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Last year’s opening keynote.

We did a live webcast last week about the upcoming Photoshop World Conferences (one in Orlando at the end of next month, and then in Vegas near the end of August), and we had a number of folks asking if the conference was for them (was it over their head? Did they have to be pros to attend? Stuff like that). So, while we covered a bit of that during the webcast, I thought I’d tackle it in more detail here today in case you’re wondering if Photoshop World is right for you. Here we go:

Q. Is Photoshop World mostly for pros?
A. Most of the people there will be hobbyists, or beginner to advanced photographers or designers, and there will be some pros, and aspiring pros (folks who’d like to make some money off photography one day, but they already have another full-time job so it would be a side hustle).

Q. I thought driving for Uber was a side hustle?
A. Well, that’s true (it has to be true, ’cause I heard it on an Uber radio ad), but there, apparently, are two other “side hustles,” those being driving for Lyft and of course, photography.

Q. I’m kinda new to photography. Will I be lost at the conference? Will it be over my head?
A. The people who learn the most, and get the most out of Photoshop World are people who are kinda new at all this. I’ve read literally thousands of evaluation forms from folks who have attended our previous conferences (this is our 20th year producing the conference), and while I’ve read many evals from people who said that they feared it would be over their head, in nearly every case, they told us they were relieved that it wasn’t and that they learned a ton.

Q. I’m not really big into Photoshop, I’m more of a Lightroom user. Will there be anything for me?
A. There will be a ton for you! We have a Lightroom training track that runs every day, all day during the conference, and we cover about every imaginable Lightroom topic from the ground up.

Q. What about Lightroom for the PlayStation 4? Do you cover that?
A. There is no Lightroom for the PlayStation 4.

Q. Yes there is.
A. No, there isn’t and that’s not a question. You must state your response in the form of a question.

Q. What is this, Jeopardy?
A. Kinda. Thank you, next. (By the way, I know nobody got that last reference. It was just for me and my 13-year-old daughter who does get stuff like that, thanks to YouTube and SnapChat.)

Q. So, it’s called Photoshop World. Is it mostly Photoshop classes?
A. There are a bunch of Photoshop classes, but there are more classes on photography, portraits and lighting, Lightroom (as I mentioned, but only for Lightroom on the Xbox), travel and landscapes, plus some really brilliant classes on the business side of photography. There is also a design track, along with classes on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, but the conference is more of a photography conference these days. Photoshop is still a very important part of the photography workflow, so we have lots of those classes, too.

Q. Scott, is there any chance you could embed a short 33-second video clip here that would give me a brief glimpse at what the conference is about?
A. That’s a very specific request, but it happens to be one I really like, so sure. Here ya go, kind stranger:

Q. I’m new at all the post-processing stuff, like Lightroom and Photoshop. Will I be lost?
A. What I would recommend is to come a day early, before the official conference begins, and take one of our in-depth workshops on Photoshop or Lightroom. That way, you’ll get a jump start on learning, and you’ll be able to take the classes in the conference track and pick up a lot more. We have lots of folks who do this every year, and it works surprisingly well. Well, that’s what they’ve told us anyway.

Q. Is this more of a trade show or education?
A. It is definitely an educational conference first and foremost. We do have a small partner pavilion where some of our friends and sponsors will be exhibiting. But, right alongside them, we have live theaters for more training, we have live sets for you to shoot and try out new gear, and you’ll have a great time hanging out there, even though our main focus is on education.

Q. What if I come alone. Will it be weird?
A. You won’t be alone for long. The conference is designed for you to meet new people, and make new friends, and we have all sorts of events to get you together with other folks, including those that are there alone like you. In fact, the first night we have special dinners set up called, Dinner with a Stranger where you all meet up at a restaurant, share a meal at the same table, and suddenly you now know 12 or 14 new people you didn’t know when you landed. We’ve been doing this for years now and it’s always a big hit.

Q. Should I bring my camera?
A. Absolutely! We have sets for you to shoot on, and photography challenges for you to try, and live models to shoot (which are so much more appealing than having dead models to shoot. Lesson learned).

Q. Should I stay right there in the Hyatt in Orlando?
A. Well, yes, but only if you’re going to the conference in Orlando (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). We have the run of the place at the Hyatt (or host hotel), but the rooms are nearly sold out (last year we sold out in advance), so go grab your room right now, and stay right in the middle of everything (it’s where all our staff, crew, and instructors are staying, and well, pretty much everything happens there). It’s been our favorite venue for Photoshop World ever because everything is right there. It’s all just steps away. Such a perfect place for a conference like ours. Here’s the link for travel info.

