I’m honored and privileged to be a part of this year’s Photoshop World. I went last year and helped out with blogging the keynote and leading a Tweetup. This year I am part of the conference speaking with Rod Harlan on how photographers can use Twitter.
So far, it’s the usual success. The folks at Kelby Media Group are simply first-rate and first-class in every way. The presenters here are the best in the business. It appears that attendance is up slightly this year from last. That’s a big deal considering the down economy.
The programs are well-organized and run. There are tons of volunteers available to make both the attendees and the speakers comfortable. The Mandalay Bay has done a good job accommodating the conference.
But as it is with most of these things, the real value in attending any such conference is the time you get to spend networking and reconnecting with old friends while meeting new ones.
I was very excited to see my pal Clay Blackmore teaching in the Westcott booth. He was demonstrating their continuous lighting products. If you get the chance to watch Clay teach – don’t miss it. Really. He’s one of the best in the world. I was also happy to see Nicole, Vanelli, Rich, Colleen, Scott, Victor, Matt, RC and a host of other pals at the show. Seeing old friends is simply my favorite part of the show.
The keynote was a blast. Kelby and company actually came out on stage dressed as Kiss and played LIVE. It was awesome. Adobe came and discussed CS5. Not much new but they did make it clear that they are going after the DSLR / video hybrid market pretty agressively. They are making it easier to use Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.
There was plenty of free education available on the show floor since many of the booths featured speakers. I also saw Nik Software demonstrating their HDR plugin. Peachpit Press had just about every photography book they’ve ever published at the show. And of course Kelby Media had a free place to view Kelby Training materials online.
The mood was upbeat. The audience and the faculty all seemed very happy to be there. I’ll write one more post after I give my talk on Twitter with Rod Harlan.
NOTE: All these photos were made with my Olympus PEN E-P2 12.3 MP Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 17mm f/2.8 Lens and Electronic View Finder.