Feedback IS a big thing for NAPP and Photoshop World. At the start and end of each session, we’re reminded to submit our evaluation forms for the classes so that the instructors and the organizers can make our learning experience better.
In the spirit of providing feedback, I’d like to share with you some of my experience on the sessions I attended.
I’ll start out first by providing my comments on the classes I took during Day 1 of Photoshop World.
Matt K’s Photoshop Resotration/Rescue Class
This is the first session I attended after the Keynote so I was still ‘pumped up’. Matt is truly a great instructor. If you’ve been watching Photoshop User TV, you know what I mean. I was very impressed with how the training went.
Matt started out by telling us how he came up with this session. He basically asked around for some old photos that needed restoration from his office and started from there.
What’s great about this class is that Matt just gave us the 3 basic tools needed for restoring old photos and he provided examples to illustrate how and when we should use these tools.
One additional tip he did was on the Tech Expo floor – this time, Matt did a restoration of a photo with tape markings on it. Here’s Matt on the Expo Floor:
Overall, very informative class and I realized that the ‘Patch Tool’ is a very useful tool in this area of Photoshop work.
One of the highlights here was at the end of the session. One female attendee asked Matt for a photo. After the first shot, she pulled Matt behind her, grabbed his arm and did the wedding pose! It was funny because Matt was saying – ‘I’m married! I might get in trouble for this’… Hahaha!:)
Check out Matt’s Blog if you want to learn more.
Scott Kelby’s Typography Essentials
Next up was Scott’s Typography Essentials. Scott started out by explaining what the session is about and informing people that if they already knew the topic, they are free to leave. After a number of attendees left, Scott announced that everyone who stayed gets a prize (totally kidding!).
What surprised me in Scott’s session was the size of the place. I think if you’re as famous as Scott, you get the big rooms! He was on massive sized room (around 3 conference rooms) with huge projectors showing off what he was doing.
See image below – there’s Scott in the podium…
Because I appreciate good design work and back after graduating college, I really wanted to do work in the design field, I was very glad I took this class. The main point of the class was giving us the tips and techniques on how to improve our font design by looking at how the design industry did it.
Scott provided all these tips (right out of Photoshop). Now, these tools are really not new to you if you looked at the character palette of Photoshop. However, Scott just gives you the low down on how and when to use these tools to achieve the look you want.
If you’re into design (e.g. designing logos, etc) and want to understand how to make Type (fonts) look better in your work, this is the training you have to attend. I learned a lot from this class and I will by applying it to my work.
Check out Scott’s blog if you want to learn more about him.
Rick Sammon’s Exploring Digital Photography
After doing the portfolio review with Rick, I went to his class after the Tech Expo and boy, I am glad I went to this class. Since I’m a big fan of travel photography, I learned a lot from Rick.
The session was broken down into tips that Rick gave us at the same time, providing us some of his travel photos from Cambodia, India, Mexico and Antarctica. He gave us examples of how he enhanced the images he captured to have more impact.
A couple of the key learning things for me (also from the portfolio review) are:
- Use of Shadow/Highlight tool: this tool can create wonders to your images
- Cropping: don’t be tied to the photo-sizes and ratios (4×6, 5×7, 8×10) dictated by the printers when cropping. Experiment with different crop styles when you enhance your image since this could be a more effective way for you to express your message and idea to your audience.
After attending this class, I was inspired to revisit my travel photos and experiment with them.
Check out Rick’s site to view his work.
Will post more reviews within the week. Watch out for them!