Monday, May 14, 2012

Exposure to Photoshop World @ Washington DC

I got an opportunity to travel to Washington DC to attend Photoshop World conference - an official convention of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals). It was scheduled for March 24-26, 2012.

I'm not a pro photographer but being a software tester for photo editing application, understanding this domain is essential for me. Photoshop world provided an excellent opportunity to not just understand this world but also user workflows associated with various verticals of photography.

Pre-conference Workshop:
Photoshop World (PSW) started with pre-conference workshops. I opted for 'Real World Concert Photography' by Alan Hess and Scott Diussa. I have always had challenges in shooting live events under low lighting conditions and this workshop was an eye opener.

Format of workshop was more like Class --> Shoot --> Review --> Class.
Trainers started with showcasing their work, sharing their experience and various tips and tricks. Then was the actual hands-on work of shooting the band who was performing this event. Try out various techniques shared by trainers, review your shot and yes trainers are there to help and guide you if you're not able to get the right shot.

That's not all, trainers hosted a contest and best shot was to get a brand new Nikon D7000 camera !

Getting ready for 'Real World Concert Photography'

Live photo shoot

Conference Tutorials & Expo:
Next 3 days, we had a marathon of sessions on variety of topics. There were dedicated sessions on Photoshop, Lightroom, Wedding Photography, Sports Photography and much more. Sessions on 'Long Exposure Photography', 'Using the iPad in a Photography Workflow' and 'Lightpainting' were the most impressive ones.

Expo was well organized too. Kiosks of all known brands of Photography world and classes by NAPP and Kelby Training. No wonder, Adobe's booth was all time hit.

Photoshop World Expo


So, is there anything non-Photoshop about it? Well, events like after-hours party and midnight madness are good enough to keep you engaged if you think it's too heavy :)

Overall, an amazing experience. I would be happy to be a part of it, again !