Photography is my passion. It is the only thing I have ever done as a career in my life. I have been very fortunate to have been able to work in many different areas of the industry and take great pride in my new position as CEO and Publisher of Luminous-Landscape.
I have been in the industry for over 47 years. I started my career as a photographer with a studio outside of Philadelphia. During my 20 years as a studio owner specializing in commercial and portrait illustration, I grew the business and was recognized for my wide range of photographic capabilities and a long list of distinguished clients. During this time I also founded Studio Information Systems and wrote one of the first Studio Management Software programs on the then early Macintosh computer platform.
The studio and software company were divested in 1990. At that time I became heavily involved in the color lab business for professional photographers. I joined the Burrell Colour chain of professional color labs as Business Development Manager. During the mid-nineties, as the digital revolution began, I was asked to spearhead the digital transition for Burrell Colour Labs. Burrell was the first color lab to implement a Hybrid Digital workflow. I co-authored a process patent covering this workflow called SmartPath. While at Burrell I made two large digital prints for a client, made from a Phase One LightPhase camera. Thus began the next chapter.
In 1999 I joined Phase One and for 13 years performed a number of tasks for Phase One. These include dealer management, sales management, and the formation of the PODAS workshop series. Phase One is a very progressive company and enabled me to work with a large number of distinguished professional and enthusiast photographers. Over the last few years at Phase One I ran the well known PODAS workshops. These were revolutionary all-inclusive workshops that provided a high end and high-resolution Phase One system for each attendee to use during the workshop.
While at Phase One I had the privilege to introduce Michael Reichmann to the tetherless new Phase One digital back about 7 years ago. We became instant friends and over the years have had the opportunity to photograph many locations around the world together.
Early on I became a fan of the Luminous-Landscape web site. Never would I thought I would be at the helm of this great site. I feel very privileged to be carry on the tradition of this site that Micahel Reichmann started so many years ago. We have many new ideas and plans for Luminous-Landscape over the next few years. This is a great vehicle for me to share the passion of photography with a worldwide audience. Photography provides me great joy and happiness and I hope that it will do the same for you and that Luminous-Landscape can be the catalyst for it.
One of my passions is teaching and leading workshops to the edge of planet locations. LuLa is the perfect place for me as we will be offering numerous workshops to some amazing places. I usually do these workshops with some of the finest photographers in the field. Hope you can join us on one of these.
I have a blog with galleries if you are interested. I do my best to post a new image every day. Please visit and subscribe to if you are interested. www.kevinraber.com
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None of this makes my opinions right. But it means that when I criticize something my opinion comes from some fairly extensive photographic and industry experience.
Am I biased? Yup! I like equipment that produces first-class image quality and that does so with well-designed ergonomics and user interface. A good product needs both. A product fails, in my book, if it only succeeds in one of these two areas. I purchase much of the equipment I review. I sell it too as new gear comes on the market.
Do I make mistakes in my reviews? Sure, lots of them. Who doesn’t from time to time? I do my best to correct them though when I do.
But I put a lot of thought into my writing, and I don’t criticize things casually or indiscriminately. I do praise good products and point out failings when I see them.
It’s a great time to be a photographer. I am all about taking photograp[hs, sharing my experience and having fun doing so. Life is too short, so go out and photograph as much as you can and enjoy doing so.
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