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Photo by Josh S. Rose. 2018.

The thing about a photography career is that it goes through so many changes along the way. You may move from one genre to another. Your portfolio evolves. Your themes change. Your look changes. This means that you have to constantly evolve your portfolio. Before digital, this was done with one’s book. This was a sacred document of beautifully printed pieces, well-bound, sometimes even in leather, name embossed and, if you were lucky, it sat not in your own hands but in the hands of a rep. This person peddled your work, to agencies, art buyers and photo editors. They had the Rolodex. And that sort of charm. …

Trying to get a small sliver of light on a model with hard edges? Try reflecting light off a small mirror.

If you want to feel like a photographer, take a model out into some open shade and shoot at f/1.4. But if you want to be a photographer, shoot the…

You always have to remember, photography has no defined career path. There are no promotions, no end-of-year performance reviews, no real rules. We are nomads, ronin, bounty hunters. If you’re…

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“Beach Double Exposure.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2020.

If you have a camera made anytime in the last few decades, it likely has customizable buttons that you can program. Many forego this, understandably. It proposes to make shooting life easier, but between programming it and then remembering what you’ve put there, the juice often doesn’t seem worth the squeeze.

Most of you who’ve been shooting for a while already know about programming the rear button, near where your thumb rests, for focusing and then disabling that function on the shutter release button. This is known as back focusing and some swear by it while others think it much ado about nothing. But because it’s already so well-covered, I’m leaving that one alone, and choosing to offer up the other two menu items I nearly always allocate to a function (Fn) button somewhere on the camera. …

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Photo by Josh S. Rose. Hungary, 2016.

I wanted to publish this in 2020. It seemed appropriate as a year to look back from. But… you know. Then 2020 happened.

I’m the last of a dying breed, I became a photographer the hard way — a long multi-decade journey of starts, stops and a protracted cycle of hope, loss of hope and regained hope. This article will give you the highlights from it, with perhaps a few navigational attributes to them. But, just as importantly are all the spaces between the highlights. That’s the real story here — count the years undocumented between the highlights. …

One’s ability at photography and one’s advice on photography are as intertwined as chefs and recipes, golf pros and grips. Before reading any article or comment on the subject, first…

The way one is enticed to review the images of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is in a comparison of details. And it’s practically begging you to do it. Because it already knows how well it’s going to do there. So well practiced for that round of the fight is the new iPhone, it’s like it’s backing into an alley way, hoping you’ll come try to mug just so it can impress you with its judo. The images are designed to stun you. To flip your mind.

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Pre-AI Nikkor-O 35mm lens, taken with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Photo by Josh S. Rose, ©2020.

I showed this photo of an old 35mm Nikkor lens to my partner and she was duly impressed. I tried to point out some of the nuanced flaws — the muddled rendering of the fabric in areas, the overly uniform out-of-focus areas, and that esoteric, overwrought hardness of local contrast but it was lost on her. “But that detail… is amazing,” she said. She was right. The detail is nothing short of spectacular in the iPhone 12, which finds detail like a hunting dog, flushing it out of hiding and bringing it back to its owner, proud, satisfied and ready to go out again. Do it! Send me! …

The best photographers I’ve ever known can’t fully explain how they shoot. Sure, at some early point in their career they learned the technical aspects of the medium. But the…


The Art of Photography

A deep dive into photography, with professional photographer, artist and director, Josh S. Rose. Top Writer: Photography and Creativity.

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