Lloyd Delaney, Photographer
I have had a passion for photography pretty much all my life. I am now retired and am able to pursue this interest more thoroughly. While my career kept me indoors, I spent my off time outdoors and my pictures reflect this. I mostly enjoy landscape, animal and macro photography and am always willing to explore other genres.
My photographic journey started with a class in high school. I was able to use my brother's dark room. It was magical to see film develop and images pop up onto a page in the chemical bath. With digital photography, that magic has been replaced by amazing computer based options.
Influences and Resources
National Geographic workshops are well organized and informative. They are also great opportunities to interact with the presenters, vendors and other photographers. I have attended sessions on travel photography and macro photography.
Vern Clevenger does wonderful workshops specializing in landscape photography and the use of Adobe Lightroom. I have attended four of Vern's workshops and have learned new techniques and gained new insights each time.
About a year ago I took a chance by getting The Fundamentals of Photography I and ll taught by Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer, from The Great Courses. Each half hour session delves into a particular subject with lecture and examples. At the end an assignment is given so one can put the ideas to work.
I have found great value by joining a couple of photography clubs I learned about on a website called Meetup. Both are conveniently local. One is called FStops. It meets monthly and features an assignment, photo submissions and judging by a professional. The other is called Northridge Outdoor Photographers. It features hikes and events where you shoot along with the group. Photos can be posted on the group's website.
Books are another great way to expose yourself to the world of photography. Two of my favorites are Galen Rowell's, "Inner Game of Outdoor Photography" and Tom Ang's, "Digital Photography Essentials". The first gives insights into how to approach an image and the other is a fabulous how-to guide.