Creative Light: Digital Techniques for Photographers in PS and LR

David Julian is returning to the Seattle Area Photoshop Users Group to demonstrate some of the digital techniques he uses to breathe life and emotion into his photographs.

Sometimes our pictures need a little processing magic to make them match our vision.

We may want to craft something completely new from what we shot in camera, or a new look for a new series of images.

Let's dare to experiment, push the sliders and invite creativity!

Using Photoshop (and some Lightroom), Dave will show how many images can be greatly improved in layer-less Lightroom while others benefit from the precision of masks within the light-loving layers in Photoshop**.

There will be time reserved for Q+A. Software prizes will be raffled at evening's end, so do bring your lucky charm. To enter the raffle, members MUST sign in with email address and phone#.

Bio: David Julian holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, and is a widely published photographer, illustrator and mixed-media artist. Over the past 25 years, he has created art for nationwide clients and for galleries, institutions and collectors. His love for psychology and science is evident in diverse works that blend beauty, mystery and imagination.  He has published in Nikon World, After Capture, PRINT, Communication Arts, Archive, Digital Photo Pro, Rangefinder, PC Photo, DoubleExposure, PhotoMedia, JPG, Layers, SHOTS, and many other arts resources.

Dave also instructs individuals and teaches group workshops at many locations including Pacific Northwest Art School, The Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, Anderson Ranch, Bald Head Island Conservatory, Pratt Institute, University of Hawaii and the Lepp Institute.

His images can be viewed at:

Subscribe to his Blog "Notes From a Creative Soul"

**Although he prefers non-destructive digital editing, a few thousand pixels are indeed gently bent when absolutely necessary.


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  • Roger K

    Very informative with excellent examples.

    July 20, 2012

  • Carol J.

    Good presentation and nice promo for Lightroom 4 (which I don't use). A bit basic at times, but always great to watch what other people do. Loved seeing the before and afters.

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A really great Meetup! Loads of information, a great presenter and nice group of informed photogs in the room. Can't wait to start using LR and creating even better images.

    July 19, 2012

  • Mark R.

    Maybe flip flop the title to better represent the presentation. It was basically a Lightroom show

    July 18, 2012

  • LTen

    There is never going to be enough time to cover everything that all people want. I thought this class was jam packed with info that was incredibly helpful to me and I've been using Lightroom 4 since it came out, versions 2 & 3 before that. While I would love to learn more, it is simply impossible in these short classes. It annoys me that so many people actually complain about free workshops. I'm very grateful to David, all the organizers and Adobe for doing such a great job in organizing these workshops. Thank you all!

    July 18, 2012

  • Annette D.

    I don't have Creative Light and don't really know how to use it. From what I saw I liked the program, but don't do enough with photo's to purchase it.

    July 18, 2012

  • Scott W.

    In my opinion, it was not too creative for starters, and instead of techniques it should have been labeled digital technique. On top of that the meet up was geared pretty much towards just Lightroom, with masks being breezed over in quickly using PS. I did learn how to use the gradient filter in LR, and that was the technique covered. A good technique to learn, but it was labeled creative light, and I kept waiting for the creative use of light which never came.

    Speaker for me was way too mono toned which makes me very sleepy.

    July 18, 2012

  • Brenda

    Thanks, David! Nice to see some new ways to use the graduated filter function and I learned some new things about how it works. I was happy to see a session devoted mostly to LR and more about photography than art incorporating photography. Perhaps every certain number of sessions can follow this lead? It is Photoshop Lightroom, after all. ;-)

    July 18, 2012

  • Nancy C.

    Great meeting. Good demo, good info, fun, and met some good people. Thanks!

    July 18, 2012

  • Jill

    Good informative meeting & David did an excellent job. Although I thought it was heavy on the Lightroom side considering this is a Photoshop group, but I enjoyed it and learned a few things. I would have loved to see him get into how he uses his photography in his photo/illustration surrealism collage work like he did before.

    July 18, 2012

  • Charles

    Excellent presentation! David shared some subtle techniques to make your images shine in Lightroom and Photoshop.

