The Photoshop World Experience Part 3: Teaching

Hey Folks,
Carrying on from where I left off, Day 3 was a day I’ll never forget for a whole host of reasons, the main one being it was when I was teaching my first class at Photoshop World: Photoshop Fast & Furious

Being the first ever class I’d taught at Photoshop World plus being the first person from the UK to do so, naturally led to a few pre class nerves (not helped by my MacBook Pro deciding to misbehave the night before) so I have to say a HUGE thanks to some very good friends for all their help and support beforehand; Calvin Hollywood, Alan Hess, Dave Clayton and Michael Mueller…you guys totally ROCK!!! (BTW Alan, thanks so much for taking the shots!)

Being my first class I certainly didn’t expect to see the numbers of people I did in attendance. Such an amazing feeling to see that all the seats were taken, there were people standing at the back and even folks sat on the floor at the front…crazy:)

This plaque/trophy is what’s given to all Instructors that have taught at Photoshop World. To me this means so much; so much more than any other trophy/award I’ve received in my life up to this point. Needless to say it now takes pride of place in my office:)

Jeremy Cowart
One of the things that has meant so much has been to finally meet up with folks who have played a profound part in my photography/photoshop life.

One such person is Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart who’s work I have followed for some time now. I was in the Instructors room back stage practicing my class when Jeremy came over and asked how I was and took a look through some of my images. Having chatted for a few minutes I couldn’t help but think…you know what, this Photoshop World, N.A.P.P and Kelby Training thing is something real special; it’s full of good, honest, genuine people who do what they do and share with others because they love it…period!

Team Dewis
An extra big shout out goes to my buddy and Brother from another Mother, Dave Clayton. His continued support is overwhelming; I’m just glad I didn’t notice him sat in the audience whilst I was teaching, wearing the T-Shirt with my bald head staring back at me that he’d had printed for a laugh…too funny:)

Midnight Madness
Once the day’s classes were over it was a real pleasure to have been invited out to dinner and to spend some quality time with Scott & Kalebra, Matt Kloskowski, RC Concepcion, and a few of their nearest and dearest friends before heading back to the hotel for one of the highlights of the event…Midnight Madness.

Taking up a role he fulfils so well Vanelli, the Master of Ceremonies pumped up the attendees getting all kinds of games going before the start, which at one point meant sticking an Oreo Cookie to your head (don’t ask). Of course it ended up being UK v’s USA but aided by some, ermmm, impartial refereeing by Frank Doorhoof:)

Naturally Midnight Madness lived up to it’s name with all kinds of crazy antics going but all under the ruling that it was a No Photoshop Learning Zone:)

Pizza/Burger Hunt
Following Midnight Madness (around 1 am) a small group of us (Scott & Kalebra, Matt Kloskowski, Frank Doorhoff, Larry Becker, Pete Collins, Robert Vanelli, Lindsay Adler, Robert Gordon, Mike WiacekKathy Porupski amongst others ended up trawling Georgetown, DC on the hunt for snacks; no easy task I can tell you as everywhere seemed to have closed already.

However, despite Pete Collins and Vanelli’s best attempts to convince folks to open early we eventually landed on a cosy little joint and shared pizza, chips and drinks whilst listening to some rather disturbing but darned funny stories by Larry Becker.

Lots of laughs, lots of memories and a great end to a great day; good times:)

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  • April 1, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    david rogers - Good to see such an overwhelming attendance. Don’t let the rumors that half of them were translators worry you .:)

  • April 1, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    Glyn - lol…Superb :)

  • April 1, 2012 - 7:44 pm

    Mike Wiacek - It was an absolute blast. I can’t wait till next time guys!

  • April 2, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    Ken iToney - Awesome blog Glyn, I sure wished I could have made PSW, you know I would have been in your class!

  • April 2, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Jonathan Thompson - Great to see how many were there to check your pronunciation of opacity ;) Nice one mate, keep it up you’re gonna go far.

    Cheers JT

  • April 2, 2012 - 10:25 pm

    Glyn - Ken…You’re a star!

