Testimonials

Testimonials from alumni of Harold’s Light Painting Workshops:

   “I just returned from a light painting workshop with Harold, tired but full of ideas and inspiration. Harold and John run a very organized and fast-paced workshop that is technically and artistically challenging. They manage to keep all of the students on track by providing constant individual assistance and advice.
   Harold’s knowledge of light painting and post-processing techniques is very impressive, but in addition to that he has a keenly developed artistic sense that I believe sets him apart from many other workshop leaders.
   Anyone deciding to attend one his workshops should be prepared for a very busy and challenging weekend, but the results should satisfy the most demanding student. In addition to the workshop time, Harold and his wife Vera provide a comfortable and welcoming home that helps to make the entire experience most enjoyable.”
– Brian Graham, Ottawa, Canada, Group Workshop

“I’ve enjoyed and found Harold Ross Still Life Light Painting workshop educational and helpful for my future efforts in this area as well as photography in general. Harold is a recognized expert in this field and along with his assistant and friend John, they’ve conducted an intense but very a high quality weekend workshop in Harold’s home studio. The workshop was well organized in going from light painting theory and approach to hands on composition of individual still life scenes and light painting photography and then processing the captured images into a well done final product using individual computer stations. Throughout the process, we were guided by Harold and John. They didn’t do the work for us but provided us with their expert advice as needed and held us to their high standards. I feel that I’ve learned a lot in the workshop and found it to be a worthwhile experience. “
– Izet M. Kapetanovic, Ph.D., Maryland, Group Workshop

“The three-day workshop was very thorough and of superior quality. Learning tethered shooting using Capture One software was new to me and will prove invaluable in future efforts at light sculpting.
I also gained a better insight into using layers and masking in Photoshop CC 2015. Harold and John are excellent teachers and each of the four participants was given adequate one and one instruction time. Both instructors were patient and thorough.
The course is very well organized and follows a logical step-by-stem procedure. The intricacies of light sculpting, and there are many, are well explained. The workshop is of great value to anyone contemplating trying to master this skill.”
– Ray Doyle, West Chester, PA, Group Workshop

“The workshop is well organized and paced just right. One day is spent on theory, the next on practice and the last on post processing. Even though there is a great amount of information to cover, Harold is always patient and good humored.  Both he and John are wonderful artists and they expect a high level of performance from their students. The booklet provided is all inconclusive and is easy to follow along at home. I’ve already recommended the workshop to several of my photography friends.”
– Jane Kicks, New Jersey, Group Workshop

“I just completed my second one-on-one training session with Harold Ross in four months. Harold is off the charts brilliant and gifted in his mastery of light: 1) seeing light, 2) the techniques of lighting and 3) and the art of painting with light in Photoshop to create a final image. When training with Harold, be prepared to work. He has taken years to develop the knowledge and skills that he imparts to his students in a few short days. Expect your experience to be rigorous. I’m a medical doctor and have photographed for National Geographic, The New York Times and The Associated Press. Yet I was humbled by the depth and breadth of Harold’s knowledge.  I believe that he is the best in the world at what he does. Look upon time with Harold as a gift. It is worth much more than what he charges for his classes. And when you are at Harold and Vera’s lovely home in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, they devote their entire focus to you and your learning experience. They are gracious, unselfish and really care about the student. But that said, expect a learning experience that will challenge you to your core, instill knowledge that you will not be able to acquire without Harold’s guidance and leave you with skills that will influence you for the rest of your life. Students regularly travel from across the globe to train with Harold. If you are lucky enough to train with Harold Ross, you will find out why.”
– Jeff Gusky, MD, Texas, One-on-One Workshop

“I wanted to take a moment to say thanks to both of you for an awesome and truly remarkable weekend. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you both and having the opportunity to share your world a bit. The workshop was over-the-top and so full of rich, relevant, targeted content, and your one-on-one guidance made it so much more valuable. It was truly transformative on so many levels and I can honestly say that it seriously exceeded my expectations, and trust me, they were already very high.”
– Mark Hogan, Ontario, Canada, Group Workshop

