I had the pleasure of spending the day with a few hundred of my fellow Washingtonians at the Photoshop CS3 Power Tour seminar with instructor and author extraordinaire, Scott Kelby. Actually I spent yesterday afternoon with him too, shooting some images for his upcoming book. But today was all about Photoshop. Scott manages to squeeze in a huge amount of information in a fairly small period of time. He covers everything from the Bridge, to portrait retouching, to image sharpening, to getting great color using simple techniques. Normally all of this information would just be overwhelming but retention isn’t a problem since every single item that is covered during the seminar is laid out step-by-step in the included workbook. The workbooks are great go-to resources that you can use over and over again. Outside the ballroom were several vendors that sponsor the tour including Westcott and B&H. The rep from B&H even had a couple of brand new Nikon D300′s for sale. Unfortunately I didn’t have $1800 bucks on me or it would have been an early Christmas for certain.
One thing that I noticed while looking at the crowd that was in attendance was the age range of the students. Of course there were your mid-20′s pixel pushers but what was very noticeable was the large number of Baby Boomers in attendance. I’m talking maybe half of the audience. I think that digital imaging has become the new golf. Frankly I think it is fantastic to see so many people that are embracing digital photography and that creativity is ageless.