Pink Taco in the Hard Rock Hotel

My Photoshop World 2012 Plans

Pink Taco in the Hard Rock Hotel

Pink Taco – © Copyright 2011 by William Beem

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.

Foundation Room View of Las Vegas Skyline

Foundation Room View – © Copyright 2010 by William Beem

Las Vegas Skyline view from MIX Lounge

MIX View – © Copyright 2012 by William Beem

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.

Photoshop World 2012

© Copyright 2012 by William Beem

Once the party is over, then I can go catch some beads out on the casino floor.

Female Dancer in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Old Vegas Charm – © Copyright 2011 by William Beem

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.

Absent Friends

If only Ken Toney could be there.  He'll have to send another photograph to represent his spirit.

Matt Kloskowski holding photo of Ken Toney

Matt & Ken – © Copyright 2011 by William Beem

 After all, everyone loves Ken.

RC & Ken Toney

RC & Ken – © Copyright 2012 by William Beem

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  • kentoney August 8, 2012   Reply →

    Now this really makes me hate I’ll miss Vegas. I’m having a issue with my oldest hipp replacement and may be taking a month or so to fix it. Been struggling all summer with it. I will be at RC’s class on Tuesday in Charlotte, please say hi to me if your there!

    • William Beem August 8, 2012   Reply →

      I’m gonna miss you this year, Ken. Sorry to hear the hip is acting up, but have fun when you get to RC’s class on Tuesday.

  • Ed Pflager August 8, 2012   Reply →

    Glad to hear you’re going to Vegas too William! Im all set for an In and Out Burger road trip!

  • Michelle Hedstrom August 8, 2012   Reply →

    I did Dave Black’s Live Action Shoot class in DC. You definitely want to do this. Even if you’re not a sports shooter, it’s very interesting how he does the setup, and he walks you through EVERYTHING. Why he angles the light how he does, why he puts the lights where he does. I’m tempted to do it again because it was so good.

    • William Beem August 8, 2012   Reply →

      Cool! I better get the PSW app back on my iPhone and mark it down. Thanks.

      • Michelle Hedstrom August 8, 2012   Reply →

        The app is “mostly” updated. Enough to pick classes, but missing a bunch of classes descriptions and name changes.

  • Charles Putnam August 8, 2012   Reply →

    hmmmm…a couple of classes on Lightroom. You’re not thinking of switching, are you?!!? :p

    • kentoney August 9, 2012   Reply →

      Charles, good catch, I missed that 🙂

    • William Beem August 9, 2012   Reply →

      No, I don’t think I’ll see enough benefit switching from Aperture to Lightroom. I’d say the same to someone switching from LR to Aperture, too. There has to be a problem to solve in order to be worth the effort.

      However, I’m running the and need to make sure I’m up to speed on both products. I’m pretty comfortable with Aperture, but I’d like to pick up more Lightroom information to be sure I’m sharing a decent perspective.

  • Scott Baxter August 10, 2012   Reply →

    Wish I could go to PSW in Vegas. I have absolutely zero interest in gambling (it would be more accurate to say I have a healthy interest in not gambling), so outside of the classes I’d spend all my time shooting. But there’s no way my employer would pay to send me out there. I just hope it returns to Orlando or Tampa next year so I can drive down. Went twice when it was in Boston, but money was a bit more freely spent in those days.

    I think my favorite thing at PSW is the conference wrap-up. Scott Kelby seems to be a little punchy and giddy by that point, and his on-screen jokes at Larry Becker’s expense are usually a lot of fun. I say that even though as many times as I’ve been (at least seven — I’ve lost count), I’ve never won Jack during the giveaways.

  • Jim Roberts August 10, 2012   Reply →

    Pulled the trigger at the very last minute as the extended the early bird until today. Will be rolling in on Tuesday about 4pm.

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