I bought my first camera when I was about 22 - shortly before I moved from Canada to Bermuda - and fell in love with it almost instantly. Since that day around 17 years ago, I have spent my life trying to capture those perfect moments, from lush jungles to exploding sunsets. Whether it means sacrificing my knees or hips during a hike or just taking a nice stroll through a local park, I want my images to make you smile and daydream.
I started on a Canon Digital Rebel (yes, the original 300D!) and then moved to the Micro Four Thirds system with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and then upgraded to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. I loved the small form factor and especially with the High-Res Mode on the Mark II, I could create large prints that look great hung up in any location. Plus its small size meant that I could take it with me when I travel without having to lug tens of pounds of gear with me on a flight. Eventually though, I decided to go with a full-frame sensor to get the most detail and decided on the 50 megapixel monster: the Canon 5DSr, which is what I shoot on currently.
One thing I've been passionate about for my whole life is teaching, which is why I started my YouTube channel: Not A Great Photographer where we go over not only the mechanical parts of a finished image like camera settings and editing, but the more conceptual pieces, like things to look for when shooting a photo and how to draw inspiration from the environment.
Thank you so much for taking the time to browse my work and I hope you've found something you enjoy here.
- JT Smith