About

So, what is this site about?  Why am I here?  Why are you here?  Are we really here?  (Ok, this is already getting deep.)  Let me give you a little intro of who I am and what this site is about.


 

Black Bear
My first black bear, taken at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

My name is Aaron Smith.  I’m a music teacher living in northwestern Pennsylvania.   I grew up in the dawn (ok, maybe late morning) of computers and always had a love for them.  I played a lot with MS Paint when I was a kid, and I often tried to find pictures that I could change and make my own Picassos.  So I was into image manipulation in my early years…just not taking the photos themselves.


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A stone stairway and waterfall, taken at Ricketts Glen State Park, summer 2014.

 

I first started getting serious about photography several years ago.  People told me I had a gift for it, and I should explore this new creative outlet.  Eager to show off my prowess with a camera, I ran out and bought a Nikon D7000.  Now that I had the perfect camera, I knew I could easily start my new career selling photos.

Yeah, right!  I proudly submitted my first creations to photostock.com.  The response was that my pictures looked like they were taken by a 5-year old.  (Yep, actual comment.)  Surely, my family and friends couldn’t be wrong about me!  But it was obvious that I had a lot to learn about the photography world.


This blue jay was captured at just the right moment.
This blue jay was captured at just the right moment.

I had to embrace the facts.  I knew nothing about photography.  I knew how to push the button on point-and-shoots with a few scene changes.  I knew how to manipulate other people’s photographs in Paint.NET, but I had never been exposed to Photoshop or Lightroom.  Marketing skills were beyond me.  I didn’t know how to use a flash.  It took me a year to realize there was an exposure meter inside the viewfinder!   Suffice it to say, I was pretty green.  And it isn’t always easy to find good resources to flatten that learning curve.  That’s where this website comes in.

The goal of this website is to help others discover some things it took me years to figure out.  I don’t pretend to be a master, but I’ve learned a few lessons along the way that I can pass on.  I also hope that my own photography will inspire you to work hard and share your own creations with the world.


Leaping Buck
A group of teenagers scared this young buck right into the path of my camera.

As the title implies, my focus will be mainly on nature photography.  I may write an article here or there on my adventures with flash or macro, but my main focus is on animals with telephotos, waterfalls with wide-angles, and anything I can photograph that won’t complain if the picture turns out poorly.  If that appeals to you, then I think you will get the most out of this site.

So, what are we waiting for?  Let’s get started!

 

Oh, one more thing.  You wouldn’t begrudge me a little shameless self-promotion would you?  If you like my photography and wish to take it home with you, there are many options.  My store Nature Novelties at Zazzle is currently the best of them.  If you like what you see, please consider helping out a fellow photographer.  Thanks!

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