John Kraus

is creating out-of-this-world spaceflight imagery
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Stage 1 Patron
per month

- Access to my exclusive Discord server, where you can chat with me directly about spaceflight and photography, help me plan future photo shoots, and have direct input into what spaceflight content I create. I share near-live behind-the-scenes content here as well.

- Access my patron-only feed with occasional behind-the-scenes updates and exclusive content.

Includes Discord rewards
Stage 2 Patron
per month

- Access to my post-launch Photo Recaps: Read an extensive written recap of every rocket launch I cover. Get a first-hand account of what it's like to photograph rocket launches as a member of the media. See my planning and thought processes going into each launch and see what I learn following every launch I photograph.

- Previous perks (Patron-only feed, Discord server access)

Includes Discord rewards
Stage 3 Patron
per month

- Download high-resolution copies of my images: Display photos of mine on your desktop or mobile device! Select photos are available to download for personal use via my SmugMug store. A few of my most popular images and photos from recent launches will be available for download.

Shortly after you sign up for this tier, I manually enable your access to the SmugMug gallery. You will receive an email invitation to quickly make a SmugMug guest account and access the gallery. I do this manually, so it may take up to a few hours to complete this process.

- All other perks (Patron-only feed, Discord server access, Post-Launch Blog)

Includes Discord rewards



About John Kraus

Who I am:
Hi! I'm John Kraus, a Florida-based, full-time spaceflight photographer. I capture Earth’s coolest out-of-this-world moments — rocket launches — with support from Patreon! Check out the above video, produced by VICE News for HBO, to gain more insight into my photography.

What I do:
I work as a freelance spaceflight photojournalist. As a member of the press, I set up sound-activated cameras at launch facilities — often very close to the rockets — to capture stunning closeup views of launches. I also photograph some launches off-site to take advantage of the beautiful scenery the Space Coast has to offer. In addition to capturing rockets, I enjoy shooting a variety of additional subjects around Florida, but photographing spaceflight is my true passion and specialty, and is likely why you’re familiar with my work.

Want to see some of my work?
You can view my website and portfolio here.

Why am I on Patreon?
A large number of small pledges adds up quickly: Monthly contributions of $2, $5, or even $10+ from hundreds of individuals allow a creator to support themselves while focusing on creativity and creating excellent content. I work for myself — no entity pays me simply to attend launches. Other sources of revenue, such as selling prints and licensing photos, are neither consistent nor guaranteed. But monthly financial support from Patreon can be both consistent and guaranteed, which will allow me to continue doing photography full-time.

The world's launch cadence is rising; with it I want the quality of my photography and the scope of my coverage to rise as well. New companies are entering the world of spaceflight and existing companies are doing things we previously considered impossible — and I want to be there to document it all!

Where has my work been featured?
My images have appeared on the covers of magazines such as Bloomberg Businessweek and Aviation Week, one of my photographs is displayed two-stories tall at United Launch Alliance's headquarters in Colorado, and I've been featured in numerous online publications including National Geographic and CNBC, and even SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Instagram! One of my photos won Aviation Week magazine’s annual photo contest in 2018, winning the “Best of the Best” award — the first space photo to do so in the contest’s history. You can see more places my work has been featured on my website's about page.

What's in it for you:
— By becoming a "Stage 1" patron ($2+), you get access to my exclusive Discord server, as well as my patron-only feed on Patreon. Discord is a Skype/Teamspeak-like chat service where my patrons can interact with me directly, and is a place where I frequently share behind the scenes content leading up to launches, such as real-time coverage as I set up remote cameras near rockets! If you frequently find yourself wanting to ask questions about my work, my Discord server is the best place to chat with me regularly.

— My "Stage 2" patrons ($5+) also get access to my post-launch Photo Recaps, which are extensive written pieces posted to Patreon following each launch I photograph. Patrons at this tier get an exclusive look at the planning and thought processes behind the photos I capture at every launch, insight to the intricacies of capturing stunning rocket launch imagery, as well as the learned experiences and difficulties that come with photographing such a unique subject.

— "Stage 3" patrons ($10+), in addition to all other benefits, are able to download copies of my images for personal use. Spice up your desktop or phone wallpaper with some high-resolution spaceflight photos! Shortly after you sign up for this tier, I manually enable your access to a private gallery on my website, and you will receive an email invitation to quickly make a SmugMug guest account and access the gallery. Photos are typically around 3,000px-wide, and some images may contain a very small, nearly-invisible watermark to help prevent theft. These photos are strictly for personal/private usage and are not meant to be distributed. Organizations looking to license my content can do so by contacting me via my website.

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