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Photoshop World Orlando is officially underway after an exciting Photoshop-meets-fashion Opening Keynote. Hosted by Scott Kelby and featuring Adobe’s “Johnny L,” the Opening Keynote included a “Project Runway” inspired fashion show to spotlight this year’s “Project Photoshop” theme, as well as special announcements from Adobe and much, much more.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from today’s must-attend event:

Rush, Rush! Hundreds stream down the escalators and staircase into Expo Hall South B to get a prime seat for this morning’s electrifying Opening Keynote.  

Call it a “phashion extravaganza!” To celebrate this year’s “Project Runway” theme, the event kicked off with an uber haute fashion show a la “project Runway” featuring some stellar Photoshop-inspired looks. 

It’s a “Drop In The Bucket!” At least that’s the name we’ve given this grand gown inspired by the Paint Bucket Tool.

Now that’s “Movable Type!” This couture creation was inspired by none other than the Type Tool.

Flag-waving models, prize-filled balloons (sponsored by B&H) and a full fashion parade… Now that’s an entrance for the event’s host, Scott Kelby.

Eau de Johnny! Scott introduces Adobe’s “Johnny L.” with a hilarious faux commercial announcing Johnny’s new fragrance line. Now that’s the sweet smell of success!

Before getting to the latest & greatest from Adobe, Johnny presented the finalists of Ruseell Brown’s Extreme Fashion challenge.

It’s art-meets-fashion as this model struts down the runway showcasing one of the finalists in Russell Brown’s special contest.

Last minute model cancellation? No worries! PSW instructor Jeff Schewe’s here to step in and stomp the runway!

The Opening Keynote wouldn’t be complete without Johnny and Bryan Hughes taking a little time to give some inside scoop on the latest & greatest developments at Adobe!

Keep checking back for more images from the Orange County Convention Center!

To get a glimpse of Photoshop World through the eyes of attendees or submit your own photos, make sure to visit our special Flickr page:

Photoshop World Orlando kicked off with a bang on Tuesday, during a jam-packed pre-con day. With nine workshops on the schedule and two first-time attendee orientation sessions, hundreds flocked to the Orange County Convention Center to kick-start their PSW experience. And, after a full-day of learning, PSW attendees were able to unwind at the Official PSW Tweet Up! 

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from pre-con day:

Wedding photographers gain new perspective during David Ziser’s Wedding Photography pre-con workshop.

They’re rockin’ in the pre(con) world! A Photoshop World attendee tries her hand at concert photography during the Real World Concert Photography pre-con workshop with Alan Hess & Scott Diussa.

Real World Concert Photography instructor Scott Diussa drops the camera and picks up the axe to show he’s a man of many talents.

Photoshop World’s day-long pre-con workshops were packed to the brim with eager and attentive students like the ones Deke McClelland’s Photoshop Channels & Masks classes.

Matt Kloskowski shows the finer points of HDR photography during his hands-on HDR Crash Course class.

NAPP Executive Director Larry Becker gives first-time attendees a full rundown on how to make the most of PSW. Step one: When you see Vanelli, RUN!

It’s all about the light! Jim Schmelzer goes in-depth during his Quality of Light pre-con workshop.

It’s a wrap! After a full day of learning, PSW pre-con attendees and those who arrived early had the chance to mix and mingle at the Official PSW Tweet Up!  

This year’s Tweet Up included a special tethered photo shoot with @erikvphoto (aka Erik Valind) with all of the images posted to Flickr in real time!

Tweet Up attendees were treated to an extra special surprise, a taping of D-Town Live with RC Concepcion and Larry Becker.

Make sure to come back to check out more images from Photoshop World! 

And if you’re attending PSW, weve set up an Flickr account where you can upload your own images:

Today’s is Pre-Conference day—the day before Photoshop World begins, and the day we hold 11 optional 1/2 day and full day workshops. We’ll have some pics posted here later today, so I hope you’ll check back and see what’s going on (and I truly hope something is indeed, going on). ;-)

Hi Gang: Since I’ll be at Photoshop World this week, I wanted to give you a quick update on what to expect here on the blog this week:

(1) Each day we’ll be posting images from Photoshop World here on the blog, but of course, it doesn’t start until morning EST, so I hope you’ll check back later in the day to see the images from the event as it unfolds.

(2) No Guest Blogger this week, as Wednesday is the opening day of the conference. Lots of photos thought, and you can follow the Photoshop World keynote live blog over at

(3) We have a live blog from the opening keynote, so if you want to “Share the love” with Nancy and crew (in the Morning Zoo!) then follow this link on Wednesday morning starting around 8:45 am EDT.

(4) This isn’t exactly Photoshop World related, but I’ve posted some behind-the-scenes shots from my Boston “Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It Tour” on my Facebook page (here’s the link). Just a quick heads up: My Minneapolis and Chicago tour dates look like they’ll be sold out this week, so if you were thinking of going (and I hope you do), better sign up quick. Here’s the link (hope I’ll see you there!). Also, I’ll be in Indianapolis on Wednesday, April 6th, and there are still a few seats left if you want to snag one.

(5) If you’re anywhere near Photoshop World, don’t forget to go to the site and get your FREE Expo Floor pass. Lots of vendors, classes on the show floor, demos, and goodies to be had!

That’s it for now gang. If you’re going to Photoshop World, make sure you stop me and say “hi.” Have a great week everybody, and don’t forgot to stop by here and catch some of the action. :)

Yesterday I shared which classes I would take if I weren’t teaching. Luckily, there’s hardly anything I love more than teaching, and I’m doin’ a whole bunch of it at Photoshop World (and obviously, I don’t teach grammar). ;-)

Here’s my schedule, in case you have a chance to come back and catch what I’m teaching:

Tuesday 3/29:
2:30 pm       My band is playing a set at the Concert Photography Workshop

Wednesday 3/30:
9:00am        I’m hosting the opening Keynote
12:00pm      I’m teaching my brand new Portrait Retouching class
8:00pm       My band, Big Electric Cat, is playing at the attendee party

Thursday 3/31:
10:45am     My new class: “Photoshop for Travel Photographers”
12:00pm     I’m leading a panel on why photographers should become bloggers
2:45pm       I’m taping an episode of Photoshop User TV on the Expo Floor
4:00pm      I’m taping a live episode of “The Grid” with a very special guest
10:00pm    I’m hosting the incredibly fun “Midnight Madness” event

Friday 4/1:
10:00am    I’m doing a Retouching presentation in the Wacom Booth
10:45am    Book signing for my Portrait Retouching Book at Peachpit Bookstore
11:15am     My “Behind the Scenes Lighting Techniques” at the Manfrotto Booth
2:15pm      My Lightroom Killer Tips class

It doesn’t look like I’ll be getting a lot of sleep that week, but I don’t care—-I love Photoshop World!!!! It’s one of the most fun things I get to do, and I can’t wait for it to get here! :)

If you’re going to Photoshop World next week, I hope you’ll stop by and catch a few of my sessions. If you’re not going…’s not too late (here’s the link). See you in Orlando.

One of the things I like best about the free Photoshop World iPhone/iPad App, seen above (developed by Shawn Welch) is that you can build your own custom schedule right in the App (you just find the class you want to catch, then click the Plus Sign (+) in the upper right corner and it adds it to “My Schedule”). Here’s the link to download it free from the iTunes App Store

Anyway, yesterday I sat down with the App and picked which classes I would actually attend if I was there as a participant, and didn’t actually have to teach any classes. Here’s which classes I would take:

Tuesday, March 29th
Jim Schmelzer’s “Quality of Light In Depth” Workshop
This is “Pre-Conference” day, so the workshops are optional, and the one I want to take is sold out, but I’m going to pretend it’s not, so I would take Jim Schmelzer’s “Quality of Light In Depth.” Jim is an amazing lighting instructor, and I’ve already learned a lot of from him, and I know this class would rock. Since it is sold out, I’d take the Real World Concert Photography Workshop instead, which is an awesome workshop taught by two serious pros.

Wednesday, March 30th
10:45 – 11:45 am: Why Fake it When You Can Create It? (Frank Doorhof)
I love Frank, and you don’t see hardly anyone teaching the things Frank teaches. Brilliant instructor, and lots to learn from him, so I’d be in this one for sure.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Extracing Hair in Photoshop CS5 (Ben Willmore)
I’m pretty decent at extracting hair, but I know Ben Willmore, and I know I would pick up a few things that would make me that much better. I’ve never been to one of Ben’s classes where I didn’t pick up something.

1:00 to 6:00 pm: Free classes on the show floor.
I’m not just talking about demos—there are a ton of free classes going on in multiple theaters, and I would just stroll around and see who’s teaching where. Then I’d check out vendors, watch a few demos, check my email, buy all my own books in the bookstore, and just meet people.

