About Duane Keeling
Born and raised in southern California, I've been a photographer, at heart, since I was 8. I learned on the family Kodak Brownie followed by junior high school classes using a Leica C3, Pentax Spotmatic, and a Speed Graphic. I finally purchased my very own 35mm at 16; a Minolta SRT-101. That served me well into my 20's when I purchased a Canon AE-1 followed by a Canon A-1. I then purchased a Canon T-90 followed quickly again by a Canon F1n in 1985. I remember the day the F1 arrived. I was so excited that I opened the package, attached a telephoto zoom lens and immediately dropped it onto the floor. Devastated, I checked it for damage - the lens barrel was a little loose but the F1 body was built like a tank and survived handily. I was sold on Canons from then on. A computer consultant by trade, I yearned for the day that digital imaging could compete with film; finally, I made the switch to digital in 2002 with an Olympus E-10. A nice camera but limited without the benefit of interchangeable lenses. When it died in 2011, I tried my best to resurrect it but to no avail. Since then, I jumped into the Canon EOS line with an EOS 7D and then to the Canon full-frame EOS 6D. I loved the 7D and the 6D even more. It was an "entry level" full-frame but, for what I do and the way I work, the 6D rocked! It's low-light capabilities are superb and it's smaller size made it a dream to handle! That said, I still yearned for a more "professional" grade camera and finally made the move with the EOS 5D MkIV. With all of the professional level features, it's never restricted or disappointed me in any way. Photography has always been more of an avocation with me. I've sold a few prints and I do some sessions here and there and take assignments for events but not being dependent on it for a full-time living allows me to reinvest what ever I make in equipment. It lets me maintain a balance that frees me to continue to do what I love without depending on it completely. That said, I do charge a standard rate for my services. I believe that it's important not to undercut the many, full-time, professional photographers out there that rely on their photography business to make a living.