Daron Keet was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He joined the film industry in 1990. He became a cinematographer by working his way up through the camera assistant ranks, assisting both Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond on The Ghost and the Darkness, and Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey.
In 2001 he immigrated to the U.S. and joined the International Cinematographers Guild. Today, his critical eye and passionate sensibilities make him a well-sought-after cinematographer, who moves seamlessly between commercials and features. His many years of on-the-job training enable him to bring technical proficiency, clarity, and innovation to his easygoing, on-set approach.
His short film Ripple Effect won Best Cinematography at the International Cinematographers Guild’s 2012 Emerging Cinematographer Awards.
Although a confident trailblazer when it comes to crafting varied looks for multiple directors, he is a traditionalist at heart. He has a penchant for stylized imagery, impeccable composition, classical framing, motivated camera movement, and gorgeous lighting. But don’t be surprised to see his work peppered with intentional imperfections, organic textures, haphazard sunlit flairs and snatched, well-found handheld moments. Cinematic magic is about catching those un-recreatable “lighting in a bottle” moments, those happy accidents.
Quick to embrace new technologies, Daron has extensive experience on the latest digital cameras. He relies heavily on in-camera techniques to achieve the most nuanced yet appropriate visual style. He is an expert on lens bokeh, and is particularly fond of weaving extreme slow motion, motion control, aerial, underwater and time-lapse cinematography into his work.
Some of his work is described as European flair, others as distinctly American—either way, the contradiction makes him happy. “I don’t want my work categorized, it’s not about a particular style; it’s about the ability to transcend the expected, continually helping clients find the most compelling visual language for every unique story to stand out.”
When he is not working he spends time with his wife and 3 kids, and plays squash.
Daron receives best cinematography award at the International Cinematographer’s Guild, from Wally Pfister,ASC.