“The Lights Have Gone Out In Georgia” or Goodbye Photoshop World East

I know I am a little late in posting, thanks to a record allergy season in Atlanta. lol.

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Photoshop World East has wrapped and it’s time to take a look back at what I felt was the best of this year’s event. It is always a given that the classes are excellent and the expo always has something for everyone but I try to look beyond just the event and find a reason why I feel compelled to come back year after year (this was my (this was my 9th Photoshop World).

The classes and expo alone are reason enough to come back, but my “it factor” for Photoshop World has to be the atmosphere and accessibility of the staff and instructors while at the event. In speaking with other attendees, both new and alumni, the most common comment I heard was how cool it is to talk to artists and photographers that you admire.

Instructor Dave Black discussing sports photography.
Instructor Dave Black discussing sports photography.

Having attended and presented at many different conferences, PSW has the most accessible presenters. In fact, it is encouraged from the moment you arrive to talk to people including the instructors. They are genuine, passionate and love talking to you. It shows when they present and also when they take the time to answer questions after their session, even if it means taking it out to the hallways to continue the discussion while the next class starts.

Joe McNally having a discussion with pre con attendees.
Joe McNally having a discussion with pre con attendees.
Dave Cross and Julieanne Kost getting some much needed coffee refills.
Dave Cross and Julieanne Kost getting some much needed coffee refills.
Instructor Joel Grimes checks out new equipment on the expo floor.
Instructor Joel Grimes checks out new equipment on the expo floor.

The staff working the event at the same way – they are not hired for the conference, they are actual KelbyOne staff members shipped in from the office (leaving a small crew behind to only man the phones). Each of them want to make sure you have the best Photoshop World possible. They love talking to attendees and also interacting at the After Hours Party, Midnight Madness and other events during the conference. When you go to your next Photoshop World, I think we need to have a huge “thank you” for the staff. (I originally thought about “hug a staff member” but that could get weird.)

So if you are on the fence about attending Photoshop World, I hope this post helps convince you to take the leap and join us in Las Vegas. This event keeps getting better each time. If you do come out, lets celebrate #10 with me!

Bert Monroy shows his latest artwork to Rick Sammon.
Bert Monroy shows his latest artwork to Rick Sammon.
The team from Westcott testing the lighting before the shootout begins.
The team from Westcott testing the lighting before the shootout begins.
Instructors Alan Hess, Pete Collins, Bert Monroy and Glyn Dewis.
Instructors Alan Hess, Pete Collins, Bert Monroy and Glyn Dewis.
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