What an AWESOME week!!!!
I know I say this pretty often, so I’m going to paraphrase one of our longtime attendees, (known as drchevalier in the KelbyOne community), who came up to me at the end of the conference and said,
This is my 7th time at Photoshop World, and out of all of them, this was the best!”
I could not agree more. I heard the same thing again and again — even from some longtime instructors who said they felt this was absolutely the best Photoshop World ever!
The one phrase that came up again and again…
…was that everyone there felt like family. There was a feeling like we were all in this together. I have to give a lot of the credit for that to the attendees who came ready to learn, and laugh, and get involved, and make new friends, and a team who was so psyched to meet everybody — there was a real spirit of community all week long, everywhere you went — you could feel it in the air.
I know Brad and Rob shared some shots from the show with you last week, but I want to share some of my favorites, along with some highlights and standout moments (in captions below) with you today if that’s okay. Here’s goes: (photos by Brad Moore and Rob Foldy)
Above: Moose Peterson’s aviation photography workshop with World War II-themed models posing with classic Warbirds in a hangar on location.
Above: The classic WW2 Poster pose, as the workshop participants photograph the planes and people.
Above: Moose coaching his class on how to get the shot.
Above: Shooting on location – the whole class gets involved at Erik Valind’s workshop.
Above: Using reflectors during the workshop.
Above: Lindsay Adler had multiple shooting bays for her workshop
Above: Is it just me, or is that one huge umbrella?
Above: Kaylee Greer getting the doggies ready for their close up during the workshop.
Above: Lots of wonderful dogs for the students to shoot at Kaylee’s workshop on location.
Above: Tim Wallace had two cars in the classroom for his workshop on how to light car interiors and exteriors.
Above: Glyn Dewis talking about lighting and what to look for when they start shooting.
Above: The temps were great outdoors (unseasonably mild), but the sun still makes it tough to see the screen on the back of your camera.
Above: Frank Doorhof and his location workshop class totally rocking it, with their stylist and model Nadine.
Above: We even snuck in an episode of ‘The Grid’ live on location. That’s Photoshop World instructor Victoria Pavlov on the set as my guest. She was so much fun (and such an incredible talent).
Above: After the workshops, we head for ‘The Meetup’ at the Rocks lounge in the Hyatt Regency, our host hotel for the event (it’s connected directly to the convention center — a perfect location!).
Above: The instructors and staff are there to meet everybody just as the party starts up.
Above: The crowd is ready to rock!
Above: Inside, they’re hyped for the opening keynote to begin.
Above: The next morning, we kick things off with the opening keynote, and I come out after our “Photoshop COPS” spoof video (it’s a tradition to kick off Photoshop World with a parody video).
Above: Welcoming the standing-room-only crowd to the beautiful Orange County Convention Center
Above: The star of the opening keynote is Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost.
Above: All eyes on Julieanne!
Above: Julieanne did an awesome presentation – she showed so many cool features, techniques, and different programs and apps, but it was her Mobile apps presentation that really wow’d the crowd.
Above: After Adobe’s presentation, we honored Photoshop World instructor and master photographer Jim DiVitale with his posthumous Photoshop Hall of Fame award. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after the wonderful tribute video to Jim and his career (put together by Jim’s dear friend Steve), his wife Helene took the stage to accept the award on Jim’s behalf, and she was met with a tremendously long standing ovation, as Larry Becker presented her with Jim’s award. It was a very special moment for all of us.
Above: The always awesome (and witty) Larry Becker wrapped up the keynote, and then it was off to class for everybody.
Above: Crowd favorite, Adobe’s own Terry White doing a session in the Adobe booth
Above: Joe McNally just killed it in his “Town Hall” session where participants could have Joe critique their images.
Above: Moose comes out front during one of his many sessions. As usual, Moose totally rocked the house!
Above: Adobe’s Bryan O’Neal Hughes sharing some Adobe Mobile awesomeness.
Above: Everybody loves “The Justins!” Two of the most talented wedding photographers and fast rising stars in the industry, sharing their secrets with the crowd.
Above: KelbyOne member favorite and hero to photographers everywhere, the awesome Stella Kramer teaching for her first time at Photoshop World.
