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It's here: the Photoshop World Conference & Expo kicks off today with the pre-conference workshops; the parties start tonight, and tomorrow we're live-streaming Adobe's keynote (here’s the link to watch live), so "it's on."

If you’re joining us in Vegas, here’s a few quick things to help you get the most of your experience:

Check in for registered participants will begin at 10:00am at the Registration Counter in the North Convention Center.

Workshop Details:

  • If you received your conference letter with badge, please bring it with you, plus any tickets you received at the time of registration.
  • Check in for your workshop also covers your official conference check in.
  • You will not be able to store any personal belongings in the workshop rooms.
  • Offsite workshop attendees can keep items on the bus at your own risk.
  • Some In-Depth Workshops require/suggest specific equipment. View your specific workshop times, instructor and details blow.

If this is your first time at Photoshop World, we have a special crash course just for you. Hosted by Larry Becker, this orientation is designed to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Free and open to all attendees.

If you received your conference letter with badge, please bring it with you, plus any tickets you received at the time of registration to help expedite your check in!

Badge Holder/Show Materials Check In:
There will be a separate check in for all attendees who received their letter/badge in the mail. Here you will have your badge scanned, receive your workbook* and show guide, plus additional conference materials.

Registration Counter:
If you did not receive your letter/badge in the mail, you'll need to check in at the registration counter. Here you'll be issued your badge, along with your workbook*, show guide and additional conference materials.

*Instructions for digital download of your workbook will be available at check in.

Get in on the action outside the classroom. At Photoshop World, you'll never be without somewhere to be, someone to meet and someplace to have fun.

Tuesday, August 11 | 9:00am-10:30am | Shorelines A
Featuring Scott Kelby and the Photoshop Guys, along with special guests from Adobe, this is the place to get the scoop on special announcements, presentations, news and so much more. Pro Pass and 5+ Alumni get advance entry, so be on the lookout for signs outside the room.

Thursday, August 13 2:30pm-3:30pm South Pacific E
Complete your Photoshop World experience with a final farewell filled with video highlights, last minute wisdoms, Guru Award and Hall of Fame winners, and a ton of cool giveaways and prizes from our sponsors and vendors.

Wednesday, August 12 10:00pm - 12:00am
Midnight Madness has become legendary. If you're one of the lucky ones to grab a free ticket, you're in for a spirited night full of surprises, laughter and fun. Tickets will be available at 7:30am on Wednesday in front of South Pacific D,F.

Wednesday, August 12 11:00am-4:00pm
New this year are four, live shooting opportunities. Build your portfolio with photo ops in Food Setup, Model Photography, Macro Station and a Wedding Shoot.

Tuesday, August 11 | 8:00pm-11:00pm | Shorelines A
After a jammed-packed first day, be sure to unwind with us at the official After Hours party! Your night will begin with dinner and dancing, then get ready to rock out live with Rebel Soul! Tickets are still available for purchase for this must-attend event.

There’s plenty of opportunity to make the most of your time at Photoshop World. Network amongst like-minded people, take advantage of beneficial services, and immerse yourself in all things creative.

EVENING PHOTO WALK: Monday | August 10 8:00pm

THE “MEET UP:” Monday August 10 | 9:00pm-11:00pm (in the lounge in the center of the Casino)


BIRDS OF A FEATHER NETWORKING: Tuesday, August 11 | 7:30pm

THE ART OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY panel: Wednesday, August 12 7:30pm-9:30pm

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS: Tuesday, August 11 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

The place to be for the latest product demos, bonus training, photo shoots and so much more from big industry players like Adobe, Canon, SmugMug, Westcott and more!

Expo Hall Hours:
Tuesday, August 11th | 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 12th | 11:00 am- 5:00pm
Thursday, August 13th | 9:00am - 1:00pm

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Tomorrow here on the blog we'll be sharing Photoshop World photos, the Live Keynote stream links (you can register now – it’s free), and other conference fun stuff, so check back here to stay on top of the action. :)

Cheers everybody and Viva Las Vegas!


Hi everyone and happy Monday! Corey Barker here filling in for Scott today because he is on vacation and Brad “The Beard” Moore asked us to post a little something. With Photoshop World coming up in a few weeks I wanted to share my thoughts around what used to be one of my most favorite parts of the event and that is the Guru Award competition. (I say used to because I can no longer enter, I actually help judge them now.) Anyway in case you are unaware, the Guru Awards is a contest open to all Photoshop World attendees who can submit images in a number of categories like Commercial, Retouching, Artistic, Photography, etc. These images are then judged by a panel of experts and then the winners are announced at the event. The reason I think this is such a great thing is because where I am at today can be somewhat attributed to winning a couple of these very awards.

