It’s finally here, and I’m so excited (well, technically it starts Wednesday with the pre-conference workshop, and then the opening Keynote (streamed live, featuring Adobe), kicks off the conference on Thursday morning at 10:00 AM ET, but ya know — it’s Photoshop World week! Whoo Hoo! :)
If you’ll be there… Two things you definitely want to do:
(1) Go to the free Orientation class 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 on Wednesday (the day before the full conference kicks off).
(2) Download the App We have an awesome conference app (for IOS and Android) that you will find invaluable during the conference. The full schedule is in there; directions; events times and locations, and a whole bunch more. Find it on the App Store for iPhones, or on Google Play for Android.
If you can’t go this year… Then make sure you tune in Thursday morning at 10:00 AM ET (I’ll put a link here on the blog on Thursday morning, and on all our social media) so you can watch the opening keynote LIVE. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!
Hope you have a great Monday (and safe travels if you’re heading to Orlando to join us for the big event!). :)
P.S.Tomorrow I’m sharing some finals, and BTS shots, along with camera info from a recent location shoot I did – hope you’ll stop back by then.
Go Back Up Your Photos. Right Now! Seriously. If you want to do the most important thing you’ll do all day — stop what you’re doing right now and go back up your photos.This past Wednesday on The Grid our topic was backing up your photos and people were writing in with such heartbreaking stories of how they lost everything, or if they were lucky it was only thousands of photos they’ll never get back. They all mentioned how devistating it was. It takes much less time than you’d think, and you’ll sleep a whole lot better tonight knowing you’re finally, and fully backed up.
I’m embedding Wednesday episode below – we talked about which types of drives to get; how big, and different solutions for backing up to the cloud, and we answered a whole bunch of questions. If you’re not sure where to start, which this episode.
Today’s the last day to save $100 on a Photoshop World 2017 Conference Ticket That’s right — the Early Bird Discount ends tonight at midnight for next month’s mega-conference in Orlando, Florida (it’s warm here btw), but if you get it on right now you’re not too late to save 100 bucks.
Head on over to photoshopworld.com right now and snag your tickets. You’ve always wanted to go — you keep saying “I’m going to go one of these years…” why not come join us now. You’ll learn more in three days than you have in three years, and you’ll come back faster, better, and totally re-energized. Get on it tonight – right now (well, right after you backup your photos). :)
Tomorrow night — it’s the Grand Opening of “The Gallery at KelbyOne” We are just so excited — the gallery is complete, and tomorrow night we’ll be celebrating the photographic work of KelbyOne member Mark Wegner (Mark won our competition for a one-man show), and you’re invited to be a part of the opening, no matter where you are in the world. We’re streaming our “Artist Interview” live tomorrow night, and you’ll get a peek at the gallery, and you’ll be inspired by Mark’s work and his stories about how he “got the shots.” It’ll be a night to remember, and you’ll see it unfold live.
Who: Me, Photographer Mark Wegner, and our host Larry Becker (Plus, a bunch of people enjoying wine and cheese). Mmmm. Cheese. What: The Grand Opening of “The Gallery at KelbyOne” and a solo gallery showing of photographer Mark Wegner’s work When: Tomorrow night – Saturday, March 18th @8pm ET Where: My Facebook Page, or at http://kelbyone.com/gallery-webcast Why:To showcase the amazing work of KelbyOne members, and share their photography with a worldwide audience
The presentation starts at 8PM ET (Note to International viewers: the US observes Daylight Savings Time so we recently moved our clocks forward 1-hour). Hope you can join us. :)
That’s right — I’m giving away FIVE free copies of my latest Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers Just leave a comment below in the comment section, and you’re entered. We’ll pick a winner this weekend and announce the winners on Monday. You can enter anywhere you are in the world — good luck everybody (if don’t win, you can buy the book online at Barnes & Noble or Amazon, in print or ebook formats)
Thanks for stopping by, and please consider this your friendly reminder that this is, officially, “Back Up Your Photos Friday.” :)
OK, call your friends – get a group together – pack your bags, and I’ll see you in Orlando, April 20-22, 2017. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) legendary (bet you thought I was going to say epic).
Hi Gang — we’re only 50-something days away from the Photoshop World Conference (April 20-22, 2017) in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center (whoo hoo!), and I thought I’d give a quick update on what’s up, via a Q&A style post. Here we go:
Q. I know you’re in Orlando now, but you’ll be in the Vegas in the fall, right? A. No. We are not doing a Vegas Photoshop World this year because Adobe will be holding their Adobe Max Conference in Vegas at the same time we’d be there.
Q. I usually go to the Vegas one — but since there’s not one, should I come to the Orlando Conference instead? A. Absolutely! It’s going to rock — Orlando is a perfect location for the conference (in fact, Photoshop World started in Orlando, back in 1999). The convention center is about 15 minutes from Walt Disney World, and amazing restaurants, clubs, shopping, and fun stuff are all within walking distance of the convention center and our host hotel. You will love it!!
Q. Will dog photographer Kaylee Greer be there? A. You bet! She’s all over it — doing a pre-conference workshop and class sessions.
Q. What about Matt Kloskowski? How about Jay Maisel? Serge Ramelli? Dave Black? Moose! Glyn Dewis? Julieanne Kost? Kelly Anne Conway? Terry White? Kristina Sherk? What about them? A. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, yes, yes.
Q. Alright, I’ll go register right now. Joel Grimes and Lindsay Adler will be there too, right? A. You bet.
Q. What if I get arrested during the conference? Will you bail me out? A. Are you planning on getting arrested?
Q. I never plan on getting arrested. Sometimes it just happens. A. Don’t worry. Each year we put an amount aside in escrow strictly for attendee bail purposes.
Q. Really? A. No.
Q. Last year you guys had the wonderful Gregory Heisler for your special evening presentation. Who will it be this year? A. What an incredible night it’s going to be. It’s “An evening with Stacy Pearsall.” She’s an award-winning, medal-winning US military combat photographer and her images and stories are just stunning. Stacy absolutely mesmerized the crowd with her sessions at Photoshop World last year, and we knew giving her this after hours event would be a truly special night for everybody.
Q. Are you doing the Film Festival in Orlando? A. Absolutely! That was another big hit from last year’s Photoshop World, and we’re making it bigger and better this year. The deadline for entries (for registered attendees only) is March 17, 2017 at midnight ET. More details (and the entry form) here.
Q. When is the deadline to enter the Guru Awards contest? A. Same date as the Film Festival — March 17th, 2017. Here’s the details on that.
Q. What if I’m not going? Can I still enter? A. Ummm…..no.
Q. So these contests are only open to be people who attend? A. That’s right.
Q. That doesn’t seem fair. A. I dunno. It does to me. These are competitions created exclusively for people who attend the conference — so they’re competing only against other people at the conference, so we’re all there together for these competitions.
Q. Except me. A. Right. All the cool people will be there. Except you.
Q. So, you’re kind of implying that I’m cool by saying all the cool people would be there “but” me, so you were including me in the “cool pool.” A. I was, but I gotta tell ya, this whole line of questioning is putting you in danger of getting a one-way ticket out of coolsville, daddy-o.
Q. OK, I get it. A. That’s more of a statement, but I’ll let it slide.
Q. What is the host hotel this year? A. We have an awesome hotel this year — it’s the beautiful Hyatt Grand (it’s used to be the Peabody hotel, but they renovated, expanded, and it’s even more awesome). Plus, it’s connected to the convention center so you’re right there where the action is.
Q. Is that where you and all the instructors are staying? A. Yup. Well, except for Joe McNally. He insists on staying at the Four Seasons.
Q. Really? A. Of course not. Joe’s at the Hyatt, too. Room 1863. Tip: he leaves his door open when he’s taking a shower. True story.
Q. Do I have to pick my classes in advance? A. Nope. You can go to any class you want, any time you want, and move between classes as you like. No pre-registration necessary unless you’re coming a day early for the pre-conference workshops.
Q. Are the workshops the day before still available? A. There are ten workshops, but a few of them are literally going to sell out this week, so if you’re thinking of coming a day early to get into one of these in-depth workshops, I’d get your ticket for the one you want now, so it’s not sold out.
Q. Will the Partner Pavilion vendor area be open to the public? A. It will not be, but if you wanted to bring a spouse or someone traveling with you, and we can arrange a special free pass for them.
Q. If I’m a beginner will I be lost? A. Only if you don’t follow the directional signs. You could easily wind up at Seaworld if you go too far past the end of the convention center.
Q. I meant in the sessions? A. We have a lot of beginner’s that come to Photoshop World, and they’re able to follow along no problem with most of the sessions. Of course, if a session is named “Advanced” then I’d probably sit that one out, but there’s nearly 100 sessions so there will be plenty of other classes to choose from. Also, while you might arrive as a beginner, you won’t leave as one.
Q. I’m looking for a roommate for the conference. Any ideas? A. Well, you could try match.com or get the Tinder app like our instructor Erik Valind.
Q. He uses the Tinder app? A. I have no idea, but let’s just say that since we briefly showed his naked butt in our “Wayne’s World II” movie spoof during the opening keynote a couple of years ago, he hasn’t had to look very hard for roommates.
Q. What kind of conference is this really? A. Well, apparently it’s ‘clothing optional’ if that tells you anything.
Q. What’s the deal with you guys and March 17th? It’s like everything expires on March 17th. A. That’s when our cream cheese in our fridge at the office expires, so we felt like that was a sign.
Q. Do I get a discount if I’m a KelbyOne member? A. You bet! You save $100 off the full price.
Q. So, if I’m a KelbyOne member and I register before March 17th, I really get $200 off, right? A. Right!
Q. What if I’m a Photoshop World Alumni, and a K1 member, and I register early? Do I get $250 off? A. No, unfortunately, offers and discounts can not be combined.
Q. Who would make a coupon that’s a foot long? A. I know. That one always puzzled me.
Q. What if I have a question that’s not answered here? A. I have answered every possible question and permutation with complete clarity, silent lucidity, and quadrophenia.
Q. OK, but let’s just pretend for a moment that somehow one slipped past the goalie. Where can I learn more? A. Well, in that one-in-a-million chance, you could start by reading our official FAQ (as opposed to this somewhat nonofficial Q&A), or you can chat with our team directly from the site unless you do it late at night when they’re all busy on match.com
Q. Well Scott, this has been enlightening, engaging, and endemical. A. I’ll take that as a compendious. I hope I’ll see you, and your fancy words, in Orlando!
Q. I’ve always wanted to go — I wouldn’t miss it! A. I knew you were one of the cool people!
Q. As cool as Erik Valind? A. No.
Well, I hope you found at least 16% of that helpful.
Have a great Tuesday everybody. Wait, one more thing — come catch me and my guest, the ambidextrous, multi-breasted, Matt Kloskowski as he “Rocks the Houseski” on “The Grid” tomorrow at 4pm – don’t miss it – http://kelbytv.com/thegrid
P.S.Q.Scott, is there any way you might embed a short video below that might just push me over the edge about going?A. I’m reluctant to do that, but OK — it’s below, but only because you asked. ;-)
If you’re planning on going to the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando this April (and I surely hope that you are — it’s open to everyone), I wanted to list the sessions I’m teaching (there are nearly 100 sessions but I hope you’ll check out a couple of mine).
Now, if you’re wondering, “Should I be attending this conference?” listen to some of the folks who’ve been there tell you in their own words (it’s short — only 30-seconds — worth a quick look to hear it from them).
I love hearing their comments and takeaways from it.
IMPORTANT NOTE:Orlando is the ONLY Photoshop World conference this year – we will not be in Las Vegas at all this year (Adobe will be holding Adobe Max conference in Las Vegas in the same time frame).
Anyway, here’s the classes I’m teaching this year:
Essentials of Designing With Type in Photoshop Bad type can ruin a really great photo and in this session, I’m going to show how to create everything from poster layouts, photo book covers, web graphics and more so your type complements your work, rather than destroying it. You’ll learn everything from the basics of typography including which fonts to use, when, and why, and how to create simple, beautiful-looking designs (it’s easier than you’d think). This class will change the way you think about and use type and photos together from this point on.
Creating Beautiful Photo Books in Lightroom In this session you’ll learn how to create beautiful photo books from right within Lightroom itself. You’ll see the entire workflow, step-by-step and exactly how to create your own custom photo books the easy way, plus I’m going to share a few tricks on creating your own custom layouts that I think you’ll really find helpful. Lots of little tips, tricks, and time-saving techniques.
Lightroom Tips & Tricks This is an updated version of one of my most popular classes at Photoshop World, with lots of cool new tips, workarounds, shortcuts, and things to make you faster, more effective, and just have more fun using Lightroom. You’re going to learn real, practical techniques you can put to work the very next day.
The conference is open to everybody, and it’s held April 20-22nd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida (around 15 minutes from Walt Disney World). If you haven’t planned to join us yet, it’s only 60-days away — but it’s not too late.
Here’s the link — you’ll learn more in three days than you have in three years. Break though your barriers; make new friends; take your skills up a big notch, get inspired, and have a ton of fun doing it.
See you in Orlando this April!
P.S.You know who my guest is on The Grid tomorrow? If you guessed Peter Hurley (the man, the legend, the lover), then you were right! Wed. at 4pm ET at Kelbytv.com/thegrid
Each year, we have loads of teachers who come to the Photoshop World Conference, and even teachers who bring groups of students to the event, but here’s an opportunity for both: if you’re an educator and you have a star student that you think could really benefit from attending this summer’s Photoshop World 2017 Conference in Orlando, Florida (April 20-22, 2017), you can submit them for one of the twenty-five student full-conference pass scholarships we award each year. Here are the details:
The Photoshop World Student Scholarship Program has been created to give promising students the opportunity to expand their Photoshop, graphic design, photography and creative skills by attending the Photoshop World Conference, a three-day conference offering invaluable training sessions led by the world’s leading experts in the creative industry.
Each year, KelbyOne awards scholarships to talented students from across the country. The recipients receive free full conference admission, as well as a one-year membership to KelbyOne (which includes a subscription to Photoshop User magazine). The scholarship is valued at $998.
The scholarships are awarded to 25 students based on a direct recommendation from their teacher. We’re looking to award these scholarships to the most deserving students based on talent, potential and passion and if you would like to nominate one of your best and brightest for a scholarship, please share a few words (below) about why the student you are nominating would make an excellent choice as a scholarship recipient.
Deadline date for submissions is at 11:59 PM (ET) on Monday, March 6, 2017. If you have already submitted an application prior to March 6th, and have been chosen, you will be notified by a KelbyOne representative by Friday, March 10, 2017.
Panel Discussion For Students Last year, for the first time ever, we hosted a special panel just for students about getting photography work after graduation, and the panel had some of the best working pros in the business (open to all registered students at the conference). Well, the panel was such a big hit, we’re bringing it back again this year, so if your student wins a scholarship, make sure they attend this special panel created just for them.