Jan. 6, 2020 “Ansel Adams” NightDoug Hammer will be speaking on insights into Ansel Adams. Doug was able to help and assist Ansel Adams on several workshops. Jan. 20 2020 “John Williams”John Williams is an excellent speaker and has presented many tutorials on Lightroom and Photoshop in the Redlands Camera Club Newsletter. He currently serves as our educational chair of the Club. He will be speaking on Adobe Ecco Systems, cloud systems Iphone & Photo systems.Photography Bio – Doug Hammer
I remember the first time I saw original black and white photographs by Ansel Adams – I was spellbound. The photographs were breathtaking. It was February 1971 and I was in the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite.I was immediately drawn into the world of photography. I wanted to understand how such images could be created. I read and carefully studied Adams’ books The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. I built a darkroom. I built a 4x5 camera. I used Adams’ zone system. I tested camera settings, calculated exposures, and experimented with developers and darkroom techniques.In 1978 I was accepted as a student into the Ansel Adams Photography Workshop in Yosemite, financed with winnings on a TV show, Family Feud. In 1980 I was asked to serve as an assistant at Adams’ Workshop – again in Yosemite. And, in 1982, I was invited to serve as the technical assistant at Adams’ last Workshop held in Pebble Beach, CA.I moved out of the darkroom and into digital photography in 2004. Although I have a website, www.doughammerphotography.com, I still prefer looking at and making my own prints.Since that initial introduction to the world of photography in 1971, I have not lost the excitement of clicking the shutter and watching how art and science work together to capture such wonderful memories.I have been married to Judi 48 years; we are parents of four, grandparents of 10. My profession is management consulting and my formal education was at Pepperdine University with a B.S. in Management and a M.S. in Organization Development.