“The workshop with Harold and John was one of the most intense and one of the most craft altering workshop experiences I’ve ever had!! And I’ve worked with some very good masterful photographers at both Maine Media Workshops and Santa Fe Workshops. Because the workshop included both a shooting skill and computer techniques, the value of the instruction was exceptional.  As far as information gained, I enhanced my Photoshop skills and learned Capture One (sort of!), and also learned the light sculpting technique which I believe will totally change how I look at my own work and how I approach it–that is upgrading a known skill and learning two new ones in three days!!!”
– Carol Peachee, Kentucky, Group Workshop

“I have been a professional photographer in some form or another since 1986.  I currently shoot high volume e-commerce photographs for major online retailers.  I took Harold Ross’s workshop as a lark, for fun not really anticipating learning too much.  Boy, was I wrong!  Harold Ross’s vast experience both as a commercial photographer and artist will benefit the amateur and professional alike.  There isn’t ANYONE who can’t learn something  and benefit greatly from this workshop!  I went, and as a result have had my desire to create beautiful images totally energized.  I couldn’t wait to get home to start practicing what was gleaned from the workshop!  I plan on going back again soon!!”
– Curtis Hustace, Indiana, One-on-One

“As a photographer in business and workshop attendee for over 40 years, and having also been an instructor to thousands of photographers for over 30 years, I found Harold’s workshop to be completely off the charts in terms of its organization, content and presentation. What he promises, he delivers in spades. Light painting is a very specialized niche, and Harold is the consummate master of his craft. I’ve spent the past decade of my career searching for new ideas and techniques I can bring into my own business, and the concepts I learned at the workshop will provide yet another tool in my toolbox to separate me from my competitors and keep my photography unique, fresh and creative. If you’re looking to enhance your photographic and processing skills, Harold’s workshop will help you get to the next level.”
John R. Hartman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, EA-ASP, Wisconsin, 2-on-1 Workshop

“Harold, Thank you for a GREAT couple of days sculpting light!  I have taught around the globe and have sat in on many a programs, I have to say Harold, you are one of the best teachers I have ever had.  Your knowledge of light and photoshop methods is among the very intellectual few. Thanks for a great experience.”
Ralph Romaguera, Past PPA President, M.Photog., Hon M. Photog.,Cr.,CPP, API, F-ASP, Louisiana, 2-on-1 Workshop

“Some time ago I came across the work of Harold Ross.When I learned  that he conducted light painting workshops and saw all the positive reviews from previous workshop participants, I decided to enroll. Having just returned from the workshop I can only say that all the positive comments really are 100% genuine. Harold is a true professional, as a photographer and a teacher. His knowledge and insight into lightpainting and photography is astounding, but the thing that really impressed me most was Harold’s ability to break down the components of lightpainting into a simple and understandable process. Harold’s instructions were very detailed throughout the whole process, and his workbook made the process easy to follow when I returned home from the workshop. I emailed Harold whenever I was unsure of something and he always managed to provide a solution to my problem. Harold’s studio is located in a beautiful rural setting and the food and hospitality provided by Vera completed a truly remarkable and rewarding experience. I have no doubt I will participate in a future workshop conducted by Harold.Thank you Harold and Vera for your kindness and hospitality. You have certainly set a very high standard for others to follow.”
Canice Dunphy, Ireland, One-on-One Workshop

“I first discovered the work of Harold Ross about 2 years ago by complete accident. As a newbie to photography and hungry to learn, I spent hours on the internet trawling tutorials etc., and then I came across a picture of some grapes hanging from an old goblet with a pear beside it. I was totally drawn to this image and couldn’t decide whether it was a photo or an oil painting. On discovering it was the work of Harold Ross, and actually a light painted photograph, I had to learn how to do this. I spent a bit of time trying to work it out for myself, and then after failing miserably, made contact with the man himself. I then decided to go over for a one to one course. WOW what an experience. First class hospitality from Harold and his lovely wife Vera. I was made to feel incredibly welcome as soon as I got there. The course itself, albeit intense, was fantastic, and Harold I applaud the patience you showed whilst teaching me!! I came away with prints of my work and I still shake my head in disbelief that I actually did them!!! The only regret I have is not doing the course a whole lot sooner. Thanks again Harold ……”
Simon Boddy, United Kingdom, One-on-One Workshop

