Sculpting with Light by Harold Ross

Sculpting with Light by Harold Ross

Harold is a professional photographer based in Pennsylvania. He graduated with a degree in Fine Art Photography from MICA, in Baltimore, in 1978, and after graduation, producing fine art, taught photography at college level for several years. He opened his commercial studio in 1987, and for almost 30 years, light painting has been the only method of lighting that he has employed. (He refers to his process as “Sculpting with Light”). 

During that time, Harold has been creating distinctive work in the studio and at locations (such as museums), as well as in the night landscape. He also teaches workshops in light painting and regularly gives lectures on his work and process.

Anselmo Mine Generator

Anselmo Mine Generator ©

Anselmo Mine Tools

Anselmo Mine Tools ©

Harold’s large scale colour work has been exhibited, published and collected in the U.S. and internationally, in several publications such as, Photo China Magazine, the Italian magazine Progresso Fotografico and the Ukrainian magazine Ukraine Photographer. In his homeland, his work was featured in LensWork #93 and #121, The New York Times LENS blog, and Professional Photographer Magazine, amongst others. In 2011, Harold was invited to participate in an exhibition of landscape photography in Inner Mongolia, China along with 10 other American and 20 Chinese photographers. He was also chosen as one of four photographers to exhibit in the inaugural FRESH 2011, at Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

Harold lives in Lancaster County, PA, where he produces photographic work and teaches workshops in his process.

Anselmo Mine Assayer's Office

Anselmo Mine Assayer’s Office ©

Biltmore Banquet Hall Niche

Biltmore House Niche ©

The Cambo Wide RS is my go-to camera for night landscapes and location work. The small size, quick levelling and set-up, shift movements, as well as the terrific quality of the wide angle lenses are a big plus. Absolute stability is required, and the Cambo fits the bill.

Biltmore Smoking Room

Biltmore Smoking Room ©

Biltmore Banquet Hall Throne

Biltmore Banquet Hall Throne ©

All of my photographs are made with light painting, and with a process and workflow that I developed called “Sculpting with Light”. I make multiple long exposures using Capture One (tethered) while painting the light onto the subject(s). This special method of lighting reveals information about the subject that isn’t clearly seen under normal lighting conditions. In other words, the depth, dimension and texture of these subjects is enhanced by my particular lighting techniques. These separate captures are then blended together using special masking techniques in Photoshop to create the final image.

I shoot a variety of subjects within my areas of interest, and my work is currently organized into several portfolios; Night (Landscapes shot at night), Still (still life work), Forged (images of things that were made by hand, in dedication to the people that used their hands to create the tools and machines of our past), Shopcraft (Similar to Forged, but concentrating on the places where people worked), Biltmore House (a standalone project of images made at The Biltmore House, America’s largest private residence), and Oil Cans (images of vintage oil cans).

In addition to Capture One and Photoshop, I also use X-Rite’s i1 Pro 2 and iPublish software for colour management.

Charles; Your photography is exceptional, are you shooting commercially or is your work personal projects?

Harold; I was a commercial photographer for my entire career, but I’m now concentrating on fine art photography and teaching workshops, so now, all of my work is “personal”. All of the Night images are shot with the Cambo system, as well as all of the location images in the Forged and Shopcraft portfolios, as well as the Biltmore House images.

Charles; Which Cambo camera system and lenses do you use?

Harold; I use a Cambo Wide RS, and a Cambo Wide, and a Cambo Wide Compact. All are used with Phase One digital backs. For lenses, I use a Schneider 24 Digitar XL, Schneider 35 Digitar XL, Schneider Digitar 47 XL and Rodenstock Apo 70 lenses. I am very interested in using the Actus-DB for studio work in the future, and I’ve already had students bring them to my workshops. The camera is very impressive and it’s definitely on my wish list!

Last Chance Garage

Last Chance Garage ©

Charles; Did you have a specific reason for buying Cambo cameras?

