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Check out My Muscles (cars, that is) at Open Studio 2013 in Sausalito

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
May 3-5 Open Studio at Studio 333 in SausalitoIt’s my biannual art appreciation weekend at Studio 333.  Come join me and 40 other artists in our celebration of the arts!  And, if 40 of us under one roof doesn’t sate your art desire, Marin County has hundreds of other artists waiting for your visit.  Marin Open Studios is the place to be for the first two weekends in May!!

40 Artists Vie for Your Attention




Winter Open Studios 2012

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

It wouldn’t be the holidays without an opportunity to check out some fine (and fun) art for gifts, stocking stuffers, yourself.  And where else but at Studio 333 at 333 Caledonia St. in Sausalito. There are about 30 artists exhibiting this season with lots of wares.  Come down December 8 + 9 from 11 -5.  Or for more holiday cheer, come by our Holiday Reception on Saturday Dec. 8 from 6 – 9pm.


Two Venues for Open Studios May 2012

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

This year I have moved my Open Studio from my home to two new gallery locations:   Studio 333 and ARTrageous Gallery.  I hope to see my collectors, friends, colleagues, and others over the two weekends.  As always, the Friday night of each weekend is party night with food, drink and music plus lots of artists.  Just check the info below for the correct location.  See art; talk art; buy art!

Manual Focus? Check.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Choosing Manual Focus on Your Camera

Your autofocus on your camera is not working for your shot.  What do you do?  No problem.  Most cameras, except the most basic, have a manual override feature you can choose.  Read your manual (or go to the manufacturer online) to find out how to do it.

Try your manual focus if:

  • You’re shooting through a window or there is an obstacle in the way.
  • You want fine details in a close up shot.
  • Your autofocus is confused by design elements e.g. complex architecture.
  • Your subject is high contrast or sharply contrasting.
  • There is no contrast e.g. white on white. My Canon DSLR stumbles on this regularly.
  • You have a prominent subject e.g. person in the foreground, and your camera focuses on the background.
  • You are shooting at night.


If your camera has a manual focus option, experiment with it.  And let me know about it.

Streets of Hope Exhibit at MarinMOCA

Friday, September 9th, 2011

My Streets of Hope : Soweto and Alexandra Townships exhibit continues to provoke and entice visitors at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato (Hamilton), CA.  The exhibit continues until Sept. 25, 2011.  Museum hours are 11-4, Wed. through Sunday.

Streets of Hope by Keven A. Seaver

Edgy and vibrant, Streets of Hope welcomes you to the current life of two South African townships.

Photography profits  from this exhibit (and from my website) benefit Friends of Alexandra, a non-profit working with kids, many of who I met and photographed. Buy a book and/or photo and help a child!  At the end of this show, I’d like to move Streets of Hope to another venue.  If you have contacts for that, let me know.

If you’d like to read more about my South Africa trip, visit our Winos to Rhinos blog

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Streets of Hope: South African Townships

Thursday, August 11th, 2011
Streets of Hope by Keven Seaver
Streets of Hope is a glimpse into the townships of Alexandra and Soweto in South Africa.

My new photography exhibit will surprise many of my long time collectors, and possibly open my work to others.   Streets of Hope: Soweto and Alexandra Townships opens August 20, 2011 at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, CA.  Venturing into the genre of street photography provided me with some exciting new images,  lingering insights, an exhibit and a book.  These photos were shot on October 6, 2010 while touring the townships with the extraordinary Robin Binckes, Spear of the Nation Tours. What began as a strong interest in the SA struggle history and apartheid, turned into a true passion.

All profits from sales of the book and photos will go the Friends of Alexandra (



If you’d like to read more about my South Africa trip, visit our Winos to Rhinos blog


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Thursday, April 28th, 2011

This year’s Open Studio offers you a ginormous 50% off all my framed exhibition inventory.  Whether it’s hanging on the wall, in my inventory storage, or against the wall, if it’s framed, it’s on sale.  As a photographer, I like to produce new work.  As a digital photographer, that’s gotten easier.  So in an effort to free up storage space to create new art, I am offering significant discounts at Seaver Photography Open Studios May 7,8, 14,15. To see some of the available images, look at  A REALLY BIG SALE! portfolio on this website. Contact me for more information.

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ZED A: An Abecedarium of Southern Africa

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

ZED A is a photography book, an intelligent adult book, a clever child’s book, an animal book, a book of southern Africa history, an amazing ABC book!

ZED A:  An Abecedarium of Southern Africa is the first book to emerge from our trip to southern Africa in Fall 2010.  If you haven’t yet, check out the blog ( that we continue to post to.  There you’ll find more intimate details of our Africa adventure as well as a wealth of history of the people.  This book was created, written and edited by Julie Cason with photography by me and and the four other Winos to Rhinos.  As a photographer I focused my camera on everything!  My passions on this trip were the people and the struggle history.  But it was difficult not to drift to my love of abstraction.  I hope you enjoy this!  This is the second edition of Julie’s book.

The Secret Life of a (Digital) Camera

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Hey, how’d you get that shot?

Well, in today’s world of Point ‘n Shoots (compact digital cameras), everyone has a full toolbox available to them.  You might not know that your camera (not smartphone, but real camera) has a set of tools called ‘scene’ or ‘shooting’ modes.

These come in a variety of names like:  Portrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candlelight, Baby, Pet, Sunset, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo.  Some other tools, often available,  allow more sophisticated changes:  illustration, sepia, monochrome, saturation, pastel.

For the most part these tend to be underutilized, if even known, by most casual shooters.  It usually requires the user to explore their camera and read the manual.  Not likely in today’s instant gratification culture.

So what are ‘scene’ modes?

They are sophisticated preprogrammed exposure/shutter speed combinations that allow the shooter to do what I learned in 3 years of photography school and 40 years of shooting!! Imagine that!

For example, choose sunset and it automatically increases the color saturation, opens the aperture, lowers the ISO sensitivity, and increases the shutter speed.  The sports mode attempts to freeze fast moving subjects by increasing the shutter speed, sometimes activating continuous shooting mode and implementing a fast focus tracking.

The sepia mode creates a digital image in brown tones, while monochrome creates a black and white image, just like I did in the darkroom too many years ago. You could do any of these manually (which I usually do on my DSLR but not on my compact cameras) but why bother when an algorithm has been created to do it.

So get your camera and look at the control dial or menu for a ‘best shot’ mode and start exploring them.  Let me know your results.

It’s Hip to be Square!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

I love to frame in a square – whether my images are horizontal or vertical or square, the form works for me.  When I found this article at, I thought I’d pass it along.  When I first entered into the world of photography, I shot a square format with the Rolleiflex.  At that early point, I had a difficult time composing in a square.   But as I became more used to it, I really fell in love with the square. Now I use it in my grids and frames.  Try it out next time you are framing a photograph.  Documounts is a great place to buy for both DIY and pro.

Square Mats & Frames, Matting & Framing Picture with Square & Rectangular Window

Get Squared Away at Documounts. ( – Thank you Documounts for being so square!)

We’ve noticed that many customers are going back to square one when ordering framing materials.  If you like the look of square presentations there are several options.
a square mat with a square frame

  • Square mat with a square window. Say you have an 8”x 8” image.  If you order a mat with a window cut to 7.5”x 7.5” (window should be a little smaller than the paper on which the art is printed) with an outside dimension of 12”x12”, you’ll get a square foot of matted image with a 2” border all the way around the artwork.
  • square frame and mat with a rectangle openingSquare mat with a rectangular window. If you want a square mat but your image is a rectangle, order a rectangular window within a square mat.  You won’t be able to have uniform mat borders surrounding your artwork, but the irregularity of the borders make for a unique and interesting presentation. You can also choose to weight the bottom of your mat, so that the window is shown higher in mat. Window here is shown centered.
  • rectangle frame and mat with a square opening, weighted bottomRectangular mat with a square window. This is an option if you want to fit your square image into a rectangular frame or in a  standard size Clear Bag.  It’s a good way to add a square element to a traditional presentation.  With this option you can also choose to have the bottom of your mat heavier, so that the window is higher as show here.

The Bigger Picture – Squares on Display.

Think beyond the single image to how your square presentations will look in a gallery or on the wall of your booth.  You can group squares together to create bigger squares, ie. squares within a square .

They can also be arranged in a linear fashion to create lines and paths of art that lead a viewer throughout the gallery.  And for full impact, imagine a wall full of same- size squares!

Think of squares as an opportunity to step beyond the commonplace and change it up a bit.

Because, you know, It’s Hip to be Square (sorry, we had to say it).square mats frames