Photoshop world 2015 has come to an end. It was a long week in Las Vegas. But it was a fun week. I want to give you some insight as to what went on and why, if you didn’t go, you should!
Before I begin my views on the weeks events I wanted to thank and shout out to some very special people whom I now call my friends.
First and foremost, Joe McNally and Annie Cahill for being my dear friends and allowing me to work for such great people. I see Joe as a mentor and an inspiration and Annie is just all around great! I would also like to thank Lindsay Adler and Frank Doorhof for allowing my to help them with their setup for their sessions. Peter Hurley, what can I say? You’re the man! It was great finally meeting the kids and your wife. It was great to finally meet in person a couple of the greats, Moose Peterson and Jay Maisel. My new Brit compadres Glyn Dewis and Dave. Some of my old friends Dave Black, Joel Grimes, Alan Hess, Erik Valind, Jack Reznicki, Jason Groupp, Rick Sammon, Roberto Valenzuela, Tim Wallace, Scott Diussa, and Jim DeVitale.
A special shout out to the folks at KelbyOne; Scott, Corey, RC, Pete, Larry, Brad “The Beard” and Mia. And a few new friends from my social media including Ajna, Jessica and Kim. I’m sure I missed a few of you and it was great seeing all of you!
For everyone else I was able to finally meet in person from social media, it was great!
The day before Photoshop World opens is the Pre-Con. These are a bunch of sessions with the masters. While I attended one last time, this year I had the privilege of assisting one of my dear friends, Joe McNally. Working with Joe is a great honor and you work your butt off but have a great time. Joe’s session was Characters on Location: Telling Stories With Light. This session was limited to 50 participants and was held at HKPK Las Vegas. This is a really cool place for gymnasts to practice along with a lot of the members of Cirque and American Warriors. While it was a long day setting up, tearing down and working with the students and models it was a great time had by all. I do want to take a minute to thank in addition to Joe; Cali, Jon, MD and Adam. Our makeup artist Jane Ellen and of course the talent. The talent include several gymnasts, models, body builders, and Cirque performers. Thanks to Charlotte, Alyssa, Manu, Drew and Daria. You guys were fantastic and it was great talking with all of you. I hope to see you next year. Oh, thanks Jeff the place was great!
Here are some behind the scenes shots from my iPhone of us setting up and the class.
And a special thanks to Annie who was celebrating her birthday!
While I did not get to attend as many sessions as I would like I did see a few which were great including:
Building A Successful Business Model with Tim Wallace. This was great session on business and was 2 hours long. It could have gone on for hours but was full of great insights. A few of which really stuck out!
Be different – Don’t copy others be yourself!
Style is everything – Have a “style”
Need to specialize – Specialize in a certain type of photography. But you can still do others. just be know as the go to person for “X”.
Who are your customers going to be? – Know who you want as customers!
I also attended a couple of Lindsay Adler’s classes including:
How to Flatter Anyone and 5 Fashion Lighting Techniques to Take to the Bank. Both of these classes were jam packed with valuable information from Lindsay!
And finally classes by Frank Doorhof – Mastering the Model Shoot, which despite a few technical issues Frank had everyone in stitches!
While the expo floor was missing (in my opinion) some major players such as Nikon (who was doing cleanings in a suite). There were some other notable missing people such as Wacom, Savage Backdrops, and Manfrotto. But on a positive note that saved me money!
There were two main products that I really wanted to see and purchase. These were Palette and Platypod Pro. In addition it is always a time to purchase some books from PeachPit.
At the Palette booth I had a good chat and demo with Ryan from Palette. Played with the product and when I got home made the purchase of the Aluminum Professional Kit with a 15% discount from Photoshop world (code may still be active “PDW2015”). Once I get the product, hopefully in November, I will a full review here…
At the Platypod Pro booth I met with Larry and he showed me the product. As a sports shooter this will be replacing my f-Plate for remote work. But it is much more than that. Once I get it unboxed, I will have a full review here too…
During the rest of the expo part of the show I had a chance to catch up with many old friends and meet many new ones. Many people whom I have connected with on social media I finally got to talk to in person.
As usual I purchased a few books. Always making the packing for the return home a bit of a challenge. The three books I purchased were:
The Headshot by Peter Hurley – I can say that being close friends with Peter for years now makes this a must read. I also had this signed.
It’s Not About The F-Stop by Jay Maisel – What can you say he is the master. I was a pleasure meeting him and “chewing the fat” for a while.
Picture Perfect Practice by Roberto Valenzuela – It was a pleasure finally meeting Roberto and I now call him my friend!
Finally, a couple of fun notes
There are always some fun stories to tell. Most of them are in a fog but here are two that stand out!
Peter Hurley, and his daughters and wife are relaxing on a couch with a few others around like Jared Polin and Erik Valind. Then up comes Lindsay Adler to give “the talk” to Peters girls. The conversation got to boys farting and went down hill from there! Fun had by all!!!
Next one of my new friends Latanya (who was riding around in a scooter due to surgery recovery) thought it would be cool to do a video from her perspective of the show. We all took turns in the scooter sipping around the show floor and expo hall. I had to do it twice. RC took it and like RC we could not find it for a while. When we did it was up on blocks (just kidding) it was in his class. As I zipped around I got a few of my friends to do it also including. Levi Sim, Jack Rezniki, Larry Becker, Glyn Dewis and a few more but I finally got Joe into it.. He had a blast too.
I can’t wait to see and share the final video….