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). 

How To Get Started In The Headshot Business with Peter Hurley
Everybody needs a headshot, shouldn’t you be the one to take it? Join Peter Hurley as he teaches you how to get started in headshot photography! Peter has been making his living as a headshot photographer for 18 years, and in this class he gives you a game plan for getting started, goes over different lighting set ups for a range of budgets, shares his tips and techniques for making clients feel comfortable from the moment they arrive through the end of the shoot, and shows you his streamlined workflow for putting it all together. Don’t let fear hold you back! Use your talent and skill to give people the gift of a beautiful photo of themselves.

In Case You Missed It
Go out and start taking headshots! Join Peter Hurley as he brings you the answers to the top 10 headshot questions he gets asked the most. In this class you’ll learn how to chill out your subject, how to get started with a limited budget, how to make people look their best, and how to fix all kinds of things that come up during a shoot. From gear choices to working with clients, Peter doesn’t only provide the answers, he demonstrates how he works with live subjects, so you get to see it all from start to finish in a series of shoots with a variety of people. To really get the most out of it though, you’ve got to apply it, and by the end of the class you’ll be ready to get started.

Things I Wish I Knew…
We have all been there. The moment when the light bulb clicks and you feel dumb for not realizing it sooner. As someone with no formal training in photography, and the bulk of my learning coming from the advice of serval great mentors, resources like KelbyOne and YouTube, and messing up until I figured it out, I find myself in this position on a frequent basis. In hopes that it may help someone else, here are a few of the numerous embarrassing realizations I have had and some words of advice from my first year as a professional.    

I tend to learn much better via hands-on trial and error than reading or watching a video. This ultimately leads to me overlooking or misunderstanding a feature that my be very useful at some point down the road (a bad habit I know, which I’m working on). This could be either in workflow, pre or post, or while capturing the image. Thinking you understand your gear and actually understanding your gear can be a bigger gap than you may realize.

You Don’t Need All Those Focal Points!!
This is from the perspective of shooting action. So, I know there are times you may want to have edge to edge selectable focal points. I used to think I wanted to be able to have pinpoint edge of glass to edge of glass control on every shot. As time went on though, I began to realize it can get really fumble-y and difficult to flip through 64 different points in time to get the shot you want  in a split second. It is not worth the risk of missing the perfect moment because you missed the focal point, and it is very easy to do with that many options. Now I have my camera set with single spot selectable on 9 focal points. This allows me to be able to flip to any 3rd with one toggle.

Spend Some Quality Time With Your Gear
Even if you think you know your gear, do a quarterly or yearly “date night” to catch up. Flip through every single menu item, and if you don’t know what something is, look it up. Do test shoots where you very well may not produce any usable images because you are testing out the extremes of what your gear can do.

This can be a good exercise for even experienced shooters as they keep jamming features into the new products that can be very helpful and make your life easier. It often helps spur ideas for shoots when I’m thinking about ways I can incorporate that particular feature into an image. The image above was shot after one of these experimental sessions and was shot as a test after researching the rear curtain flash sync setting.

Relax, Breathe, And Then Get To Work
To use a Nashville music business reference, “making it” overnight takes seven years, but one bad performance can set you back several. The pressure is real, and it intensifies the further you get into your career. If you are not on point, or you produce bad work when your name is called, word can travel fast. And much faster than if you nailed the shoot.  You have to be on your A game at every shoot. It is very easy to get overwhelmed when something is not working and all eyes are on you to get the shot.

One of the best ways I have found to prepare before a shoot is to take time to relax and have a short meditation. This may sound crazy, but it makes a big difference. Visualize the entire shoot from start to finish how you want it to go with the results you want. This will help you walk into the room more confidently and ready to deal with anything thrown your way. Remember, they hired you for a reason.

Final Words Of Advice
Don’t take yourself too seriously (or take yourself more seriously depending on your personality). You know where you fall here. I find myself on the side of needing to lighten up sometimes. Don’t forget why you started photography. Don’t forget where your fire to create came from. Art is unique in the fact that most people don’t get into it because someone made them or, “it’s what society says you’re suppose to do.” 99.999% of us started because we found a passion that brings us peace and lights a fire in our soul. It’s very easy to lose that in the day to day grind of making a living in photography. Find time to shoot for you, create what you want, and create with a purpose

Sam Carbine is a Sports and Fitness Photographer in Nashville, TN. You can see more of his work at SamCarbine.com and follow him on Instagram.

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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