I attended Photoshop World with Artistic Photo Canvas (http://www.artisticphotocanvas.com), one of the greatest resources for photo canvases on the planet. I gave two presentations at their booth: The Genius of Digital Photography and Social Media and the Photographer. They were short presentations, fifteen-minutes in duration. I gave each presentation five times, after which I was free to roam the expo hall and attend the classes. Talk about your kid in the candy store…

On Wednesday, I attended two classes: one by Russell Brown, and one by Ben Willmore. Russell has worked for Photoshop for twenty-five years. He’s a veritable fount of Photoshop knowledge, Adobe’s Russell Brown. They handed out a free Russell Brown CD with Photoshop Scripts, actions, and other goodies. Ben’s presentation was on hacking Photoshop. Unfortunately, I was running on empty after the long drive and snoozed through part of the class. And that’s not because it wasn’t interesting. Thankfully, NAPP provides a book the size of the NYC phone directory with each presenter’s information. Wednesday night I drove home. Yup. It was a special night: the ten-month anniversary of the first time Roxanne and I did a photo shoot together.

Speaking at the APC booth.

Thursday morning I left bright and early to attend Joe McNally’s seminar on getting big light from little flashes. He showed us how to get beautiful light from auxiliary flash units. I can’t wait to
try some of his techniques. I also attended a great seminar on product photography by Jim DiVitale, followed by a session on portrait photography by his wife Helene Glassman. Joe McNally was next up with another great class that featured tips on how to survive as a photographer. Joe’s got the gift of gab and really gets your attention. He’s also wonderful photographer and a great teacher. If you ever get the chance to see one of his seminars, jump at it.

Then it was back to work at the Artistic Photo Canvas booth. I must admit, I felt a tad intimidated after hearing Joe speak. My first presentation of the day wasn’t that great, but it was well received by those who attended. After hanging up my microphone, I got a chance to explore the awesome goodies at each vendor’s booth. Oddly enough, B&H wasn’t there. But there was still plenty to pique my interest. Oh to have Mr. Trump’s credit limit at the Photoshop World Expo…

Late Thursday afternoon, Jay Maisel gave a wonderful presentation about natural light photography. Jay has forgotten more about photography than most people know and is a great teacher. The last session I decided to attend was a disappointment. I left after about five minutes, and then flitted back and forth between three sessions during the last hour without learning much from any of them. Well, we can’t all be brilliant; can we? But the best was yet to come.

The Thursday evening session, “The Art of Digital Photography” featured eight great photographers: Jay Maisel, Jim DiVitale, Joe McNally, John Paul Caponigro, Joe Glyda, Moose Peterson, Julieanne Kost, and Vincent Versace. Each photographer gave a brief talk followed by a slide show of his or her most recent work. Talk about sensory overload… But it gave me lots of great ideas. They all showed great images, but my favorites were those captured by Julieanne Kost and Vincent Versace.

Friday morning was a bit different. The expo hall was open first, which gave the tired exhibitors the afternoon to take the booths apart, pack their wares and contemplate the long ride home. And for many it was indeed a long ride home. I gave three presentations at the Artistic Photo Canvas booth on Friday morning. I nailed the last one and got a nice round of applause.

The organizers scheduled two classes for Friday afternoon. But of course, there are about six tracks with two classes each. Oh for a clone to take them all in… I decided to go to Ben Willmore’s class on “Light Painting.” He showed us how to make an artistic painting in a dark room with a flashlight. Stay tuned; this is one I want to try. The last session I saw was Moose Peterson’s “Romancing the Landscape.” Moose showed us how to capture great landscapes in the camera, and then make them even better in Photoshop.

Photoshop World is an awesome experience. You get to hob-nob with great photographers and learn how to master your gear and your craft. Yes, there is lots of temptation in the expo hall, but I didn’t flinch once and whip out my charge card for new gear. I’ve been to lots of photography seminars, but nothing that’s organized as well as or has the quality of information and presenters that Photoshop World offers. I can’t wait ‘til next year.


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