Photoshop World 2013 Orlando: A Good Bit of Business
The good people over at NAPP tried something new for their Photoshop World Conference and Expo 2013 – Orlando; they made a few “tracks” changes that, for me, made it an unexpectedly wonderful experience.
- At PSW 2011 – Vegas, they had: Creative Suite Track, General Track, Lightroom Track, Photography A and B Tracks, Photoshop Track, and a Techniques Track. They even threw in a few classes of a Social Media/Business, Motion Graphics, and Wedding & Portraits Tracks.
- At PSW 2012 – DC, they had all the above, plus they added some classes for Tips & Tricks, Lighting, and Production Tracks.
As you can tell, there was a little bit of this and that in past years with sprinkles of new stuff added depending on whatever instructors came during that conference. Mind you, the two PSW’s above that I attended were great and overwhelming and definitely made me want to come back!
This year, however, they refined their “track” approach with seven tightly-composed paths of learning.
And I was finally able to focus on one track in particular yet still enjoy a few classes from the other tracks.
Perhaps some of my comfort came from previous PSW experience, but I heard from several others (noobs and old-heads) who felt the same way: smaller crowd, fewer vendors, but better learning.
Let me make note that Joel Grimes, Janine Warner, Richard Harrington, Jason Groupp, and Erik Valind were especially helpful in their Business track sessions. I thought I knew a good bit about the business of being paid as a photographer, but I was wrong. There was just so much excellent information that was laid out before me that it will take me weeks (maybe months) to revise my business plan. My mind was truly blown!
Image above made with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 50 f/1.4 lens
And finally, Bill Fortney was a treat and a treasure and I pray that he’s invited back!