Interview photographer Keith Selle
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- Rowald: How are you today?
- Keith: I am great. Thanks for asking.
- Rowald: How long have you been into
- Keith: I had been doing photography for well over
18 years now.
- Rowald: How did you start?
- Keith: I started back when I was a teenager with
my dad's EOS 850 film camera. Every girl I dated, I will take them out to the
field and make them pose for me. Haha!
- Rowald: What type of photos are your
- Keith: I'm a people photographer but I'm more of a
glamour photographer with an edge and a sense of my own style. You can say my
style is more like Maxim style.
- Rowald: Are your photos more your taste or
demand from others?
- Keith: It's more about my own style and taste. I
think in order for one to be successful, you got to have a sense of style and
- Rowald: Do you develop scenery ideas with
the models or more yourself?
- Keith: I used to preplan things but for the past
few years, I don't anymore. I look at what the model brought in their suitcase
then I will come up with lighting, scenery and ideas on the spot.
- Rowald: Do you try to create, display or
express something special with your photos?
- Keith: I always do. Besides lighting and
composition, I spent countless hours on the post production process in Adobe
Lightroom and Photoshop CS4 to give it my own feel and style to the images.
- Rowald: Would you like to do other
- Keith: The only other type I wouldn't mind doing
is get into shooting automobiles and motorcycles. If you are great at it, there
is so much money in it.
- Rowald: Are you a tech freak or an
- Keith: I think I'm a bit of both but I'm more on
the artist side. If I'm updated on all my software then I'm good to go. Camera
is just a tool to me. I can shoot with anything as long as I have a few great
- Rowald: Do you use a lot of equipment or try
to stay light-weight?
- Keith: I bought a lot of equipments but I usually
shoot with one or two lights since I have a small studio. For on locations, I
will bring out all my lights and gears though.
- Rowald: Do you do analog photography
- Keith: Yes I do. I was a traditional photographer
who went to school and learned to do things the old-fashioned way. Now with
digital photography, you always have to keep up with what's new and learn it as
quick as possible otherwise, you will be left in the dust by your peers.
- Rowald: What cameras do you use?
- Keith: I am Nikon person but I had been shooting
with the Fuji FinePix S5 Pro for almost two years now. I started out with the
Fuji S1 Pro then to the Nikon D100, then to the Fuji S2 Pro, skip the Fuji S3
- Rowald: What are your hobbies?
- Keith: My hobbies include playing in a rock band
since I was 14 years old with my siblings. I'm a true rockstar in my own world.
I am a kickass guitarist and I also play the keyboard, piano and bass.
- Rowald: What are your plans or visions for
- Keith: I hope to relocate to Southern California
to start competing with all the big boys. I think I am more than ready now to
- Rowald: What are your current projects and
- Keith: I am currently a Senior Partner and Feature
Editor as well as Model Photographer for TunerPlayground.com. We host two or
more events (club and car) on a monthly basis. We are now the official media
partner with HIN, Dsport Magazine, Extreme AutoFest, Formula D and working to
partner up with more within the industry.
- Rowald: How do you get along with
- Keith: I have a great sense of personality,
charisma and humors that all my models and clients love me to death. You can
ask any of them and I think they can vouch that I am a great photographer,
person and a rebel.
- Rowald: I think you traveled a lot. Where
did you go to?
- Keith: I used to travel a lot but these days, I
made all my models and clients come to me if they want to work with me. It's
too chaotic if I have to tear things down and hit the road for a photo shoot
unless if the money is right. So, I'm pretty much based throughout California.
- Rowald: Do you do female models only or
people in common and what about other types?
- Keith: I shoot mainly female models but I shoot
people in general as well as automobile, buildings and landscapes whenever the
money is right.
- Rowald: How does one make such good photos?
Can you give some tips to the readers?
- Keith: To get good images, you must understand
light, and to understand light, you have to understand how your camera works
and what all numbers, letters and icons on your camera means. If you can
balance and understand your aperture and shutter speed then you'll bound to get
some good images. If you are good with Photoshop then the post production is
just as important as anything else. Photoshop is like your digital darkroom.
There is so many ways to create a finishing product. For me, that's a never
- Rowald: People envy you doing these
shootings with models. What do you say to this?
- Keith: I just want to say thank you and I will
continue to push myself to come out with even better work.
- Rowald: Wanna give some tips for up coming
- Keith: I just say keep on doing what you are
doing. Build a good rapport with your models, continue to push yourself to try
- Rowald: What you think about photos taken by
- Keith: There are a few great photographers here on
MG. Their work speaks for who they are. I admire those who loves what they do
and continue to do better. There are those who got into photography mainly
because they wants to see tits and ass. I really have no comments on them.
- Rowald: What is your best photo?
- Keith: I really don't have a best photo. I usually
will come up with a great photo on a weekly basis then something else will come
along and top that previous one the next week.
- Rowald: How do you create a good atmosphere
- Keith: Professionalism, communication, music,
booze, good host, and always be in a great mood.
- Rowald: Do you have ethnic preferences?
- Keith: I really don't. I will work with any
ethnicity but when it comes to TF basis, I do have preferences when it comes to
the type of models.
- Rowald: When meeting a girl, where do you
look first at?
- Keith: I like legs. I usually look at her legs
first, body, hair then face.
- Rowald: What attracts or inspires you?
- Keith: Beautiful women attract me period but what
inspires me is my never ending strive to push myself to do better.
- Rowald: Do you let them pose or do you
- Keith: It all depends on how experience the models
are. Some need no directions at all while others, I do need to direct them from
time to time.
- Rowald: Where are you from?
- Keith: I was born in Laos, raised in the refugee
camp of Thailand for 4 years then my family migrated to Seattle, Washington for
4 years before we moved to Sacramento, CA. I moved all over California but I'm
back to Sacramento at the current time. Look for me to move down to SoCal soon
and make some major splash.
- Rowald: Do you speak any other
- Keith: I do speak broken Mien.
- Rowald: What is Mien?
- Keith: Mien is an ethnicity from the hills of
Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China. We are an outcast and decedent of
the Chinese back a few generations ago. The older generation still read and
write in Chinese but with different dialect. Basically, we are nomads.
- Rowald: Do you or did you have idols?
- Keith: My idols growing up was Johnny Depp and
Andre Agassi. I like to think they did great for themselves and they are great
- Rowald: Are you single?
- Keith: I am currently single and very happy.
- Rowald: Happiest Accomplishment?
- Keith: Graduated from college with my Bachelor of
- Rowald: Do you have or pursue other
- Keith: I always try to learn new things to better
- Rowald: Favourite Movie or Television
- Keith: My favorite movie of all time is "Pulp
Fiction". My favorite TV show is "Smallville".
- Rowald: How would you describe your
- Keith: I am down to Earth, friendly, charismatic,
generous, rebellious, confident, great sense of humors, multi-talented, and
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