November 27: Inkjet Printing!!!

Join us for this special event focused on Printing with Inkjet! Making prints serves both as a hard-copy proof of what your images really look like, as well as making truly valuable, permanently-visible gifts!

We will have a full program, with the following presenters:

A representative from Eizo, the top monitors in the business, with the new software for soft proofing and connecting to your custom print profiles!

Veronica Cotter (Education Development Manager and Western Region Manager for Hahnemühle USA, in the photo industry for 35+ years) will show us a full range of Hahnemühle papers, some of the best available, and explain how to match paper qualities to the content and mood of the images!

Genaro Arroyo, top tech from Canon, will bring along a printer, and discuss how to technically get the best output possible!

Paul DuPont, our resident color management expert, who is also available as a custom printer for large-format images, will discuss… Color Management (why you won’t get a great print without a custom profile for your printer and paper)

George Simian, our fearless leader, who will cover Soft-Proofing both in LR and in PS, as well as Sharpening for printing, and answer all your burning workflow questions!

Bring an image on a flash drive (USB stick) and, time allowing, we’ll make a print!

This is a unique opportunity to learn from the top experts in the field!

Join us at 6PM for social time, and at 7PM for the presentation, at our usual location, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, in West Hollywood.

Admission is free, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG afloat. Please register on the form below:

OCTOBER 30: Color Grading in Lightroom!

Having seen Color Grading in Photoshop at our last meeting, come to our October 30 meeting and see George Simian create similar unifying color effects, using just Lightroom! Much more effective for production (no need to go to Photoshop, able to sync to multiple images at once), the success of the process hinges more on one’s sense of color relationships, than on any specific technique. Many of the Lightroom tools will be demonstrated, from Curves, to Split Toning, and especially to the new capability of local adjustment tools (brushes, gradient or radial filters) to be masked by luminosity or color! A full and clear explanation of Color Wheel relationships will anchor our exploration, and we will color grade several images, while addressing all your questions!

George Simian is a people photographer, and educator (recognized by PDN Magazine as one of the top dozen workshop instructors in the country), a volunteer in the work for the recognition of photographers’ rights (life-long involvement with American Photographic Artists), a Phase One Certified Pro, and a frequent instructor on Lightroom and Photoshop.

Join us at 6PM for social time, and at 7PM for the presentation, at our usual location, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.

Admission is free, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG afloat. Please register on the form below:

Sept 18: Dennis Dunbar – retoucher to the film industry – on Color Grading!

Color has a profound impact on the story your images tell. Changing the colors of the highlights, mid-tones, and shadows will change the tone and message of your image. A strong color treatment helps tell the story more clearly and with more impact. It will elevate your images and give it a unique look, ultimately to be identified with your own brand.

In this talk Dennis Dunbar will demonstrate how to first analyze the color in your images, and then put yourself in control of color grading process, using Photoshop plus a really cool service from Adobe! Using the color.adobe.com site, together with a variety of adjustment layers in Photoshop, including Selective Color, Solid Color Layer, Hue&Saturation, and Gradient Map, along with Luminosity Maps, Dennis will demonstrate how to dramatically improve your images!

Dennis (www.dunbardigital.com) is a highly sought-after digital retoucher in LA. Working at the highest levels of the entertainment industry, he composites film posters and “improves” the images of celebrities.

Join us at 6PM for social time, and at 7PM for the presentation, at our usual location, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.

Admission is free, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG afloat. Please register on the form below:

July 24: Hannah Benet: building the image in Photoshop

Want to learn from working professional photographers? On July 24 we’ll host Hannah Benet, whose Photoshop process is a crucial part of her creative workflow! Hannah transforms her images, captured in natural light, into extraordinary – yet fully believable and realistic – photographs! In a live demonstration, she will build up an image from the RAW file, through dozens of Photoshop layers and masks, to produce an emotionally-provocative final photograph. This is a very rare opportunity to see how pros produce their images – and to discover a path to lifting your own processing from rudimentary to sophisticated!

Hannah Benet is an activism, lifestyle, and editorial photographer. Her personal work in largely inspired by bringing attention to environmental injustices and their resulting impact on communities, most of which goes ignored in the popular media. She is currently creating commercial advertising images in the healthcare field. See her work at http://www.hannahbenet.com

Join us at 6PM for social time, and at 7PM for the presentation, at our usual location, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. This will also be Daniel’s last meeting as President of LADIG – come give him a big round of applause!!!!

Admission is free, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG afloat. Please register on the form below:

June 26: Anthony Caldwell – Structure from Motion


From UCLA’s Experimental Technologies Center comes Anthony Caldwell, who will discuss his work on Photogrammetry, or Structure-from-Motion.

Photogrammetry is technique for constructing three dimensional models from a series of photographs, commonly utilized by archaeologists to record objects, features, and archeological sites quickly and relatively inexpensively.

As always, admission is free but we’d like a donation to keep LADIG going. Please register below: