workshop.
We accept payments by check (preferred), credit/debit cards or Paypal.
Send checks to:
Harold Ross, 204 Lakewood Drive -Pequea, PA 17565
“It’s impossible in a brief testimonial to say enough good about the one-on-one workshop I attended. Obviously Harold is an excellent photographer and a master at light painting, but what really sets this workshop apart from others is Harold’s ability to teach. Not every talented photographer is a good teacher. He is relaxed, fun, patient and more than willing to share everything he knows. I was very impressed with the way he tailored the workshop to me and what I knew and wanted to learn. I hope this workshop is the first of many with Harold. PS-The cappuccinos alone are worth the price of admission!”
- Susan Fleck, Indiana
CANCELLATION POLICY: In the small likelihood that the workshop needs to be canceled, your tuition/deposit will be refunded in full if you paid by check, or less a $25 processing fee if paid by Paypal.
Should you have to cancel, your deposit and tuition are fully refundable provided there is another attendee to take your place.
After the workshop begins, no refunds will be granted should you need to withdraw.
We will not be responsible for any cancellation due to medical or other reasons. We highly recommend that you purchase refundable tickets and/or trip insurance to protect yourself in the event of an emergency that prevents you from attending.
TECHNICAL and EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: This will be a Digital Capture ONLY workshop. While you may not be an experienced light painter, it is expected that you can operate your DSLR camera in manual mode with longer time exposures, and have an understanding of the relationship between f-stop’s and shutter speeds.
CAMERA: You are required to bring a DSLR or camera with Digital Back with a WIRED shutter release (wireless shutter releases are somewhat unreliable, and we need to minimize technical troubleshooting), tripod (We can provide a tripod at no charge if you let us know ahead of time), all necessary cables/cords to shoot tethered and CHARGED batteries, as well as your battery charger. It is also recommended, as a backup, to bring CF cards and a card reader in case you have issues shooting tethered. (See Shooting Tethered Below).
COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE: You will need to bring a laptop or computer installed with Photoshop. For this workshop, in order to keep things running smoothly and efficiently, we will be using Capture One. You’ll be able to download a free demo version, and of course, after the workshop you may want to use Lightroom or some other capture software, but we find Capture One to be the most dependable. Furthermore, it reduces the number of variables that we have to deal with, such as different cameras, different OS’s and different versions of Photoshop. You will be using this as your tethered capture workstation on Saturday, as well as Sunday for the Photoshop classroom part of the workshop.
***A limited number of Apple computers loaded with Capture One and Photoshop will be available for rental ($125 for the weekend) on a first come first served basis.
NOTE: Attendees need only have a very basic knowledge of Photoshop tools, menus and navigation. We will be covering the advanced use of blending layers, masking and other advanced image enhancement techniques as they apply to the image(s) you will be shooting at the workshop, so knowledge of layers and masking is NOT needed prior to the workshop.
**SHOOTING TETHERED: We will be shooting tethered (if your camera supports it) to your computer, as opposed to shooting to a memory card. Shooting tethered gives you greater control in evaluating your image and lighting while shooting. With that said, you will need to know how to correctly connect your camera to computer and software for tethered shooting. Please note: ***It is not fair to the other attendees and we cannot afford the time during the workshop to trouble shoot or help you in setting your camera up for tethered shooting. You Need to know how to connect and use your camera tethered if you plan on doing so. Please test your setup PRIOR to the workshop. We will help you with advice on tethering prior to the workshop, just contact us!
Recommended software that is compatible for shooting tethered: Capture One and Adobe Lightroom. We highly recommend Capture One, as it is the MOST stable software for tethered shooting. We have found Aperture to be unreliable and therefore, not recommended.
Note ***We send out an email with more in depth information well before the workshop!
LIGHTING: For use during the workshop, we will supply each attendee with a soft light source and LED hand held flashlight with accessory attachments for detail work.
“I enjoyed the hands on approach of the workshop; using different types of lighting equipment gave me a better understanding for what I will need for my own use and how the different lighting behaves with the subjects.” – Mickey Freed
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MEALS: We will start each morning with a cappuccino (or tea) and bagels, yogurt and fruit for breakfast. Lunch will also be provided each day.
TRAVEL: The studio address for Google Maps or GPS units is:
Harold Ross Studio
204 Lakewood Drive
Pequea, PA 17565
There is ample free parking. The workshop is in the beautiful countryside of Southern Lancaster County, PA. Please watch for Amish buggies as you drive to the workshop!
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