My Photoshop World 2012 Plans
You know what just got me thinking about my Photoshop World 2012 plans? A friend of mine was just lamenting that she wants to go, but can’t because of conflicting schedules at work. Sucks to be her! (sorry, Denise!) I’m going.
Everything is in place. I have my conference registration in hand. My flight is set and I have a room reserved at Mandalay Bay with a Strip view. With any luck, I may get a decent shot through the window. If I don’t, it’s OK. I’ve already done that shot from the Foundation Room and MIX Lounge.
Photoshop World 2012 — Monday
I’m flying from Orlando to Las Veegas — via Birmingham. Why the hell do I want to stop in Birmingham? I don’t, but my airline does and it means I get into town about 4:00pm. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been to Birmingham before. Has anyone been to Birmingham?
I’m not sure why the plane stops at the airport when it lands close enough to taxi up to Mandalay Bay. A few folks I know invited me to join them with the LV Adobe Users, but I’m going to skip it. I’ll have plenty of time to talk about Photoshop during the week and I don’t care for the restaurant they chose. Instead, I’ll venture over to Pink Taco (top photo) at Hard Rock Hotel for dinner. There’s a chance I may even have a quick shoot with a model. A friend moved from Orlando to Las Vegas, but I’ll have see how her schedule works out.
Photoshop World 2012 — Tuesday
I didn’t sign up for a pre-conference course this time, so the daytime is fairly open for me. I’ll start at Four Season’s restaurant for breakfast with my friend Michelle. I invited her down there last year and I think she liked it. Breakfast at the other places inside Mandalay Bay just doesn’t match, but you pay a bit more for it. Whenever the booths open to grab my conference stuff, I’m there.
Tuesday evening is a different matter, though. There’s a NAPP Forum dinner at Burger Bar about 5:30 or 6:00. Then I’m off with some friends for a top-secret event at 8:00 that may involve some chocolate. After that, I may do some shooting on the Strip and meet with the Archduke of Austria.
If you’re looking for other events on Tuesday, there are a couple of photo walks that could be fun. I think Brian Matiash plans to lead one during the day and Gabriel Biderman leads one at night.
The PSW Tweetup is a big party that generally happens on the Pre-Con night. I remember this because the folks who go on the Safari with Moose & Joe always come in a bit late. Erik Valind usually brings along some lights and takes photos, there’s a bar, and mostly just a lot of folks getting to see each other again. It’s a fun party and if it’s still going when I finish my top secret event and the meeting with the Archduke of Austria, I’ll drop by there. If that party is already over, then I’ll look for some friends to join me at one of the casino bars (perhaps EyeCandy) to play another round of “Guess Who’s the Prostitute.”
Photoshop World 2012 — Wednesday
The conference starts in earnest today. Another breakfast at Four Seasons and then I’m off to the Keynote. It’s generally a repeat of the one in the Spring, but I wasn’t at Photoshop World in Washington, D.C. this year. That makes it a new show for me.
My class schedule is always up for change, but I will probably spend a fair amount of time in Lightroom courses — mostly to bring those skills up to the same level as my Aperture experience for my Aperture vs Lightroom blog. Even if I think I know the major topic, the trainers always have tips and insights that I find very helpful. It could be a little known feature of the program or maybe a warning about something that isn’t the best tool to use. Those are the little gems that often give me the most value at a Photoshop World course.
With that in mind…
10:45 — 11:45am: Lightroom 4 Crash Course w/Matt Kloskowski
12:00 — 1:00pm: Lightroom Catalogs & Collections w/R.C. Concepcion
The Expo Floor opens at 1:00pm, but I know damn well I’m going to be hungry. I’ll find whoever is up for lunch and then hit the Expo Floor afterward to check out whatever is cool. The only exception is if I hear about some amazing deal that’s only available for the first few people who get to the floor. Sometimes vendors do stuff like that, but most likely I’ll be enjoying a nice meal and trying to decide what to do for the last course of the day.
6:15 — 7:15pm Hollywood Effects w/Corey Barker
Right now, I’m leaning toward this session. Corey does amazing work and I’d like to see what I can learn. However, I’m also curious about Joe Glyda’s course on commercial photography tips.
I’ll be at the After-Hours Party inside the House of Blues that evening with a thousand of my new best friends. It won’t be hard to find me. I’ll be the guy trying to do concert photography with an iPad because that upsets the people who take it seriously.Once the party is over, then I can go catch some beads out on the casino floor.
Photoshop World 2012 — Thursday
Thursday morning — say it with me, folks — breakfast at Four Season’s. After that, it’s a full day of courses. Here’s what I have in mind so far.
8:15 — 9:15am: I’ve seen most of the sessions here that interest me, so this may be breakfast time.
9:30 — 10:30am: The Creative Composite w/Julieanne Kost
10:45 — 11:45am: Great Portraits: More Than Just Good Lighting w/Helene Glassman
12:00 — 1:00pm: Creative Retouching Effects for Portrait and Fashion Photography w/Lindsay Adler
4:45 — 5:45pm: Compositing Using the “Lens” System w/Pete Collins
6:00 — 7:00pm: Become a Marketing Genius w/Joel Grimes
That’s a pretty long day. You spend most of your time sitting down in a dark room. Someone could make a fortune if they opened a concession with caffeinated beverages near the classrooms. Why is the caffeine always so far away? I should remember that for my comments on the feedback form.
Are there more events on Thursday evening? You bet. There’s a presentation from some great photographers about 8:00 and there’s Midnight Madness later in the evening. I’m not going to either one, though. I’ve visited them both in the past, so I’ll be looking for something else to do. There’s a group of folks who hit In-n-Out Burger after Midnight Madness. I’ve always missed out on that. Come to think of it, I’ve never even been to that place. I was in the parking lot on my last trip in February and still didn’t get inside. Maybe I’ll try to go earlier in the evening.
Most likely, I’ll look for a few friends who aren’t tied up in other events and see if we’re all up for dinner somewhere.
Photoshop World 2012 — Friday
Last day of the conference, so it’s important to start with a good breakfast at Four Season’s!
This day is going to be a bit of a crapshoot for me. My mind tells me the smart thing to do is to sit in the Lightroom track for all four sessions. Even so, I’m tempted to visit Live Sports Action Photo Shoot with Dave Black. Part of that is just to see what happens with the athlete. I admire people who do things that I can’t. Also, Dave is a wonderfully engaging instructor and I haven’t selected any of his courses yet. At the same time, I’m interested in Getting Started in Wildlife Photography with Moose Peterson. Not because I want to do Wildlife photography, but just because I think Moose is awesome and a great photographer. Again, I don’t have any of his courses on my schedule yet.
That brings up one of the torments of Photoshop World. They have some wonderful instructors and I enjoy their presentation as much as the information they share. I’ve sat through a few of Joe McNally’s classes on lighting with small flash and the big guns more than once. I pretty much know what he’s going to show, but he just shows it so well. It’s a fun and engaging session. That means I have to decide between reliving some fun times or breaking out into a new area. Corey Barker has an interesting class called Creating Optical Effects that would be new for me. Will I need to visit Terry White’s class on Importing & Managing Images in Lightroom 4, or will that already be covered in some of the classes I’ll take on Wednesday?
Like I said, it’s a crapshoot. I’ll talk to people and ask questions. Although it helps me to have a plan when I go to Photoshop World, I also like to remain flexible and switch classes if it suits me. It’s a good problem to have, though.
If only Ken Toney could be there. He’ll have to send another photograph to represent his spirit.After all, everyone loves Ken.