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.

February 27th: Photoshop Masking & Compositing

At our February meeting, February 27th at Plummer Park, we are going to demonstrate selections and masking in Photoshop, with a demo of the new “Select Subject” feature.

The most significant ability that Lightroom lacks is making selections accurate to the pixel – and, with layer masks, being able to isolate and re-combine parts of an image, or even parts of different images, into a new composite! Greg and George will demonstrate different strategies for making selections, both quick and accurate, and show a workflow where masks are used to enhance an image, or combine different images!
Please bring a challenging image on a flash drive, and the presenters will try to mask it right in front of you!

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.

January 23, 2018: The Best DAM Backup for Your Photos!

What’s best way to backup your photos?

Little hard drives? A honkin’ NAS storage array?  On Dropbox? A media service like Digital Fusion? Or maybe just use the new Lightroom CC and let Adobe deal with it?

The best answer is different for each person, and sometimes the answer is more than one of the above choices. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of each method and give some best practices, so you can make or update your backup strategy — you do have a backup strategy???

This meeting will be held at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. We’ll be in Art Room 2, to the right as you enter the building. 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.

Register on the form below.