Where To Go From Here

“The Light Inside.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2021.

As you already know, you are more than capable of learning the ins and outs of a camera, a lens and post-production and color-grading. What’s more, there is now somewhat of a formula for marketing yourself as a photographer or content creator. And the great news is that there’s a…

3 Things To Stop Worrying So Much About

Xochitl, harpist. Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2021.

Portraits! Big topic. But let’s assume you already are familiar with doing up-close, shallow depth-of-field portraits, or even in-studio work with a backdrop and a two or three light set-up. Great — that’s 80% of portraiture right there and you can make a fine living with that skill set, as…

And Embraced The Noise

“Rain. Fall.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2021.

In a recent shoot as a stills photographer at a dance performance filming, I encountered probably the most difficult shooting scenario I’ve ever been in. We were in a pitch black studio with a rain feature that was backlit with an LED at only 5% power. There were two other…

How I Turned My Life Around And Found Peace Before It Was Too Late

“Man in a Fog.” Photo by Josh S. Rose. NYC, 2015.

The great comedian Nate Bargatze has a routine about the best time to have children. In it he says, “By the time my daughter moves out, I’ll be 53. I’ll be dead within hours.”

Funny, I’m 53. My elder daughter is on the east coast right now, looking at colleges.

Los Angeles Dance Project. Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2018.

I was introduced to dance photography about four years ago. At the time, I was 20 years in on agency work as a creative director and had started focusing my personal time on fine art photography to offset the doldrums of commercial art. Those photography explorations were gloriously unstructured; I…

So What Does?

Photo by Justin Main on Unsplash

We once categorized cameras as either pro or consumer. The distinctions were probably not as big as I imagined them to be as a kid, but the gulf seemed impossibly wide. The major difference between the two were that with a pro camera you could swap out lenses and a…


TikTok Personalities

The photographer life is not an easy life. Shooting and collaborating is fun, but just about every other aspect of it is a grind; from promoting yourself to working on your portfolio to the perpetual push to grow your skill set. But of all the things that make it tough…

On Work, Death, Space and Reentry

Photo by Josh Gordon on Unsplash

Pick a concept — a prompt — and write an article about that thing. Four territories: work, death, reentry or space! That’s a deep pool. That’s a long train ride. That’s a stiff drink. I avoid it and get back to my photography assignments. I’m a photographer, not an essayist…

Not What, How and Why.

“Dancers, Sepulveda Dam, 6pm.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2021.

The education of the photographer entails looking at a lot of images. Finding inspiration in the works of great artists and great works is a journey that is both personal and revelatory. …

Josh Rose

I’m just a boy, standing behind this camera asking it to love me. Top Writer on Photography, Prof of photojournalism, Leica Akademie Instructor, lover of tacos.

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