“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

“This was an incredible workshop. It wasn’t easy, but it exposed us to an aspect of photography that we never knew. The experience was enhanced by the expertise and patience that Harold and John showed to each of the participants. That patience and expertise was incredible. The image that we left the workshop with was something I couldn’t have imagined before the workshop. A great addition for me was that I was able to get a much improved understanding of layers and masks in Photoshop and I feel much more comfortable with these features than I have before. A final note. I can’t imagine a more caring, kind and welcoming hostess than Vera. She was beyond anything I can describe.”
Jack Tierney, Maryland, Group Workshop

“Harold and John are fantastic educators, patient, highly qualified and dedicated to every student’s needs. The learning process of light painting may be daunting at first, but it is well worth the effort as the quality of the imagery produced stands out from the crowd. I highly recommend learning from Harold, he is a goldmine of information and truly values teaching his students.”
Jose Robertson, Pennsylvania, 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

“My experience in the Light Painting workshop was fun and educational. Now I feel that I have a much better understanding of light and how to better control it to improve my photography. The “hands on” approach was a great way to learn and retain the information. It was so exciting to create such a beautiful photograph.” 
Beth Larsen, Ohio, Group Workshop

“Observing Harold sculpt with light was an invaluable experience, and not something I could learn by written word. This was an intense three days of learning, and I definitely got my money’s worth.Thank you so much for everything.”
Donna Meade, Ohio, Group Workshop

“I came away from the workshop with a better understanding how light works in all photos, not limited to light painting. I felt Harold and John were the perfect compliment for the workshop. The intensity of instruction and desire to have me succeed was amazing and I left feeling empowered to work on my own and utilize the plethora of information.
On an aside, I felt, even before your invite, that you guys were approachable in the future with questions and input. Vera, your attention before the workshop set me up for a positive experience and it exceeded my expectations.”

Jan Bollinger, Ohio, Group Workshop

“I had high hopes for this workshop and it exceeded all of my expectations. The process itself is not like any photography I had ever done before but, as his images attest, the methods yield spectacular results. The detail of his instruction included still life set-up, light painting techniques and then the capture and photoshop workflow. The instruction was detailed, cogent, and comprehensive. I have never attended a workshop that provided such in-depth and usable information. The fact that he had great help from John Corcoran, and Vera Ross provided good food and a very comfortable environment, and it was located in a beautiful part of rural Pennsylvania, was icing on the cake. I will be a return student in the not too distant future.”
– Bill Davison, Massachusetts, Group Workshop

“Harold and his colleague John are very dedicated teachers who take a great interest in the work of their students and do everything possible to insure that the student’s experience is successful and rewarding. Both are expert artists and both have the ability to convey their ideas clearly and patiently. Harold’s studio is equipped with a vast number of resources to use in the students’ compositions, and his ideas for improving a composition are always right on the money. It was a real pleasure to attend this workshop and walk away with a polished image, and the techniques learned apply not only to light painting but also to working with light in general. A great experience all around.”
– Dennis Miller, Massachusetts, Group Workshop

“Having attended a couple of outdoor workshops, the still-life workshop was a whole new experience. I was able to improve my lighting techniques on a smaller scale. There were also several photoshop techniques that made the process much easier. I now feel confident that I can shoot outside or inside with this technique. Harold and John each had lots to contribute to my efforts and did so with great patience.”
-Jane Koester, Delaware, Group Workshop

“The workshop was fantastic.  It was more than just the technique; it was the foundation, and the post processing that made a quick weekend a complete education in light-painting.  Frankly what I learned in photoshop technique alone made the course worth the money.  Highly recommend.”
– Scott Hartzell, MD, Pennsylvania, Group Workshop

