Photoshop World Insider’s Guide – Part 4 – Things to Do

Last year, I posted a PDF called “An Alumni’s Guide to Photoshop World”. It was well received, but a lot of folks were unable to view it on their device for various reasons. So this year’s edition will be posted on the blog instead so you can view at your leisure using whatever method suits you! 

So what is there to do in Las Vegas either before or after Photoshop World? The question is really what isn’t there to do?


Las Vegas is known for it’s shows as much as it’s casinos. Each casino has it’s own entertainment lineup so check their sites for information and performers.

Cirque Du Soleil definitely has a huge presence in Vegas and there are several shows to choose from. The Beatles Love show at the Mirage is my favorite by far and is slated to close this year after a five year run, so don’t miss it!

  • Beatles Love – The Mirage
  • Mystere – Treasure Island
  • O – Bellagio
  • Ka – MGM Grand
  • Criss Angel Believe – Luxor
  • Zumanity (18+ only) – New York New York
  • Zarkana – Aria at City Center

Find show and ticket information at the Cirque site here.

Insider’s Tip: Contact your hotel concierge to see if they offer any ticket package specials or contact the show’s casino directly. Since September is considered “off season” for Vegas, lots of shows have sales but also many are “Dark” or closed that week. 

Tours and Sightseeing

There are many different kinds of tours you can take in and around the Las Vegas area from the Grand Canyon to Hoover Dam. Be prepared however if you take these tours as some of them do take all day and it might be easier to rent a car and drive there on your own. My pick for favorite tourist spot is tied between Grand Canyon and Valley of Fire.

More information on tours and sightseeing can be found at the Official Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority Site –


What better way to spend your extra time in Las Vegas than going on a Photowalk around the area with friends? In speaking with other Photoshop World attendees and some quick social media polling, it seems that PSW alumni like Red Rock and Valley of Fire State Park. With it’s stunning views and landscape it is a very inspiring backdrop for your creativity. The park is open all year long and is only 55 miles from Las Vegas, which makes for an easy day trip. Share a rental car and enjoy the view.

Other great areas to take a photowalk, if you do not want to rent a car or spend all day away, are Downtown Vegas/Freemont Street Experience. Be sure to go at night with all the great vintage restored neon signs and light shows. Be sure to say hi to “Vegas Vic” – the most recognized neon sign on Freemont Street. This large cowboy is always waving to welcome you.

My other choice for a photowalk is to walk the strip. Vegas at night is truly a sight to behold and there is no limit to opportunities for shoots. Be aware of local ordinances regarding tripod usage though. I would recommend a monopod if needed.

Wrap Up

Photoshop World really is the best opportunity to see the latest techniques, software and technology related to Photoshop and Photography all in one venue. Be sure to reach out to other attendees and instructors, grow your network and circle of friends. This will make your Photoshop World Experience one to remember. Each year has something new to offer and is worth coming back to!

Keep coming back for more information and throughout the conference as I will be posting LIVE updates and photos from the event.

Note: I have had several requests to offer this as a PDF for downloading. I will be compiling these four posts into a PDF and uploading this week.