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What an amazing week! I think Joe McNally (shown above during one of his lighting sessions) said it best during the closing ceremony when he talked about how much energy there was at the event, and he was right—it was one of the best, most energetic Photoshop World’s ever. The crowd was so into it; so responsive, and so much fun—it was absolutely contagious.

Later that night Joe encapsulated it to me in a way that I think explained why it was such an incredible show. He said, “The people here, really needed to be here right now.” They were totally immersed in it. They needed to learn. They needed to laugh. They needed to put the rest of their lives on hold, forget the economy and all the bad news, and do something fun, something creative, and something to help them come out the other side. I think he was right on the money.

The attendees were amazing. Their response—incredible, and there was such a buzz, it was all any of us could talk about. Matt, Dave, RC, Corey—everybody felt the same thing. I could go on and on, but I thought I’d let the photos and captions tell the story. (Photos by Brad Moore, Drew Gurian, and RC Concepcion).

My thanks to everyone who made this Photoshop World such wonderful place for sharing, learning, laughing, and cheering. I’ll never forget it!

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Above: Shooting the Groom at the reception, during David Ziser’s on-location Wedding Shoot pre-conference workshop.

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Above: The model gets prepped during Kevin Ames Fashion-shoot pre-conference workshop.

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Above: Waiting for the doors to open for the opening keynote to kick off Photoshop World 2009 Boston!

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Above: This year we had a football theme, and above you see Matt, Scott and Dave at the “halftime report” news desk which kicked off the keynote.

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Above: Adobe’s graphics evangelist Russell Preston Brown in full football gear (and dreadlocks), lends his support to our football theme, along with Adobe VP, and featured speaker at the keynote, John “Johnny L” Loiacono.

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Above: Canon’s Steve Inglima during the keynote as Canon gives away a DSLR kit to the audience-chosen winning image taken during the Canon Live Studio pre-conference workshop.

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Above: NAPP’s own RC Concepcion during one of his sessions on the conference tracks.

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Above: Adobe Evangelist and Photoshop World instructor, Julieanne Kost does a training session in Adobe’s booth on the Expo floor. Adobe’s theater was standing room only for three solid days!

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Above: Photoshop World instructor Frank Cricchio during a one-on-one portfolio review—free for registered full conference attendees.

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Above: My band “Big Electric Cat” during our live set at “The Estate” in Boston, as seen from the 2nd floor balcony, during the opening night attendee party. Everybody was dancing all night long!

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Above: Here’s a closer shot of the band: That’s (L to R) Tony Llanes on Lead Guitar, Kalebra on lead vocals, Scott Stahley back there on the drums, Felix Nelson on bass, and me on keyboards and rhythm guitar.

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Above: Playing in another smokey bar. I thought I had grown out of that. ;-)

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Above: Felix sang “Home” by Daughtry and I played acoustic guitar on that one, and electric guitar on Joan Jett’s “I hate myself for lovin’ you.”

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Above: Tony rockin’ out with Kalebra singing over his shoulder.

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Above: One of the most popular and talented instructors at Photoshop World, Terry White (from Adobe Systems) during one of his Adobe InDesign sessions.

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Above: During the taping of our live Expo floor version of “Photoshop User TV.” The show, set to air next week, takes viewers on a quick tour of the floor, mixed with our usual tutorials and tips.

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Above: During the taping of the show, I ran into Joe McNally’s new assistant Drew Gurian, and made him stop and say hi for the cameras. Drew was also there as one of the official show photographers, and took some of the very shots you see here.

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Above: If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket to “Photoshop Midnight Madness,” you get a very cool, limited edition t-shirt.

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Above: If you’re unlucky enough to get suckered into participating in one of our crazy Midnight Madness games, you’d better be prepared for anything!

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Above: Getting hands-on on the Expo floor.

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Above: The amazing photographers from our “Art of Digital Photography” after hours presentation: (From L to R): John Paul Caponigro, Vincent Versace, Joe Glyda, Jay Maisel, Jim DiVitale, Moose Peterson, and Joe McNally.

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Above: Having Adobe at our event is always a true honor, and to be able to have our attendees get to meet the real people behind the most amazing software program ever, is a real treat!

I hope these images gave you just a taste of what the Boston experience was like. See you tomorrow! -Scott