• Lightroom User Group with Special Guest Melissa Schmidt

    This month we are fortunate to have photographer Melissa Schmidt presenting. Melissa specializes in family and editorial photography, and her presentation will cover: - A brief introduction of herself and why she chooses to shoot documentary-inspired photography, and a bit about her business, Icarian Photography. - Tips for evoking authentic emotion in one's images, and examples from her own portfolio that reflect those techniques. - An editing demo in Lightroom Classic, showing how she edits photos from varied lighting environments (indoor, outdoor, low light, artificial light) as well as a brief chat on when she would choose to process in black and white vs. color. - A description of her gear list, and time for any questions. Melissa Schmidt is the owner of East Bay-based Icarian Photography. Icarian Photography specializes in documentary-inspired, natural light family and editorial photography. Melissa’s shooting and editing style is unpretentious, honest, and heavily influenced by the unique narrative found within each individual she has the privilege of serving. With a background in the field of education, Melissa also has the great joy of helping aspiring photographers along their artistic journeys both through group workshops as well as individual mentorships. Melissa loves teaming up with innovative companies to help their brand vision come to fruition. Her collaborations include Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Compass Real Estate, Fertility IQ, and The Washington Post BrandStudio. You can see examples of Melissa's work on her website, and can follow her on Instagram and Facebook: http://www.icarianphotography.com https://www.instagram.com/icarianphotography/ https://www.facebook.com/IcarianPhotography/ As usual, we'll have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00, the presentation will go from 7:00 to 8:00, and we'll have time for questions afterwards from 8:00 to 8:30. A live stream of the event will be available at https://bluejeans.com/4085364227 Please ONLY RSVP IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING IN PERSON. You do not need to RSVP if you will just be attending online. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

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  • Lightroom User Group with Benjamin Warde

    Adobe Systems

    Welcome to the first Lightroom User Group meeting of 2019, sorry for the long hiatus! This month Lightroom Product Manager Benjamin Warde (hey, that's me!) will present an overview of the new(ish) cloud-connected Lightroom - NOT Lightroom Classic. Make sure you read that previous sentence carefully so you know what you're signing up for. ;-) Have you been curious about this new Lightroom, but not quite known what the heck it is, where to start, or whether or not it might be for you? Come to this meeting and all will be answered. I will give a complete overview of Lightroom, showing off all its strengths and possibilities, and shedding some light on how it differs from Lightroom Classic. (As a side note, this will be an adapted version of a class that I taught this past year at Adobe MAX. Adobe MAX is a creativity conference that people pay thousands of dollars to attend, and you get it for free! Plus pizza!) If you are unable to attend in person you can join the live stream at https://bluejeans.com/4085364227 Please ONLY RSVP if you will be attending in person - do not RSVP if you will be attending online (I use the RSVP numbers to know how much pizza to order). Note that contrary to what I said at our last meeting in December, this meeting will be held at our usual location. We'll have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00, the presentation will go from 7:00 to 8:00, and we'll have time for questions from 8:00 to 8:30. Please be aware that there is a San Francisco Giants game this night! That will likely affect traffic in the area. I hope to see you all there!

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  • Lightroom User Group meeting with Julieanne Kost

    Adobe Systems

    Please note, this meetup is a week from tomorrow! The Thanksgiving holiday threw me off, and I'm sending out this invitation a bit later than I usually do. But you do not want to miss this one! Julieanne Kost is the ultimate Lightroom and Photoshop instructor, the standard by which all others are measured, and we are super lucky to have her joining us. Extending Your Creativity with Lightroom, Lightroom for mobile and Adobe Spark: In this action packed presentation, you’ll discover how to elevate your creativity and increase your productivity using Lightroom Classic. Discover insider secrets as Adobe’s Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost, walks through her entire photography workflow starting with organizing, managing, and culling images using Lightroom’s Library Module. Then, she’ll demonstrate firsthand how she takes advantage of the Develop Module in order to enhance and refine her photographs to create a cohesive body of work. Then, learn how Julieanne uses Photoshop to remove distracting elements in order to help direct the viewer throughout the image. Finally, Julieanne will demonstrate how she uses Lightroom on her mobile device to share images to social media, Adobe Portfolio to show work to clients, and Adobe Spark to publish long-form stories. Some more info about Julieanne Kost: Named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Julieanne Kost is the Digital Imaging Evangelist Director at Adobe Systems, responsible for fostering relationships with customers through meaningful and inspirational Photoshop and Lightroom instruction. As a highly sought-after speaker for the industry-standard Digital Imaging franchise, she devises and presents motivating and educational training sessions, sharing original techniques and tutorials worldwide — via live events, Adobe.com, her blog (blogs.adobe.com/jkost) and website (jkost.com). She is also the author of “Passenger Seat—Creating a Photographic Project from Conception Through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” and “Window Seat — The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking”, an accomplished photographer and fine artist, and creator and host of the popular Photoshop CC Essential Training, Lightroom & Photoshop Workflows, Photoshop Automation Techniques, and the Art of Photoshop Compositing for LinkedIn Learning | Lynda.com. Kost is well-known for her unique approach to instruction, infusing practical tips and tricks with an equal amount of humor and creativity that keeps audiences entertained and engaged. She often serves as a guest lecturer at distinguished photography schools and leading educational institutions around the world. She has created and published more than a thousand instructional videos for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. For her outstanding service and contributions to the photographic industry, she received the Chuck Westfall Technical Education award from the Lucie Foundation, the Gerhard Bakker award from the Professional Photographers of America and was granted the title of Honorary Educational Associate as well as received the International Award for her significant contributions to Professional Photography as an Art and a Science from the American Society of Photographers. As usual, we will have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00. Julieanne's presentation will go from 7:00 to 8:30, and we will have some time afterwards for questions. The presentation will be live-streamed at https://bluejeans.com/4085364227 If you will just be joining the live-stream, you do not need to RSVP, please only RSVP if you will be attending in person. I hope to see you all there!

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  • Lightroom User Group with Lightroom Classic Product Manager Priya Alexander

    Join us for an evening with Lightroom Classic Product Manager, Priya Alexander as she showcases all the enhancements that Lightroom Classic has received over the past year! Priya will spend most of the time in the Develop module, reviewing the optimized Auto, new Range Masking tools, new Profiles, and one-step HDR-Pano Merge so that you can leverage these features in your workflow and get to your desired results quicker. We’ll also review other feature improvements as time permits. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to learn some new tricks! This meeting will also be live-streamed, so you can join us online if you wish. I don't have a link for the live stream yet, but will send it out closer to the date. If you will only be attending online, please don't RSVP - you only need to RSVP if you'll be joining us in person. For those who will join in person, we'll have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00. The presentation will go from 7:00 to 8:00 and we will have time for questions afterwards. I hope to see you all there! Thanks, Ben

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  • Lightroom User Group with Special Guest Bob DiNatale

    Join us for an evening with Bob DiNatale as he discusses Processing the Digital Image. Author of the book, “The Optimum Digital Exposure”, Bob will continue this path and discuss how to optimize Processing the Digital Image. He will take us through the PhotoCycle - from capture to artistic expression. Bob will show the 4 Phases of Processing the Digital Image that will get you closer to your intended photographic expression. With many aspects of the digital process automated using machine intelligence, Bob will demonstrate how you can control each phase of the digital process and why the digital PhotoCycle Starts and Ends with You! You can find Bob's website here: http://www.bobdinatale.com And you can learn more about Bob's book, "The Optimum Digital Exposure" here: http://www.onezone.photos As usual, we'll have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00. The presentation itself will start at 7:00 and go until 8:00, and we'll have time for questions afterwards. Hope to see everyone there! UPDATE: We will also be live streaming this user group meeting, you can tune in at https://my.adobeconnect.com/lrusergroup/ You only need to RSVP if you'll be there in person, no need to RSVP if you'll just be joining online. -Ben

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  • Lightroom User Group with Special Guest Jay Bransfield

    Where's the Light? Come see a special Lightroom User Group presentation with photographer Jay Bransfield. Jay will demo processing, and talk about how he thinks about his vision prior to development. He will share several tips and tricks along the way, including advanced techniques with luminance masks, using Lightroom's artificial intelligence for photo selection, and watermarking in Lightroom on mobile. Jay is an award winning photographer and a Lightroom ACE (Adobe Certified Expert). He has taught Lightroom to amateurs and professionals alike. He has co-led photography adventures in Antarctica and in California. He enjoys many type of photography including sports, landscape, street and abstract photography. You can see some of Jay's photography on his Instagram channel here: https://www.instagram.com/fauxtog/ As usual, we will have pizza from 6:30 to 7:00. The presentation itself will go from 7:00 to 8:00, and there will be time for questions afterwards. The presentation will be live streamed, if you'd like to join us online go to https://my.adobeconnect.com/lrusergroup. Note that you only need to RSVP if you'll be attending in person. Do not RSVP if you'll just be watching the live stream. I hope to see everyone there!

