Director/Photographer. Founder, Humans Are Social. Top Writer, Photography & Creativity.

When Day-to-Day and Minute-by-Minute Don’t See Eye-To-Eye

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Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash

In an interview on the red carpet before the Academy Awards many years ago, someone put a microphone in front of Steve Martin and asked him, “What do you think is going on right now in the heads of those nominated tonight?” Martin replied, “That they hope they win.”

The following is a story about how in an effort to understand, dissect and get inside the heads of voters, we miss the obvious, boring truth. It’s a bi-partisan story. In fact, if you like, it might even be the one thing we can all agree on.

The Big Miss

Of all the registered voters in the United States, somewhere in the neighborhood of 92% of them will predictably vote for President along party lines. People have an allegiance to their party that outweighs almost everything, including the candidates qualifications or where they stand on issues. This wasn’t always true, but it has been true now for about two decades. …


Less Camera Baggage

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BTS shot of my photo assistant. Yashikca T5 with Kodak 400 TX Black and White Film. Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2020.

This Must Be The Place

There’s a French term, mise-en-place, which translates to putting in place, or to translate more properly, it’s the idea of everything having its place. It is often associated with cooking, where it refers to a particular spot for your pots, pans, bowl, plates, tools, spices, sauces… everything. Always in the same place. And this way, when you’re busy cooking, you’re not also wondering where things are. You can go into a bit of auto pilot with the more technical aspects of your endeavor. Find your flow.

Photography also has its versions of this. From packing the bag to ingesting and editing photos, you can create a routine with it that can reach mise-en-place levels. And routine is powerful, not only for the flow-state it can enable, but as an emotional tether in difficult times. It provides a certain amount of predictability. And when life seems to be thrown into chaos, a great routine can be an incredible soother of nerves. …


A Photographer’s Journey to Escape Inertia, Depression & High Heat

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“Deserted.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2020.

Nothing thrills me like photography. Well, I should say, nothing used to thrill me like photography. Somehow, the weight of a global health crisis, the daily crush of terrible news and this constant, thick foreboding is like a big creative tar pit; creating a difficult and slow plodding to even the simplest of endeavors.

And to be clear, it’s me, not photography. Photography itself is having a hey day, with images of empty streets, portraits of people in their doorways and behind their windows, the world seen from inside a car, FaceTime portraits and images from demonstrations. …


Part 1

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“Light” Photo by Josh S. Rose

My mother liked to say that “lighting is everything.” It was one of many bon mots she had at the ready. I always thought it a kind of funny vanity thing, but over the years, I’ve come to value it as something more serious. A kind of trade secret. A mantra. An approach.

As a photographer, one of your main preoccupations is light. It’s an elusive part of the occupation, often misleadingly broken up into Natural Light and Studio Light. …


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Photo by Dominik Dancs on Unsplash

A little over a year ago, in the article Photography in a Post Instagram World, I talked about how the Facebook/Instagram platform had been restricting organic growth for photographers. …


PHOTOGRAPHY

From Seeing in BW to Using Lightroom Presets

As I’ve written about before, black and white imagery is not about contrast, tones or dynamic range. …


Pushing Into The Darkness

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“We Will Recover.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2019.

Tenebrism, a term often intertwined with Chiaroscuro, is a manner of using light where — as I like to think of it — darkness is a character in your image. Tenebrism, perhaps, went further with it. More entirely about darkness, not only a character, a theme. Chiaroscuro, for me, is the detail. Tenebrism, the commitment.

Many simply like to categorize these styles as the contrast of light and dark, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Contrast can be applied to any image, what we’re talking about goes beyond image into intent.

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“Young Sick Bacchus.” Caravaggio, 1593–1594

For the emotive qualities of true Tenebrism or Chiaroscuro, the photographer I believe begins with a desire to delve… many talk of darkness, few truly walk into it. …


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Photo by Josh S. Rose.

The evolution of one’s photography has a trajectory and it leans toward homogeny, even though it often begins with the romance of finding and capturing something unique.

Here, I want to explore that initial spark that drove you toward the camera. …


As a photographer, you may either be a small business or a freelancer — in either case, you’re eligible for financial aid through the $2 trillion relief plan the government just put into place to help us through the crisis. And, of course, this isn’t just true for photographers. I happen to write about this specific business, but no matter what business you’re in — if you’re doing it as a small business owner (under 500 people, but also non-profits, farmers, co-ops… many can apply), you are no doubt being affected by COVID-19 and are entitled to get relief.

To cut through the glut of information out there, allow me to get you to just the two things you can apply for right now that might make a big and immediate difference to you. They are live and working. I just did these two things and the entire process took me less time than it did to write this article. …


And Why They Work

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“Sergio.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2019.

Photo advice is everywhere, but it usually touches on the extremes — simple things for beginners and advanced techniques for pros. The truth is, the large majority of all your photos will be somewhere in between those poles. This set of techniques are for that majority of your images. The normal, walking around life of a photographer that you just want to yield great, normal results from. These are my ten go-to techniques that you can use anytime and nearly anywhere.

Appose

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“Three Sails.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2020.

Finding elements that appose, or are in juxtaposition to, each other, is one of those things that seems hard, but isn’t. It just takes a little patience and a honed eye. But it’s the very nature of life that things will cross each others’ paths. As a photographer, being attuned to it — and even seeking it out — is a great technique for getting unique and interesting photos. …

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