Hey hey! It’s #TravelTuesday with me, Dave Williams, and every week I’m here with something for you from the category lineup of photography, Photoshop, travel, or life. This week: – life. Mine, to be more specific.
First on the agenda, Photoshop World. It was awesome! I had my first PSW class, my “Ten Tips to Help You Create Captivating Travel Images,” and I loved it! I had a great time up on the stage in front of the attendees and it looks as though I had around 200 people in there with me. So, to those who came and to everyone who has followed along on my travels, thank you! Here’s a little look, courtesy of Brad Moore and Mark Heaps.
And, another big thanks to Rachel and the KelbyOne crew for being so ace, and for delivering me a donut onstage!
Now, since Photoshop World it seems life has resumed, which for me means travelling! I’m writing this post from the porch of the Thunderbird Lodge in Chinle, AZ, having woken up in Page and taken a look over the amazing vista at Horseshoe Bend before rolling through the landscape to Monument Valley where I’m currently shooting with Siân Elizabeth on some projects both together and independently. So far so good on that one, but I want to tell you about the little adventure that just finished.
Mark Heaps and I fulfilled a promise. Two years ago we decided we would go on a motorcycle adventure and we have now done that, albeit quite a short and sweet one (but, hopefully, the first of many.)
We collected our Triumph Tigers from Las Vegas Triumph immediately after Photoshop World ended, and we rode straight out into the blazing Nevada and Arizona deserts with one goal in our sights: – Route 66.
For three days we took in the sights on this amazing stretch of the mother road around the Seligman area, and if you didn’t know already, Seligman is perhaps better known as Radiator Springs from the Disney movie Cars. We tested our riding skills with twists and turns, ups and downs, strong side winds and dusty gravel roads, and it was amazing! I’ve been on some cool rides before but this was the most diverse, entertaining, and in some places, challenging motorcycle road trip I’ve had. Mark and I had the opportunity to share our experiences of photography training and of life in general. I already mentioned that we had planned to ride together for a couple of years, but here’s the point: –
One of the most beautiful qualities of friendship is to understand and to be understood. It refreshes the soul. Having the opportunity to share stories and experiences, and then subsequently share and adventure, came off the back of having met online through shared interest and realising we ticked the same tock, and we developed that and took it up a notch. The KelbyOne Community and Photoshop World are a fantastic way not only to learn but to share and to network. Mark and I maximised on it, and I strongly urge you to do the same so that you can click with like-minded people who speak your language, metaphorically and literally, and take on the world together.
Never let your friends get lonely. Keep disturbing them!
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 Worldfor putting on the world’s most incredible conference!
I’m Dave Williamsand 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 Rodriguez; Photoshop 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. ;)
Well hello! It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always to lay down some wisdom and stuff! So, did you know that Photoshop World is right around the corner? Of course you did! If you haven’t sorted out your ticket yet there’s still time, and even if you aren’t free to attend the whole (awesome!) conference, you can get yourself a one day ticket. I’m dying to meet as many of you as I can, so look for this guy at the bar: –
So, let’s talk about Photoshop World today! It’s much, much more than a conference! Today, I want to share with you some of my experiences of Photoshop World, and I have all of you in mind but this is mainly geared towards the first timers out there. The legend that is Larry Becker will run an orientation for newbies right there at the conference, so take this as more of a glimpse of the things you can take away from Photoshop World—aside from the fact that you can attend a ton of classes on a range of tracks led by the cream of the crop from the creative industry. Here’s the real deal, let’s go!
First off, you know all those names you see on the KelbyOne Facebook page? The members’ images shared on the KelbyOne Instagram page? The names you hear mentioned when the comments are read out during The Grid? The names you see commenting on your Instagram posts because you’re both members of the KelbyOne community? You get to put faces to those names! Take a look: –
So what else?! I mean, surely life-long friendships alone is a pretty good reason to look forward to the other side of Photoshop World, but what else?