“A weekend of action packed instruction (actually three days worth) where one gets fully introduced to the world of Light painting, Capture One Pro (live camera capture) and Photoshop processing along with “art” instructions. These days I no longer have the time for endless experimentation so I took Ross’s course. My Photoshop time is now more productive with my new well-organized approach to layers. The hardest part was choosing a combination of props from Harold’s vast collection. I think all of the class pictures looked great, which surprised me since we were all continuously learning new methods and not knowing how the process would end. Thanks goes to Harold and John Corcoran for their continuous ongoing efforts and the detailed pre-planning. Best of all, at home I find the booklet {Harold’s printed material} a great memory aid in keeping my time productive.”  
– John Tichenor, Virginia, Group Workshop

“Harold and John are both excellent instructors, understand light thoroughly and have similar yet subtly different styles.  Our class was small so that we all received individual instruction and assistance from either teacher. We learned a process with precision and close supervision so that by Sunday afternoon our images reflected what we had learned over the weekend regarding light, direction of light, intensity of light, sculptural attributes of light, exposure and precision, in addition to newly discovered {use of} channels in PhotoShop. It was a richly textured weekend from all directions.”
– Julie Stauffer, Connecticut, Group Workshop

“I traveled from the UK to learn more about Harold’s amazing light sculpting process and have just completed a one-to-one workshop. For me personally it was the best possible training experience ever. Harold is not only a true master of this unique art, he’s a great trainer and coach. He puts you at ease straight away and tailors the course content to suit your competence, then develop your skills. I was over the moon with the support, and hospitality I received, nothing was too much trouble. I finally left with a great image, stacks of information and all of my objectives fulfilled. I would score the course 11/10 for content, hospitality, facility and satisfaction. Thanks Harold.”
– Will Rose, United Kingdom, One-on-One Workshop

“Harold’s light painting workshop was knowledgeable, insightful and filled with fun. His passion to ensure that the participants leave with everything needed to create fine art is evident in the images produced by the end of the workshop.The additional tips provided by John and the hospitality by Vera was the cherry on top. Thanks to all for an unforgettable weekend.”
– Sujinder Pothula, Maryland, Group Workshop

“Both Harold and John are very knowledgeable about light painting, Capture One and Photoshop layers. I found the whole experience informative and expansive. My only regret was that it ended too soon and my only suggestion is that the class be extended from 2.5 to 3 days (Editor’s note: We have added on several hours to the workshop.) On the final day I felt that I had learned so much but realized I had only seen the top of the iceberg called “light painting.” 
George Riling, Virginia, Group Workshop

“When I take a workshop, whether I have a great image at the end of the workshop isn’t as important to me as whether I have learned the techniques and skills to take better images in the future. Your light painting workshop didn’t disappoint and far exceeded my expectations. From the first hour to the last, you and John Corcoran delivered more information in an hour than many workshops deliver in an entire weekend and that information was explained in simple terms that made the concepts easy to grasp. Moreover, your and John’s patience in guiding me through the process, particularly in lighting my still life, was exemplary. Thank you for the new tool set for creating beautiful light painted images.”
– Brian Zwit, Virginia, Group Workshop

“I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who understands light as well as Harold does and in the course of the 2+ days I spent with him, I began to notice properties of light and shade that had previously been too subtle for me.  He has a great appreciation for the richness of detail.  If you are looking to expand your expressive capacity, I don’t think you could do better than Harold’s workshop.  He is by turns passionate and disciplined and always generous.  He and Vera are wonderful hosts.  Highly recommended.”
– Robert Jacobsen, New York, One-on-One Workshop

“Writing a testimonial has never been easier. What an amazing workshop … not a moment wasted … not a moment without a learning experience. How great the reward – the experience – leaving with an image I had in my mind the day I registered. This workshop taught me all that light painting can and should be … and what to do to create astonishing images. Thanks.
And the Americano was pretty terrific. Great barista.”
Jack Schachner, Ontario, Two-on-One Workshop

