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:

September 20: Wildlife Photography with Carl Palazzolo

We are thrilled to have Carl Palazzolo back to talk to us about his wildlife photography.

Carl is a veterinarian at Long Beach Animal Hospital where he has been treating a wide range of common and exotic animals for 25 years. Dr. P also does conservation work throughout the world, working with endangered species in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Borneo, Idaho, and Yellowstone National Park.

He will share his beautiful images and entertaining stories of trips to places near and far; and talk about how to shoot wildlife, both the equipment and awareness necessary to capture great photographs.

Please take a look at Carl’s website for more inspiration.

Our event will be held at Plummer Park (Fiesta Hall) 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:

August 16th: The new mobile workflow – from RAW to Instagram

New developments in Adobe Lightroom – on iOS, Android, on the web and on the desktop – are changing our workflow in interesting new ways.

Now you can import RAW files directly into your phone, edit on your phone and send to social media in best possible quality; and sync to the cloud and desktop.

New localized adjustments bring the same editing finesse from the desktop to your mobile device as well. You can now also upload and edit photos from any web browser into your Lightroom catalog.

New Apple USB3 adapters make it easy to connect your camera or SD card directly to your iPhone or iPad, and quickly upload large RAW files to your mobile device.

All these changes expand your workflow flexibility and make it a real possibility to leave your laptop at home.

We’ll be talking about these and other new feature additions to Lightroom at our August 16th event.

Our event will be held at Plummer Park (Fiesta Hall) 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:

Saturday, July 23rd: Santa Monica Sunset Photo Walk

The middle of summer. A perfect time for sunset photo walk.

Our summer Photo Walk will offer a variety of photogenic subjects; people on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, the cliffs overlooking Pacific Coast Highway, above and below the Santa Monica Pier, sunset on the beach, and dusk with the digital light patterns of the Pacific Park ferris wheel. Watch the video above to get some ideas.

We’ll meet Saturday July 23rd at 6:30, in front of the Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade, where we have had several meetings earlier this year. We’ll have a golden hour of shooting on the cliffs, the pier and the beach until sunset (exactly 8:00 pm) then continue to catch some lovely dusk light until Civil Twilight at 8:28 pm.

After our shoot, we’ll retire to a local cafe for food, drinks and camaraderie.