Hey gang: Greetings from Atlanta, Georgia, home of this year’s East Coast Photoshop World Conference & Expo. I wanted to share a few quick things before you get here (by the way, we have a “Pirate theme” this year, as seen in our treasure map above. It will be an adventure for sure!). Here goes:

(1) You can still get a FREE Expo-only pass!
If you can’t go to the full conference, you can still come and check out the Expo floor this week for free (thanks to our friends at B&H Photo). Come check out all the new gear, take advantage of show specials, and catch free bonus expo-floor classes in the theater. It’s too late to register online, so just come right down to the Cobb Galleria and get your expo pass on site. Here are the hours:

Tuesday: 11:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am-4:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-1:00pm

See you on the Expo floor!

(2) Canon is giving away a 5D Mark III
For a few years now Canon has been sponsoring a pre-conference workshop on shooting studio portraits and the best shot from the student in that class (as chosen by audience applause during the opening keynote), wins a 5D Mark III. That is insane!!!

(3) Bring Your Camera
You will kick yourself if you don’t because there’s all sorts of shooting opportunities, including the incredibly popular Westcott Shooting Bays on the Expo floor, where they’ve put together a series of very creative sets, all perfectly lit with Westcott lighting, with live models in full costume for you to shoot.

(4) Canon is cleaning your Camera free
The techs from Canon Professional Services will be on hand doing full cleanings of your Canon camera bodies (open to all conference attendees). Last Photoshop World they cleaned nearly 600 cameras!

(5) I hope you’ll consider catching some of my classes
I invite you to check out some of my classes on the conference track. Here’s the link to what I’m teaching in Atlanta this week.

(6) Adobe is here. Big time!
Adobe is all over Photoshop World, from their booth on the Expo floor, to the opening keynote, to having Photoshop and Lightroom product managers teaching classes in the conference sessions to a special session where attendees get to share their product ideas and feedback  — it’s Adobe’s world and you’re invited.

(7) If this is your first time, here’s some trainers you don’t want to miss!
These are such inspiring, passionate and just amazing instructors that I would recommend you catch at least one of their classes even if the topic isn’t one that’s right up your alley. Try sitting in on a class from Joe McNally, Jay MaiselJoel GrimesDave BlackZack Arias, Moose Peterson, Glyn Dewis, Tamara Lackey, and Jeremy Cowart. You are guaranteed to learn and be inspired.

(8) Peter Hurley is In The House
I get the job of choosing who gets to speak at Photoshop World so when we bring on somebody new, you know they have to be really special. And Peter Hurley certain is, as one of the hottest photographers in the country today, and one of the best, most engaging, and fun instructors.

(9) It’s a Lightroom Love-fest
If you’re into Lightroom, you are going to lose your mind, because we have a full Lightroom learning track that runs all the days, the entire conference long, so you totally immerse yourself in Lightroom and never take a class on anything else (though you sure can if you want to because it’s all included).

(10) It’s not too late if you want to come!
Although you can’t register online at this late day, you can still come down in person and register on-site at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center. Click here to see on-site registration hours.

(11) Come by my book signing on Wednesday at 3:00 pm
This Wednesday at 3:00 pm I’ll be doing a book signing at the Peachpit Press Book Store on the Expo Floor, so if you want to come by — bring one of your books from home (or you can buy one there at a discount), and I’d love to meet you in person and sign your copy.

OK gang, that’s my tips. Hope I’ll get to see you in person this week here in Atlanta during Photoshop World Week!!! Whoo Hooo!!!! :)