Feb. 21: Portrait Lighting Live with George Simian

Tuesday, February 21st, we’re going to talk about portrait lighting. George Simian will demonstrate some of his favorite lighting techniques.

A portrait is a photograph that brings the memorable experience of meeting that person to the viewer! What makes is striking is first of all the connection between photographer and subject – followed by the striking use of light to shape the face with highlights and shadows – and enhanced by the post-processing. Join George Simian for a live photo shoot where all aspects of the portrait, from lighting, to directing, and to post-processing will be fully addressed. Using only two small flashes and some reflectors, George will create three different looks, and working together with his model, create a strong image in each setup. After the photo shoot he will pick one image, and process it in Lightroom and Photoshop, within a 5-minute window! Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about each step in the process, and will take short turns making some portraits, using George’s setup (bring your camera!)

Our event will be held at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. The entrance is on Santa Monica Blvd at Martel Ave, there is adequate parking on-site (3 hr limit) with additional parking available at the north end of the park (accessible from Fountain Ave). We’ll be meeting at Fiesta Hall, a large hall at the north end of the park.

Doors open at 6pm for snacks and socializing, the presentation will start at 7pm.

Update:

Here is the before and after photos taken by George at the event:

December 13th: Holiday Photowalk

We’re going to do something different for our December event. For our standard Tuesday evening we’re going to have a holiday photowalk with our friends at Digital Media Artists\LA, DMALA (they are the Adobe Premiere/AfterEffects user group)

Our photowalk will be Tuesday, December 13th. We’ll meet at Cafe Marmalade, at Farmers Market, across the street from American Girl at The Grove (6333 W 3rd St E17, Los Angeles, CA 90036). We will start our walk at 7pm; if you like, come early and have a drink with us starting at 6pm.

Please register so we know how many people to expect:

January 17th, 2017: Our Annual Backup and Workflow Event

It’s the start of the new year and the perfect time to talk about the care and backup of your Lightroom Catalog and photo assets. Here are some of the things we’re going to discuss at our event, Tuesday January 17th:

Working with Lightroom – not against it – to streamline your workflow so you know where your images are.

Setting up and maintaining a backup strategy: backup gurus have always suggested “three copies, at two different locations” as a comprehensive strategy, and we offer some suggestions how to achieve it.

For those of you managing a large number of photos or other media assets, Ryan Barron from BITS.LA will be here to talk about network storage and introduce the Synology line of NAS drives that offer a wide range of storage and cloud-connected options.

New Lightroom Mobile

There is also a new, completely redesigned version of Lightroom Mobile out. Daniel will spend some time showing you the new features, and explain why it’s become his go-to app for taking pictures, not just editing them.

Our event will be held at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. The entrance is on Santa Monica Blvd at Martel Ave, there is adequate parking on-site (3 hr limit) with additional parking available at the north end of the park (accessible from Fountain Ave).

Doors open at 6pm for snacks and socializing, the presentation will start at 7pm.

Admission is free and open to all, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG rolling. Register on the form below:

November 15th: Lightroom Presets – New Looks & Streamlined Workflows

Adobe Lightroom Presets are an easy and powerful way to manage the look of your photos, as well as speedup your workflow.

Develop Presets let you apply a “look” to your photos; either one from developers obsessed with duplicating the results of popular film emulsions, or one you’ve created yourself to store your favorite settings. We’ll explain how to make and use presets, and take a look at some of the more popular develop presets available on the market.

While we’re talking about presets we’ll also discuss:

Metadata Presets that let you add ownership and descriptive information to your photographs quickly and easily.

File Naming Templates to rename both your imported and exported photo files into something that’s logical for your workflow, including a number of smart naming widgets that make it easy.

Our event will be held at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. The entrance is on Santa Monica Blvd at Martel Ave, there is adequate parking on-site (3 hr limit) with additional parking available at the north end of the park (accessible from Fountain Ave).

Doors open at 6pm for snacks and socializing, the presentation will start at 7pm.

Admission is free and open to all, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG rolling. Register on the form below:

October 18th: Stephen Burns’ Value Based Workflow; & all about the iPhone7

Stephen Burns, frequent LADIG speaker and leader of the San Diego Photoshop will come and talk about his  Value Based Workflow. This is how you can use B&W luminance values, like Ansel Adams’ Zone System, in your Photoshop workflow.

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In today’s workflow there is great emphasis on color, and it stands in the way of achieving the ultimate fine image. If you are interested in taking your imagery to the next level, it’s time to focus on producing a more expressive range of B&W values, to achieve a more expressive color image.

Stephen will describe a variety of approaches to pulling B&W values from color images with the use of Photoshop Channels.

“To produce strong images you must pay attention to two aspects and that is its values (B&W information) and its hue (colors). I am observing that many photographers are ignoring a workflow of producing strong B&W images in favor of producing more expressive color imagery. Often time images are altered to B&W for the purposes of displaying the final image as a monochrome. But how about using the monochromatic information to enhance your color? I suggest there is another workflow that can produce more striking results.”


screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-4-47-37-pmThe new Apple iPhone7 & 7 Plus are here, with major camera upgrades including RAW format, a faster f/1.8 lens, and a telephoto lens on the larger iPhone7 Plus. Daniel and Greg will go through the upgrades and show you the visual improvements with the newest cameraphone.


Our event will be held at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. The entrance is on Santa Monica Blvd at Martel Ave, there is adequate parking on-site (3 hr limit) with additional parking available at the north end of the park (accessible from Fountain Ave).

Doors open at 6pm for snacks and socializing, the presentation will start at 7pm.

Admission is free and open to all, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG rolling. Register on the form below: