Who’s New, Who’s Back, and Other Photoshop World Vegas Stuff

OK, first last night we launched a totally new Photoshop World Conference & Expo Web site (seen above), with better, easier, and more “Vegas-ie” navigation plus lots of cool photos and stuff to help you plan your trip to Vegas with us. OK, enough of that (but if you jumped over there right now to see the new site, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings one bit). [wink] ;-)

Next, who’s new to our teaching roster this September: I’ll tell ya — it’s cool people. Really cool people, like:

Tim Wallace
UK-based Automotive Photographer

> Amazing teacher and talent (I love this guy!)
> Looks better in person than this photo
> Not as good looking as me of course, but certainly handsome
> He’ll be shooting a car right in his class. We’ll patch the bullet holes with Bondo.



Roberto Valenzuela
LA-based Photographer and trainer, Book Author, Lover (by looking at his photo)

> This guy’s books are killin’ it! The dude can write.
> He can shoot and teach like a boss!
> If he looks this good in person, I’m going to cut him from the roster.
> He’s part of our new Wedding Photography Track, that runs all three days. He’s “Berry Sessy!”


Frank Salas
Master Wedding Photographer and instructor

> Another handsome guy. Not helping me.
> His bio is a mile long, but in short, he was named one of the best wedding photographers in the world
> He crushed the classes he did for KelbyOne. Plus, some of our staff have crushes on him. Just sayin’
> He’s on our new Wedding Track, too! You knew that, right?


Peter Hurley
Stud. Also shoot head shots.

> Looks like a model. Was a model. A model prisoner. (unconfirmed rumor)
>  Taught at Atlanta Photoshop World, so he’s not “technically” new but he’s new to our Vegas conference, soâ¦.
> He was a huge hit in Atlanta. He’s a huge hit everywhere he goes. Peter Hurley for President
> Not nearly this good looking in person. Looks more like Comedian Gilbert Godfrey. Quite possibly his twin.


These are some awesome instructors who we’re thrilled to have back on our “Instructor Dream Team:”

Lindsay Adler
NYC-based Fashion Photographer 

> Awesome photographer and fantastic teacher
> Wears dangerously high heels when teaching. Could fall at any time which adds drama.
> Really good at lighting, posing, and knows many colorful New York phrases
> Great business sense. Great fashion sense. May have Spidey sense.


David Curedon
Retoucher, Photographer, Big Ol’ Teddy Bear

> We have missed this guy — his retouching is off the chain (plus, we just love him)
> He has a ton of fans at KelbyOne for his online retouching classes (and cool custom retouching brushes)
> His head is smaller than all the other instructors but we don’t mention it (feelings matter).
>  Suffers from Aulophobia (the fear of flutes), but still is a great teacher as long as “Aqualung” doesn’t come on


James Schmelzer
Senior Portrait Photographer and Lighting Ninja

> Has mad skills. Does a lot of teaching for the Westcott lighting folks. Awesome instructor!
> Is based in Michigan but yet owns a foreign car. That’s one strike.
> Has been spotted several times in North Korea on “business.” Strike two!
> Is not Peter Hurley. Good save. #schmelzerforthewin


It’s an instructor dream team of the best of the best:

> Scott Kelby (Devastatingly handsome man. That alone should be enough)
> Joe McNally
(Magical Unicorn of Flash)
> Dave Black (Sports Legend and Untapped Source of Energy)
> Joel Grimes (Compositing and Lighting Shogun)
> Moose Peterson (Love Machine)
> Tamara Lackey (She Shoots Kids. Erâ¦photographs children)
> Jay Maisel (Cranky New Yorker)
> Matt Kloskowski (Landscape Photographer. Photoshop Guy. Carb Collector & Licensed Calorie Trustee).
> Ben Willmore (Photoshop Rainmaker specializing in classic bus repair)
> Brian Smith (Celebrity Photo Guru and has really cool glasses)
> Corey Barker (Insane Photoshop Skills. Too good for his own good. Not sure what that means)
> David Ziser (Wedding Wunderkind and Certified Kentucky Colonel)
> Frank Doorhof (He’s Dutch!)
> Pete Collins (Photoshop Guy often seen wearing an Urban Sombrero)
> Bill Fortney (A man barely alive)
> Russell Brown (Adobe’s own madman of Photoshop and flight. Distills his own bourbon)
> Jason Groupp (Best dressed Wedding photographer in Northern Hemisphere)
> Kevin Ames (Knows many good restaurants in Atlanta. Only drinks Coke products)
> Terry White (Adobe Guy. Owns several Apple products. Possible Vegan)
> RC Concepcion (Photoshop Guy, 43.3% Clairvoyant. Master Sergeant of HDR and other acronyms)
> Glyn Dewis (Has a funny accent. Could be foreign. Will probably be deported.)
> Jim DiVitale (His name means love in seven languages)
> Helene Glassman (Gets awfully cozy with Jim Divitale)
> Jack Davis (Graphics Guru from Cali […ain’t no party like a west coast party cause a west coast party don’t stop])
> Faye Sirkis (Passionate Artist with a shoplifting habit)
> Erik Valind (He’s young and in love. Probably).
> Dave Cross (Stealing American jobs for more than a decade)
> Scott Diussa (Concert photographer & screaming lead guitar player)
> Alan Hess (Concert photographer, can’t play anything but has great hair)
> Bert Monroy (Not a concert photographer, but could draw a very convincing concert scene)
> Julieanne Kost (Adobe’s own Diva of Lightroom. Probably using a stage name)
> Bryan Hughes (Adobe power broker. Deadly at Pai Gow Poker)
> Colin Smith (Sounds Australian. Check his papers).
> Joe Glyda (Shoots food. It sometimes shoots back. Loves Red Dye #3)

Well, we’ve got a whole lotta classes — over 100, in seven different training tracks, over three days. Whew!

Not 100% sure? Then watch this quick video below that shows some of these awesome instructors in action (no way you can not go after watching that video. No way! It’s Vegas for you baby!)

Of course you do. Just say it out loud, “This is the year. I’m going!”

If you sign up right now, you can save money and get a full conference pass for only $525 (for KelbyOne members, it’s only $449. Seriously, that’s crazy!).

That’s for all three days, all the classes, the expo floor, the special events, the Adobe keynote, the get-togethers, the fun, the networking, the learning, the e-coli (just checking to see if you were still reading), and you’ll get to meet all your favorite KelbyOne instructors in person — so come and be with us out in Vegas — you’ll never forget it!

Here’s the link — head over there right now, then book your flights. See you in September! :)




  1. I wish Tim Wallace had been in Atlanta this year. I would have loved to have seen a live car shoot!

    I can’t say enough good things about Photoshop World. I’ve been to three and each one was better than the last. Anyone on the fence just has to decide to go and experience it for themselves. They won’t regret it.

    Have a great holiday weekend, Scott!


  2. Hey guys,
    This blog post really bums me out. It looks more and more like I’m going to miss Vegas for the first time in 5 years. I always learn so much and have such a wonderful time at the expo.
    Hopefully I can get some guys hired before then so I can have lab coverage and can still make it. The new site is amazing.
    I still hope to see you in September, but if not, Vegas 2015 is only 16 months away. There’s always a bright side.

  3. ARGH I want to goooo! But I have to miss it again ;_; No vacation time and no monies.
    At least I get to see the “Magical Unicorn of Flash” next month in San Jose! Thanks SOOO much for the free ticket, Scott! I nearly cried when I got the email last week.

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