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm: The Art of the Perfect Print (Jeff Schewe)
When it comes to printing, Jeff really knows his stuff. Of course, if he starts spending a bunch of time on Soft Proofing, I can always sneak out and go to Kevin Ames “Digital Retoucher’s Guide to Photoshop.” I’ve learned a lot of from Kevin over the years, and I know there’s no way he’ll be doing any soft proofing. ;-)

7:00 pm: Party at B.B.Kings
I always go the party to meet people and network, so that’s a lot of fun. Plus, I love the live band. (wink).

Thursday, March 31st
8:15 – 9:15 am: Quality of Light (Jim Schmelzer)
I don’t want to sound like a Jim Schmelzer fan boy, but I’m a Jim Schmelzer fan boy. Now, if I did the pre-conference workshop, I would skip this class and catch Julieanne Kost’s “The Creative Composite.” She has direct access to the Adobe engineer’s and she always uncovers some feature or tip I had no idea even existed, or she shows a way to use something I’ve overlooked in a new way that makes it really cool. Either way, I can’t lose.

9:30 – 10:30 am: Hot Sun, Cool Images (Cliff Mautner)
Cliff is the master of shooting outdoors in natural light, and what he’s able to create, in light all of us generally avoid, is nothing short of stunning. This would be a can’t miss class for me.

10:45 – 11:45 am: One-Light Lighting (Jack Reznicki)
I caught part of this when he did it last year, and I have to say, what he gets out of just one single flash is just amazing. People were raving about this class last year, and I’m sure I would be one of them this year.

12:00 – 1:00 pm. Creative Interactive Portfolios with InDesign CS5
This is a class I would love to take, because I think this is where a lot of Web-based design is going, and the interactivity thing is going to be huge. It’s been coming for years, and I think now it’s about here.

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Expo time! More classes, lighting demos, and fun stuff. I want to see it all!!!!

4:45 pm to 5:45 pm: Light, Gesture & Color, Part I (Perception): (Jay Maisel)
It’s Jay Maisel. What else can I say—-I have to be there. He is a living legend. Period.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Speaking of Sports: A Guide to Sport Action Photography
You know I have to be at this session, and Dave Black is a hero of mine. I saw Dave speak a few years back at a conference where we were both speaking, and he was just incredible. A must-see session for me.

7:15 – 9:15 pm: The Art of Digital Photography
This is a panel discussion where each photographer gets 15 minutes to show, and talk about their work. It’s Maisel, McNally, Moose, and some of the most amazing photographers anywhere. People walk away amazed. I’ll be too!

Friday, April 1st
8:15 – 9:15 am: Shooting Landscapes with ACR Finishing (Moose Peterson)
Where else would I be? OK, in bed, but besides that—-as the guy behind the Digital Landscape Workshop Series (DLWS) Moose is the master of finishing landscape photos, and I want to see what his current Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) workflow is, because whatever he’s doing—-it’s workin’.

9:30 – 10:30 am: How Did They Do That? (Joe Glyda)
Joe is one of the most engaging, fun, informative, and hilarious instructors out there today. He could teach a class on tax accounting and it will be a blast. I’d have to be in this one.

10:45 – 11:45 am: Get Inspired – And Get the Shot (Frank Doorhof)
Frank’s the man, and if he’s teaching a class on lighting—-I want to be there, especially since this class is about being creative using simple concepts.

2:15 – 3:15 pm. Actions & Intermediates (Ben Willmore)
OK, it doesn’t sound like the most exciting class title ever, but it’s Ben. Doing Actions and other stuff. Hard stuff. What’s not to like?

3:45 – 4:45 pm: Conference Wrap Up
This is a really fun way to end the conference. The video team puts together a look at each day of the conference via some really fun, short video clips and you relive an amazing expereience, and see things you might have missed. Plus, we have some of the stars of the show, give you a peek at what you might have missed, and it’s a huge hit that puts a smile on everybody’s face. Well, that and the tons of giveaways.


Well gang, that’s what I’d do. Now, remember—-I took all of my classes out of this lineup, so please—don’t forget to stop by and catch at least one or two of my classes. ;-)  I’ve got a packed-full schedule this year, and I’ll post that tomorrow so you can see—I actually am there, teaching. A lot. A bunch.  :-)