  • April 2, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    Glyn - @Mike W…Ditto mate; can’t wait :)

  • April 2, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    Glyn - @Jonathan…Thanks mate and thanks too for the constant support :)

  • April 3, 2012 - 8:20 pm

    Nat - Hi Glyn. So pleased for you and I’m really sad I didn’t make it this time. Looks like a magic time was had by all and tell Dave I think there’s a market in them there t-shirts :)! Take care,
    Nat

The Photoshop World Experience Part 2

Hey Folks,

The weekend already? Geez seems like the older, I mean more mature I get (yeah right), the days turn into hours, the hours into minutes and the minutes into blinks of an eye :/

So, here’s Part 2 of the diary of events from Photoshop World which picks up on the official start and the Opening Keynote…

This year’s theme was politics with each of the Photoshop Guys running as Presidential Candidates. I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and effort went into putting it all together with all the stage set up, videos and even a Sarah Palin impersonator…at least I think she was an impersonator.

Great fun, lots of laughs and a superb start to the main event:)

Calvin Hollywood
This was to be the first year Calvin had his own teaching track and his first class kicked off straight after the opening keynote. It was so good to see that the room quickly became packed with eager attendees, with all seats being taken and people having to stand at the back too…so cool!

Of course Calvin totally Rocked the House delivering a fun packed, 1 hour teaching session. Sounds crazy maybe but knowing Calvin as a friend I felt so proud and happy for him to have received such a great response:)

Abe Lincoln aka Russell Brown
Another great person to have been able to catch and hang out with backstage was the one and only Russell Brown. Senior Creative Director at Adobe, Russell is a larger than life character who never fails to amaze with his teaching and up until now I’d never had the chance to catch up.

Such a fun guy, Russell came dressed as Abraham Lincoln and his presentation of Photoshop Touch had everyone creased up with laughter at the Adobe Meeting in the morning and at the opening keynote; hilarious:)

Expo
From 1pm the Expo Hall opened with so many companies showing off their latest and greatest.

Stopped by the Lens Bracelet having been called out by the owner/creator Adam Elmakias who said that he followed me on Twitter; such a small world huh

The lens bracelet’s definitely appeal to the camera junkie in me and yeah maybe a little but geeky but hey so what…they look real good and who said life is for being serious anyway? You can check them out here [Link] and follow the owner Adam here too [Link] … super nice guy:)

Attendee Party
After a few more teaching tracks it was then off to the Attendee Party at the Ibiza Night Club where Scott Kelby had hired the whole venue out for Photoshop World Attendees only between 8pm – 11pm.

Scott’s Band ‘Big Electric Cat’ performed live, and such a fantastic night was had with everyone there. Finally headed back to the hotel to grab some sleep and prep for the following day’s early start  and my very first time teaching a class at Photoshop World, but more on that in Part 3.

Enjoy:)

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  • March 31, 2012 - 1:35 pm

    Mel Reyes-Abbey - And if people want to see more on photoshop world, including the BTS of YHWH photo of you and Abe, check out the blog at photoshopworld.com/category/blog

  • March 31, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    Kevin Halliburton - The opportunity to meet you in person was one of the main reasons I set my heart on going this year and it’s one of the main reasons I was really bummed when circumstances kept me home. I know it was a great party full of fun and opportunities at every turn, more so when you were added to the roster. From what I’ve heard, you are sure to be back on the ticket again. I’ll look forward to the next opportunity to catch you in person.

  • April 1, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    Glyn - @Kevin…Will be great to finally catch up mate ;)

  • April 3, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    Nat - I love Scott’s band :)! Will you be teaching in Vegas by any chance???

The Photoshop World Experience Part 1

Hi Folks…How’s things?

Well I’m finally back after what has been an incredible week at Photoshop World in Washington DC.

This was to be the second Photoshop World I’ve ever been to having been a few years previous however this time was going to be a completely new experience as I was on the team of Official Instructors.

I travelled over with my Buddy and UK NAPP Evangelist Dave Clayton, heading off bright and early on the Thursday morning (22nd) before the Pre Con and Main Event kicked off. The early start at Heathrow called for the traditional full English Breakfast and then it was up, up and away flying with my fave United Airlines.

