Doug Kaye


I’m a street photographer living in Marin County, California. I’m currently the co-host of the Cameralabs Photography Podcast and teach photography and Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom post-processing.

I worked in audio in the ’60s. I started college in Engineering Physics but ended up getting my BA in Drama as a theatrical director and lighting designer. I went into film sound, then moved to New York and studied cinematography at the NYU Graduate Institute of Film and Television. After grad school I produced and directed documentaries, worked in TV news, then went back to the mixing console as a film sound editor.

I got tired of mixing, switched careers to computer software and started a business writing compilers, operating systems and protocol stacks in 1978. In 1984 my family and I moved back to California. I sold the business in 1996, then worked my way down the corporate ladder and was the CTO of four dot-com startups in four years. I wrote two Internet-technology books, created the IT Conversations podcast in 2003 and founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit Conversations Network in 2005.

Now officially retired, I spend as much time as possible with photography, teaching and leading photo workshops in Cuba and elsewhere.

Employment History

  • Doug Kaye Photography, 2011 – present
  • The Conversations Network, Executive Director, 2003 – 2011
  •, San Francisco, CTO, 1998 – 1999
  • Organic, San Francisco, VP Engineering, 1997 – 1998
  •, San Francisco, CTO, 1996 – 1997
  • CoSite, Novato, CA, CTO, Co-Founder, 1995 – 1996
  • Rational Data Systems, Founder, CEO, 1978 – 1996
  • Du Art Film Labs, New York, Sound Editor, Mixer, 1973 – 1978
  • Reuters/Visnews, New York, Sound Recordist, 1972 – 1973
  • IATSE Local 16, San Francisco, Sound Recordist, Electrician, 1970 – 1971

Photo courtesy Mitchell Weinstock