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.

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:

May 29: More Lightroom Color Profiles, on the desktop and mobile

Our next meeting will be May 29th.

Continuing on from last month’s meeting about the new Lightroom Color Profiles, George Simian will explain how to create your own color profiles!

Daniel Sofer is back in town, and will describe his photography experience in Japan, talk about the new Lightroom color profiles on mobile, as well as show a little trick for getting rid of people  using Photoshop.

Greg Dyro will also be back with his inimitable Wacky Hacks, as well as some thoughts on Lightroom CC.

Join us on Tuesday, May 29, at our usual location, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. Doors open at 6pm and we’ll get rolling at 7pm.

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

April 24: Lightroom Color Profiles


EVERYTHING YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW LIGHTROOM PROFILES!

Lightroom Profiles have moved up – from the bottom of the adjustment panel in the Develop module – to the top! In LR 7.3, you now have some 40 new choices, and they are much improved over the previous system! Now all versions of Lightroom (Classic, CC, iOS, Android) now have color profiles, which you can use to simulate your favorite film, get that Instagram look, or otherwise customize your color look.

This is a huge step forward for Adobe, joining the modern processing strategies that their competitors (especially the phone apps!) have been offering to photographers! Now you too can take advantage of these new “looks”, and separate your technical adjustments from your artistic interpretations! Even better, you can build your own profiles (or purchase inexpensive ones made by third parties) to widen your range of choices. Together with the new easy preview features, this opens up your LR workflow to making more creative renderings, and more personal images!

Lightroom mobile also gets the full perspective adjustments that were previously only in the desktop versions.

Also, a little slideshow of Japan’s cherry blossom frenzy, from Daniel who has been in Kyoto for the past few weeks.

Join us on Tuesday April 24, and listen to George explain how these new profiles work – bring your questions, and be sure to take notes!!!

This meeting will be held at our usual location, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. Doors open at 6pm and we’ll get rolling at 7pm.

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

March Double Event: Shoot at The Getty / Edit in WeHo

We’re doing something special in March. We’re going to have a double event photoshoot!

The Shoot: Saturday, March 24th at 1pm
George will lead a photoshoot at The Getty Center, off the 405 above Westwood. We’ll meet at the info desk, main lobby of the Getty Center, at 1PM. George will start with a short walk and a shooting demo, then we’ll split up into small groups. We’ll have a couple of models to circulate from group to group, as well as some reflectors to guide our light. Admission is free but it costs $15/per car to park.

The Edit: Tuesday, March 27th at 7pm
We’ll take our best shots and process in Lightroom/Photoshop. The Edit will take place at our normal meeting place, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, starting at 7pm.

At the Getty, you shoot, and George will watch and give feedback. At the following Tuesday night, George will show different strategies for conversions to black & white, and take images from the audience (bring your best shot on a flash drive) to demonstrate on!

UPDATE: Here is George’s B&W Conversion recipe for you to download.