I mean, the Partner Pavilion’s pretty sweet. You know that there’s a huge gathering of awesome creatives showing their wares there too, right? So, the likes of B&H Photo Video and Platypod Tripods are joined by so many other awesome companies that we all love right in one place, waiting to meet you too! That’s a pretty “mainstream” thing about Photoshop World though, and that’s not the point of this post. It’s meant to be the other things!
(Okay, my lawyer said that if you go looking for gators, it’s not my fault when you find one! Just saying!)
And then there are all the extra-curricular activities! There is a whole load of things going on in the evenings. When you hear about a party being announced or “tickets being released tomorrow morning” or anything like that, jump on it!
Peter and I were lucky enough to have been sitting around a table at the Light party in Vegas with Mike Kubeisy and Meredith Holt learning what a tater tot is (I’m British, I don’t know these things!). But, it was just the coolest thing having spent a day totally broadening my creative mind to then go party the night away and make new friends.
So, what about exploring the fact that even though it’s called Photoshop World, it’s not all about Photoshop…
So, there’s all that, there’s the T-shirt toss, there’s the shipment of the biggest pile of Krispy Kreme donuts you’ve ever seen at Midnight Madness, and I feel like I’m laying down a sales pitch now. They’re never convincing so I opened the floor, so to speak, and asked a bunch of other KelbyOne family members their take on this. Here’s what they had to say!
Whether your mojo is lost, asleep, or a little unmotivated, it will sure be recharged after being in such a creative environment. You’ll get to network with some of the best creatives in the industry. You’ll leave the conference with a bag full of new tricks that will sure improve your business. You’ll make lifetime friendships and probably have a big hangover but it will be worth it! – Gilmar Smith, Gilmar Smith Photography, 5 PSW’s
For me, I’d say the best alternative thing is meeting the community. Those people you connect with on social media. It’s a great place to develop those relationships and go off and do your own trips or photo walks. I’ve made many friends from extra curricular trips as Photoshop World. Then there’s the vendor floor, getting to talk to the people who make the stuff you use and ask them questions. The prizes for feedback forms is always worth taking notice of for the last day! Filling in those feedback forms on the Photoshop World App is really important for the instructors . Check out the expo for extra classes and demos too! There’s a community area this year so make it the trip that you make new friends and create your own experience! – Dave Clayton, KelbyOne instructor, 8 PSW’s
Where else can you get hands on and talk to the phoptpographer who wrote the books on the subject you’re reading? It’s a lot about interaction. Think of this as an investment. As a college course where you get to interact with the teachers who are leading their fields. Networking is huge in our industry and PSW is a great opportunity for you to do this. – Robert Vanelli, Vanelli and Friends, lost count of PSW’s!
Come to Photoshop World Expo Pavilion. Meet industry leaders and the people behind the products. Get your hands on some amazing equipment and accessories, try before you buy, and seek out some hot deals and discounts! – Larry Tiefenbrunn, CEO of Platypod, 3 PSW’s
As a UK based photographer who travels internationally for work, aside from the obvious inspiration and learning to be had, PSW is a huge networking event for me. In attending the conference, I’ve made some lifelong friendships and built up a number of fantastic working relationships that have resulted in me returning to the U.S. for more work. If you’re keen to go pro, then the opportunities to collaborate with other likeminded creatives can not be overstated. Simply put: You’d need a really good reason not to go, if full time photography is your goal.–Peter Treadway, Peter Treadway Photography, 2 PSW’s
Being in a building with hundreds of other brilliant creatives makes me pulse to life with inspiration and helps me push my dreams to even wilder heights. To meet people from all over the globe who are each chasing down their passions with individual fire is the greatest way to get reinvigorated and refocused on my own journey. That energy and that unparalleled artistic company is what makes Photoshop World so completely unique and so precious to me. –Kaylee Greer, KelbyOne instructor, 4 PSW’s
PSW has some of the best classes and instructors in the business. PSW has so many fun things set up to keep you in and part of the entire experience. The workbook is worth the trip alone. They have every single class in one book, so if you miss a class you don’t need to worry, it’s all right there in the book for you. One of my favourite reasons to go to PSW is to meet other great creatives in the industry. They are such a great wealth of knowledge but not only that, the inspiration I get is priceless! – JR Maddox, JR Maddox Photography, 6 PSW’s
Reason #1 – I’ll be there! Reason #2 – It’s the one place where you can learn your favourite Adobe Creative Cloud apps from the best instructors. Reason #3 – I’ll be there! Reason #4 – It’s Orlando. Reason #5 – It’s the one conference that combines learning and fun (mostly fun!) Reason #6 – It’s where all the cool kids go. Reason #7 – There’s no better place to learn Photoshop. – Terry White, KelbyOne Instructor and Adobe worldwide evangelist, All the PSW’s!