“Harold, just a quick note to say thank you for a great workshop. Hospitality, hands on teaching and learning style (I know, I know, you working on my image to show me what we’re trying to achieve and then deleting {the modifications} is for my own good!!!) all brilliant. I wasn’t sure that I had it in me to get those results and at the end of the day, the sense of satisfaction at pushing new creative limits was wonderful. The trouble is, I’m now having dinner with my wife and seeing light painting opportunities in the restaurant!”
Gareth Callaway, Ontario, Two-on-One Workshop

“I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you and thank you for what was a most enjoyable light painting workshop in Lancaster. I thoroughly enjoyed it for many reasons. Having experimented with light painting over 30 years ago, it was most instructive to see how the discipline had progressed into the digital age. It was a great educational experience to see the possibilities of light painting through you and John, as your combined knowledge and patience as instructors made the weekend very accessible to all of the students. Specifically, the clever application of different light sources ad the way that masking was used in Photoshop was a great highlight of the workshop for me. A good spirit of creativity and camaraderie was alive and well at this workshop, and you had much to do with fostering it.”
Manouchehr Shirzad, New Jersey, Group Workshop

“This workshop is the best I’ve ever attended, and a HUGE value!  Harold and John are fantastic instructors.  They show you the best way to capture the images, and then how to easily put them back together in photoshop, which is where all the magic happens.  I would highly recommend this seminar to anyone interested in learning how to paint with light.”
Sean Hoover, Utah, Group Workshop

“Harold Ross and John Corcoran are excellent instructors and make a great team:  personable, knowledgeable, and, even more important, blessed with the ability to clearly explain the principles and techniques involved in light painting. The workshop flowed very smoothly from abstract concepts such as lighting theory and composition to the hands-on techniques for capture, and finally post-processing to completed images. I am not a Photoshop “power user,” but Harold’s workflow is logical, straightforward and actually fun!  This workshop reinvigorated my interest in photography, and I would highly recommend it to any photographer wanting to rekindle their creativity.  Harold and John:  Thank you both again – I have enough (light painting) projects lined up to keep busy for some time.”
Dan Gerth, New Mexico, Group Workshop

“You and John made a good team, specifically because you both approached the methods and processes of light painting from different directions. For me this added dimension to the presentation, creating a realm of possibility and exploration, realizing that there are many ways to accomplish the final product, and that over time I will develop my own style.  I liked that.
 Thanks Harold for giving us your time and energy.  The workshop was a success for me, and I look forward to trying out what you showed us and gaining a bit of experience.”
Rob Goldsborough, Massachusetts, Group Workshop

“What an amazing experience it was to work with Harold and John! They have remarkable command of light painting techniques and both of them are thoroughly committed to the success of each and every student in the class. There was lots of friendly teamwork. We all worked hard and had fun. The results were just amazing.  Everyone’s project was unique and interesting. And, due to the vigilance of the instructors, by the end of the weekend, every participant demonstrated command of the techniques. It was a truly exciting, inspiring, rewarding and outright amazing weekend. Highly recommended!”
Steven Maxx, New Jersey, Group Workshop

“I made some attempts at light painting and ran into a variety of problems on my own. I learned everything I needed to know from Harold. He’s very patient but exacting in the lighting session, and has a very easy-to-follow system to put the images together in Photoshop. My friends are amazed at what I brought home!”
Will Doak, Pennsylvania, One-on-One Workshop

“Thank you for the wonderful experience at your workshop.  The teaching was superb and the vast selection of objects to photograph was amazing.  Your knowledge of Photoshop and the post-production work was also great.  Another item that stands out from other workshops I have attended is your acceptance of follow up questions and help, long after the workshop ends.  Vera and you were very hospitable.   I would highly recommend the workshop to anyone interested in light painting.  Thank you again.  Happy New Year.”
Tim Hacker, Ohio, Two-on-One Workshop

“Harold, I want to thank you for your recent two-on-one workshop. The organization was top notch and the content will have an ongoing large impact on my photography both in composition and an improved understanding of Photoshop.
We especially enjoyed the low key approach that  made the experience fun. We also appreciate how you’ve made yourself available since the workshop for some trouble shooting. Finally thanks to both you and Vera for your wonderful hospitality. We really felt welcomed to your home.”
Fred Shiple, Ohio, Two-on-One Workshop

“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.

