Coming Full Circle

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'.

Dan Rather 

It hardly seems like it’s been a year since I attended my very first Photoshop World. The contrast of walking into my first pre-con and walking into my pre-con with Joe McNally this past week is like night and day. I was still a nervous wreck... it was Joe McNally, after all. Yet, I felt a sense of peace, a little more confident in my abilities. The rest of the week was simply amazing. I was able to catch up with Craig McCormick of Destructive Pixels and get a private lesson on his templates for iPad books. With these templates, you can create a pretty nice iBook to share with family, friends, or a potential client. 

The highlight for the week for me was being able to share with each of the instructors how important they have been in my journey. There were lots of hugs and a few tears, and I came away even more determined to 'pay it forward.' This past year I watched countless KelbyOne tutorials, read even more books and articles, practiced in Lightroom and Photoshop, and got out shooting every chance I could. I can honestly say I am thrilled with my progress and looking forward to continuing my journey .

Photoshop World is the only conference I know of where you can take classes with some of the best instructors in the business, like RC Concepcion, Peter Hurley, Glyn Dewis, Erik Valind, Jay Masiel, Zack Arias, Matt Kloskowski, and Moose Peterson. It’s always hard to decide which workshops to go to. By the end of the conference, my head was spinning with Photoshop, Lightroom, TTL speed lights , lighting set-ups, and invisible black backgrounds. Every night, Tammy and I would compare notes from the classes we took. Attending PSW is really like hitting a giant reset button on your creativity. Being surrounded by and hanging out with amazing instructors and photographers from around the world gives you a unique perspective on your own work.

Best quote from PSW Atlanta—A friend asked Jay Masiel to describe, in three words, how to become a better photographer:

    “Move your A#@!" 

Hope to see you at PSW Vegas.