Big News for Photoshop World 2016

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I am so excited about this news. This year I have been selected to teach at Photoshop World. I have been attending this conference for many years, and this year I finally have been offered a chance to make it up onto the stage to teach. I never in a million years thought that this would happen. All those years ago when I was sitting out in the crowd, it was beyond my wildest imagination that I would get to teach.

Tomorrow, you can read a post about why I love Photoshop World, but today I wanted to tell you about my classes that I am teaching. The first class is a Pre-Conference course happening on July 18th. Pre-cons happen the day before the conference starts, and are longer classes with fewer people, so you get a real chance to dive deep and get some great training. My Pre-con is a hands-on portfolio prep class.

If you are a photographer at some point, you are going to have to create a body of work. This pre-con is designed to help you learn how to do that or improve your skills if you already have a portfolio. The class is limited to 20 students and it a full five hours. In this class, we are going start off with a small lecture about how to create a portfolio, key concepts, techniques and presentation methods. Then we are going to jump way into the deep end of the pool. Everyone who is attending the pre-con is going to bring work that we are going to edit and sequence in class. Did I say, everyone, YES I DID. We are going to put our skills to practical use right there in the classroom. You will get a chance to work with others and have your own work looked at. When you leave at the end of the day, you will have a portfolio sequence created, learned a ton about your work and got a whole host of new skills to use to use when editing, shooting and talking about photography. It is going to be amazing. There are still a few spots left so don’t miss out on what will be an amazing afternoon. You can register for the class when you signup for the conference. Here is a link to the registration form.

So what else am I teaching? I am really excited to be teaching in the inspirational track on four steps to more meaningful photography. For those of you who know me or listen to my podcast, you know that I am about the inner game of photography. I think that focusing less on gear and more on being present, understanding photographs and finding your passion is what makes photography magical. In this class, I am going to share my biggest lessons learned in my photography and how I think by focusing more on this and less on gear, technique, and all that other internet blah blah can push your work forward.

Now, I am also not crazy enough to think that you can’t have a little technical smack down that you need to apply to your images to make them sing and after begging Scott and company to let me at a little Lightroom. I am getting to teach Lightroom Sharpening, and we are Turning it up to 11 with advance techniques in Lightroom. Now, when it comes to sharpening in Lightroom, I am going to drive deep into the ocean and answer all your questions. We are going to punch a sharp in the nose and sharpen our images on his teeth. When you leave this class, you are going to know more than you wanted to about sharpening and noise reduction in Lightroom.

When we Turn it up to 11, you are going to get my little bag of fun workflow tricks and tips. I am also going to talk about some of the advanced tools in Lightroom that I see my students avoid or not use for some reason. Some of these tools like soft proofing, snapshots, external editing tricks are amazing tools built right into Lightroom that can make you a super Power Photography Ranger.

Photoshop World is in Las Vegas this July from the 19-21st with the Pre-cons happening on the 18th. You can find all the information here or click on the graphic above. I hope that you can make it out and take all my classes and hang out at In-and-Out, do midnight madness and win a Guru Award. Let me know if you have any question and see you on the strip.

March 30, 2016

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