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About Don

Having begun his professional career over 40 years ago as a sports photographer, Don successfully transitioned into the world of fine art landscape photography in 2002.

For seven years he was a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated and still keeps active in sports as original co-team photographer for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.

The rest of his time is spent on his landscape photography work. Don is now renowned for his work as stock photographer for Getty images and as a landscape workshop instructor, teaching 17 workshops per year. His work has been published worldwide in a variety of media and he has had cover images for over 30 books internationally. His work has been displayed in the Getty Museums around the world!

Don teaches landscape workshops around the Western United States from Eastern Utah to Kauai.

Among others, Don is affiliated with Topaz, Helicon Focus, SmugMug Pro, MindShift Gear, Think Tank, and B&H Photo. He is also part of the pro teams at both Singh-Ray and Lexar.

In the fall of 2014, Don was honored to be added as part of the SONY Artisan of Imagery team of professional photographers!

In addition to his stock photography and instructional workshops, Don has written three books: Refined Vision, The Photographer’s Guide to the Big Sur Coast, and On the Edge. He has also recently released a (22) chapter video series titled: A Simplified Method to Processing which followed his successful A Simplified Method to Workflow in which he teaches his innovative approach to post-processing.

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Don and his family live in the Monterey Bay Area.

Client List

Don Smith Photography specializes in landscape and sport imagery. I have been a professional photographer for the past 40 years, having lived most of my life in the southern Bay Area of beautiful northern California. My work is represented worldwide exclusively by Getty Images.

His client base includes: Getty Images; Getty Creative;  San Jose Sharks (team photographer); San Jose Stealth (team photographer); SAP Arena in San Jose (house photographer); Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment; NBA Photos; Major League Baseball Photos; Sports Illustrated; ProLook (former part-owner); The Hockey News; Stack Magazine; Playstation; LAXtreme (team photographer - 2002); AT&T; XFL (league photographer - 2002); The Pebble Beach Corporation; Redbeard Communications, Sports Illustrated for Kids and and The Fluffy Movie..

Over the past 40 years, his images have been published worldwide in leading publications. A short list includes: Outdoor Photographer Magazine (April 2017 Cover Story on Columbia River Gorge), Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, The New York Times, USA Today, The Hockey News, ESPN the Magazine, Sony Alpha Magazine, The San Jose Sharks Magazine and Silicon Valley Magazine.

His fine art landscape imagery is in many private collections and has been published in numerous magazines, calendars and greeting cards. His work has also been displayed worldwide in the Getty Museums of Art.

He uses the latest Sony digital cameras and lenses and has over 16 years of Photoshop experience.


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