Q. Do I get a discount if I’m a KelbyOne member?
A. You bet! You get $100 off the full conference pass, and if you book right now, you’ll save another $100 using the Early Bird special, so that’s $200 off. Sweet!

Q. Scott, I so loved that 33-second video you so kindly embedded above. It was epic (I cried several times). But, I’m a photographer, so do you have any stills from the event I can see? That would really inspire me!
A. Well, I’m a sucker for heartfelt genuine requests like yours, so OK, here’s a link to a post I did with loads of images and the stories behind it all. Get your tissues ready, it’s even more epic than the 33-second video. Here’s the link.

Q. Will I meet other people from the KelbyOne Community?
A. We have a community hangout lounge just outside the classrooms in the main lobby, and you’ll see me, and some of our community leaders, and other instructors all hanging out there together, and we’d love it if you came by and hung out, too. All the cool kids will be there.

Q. Really, all the cool kids?
A. Actually, no. Some of the really cool kids will have skipped class and gone to Disney World. Others will be stealing cars. That’s pretty much the only two options for cool kids in Florida. Well, that and aligator wrestling.

Q. Is it OK if I have questions for the instructors or just want to say, “Hi”?
A. Are you kidding? That is what Photoshop World is all about. We’re all in this together. We’re here to help, and our instructors are the most genuine, helpful, passionate folks on the planet (and handpicked because of it). I can tell you without reservation they would love to meet you, they’re happy to answer your questions, and you’ll see them everywhere during the event—at the first night’s Meet Up, at the After Hours party, at Midnight Madness, and at the restaurants and lounges at the hotel (they really like to booze it up…I mean, they enjoy the occasional adult beverage). They would be tickled if you came up and said, “Hi.” I know I sure would be. Not the boozing stuff. The “Hi” stuff.

Q. What if I’m looking for more advanced training?
A. You’ll find it here, too. Advanced classes usually have “Advanced” in the title, but you can also tell by reading the class descriptions if it’s for you or not. I think you’d be surprised that even if you’re intermediate level, our instructors are such great communicators and teachers, that you’d still be able to keep up. Yes, they are that good.

Q. Do I have to sign up for which classes I want to attend beforehand?
A. You do not, and that’s one of the things that I like best about our conference. You can choose any full conference class, any time, and move between classes any time you like. So, if you wind up in a class that you quickly realize is too advanced or too beginner for you, you can just move to any other class, in any other track, at any time. How cool is that?

Q. That is cool.
A. That was more of a rhetorical question, but thanks.

Q. Can you help me convince my boss that she should send me to Photoshop World this year?
A. We sure can, because we’ve already written a highly convincing, fact-filled, mind-blowing (that’s pushing it) letter to your boss telling her why it’s as awesome as everybody says it is. All you have to do is copy and paste it into an email to her (and add your name, of course), and that’ll do the trick (at least it has for a whole bunch of folks). Here’s the link to the letter.

Q. Is the conference open to anyone?
A. Everybody is welcome at Photoshop World, but the folks you’ll find there are: photographers (landscape and travel photographers, wedding photographers, wildlife, flash and lighting lovers, street photographers, pet photographers, headshot and fashion photographers, food photographers, and photojournalists). Plus, you’ll have lots of graphic designers, freelancers, web developers, video editors, ninjas, rodeo cowboys, and Art Directors. You’ll have pros, hobbyists, beginners, intermediate and advanced users. It’s basically a bunch of creative people, from all skill levels and backgrounds, coming together at this one place to get away from everything else to focus on learning, laughing, and making new friends.

Q. Do I have to dress in “business casual?”
A. We like being really comfortable when we’re learning, so the dress is totally casual. In fact, the whole atmosphere is casual. You’ll dig it. We also have several clothing optional events (not really, but it’s worth a try in 2020).

Q. If I come, can I enter the Guru Awards competition? I hear it’s a pretty big thing.
A. Yes, it is, and no, you may not.

Q. Really?
A. OK, you can enter if you pay the Guru Awards entry fee.

Q. How much is that?
A. It’s free for conference attendees, but then only conference attendees can enter this competition in the first place, so basically, everybody enters for free. Entire careers have been launched off winning a Guru Award, so I hope you’ll enter.

