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  • May 22, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Note: If you are a member of PDALA AND LAPUG and would like to attend this event, kindly RSVP through only ONE of the two groups, either PDALA or LAPUG but not both. Help us not double-count you as space AND seats are VERY limited. Again, ONLY ONE RSVP per person, please. Thank you!



1. PHOTO POLICY: You MUST have a CLEAR, RECENT, ID-STYLE or HEADSHOT-STYLE, FULL-FACE photo of you (alone!) - and without sunglasses or dark glasses - POSTED on your PDALA profile in order to attend "any" LAPUG (ie LA Photoshop User Group) meetings. There are NO exceptions to this. If you RSVP Yes and don't have such a photo posted, your RSVP will be removed and you will not be admitted to the event. This is a "Meetup" event and other members, and we the organizers, would like to recognize you when you attend, just like you can recognize us and the other members (ie simple courtesy all around). Thank you for your understanding but if you're unable to comply, no problem but kindly do not RSVP.

2. NO-SHOW POLICY: If you have previously RSVPd Yes to LAPUG events in the past - and did not attend, without canceling your RSVP in time, more than once, your RSVP to this event WILL be removed/canceled. If you would like to attend and have been a No-Show at past LAPUG events twice or more, please contact Christian or Ron with an explanation. Our space is limited and we PAY for our chairs so we ask you to kindly cancel your RSVP in time (or contact Christian or Ron) if you find yourselves unable to attend.

*NOTE These two policies are the very same which have applied to all 680+ members of the LA Photoshop User Group since our founding in 2008. Thank you for understanding and for respecting our policies by not RSVPing Yes if you're unable to comply with them.

May 14, 2013

Hello everyone:

LAPUG MEETUP #53 will take place next week, on Wednesday May 22, 2013. Doors open at 6:30pm. The program will start at 7:00pm and will end at 9:30pm.

Our meeting's location will be:

Calumet Photographic - LA (Hollywood)
1135 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

This MeetUp will be limited to 50 LAPUG, PDALA and AUG Members only (First come, first served*) - Deadline to RSVP is Wednesday May 22 at 2:00pm. Online RSVPs are required to attend this meeting (see below for RSVP instructions). We will open the meeting to guests starting on Monday May 20 at 12pm (if seats are available).

Please note : Meeting Support Fee Policy: $10 CASH per person with RSVPs (includes 2 General Raffle tickets for members only - Guests are not eligible for our raffles.)

*If you're new to Meetup, please don't RSVP by replying to this announcement. Click below for more info and instructions:


Most of us have heard about HDR (High-Dynamic Range) Photography and Imaging. If you haven't, please read more here on WikiPedia (click). Apple even offers a "version" of HDR capabilities with its newest iPhones/iOS. HDR is sometimes both the most applauded (and maligned) "new" development in Imaging technology. "Maligned" because HDR is often abused. When done "well", when done "right", HDR photos can be simply stunning - with incredible range, depth and clarity. Yet we've all seen HDR images that have made our teeth hurt.

We're pleased to have a first-time LAPUG Presenter (and long-time LAPUG member), who has mastered the art of HDR Imaging, join us this month to share his vast knowledge and experience with us.

This will also be the occasion of our FIRST QUICK LOOK at the new upcoming Photoshop CC which will include new tools to streamline & improve the creation processes (including HDR). Please join us and help us combat (vanquish?) "Ugly HDR" for good!








Gary Coyne's passion is photography but his profession, and day job, is as a scientific glassblower at California State University, Los Angeles where he's been employed as such for over 30 years.

Gary has been working with HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography for over 5 years. Over that time he has strived to use HDR for good, not for bad. As such, his images are not the chunky "hard-on-the-eyes" that you often find on Flicker but rather what you are more likely to see with your own eyes.

He knew he was on to something when his wife came into his office at home and said that the image he was working on was hard for her to look at. She commented at the time: "I feel like I'm looking out of a window." That's when he knew he was on to something.



Gary has used Photoshop for over 15 years and is a frequent beta-tester for Adobe.


While the way you create your initial images is important, Gary finds that the tools in Photoshop provide the best mechanisms to fine-tune and finish them and end up with GREAT HDR Images consistent with his vision. As such, in this session, Gary will show us:

  • The whole dynamics of HDR including the differences between global and local contrast.
  • How we fool the eye to see more local contrast (and how bad HDR abuses this)
  • The best procedures for taking the photos
  • When you need a tripod and when you don't
  • How much movement can be in the photos (and how to deal with movement).
  • How to combine the images in Photoshop
  • How to combine the images in Photomatix
  • What's tone mapping and why we do it?
  • How to tone map in Photoshop
  • How to tone map in Photomatix
  • How to finish the images in Photoshop (in many many many ways)

In addition (and a special bonus!!! ), Gary will be showing some of the new features that are in Photoshop CC and how they help your workflow in creating the best HDR images.

You can visit Gary's web site:




Visit Gary's web site here:



- We're featuring Gary's images on our home page and in this announcement.




- There will be time set aside for a dedicated Q&A session with Gary.


MEETING DISCLAIMER ( Because we must!!): Please note that the program may change at any time due to various circumstances not always under our control. Whenever possible, we will update this and notify the group.



- LAPTOPS: If you're planning to bring a laptop, please be aware that our seating doesn't accommodate for any table space for attendees. In general, we recommend that you don't bring your laptops so that you can concentrate on understanding what's being taught. Practicing immediately afterward however is extremely recommended.

- ON-SITE REGISTRATION and PARKING: There will be free parking on-site for up to 20+ cars approx. Street parking will also be available.

More information re: Parking, Area Map and special on-site Registration instructions will be sent to all YES RSVPs the night prior to the event.

- FOOD/DRINKS: LAPUG will provide some snacks and refreshments for all during our break. Feel free to bring your own food & bevs if you prefer.

If anyone has any questions, please let me/us know and as always, if you're unable to attend, no problem but please RSVP "NO" in order to remain active and in good standing with our group.

So until Wednesday (the 22nd) then!

Your organizer

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Gary, for an illuminating course. As a complete novice who has only just started using Photoshop, and has never used HDR, your talk was simple, lucid, and very easy to follow; though of course, the implementation of your ideas is going to take me many, many hours of practice.
    Thank you Christian, Keith, and Calumet---- as a visitor from India, I'll carry back the memory of a really well organized lecture.
    Chander Uday Singh (the lawyer with photographic aspirations)

    May 23, 2013

  • Cary M.

    Nice presentation. For those who had lots of experience with HDR, it was a good refresher course . For those who were new to HDR it was a great introduction.

    May 22, 2013

  • LAD

    Sorry; just had a last-minute client problem. Hope I'm giving enough notice. Really hate to miss this!!!

    May 22, 2013

  • Christian

    TO ALL RSVPs.. If you cannot comply with the policy on PHOTOS of you (and with NO sunglasses), please do NOT RSVP as it will be canceled and you will not be able to attend this event. I'm not sure how much clearer I can state this.. NO PHOTO? You cannot RSVP. Wearing SUNGLASSES? You cannot RSVP. Thank you for Reading and for Understanding

    May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I had a photo of me with no sun glasses and I got kicked off

      May 22, 2013

    • Christian

      If we did, that was a mistake but looking at your profile now, you don't have a "default" picture defined. There's a Question Mark on a grey background instead of a photo. If you'd like to attend tonight, you can but please fix your default picture.

      May 22, 2013

  • Davidia

    Great! Looks like I made it in. See you all tonight ;-))

    May 22, 2013

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