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  • Lightroom User Group With Special Guest Nic Stover

    Nic Stover is a landscape photographer based in San Luis Obispo who leads photography workshops and sells custom prints. Nic focuses on aerial photography, desert, ocean, night, and mountain photography. His landscape photography work has taken him all over the globe from the backcountry of Greenland to the windswept mountains of Patagonia to the frigid extremes of Alaska. You can see examples of Nic's work on his website: http://www.stoverphoto.com Nic will talk about how he decides on the best way to process a photo and what techniques he uses while in the field. Nic will also talk about how his end goal might alter his processing, and what programs he uses to complete his images. Finally, Nic will show how he processes some images within Lightroom, and some of the tricks he has learned. We will also live-steam this presentation at https://my.adobeconnect.com/lrusergroup. PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU WILL ATTEND IN PERSON. YOU DO NOT NEED TO RSVP TO WATCH THE LIVE-STEAM. We'll have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00. The presentation itself will go from 7:00 to 8:00, and there will be time for questions from 8:00 to 8:30. I hope to see everyone there!

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  • Lightroom User Group With Special Guest Russell Preston Brown

    Join us for the comedy stylings of Adobe's very own, the inestimable, the legendary, the not-to-be-missed Russell Preston Brown! It’s a fast-paced Instagram world out there. We are bombarded with an enormous number of good photos on social media. But good is not enough these days. Russell Preston Brown will reveal some of his favorite tips and tricks (and I do mean tricks) for making good photos great. Russell will also do a step by step walk through of his editing process in Lightroom, entirely on mobile. Russell Preston Brown is the Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems Incorporated as well as an Emmy Award-winning instructor. His ability to bring together the world of design and software development is unmatched. Most recently he has started to travel the world with a mobile phone camera and aerial drone to capture his adventures from a whole new creative perspective. This new age of photography has sparked his creativity and has inspired a variety of new imaging directions. Check out his work: https://www.instagram.com/dr_brown/ We will have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00. The presentation itself will go from 7:00 to 8:00, and we will have time for questions from 8:00 to 8:30.

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  • Lightroom User Group with Special Guest Aundre Larrow

    Aundre Larrow is a Brooklyn, New York-based photographer and is currently an Adobe Creative Resident (https://www.adobe.com/about-adobe/creative-residency/being.html). Aundre has spent the past few years shooting editorial and lifestyle content for his clients. He most recently shot the NCAA Tournament, NY Fashion Week and a portrait project about immigration. Throughout the years, his work has always pursued the truth that can be found in portraiture and his current work as an Adobe Creative Resident is the next chapter of that. Aundre is spending his residency working on a series of photography projects that explore the diverse range of people across the United States and their daily lives, challenges, and perspectives. His main project, Stories from Here, is a snapshot of America through the eyes of its residents. Aundre will join us this month to discuss his residency projects and how his desire to capture a sense of place led him to delve deeper into portraiture. The bulk of the presentation will be devoted to a discussion of Aundre's work and his creative process, but he will also do a hands-on demonstration of his approach to photo editing in Lightroom. Find Aundre on: • Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/aundre) • Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/aundrelarrow) • Behance (https://www.behance.net/aundre) As usual we will have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00. The presentation itself will start at 7:00 and go until 8:00. We'll have some time afterwards for questions. Free parking is available in the Adobe garage, the entrance to the garage is behind the building on King Street. When you get inside, have security validate your parking ticket. I hope to see you all there!

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  • Lightroom User Group with Special Guest Jason Bradley

    Printing With Lightroom The print is the punch line to the photographer’s process. Even in our digital age, a print we can hold in our hands shows us things about our work, and about others work, which no computer screen can ever translate. Every photographer strives to print something that’s memorable, that makes an impact, and that speaks to his or her audience, but the print is not the easiest step in our workflow. Printmaking is an art and craft all unto itself. Join our next Lightroom User Group meeting with Jason Bradley at Adobe in San Francisco on March 21st at 6:30PM. Jason will walk us through tricks for prepping images for print, how to use Lightroom’s Print Module, the basics of ICC color management, and he will lay out an array of photo papers from Hahnemühle to illustrate how paper choice is crucial in determining the style and feel of your final vision. Bio: Jason Bradley is the owner and operator of Bradley Print Services, he is the author of the book Creative Workflow In Lightroom published by Focal Press, and is a nature and underwater photographer based in Pacific Grove, California. Jason also leads field expeditions, both underwater and above, around the world and teaches all aspects of digital photography and workflow. To find out more about Jason’s print services visit: BradleyPrintServices.com (https://www.bradleyprintservices.com) or visit BradleyPhotographic.com (http://www.bradleyphotographic.com) to learn more about his upcoming workshops and expeditions. As usual, we will have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00, the presentation itself will go from 7:00 to 8:00, and there will be time for questions from 8:00 to 8:30. Free parking is available on site in the Adobe garage, the entrance is behind the building on King Street. When you get inside, have security validate your parking ticket. If you can't join us in person, you can watch the live stream at https://my.adobeconnect.com/lrusergroup/.

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