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.


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:

May 6: HDR Photography with Gary Coyne / Introducing Lightroom Mobile

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 5.0 and has been creating HDR images for over 6 years.

The new Adobe Lightroom Mobile for iPad is out! Access, edit, organize and share from anywhere.

Daniel will show you what you need to know about this new app in his monthly short segment.

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

LADIG & LAPUG Present Terry White: Tuesday Evening Oct 29

LADIG and LA Photoshop User Group present Terry White on the evening of Oct 29!

Here’s a link to some of what Terry will be talking about:

Our 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 (LADIG members link here). Doors open at 6pm and we’ll get rolling at 7.

Now you can register right here!

More about Terry White:

Terry White – Worldwide Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. Terry has been with Adobe for over a 15 years and has extensive knowledge of Adobe’s Creative Professional product line. In his current position, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about  Adobe Creative Cloud products and services. Terry is an Adobe Certified Expert. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit,  Michigan’s largest Macintosh users group and is a columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. Terry is the host of the top ranked award winning Adobe Creative Cloud TV. He is also the author of Secrets of the Adobe Bridge and co-author of The iPhone Book and InDesign CS/CS2 Killer Tips.

Terry is a key presenter at major industry shows around the world.

Pro Photo Expo, Aug 23-25 @ Pasadena Convention Center

LADIG will have a booth with the LA Photoshop User Group at the Pro Photo Expo, and we have free expo passes and discounted show passes for you!

UPDATE: There will be a number of free 30-45 minute tutorial sessions at our expo booth (#426/428 in Exhibit Hall B) including “Intro to Lightroom” and “HDR with Lightroom and Photoshop” sessions that Daniel will be doing on Friday.

Here’s the complete schedule of tutorials in our booth:

2pm Daniel Sofer – “Intro to Lightroom”
3pm Amy Cantrell – “Location Lighting Tips”
4pm Daniel Sofer – “HDR with Lightroom & Photoshop”

1pm Michael Stern – “Dramatic Toning Tips with the Lightroom 5 Brush Panel”
2pm Dennis Dunbar – “Perfect Skin Retouching” (w/ Photoshop)
4pm Dennis Dunbar – “Divide and Conquer Color Correction” (w/ Photoshop)

12pm Amy Cantrell – “Group Therapy” Head Swapping and Shooting Tips” (w/ Photoshop)
1pm Michael Stern – “Having Fun With Time Lapse” (w/ Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere+)
2pm Beverly Houwing – “Essential Camera RAW Workflow” (w/ Photoshop)
3pm Beverly Houwing – “Precise Color Correcting with Masks” (w/ Photoshop)

Celebrating its 60th year as one of the nation's preeminent events for professional photographers, emerging professionals and advanced amateur attendees, Pro Photo Expo and Conference delivers a wealth of opportunities to connect with industry professionals, vendors, suppliers, exhibitors, and widely diverse and highly relevent programs.

Get a Free Expo Pass (normally $10); or a $20 Discount on an All-Access Pass (Normally $149). We will also have raffle tickets for prizes for each person that registers using these discount codes.

See you there!