Hi Gang — we’re only 76 days away from the Photoshop World Conference (May 31-June 2, 2018) in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency 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. This is the only Photoshop World Conference this year, right? A. That’s right, it the only one, so you should definitely come.
Q. I see you’re at the Hyatt this time instead of the Orange County Convention Center. A. You bet! The Hyatt was our host hotel last year and we absolutely loved it. What we didn’t love was having to walk all the way through the Hyatt Convention Center, just to walk to another convention center. Now, you just come downstairs and you’re right in the middle of everything. The Hyatt’s convention center is much newer, and we can have a bigger keynote, a bigger partner pavilion, and we’re all together in just one convenient place. We’re pretty psyched!
Q. Is that where all the staff and instructors are staying? A. Yup, we’re all staying at the beautiful Hyatt Regency. You can stay there, too but it’s filling up very fast (they have a special discount for our attendees) details here.
Q. Is that where Joe McNally is staying? A. No. Actually, Joe insists on staying at Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World. He takes a limo over each morning.
Q. Really? A. Of course not. He takes a carriage. It’s why we have to end all conference events by 11:45 PM.
Q. Scott, I’m more of a visual person, and I need to see it to really understand it. Is there any way you could create some sort of short slideshow, set to some upbeat royalty-free music, with lots of photos? Also, could you make it around 90-seconds? — I have a short attention span. A. Well, when you make it that specific, I feel like I have to. Here it is (below) to your exact specs.
Q. What kind of conference is this really? A. It’s ‘clothing optional’
Q. Are you serious? A. Well, it’s really up to you. That’s why we call it “optional.”
Q. It’s called Photoshop World?— is it all just Photoshop classes? A. It’s grown to be much more than just Photoshop.We have full conference tracks on Lightroom and photography, and lighting/flash, and graphic design, and Business/Career, and more. Of course lots of Photoshop classes, too.
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 pre-conference workshops, but a few of them are almost sold out, 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. If I’m a beginner will I be lost? A. Only if you don’t follow the directional signs in the Hyatt.
Q. I meant in the sessions? A. We have a lot of beginners that come to Photoshop World each year, and they’re able to follow along no problem with most of the sessions. Of course, if a session is named “Advanced” then you should probably sit that one out, but there are 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. Last year you guys had Stacy Pearsall for your special evening presentation, and she was awesome. Who will it be this year? A. We are truly excited this year to bring you “An evening with Jeremy Cowart.” He is one of the most engaging, passionate, driven photographers and champions for social good in our industry, and it will truly be a very special evening for everyone.
Q. Will Roberto Valenzuela be there? A. Absolutely! He’ll be rocking it.
Q. Peter Hurley? Joe McNally? A. You bet!
Q. What about Stella Kramer? Please tell me Stella’s gonna be there! A. She is. Everybody loves Stella!
Q. What about Lindsay Adler? Terry White, Matt Kloskowski? Dave Black? Julieanne Kost? Scarlett Johansson? Kristina Sherk? Dave Cross, Corey Barker, What about them? A. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, yes, yes, yes.
Q. Any international instructors? A. Oui! (see what I did there?). We’re talkin: Glyn Dewis, Serge Ramelli, Frank Doorhof, Dave Clayton, and Tim Wallace (aw, yeah)
Q. Moose? A. Moose! :)
Q. Kaylee Greer and her doggos? A. Si, con mucho mas doggos y puppers!
Q. Any new instructors? A. Always! We’re welcoming Family/newborn photographer Tracy Sweeney (link), and Photoshop design sharks Mark Heaps and Jesus Ramirez.
