Friday, September 26, 2008

Education and Inspiration

Today I attended a conference with hundreds of photographers from around the Kansas City area hosted by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), of which I am a member, and Adobe.  

It was simply fantastic!  I got the opportunity to learn from one of the top photographers in the country and was able to meet creative professionals from some of the biggest names in the business.  It was encouraging to sit in the room and be familiar with everything that was being discussed in regard to photoshop.  Thats not to say that I would consider myself the all knowing photoshop guru =), but it was great to at least be familiar with all the techniques discussed.  My education in photoshop began years ago and after all that time I was able to walk into the Kansas City Convention Center where advanced techniques were being taught and feel completely capable of accomplishing everything that was discussed.  

Today was more than merely educational though.  It was inspirational.  I got to see the cutting edge techniques being developed by the industry, by the people leading the charge.  I was able to see new ways of using tools that I had never considered before and powerful adjustments that could be created and combined in photoshop to create powerful images.

Needless to say, I can't wait to get out with the camera and start shooting!

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