I am now approaching the four year mark as a "Smugger". Hard to believe the time has passed as quickly as it has, but that's life! Whatever photography skills I have are mostly self-taught (of course, that explains some of my work!). I truly marvel at all the wonderful photography on this site, and I have been in this hobby long enough now to be able to make some observations as well as share some of the insights some of you have shared with me:

    1. A picture does not have to be "pretty" to be a good photo. In fact, some of the "uglies" I've taken have turned out quite nicely (with a little editing, of course).

    2. Even the best photographers don't take Nobel Prize winning photos all the time. Why would I expect every one of my shots to be perfect?

    3. The tendency for most photographers is to look around (at least, that's what I think). Don't forget to look up (or down) once in awhile. You'd be surprised at what you see!

    4. I have learned more from observing others' techniques than just thinking of my own ways of doing things. Take the time to look at what others are doing. Photography is like any other business, sport, or hobby: If you want to be the best, learn what the best are doing!

    5. Don't be afraid to ask questions from other photographers. We're all in this to learn and be the best we can be. As in anything else, there is no such thing as a "dumb question". Be bold!!!

    6. If you spot a really good shot, stop and take a moment to grab it! It may not be there later!! I know... it's happened to me so many times.

    I hope you like what you see here. Just remember that I am a "work-in-progress". :)