July 2008 - experience KNIGHT workshop

Sunday, July 13, 2008

What does it mean to Build Community Though Photography? Bringing a diverse group of people together from around the country (and now international students) to learn about photography, each other, and what they are passionate about.

We braved the heat, the wind, and the rain to make this workshop the experience of a lifetime! Now this July class has probably come the closest to giving me a heart attack than ever before. After our 1/2 day of lecture and story telling I decided to take the class on a field trip. Although these people are from some of the largest cities around the country, they refused to walk on the side walks in Atlanta?! I broke out in a sprint across the road one time because my heart dropped when I saw one attendee checking their images standing in the middle of the road with cars approaching.

This workshop we had in attendance a Fine Arts Business Owner, a Cosmetologist, an Attorney, a Customer Service Rep, a Financial Services Rep, a Staff Assistant, a Bank Manager, a Health Care Recruiter, a Broadcast Technician, and an Elementary School Teacher. I think its important for me to list these professions so you can see that everyone that has attended our workshops thus far has careers other than full time photography. We cater the workshop to beginners, hobbyists, and non-professionals.

I was really impressed with how this class allowed me to push them to another level. There was some small resistance at first but during this class I refused to accept the words, "I don't understand" or "I think I got it." I incorporated a few new ideas (1. The One on One Challenge 2. Day 1 Break Up and Break Down) that took this experience to another level. Look out for these students to make some big moves in the future. I was amazed at their exceptional images and blessed even more by their beautiful spirits.

Hat's off to the models for being great sports while we all played Paparazzi while out in the city. They were definitely stopping traffic. Even the Mrs. KNIGHT go it on the modeling action.

Well, that's number 3! It's about time for a reunion with the other classes already.

If you are interested in attending a future experience KNIGHT workshop - email us at workshops@rossoscarknight.com.

- KNIGHT

This is what I call a group of us passionate people jumping from the sidewalk to the middle of the road like we are crazy!









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41 comments:

Deewonda said...

"Sorry, Ms. Jackson, ROSS OSCAR KNIGHT IS FOR REEEEEAL!!" If you DON'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW!!! I had an AWESOME time! This workshop will take my photography LIGHT YEARS from where I was before it!! Thank you ssssooo much, Ross and Brandi and Anna Beth and Cliff!!

Kim said...

This is great, Ross! It looks like your classes are so much fun! Hopefully one day soon I'll be able to participate.

BTW, will you post photos taken by the students in your classes? From what I can tell all of these photos were taken by you since they have your logo on them...or am I mistaken? I'd love to see the work your students produced while in your workshop.

KNIGHT said...

Hey Kim, I have an upcoming blog where I will be posting images from all of the classes. Stay tuned!

The photos here are mine.

- KNIGHT

Neri said...

Ross,
I'm always excited when I log into your blog... The class (WOW) is all I can say... I'm thankful that God has bless you with this gift and the knowledge to teach others... WAY TO GO ROSS,,,,

KNIGHT said...

Hey Neri! Thanks. Your engagement session will be up soon and I can't wait to shoot your wedding this year. Talk to you soon and see you at a future workshop also.

- KNIGHT

phillygirl16 said...

Ross,

It is mind boggling to witness how God continues to bless you as you bless others. It seems with each class, you rise to another level. I can feel the excitement from you and the workshop participants through the comments made here. Do you even realize how you touch people?

All I can say is WOW. It looks like you guys had so much fun! I know it was a life changing experience. Can't wait until Part 2!

KNIGHT said...

Phillygirl, thanks for your comments. There was someone in the workshop this go around that reminded me of you. Really. I am looking forward to seeing you at the next round.

- KNIGHT

clo said...

I am still so excited I can't stand it...Thanks again to all of you Ross, Cliff, Brandi, Anna Beth and models!!!! Fantastic!

Thanks to my class mates as well we were a GREAT "ROKing" group of CATS!!! :-)

Mac said...

Nice Pictures , Everyone looked like they enjoyed themselves . Believe i am sending in my registration form now. I wanna do this workshop.

Darcita said...

If you have not had the KNIGHT EXPERIENCE..it is an opportunity that you must indulge in!!!! Seriously, it will change your life.

