Lectures and Appearances
January 28th & 29th, 2010
Annual Conference - San Antonio, TX

Dear George:
On behalf of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP), I want to thank you for making time to speak at the 2010 Annual Conference. Enough time has passed for us to have heard all the wonderful comments about the event. Thank you so much for playing a part in the success of this conference.

The Planning Committee worked on this event for over 14 months and to see it finally come to fruition is a great thing. During that process it is hard to know what topics and speakers may, or may not, be what the attendees wanted to hear. From the comments we have received, the Planning Committee hit a home run!

The 2011 Conference is already in the planning stages with a wonderful enthusiasm and energy due to the success of the 2010 Annual Conference.

Thank you again for the commitment of time and energy and your support and cooperation. If you have any comments or suggestions for the 2011 event, please feel free to share them with me.

Thank you again for a job well done and for or being a part of this excellent educational opportunity! I truly hope we will have the opportunity to work together again, perhaps for another client’s event.

With Best Wishes,
- R. Keith McNally - Program Coordinator


Dear Jan and George,
Just a note to thank you both. Your commitment to our industry and especially to our group is fantastic and so appreciated. Each time I spend time with you, I come away a bit more enthused and a bunch richer with knowledge. George, I can’t wait for snow, so I can get outside and try some of my new photography know-how!!

There is so much to learn in both photography and lighting, the two of you make the trip so much more enjoyable. A million thanks!
- Michael Deo


I wanted to thank you for your time and expertise at the AOLP, great info. I currently own a FugiFilm S1000 camera, it seems to have the features that you discussed but wanted to see what opinion is on whether or not it can do a good job for our nighttime photography
- Rick Branson


George, thank you for speaking at the AOLP conference. We are fortunate to have had you.
- Chris Martin Mitchell


I believe the major presentations at the AOLP 2010 conference were the best I've ever attended at a AOLP/LVLIA conference. George Gruel shared his enormous knowledge of digital photography and systematically destroyed two myths about photographing landscape lighting.

First Myth - You must take night-time photos during the the "Golden Hour" before sunset.

Fact - You SHOULD take Landscape Lighting photos in FULL darkness.

Second Myth - I can't take good photos because I don't have a good camera or I don't know how to use my camera.

Fact - The biggest barrier to making good photos is caused by Designers' loosing control of the contrast ratios in their designs. Blocked up highlights are not caused by poor cameras; they are caused by too much light and too little attention to the details of their design by designers. When an area of a photograph is completely blocked up with white highlights (particularly when taken before sunset) there is too much light in that area.
- Tom Williams