One of my main goals with DEDPXL is that it doesn’t become “The Zack Show.” There are so many amazing voices out there with different perspectives. I think of DEDPXL as becoming an independent record label of sorts of hand picked artists, writers, and teachers. It is with great pride that I am announcing a new class here with non other than John Keatley.
John Keatley is one of my favorite photographers working in the industry today. John is one of those artists who has that signature extra something to his work that you can recognize before you even see the byline. I often refer to John as the Edward Norton of the photography industry. John’s work is equally quiet and humorous. It’s bold but subtle. Quiet and confident. In other words John is his work and his work is himself. There’s no pretense to John. No brash ego. No “ME ME ME ME!” about him.
Back in September of 2014, Bernard and I flew to Seattle to spend three days with John. I filmed the class that I personally wanted to take from him. I wanted to know where he got started. I wanted to know about his initial struggles and his current ones. I wanted to know how he transitioned from not being a photographer to second shooting weddings to photographing Annie Leibovitz. Not only did I want to learn about his life I wanted to see him create.
John set up an entire day of shooting that encompassed pretty much everything he does while on assignment. From working on location, to working in a studio, to photographing a headshot on a simple background.
This class is inspiring. It’s encouraging. It will kick your ass. It will give you insight into a photographer well on up the food chain from any of us. This is one of those classes where you’ll be drawing bit by bit from it for a long time to come. I can say this confidently because that’s what it has done for me. And this class is on sale for $50. Fifty bucks to get into the mind of John Keatley. You don’t want to miss this.
About this class. I specifically asked John not to teach but to shoot. You see, you can do one thing really great or two things just ok. I wanted to see how John made his kind of images without the pressure of trying to teach how he shot. It’s best to just observe in some situations. I wanted to observe how he lit, directed his subjects, and solved problems; I wanted to watch him think. This isn’t the super technical class that spends lots of time on shutter speeds, apertures, flash power settings, and all of that. If you have a decent grasp on exposure and a basic understanding of how to expose for flash then you’ll be good to go. If you are still struggling with the basics this class will teach you a lot but not about the very basics. If you need help with the basics of lighting and exposure for flash then OneLight v2 is where you want to start.
Jump in and grab this class while it’s on sale! You get over three hours with John plus jpg copies of all the RAW images he shot as well as the final retouched images.