Q. Do you think I’ll win?
A. No. It’s all rigged, but it’s fun to enter anyway.

Q. Really?
A. You say “Really? a lot. But no, it’s not rigged. However, there’s a large panel of judges, and a few do accept bribes. When you shake their hands, just have some folded up bills in there. Do it smooth, like you’re tipping a Vegas casino host to get a good seat for the Celine Dion show.

Q. Really? Seriously?
A. No, of course not. You should definitely enter, and you certainly have a shot at winning. The odds are in your favor because it’s only people who are attending the conference that can enter. But, to be honest, I’ve seen your work, and I wouldn’t hold out much hope.

Q. Seriously? Really?
A. Wow, you are so gullible. You’re not ready for Vegas Photoshop World. You’ll come home broke, or wind up in jail. Go to Orlando. The worst trouble you’ll get into there is a parking ticket at Johnny Rockets or maybe getting kicked off the monorail for yelling “!Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas.”

Q. OK, actually this all sounds pretty awesome, where do I sign up?
A. Here’s the link to the official site. You can choose Orlando (May 31–June 2, 2019), or Las Vegas at the Mirage Resort & Casino (August 21–23rd, 2019).

Q. One more thing: will Peter Hurley be there? I love Peter Hurley.
A. I’m sorry, all questions must be submitted in writing.

Q. That question was submitted in writing!
A. Oh. I see. Well, okay then. Yes, Peter Hurley will be teaching at the conference. I love Peter Hurley, too. We all do. He is love.

Q. What does that even mean, “He is love?”
A. I dunno. I think I saw it on a billboard once, but you said, “One more thing” two questions ago, so it’s time to move along little doggie.

Well, folks, I hope you found that somewhat informative, a non-irritant, and that it gets even the toughest stains out of carpets, linens, and even upholstery on the first try (see, this is what happens when I finish a blog post at 1:27 a.m. on a Sunday).

Hope I’ll see you at the conference in Orlando, or Vegas, and if you’ve got any questions I didn’t address here, just drop a comment below and I’ll pick ’em up during the day, and have them washed and folded by six.

Cheers,

-Scott

Now, this is a cool giveaway! Some lucky person (maybe you?) will be picked at random (for those that enter) to get flown to either Vegas or Orlando (we’re doing both this year, so your choice); we’ll put you up at the official conference hotel, get your airport transfers, we’ll even get your meals while you’re there, plus you get a VIP full conference pass and a party ticket to the greatest Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography conference on the planet. Awwww, yeah!

If you win and choose to go to Orlando Photoshop World, the dates are May 30th-June 1st, 2019, and if you choose Las Vegas instead, it’s August 21st-23rd, 2019 (remember, you pick which one you want to go to, on us).

The contest is open to everyone — so go enter right now (and tell your friends. Actually, maybe not a great idea in case they win. Your call). Rules, the entry form, and some nice graphics are right here.

Good luck everybody — hope you win the big trip! :)

Thanks,

-Scott

Today is “Black Friday” (the biggest retail shopping day of the year in the US) and we’ve got our best deals of the year on:

Here’s are the links to the deals:

> KelbyOne Black Friday Deal

> Photoshop World Black Friday Deal

We’d love to have you as a KelbyOne Pro member — we have an incredible line-up of instructors and amazing courses planned for 2019, and you’ll be joining a worldwide community of people just like you, helping each other, sharing their techniques, and taking advantage of a ton of benefits that make your membership absolutely invaluable.

Photoshop World: Orlando or Vegas in 2019 — Your Pick!
Of course, we’d love to have you spend three-amazing days with us in Orlando next May, or in Vegas next August, at the conference. Hope you cash in on these deals right now.

By the way – here’s a quick look at last year’s conference, and why Photoshop World is so awesome (and why you’ve gotta be there)!

Hope you have a great weekend (#rolltide), and we’ll see ya back here on Monday! :)

Happy Shopping!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. On “Cyber Monday” we’ll be doing LIVE broadcasts EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR with special “1-hour only screaming deals” we’ve specially arranged with our partners. These are CRAZY deals. Join the always awesome Larry Becker on Monday (I’ll have all the details here on Monday, so make sure you start your day here).  

Yeah, Baby! Next year we’re in Orlando in the early summer, and then back in Vegas in late summer at the Mirage Resort & Casino!

Which one should you go to? First, watch the video above to see what you missed this year! (We went with a British Rock theme this year and…well…it rocked! )

If you want to know more of the story from this year’s conference, check out my Adobe Spark page that tells the rest (with lots of photos, and behind-the-scenes pics).

