This would have to be one of the most fully featured interviews i’ve done on RAW. Jose has taken the time to answer the questions in amazing detail. Have a read.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name’s Jose Rosado and I’m a photographer based out of Philadelphia. Some quirky things about me would include: I hold two degrees and graduated with Honors, although you’d never know it if you met me; I routinely engage in monologues with random accents while I’m alone and in public; I have OCD tendencies with my DVD racks being straight and my bed covers being even but not much else; I rummage the $5 DVD bins at stores, yet will pay ridiculous amounts on shipping for things I buy to only get it a day sooner because I’m inpatient; I have no idea how to use half the media sites I’m part of and rely on; and I’m the least-talented, nerdiest member of a photog collective called Forty Sixty Photo.
Other than that, I’m a laid back guy who likes cycling around the city on my Cannondale and retro Schwinn, watching football (Go Iggles!), listening to all kinds of music that I collect from friends and strangers, people watching in Rittenhouse Square, watching NASCAR (yes, a Puerto Rican who likes stock car racing 0_o), and spending time with friends and loved ones.
What made you get into photography?
Photography was something that I was always into and had the utmost respect for. Growing up the youngest of three, I watched my brother and sister get into photography a bit at different periods of their lives and loved the shots they took but never really thought I could do it myself. I did know I had a creative, artsy side with painting, drawing, and poetry being in my life from when I was about thirteen years old through college in some capacity. Naturally photography was just another outlet that always fascinated me, even though for a long time merely as a casual observer.
How did you get started?
I really didn’t get started with photography until late in college; where an art class professor of mine suggested I take his Intro to Photography class. Yet, the funny thing was I wasn’t an art major at all, instead I was studying Advertising and Public Relations but figured I’d tap back into some artistic roots with taking drawing and painting classes as electives. Once I took the class I knew photography was going to be part of my life, but still didn’t know to what capacity.
It then wasn’t until I got my first DSLR, a Nikon D50, as a graduation present from my parents, that I really got into it for myself. My final project for that Intro to Photography class was comprised of various portraits of my friends, neighbors, and family, which also made me realize I wanted to become a portrait photographer. After college, I moved to Philly to go to grad school and decided photography would be a fun thing to pursue while I went to grad school and looked for work; however, what I thought would be only a few months ended up becoming a few years and photography evolved, becoming more prominent in my life.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Hmm, well I would have to say I’m primarily a portrait photographer; ranging across editorial, fashion, commercial, and glamour. However, I shoot all kinds of photography ranging from real estate, interiors, automotive coverage, event coverage, and fine art. I also do a lot of retouching work, on all my own work and freelance as well.
What gear are you using?
- Nikon 28-70 2.8
- Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR I
- Nikon 85 1.4G
- Nikon 50 1.8
- Sigma 10-20 UWA
- Alienbee Lights
- Paul C. Buff modifiers (various softboxes, beauty dishes, etc.)
- 27″ iMac & Macbook Pro
- Wacom Intuos3 tablet
- Adobe Photoshop CS5
- Adobe Lightroom 3
- Adobe Bridge CS5
What’s your favourite lens and why?
It would have to be the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR I; it’s an amazing lens that I rented for years because I loved it and could never afford it, ha. Always knew it would one day be in my camera case because of its versatility; being able to be used for headshots, action/sports photography, and anything else really that calls for a sharp lens with creamy bokeh!
How are you marketing yourself?
Nowadays, everyone’s using social media sites to get their work out there and I’m no different. I use my site, Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and the true gem: word of mouth. All the websites available today are great for showing your work, but in the end it’s all down to the same thing: word of mouth, because people who view your work don’t have to show it to others or Tweet about it, reblog it, like it, fav it, or even more archaic, speak about it.
So I firmly believe in making sure that any experience someone has with you and your work is a professional and memorable one that leaves your name and your work alone in their mind when they think of a photographic need they may have.
But since I’m just as wired as anybody else here’s the particulars:
What’s your favourite photo you have taken?
Hmm that’s a tough one for any photographer, so guess I’ll do my picks across a few of my favorite genres:
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
The same thing that everyone always hears, shoot anything and everything. There’s good reason why it’s always the cliché answer; it’s the best way for someone to get a feel for anything. Go in head first, shoot as much as you can, shoot on Manual all the time, make mistakes, and keep making them, it’s the best way to learn. Shooting everything around you and every opportunity that comes your way opens you up to so many possibilities, because you never know what may end up being your new love or just a certain genre you excel at.
Don’t worry about the gear in the beginning; that stuff will come with time. All you have to do is make sure that you use whatever camera or lenses you can get your hands on as much as you can, learning it inside and out so that when the day comes that you accrue some of the nicer bodies and glass, you actually know how to use them and do them justice.
Learn as much as you can from fellow photographers, even though you may consider everyone else your competitor and enemy they can turn out to be your biggest supporters, best friends, and even mentors. Never be beneath lugging around somebody else’s gear and sweeping their studios, because you never know what you may learn from it; both as a person and a photographer.
And the most important lesson of all: don’t ever think your work is good enough to be considered “done”, always strive to be learning and excelling.
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson