June 3 (Tentative date): Single flash portraits with George Simian

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.

George teaches at UCLA and at Samy’s Camera. If you’re interested in street portraiture, take a look at his blog post: On the street with an off-camera strobe or sign up for his next class at Samy’s on March 22nd.

Tuesday, June 3 is our tentative date. This will not get finalized until after our April meeting, sorry that’s the way it is.

May 6: Gary Coyne: Easing the Pain of HDR

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).

Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door. Please purchase your tickets in advance using the form below. (Remaining LADIG Members click here)

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 from Daniel Sofer and a photo critique from Greg Dyro, followed by Gary’s presentation.

April 1: Time-Lapse Photography with Brian Hawkins


Brian HawkinsLA 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).

Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door. Please purchase your tickets in advance using the form below. (Remaining LADIG Members click here)

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 from Daniel Sofer. Greg Dyro will offer a critique of some of our photos from the March 22nd Photowalk. Then we’ll have Brian’s presentation.

Update:

Brian forwarded the following information after his presentation:

Slide Deck: Timelapse Photography: An Introduction (pdf)

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.

My web links:
Watch some of my timelapses on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/brianhawkins
Follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/Brian_Hawkins
Friend on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bmhawkins
Follow on Instagram http://instagram.com/hawkinsvisuals

Highly recommend the program I demonstrated, LRTimelapse.  Gunther has some great tutorials on how to use it.

The TB3 robotic pan/tilt head I demonstrated is built by http://emotimo.com