Here’s the link: https://spark.adobe.com/page/zSDoQz8To2dSX/

Thanks to everyone who came out to make this year’s event one of best, most-successful, most fun Photoshop World’s ever!
I’m very grateful to the amazing crew of instructors; to our conference Director Julie Stephenson; to Erik Kuna our VP of Operations, to Jeanne Jilleba, and my awesome, awesome team here at KelbyOne who work so hard to make this such a very special event.

Next year, we’re back to doing two conferences; One in Orlando, one and Las Vegas, and you’re invited! :)

Hope you all have a really great weekend!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Big news on the Nik Collection plug-in front today — check out my sister site LightroomKillerTips.com for the latest (there’s good news, and there’s bad news). 

The inspirational cloud I’m sitting up high on right now is mind-blowing! A big thanks to Scott and the whole team behind Photoshop World for putting on the world’s most incredible conference!

 

 

I’m Dave Williams and as with every #TravelTuesday, I’m right here on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider to share something from my world. As someone who is involved with KelbyOne, but only involved in Photoshop World as an attendee, it seems appropriate that this week I share some of the little nuggets of gold from the hub of inspiration, education, and networking that the Hyatt Regency Orlando became!

I’ll focus on what I take as the most important element of Photoshop World, but this is from my perspective and not from everybody’s: the networking.

 

 

You see how many awesome people are in this picture?  Conference Technical Chair of Photoshop World, Scott Kelby; the host with the most, podcaster, broadcaster, and so much more, Larry Becker; former assistant to Joe McNally and Scott, now ruling concert photography, Brad Moore; the 2018 Photoshop Guru Award winner for Best in Show, Kirk Marsh; the 2017 Photoshop Guru Award winner for Photography, now owning underwater photography, Dalton Hamm; Photoshop World dog photography instructor, Kaylee Greer; the other half of Dog Breath Photography, and a totally lit portrait photographer, Sam Haddix; Photoshop wizard and Guru Award-winning Mark RodriguezPhotoshop User magazine contributor, photographer, and “down to the very last pixel” creator of mind-meltingly magic photos, Gilmar Smith; portrait and real estate photography king of L.A., J.R. Maddox; capturer of magic and sparkles, park photographer, and videographer, Doug Young; and wedding and event photographer, with an eye for detail and a 2018 Couples’ Choice Award to prove it, Matt Divine. Even I’m lucky enough to be in this shot! You get my point, right?

 

What I’m saying here is that Photoshop World is the best place in the industry to make and maintain connections, bar none. It’s funny because when you learn to write for editorial there are a whole bunch of rules, one of which is that when you want to emphasise something you put it in italics—you don’t make it bold and underline it, but I just can’t make that point strongly enough! Take this example: the photo floating above this paragraph is me with Chris Main, Managing Editor of Photoshop User magazine and Lightroom Magazine. I’m standing with him on the expo floor, proudly showing some of my articles and tutorials on the screens. What’s particularly nice about this is being able to spend time with Chris in person rather than just via e-mail. Similarly, in the photo below I’m with (L-R) Noah, Larry, and Mina, who are the entire Platypod team. Seeing them pop up so frequently in KelbyOne productions might make you think that it’s a huge corporation, massively financially backed with a huge marketing budget, etc., etc. In fact, it’s Larry who invented the Platypod, and it’s plugged so frequently because it’s simply a great product! Being able to spend some time with them, too, rather than limit all exchanges to e-mail was really special.

 

 

The sheer power of connecting with the people you see at Photoshop World is phenomenal. It’s literally a career builder. It’s inspiring to talk to like-minded individuals in a setting where you absolutely know you can say almost anything to almost anyone and both be on the same page. It’s a place where, not only can you learn, but you can also take a lunch break or an evening meal and still carry on learning and building connections. Even over breakfast, you can have a meeting or a conversation steered towards photography, Photoshop, creativity, business, anything! I’m the kind of person who uses coffee for fuel, and man I couldn’t get my coffee quick enough at this breakfast (below).

 

So, in summary, my point is this:

You should never underestimate the power of networking provided by Photoshop World, as well as the learning, inspiration, motivation, and everything else on offer! You never know who you might be talking to and everyone there is your friend.

British pro tip: take the time to experience the local culture and cuisine, like I did with Mike “Hollywood” Kubeisy and J.R. Maddox. ;)

 

 

Much love

Dave

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