Last month I boarded a plane and headed west to attend the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. I wish I had lots of witty information and juicy tidbits to share, but I don’t. Instead I’d prefer to share a few things that stuck with me from the experience.
I have a more technically insightful guest post coming soon at Love That Shot, so keep an eye over there for some helpful tips I picked up at PSW.
Hotel/Las Vegas thoughts:
- There are slot machines in the airport terminal and next to baggage claim. Am I the only one who things that is weird…and sad?
- At almost 40 I took my very first solo taxi ride; I’m finally an adult. LOL
- Hotel was gorgeous and affordable!
- Food was outrageously expensive and not all that great.
- Sunrises were so beautiful, breathtaking!
- Temperature outside was hot, but dry and this Southern girl was quite glad not to be drinking the air like she does at home.
- It was a long walk inside the hotel, from my room to the conference center, where the workshops were held. Like a 10 minute walk, that is a long time, considering I never left the hotel.
- Too much smoking everywhere. You’ll see a smoking sign in the slideshow, saying that they could smoke past that point but they were smoking before that, trust me.
- There were a LOT of attendees of this conference!! 3000 I think it was….this introvert was a bit overwhelmed.
- Workshop workbook was crazy big, too big to carry around, but PACKED full of great info! Almost worth going just for that.
- Workshops offered were pretty good; only really unhappy with one. Several had me so excited I could hardly sit still.
- The Expo was a bit of a let-down. Not sure what I was expecting, but that wasn’t it.
- Tamron people were fantastic, answered lots of questions, let me demo the lens on my own camera, etc. Left there and bought the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8.
- Think Tank rep was very snotty to me; I left offended and that is hard to do, honestly. Said “real” female professional photographers only carry black bags, when I tried to disagree, he just continued to degrade me/us. I just had to walk away.
- Photo shoots in Expo area were neat, but models were dressed so bizarrely I didn’t bother trying to get shots of them for my portfolio. Lighting was fantastic though.
- Meeting Misti and Michelle from Love That Shot
- Meeting Angie and Rachel from I Heart Faces
- Desert sunrises
- Late night drive down the strip, thanks to a very generous Wendy
- Workshop workbook
- Using my Undfind One Bag laptop/camera bag (review coming in next couple of weeks)
Bottom line….was it worth it? Yes.
Will I go again?
Not to the Las Vegas one, but I do plan to attend the Washington, DC one in March, 2012.
I honestly didn’t take very many pictures with my D700, rather more with my handy iPhone 4, so my slideshow might be anti-climatic for you. I did share some night time pics and a video of us driving down the strip at my personal blog.
There are 36 images in the slideshow, so if it slows down after like 10, give it a minute to get going again.