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James D. Smith, APSA, MPSA

James has been around photography for most of his life, but only seriously took up amateur photography when he joined PSA in July 2012. He is a retired Professor of Biology (40 years at Calif. State Univ., Fullerton). James and his wife Susan make their home in Surprise, AZ.

Both are active members of the Saguaro Camera Club. He is an award winning participant in the Arizona Camera Club Council (digital and prints) and he has participated in PSA International Exhibitions since August 2012.

They have travelled together in Europe, Africa, Australia and Papua New Guinea; James had a fabulous week in Old Havana, Cuba in 2013. Since picking up his first DSLR camera, James has been a devoted HDR photographer and relishes creative post processing. He characterizes himself as a non-iconic photographer and is always trying to capture the uncommon or offbeat. He delights in the painterly look and has fashioned his style after that of the English, pre-Impressionist painter J.M.W. Turner and the American Pop Art Impressionist Leroy Neiman.

While his forte has been in PID-C, he also enjoys seeking dramatic high key PID-M landscapes with his Infrared camera. James also enjoys finding unusual PTD images, PJD sports action such as Roller Derby and Rodeo, and PJD Human Interest. James earned his PPSA in 2015, his EPSA in 2018, and his MPSA in 2019. He was elected APSA in 2020.