Harold; Several reasons actually; familiarity with the brand (I first used a Cambo view camera back in the 70’s), movements, and lens selection were the most important reasons. My first digital body was the Cambo Wide, so there was a natural progression to stay within the brand.

French Organ, P. Jamison

French Organ, P. Jamison ©

Piano Workshop

Piano Workshop, P. Jamison ©

You can see more of Harolds work here and follow him via his blog

Piano Workshop Door

Piano Workshop Door ©

Planer, Hagley Museum

Planer, Hagley Museum ©

For further information about Cambo cameras and products contact your nearest dealer.

"The Rocket", Philadelphia

“The Rocket”, Philadelphia ©

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Cambo upgrade for Fuji GFX

Cambo upgrade for Fuji GFX

Cambo has introduced an upgrade solution so previous purchasers of the Cambo Actus camera platform for DLSR and Mirrorless systems can upgrade and use the new Fuji GFX.



The ACB-980 kit upgrades the Actus-B to Actus-GFX and consists of a new rear standard, GFX body bayonet and a front standard that is raised to match the height of the GFX body.



Cambo are known for designing modular cameras and they have certainly maintained their creative thought process in developing yet another camera system solution.

For photographers that do make the upgrade to the GFX solution and want to continue using DSLR and Mirrorless cameras there is also the AC-78E. Release the lever and the camera mount can be quickly exchanged for another camera fitting. This is ideal for studios or colleges that use different camera systems.



The AC-78E enables you to add the existing bayonets for Canon EF, Canon-M, Nikon, Sony E, Olympus MFT, Leica M, Pentax K, MFT and Fuji-X.

AC-78E with Nikon fit

AC-78E with Nikon fit

The ACB-980 and AC-78E is now available from your local dealer.

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Cambo Lens Adapter for Fuji GFX50s

Cambo Lens Adapter for Fuji GFX50s

Today Cambo announced a new lens adapter to fit Canon lenses to the Fujifilm GFX50s.

The CA-GFX will be the third Canon lens adapter that Cambo have manufactured and marketed for camera movement. Having successfully adapted Canon lenses to the Cambo ACTUS (ACB-CA) and more recently the WIDE series camera (WRES-CA.) It was a natural transition to manufacture the adapter as it gives many photographers the option of using their existing lenses with the latest mirrorless, large sensor, Fujifilm GFX50s (CA-GFX.)

Cambo CA-GFX for fuji gfx50s

Cambo CA-GFX Adapter

The CA-GFX adapter fits directly to the bayonet of the GFX camera body and the lens aperture is controlled electronically when dialling in the required f-stop. As there is no direct connection between lens and body, there is no data received; aperture, auto-focus or EXIF, from the lens.

Why make this lens adapter?

The Fujifilm GFX50s sensor measures 33x44mm and Canon lenses such as the 17mm T-SE and 24mm T-SE have very large image circles, they will cover the sensor size and will enable the photographer to apply movement.

Cambo CA-GFX for fuji gfx50s

Cambo CA-GFX Adapter

The CA-GFX (Product code: 99070301) is available from your local dealer.

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Cambo ACTUS-GFX for Fujifilm GFX50s

Cambo ACTUS-GFX for Fujifilm GFX50s

Cambo is pleased to announce the new ACTUS-GFX for use with the Fujifilm GFX 50s medium format camera body.

cambo actus gfx fuji gfx50s


The ACTUS-GFX is a technical camera platform that enables GFX-50s users to apply movement, swing, tilt, rise and fall capturing the detail required when shooting in or out of the studio. The medium format 33mm x 44mm sensor captures a wider area than current full size DSLR systems.



“Modularity is the keyword – the systems components may be separated and recombined’”

The ACTUS-GFX can be used in combination with the GFX-50s and the full range of Actar lenses 24mm, 60mm, 80mm, 90mm and 120mm Macro. But it doesn’t stop there as there are also lens plates available for Hasselblad, Mamiya, Pentax, Rodenstock and Schneider.


Actus-GFX and Mamiya Lens

Lenses will work without a built-in shutter, the GFX50s camera shutter operates when the electric lens is detached, enabling the camera body to be used with the ACTUS-GFX.

ACTUS-GFX specifications;

  • Size L / W / H: 152 x 115 x 171 mm
  • Weight: 1150 grams
  • Front Swing: 360 degrees
  • Front Tilt: 19 degrees (+10/-9)
  • Rear Shift Vertical: 27mm (12/15)
  • Rear Shift Horizontal: 40mm (20/20)
  • Focus Travel: up to 134mm (to GFX-sensor)

Lens plates options:

  • Copal 0
  • Copal 1 (#3 on request)
  • Hasselblad C Bayonet
  • M39 Leica thread
  • Mamiya 645 ProTL bayonet
  • Mamiya RZ/RB bayonet
  • Pentax 645 bayonet (for mirror less bodies only)

Cambo ACTUS System Brochure

Fuji GFX50s Product Brochure

What’s in the box?

The ACTUS-GFX includes front and rear standards, Monorail Bellows and Bayonet Holder for Fujifilm GFX50s. You will need to buy the lens panel according to your requirements.

New Bayonet System

New Camera Bayonet System

Cambo’s ACTUS-GFX is available now from your local dealer, price €2,250.00 excluding VAT / Local Taxes and shipping cost.


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Cambo Video Quick Release – Arca Style

Cambo Video Quick Release – Arca Style

Cambo have announced a new quick release solution for their professional video rigs.

For many years the Arca style QR (Quick Release) has become a standard in the photographic market and there is good reason why videographers can take advantage of a universal type release when using a tripod or video rig with their digital stills or video camera system.

cambo video arca qr

The quick release plate is designed from the same components as the CBH ball head which means you can move your DSLR camera from a still life shoot on your tripod to a video rig by simply unlocking the grip.

Cambo CBH-6 Ballhead

Cambo CBH-6 Ballhead

As with all Cambo designed accessories, the components are manufactured from aircraft grade aluminium, which is durable and poses resistance to wear and tear. With 70 years of high quality component manufacturing experience, you can rely on the performance of this product in a demanding shooting environment.

Cambo Rig

Cambo Rig fitted with QR

The new Video QR can be purchased with a complete video rig system, all of the support systems can be found here Cambo Video Rigs.

If you already own a Cambo Video Rig, send us an email and we will give you a price for the components you need. We would advise having a spare QR camera plate so you can switch between cameras in your studio.

Contact Cambo BV for further information or your local for prices. – Dealer Search.


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Cambo at The Photography Show 2017

The Photography Show 2017

The Photography Show 2017

Cambo cameras, the latest of the ACTUS and WRS seriesalong with the ACTUS-DB and other Studio accessories will be shown at The Photography Show.

Cambo Cameras

The products will be on display at the Teamwork Photo & Digital Stand H45 and  AJ’s Studio & Camera supplies Stand G67.

The Photography Show 2017
When: 18th – 21 March 2017 
Venue: NEC Birmingham
Products Exhibiting on Stand H45 & G67

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Cambo – Top 100 Camera Blog Award

Cambo – Top 100 Camera Blog Award

My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your Cambo blog has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Camera Blogs on the web.

I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Camera Blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this!

“Wow, this a surprise, we are really pleased to receive an award for all the hard work and effort creating and writing the Cambo blog.”

Top 100 Camera Blogs

How are the Top 100 Camera Blogs Ranked?

The Best Camera blogs from thousands of top Camera blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data is refreshed once a week.

These blogs are ranked based on the following criteria;

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

“I would like to thank the readers and subscribers, Heather for taking care of the E-Blasts and the Cambo team for manufacturing high quality products to review!” cheers Charles.

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