Photoshop World Las Vegas
This last week I had the opportunity to attend the Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. This marked my fourth year attending this users conference hosted by NAPP – National Association of Photoshop Professionals. This year though I decided to attend with a slightly different goal, photography.
In the past I have regularly attended to learn more about using Adobe Photoshop in a production environment. Or to attend one of Terry White’s class on using Adobe InDesign. This year though I wanted to learn more about photography. I love to see and look at amazing photographs taken by other people, such as my coworker Ian Wambold. I’ve taken some photos in the past such as when I worked at Exair Corporation. But that was product Photography, a different beast from photographing people.
Here’s a run down of my time at Photoshop World Las Vegas for this show.
Registration/ Check in at 11:30. The crew from NAPP couldn’t have made it easier. I stood in line for about 5 mins, only to be done checking in in about 2 mins once I got to the counter. With my pre-conference notebook and conference workbook I was off to my pre-con class.
Canon Live Shoot by Reznicki, Tapp
As with most Pre-Confrnece Classes at Photoshop World Las Vegas this one is longer than the standard classes. This class clocked in at just over 6 hrs, well worth the additional price.
I also was fortunate to win one of the giveaways during the class. I got a copy of NIK Sharpener Pro 3.0 once I get to using it I’ll post a review.
Here are 4 shots that I took. I took more but these are the 4 I like the most.
The Morning started with waiting in line for the Opening Keynote. Before they open the doors to the Hall for the Keynote everyone gathers and talks. If you this is a perfect time to network, you are literally surrounded by hundreds of other attendees all with the same passion for creativity as you. Then the door opens and everyone rush’s in to get a good seat for the show..
If you ever have the chance to go to PSW the Keynote is one of the best things. Scott Kelby and his group put a huge amount of time and effort into the theme of the show. and every year they do an opening skit to kick things off. Here is the opening 7 minutes of the show.
Getting the Most from Adobe Photoshop Touch Russel Brown
Of all the Instructors at Photoshop World Las Vegas there are two that I attend any chance I get, Russell Brown and Terry White. For the first class of the day I had to choose between the two. Since I know Indesign I bypassed Terry’s Class and went to Russell’s. The class was great, it covered Photoshop Touch from Adobe. Which just happened to be updated that day. Adobe is really getting some good programs out there that allow us to use our Tablets in our workflow.
Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it Scott Kelby
Two words: Great Class! Scott has the ability to really open you up to the idea of photography. Even if you’re new to it. If you get the chance to attend any of his classes you won’t be sorry. By watching Scott and his assistant Brad set up lighting and equipment you get a sense of how easy it could be to get started. He also goes into how you can then take these great shots you’ve taken and make them better!
Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It: Learn Step by Step How to Go from Empty Studio to Finished Image
Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop
EXPO Hall Opened
The expo hall at Photoshop World Las Vegas is great. All of the vendors are great in that they all answer your questions. Off all the exhibitors one of the best on a yearly bases is Kelby Training and the bookstore. This is a great time to pick up some books at great prices usually starting at 25% off.
After the Kelby and Adobe booths I really wanted to stop by Westcott’s booth. The last couple of PSWs Westcott has had their shootouts. This is where they setup shooting areas and allow you to come and shoot models that they bring in. Everyday they brought in models and rotated out through out the day. While I didn’t get the chance to shoot them all I did shoot some. Here are my shots from Wednesday:
Photoshop HollyWood Effects Corey Barker
Corey’s class was great in showing how to use Photoshop to create the same effects you see on Hollywood posters a such as the Three musketeers. It shows you that anyone with Photoshop can recreate and produce their own world.
Playing with Time Julieanne Kost
Julieanne Kost is really starting to become one of my favorite people to learn from. Working at Adobe she has some great insights into Adobe programs and how to use them. this class was great, she covered time-lapse photography and how you can use Photoshop to edit and enhance them.
Photoshop Restoration Crash Course Matt Kloskowski
Have you ever looked through old family photos and I mean old ones. the ones that are black and yellowish, cracked scratched and faded. and looked at them and thought how can these look better? Matt’s class gives insight into getting started in restoring these photos. After attending his class it got me anxious to start looking for these images and see if I can bring out some of those family memories.
Sharing Socially: Bring People Back to your Website Rafael Concepcion
All I can say is wow! RC went over so much that I hadn’t thought of, or he reaffirmed some ideas I had. I can’t wait to start implementing some of these ideas.
Creating Interactive Portfolios for Tablets Terry White
As I mentioned above Terry is one of my favorites at Photoshop World Las Vegas. Terry is a wonderful resource to learn about Tech stuff and ways to do things. This class was great in showcasing how easy Adobe is making it to publish interactive content for tablet devices. Terry showed how quickly he was able to create a iPad version of his portfolio. Once you learn these secrets you realize how publishing to the iPad is possible.
Back to the Westcott booth. This time there was some help from Russell Brown who dressed up as Dr. Frankenstein, he was great. Here are some more shots I took.
Photographers Guide to Success Joel Grimes
Joel plain and simple is awesome. Joel’s style of photography is beautiful. Joel gave some great advice for marketing yourself. While it was primarily about photography everything he said was applicable to anyone trying to be successful. Two things that really stood out at me:
- Persistence will win over more people than a great portfolio
- You can get a job just as fast as someone else can lose a job.
Time Saving Scripts, Panels & Actions Russell Brown
Again another of Russell’s classes. This is the class you want to take if you want to learn shortcuts to improve production and processes. One of the best tools for Photoshop I ever got is a plug-in that emails either a single open image or all open images. by simply click on the button it automatically takes the current file(s) and attaches a JPG to your a blank email in your email program. The best part is that it doesn’t fill up your computer with a ton of flattened images that you created just for emailing.
Back to Westcott and Adobe’s booth. Here’s more Shots.
Taking Your HDR Images to the Next Level Rafael Concepcion
2nd class from RC this show. He is a great presenter I really enjoy his classes. This time RC showed some of his process in improving HDR images.
is a great resource to reference when going for the HDR Look.
Check out Westcotts Website for great lighting equipment.