Born and raised on the quiet island of Kauai, Aaron Nace would be the first to tell you that his upbringing was anything but ordinary. Despite the obvious perks of Hawaiian life, he would eventually move with his mother, father, and two brothers to North Carolina. Aaron studied at North Carolina State University and obtained a degree in Industrial Design. Graduating from college, he thought his path was clear to one day becoming an automotive or furniture designer — that is until a six-month-long trip to South America transformed his life forever. It was during this time that he fell in love with photography and its power to both facilitate and share adventures. In 2011, Aaron founded PHLEARN to bring free, creative education to anyone around the world.
In this interview, we tackle the following topics:
- The trends as far as what students struggle with as far as their photo-editing skills
- What photographers struggle with the most when trying to find their own personal retouching style
- The most effective techniques to use in order to get new clients and assignments
- The most common retouching mistake see professional photographers make
- What Aaron wishes he knew before he stepped into photography professionally
- Helpful resources for photographers to up their game