    July 18, 2012

  • Linda K.

    Generally, very helpful, pretty enjoyable. I found it a bit repetitive. It mainly covered the use of variable gradients, which was interesting, but he never got to split toning or other techniques. I would have enjoyed seeing at least one of David's more ethereal layered works like he covered last time. My biggest complaint is that there was too much time given to beginning instruction on Lightroom for audience members not familiar with the program.

    July 18, 2012

  • Doug K.

    Excellent meetup and presenter/presentation.

    July 18, 2012

  • David J.

    We filled the room with a very attentive and enthusiastic audience who listened, watched and asked great questions. Thanks to Howard, John, Mike, Colin and Liz for helping make it happen without a hitch.
    See you again in a few months, Dave

    July 18, 2012

  • Richard B.

    Great meeting and appreciated all the time spent on LR by David

    July 18, 2012

  • Bob L.

    Dave was an excellent instructor and provided me with several very useful insights. I would really have enjoyed more insight into PS though.

    July 18, 2012

  • joe e.

    Too many Q&A cutting short an excellent presentation time.

    July 18, 2012

  • Karin E.

    Although there were many people attending this presentation, it was very comfortable with four screens across the room to view the presentation. I enjoyed meeting others and learned a great deal from David Julian. He responded to questions throughout.

    July 18, 2012

  • Jeff L.

    David's presentation was well organized and presented with great skills and knowledge. He answered all questions and integrated them skillfully into his talk without missing a beat. i learned a lot and appreciated his professionalism and photographic skills with Lightroom and PS

    July 18, 2012

  • Jim K.

    Well done...... room filled with Photographers..... a primary constituency for this group.

    July 18, 2012

  • Mike W.

    David did a good job of explaining how to use LR and PS to realize his vision of an image after his initial exposure including using features new in LR 4 and then finalizing in PS. As a photographer I appreciated having a whole meetup session devoted to specific images using the capability if the software and a few features I had not used. It made me realize that I needed to spend more time exploring the software. Thanks

    July 18, 2012

  • Carol P.

    I presently use Photoshop but LR won me over.

    July 18, 2012

  • Alan L.

    I have no access to a car tonight. Is anyone coming down 405 near Newport Hills that might be willing to give me a ride?

    July 17, 2012

  • Howard H

    The target end of the meeting is 9:00 PM. That's hard and fast. We will do the raffle drawing probably around 8:40 PM so David will probably end his presentation and Q&A somewhere then.
    Howard H.

    July 17, 2012

  • Debiruth S.

    Does anyone know what time David's presentation ends? I need to plan my time as I have something else to go to right after. Thanks!

    July 17, 2012

  • Arnie Z

    Anyone want to carpool from the north? I live near Seattle Hill Road and 132nd Street SE. [masked]

    July 17, 2012

  • Maureen

    I would be interested in carpooling from Bothell/Kirkland. Howard I could meet you at the P&R (Brickyard) just off of 405 & 160th. The Burger at Blue Moon prior sounds perfect. :D [masked]

    July 17, 2012

  • Howard H

    I go from Woodinville I-405 to I-90; but usually go over early (around 3:30 PM) to miss the real traffic craziness. I cover the extra time at the Fremont Coffee Company for coffee and WiFi and then go for a burger at Blue Moon prior to the meeting.

    Where in Bellevue are you located?

    July 17, 2012

  • Alan L.

    Anybody want to carpool from Bellevue? If so, email [masked].

    July 16, 2012

  • Howard H

    I suspect that you will not find it necessary to bring your laptop unless you like to take notes or possibly follow along with some of David's examples in PS and LR. There will not be a Lab portion for this meeting.

    July 7, 2012

  • Steve

    Should I bring a laptop, something to take notes on or both? Is there and estimated length of time? Thanks.

    July 7, 2012

  • Howard H

    Sorry; but we don't normally do Connect or other online live broadcasts.
    Howard H.

    June 6, 2012

  • Andrew K.

    Please let me know if this will be broadcast live online.

    June 5, 2012

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