November 17th: Travel Photography with George and Greg

Travel photography is not about having the “best” camera – is not even about making the “best” picture – it is about telling stories that make visible what other cultures and other environments feel like! At its best, travel photography can give a sense of the experience of meeting a new culture and a new environment, and stimulate desire in going there!

On Tuesday, November 17, come listen as George and Greg talk about their adventures in travel photography.

George Simian has been visiting Bali for years, and has led many private photo workshops where participants learn to tell the story of their own experience with photographs. Come see images made during these workshops, and learn how focusing one’s attention, and thinking through the situation at hand, make for successful travel photographs! Most valuable will be the opportunity to ask George about all the challenges (and the hard-learned solutions) to photographing in a completely new environment!

Also, Daniel will discuss the latest Lightroom CC 2015.2, a somewhat controversial update.

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.

August 18: Developing Strategies + Production Still Photography

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 18 and we will be talking about two things:

Our technical segment will focus on developing your photos with Lightroom. We’ll be talking about how to approach development and some good techniques to get the most out of your images.

Our artistic segment will feature well known unit photographer Melinda Sue Gordon, who will show her work shooting stills on some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed motion pictures. Melinda Sue will explain what a Unit Photographer does, and explain the special equipment and unique challenges this photographic specialty entails.

Come down to Plummer Park in West Hollywood and learn something new!



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.

June 24th: Jimmy Steinfeldt’s Rock n Roll Lens & Creative Cloud Updates

Jimmy Steinfeldt is a veteran Rock’N’ Roll photographer who has photographed Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton and nearly every legendary artist in the last 30 years. His photographs have appeared in 100s of publications including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Time magazines.

His new book, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lens” is a collection of many of Jimmy’s favorite photographs, and just as importantly it is a collection of his personal stories. With each picture, he’s included anecdotes and cherished memories about the extraordinary musicians he met, which convey a unique perspective on his many years in photography.

Jimmy is a self-taught photographer who cites photographer Richard Avedon and cinematographer Karl Freund among his strongest influences. Jimmy’s unique style shows the personality of his artist-musician subjects while conveying the story of their music.


Lightroom and Photoshop Updates in Creative Cloud 2014

Yes, there is a new version of Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 and it includes updates to Lightroom and Photoshop CC, as well as a brand-new Lightroom for iPhone and several new iPad apps, including Photoshop Mix, a nice photo compositing app! Daniel has the deets and will share before Jimmy’s presentation.


Our June 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 Daniel’s Lightroom segment and a photo critique from Greg Dyro, followed by Jimmy’s presentation.

March 4th: Stephen Burns: Going Beyond the Camera

LADIG Event with Stephen Burns

 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).

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. 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.

Purchase tickets here: