1. If this is your first time to Photoshop World, make sure you:
(a) Watch the series of short videos we did for you to help you get the most out of the event. They're called "Insight" and they’re only a minute or so a piece but you’ll learn a lot. I posted one above, about the party Wednesday night.
(b) Make sure you attend Larry Becker’s first-timers orientation meeting today. You will learn a ton! He teaches it twice today, once at 3:15 pm and again at 5:15. It’s free and open to any attendee (even if it’s not your first time). It's held in the Tradewinds Ballrooms C-D in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
2. Don’t miss the “Meet Up” tonight at 9:00 pm
It's in the lobby bar at the The Renaissance Hotel (attached to the convention center). It's just a fun, casual hangout with the instructors, staff and KelbyOne crew and everyone's invited (see the 45-second video above). There may be liquor involved. I'm just sayin.'
3. You can still come to the Expo
If you just want to check out the Expo floor (and visit some vendors, see Adobe's booth, watch some expo floor classes or live shooting demos, thanks to friends at B&H Photo you can visit the Expo free (see yesterday’s post for times and days).
3. Go download the free App right now
We have a really handy App (for IOS and Android) that has details on pretty much everything (including a full customizable conference schedule). It's free, and you'll totally dig it. Here's the link.
4. These two guys seen here with me are trouble. Trouble I tell ya!
They’re from England (that’s Dave Clayton [Senior Household Steward and Personal Footwear Consultant to Lady Camilla Bowles] on my left, and Photoshop World instructor and British Underground gang member Glyn Dewis on the right), and it’s highly likely at some point during these next few days they’ll wind up in the Fulton Country Jail. If you want to avoid being incarcerated right along with them, don’t get sucked into their world of bangers and mash and just go about your business at the conference. Also, don’t look either directly in the eye. They sense fear. ;-)
5. No Guest Blog Wednesday, but lots of cool photos from PSW!
There's no Guest Blog Wednesday tomorrow as we'll be sharing photos here from Photoshop World, and other conference fun stuff, so check back here to stay on top of any (ahem) announcements at the show. :)
6. No “The Grid” episode tomorrow either
We’re all in Atlanta, including our video crew, so there’s no one to man the store (note the sad, empty Grid set above). We’ll be back next week though, same bat time, same bat channel.
Cheers everybody and let’s rock Atlanta!
Hey gang: Greetings from Atlanta, Georgia, home of this year’s East Coast Photoshop World Conference & Expo. I wanted to share a few quick things before you get here (by the way, we have a “Pirate theme” this year, as seen in our treasure map above. It will be an adventure for sure!). Here goes:
(1) You can still get a FREE Expo-only pass!
If you can't go to the full conference, you can still come and check out the Expo floor this week for free (thanks to our friends at B&H Photo). Come check out all the new gear, take advantage of show specials, and catch free bonus expo-floor classes in the theater. It’s too late to register online, so just come right down to the Cobb Galleria and get your expo pass on site. Here are the hours:
See you on the Expo floor!
(2) Canon is giving away a 5D Mark III
For a few years now Canon has been sponsoring a pre-conference workshop on shooting studio portraits and the best shot from the student in that class (as chosen by audience applause during the opening keynote), wins a 5D Mark III. That is insane!!!
(3) Bring Your Camera
You will kick yourself if you don't because there's all sorts of shooting opportunities, including the incredibly popular Westcott Shooting Bays on the Expo floor, where they've put together a series of very creative sets, all perfectly lit with Westcott lighting, with live models in full costume for you to shoot.
(4) Canon is cleaning your Camera free
The techs from Canon Professional Services will be on hand doing full cleanings of your Canon camera bodies (open to all conference attendees). Last Photoshop World they cleaned nearly 600 cameras!
(5) I hope you'll consider catching some of my classes
I invite you to check out some of my classes on the conference track. Here's the link to what I'm teaching in Atlanta this week.
(6) Adobe is here. Big time!
Adobe is all over Photoshop World, from their booth on the Expo floor, to the opening keynote, to having Photoshop and Lightroom product managers teaching classes in the conference sessions to a special session where attendees get to share their product ideas and feedback â” it's Adobe's world and you're invited.
(7) If this is your first time, here's some trainers you don't want to miss!
These are such inspiring, passionate and just amazing instructors that I would recommend you catch at least one of their classes even if the topic isn't one that's right up your alley. Try sitting in on a class from Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Joel Grimes, Dave Black, Zack Arias, Moose Peterson, Glyn Dewis, Tamara Lackey, and Jeremy Cowart. You are guaranteed to learn and be inspired.
(8) Peter Hurley is In The House
I get the job of choosing who gets to speak at Photoshop World so when we bring on somebody new, you know they have to be really special. And Peter Hurley certain is, as one of the hottest photographers in the country today, and one of the best, most engaging, and fun instructors.
(9) It's a Lightroom Love-fest
If you're into Lightroom, you are going to lose your mind, because we have a full Lightroom learning track that runs all the days, the entire conference long, so you totally immerse yourself in Lightroom and never take a class on anything else (though you sure can if you want to because it’s all included).
(10) It's not too late if you want to come!
Although you can't register online at this late day, you can still come down in person and register on-site at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center. Click here to see on-site registration hours.
(11) Come by my book signing on Wednesday at 3:00 pm
This Wednesday at 3:00 pm I’ll be doing a book signing at the Peachpit Press Book Store on the Expo Floor, so if you want to come by — bring one of your books from home (or you can buy one there at a discount), and I’d love to meet you in person and sign your copy.
OK gang, that's my tips. Hope I'll get to see you in person this week here in Atlanta during Photoshop World Week!!! Whoo Hooo!!!! :)
If you can't make the full three-day training conference, how about a FREE Expo-only Pass for the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up in Atlanta in like 6 days? (April 8, 9, and 10th). That way, you can check out the show floor, see some cool gear, check out Adobe's tradeshow booth and all the fun stuff at the Expo portion of the show.
Even though these passes are $40 at the door, if you register for your FREE pass now online, B&H Photo will pick up the tab for your Expo pass (how sweet is that!).
Is it worth going to just the expo?
If you've never been to our Expo floor, it is truly awesome! There are lots of classes running on the Expo floor; tons of demos and special expo-only pricing on gear; Adobe will be there along with lots of software and hardware vendors (everyone from Canon to Epson to Westcott and more!), lots of cool stuff to see and learn (there’s a theater with free classes going all day), and totally lots of fun! Best of all â” it's free (if you reserver for your free tickets now, in advance).
Sign-up now for your free Expo-only pass (good for two admissions) right here. (IMPORTANT: when you get to that page, scroll down and click on the “Free Expo Pass” button) then click “Register Now.”
See you in Atlanta next week!
P.S. I had hoped to have Indy Racing photos to post today, but I’m behind onâ¦.wellâ¦everything. Hopefully will have them ready soon.
A lot of people are surprised when they find out how much Lightroom Training there is at the Photoshop World Conference (which kicks off in just 24 days in Atlanta). It’s a straight-up three-day Lightroom love-fest (so much so, that you can come to Photoshop World, and take nothing but Lightroom classes each dayâ”all dayâ”and never take a Photoshop or photography class at all.
We even have an optional full-day Lightroom Crash Course pre-conference workshop (taught by Matt Kloskowski himself), the day before the conference starts (so, it would be on April 7th, and the regular 3-day conference starts on April 8th).
Here’s who teaching our Lightroom sessions at Photoshop World in Atlanta:
- Matt Kloskowski
- Zack Arias
- Julieanne Kost
- Eddie Tapp
- Jeremy Cowart
- Terry White
- Frank Doorfof
- Brian Hughes
- Erik Valind
- RC Concepcion
- and Me
Take a look at the details of these daily Lightroom sessions, (click right here, and look each day at the dedicated Lightroom track).
By the way, you can save $100 off the price of a full conference pass (which includes access to all these conference sessions) if you sign up by MONDAY the 17th just three from now), which brings the price of the full conference pass down to just $595 (plus, it’s even less if you’re a KelbyOne member, or you’ve been to Photoshop World before, because you get special discounts on top of that).
Any questions about any of this, talk to a real live, really helpful person (yay!) by calling toll-free 1-800-201-7323
Hope I’ll see you in won of my classes in Atlanta later this month. :-)
Gotta run — I’ve got four location portrait shoots today for a project I’m doing for CocaCola.com, and I’m still editing the images from a studio car shoot I did in Phoenix after my seminar there on Wednesday (here’s a behind-the-scenes shot from my iPhone — I got to shoot this new 2014 Corvette Stingray and a really cool Shelby Cobra. Can’t wait to share the shots as soon as they’re done).
Also, I should have some really fun news for KelbyOne subscribers on Monday or Tuesday (it will make a lot of folks happy). Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we’ll see you back here next week.