Hey everyone I just got back from a week in Orlando at Photoshop World! I have wanted to attend Photoshop World for a few years now but I just never found the time to make it down to Orlando in March or Vegas in September. This year I went down to help my good buddy Terry White with his demonstrations on the floor. I took a bunch of shots of Terry “doing his thing” at the Westcott booth, Manfrotto Booth, Adobe Booth, as well as some in class shots of him teaching the masses. If you don’t know by now I work with Terry over at the Best App Site where we review the best Apps available for the iOS platform. (You can see the most recent just by looking at the right side of this page)
While I was down there to help Terry, I also had a lot of time to do some stuff that I wanted to do, and hang out with some of my other friends that I knew would be there. Raphael Concepcion or “RC” was teaching a pre-con workshop along with Matt Kloskowski on HDR. I have known RC for a little while now, so I sat right up front and “heckled” him periodically throughout the class. Anyone that knows RC knows that he’s awesome though, so he didn’t mind. We got to hang out a few times throughout the rest of the conference, enough that I think he was tired of me by the end of the week. Kidding.. But seriously I got to hang out with him, and I have to tell you all he’s not only a cool person but one hell of a Photoshop guru.
Then there’s Scott. Who could forget about Scott? Scott Kelby is the President of NAPP and Kelby Media. Not only is Scott one of the most likeable, funny people that I know but he is also an AWESOME musician and singer! Wednesday night I went to the Photoshop World after hours party at BB Kings house of blues where Big Electric Cat (Scott’s band) provided entertainment with live music. They totally rocked the place! Big Electric Cat did one of the best cover shows that I have ever seen, and you can tell Scott is really in his zone on stage. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that Photoshop World is just an excuse for BEC to perform live for all of their friends. Kidding. They did put on a great show though. I got to see Joe McNally and Moose Peterson “cutting a rug” for the crowd. Tuesday night NAPP and the wonderful Nancy who runs the social media pages for them put on a “Tweet up” poolside at the hotel we were staying in. Scott and I got to hang out a little while there but for the most part he was busy all conference long. He really puts himself out there for all of the fans, making himself available after every one of his classes and demos to shake hands, pose for pictures, or sign books. He’s truly there for the fans.
Brad Moore (Scott’s photo assistant) handled all of the photography at BB Kings. Not only is He Scott’s photo assistant, he is also a professional concert photographer and a heck of a guy. I’ve known Brad for a while now, and can’t say enough about him.
There were so many more people that I got to hang out with down there that if I right a paragraph about each you’ll be here for days so David Ziser, Damien Tepe, Alan Hess, Vanelli, Alan Brusky, David Rogers, Drew Gurian, Carly Adams, and everyone else that I hung with, you all rock and I’ll see you in Vegas in September.
So the best part of Photoshop World is… well everything is the best part actually. Here are some of my favorite shots from the week. Most are taken with my iPhone but some were shot with my DSLR. Enjoy, and make sure you come to Vegas in September for the Photoshop World West!