Ross, I am so inspired and encouraged after our class!! I had to try a mini shoot, download a trial of lightroom and try to edit photos too!!! Yes.. I am crazy!! I can't wait till part 2.

As so many have said and I will continue to echo, Ross the Lord has really gifted you with a passion for photography and people and I admire your willingness to "build community thru photography". I look forward to seein you in T.O. one day!!
Ciao for now

p.s. Our class picture looks hype! Thanks Cliff! Ana Beth, Franchon, Brandi and Julian it was nice meeting you too!

Lady HAYNES, Teka-Ann S. said...

Lovely pics. Happy u guys had fun.

KNIGHT said...

Clo - it was good to finally put a face with a name! You did great during the workshop and I am looking forward to seeing that mini shoot.

- KNIGHT

KNIGHT said...

Teka-Ann,

We're still waiting to see you here from California to take the workshop. I took everyone in the class to shoot not far from where we had brunch a few months ago.

- KNIGHT

KNIGHT said...

Darcita, whoops..that was you doing a mini shoot and not Clo. Sorry about that. Anyways, I know that all of you will be practicing and I am looking forward to the results. Thanks for al of you nice comments and I will see you again soon.

- KNIGHT

KNIGHT said...

Mac - send the application to worshops@rossoscarknight.com and we will get you on the waiting list.

- KNIGHT

KNIGHT said...

Forgive my grammar on the blog. When I type, my mind is racing.

- KNIGHT

Anonymous said...

Great work dude!

K.Digital

Natarsha said...

It looks like you guys had a great time:) I can't wait until the next round of workshops. I am so mad that I missed these:( I look forward to participating in the workshop in the near future.

Take care and I can't wait to see the students pictures:)

Lady HAYNES, Teka-Ann S. said...

Ross, I would not get accepted. LOL. I dont even have a decent camera. U saw my lil 'common people' Nikon. LOL. And then to upload one of my favourite images - that's a joke :) Those too are common. :( I dont have skills like that. I love to look at the art, but no equipment or eye to produce it.

Courtney X said...

hey ross and workshop attendees! Looks like u all had a great time!!!

I agree, I REALLY think its time for a reunion. You say the date and i'm there.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Mr. Knight,

I am the eldest born daughter of Johnny and Jessye Gipson. Yep, you guessed it that makes me Khedra's big sis lol. I must say that I have never seen her so passionate, excited, focused and faithful (other than serving God of course)than she is in this period in her life :) She got home yesterday and was damn near bouncing off the walls, telling us all about it lol!!!! Then when I saw those pictures she took . . . WOW!! You are hands down the greatest example that I have seen since my 12th grade music teacher of some who has utilize his passion and talent unselfishly to indeed change that lives of others!!! I'm not a photographer. Kudos to you Mr. Knight!!

one

kamala gipson

P.S. Watch everybody you're gonna be seeing that youngest born dauther to Jonnhy and Jessye real soon, I have no doubt lol !!!!!!!!!

Brandi Knight said...

My first time leaving a comment on the blog...:)

I am so happy/proud/excited for the 3rd class of the experience KNIGHT workshops! You all were loads of fun and talent...you all will definitely go far with your photography.

I had a great time hanging with everyone. Now, we have a friend to visit in Toronto, a friend sending us Garretts' popcorn from Chi-town, a new hair stylist, a fellow 3-day Breast cancer walker and I'm learning the "smirk"!

God has truly blessed both Ross and I with meeting new people throughout each workshop. I see Ross learning from each attendee so that he can be a more effective instructor and a better photographer. Thank you to each workshop participant for blessing my husband.

Ross, congratulations babe for reaching another one of your goals. Keep listening to God and He will direct your steps. I'm so proud of you, my husband. 143....

smitty said...

Team Knight! Wow! Ross, Dr. Mrs., Anna Beth, Franchon and Cliff, you all are truly blessed! Your ability to share what you know so willingly was almost overwhelming. I had a great time and will spend 90% of my time in "M" mode from now on, and thanks for that tip on spot metering. Ross you...as KRS-1 would say..."broke everything down to the very last compound!" Like Clo from Chicago i'm still coming down from my high! God bless my brother, and shout me out when you are in MD/DC.

