Photoshop World: Day 1

Phew! I'd been warned before coming to Photoshop World that I should plan on being tired every night.... they weren't kidding!

Today was officially day 1 of Photoshop World 2013 in Orlando, Florida. I say "officially" because I was in town yesterday for a pre-conference workshop with one of my all time favorite photographers, Moose Peterson.

Yesterday, Moose, who among other things is an aviation photographer, took us to Fantasy of Flight outside Orlando for a very very very special tour of some World War II aircraft. The access to these beautiful machines was unprecedented and the weather could not have been more perfect. I took hundreds of shots, but I've been so busy that I haven't had time to edit any of them completely yet..... stay tuned!

The first day of Photoshop World kicks off with a special opening ceremony. It's a well known fact that the "photoshop guys" are going to put on a show with this introduction and this year was no disappointment. The theme for Photoshop World is Top Gun, so they filmed a mini-movie about a rouge wedding photographer in the Top Gun style. The video was fantastic and the behind the scenes look that they did afterwards was a special treat. 

After the introduction it's time to hit the books... I started with a Moose Peterson class titled "Critter Tales" where he shared some of his inspirational wildlife photography. Moose really has a way with the animals and it shows through his work. After that I headed to see the master of all things flash, Mr. Joe McNally. Seeing as he's shot for some of the most popular magazines in the world, you've more than likely seen his photos on the front of magazines such as Newsweek, National Geographic, or Life. Joe ran through a variety of lighting setups using speedlights to light his subject. Although I'm not a people photographer, I learned an amazing amount from Joe, who also happens to be very personable. I determined that I need to spend more time learning from him soon!

With the morning sections complete, it was time for my portfolio review. The review lasted only 15 minutes, but it was a great chance to have a professional photographer critique my work. The best comment I got today was when he turned a page in the portfolio and immediately proclaimed "wow, I wish I'd taken this photo." The critique was fantastic and I have some new food for thought next time I go shooting.

After a quick lunch, it was on to the exhibit floor to see the latest gear and watch demos from a variety of vendors.I spent the most time at the Westcott booth where Joel Grimes stopped by to talk about lighting two models that Westcott had out for us to shoot. RC, one of the Photoshop World instructors, also stopped by the Nik Software booth to talk about how he uses some of their tools to achieve great prints (I especially appreciated this session since I use NIk's products). 

My favorite toy from the exhibit floor, however, was the new HD tablets offered from Wacom. These tablets have an HD monitor built in, so you actually view your image on the tablet as you edit. I must say, this created some serious lust and I'm now thinking of ways to talk my husband into letting me buy one!

The day concluded with a final class in the use and development of social media. It was an interesting class and I learned alot about how to more effectively use social media, so be sure to follow me on Twitter or Like me on Facebook!

After the convention concluded for the day, it was time to head to BB King Bar in Orlando for the Photoshop World after party featuring Scott Kelby's band, Big Electric Cat. It was a great way to end the evening by meeting some fellow photographers.

The alarm for day 2 is set for 6am. It's early, but there is a method to the madness. Stay tuned for more!