Frank T. Smith
At an early age (3 years old+/-) I developed a curiosity with photography. My grandfather, Frank Fehn was an avid photographer, always with his Leica camera in his hand and me by his side. He bought me a miniature replica 35mm camera which was the beginning of my life-long passion for photography.
Photography is my passion – both in taking the pictures as well as the post processing techniques that I use. I am an experienced traveler having had the opportunity to photograph in places around the world. As a native of the northeast, I also enjoy the local scenery of the Pocono Mountains or urban decay and iconic subjects as well as historical sites such as the former Bethlehem Steel factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. My portfolio is diverse.
I use the Olympus Micro Four Thirds system. My workhorses are the Pro OM-D EM-1 Mark II and the EM-5 Mark II. I use the OM-D EM-10 Mark II for road travel and family events. I use a variety of different lenses based on the camera and type of shooting I am doing. My attraction with Olympus is two-fold; first the camera and lens quality and second, the weight and size. My post processing is done with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CC, and various plug-ins.
I am an Olympus Visionary. Olympus Visionaries are established, award-winning professional photographers who travel the world with Olympus products to capture life’s beauty and splendor. The elite members of the program include several Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers, as well as artists whose careers have included assignments around the globe. Frank Smith Olympus Visionary
I believe photography is a constantly changing art form and as such I try to stay current by teaching workshops & classes every year. I exhibit my work in various galleries. Some of my recent exhibits include “Atacama – A Lunar Landscape”, “Near and Far” an 8 year compilation of India; “Bhutan – The Land of the Thunder Dragon”; “Allentown State Hospital – A Different View” and “The Birth of a Nation- South Sudan”. My work can be seen on my website at www.franksmithphotos.com or on my blog where I post my up to date work regularly at www.franktsmith.com. You can also follow me on Facebook. I was also published in Outdoor Photography (December 2013) and in International Opulence(June 2017) and presented a Ted Talk in 2013 titled Looking thru the Lens -Vocation vs. Avocation. In November 2015, PBS did the following interview with me.
I was first introduced to photography at the early age of 3 by my grandfather and since then I have been intrigued with this form of art. At this young age I obviously did not have any formal training which allowed me the freedom to explore without any preconceived ideas or rules. I had only to watch and learn from my grandfather. In my early teens, I continued to experiment with different venues, equipment and films including being fortunate to land a job at a local camera store with access to a lot of toys! In my mid to late teens I became known at school as the “guy with the camera”. I experimented more and more with abstract subjects and nature. While continuing on in high school and college, I worked for a portrait studio and did summer work for a photography group that serviced the Pocono resort(s), this was also a time when I started doing weddings for friends and family. With this foundation, I transitioned into the digital world in the early 2000s, learning the new technologies and expanding my scope of what I could do based on this new medium.
My focus today is on travel, industrial ruins, outdoors, abstract/art and philanthropic photo journalism. When I go out on a shoot, I almost always have a preconceived idea/plan in place. However, my most enjoyable work is the time when I turn around and see something totally different from my plan. I have learned not to be rigid in my expectations. I constantly try to look beyond the obvious and see into or beyond the initial subject. I see patterns, light, colors, reflections and geometry in a whole new way when I have my camera in my hand. Photography allows me this adventure and way of seeing things so differently.
On the technical side, I enjoy the macro world as much as wide angle. I try not to depend on telephoto lenses but to use my feet to move me into the correct position. I believe photography is a constantly changing art form and as such I try to stay current by teaching several workshop/classes every year. I also do exhibits at different locations throughout the year. As a photographer, I see myself as an artist. The importance for me is to identify, capture and compose the subject correctly and then (paint, sculpture, etc.) process the final image. My pleasure comes when my first critic is happy with the image – ME.
Over the past several years, a strong area of interest of mine has been international travel. I have learned through my travels and working with various other photographers, that I can leverage my skills in a philanthropic photo journalistic way. Capturing stories and cultures such as sex-trafficking in Mumbai and regional corruption in areas such as South Sudan and Haiti help to bring awareness and aid to these cultures. Being able to use my skill and resources through photography adds to my passion.
I am a self-taught photographer, leveraging my learning through classes and online tutorials. I shoot with Olympus equipment. I am an Olympus Visionary. Olympus Visionaries are established, award-winning professional photographers who travel the world with Olympus products to capture life’s beauty and splendor. The elite members of the program include several Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers, as well as artists whose careers have included assignments around the globe. Frank Smith Olympus Visionary
I teach workshops and classes in conjunction with ArtsQuest, Olympus, photography clubs and regional camera stores as well as other nonprofit organizations in the region.