Keith Cooper is a professional photographer based in Leicester, in the UK. As well as his commercial work – specialising in architecture and interiors, large scale industrial products and macro-photography – he also has a passion for landscape fine art photography and a deep interest in the latest technological developments in digital imaging and printing.
Keith teaches, writes and lectures on photography and modern photographic techniques to individuals and companies – specialising in bringing an appreciation of the latest technology to all areas of photography.
The large amount of freely available information on the Northlight Images web site reflects Keith’s personal commitment to helping other people get the most out of their photography – a commitment that comes from his background in engineering research and education.
“The Northlight Images web site is much more than just a showcase for my commercial and artistic expertise. The articles and information are there to help people get more out of their own interest in photography. I often get mail from people who have found the site interesting and of use. It’s one of those little things that is always nice and helps you realise that it is worthwhile helping people. I’ve had a few fellow professional photographers wonder why I ‘give away’ info for free – I think they miss the point, just because I do photography as a job, doesn’t mean everything is about money”
About Keith’s photography
Powerful skies feature prominently in many of his landscapes, especially those of his native Suffolk, long a source of inspiration to artists. His emphasis on the interplay between light and water gives life and vitality to many of his images. His interest in landscape is linked to an understanding of its form and structure, gained as a geologist. He shares Barbara Hepworth’s observation that “Landscape is strong – it has bones and flesh and skin and hair. it has age and history and a principle behind its evolution”
This understanding of shape and form and the action of light on a subject translates into his commercial work. He says:
“I love taking photos of just about anything. Some of my most personal work is expressed in my black and white landscape photography – it’s the sort of stuff that strikes a real emotional chord for me, and I love seeing it when a print on a wall just reaches out to someone else. Commercially, I’m always looking to provide images that convey just that little bit extra, whether it’s the essence and form of a structure or location, or a picture of complex machinery that is both instructive and beautiful”
More about Keith …
Keith is an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is an active member of the Council of the Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects (LRSA).
Keith has written a detailed book about using tilt/shift lenses which is now available.
In September 2011, Keith was invited to join X-Rite’s ‘Coloratti’ and is now one of their Coloratti Masters.
“X-Rite’s Coloratti includes the world’s top professional photographers, a group whose vision, passion, leadership, and partnership are recognized and valued by X-Rite. Coloratti photographers are highly respected by their peers and are admired by up-and-coming professionals, enthusiasts, and students alike.”
One of his greatest relaxations is taking things apart, improving or fixing them, and reassembling them afterwards, which as he himself acknowledges, is something that was cultivated way back in his early days at an electronics component shop. This curiosity and general understanding of how things work enables Keith to approach an unusual – even seemingly impossible – photography project from a perspective most photographers do not have. He has in the past built new or remodelled existing equipment just to get a job done. He frequently uses existing photographic equipment and software in ways not even envisage by the designers/manufacturers. The best example of this is his making of a 14 meter print of Leicester City Centre at Dusk which was created using techniques never used before in the photographic world – you can see how here.
Keith is always looking for new challenges and loves to speak about his work – to individuals, clubs or commercial organisations.
Photo diaries by Keith Cooper
- Travelling in Washington/Oregon – Oct. ’10
- Travelling in Colorado – Oct. ’08
- Travelling in Oregon – Sept. ’07
- Travelling in California – May ’07 Follow Keith’s drive up the North Californian and Oregon coasts.
- Travelling in Colorado – May ’06 – Keith’s personal photo-diary /’blog’ covers his travels in Colorado.
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Keith explains tilt and shift lenses
Keith has written a book that looks at the many ways that tilt/shift lenses can benefit your photography from a technical and creative point of view.
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