So day one of Photoshop World
was a blast, as usual, starting with the insanely entertaining opening keynote. Following in the rock’n roll Kiss theme from Orlando’s conference, the Photoshop Guys kicked off the opening session with a full-blown Kiss performance featuring the song, “I want to Photoshop all night, and retouch every day.” Crazy makeup, massive platforms, you name it!
And as always, the sessions were jam-packed with so much great stuff that I’m afraid I wont be able to remember it all. A definite highlight for me was Bert Monroy’s
illustration class where he worked through some of the techniques used in his latest Times Square piece. His work is so worth checking out if you haven’t seen it before. He creates amazingly detailed paintings that, at first glance, you would swear they were photos. In reality, they’re MUCH cooler than photos. The interesting thing about the Times Square piece is that all of the people in the image are people Bert KNOWS, and many of whom I recognize and are present at this conference. Heck, the BUS is even in it, with Ben behind the wheel and all. Very cool!
After the first round of classes, the expo floor opened. Now for me, walking around the PSW expo is like being a kid in a candy store. I WANT EVERYTHING!!! Cameras, and lenses and tripods, oh my!! Anyway, my favorite part of the expo had to be the area put together by Westcott
, which consisted of four themed setups with lighting and models. You could just hang there and shoot to your heart’s content. This was the one instance where I REALLY wished I had my DSLR with me!
Above is my iPhone shot from one of Westcott’s awesome setups
All of the sessions wrapped up around dinner time, but that was by no means the end of the day. Day one of PSW always ends with the after hours party, this time at the House of Blues right in Mandalay Bay. Now while this gang loves to geek out all day learning about software, drooling over [and buying] gear and honing photography skills, at night …. they know how to party. Actually, when I think about it, there is a very fine line between work and play at PSW. In fact, there might be no line at all. Because even at the party, with Scott Kelby’s band Big Electric Cat on stage, there are still a staggering number of massive cameras on the dance floor. (sometimes more shooters than dancers) I mean is that passion or what!?! I just love this crowd!
All in all, day one was a blast, in every possible way. See why this is one of my favorite weeks of the year?
Big Electric Cat takes the stage at the House of Blues after hours party