Having landed in Washington after the 8 and a bit hour flight catching a few films on the way (Geez I do wish I hadn’t told Calvin I watched Tin Tin and Twilight:)) it was then off to the hotel and then catching up with my Buddies Calvin Hollywood and Michael Mueller for a few drinks, a bite to eat and a look around the main Convention Centre to get our bearings:

Adobe
Friday was Pre Conference Day starting with an early morning meeting with the folks from Adobe to be shown all the sneak peaks and future plans of Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4 and Photoshop Touch. This meeting was invitation only and amongst others it was great to hang out with folks who’ve played a big part in my Photoshop life: Russell Brown, Julianne Kost, Ben Willmore and more…

Concert Pre Con
I’d been looking forward to the Concert Photography Pre Con with World Famous Concert Photographer Alan Hess and Scott Diussa for what seemed liked an age and man was it worth it!!!

Following their presentation it was then off to photograph a live concert with Scott & Kalebra Kelby’s Band Big Electric Cat and geez are they good! I was almost tempted to put down the camera and start dancing but I use the term ‘dancing’ very loosely as it’s more a case of throwing my arms and legs around uncontrollably; more on that later;)

This style of live concert/event photography was so far removed from what I’m used to but I had so much fun and learned shed loads thanks to Alan and Scott’s teaching style. I’d be really tempted to get out now and again to photograph some bands playing live; it really is great fun and all the hints, tips and techniques the guys share work a treat.

On the subject of Live Event/Concert Photography, if you haven’t already then be sure to watch Alan & Scott’s superb Concert Photography class on Kelby Training [Link]  PLUS get hold of a copy of Alan’s new book [Link] where he shares everything you’ll need to get you up and running and start producing your own fantastic results:

Welcome Dinner at Famous Luigis
In the evening it was then off to an Italian Restaurant Famous Luigis for the Opening Night Instructor Welcome Dinner; such a fantastic night with plenty of laughs and lots (and lots) of food.

I’ve followed Joel Grimes and his incredible work for quite a while now so getting quality time to sit down, eat and chat with him was a real treat; what a great guy!

At the end of the meal Scott Kelby gave a short speech introducing the new instructors and having to stand and see all those folks who have and continue to play such a big part in my life clapping and congratulating was kind of surreal.

So that was the first couple of days in DC and now Photoshop World was about to begin full steam ahead with my class scheduled for the coming Sunday, but that’s all for today so I’ll catch up with you in a short while to bring you more of what happened at this amazing event in Part 2.

Enjoy:)

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  • April 3, 2012 - 8:10 pm

    Nat - Awesome :)!

Video Recap from Photoshop World 2012, Washington DC

Hey Folks,
Well I’m now back on UK soil having returned from what has been an incredible Photoshop World in Washington, DC.

I’ve so much to share about what went on but to be honest my body clock is all over the place today so I’ll put something together asap. For now though check out the Recap videos compiled by the video crew giving you a taster of some of the highlights:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Right, I’m off to spend time with nearest and dearest so I’ll catch you later,

Enjoy:)

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  • March 28, 2012 - 8:52 pm

    Kelley Simpson - Yay!!!

  • March 28, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    Darren - Hey Glyn spotted you in Video Day 3!

    Glad you had a wkd time! Next year I’m going to attend to! :)

    All the best :)

  • March 28, 2012 - 9:00 pm

    Darren - Also looking forward to catching up at the training in April :)

Touch Down in Washington DC for Photoshop World

Hey Folks,
Well, after an early start leaving home just after 4.30am to catch the flight I finally landed in Washington DC for the beginning of what is sure to be an incredible few days at Photoshop World.

Now I had all the best intentions to write a blog post yesterday but but to be honestly I was completely beat so after hanging out with everyone in the hotel until late evening my eyes finally gave up the ghost and I had  to admit defeat.

So, this morning following breakfast I’m off with my Buddy Calvin Hollywood and others to a meeting with Adobe as yesterday saw the launch of the Public Beta of Photoshop CS6.

If you haven’t already, be sure to head on over and download the free trial version to start getting yourself familiar with the new layout and some of the new features [Link]

Plus check out the CS6 Beta Launch Center from the N.A.P.P. (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) to find out more [Link]

Right, must dash so have a great Friday and I’ll catch you,

Enjoy:)

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