At LADIG, we have always talked about what happens with your photographs after you press the shutter button. This month we’re going to talk about what happens before you press the shutter button.
George Simian will talk to us about shooting people with a single flash – how to shoot, where to put the light, how to get the subject to act alive for the camera. He will be bringing a model subject and will discuss how to interact with your subject to get them to open up and show their true spirit.
Learn about HDR photography and the new Lightroom Mobile App for iPad at our next meeting.
We are pleased to welcome back Gary Coyne to LADIG.
Some time ago (okay, a long time ago) Gary did a presentation on how to get into the HDR photography game. Since then HDR has gotten easier and better, and Gary’s back with update on the state of HDR and the tools, tips, and tricks to make great HDR photos, using Lightroom, Photoshop and Photomatix Pro.
From creating the proto-images used to create HDR to solid techniques that best replicate what we see, Gary will present a variety of tricks and techniques to help you get the best results. Gary will also discuss how to avoid the over-saturation and halo images which give HDR a bad name. Gary’s goal in many of his HDR photos is to make them look not like HDR, but something different…
Gary Coyne has worked with Photoshop since Photoshop 5 (not CS5) and has been creating HDR images for over 6 years.
Our May 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).
LA South Bay native Brian Hawkins visits LADIG to share his wonderful time lapse photography.
Brian is full-time professional photographer who has adapted his landscape photography skills into a passion for timelapse video. This fascinating art form is simple in concept, yet very nuanced to achieve professional quality. Join Brian as he shares his insights for getting started and perfecting timelapse.
Topics covered will include: selecting appropriate shot frequency for various subjects, choosing the correct shutter speed for cinematic motion blur, avoiding exposure flicker, and the use of motion control equipment. There will also be demonstration of popular timelapse editing workflows, including Lightroom, LRTimelapse, and After Effects.
Our April 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).
If anyone would like additional instruction, they can schedule time for online coaching with me through Google Helpouts. I am also available for private instruction in person if anyone is interested in really getting in depth.
If anyone wants to get on a mailing list for any additional upcoming workshops please have them contact me.
It’s springtime in Southern California, and that means a photowalk to watch all the new flowers!
Our photo walk will be at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada (map), starting at 9am on Saturday, March 22nd.
Attendance is free but entrance to the gardens is $9.00. Please RSVP on Meetup, and we’ll meet in front of the Visitor Center (A on this map).
You’re welcome to roam the gardens on your own, or follow Daniel or Greg who will offer picture taking tips (Here are some photos Daniel took a few years ago)
After working up an appetite, we’ll adjourn to a nearby cafe for brunch/lunch and sharing our photos and experiences.
See you then!
Take note of the following photography limitations:
No flash photography or tripods are permitted in the buildings although tripods may be used in the Gardens. No photography of any kind is permitted in the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Additional photographic equipment is prohibited (lights, reflectors, props, costumes, models, etc.), except under commercial contract. Amateur photographers may not use their representations of the Gardens for any public or commercial purpose unless approved by the Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc.
Join us Tuesday, March 4th, as Photoshop artist Stephen Burns returns to LADIG. This time, Stephen will talk about how he utilizes Lightroom and Photoshop together in his amazing photo montages.
If you have found yourself stuck on how to bring your vision to fruition due to the technicality of your digital tools then join Stephen Burns in this insightful presentation titled “Going Beyond the Camera”.
“One of the blessings and sometimes curses of being an artist is that we have an innate drive to create beyond what we see and experience. As artists we often do not accept what we see as the final means of expression but instead we push beyond our experience to express another world of our own choosing.
As a result, largely due to the advent of the computer, we now have the capability to create using all visual tools.
My presentation will share the adventures of using several creative traditions with Photoshop to express yourself using your own unique voice.
In this presentation we are going to continue the venture of being artists by sharing how to use any imagery to express a vision that goes beyond the single digital image.”
Our March 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 socializing and snacks. Bring your technical questions and we’ll get them answered.
We’ll get rolling at 7pm with Lightroom Tips. Daniel Sofer will talk about simple portrait retouching using only Lightroom. Also, we’ll have Greg Dyro’s new Critique feature, followed by Stephen’s presentation.