Saturday, July 23rd: Santa Monica Sunset Photo Walk

The middle of summer. A perfect time for sunset photo walk.

Our summer Photo Walk will offer a variety of photogenic subjects; people on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, the cliffs overlooking Pacific Coast Highway, above and below the Santa Monica Pier, sunset on the beach, and dusk with the digital light patterns of the Pacific Park ferris wheel. Watch the video above to get some ideas.

We’ll meet Saturday July 23rd at 6:30, in front of the Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade, where we have had several meetings earlier this year. We’ll have a golden hour of shooting on the cliffs, the pier and the beach until sunset (exactly 8:00 pm) then continue to catch some lovely dusk light until Civil Twilight at 8:28 pm.

After our shoot, we’ll retire to a local cafe for food, drinks and camaraderie.

June 21st: Moving from Analog to Digital

If you’ve been keeping your old photos in a shoebox, album, or even a frame, there’s a good chance your precious heirlooms are faded and damaged. Sound terrible? Help is on the way at our June 21st event.

Gary Coyne will show us his DIY set up for scanning slides using his digital camera and Adobe Lightroom to automate the process.

Erin Manning will share tips and techniques for scanning, repairing, enhancing, preserving, and sharing your old images. With a few tips and readily available technology, it’s possible to bring your old photos back to life and preserve them for generations to come!

Our June 21st event will be held at Plummer Park (Fiesta Hall) in West Hollywood. 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 and open to all, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG rolling. Register on the form below:

May 17: Develop Your Style

Develop Your Style

If you can shoot a well-composed photograph with the subject in focus and the exposure in the ball park, from there it’s all about your visual style.

LADIG’s experts, Daniel, Greg and George will show you their approaches to Lightroom’s Develop module, with tricks and treats for everyone.

We’ll show you how to develop photos that reflect your own personal vision. Exposure, highlights, shadows are important of course; but color and contrast are key. Do you like a lot or just a little?

Our May 17th 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 and open to all, but we’d appreciate a donation to help keep LADIG rolling. Signup on the form below:

April 19: Cloud-Based Photography Workflow

iCloud, Creative Cloud, DropBox, Google Photos: everybody’s got a cloud, and probably more than one!

These cloud-based facilities are changing the way we store and disseminate our images, making flash drives and CD-ROMs a thing of the past.

At our April event, we’ll be talking about what the cloud can do for you.

This event will be held at the Apple Store, 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. Space is limited, so sign up in advance below: