​Five minutes with Cassandra Keyes: The world’s sexiest photographer

Roving Rachel talks travel and Panasonic pics with one of Playboy's best

Cassandra Keyes on location

Cassandra Keyes on location

Cassandra has spent over 10 years perfecting her art of shooting models in iconic and beautiful locations around the world. She is currently a contracted photographer for Playboy. I researched her photography, for, uh, work purposes and found her photos graceful, empowering and utterly gorgeous. Discussing all things photography and getting technical, I stole five minutes of her time between shoots…

What cameras do you currently use?

I have a Canon 5D M3 and two Panasonic GH4’s in my camera kit at the moment.

What’s your go-to body and lens and what do you love about It?

GH4 with 2-35mm f/2.8 lens... I love this setup as it’s reliable, lightweight and allows me to grab shots from a variety of angles - unlike my larger, full-format cameras.

Can you show us your favourite shot you have ever taken? What camera did you use?

Shot on canon 5d mark III
Shot on canon 5d mark III

How often do you shoot video content?

I shoot heaps of video content with all my productions... tripod takes, slow-mo, handheld, slider, so I'm doing video all the time.

Where is your favourite place in the world you have shot?

I have shot in so many beautiful places so it's hard to pick a favourite... because I am doing production work though, I would have to say that desert locations are the easiest as the light is more consistent and dry heat is easier to work then a tropical monsoon.

What is your biggest photography or video achievement to date and what’s your next big aspiration?

I shot multiple Playboy Playmate Khloe Terae on top of a 10,000 foot mountain in British Columbia, Canada during the winter in sub-zero temperatures. The conditions were so extreme we had to have gas-heater blowers setup so the model and gear wouldn't freeze. Everything though worked out perfect and we even got a 30-minute break in the clouds to get some absolutely incredible content.

My next epic production is going to be shot in the red center of Australia... we are literally about to head out on the road so watch my social media for updates.

Studio or outdoors?

Outdoors always unless it's a class 5 cyclone.

Cassandra Keyes
Cassandra Keyes

People or animals?

People, unless it's a really cute puppy.

Stills or video?

At heart I'm still more of a photographer then a videographer but I think I will say video because if you are shooting in HD you can always grab some great stills from the stream.

How excited are you about the new Panasonic GH5?

Really excited about the new GH5... especially can't wait to see how the IS (image stabilization) performs as I do a lot of handheld video work.

Follow Cassandra through Instagram @cassandrakeyes

Dat camera

Cassandra will be happy to know that the Lumix GH5 plays host to Panasonic’s Dual IS 2 technology combining the 5-axis internal stabilisation with the optical image stabilistation (in selected lenses) to provide up to 5 stops of image stability. It can eliminate the need to carry a tripod or steadicam rig plus the chore of trudging extra equipment to the top of mountains or through a dusty desert!

Panasonic Lumix GH5
Panasonic Lumix GH5

The GH5 offers also a dual SD card with 10-bit video recording in 4K resolution. So while other cameras capture only 16.7 million colours, this technology allows GH5 users to experience over 1 billion colours. This gives videographers more flexibility in post-production… a welcome relief from the tough task of having to look at beautiful women and gorgeous scenery all day, I’m sure!

The Panasonic GH5 is on sale now and retails for $2,999 (body only) and $3,999 for the Pro Kit with 12-35mm f2.8 lens.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags photographerPanasonicPlayboyLumixCamerasphotographydigital cameras

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Roving Rachel

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?