I was up bright and early since Day 2 of Photoshop World is when I get to teach my concert class and I take it really seriously so I make sure that I am fully prepared. That means getting up early and making sure that all the slides are in order and that the computer is working and everything is good to go. I also make sure to have a good breakfast. I have no idea how other presenters do it, but before I give any presentation I need to walk off some of the extra energy that I have. That usually means pacing back and forth going over each slide in my head before it is my turn to present.
The class went well and it felt really good. At least, it didn’t look like a mad rush to the door when I started talking. It is a real honor to be able to present a class on concert photography at Photoshop World and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed presenting it.
After the class was over, I did an interview with a local public access station and then it was time to check out the expo floor. Now at many conferences, the expo floor is just a place for vendors to hawk their wares. At Photoshop World, it is that….. and a whole lot more. There are a variety of classes being taught right on the expo floor by some of the biggest names in both photography and Photoshop. Seriously, check out Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Photoshop Product Manager, at the Adobe Photoshop booth. Then there is Douglas Sonders at the Nik booth, Frank Doorhof and Larry Becker giving demos on the expo floor.
A quick visit to the On One booth to catch up with Nicole Young and Brian Matiash. Then it was over to check out Glyn Dewis give his first Photoshop World talk. I have been a fan of his work for a while so I was really curious to see what he had to offer. I was not disappointed.
One of the really nice features on the Photoshop World Expo floor is the setup by Westcott lighting, where they hire models and set up the lights and allow the attendees to shoot away to their heart’s content. I grabbed a few frames and once again was really impressed with the quality of the Nikon D4 and the Westcott lights.
OK, so that photo is not a pro model but my buddy Randy Van Duinen, a really great photographer and pretty good model.
After the expo floor closed, I had a choice to make, check out the Art of Digital or go out to dinner with Scott Diussa and Mark Suban (and Marks lovely wife) from Nikon NPS. Since Scott and I don’t get to see each other very often, I picked dinner of the art of digital and while I am sorry to have missed the show, it was a good dinner with friends and sometimes, that’s more important. Day needed with Midnight Madness, but that’s a story for another time.