Long before I was an instructor for KelbyOne and Photoshop World I was a regular NAPP member and had attended several Photoshop World events. When I first heard about the Guru awards I was rather intimidated because I did not think my work was good enough to win. However one year I found a piece I had done and decided to just submit it to see what would happen. Besides it was free to enter so what was there to lose? Well it turns out that image ended up getting me recognized as a finalist in the Artistic category. Suddenly my confidence got a little boost. So the next year I was determined to do better so when I registered for Photoshop World I immediately started playing around with images to submit. After coming so close the last time, I just had to see what I could do for the next one.

Why was I so motivated? I wasn’t getting paid. Yeah there is the glory of winning but I also realized I was getting something worth more. It is because competition breeds creativity. It wasn’t necessarily the award itself that was the goal, though having an award is certainly great for marketing purposes. I was once told by one of my instructors in art school to always enter art contests. Big or small, local or national, enter as many contests as you could handle because selling yourself as an award winning designer gave you and edge over others but later I discovered it was more than that. I started to realize that I was becoming better and better at Photoshop and I found ideas were coming to me a lot easier than before. The result of pushing myself to do something different, that no one had seen before. I was having fun!

A couple years later I ended up taking home the Guru award in the Commercial category. I was getting recognized for my work at a major industry event. Which was pretty cool, but I was also getting something much more valuable, I was advancing my skill set. I continued every year to enter not just the Guru awards at Photoshop World but also other design competitions until, in 2006, I was hired to be an instructor for what was then the National Association of Photoshop Professionals as well as an instructor at Photoshop World. It was a dream come true!  I found out later that they had remembered me winning a couple of Guru awards and that was how my name stuck out more than others for the job.

So the moral of the story is to push yourself to be better than you are. There’s is always more to learn. Always try to show the world something it has never seen before, or perhaps to look at something in a different way and enter as many design contests as you can. Not just for the industry recognition, which is great, but because the nature of competition will enhance your skills and make you more creative.

If you are in fact going to Photoshop World this August in Las Vegas you still have time to enter the Guru Awards. The submission deadline is July 20, 2015. Go to for more details.

A Creative Exercise
I want to leave you with a little creative exercise that I do often that helps me keep my creativity alive and also presents problem solving scenarios. It’s called the 30-Minute Composite. Choose 2-4 random images in your library of photos. Then give yourself just 30 minutes to come up with something cool. You can only use the images chosen beforehand and give yourself an assignment like a movie poster or a package design, or whatever. The key is to stick to the time limit. By limiting resources like the number of images and the amount of time you are forcing yourself to be creative in a pinch. This will condition your mind to come up with creative solutions. Now you will not succeed every time. Many times I have gotten to the end and had nothing to show but I may have gotten a better understanding of the software or how to approach something the next time. We can learn from failure as much as we can from success. Try it and see what happens. I do this exercise at least once a week to keep my wheels turning. It beneficial and it is a lot of fun! Have a creative week!

..wellâ¦it was kinda like this! :)

Here’s are some short video clips we played at the “Wrap Up Rally” at the end of the conference in Vegas, to give everybody a look back at the week that was. If you’ve got a quick minute, they really give you an idea of what it’s like actually being at Photoshop World:

Above: That’s a video from the in-depth “Pre-Conference Workshops” the day before the conference begins. (1-minute, 44-seconds)

Above: This one’s a look at day one and the opening keynote (1-min, 38-seconds).

Above: A look at the conference sessions, portfolio reviews, the Expo floor and some of the vendors who were there exhibiting. (3-minutes, 3-seconds).

Above: Some clips from Midnight Madness, the parties, and Matt, RC and the crew doing goofy things as usual. (1-minute, 42 seconds)

Hope you all enjoyed those clips, and a big thanks to everybody who came out to Vegas and made this year’s show such a resounding success!

Today, I’m off to the shoot the US Open Tennis Championship Men’s Finals, so I’m pretty psyched (and pretty tired after shooting the Bucs/Panthers NFL game yesterday in the sweltering Florida heat), but hey â” rust never sleeps â” gotta keep movin’ :)

Hope you all have a rockin’ Monday, and make sure you stop back here tomorrow for an announcement of something really big, super cool, and I want you to be a part of it.