As part of the Media Arts Visiting Artist Series, Lane welcomed Steve Smith, a commercial photographer, to speak with students on Nov. 20.
Smith has been working in the Eugene area since 1992. He moved back to the region after graduating from the Brooks Institute in California.
“I am just a boy from the small town of Stayton, Oregon. If I can do it, so can you,” Smith said. “I took a chance, got an education and worked hard. After a few years, I got my feet underneath me and had a career in something I love.”
He showed highlights of his work with popular local clients such as Ninkasi, Sacred Heart, Market of Choice and Bowtech. This gave audience members the opportunity to see his process.
Smith stressed the importance of technical knowledge, equipment, camera use and using Adobe programs as tools, not crutches to fix mistakes.
“Underpromise, overdeliver and never miss a deadline.” Smith says these are words to live by as a professional in this industry.
The discussion ended with an informal question and answer session for the attendees.
“That was motivating,” Leif Larson, media arts student, said. “It is encouraging to think I too could have a business of my own someday.”