About Kevin

It’s all about the passion . . . the passion of photography and the beauty of the world that I get an opportunity to see and capture with my camera.  I have been doing photography since I was 12 and since that first day and up to today and I am sure tomorrow, I find myself consumed with taking and making great photographs.

My history runs deep and I have progressed through many stages of photography in my lifetime.  I had studios in the Philadelphia area, I worked for one of the premier color labs in the country and I was a big part of the digital revolution that has enveloped photography today. For the last five years, I was the publisher of Luminous-landscape one of the most visited websites on the world wide web for photo pros and enthusiasts. Previously, for 13 years I worked for Phase One a very progressive camera company making the finest cameras in the world.  My job allows me to work with photographers from around the globe and to photograph in some of the most beautiful places there are.  I am blessed with a job I love and many friends I have made along the way.

This quote from Steve Jobs serves as my guiding light for the future. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

I won’t leave out the fact that I am a father of three fine grown young sons.  They make me smile every time I think of them. And, let me not forget my cat Pixel. She is an incredible animal with a huge heart.  It’s funny too because a lot of photographer friends know Pixel and ask how she is doing before asking me.

Kevin Raber and Debra Fadely – Raber on the Ocean Nova in Antarctica

Plus, I am married to a wonderful woman who is my best friend and lover.  She gets me and trusts me, that is a lot.  I am constantly working and pursuing my many projects, and she supports me all the way.  Never have a met a person with a big heart like my beautiful wife Debra.  She goes on many of my adventures with me.  We got married in Antarctica in 2015 and in November 2016 she went with me on a 4-week journey to South Georgia Island and Antarctica.  We share three cats and love the time with them.  Debra is also an amazing photographer.

In January 2016 Debra joined me as an assistant and fellow partner to help with Rockhopper Workshops and RaberEYES.  My companies keep me moving fast and provide interesting challenges but great rewards.  Welcome aboard Debra.

In July 2019 we launched photopxl.com a website dedicated to those with a passion for photography.  With the aid of many well-known photographers plus my team, we aim to make this site a community where photographers who want to learn and share their passion for photography will find a new home.  Please stop by photoPXL.com and register to be a member of our community.

Please enjoy my blog.  I will attempt to make regular postings of images that I am taking and working on as well as articles that may help you and others improve their technique.  Feedback is always welcome.


You can reach me at kwr@rabereyes.com

31 thoughts on “About Kevin

  1. Hi Kevin. Good job on the web/blogsite. You have some interesting images. Pan Head Billy and your treatment of the image is arresting and artistic. Hope to see you at some future PODAS or other workshop next year. Regards, Scott

  2. Very nice blog site. It will be fun to share your journey.


  3. Nice Picture! You have an amazing career.

  4. Kev,
    Sometimes I can’t believe you’re the same guy from 7th grade I saw try to put out a fire with a garden hose.
    Still doing the same thing and still lovin it-congratulations.
    Although I no longer lug your camera equipment up Cadillac Mountain,
    here’s to long term friendships.

  5. These are fantastic, Kevin. Can’t wait to see more.

  6. Really great stuff. I’ve saved almost all of your photographs as they are just breathtaking.

    Please keep posting content!! 🙂

    Best of luck.

  7. Hi Kevin,
    We’d like to request permission to use your photo of Alabama Jack’s in Key West. We will print your full name and a link to your blog under the photo.
    Please let us know if we can reprint it for our next issue of Travel Savvy. Here’s a link to one of my past projects: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/495/apple_dr1/index.php?startid=2


    1. You may use the image of Alabama Jacks with credit Kevin Raber. Please send me link to use of image when published.

  8. Kevin,
    Woody told me tonight
    that you’re going to be in town this weekend. I’m looking
    forward to sharing some old stories.

    1. Hey Joe, it’s next weekend, Saturday after thanksgiving 10AM at the firehouse.
      Would be great to see you.

  9. Hi there Why don’t you ever visit Africa….we shoot here too! Phase one too!

  10. Hello Kevin,

    Enjoy reading your articles. Am currently trying to get up to speed with the Fuji XT-1.
    Some time ago you mention you would be writing about your experiences with the XT-1, will that be coming anytime soon?
    The Jpeg from that camera are amazing, never before used anything but Raw. However once I find a Raw converter that does justices to Fuji files I would like to continue using Raw as well as the Jpegs.

    Dave Abramson

  11. Hi Kevin,
    FYI. The Clicking Here link on the about page is dead.

  12. Hi Kevin,

    I just started following you on Facebook. FYI, the Clicking Here link on the About page is dead.


  13. I was wondering if this was the Kevin Raber that had a studio on Conestoga Rd way back on the 1970s-1980s?

  14. LOVE the new site.

    the images are great

  15. Kevin,

    thank you for your words about Michael. Your heart shows very well with your words. Your friend is in Heaven smiling. God bless your humanity.

    Tom Scherer, Des Moines, IA

  16. Hi Kevin, knowing what we know now: do you feel the X1-D an interesting alternative for the H-system, or can we take Fujifilm medium format in account as well?

    1. The X1D is a nice camera but in my opinion, needs some things. The GFX is real nice and has more features. It’s a tough call. Frankly I am waiting until a 100mp version is out and then will re-evaluate. I’ll stick with a7rII for now and see what Sony has in store. I’m sure they have a surprise or two left for this year.

  17. Hi Kevin. Any opinions on Leica SL? I looked at the X1D, but have concerns over the future of Hasselblad. Outstanding blog, site and photos. Thanks for what you do.

  18. Re: Eastern Washington:

    I’m shocked not to see vineyards and wineries on the itinerary.
    Some of the best wines intthe world come from eastern Washington!
    I’d consider moving back to Washington for that reason alone.

  19. Besides wines and wineries in eastern WA, I was fascinated to read the place has been taken over by tours and photo work shops. I wonder what that says about the state of humanity and the state of photography. Something about people needing a connection with nature and wanting to ‘take it home”?

  20. Kevin, keep up the great site. I see You reviewed the New sony 12-24G lens… right now I am torn between this and the 16-35GM. I already own the 24-70GM and love it. If you had to choose one wide angle…which would You pick? Also, is the 12-24 actually sharper than the 16-35 GM?
    Thank you

  21. Question. Very good review and pics on the Sony A7iii. So is the only weakness or limitation for landscapes? I’ve been looking to move into full frame from sony a6000 but can’t decide on A7r2 or new A7iii. Thank you.

  22. Kevin,
    Your work is amazing, some of the best I’ve seen and very inspiring.

  23. Just watched Olympus On The Rocks. I’m try to get a copy of the booklet “Pretty Darn Sweet Bird Photos”. Any ideas?

    Bob Trlin

  24. Kevin, I’m sorry you left LuLa. It was sad when M.R. died, but you carried on quite well with the web site. Since J.R. took over I have not seen much of interest to me. I particularly liked your interviews + lab time with famous photographers. I also enjoyed your gear reviews. I’m hoping you will continue with similar content here or somewhere else.

  25. Kevin, just wanted to chime in about how I miss your presence on LL – I have no idea what happened, of course, but will look forward to seeing your new venture(s) and musings – I have become quite a fan of yours in the last couple of years (and NOT just because you invited me to share a few essays!) You have a gift for effortlessly combining technique, art, and passion. Wherever you land – or whatever you create – is sure to be special.

    1. Stay tuned for the launch of photoPXL.com Go over the site and sign up to be notified when we launch.

  26. Lula is now dying and that is sad in itself. You did a great job there. The Leica series at Weitzlar is great journalism.

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