Above: Participants hanging out in the Partner Pavilion, chatting with the vendors and checking out their latest goodies.
Above: Photographer Levi Simm showing off Athentech’s new Perfectly Clear 3 plug-in.
Above: Oh, Yeah — that’s Gabe Biederman, and yes — B&H Photo, (greatest camera store in the world) was there.
Above: Robert Vanelli doing his thing in one of the Pavilion’s theaters.
Above: Photoshop World instructor Rob Sylvan teaching in the Peachpit Press theater.
Above: We had six ‘Shooting bays” set up in the Partner Pavilion, where attendees could simply walk up and start shooting.
Above: These shooting bays, most with live models (which are much better than the ones with dead models), are lit with continuous light (Westcott Spyder Lights) so everybody can shoot at the same time. High five to my wife Kalebra who did all the styling and setup for these six shooting bays). :)
Above: James Bond with his white tux, red carnation, and a sleek Bond-like fake pistol with silencer.
Above: The shooting bays were super popular, and they changed each day with different models and themes.
Above: Besides the six indoor studio-lit shooting bays, we had an entire section of Natural Light shoots as well, making the most of that beautiful Florida sunshine!
Above: Later that night it’s party time again — this time at B.B. King’s Bar and Grill.
Above: The awesome house band let me get up and play a few songs with them. I played one on drums, one on keyboards, and one on guitar. Note the awesome Fender Strat my wifey got me for our 27th Anniversary last year. Had to take it with me to Orlando!
Above: Can you feel the soul? It’s not as impressive as it looks – I’m just singing backup.
Above: Nothing like playing to the home crowd! The band was just so good (with a horn section and the whole nine yards), they were really just such good players – it was a treat to get to jam with these guys and gals.
Above: Did I mention Midnight Madness? It’s a tradition — for Photoshop Geeks who just can’t sleep, we stay up really late one-night playing games and just doing really silly stuff.
Above: The doors swing open, our DJ cranks the music, and the late night fun begins!
Above: Yes, we even played Photoshop Bingo. I’m not proud of this. ;-)
Above: Another Midnight Madness tradition — Krispy Kreme Donuts for everybody! I was surprised she ate the entire box herself. ;-)
Above: Getting hyped for the madness!
Above: Your Midnight Madness hosts (from L to R): Matt Kloskowski, Yours Truly, and Terry White.
Above: The next day, we’re back at it. Canon was on hand to clean attendees cameras (I had two of mine cleaned while I was there). What do they charge? Nothing. Not a dime! What an incredible thing they do for Photoshop World attendees. High-five to our friends at Canon for being so awesome! :)
Above: One on one portfolio reviews are a big thing.
Above: The one and only Dave Black during a one-on-one portfolio review.
Above: I wonder if he’s asking Kaylee about her hair? ;-)
Above: We did a special after-hours event called “An Evening with Stacy Pearsall” that absolutely was just spectacular! Her stories and images from her time as a military combat photographer, are just incredible!
Above: Stacy absolutely captivated the audience. Her class last year in Las Vegas was such a huge hit, we knew it needed more time and a chance for more people to hear her message.
Above: At the end, the crowd was on their feet cheering Stacy. It’s a night they’ll never forget.
Above: The days just fly by, and before you know it, where back on the big stage for the Guru Award ceremony (a competition just for people who attend Photoshop World), and here’s the talented Mark Rodriguez receiving his Guru Award from Larry Becker.
Above: So many people’s career’s have been launched after winning a “guru award.” So happy for all the winners.
The days really did just fly by — it was so much fun, and so great to see so many familiar faces, including some old friends, and it was really fun to make some new ones.
Thanks to everyone who came out and made this Photoshop World so special. Thanks to all our sponsors and vendors, including Adobe Systems — without whom none of this would be possible. Thanks to our brilliant team of instructors who are the very best at what they do. Plus, a big shout-out to our awesome Conference Director Julie Stephenson, along with our awesome crew here at KelbyOne who worked their butts off to make this the best Photoshop World yet! :)
Thanks for letting me share a glimpse of the conference with you. Details on the next Conference coming very soon – stay tuned. :)