Keith Starks- Photography Bio
I became immersed in the world of photography after buying my first 35mm SLR at the age of 19. During the 1980’s I changed my major to photography, sold my first print, shot my first wedding, published my first photo and began teaching classes at what was then ‘The Photographer’s Gallery’ of Saskatoon. During this time I realized that photography was going to be a big part of my life and that I loved to pass on my passion by teaching others.
After eight years of teaching photography workshops and doing freelance work as a documentary photographer I moved to Canmore Alberta where I found a beautiful outdoor backdrop for my nature and outdoor sports photography. As the manager of an outdoor adventure company my job included photographing the adventurers as they paddled white water rivers. Inspired by the Canadian Rockies and the people who live there, my photography flourished and throughout the 1990’s many of my photos were published in outdoor magazines.
While living in Canmore I continued teaching photography for the community college. This was also when I became interested in digital photography and taught my first classes in digital photography.
I purchased my first digital SLR in 2002 and never looked back. I fully embraced the new technology and immersed myself in learning everything I could about the new techniques and equipment. In 2005 I moved back to Saskatoon and continued my business in photography. In partnership with the Don’s Photo store in Saskatoon I began teaching my workshops with Don’s Photo doing the registration and providing the location. During the past 9 years I have taught a variety of digital photography classes to over eight hundred students.
My recent and current work in photography includes shooting for local businesses and government agencies such as Insightrix Research and Tourism Saskatchewan. I continue to pass on my passion for photography through classes and workshops of all levels including advanced tutoring of local photography professionals.