None of this happens by accident.  Every detail is planned, structured and executed by the adept team of Vera and Harold (in that order). The combination of hospitality, grace, and professionalism is unique.  Essential tools and information are codified to make learning easier. The sequence in which Harold presented information, applied it, reinforced it, and then reiterated its effect on the final product were truly unique in my experience.  I walked away confident that I “get” the concepts, can’t wait to try to apply Harold’s techniques to my own work, and am grateful for the experience.  That hasn’t ever happened to me to the same level in any other time with a photographer/teacher.

The value?   For the first time from a workshop, I came home with new tools and processes that produced an end product–an image and print of that image that is truly unique, of a quality that sets new benchmarks for me, and one of very few images I have ever shot that I look forward to looking at again and again.  That’s high value for me.”
– John Tebbetts
, Texas, One-on-One Workshop

“Thank you for a great workshop! I learned a lot, about light painting, about highlights, and about post-processing. I appreciate that you went the extra mile for us, I can tell that you put your all into everything that you do! I will definitely recommend your workshop to other people! People with little photoshop masking experience and people more familiar with Photoshop alike will get a lot out of it. I will definitely be using many of the tips that I learned from you in all of my post-processing. Some of those small tips were icing on the cake! I know that what I learned this weekend will affect everything that I see in the future. I will see everyday objects in a new light. You are a wealth of knowledge and it is refreshing that you share what you know so readily. I have been on some workshops where the leader left out so many of the important parts that it was like getting their cake recipe with the amounts and ingredients changed. “
– Lisa Cuchara, Connecticut, Group Workshop

“The workshop was everything I hoped for and more. Harold is an excellent teacher and goes above and beyond to help. He is so patient! He explained light painting in a way that I can understand. I felt “right at home” the minute I walked thru the door. The attention I received before the workshop helped me to prepare for the class and the knowledge I gained from the workshop is priceless.”
– Pam Bredin, South Carolina, Group Workshop

“I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is interested in the art of Light Painting.  Both Harold and John are excellent instructors, they are patient beyond words, great communicators and very willing to share their knowledge.  The workshop covered all aspects of Light Painting, from lighting concepts, composition, camera settings, image capture and post processing.
After taking Harold’s Light Painting Workshop, I have found that both the handout material and the Photoshop actions we received have been invaluable tools in my photography.
In short, the Workshop exceeded my expectations, I had a great time, learned a tremendous amount, the cappuccinos were excellent and I hope to take another workshop with Harold in the near future. Thanks again.”
Ron Studebaker, Colorado, Group Workshop

“Absolutely loved the workshop…it opened a new door to release the vision I have always had in my head. All in all, I loved the workshop and would recommend it to anyone.”
– Lynn Cromer, Texas, Group Workshop

“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, One-on-One Workshop

“Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop. I fell in love with your work the first time I saw it. I was thrilled when my friend told me you were offering a workshop. The workshop was well paced and I appreciate how you and John were there to help us every step of the way.
I learned so many new techniques and can’t wait to try them on my own at home. I particularly appreciate all the written instructions you sent us home with, and of course your great cappuccinos.”
– Beamie Young, Maryland, Group Workshop

“I just finished my first light painting workshop and enjoyed every minute. It was well thought out and perfectly executed. When we got to the “hands-on” portion it had to be challenging for Harold and John to help students who were using different platforms, different equipment and different programs. Everything went smoothly and everyone created an impressive light painted image on their first try. Shooting tethered and using a tablet is definitely the best way to go when using the techniques that are needed. I am so glad that I made the trip and learned from the “master”. It would have taken a long, long time to figure everything out on my own. Now that I know the process, I am up and running. Thanks, Harold and John. You made it a very worthwhile experience.”
– Dave Wood, Florida, Group Workshop

