Hanging out with a few of our friends at Photoshop World. We sleep about 3 hours a night....
And we absolutely love it. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much for that. It's always a bittersweet time, but I am ever grateful.
Well another Photoshop World has come and gone. I had a really great time. Big thanks the and and all the fine folks at KMG. They never cease to amaze me at making Photoshop World better and better each year.
This was my fourth conference and it was special, but I'll get to that in a little bit. Lets go back to the beginning. The first conference is simply overwhelming, I would walk around and all of a sudden there is Jay Maisel, or Dave Black or Greg Heisler, or the Photoshop Guys. And they are very approachable. And the classes, Sooo many classes. Every hour i was faced with tough decisions about which class to take and which to miss. Which is a good thing.
Year 2, I went to DC, and this was about hitting all the classes I missed. But still you must make tough decisions because they add new classes and new instructors every year. And you make new friends and see old friends. And DC was amazing because every day there were photo walks after the classes were done. being in a new city kinda vitalizes the post conference activities. The third year was back in Vegas, I started hitting my stride, branching out, taking some business classes and legal classes. Again you are reunited with old friends, there are more of them because i keep making new friends at every conference. All these previous Photoshop Worlds were great, I was shooting a lot and going there helped me to add new tools to my arsenal.
Now it is 2013 and Photoshop World is here again. I was looking forward to this one for a very different reason. After the new year I had some health issues and pretty much stopped shooting. And just never had a desire to really pick up the camera. For my work, I would shoot some projects and had fun, but as far as shooting for myself, I just wasn't feeling it. And after awhile of being in the slump, i just wasn't sure how to get out of it. I Wasn't posting to g+ or Facebook or my website. The posts were few and far between.
So I was coming to Photoshop World to hopefully reignite my passion for photography. And boy did it ever. One of the best surprises was seeing Brooke Shaden speak about doing her work for herself. I have been a big fan of hers for a year. So to hear her speak in person was awesome. Also getting to shoot some Cirque Du Soleil performers and Hoover Dam and seeing accomplished photographers talking about having almost put down the camera. Makes you feel like we are all in this together. I came away with a new drive to create. So Mission Accomplished Photoshop World.
So whether you are wanting to stretch yourself, reinvent yourself or find yourself creatively, I can say without a doubt that Photoshop World is the place to do it.
See you next year
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