Getting Ready for Photoshop World

After dreaming and schemeing about attending Photoshop World for nearly 15 years (first as a designer, more recently as a photographer), I'm very excited to announce that I can finally check it off my bucket list this year. Tomorrow, in fact! 

For the past couple years especially, it's been a disappointment whenever the conference rolls around and the time just isn't right for me to attend. I don't work for a company who can pay my way, nor am I yet officially self-employed, with a budget I can allocate to large educational expenses. Needless to say, my little stash of savings each year goes toward gear, hardware/software upgrades, and small educational purchases like CreativeLive workshops. In addition, family schedules, finances and other obligations have all been issues at one time or another, preventing the trip.

Sunrise, from my front porch. Beyond the houses at the end of the street is mostly open prairie. Not the most glamorous view, but at least Wyoming does have big, beautiful skies.

Sunrise, from my front porch. Beyond the houses at the end of the street is mostly open prairie. Not the most glamorous view, but at least Wyoming does have big, beautiful skies.

This year, the stars aligned and the heavens parted. Or so it seemed. Almost at the last minute, everything came together. This was thanks in part to a good friend who's letting me hitch a ride to the airport and crash in her hotel room. But if my hubbs hadn't given the nod of approval, none of that would have mattered. Without question, he deserves the title 'hero of the day'. And now if he reads this, I've also done my job giving him public props. :)

Anyway, in my excitement I did some digging around the web for what to expect as a newbie... what to pack, what to leave at home, must-see stuff, etc. Unfortunately I didn't uncover much in that regard. There were a lot of blog posts and stories from various attendees who shared their experience of years past, and one relatively old post by Matt Kloskowski on Lightroom Killer Tips... but otherwise info was sparse.

I think I gathered enough tips however, to be as prepared as I can be without prior experience to draw from. The best tip I will pass on for any other first timers looking for pointers ... bring a jacket or sweatshirt. The AC in the conference rooms apparently gets very cold. If you're like me and have a pathetically low tolerance for cold, this tip alone will be a lifesaver!

I was planning on bringing most of my gear as well, but research convinced me to narrow that down to one camera body and one lens. Since I won't be attending a pre-conference workshop, there's no need to bring the kitchen sink. The laptop on the other hand, is definitely going.

Midnight Madness and the After-Hours Party aren't in the cards for me this year either, so I'll also bring reading material (currently Within the Frame by David duChemin) for down time (does that exist during Photoshop World?) or to unwind with in the room at night.

Ok I better wrap this up now. I still have laundry to finish and packing to do! I will post again soon. Probably after my newbie adventures in Photoshop World conclude. I've heard it changes lives... or at least careers. I can't wait to find out if that's true!