The Photoshop World Experience

July 30, 2013 § 2 Comments

You will see me posting a lot about Photoshop World from now until September. I am so excited to announce that I will be blogging for Photoshop World, as well as on my own personal blog.
Aside from the fact that I’ll be blogging, Photoshop World (PSW) is an important event to me. Not only is it an amazing few days of inspiration and education, but it is something my dad and I have attended pretty much every year since the first year we went.

Back when I first got into photography and got my camera, my dad introduced me to the world of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and I believe he gave me the gift of membership for that first year. As he was introducing me to the likes of Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, and Rafael “RC” Concepcion through blog posts and NAPP videos, he kept talking about this conference in Las Vegas called Photoshop World that he had always wanted to attend. Every time he would describe it, his eyes would light up.

The following year, dad and I decided to bite the bullet and go to PSW Vegas. We were both like little kids in a candy store from the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony. Not only was that first year awesome fun, but it truly opened my eyes to this community of photographers, and that other people also see the world differently through a lens. Needless to say, my dad and I loved every minute of it and kept talking about “next year”.

I have gone several times by now with my dad, because it is the most inspiring few days of the year for both of us. To learn from great photographers and digital artists is just awesome. The fact that my dad and I get to attend together is just so cool. Photoshop World is not just an event or conference; it is an experience.

Whenever I meet other attendees or instructors at PSW, they always ask, “You brought your dad (or parents, depending on the year) to Vegas?!” My answer is always, “Absolutely!”. My dad introduced me to NAPP, and it is only right that I attend the biggest NAPP gathering on the West Coast with him.

You can also attend Photoshop World to experience it for yourself. Don’t worry, if you go alone, you will make a lot of new friends along the way. However the deadline to save $100 is fast approaching — Plus this year, everyone who registers gets to try Adobe Creative Cloud for one year free! The deadline for earlybird registration is August 2, 2013. To register 800.738.8513 or visit PHOTOSHOPWORLD.COM



Pretty big Photoshop World news

July 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

In case you haven’t heard, everyone that registers for Photoshop World gets one year of Adobe Creative Cloud for free.  That’s right,  this amazing event just got even more amazing! Find out more and register here:


See you there!

Photoshop World Las Vegas 2013

July 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

We are just under 50 days away from an event that I look forward to every year…Photoshop World!

Here is all of the information you need from NAPP about Photoshop World, and how to sign up:


Photoshop World Conference & Expo

Las Vegas

September 4-6, 2013






Gardenias in bloom

July 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

My absolute favorite part of summer is smelling the amazing aroma of the gardenia bushes in the yard. The blooming (more like popping) of the mystery gardenias really means the start of summer. Last year while recovering from hip surgery, I was at home a lot and had an abundant amount of time to enjoy the beautiful aroma and aesthetics of the gardenias.
Which, of course, meant some photo shoots while I was — literally — sitting around. Here is one of my subjects from last summer:

Gardenia bloom

This year, my hip is much stronger than it was last summer, but the gardenia bushes have bloomed and the peak time is now over. However, every time I look at the above image, I can smell the beautiful aroma of the gardenia, and I feel so happy.

What is your favorite summer scent?

Lavender days of summer

July 11, 2013 § 2 Comments

Ahh the hazy, lavender days of summer. Relaxing by the pool with a refreshing beverage, enjoying the summer sunshine. For me, it means extended hours of daylight to take photos (of course):

Lavender macro

This lavender plant grows in my garden, and smells amazing. Beauty and relaxation in my backyard — but most importantly, a photo subject.

Every time I look at this image, it reminds me of lavender vanilla ice cream, or a lavender mojito recipe I have been wanting to try.

What does this image make you think of? Let me know in the comments below.


Urban sunset

July 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Urban sunset

Sometimes, living in the San Fernando Valley isn’t so bad. Not when I look up in the sky and see gorgeous colors like this.

Big picture vs. detail

July 1, 2013 § 2 Comments

I love chasing light while walking around my neighborhood with my camera and my iPhone. Yes I look like the crazy camera woman cruising around the neighborhood with multiple cameras, but sometimes just using the camera in my iPhone just doesn’t match my vision.

 I was drawn this this purple Gladiola flower, and started off by taking an overall image of the flower. I used my iPhone for the image below (no filter, this is straight out of the camera):
Gladiola iPhone
And this is the image I posted on my Instagram (using the X-Pro II filter):
Gladiola Instagram
But as I love the details of flowers and petals, I had to get in closer to make a macro image. This is the result (edited in Lightroom 4):
Which do you like- the big, overall flower pictures straight out of the iPhone and on Instagram or the detailed macro? Why? Let me know In the comments below.

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