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:

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:

Tech Tip: Disable Apple Photos Launching

Are you using a MAC and tired of how OS X automatically launches Apple Photos every time you connect a device or insert a memory card. Did you know that it’s possible to  disable the program from launching for all devices with a single command.

All you need to do is Open up Terminal, and enter the following line:
defaults -currentHost write com.apple.ImageCapture disableHotPlug -bool YES
Then press Enter.

To undo the action just repeat the same text but replace YES with NO

April 19: Cloud-Based Photography Workflow

iCloud, Creative Cloud, DropBox, Google Photos: everybody’s got a cloud, and probably more than one!

These cloud-based facilities are changing the way we store and disseminate our images, making flash drives and CD-ROMs a thing of the past.

At our April event, we’ll be talking about what the cloud can do for you.

This event will be held at the Apple Store, 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. Space is limited, so sign up in advance below:

March 29: Drone Photography 101

Drones are a hot topic within the photography world, so we’re going to give you a basic overview: What a drone does, how it works, what you can do with it, and how to fly one legally.

We’re not going to fly this month as all drones are now prohibited in West Hollywood — after a pilot got his drone caught in high voltage wires on Santa Monica Blvd, knocking out power to 700 residents — but we hope to have a future event where you can see how they fly and try one out.

Our monthly Event takes place at the Plummer Park Community Center in West Hollywood (map). 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, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG rolling.