Q. Alright, I’ll go register right now. Just checking — Joel Grimes, he will be will be there too, right? A. You bet.
Q. Isn’t there a competition for people who attend the conference? A. There is — they’re called “The Guru Awards” and winning a prestigious “Guru” award has launched many a career. Here are the details on entering.
Q. So the Guru Awards are only open to be people who attend the conference? A. That’s right.
Q. That doesn’t seem fair. A. It does to me.
Q. Will the Partner Pavilion vendor area be open to the public? A. It will not, but if you want to bring a spouse or someone traveling with you, we can arrange a special free pass for them.
Q. Do I get a discount if I’m a KelbyOne Pro member? A. You bet! You save $100 off a conference pass.
Q. It says the conference is produced by KelbyOne. Is it only for members? A. Anyone may attend (well, anyone who’s cool), and if you’re not a member yet, you will be – a one-year KelbyOne Plus membership is included in your conference price for all attendees who buy a full conference pass at $699 or more.
Q. So I can keep learning from the Photoshop World Conference instructors even after the conference? A.You so “get this!”Yes, yes you can keep learning from them after the conference in their awesome online courses. Thank you for asking such a non-set-up, spontaneous, impromptu, unplanned, yet marketing savvy question. I so dig you.
Q. So, if I’m a KelbyOne member and I register before April 28th, 2018 – I can get $200 off, right? A. You are right. It’s a steal at full price, but you can still get $200 off if you’re quick about it.
Q. What if I have a question that’s not answered here? A.Well, that’s hard to imagine, but if somehow one slipped by, check our official FAQ 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 incredibly informative. A. That’s really more of a statement, but since it’s so on the money, I’ll let it stand.
Q. I’ve always wanted to go — this is the year. I’m going! A. Now yer talkin’!
Well, I hope you found this at least 22.4% helpful. Have a great week everybody!
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. ;-) Here are some highlights from last year’s conference, but just know — this year will be even awesomer!
Hey gang: We had our own Larry Becker stop by some of the exhibitors at the Photoshop World Conference Expo floor last week, so they could give us a quick look at what they were showing off at their booths. Here’s a few to get you started:
OK, this post is getting crazy long – if you want to see more, check out our KelbyOne YouTube page where you’ll find lots more stuff from Photoshop World.
Photoshop World Orlando is in full swing with classes and the Expo officially underway. Hundreds have gathered at the Orange County Convention Center to get inside the minds of more than 35 industry experts, including some new additions to the instructor “dream team” like Jeremy Cowart, Frank Doorhof and Dave Black.
But there’s more to learning at Photoshop World. This year’s Expo includes a live photo contest sponsored by Westcott, exclusive product demos and much more.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights from Day One:
Retouching Secrets Revealed! Scott Kelby shines a spotlight on the portrait retouching techniques the pros use.
All eyes are on the big screen as Scott shows the audience how to make their photography subjects look their best while still looking natural and untouched!
It’s a crash course on the finer points of Lightroom3 with Matt Kloskowski.
The audience listens intenly as Matt highlights themust-incorporate techniques for importing, organizing, developing and editing images in both Lightroom and Photoshop.
No lighting required! This year’s PSW Expo includes a LIVE photo shoot sponsored by Westcott that lets you photograph various models in eye-catching costumes and scenes.
The Last Samurai. A model dressed as the Japanese warrior takes center stage at the Westcott Live Photo Shoot on the Expo floor.
Noted celebrity photographer and photojournalist Jeremy Cowart, a first-time PSW instructor, shares some of his tried-and-true trade secrets with attendees at the Kelby Training Theater on the PSW Expo Floor.
Cowart’s “The Current Path To A Successful Photography Career” is one of nearly 20 bonus classes that are free to attendees at this year’s Expo.
The Social Network! Along with learning from the pros and experiencing product demos, attendees also get the chance to mix and mingle and learn from each other.
Homework! The latest and greatest books from Kelby Training and Peachpit are on sale at the PSW bookstore.
More images to come from the Orange County Convention Center, so keep checking back.