Photoshop World 2014 – Las Vegas #psw14

Hey Everyone

How’s it going?

Well I’m back home now after what has been an incredible week teaching at Photoshop World in Las Vegas.

I just thought for today whilst I’m getting myself all sorted I’d post a few random pictures taken during the week so here goes…


Photoshop World is always an amazing experience and teaching amongst the other instructors is something I feel incredibly privileged to be part of

As always I made a point of going along to other instructor’s classes when I wasn’t teaching for myself as there is always something to learn. Classes by great instructors and photographers such as Joe McNally, Alan Hess, Peter Hurley, Joe Glyda, Bill Fortney, Brian Smith and Photoshop Instructors that I’ve followed from the day I first started such as Bert Monroy and Ben Willmore to name just a few…

First time Photoshop World Instructor Roberto Valenzuela absolutely ROCKED it!!!

Roberto is an outstanding Photographer and I managed to get in on one of his classes just briefly but it was his presentation / speech at the Photoshop World Closing Ceremony that blew me away!


Having friends from the UK and Germany come along too (Lee Gorecki, JJ Jones and Oliver Kremer) and catching up with my good friend Ed Faith and his son Spencer made the week extra special!!!

It was great too, to finally meet up with friend and incredible talent Patrick LaMontagne. We’ve known each other online from when I first started and was in the N.A.P.P. forums and I can’t believe it’s taken this long for us to finally get together for real.


Anyway there really is so much that I could write about but instead here’s a few random pictures from the week and tomorrow I’ll share videos filmed by the KelbyOne video team showing more of the goings on.

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.





  • September 9, 2014 - 1:05 am

    Mik - Looks like great fun was had, looking forward to more tutorials.

New Picture: Caesar – Planet of the Apes (Just for Fun)

Hi Everyone

Just dropping in whilst out at Photoshop World to share a new picture with you.

This is one that I created purely for fun when taking a break from writing and is a composition made from a couple of the pictures of Zeyden the Chimpanzee at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, UK.

I’ve uploaded a larger and higher quality version up onto my 500px portfolio which you can check out by CLICKING HERE

Also if you’d like to see the beginnings of the picture showing the original pictures it was made from, be sure to check out my Behance portfolio HERE

Thanks for looking in and I’ll catch up with in the week.


Photoshop World, Las Vegas 2014

Hi Everyone

How’s it going?

Just a quick post today as this week I’m currently out in Las Vegas for Photoshop World.

I’m teaching a number of classes over the days of the Conference and Expo including:

Real World Retouching – Wednesday 3rd September @ 3.15pm

Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Backdrop – Thursday 4th September @ 8.15am

Your First Composite - Friday 5th September @ 8.15am

Pre Conference classes start today and the main conference kicks off tomorrow so it’s been great being here a few days before to take some time head out about. Yesterday I went out with some friends to the much talked about Ghost Town in Nelson, NV.


(L to R: Lee Gorecki, Yours Truly, JJ Jones, Spencer Faith and Ed Faith)

An incredible place in the middle of nowhere with all kinds of old buildings, abandoned vehicles, aeroplane fuselage and so on with many having featured in movies as it’s regularly used as a filming location; you just have to watch out for the Rattle Snakes!

Anyway must dash so have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you in the week.



PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Animal Portrait Retouch Part 2 (#61)

Hi Everyone,

Dropping in to let you know that yesterday I recorded Part 2 of the Animal Retouch Tutorial and it’s now online!!!

In this episode (#61) I show you the process I went through to get the final look including:

  • Enhance Details
  • Black & White Conversion
  • Super Fast Dodging and Burning with Luminosity
  • Adding Texture
  • Depth of Field and Focus

As always if you have any questions feel free to drop me a line to or leave a comment in the section below.

Also just to say, thanks for tuning in and thanks too for all the kind words and ‘shares’ on my YouTube Channel [Link]; I really do appreciate you folks tuning in and spreading the word.

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.


The ULTIMATE Photoshop World Guide for Attendees #PSW14

Hi Everyone

Just grabbing a few moments with something Photoshop World related…

For those of you heading out to Photoshop World in Las Vegas next week, my good friend Kevin Stohlmeyer has put together a superb guide for all attendees.

Kevin is an Adobe Certified Instructor, User Group Manager, Member of the Adobe Freelancers Program and has clearly spent considerable time to put this guide together which is quite literally ram packed with information covering:

  • Getting Started: Advice on checking in, schedule of events, workbook, orientation, 
  • Getting Around: Hotel Information & Transport options
  • Eating Out: Recommendations to suit every budget
  • Things To Do: Shows, Sightseeing, Photo Walks
  • Detailed floor maps of the convention centre and hotel and lots more…


CLICK HERE to read Kevin’s wealth of tips for attendees PLUS a link to download his Unofficial Attendees Guide which is literally packed with great information.

And finally if you’re coming along be sure to say hi; you’re going to have one heck of a time!!!

See you there,