This was one of the funnest, most inspirational, most friendly Photoshop World’s I’ve been to. I’m not sure if it was because the location was new and we had a lot of new people that were able to come to the conference or because of the great weather that the northeast has been having, but Photoshop World DC was a blast. So much so that I felt I had to write a Top 10 Favorites List just to thank a few people and, well, I don’t know. I just felt like I had to write it. So here goes:
Favorite Photo: This one. It was take about 1 second before Moose dropped me!
Favorite Quote From Photoshop World: “Be a person who is a brand. Don’t be a brand.” – @MikeWiacek. Mike joined us on a Google+ For Photographers panel and I have to say that he killed it. He had such great insight on using Google+ for photographers and, although I know he was really busy, I’m incredibly thankful he joined our panel. Thanks Mike!
Favorite Portfolio Review: I reviewed a bunch of portfolios this time (way more than usual), and one that stands out was from Timothy Brooks. He’s in high school and the first photo that’s in his portfolio (and on his home page) just made me go “Wow!”. This kid is gonna go places. He had a great head on his shoulders and tons of talent and drive to go along with it.
Favorite Meal at Photoshop World: The instructor intro-kick-off party at Famous Luigis Italian Restaurant. Mmmmmmm… The Rigatoni was awesome!
Favorite new friend: My buddy John Lauritsen, who brought me two bags of Swedish Fish and Luis Morales who gave me some red Swedish Fish attached to his card (apparently I have a case of SFED… Swedish Fish eating disorder).
Favorite Class from New Instructor: Glyn Dewis’s class at the Kelby Training theater
Favorite Late Night Event: There’s a tie. I had a blast at the Photoshop World After Hours party at Ibiza night club. Everyone who stayed around after with us had even more fun (and no Rob Gordon I didn’t leave you). But I also had a blast on our post-Midnight Madness Burger Run. Even though it turned out to be pizza instead (that’s a long story you can read about here), it was great! Make sure you read how I was almost shanked!
Favorite Just-Hangin-Around-Moment of Photoshop World: It’s hard to pick just one, but I absolutely had a great time chatting on pre-conference day with RC Concepcion, Jeremy Cowart, Greg Heisler, Cliff Mautner, and Brad Moore about the photography industry, social media and whatever else came up. Just getting to talk to people are one of the very reasons I still love going to conferences.
Favorite Expo Floor Setup: Of course, Westcott wins again with their shooting bays, but Adobe rocked with a live hands-on Lightroom lab right next to it. I even got to help an attendee’s (Brad Balfour) son with his photos and he actually won a prize. So cool!
Favorite Costume at Photoshop World: Without a doubt, Russell Brown from Adobe as Abe Lincoln (here’s the photo).
And My Least Favorite Moment of Photoshop World: When I went on a photo shoot and brought everything but my camera. You can read about it here