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Staff Write-Up || About Josh Rud

Hey whats up everyone, I wanted to blog a little bit about myself and what I love to do.  I will be talking alot about photography on top of bringing some race reports and behind the scenes accounts of events.

My name is Josh Rud, I run a photography business called ShiftOne Photography and I have had a passion for art my entire life.  I've been into photography and playing with photoshop since high school (may have been a little while ago, who's counting right).  I've taken huge risks starting this business, quit my job, working completely for myself. I also do photoshop work, mainly for fashion photographers during the week while im not shooting moto.  I find editing to be a large part of photography, while I actually dont spend tons of time on my motocross images, if I really need to save something messed up I have the skills to do it. 

 

When I started my business I was really interested in getting into automotive photography. I have a huge passion for cars, building motors, driving ..(safely) and just looking at cool cars!  Turns out this wasnt the best plan in the world for a newcomer.  I found my way out to the local motocross track one night when my girlfriends little brother was going to race and the rest was history. 

 

 

I have a huge passion for being out at the track, finding new angles and new ways to shoot motoX.  I dont want to produce the same thing everyone else is doing. While there is only so many things you can do, and its probably been done in the past, I've worked to find a style to call my own. 

I have been extremely fortunate to hook up with some great people and get myself out to shoot some major events such as Arenacross and Supercross.  Its been a great experience and everytime I go out to an event I try new things to better myself.  I dont want to come up with the same shots every race I go to or it would just be boring to look at. 

 

I literally got owned with dirt for this one! Thank god there wasnt any rocks in there!

 

I am out of the Chicago-land area and this summer I will be bring race reports and highlight our local riders in Illiniois district. I also plan on getting out to some national races especially red bud, and Im hoping for Lorettas .  Once the fall rolls around it will be back to the Arenacross series and covering more east coast Supercross which I cant wait for.  Shooting indoor motocross has got to be pretty high on the list of difficult things to photograph.  This is not a leave the camera on auto job, it takes alot of trial and error and knowledge of exposure to really nail this.  Some arenas you find yourself in are a total nightmare for lighting. Really dark, or different colored lights make things so much harder.  There is a ton of dedication involved to get to that track early in the morning, possibly the day before to make sure you figure out the problems and solve them before the race starts. 

 

 

You can check out a bunch of my Moto event photographs as well as my other photography at my website www.ShiftOnePhoto.com

Be Sure to Follow me on Twitter and be a fan on Facebook!  Thanks!!

 

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