KNIGHT said...

Randy - you are the man. M is the way to go!

- KNIGHT

KNIGHT said...

Teka-Ann, we have people at our workshops that have just touched their new camera for the first time!

- KNIGHT

KNIGHT said...

Courtney - I am so proud of your progress since our first workshop. You go with your bad self!

- KNIGHT

KNIGHT said...

WOW...My wife left a comment. No way! Who is out there tricking me? Then again, only she would know about the "smirk." O.K. I am going to take a lunch break and read this comment again. Thanks Dr. Mrs. KNIGHT!

3 4 1!

- Mr. KNIGHT

See What Eye See Photography said...

Man on man Ross I am salivating over her in Cali. Got my new 40D last week and would absolutely LOVE to put it to the test with the awesome skills that I'm certain students get from your class. Really wish you would come to Los Angeles to do a class. *hint hint* :) But until I can make it to the ATL, I will just continue to gain inspiration from you here. Keep up the great work, as your blogs make my day!
LaDonna

Lady HAYNES, Teka-Ann S. said...

Really? Thats cool and good to know for the timids like me. So ur class goes from basics up? I thought it was for ppl already in photography and who have specifics they wann learn. Thanks for the heads up. Never considered the workshop before, but will now.

KNIGHT said...

LaDonna - We are thinking of doing at least one of the fall or winter workshops out of state. Cali is on the list of possibilities.

- KNIGHT

Lady HAYNES, Teka-Ann S. said...

Cali is on the list? CALI IS THE SPOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

See What Eye See Photography said...

Well HALLELUJAH, I'm gonna have to go into my prayer closet on that one. :D Or maybe if I just sell you on the weather during fall/winter, I won't even need to bother God about it, LoL. The temperature is still in the mid 70's during that time, AND there's beaches. Come on Ross, you know you'd love to shoot at the beach right? :) Hmmm, should I put in my application now just in case?

KNIGHT said...

I do love the beach but remember, I grew up in Florida. I have been gone for 11 years and I get my fill of the sun on some of my destination weddings. However, I would love to come where it never rains.

- KNIGHT

nicole marie said...

Wow! This looks like such an awesome experience. Not sure if you got my last comment (n.roberts) but I'm hoping to get my first DSLR camera very soon and your story/site is such an inspiration. Congrats on your success!

Angelique said...

You never cease to amaze me. I love checking out your blog. Your work is timeless and priceless. It looks like you guys had an awesome workshop. I would love to attend one of your sessions in the future. I did apply awhile back but haven't heard anything. Am I on the waiting list...should I reapply?

Stacey and Michele said...

Hey Ross!

I feel so blessed to have been a part of your workshop! I am putting everything I learned to practice. I keep saying, "Ross said to do this.." You are truly blessed with a gift from God, and I am glad you are sharing it with the world! You have a great life partner too!

My fellow classmates were inspirational! I look forward to seeing future pics, and staying in touch!

Michele

Proud POWWOW Parent said...

Yes--please come to Cali. I have a 17-year old son who's very mature and is interested in photography and video production. He and I visit your blog regularly--you, your work, your wife and others give us great inspiration in many facets of life--spiritually and academically.

So, if you can make it to Cali--my son, Ashton, will definitely be eagerly hoping to be accepted.

Regards,
--Rochelle

Cliff Robinson Photography said...

Ok.. I am gonna admit this is my first time really checking out the blog.

INSPIRATIONAL!

For you faithful and new comer bloggers out there, dude really enjoys what he does! You can't fake having this much fun and producing the work he does.

Everyone is blessed always, but some of us are TRULY BLESSED to know what we are called to be. If you haven't signed up for the workshop... what are you waiting for?

You only have one lifetime, experience it the KNIGHT way.

KNIGHT said...

Michele - it was a joy having you in the class. Good luck with the art business and I look forward to attending a showing in the future!

- KNIGHT

KNIGHT said...

Big Cliff - thanks for being a part of our team and everything you do to help make ROK Photo successful. Cliff aka "Mr. Fixit!"

- KNIGHT

Stacey and Michele said...

I will let you and Brandi know about our next art show in Atlanta!

Michele