Photography Talk Video: Chapter Two

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Photography Talk Chapter Two Video from John Keatley on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the first video of my photography talk.  As promised, here is the second video, and number three will be rolling out very soon also.  The third one will be the Q&A session.  I cover a lot of ground in this video including working with celebrities, but the main points are focusing on what you are trying to show in your work, and taking control to make it happen.  Some of you have asked which camera these videos were shot on and although I have recently started to shoot video on the Canon 5D Mark II, I actually used this bad boy to film my talk.


Photography Talk Video: Chapter One

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Photography Talk Chapter One Video – My Photography Story from John Keatley on Vimeo.

A couple of months ago I hosted a Q&A and spoke about my photography to a group of about 100 people in Seattle.  Many people who were not able to attend sent in questions, and expressed interest in watching a recording of the talk.  Well, the wait is over.  This is the first 15 minutes of the talk and I am going to do my best to have the rest up by the end of the week. So check back often.  Enjoy, and thank you everyone who came out to hear me, and to everyone else who is reading this for your interest in my work.


Strobist Interview

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Interview with John Keatley on Strobist about his photogrpahy and lighting technique.

Dan Kaminsky for WIRED Magazine, photo by John Keatley.

It’s quite a thrill for me to share with you that there is a new article (read here) about my photography and lighting technique on Strobist.  As you can see, Dan is pretty excited about this as well.  The article details my assignments for WIRED and Technology Review to photograph hacker Dan Kaminsky, and what went into making the final images.  For those of you who have already seen the post, this never before seen outtake from the WIRED shoot is for you.
A very big thank you goes out to David Hobby!

“John Keatley: Lighting Strikes Twice”


The Robin Hood Of Oil, Except For The Stealing Part…

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Dallas Gigrich outtake for People Magazine.  Photo by John Keatley.

This is the picture of Dallas Gigrich that was published in People Magazine.  Photo by John Keatley.

Sometimes my favorite picture from a photo shoot is the last shot of the day.  And sometimes the last shot happens after I tell everyone the shoot is over.

After shooting for close to two hours in near freezing temperatures, I knew that I had the shot I needed for my client (lower picture).  I had just photographed Dallas Gigrich for People Magazine, as one of their Heroes For Hard Times.

While putting away the equipment, I had an idea (top picture).  It was more like a feeling than an idea, but I knew it could turn into a great shot.  I decided not to fight it.  Dallas and his wife Randi were very gracious, and said that they would love to keep shooting.  The final shot would require all of the lighting I had, so my assistant and I took everything out and began setting up.  Again.  It can be hard to fight your practical side that says, it’s cold, everything is already put away, you can’t ask them to stay any longer.  But the outcome can be rewarding when you trust your instincts and feelings.


Dallas Gigrich and his wife Randi started Tanks By Dallas as an oil tank removal business.  As the business grew, Dallas discovered that there was usable oil in many of the tanks that he was decommissioning.  He then realized that he could donate the leftover oil to families in need of oil for heating.  Since then, “Dallas has donated oil to over 250 families in need who have not yet switched to natural gas for heating.”  – www.tanksbydallas.net

Find out more about Tanks By Dallas and oil donation at www.tanksbydallas.net
Read an article about Dallas in the Seattle Times (here).  
The online version of this article in People Magazine can be seen (here).