California Photography Workshops


Keith Skelton, Photographer

United States Presidents and Hollywood's top executives are just a sample of the people that award-winning photographer Keith Skelton has photographed. Keith is internationally recognized for his ability to elicit a person's unique essence and capture it on digital or film--often very quickly and in candid settings.

Commercial Photography

Keith began his career as a photojournalist in Oregon. He then moved into commercial photography for clients such as Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas, Leo Burnett-Chicago, Expeditors International, Ford Motor Company, House Ear Institute, Pacific Power & Light, Xtra Lease Trucking, and the Los Angeles Japanese American Veterans Memorial.


His work has been published in The New York Times, Air & Space Magazine, The Oregonian, Business Week, Forbes, Travel and Leisure, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, and Santa Barbara News-Press, to name a few.

To see more of Keith’s commercial photography:

Fine Art & International Photography

An inveterate traveler, Keith’s fine art projects showcase unique moments in unusual places. He has traveled throughout nearly every state in the United States and has completed photographic projects in China, Iceland, Yucatan, Guatemala, India and China. His work has appeared at New Space Gallery-Portland, OR and Brooks Institute Gallery-Santa Barbara, CA.

To see more of Keith’s Fine Art photography:

Landscape and Street Photography

Keith’s ability to sight a unique composition and immediately capture it has enabled him to create poetic photographs of natural and urban landscapes. Undulating waves of mountainscapes, rhythmic expressions of urban dwellers, and soothing sonatas of sunrises and sunsets are often found in his work. It is no surprise that music was Keith’s original artistic form, as his photographs often reflect a symphonic nature.


Over the last several years, Keith has discovered a passion for introducing amateur and semi-pro photographers to unique places in the southwestern and western United States. His workshops often occur during lunar and natural events. 

Keith has also taught photography workshops at Santa Monica College and Pasadena City College.

For more information about Keith’s workshops throughout the southwestern and western United States:

Keith earned his Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Photography, minor in Photojournalism, from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. He also attended the University of Hawaii and the University of Oregon.


“Best Photography” Black Book Annual Report 100 Show 2003 - 2004 

Potlatch Annual Report Best Photography/Design 

Advertising Photographers of America 

Seventeen Gold and Silver Quill awards from the International Association of Business Communicators 

Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association

National Press Photographers Association  

We also can provide portfolio consultations and private or custom workshops.


“Thank you very much for yet another perfect workshop.

The planning, timing, guidance and selection of the sites were outstanding.

And your magic touch with the weather helped a lot to make this event so successful.”  - Benny Hanigal  2012 Oregon Photo Workshop

“I have attended two of Keith’s well-planned photography workshops and I'm addicted. Keith’s approach to photography is sensitive, fun and creative.  Whether taking photos of strangers for his Los Angeles Street Photo Workshop or capturing the unpredictable landscape of the Eastern Sierras, Keith shares techniques that have been successful for him and we, as students, are able to benefit from his expertise. One of many valuable lessons I took away from his workshops is the ability to be in the moment but also anticipate the next great moment. I look forward to taking other workshops with him because as I said, I’m addicted. Thank you Keith for a fun and enriching experience!”  -Yon Na, 2011 LA Street Photography Workshop & 2013 Eastern Sierras Workshop

“The Alabama Hills workshop was an excellent and well-organized workshop. Everyone up inThank you very much for yet another perfect workshop.

The planning, timing, guidance and selection of the sites were outstanding.

And your magic touch with the weather helped a lot to make this event so successful.afternoon with shooting assignments, after which we were all ready for the setting sun.  They knew exactly where to take us, and when, to capture the best light for that time of day.   The small number of participants also insured that Keith spent time with everyone, suggesting, critiquing, and teaching.”  - Vahe Peroomian

“It was a great workshop and I am very pleased with my images. Mono Lake, Bodie Ghost Town and Yosemite are incredibly beautiful and you really managed to give us significant opportunities to step off the beaten path. I especially appreciated that you were so familiar with the area that you were able to easily substitute planned activities with equally excellent alternatives when weather got in the way - and your sense of humor always kept us on our toes. I've already gotten great results with several new techniques that I learned in your workshop! Thanks, Keith for a great photography workshop!”  -Grace Cohen

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