Wow! What a week that was. Glad to be home and back in the normal day-to-day routine, but I already miss all my friends at Photoshop World. For the third year in a row, I hosted along with the local Las Vegas Adobe Groups, our annual Adobe Community Photoshop World Kickoff. This year was by far the best we’ve had with a number of PSW instructors and Adobe guests coming out to meet and greet with the local Las Vegas community. Special thanks to RiRa Irish Pub for putting together a birthday surprise for Bert Monroy.
This year wound up being more than I expected for a number of reasons, but mainly because I ended up presenting three times at the Expo Hall this year – twice at the Adobe theatre and once with my friends at Wacom.
It was an interesting and exciting trip being on the other side of the fence and showing my projects to attendees. I loved the feedback after presenting and answering questions at the Adobe booth on Photoshop and Lightroom.
When I wasn’t presenting, I was catching some of the sessions I haven’t seen before either because they were new instructors or new topics. I was pleasantly surprised with Lindsay Adler and her honest delivery when it came to portrait photography and also newcomer Tim Wallace presenting photographing automobiles. I mean how can you go wrong when the drive a Lamborghini onto the classroom floor??
There was a lot of fun to be had as well, from the Tweetup and After Hours Party to Midnight Madness (which I missed for the first time in years). It was a great way to meet new people including instructors and discuss anything from Photoshop to sausage making (not kidding but that’s another post).
This was by far the most fun I’ve had at a Photoshop World. Not taking anything away from any of the previous 9 I have been to, but this one had a case of the giggles right from the start with the blooper reel from the keynote ending with a rousing edition of “Spongebob Squarepants” (which by the way Scott Kelby does a great Mr. Crabs impersonation). Russell Brown was in rare form, going with the Pirate theme of the event. Even the attendees were a fun bunch to be around.
So I am exhausted, my brain is full and I have a lot more fond memories to keep me going until the next Photoshop World. Thanks to everyone involved on both sides of the event for making this a great and entertaining conference!
I want to also give a special shout out to my co-blogger Kristina Jacob for her help and friendship! Check out her posts at Kristina Jacob Photography. Also Stephen Bell and Ajna Adams from the KelbyOne team you couldn’t have asked for better team members!
Here are some videos from the event including my personal favorite moment, Keynote speaker Joel Grimes talking about his trip to Iceland with his two sons and using Lightroom Mobile.
2014 Las Vegas Keynote
Classes and Expo Recap Video