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Beat Down © Josh Rossi

Interview with Josh Rossi the King of Compositing (Podcast 416)

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Today I chat with commercial photographer and the king of compositing, Josh Rossi, in a fascinating interview in which Josh shares some of his compositing skills and business acumen. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Josh really does take his photography to a whole new level with his creativity and mad Photoshop skills.

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As this was an interview there is no manuscript this week, but here are some of the questions that I posed to Josh, to give you an idea of what we discussed.

  1. Tell us about yourself and how you started and came to create such fantastic work.
  2. How much time goes into one of your images, starting from the shoot(s) and working through to the finished image?
  3. Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your images?
  4. I saw on your site that you were working on your composites for a year and a half before you showed anyone your work. Why was that?
  5. Are there any special tools that you use in your editing?
  6. Do you ever license images, like for example an explosion, for use in your composites, or do you shoot every element yourself?
  7. Tell us about Composite Planet?
  8. What advice can you give to someone that wants to start to create composite images?
  9. Can you give my listeners a discount code for your videos?
  10. How do you connect with your clients for your composite images?
  11. Do you ever show people straight photographs any more or is it all composite work?
  12. Tell us about your Podcast the Full Time Photographer?

Links to everything Josh is into are at the bottom of the post.

Before you get there, here are a few of Josh’s incredible works of art for your viewing pleasure…

Beat Down © Josh Rossi

Beat Down © Josh Rossi

Adobe © Josh Rossi

Adobe © Josh Rossi

Devin Slingshot © Josh Rossi

Slingshot © Josh Rossi


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Show Notes

Josh’s Main Site: http://joshrossi.com
Composite Planet: http://compositeplanet.com
Full Time Photographer: http://fulltimephotographer.com

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