“Harold’s workshop was both informative and fun. Light painting is new to me and I was enthralled to see the process. Harold has a wonderful way of teaching and making concepts clear to an amateur photographer. He showed every step from the beginning with a discussion of light theory, to the set-up, image capture, post-processing and printing. Nothing was left out. Harold was more than willing to share the wealth of his knowledge. I highly recommend Harold’s workshop.”
– Lori, Pennsylvania, Two-on-One Workshop

“I’m an amateur photographer who has had no previous light painting experience and only limited experience with Adobe Photoshop.  I was very happy with what I learned from Harold’s workshop.  He taught techniques that simply cannot be learned by reading a book or watching a video tutorial.  The results of Harold’s light painting workflow are amazing.  Highly recommended”.
– Glenn Friedenreich, Delaware, Two-on-One Workshop

“My positive feeling turned into a positive experience during the one-on-one workshop with Harold. You don’t find many workshop photographers who are willing to give you as much information as possible like Harold does. My biggest challenge was the post production in Photoshop, but at the end of the workshop I felt pretty comfortable. Light painting offers a lot of opportunity in my photography. That means that I will be visiting Harold and his flashlights again!”
Pavel Kolman, Toronto, Canada, One-on-One Workshop

“Harold and Roman are excellent teachers and guides, and I will sign up for the next light painting workshop no matter when it is or where it is!!!”
Wendy Belkin, Georgia, Group Workshop

“The One-on-One workshop was one of the best creative experiences I have ever had. Light painting done the way you teach it gives the most extraordinary results. I learned so much and had a lot of fun doing it. I can’t thank you enough.”
– Ruth Feldman
, Boston, One-on-One Workshop

“The overall experience of the workshop was excellent. Harold’s methods of teaching and the structure of the workshop made for a great learning experience. The workshop has made me see lighting from a fresh perspective, and I have no doubt the technique used in this workshop will apply well to cinematography as well. The Photoshop knowledge that I gained from this workshop is priceless, and I recommend the workshop to anyone who wants to take their photos to the next level!”
Marc Forand, Toronto, One-on-One Workshop

“Harold, thank you very much for sharing the process of how you create such amazing images.  I gained much knowledge and insight and I plan on using these techniques to take my own images to another level.
Steve DePalma, Colorado, One-on-One Workshop

“WOW… Harold Ross is truly a master of his craft! His still life workshop has forever transformed the way I look at and apply light to my images. It was totally worth the trip from Australia!!!
  Sonia Nunez, Australia, One-on-One Workshop

“What a great weekend.  Thanks to you both for a fine job of hosting the group and making the whole workshop so seamless.  Harold, you did a masterful job of presenting a sophisticated technique and making it appear so easy.  The whole group seemed to pick up the basics very quickly and apply them at a level that I personally didn’t think possible.  It speaks to you patience as a teacher and your easy going style.  I will be attending another of your workshops when my schedule allows and I can’t wait!
  Jim Elting, Connecticut, Group Workshop

“Many thanks for a great weekend. Your studio provided the perfect environment for a quantum learning experience. Both you and Roman were so well prepared to share your expertise. All the really good photographers I’ve had the privilege of knowing have been extremely generous people. You both fit that description, generous in spirit, great teachers, good humored. What a team.

Your focused instruction on the simple yet unlimited power of layers was perfect. And most importantly your demonstration and explanation of your lighting methods will be a game changer for me. I left the workshop knowing that I understood what I’d been taught.  And, that I will be able to incorporate that knowledge, in a number of ways, into what I consider to be an already evolved vision and work flow. I am grateful.”
–  Don Ross, Vermont, Group Workshop

“Harold’s workshop on painting with light was a real eye opener.  Participants got to take a close look at the process by observation and trial-and-error.  Harold and his assistant, Roman, couldn’t have been more helpful and patient.  They had a great way of making sure everyone understood the process and kept up with the exercises.  I strongly recommend this workshop to anyone who wishes to see photography from another standpoint.  It was a side-step adventure into the study of light and the creative process of piecing together component images to make a unique still life image.  I see things a little differently now.  Thanks again for providing a great workshop.” 
–  Frank Robbins, West Virginia, Group Workshop

“My three-day light painting workshop with Harold Ross was outstanding! Not only is Harold unbelievably talented, but he is also incredibly patient and an excellent teacher. I also greatly enjoyed his hospitality, including delicious cappuccinos and nightly excursions to a local art galleria. I was having so much fun that I did not want to leave on the third day. This experience advanced my skill set more than any other seminar I have attended. I could not wait to get home and incorporate the skills I learned into my commercial and architectural photography work. I will definitely take another seminar with Harold in the future and cannot recommend him enough.
  Marcel Page, Chicago, One-on-One Commercial Workshop

“The first time I saw one of Harold’s light sculpted images I was completely taken by it.  The beauty, artistry and quality of his work are something special.  After looking at much of his work and visiting with him I decided to take a one on one workshop.  His passion for the work carries through in his teaching and it was truly a special weekend for me.  Harold’s approach to teaching is straight forward and easy to understand.  I came away totally confident that I can put into practice what I learned and I’ll never look at light and its capabilities the same way again.  He also makes a terrific espresso !!!”
–  Bill Earl, Pennsylvania, Group Workshop

“I’ve played with light-painting a few times over the years, but taking Harold’s workshop has opened a whole new realm of photography for me. His skills were shared with patience, humor, and great cappuccinos. Thanks Harold, and Roman, for an inspirational weekend”.
  Larry Lefever, Pennsylvania, Group Workshop

“Smashing workshop! I can’t say enough good stuff about it. I loved everything from the relaxed atmosphere, the artsy studio, the yummy food, the knowledgeable instruction, the fabulous technique and the dreamy painterly images. Harold and Roman are lighting gurus and are kindhearted, patient, insightful instructors. Good stuff all around. Thank you, thank you!”
–  Kerry Harrison, Delaware, Group Workshop

“Harold and Roman managed to teach us all a very complex technique, which Harold made look extremely easy. Both of them managed to juggle their time and energy between five people. They are extremely patient and excellent teachers. I enjoyed this experience and came away with new skills.”
–  Monika Lukens, Pennsylvania, Group Workshop

“This was my second workshop with Harold and Roman; the first was landscape, this one still life in the studio.
Harold’s studio provides an inspiring museum-like atmosphere where everything that isn’t nailed down is available for a still life composition.
Harold’s experience as an artist and Photoshop guru help the students to get the best use out of their time in the workshop.
Great demos were provided on using LAB, channel swapping and masking techniques.
Additionally, Roman was indispensable with answering questions, and assisting the students with image capture and Photoshop.
I highly recommend this workshop… although I’m trying not to tell anyone as I want to keep this technique for myself.”
–  Mickey Freed, Delaware, Group Workshop

“Before attending Harold’s workshop, I had only a very rudimentary knowledge of the light painting process.  With the guidance of Harold and Roman, I created three photos which I love…..I went from a novice photographer to a photographer with the confidence that I can do this and do it well.”
–  Jane Koester, Delaware, Group Workshop

“The class was small and we all had ample time to work and learn from either Harold or his equally knowledgeable and nice assistant Roman Coia. Hands on post production methods were also taught and understood by all. If you’d like to learn about light painting, this is the workshop.”
–  Stefan Heinich, New York, One-on-One Commercial Workshop

“Harold’s workshop was a real “game changer” for me.  I’m thinking differently now about the way I want to take and compose photos, having seen what is possible for myself and other participants during his workshop.  This alone made his workshop well worthwhile.  The group was small, so everyone had time for one on one questions with the instructors.  In addition, Harold and Roman were extremely patient with the class.  They really hung in there with us during the learning process and made sure that we “got it” enough to begin this new exploration on our own.”

“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.”

“Harold’s workshop was a great value for the money and I would highly recommend it to other photographers.”
–  Mickey Freed, Delaware, Group Workshop


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