Aug 19th: 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 will be shooting tethered to the computer; so you’ll also learn how to set that up, and why it’s a great way to shoot in a studio environment. You’ll be able to shoot (with George’s camera). Bring a flash drive (not a CF card) if you want to take your images home afterwards.

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.

Our August 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).

Register on the form below:

Note: Tickets to LADIG events are now free! We hope you’ll make a tax-deductible contribution to keep LADIG going and provide events like this in the future:

July 22nd: Erin Manning shows you how to make Videos on your iPad & iPhone

Erin Manning shows you how to make Videos
We welcome our friend Erin Manning to our regular monthly Tuesday night meeting, who will show you how to make videos using only your iPad and iMovie. Note: this meeting will be held at our usual location at Plummer Park in West Hollywood, but in Fiesta Hall, just north of the main building.
Have you been yearning to create an amazing video, but just don’t have the time, money, equipment or know-how? Let me show you how to shoot and edit videos with your iPhone or iPad – the easy way! First, I’ll share my techniques for capturing the best video with lighting tips, audio essentials, and affordable gadgets and gear. Then we’ll shoot and edit videos in the class, so be sure to bring your iPad or iPhone with the latest IOS7 iMovie App installed. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is, and your friends will be asking you how you did it. Please bring:

  • An iPhone or iPad running iOS7.
  • The current version (IOS7) of iMovie from the App Store. If you have an older version of the iMovie app, be sure to update to the current version.
  • Approximately 1 GB or more of available space.

Be prepared to have some fun. I hope to see you there! Here’s an example of a video I made in 10 minutes when I was visiting my Dad. “The 83 Year Old Spy”

Erin Manning is a professional photographer, author, educator, and media personality. Television viewers know Erin best as the digital photography expert and host of DIY Network’s Telly Award-winning TV series The Whole Picture. In addition to creating and hosting the popular Digital Photography 101 video series, she is the author of two books, Portrait and Candid Photography and Make Money with Your Digital Photography, both published by Wiley. She enjoys helping people understand photography and technology and is known for her clear, friendly teaching style.

Erin spent several years working as a commercial, portrait, and stock photographer, as well as completing a degree in Studio Art/Graphic Design from Loyola Marymount University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Digital Imaging Marketing Association, and is a member of the American Photographic Artists, Women in Photography International, and the Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group, whose purpose is dedicated to advancing the art and science of digital imaging.

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.


Here are links Erin provided:

Animated Graphics:

Sunday July 13: Bolsa Chica Wetlands Photowalk with Carl Palazzolo

Our next photo walk will be a special one at the Bolsa Chica Conservatory in Huntington Beach on Sunday July 13th.

Nature photographer Carl Palazzolo – who presented to LADIG three years ago – is very familiar with the area and will lead the photo walk.

There are wetlands and many birds and other wildlife; if people are interested we might be able to go across the street to the beach for sunset as well.

We expect this event to run from 5 pm to sunset (~8pm), followed by refreshments at the Carl’s home nearby in Huntington Beach.

Adobe Create Now 2014

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Adobe has a live Creative Cloud event in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon July 9th. Called Create Now 2014, this event features Jason Levine, Patti Sokol, Paul Trani and Terry White introducing new features in Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Dreamweaver CC, Premiere Pro CC and AfterEffects CC that make everyday tasks easier and faster, as well as tips for using Photoshop CC and Lightroom to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the web. Register here for this free event.