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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?

Shows

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 – www.visitlasvegas.com

Photowalks

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.

 

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Photoshop World Insider’s Guide – Part 3 – Eats! http://photoshopworld.com/photoshop-world-insiders-guide-part-3-eats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=photoshop-world-insiders-guide-part-3-eats http://photoshopworld.com/photoshop-world-insiders-guide-part-3-eats/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:18:22 +0000 http://photoshopworld.com/?p=11853 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 […]

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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! 

Las Vegas may be known as “Sin City” but it is also a foodie’s dream. You can find everything from Three-Star Michelin restaurants to familiar fast food joints. Listed below are several popular options both in the hotel/conference center and on/off strip.

 Mandalay Bay Area
Here is a link to the restaurants in the conference hotel and immediate area.

Quick

  • Raffles Cafe – 24 hour casual lunch and dinner – $
  • Bayside Buffet – Your standard Las Vegas AYCE – $$
  • Starbucks – Right outside the convention center – $
  • Sports Book Grill – Sandwiches and more – $

Casual

  • House of Blues – BBQ, Creole, Southern Flair – $$
  • Burger Bar – Name says it all – $$
  • Red, White and Blue – American – $$
  • Noodle Shop – Chinese, Cantonese – $$$
  • Border Grill – Mexican – $$$

Upscale

  • Lupo by Wolfgang Puck – Italian – $$$$$
  • China Grill – Traditional Chinese – $$$$
  • Fleur by Herbert Keller – French -  $$$$$
  • RM Seafood – Seafood – $$$$$
  • StripSteak – Steakhouse – $$$$
  • Charlie Palmer Steak – Steakhouse – $$$$$
  • Aureole – Wine, American – $$$$

Insider’s Tip: Starbucks, while enticing can be an attendee’s downfall. It is located directly outside the convention center and is slammed before the opening of the conference days. Don’t be fooled, the lines are long and it can take time so plan accordingly. If the line is long and you have places to be, walk on by. 

My choice for best fast and cheap eats in MB is the Sports Book Grill. It has enormous deli sandwiches for a reasonable price that can easily feed two. For a fancier fare, try Aureole – with it’s amazing “Wine Angels” that retrieve your bottle of wine while suspended from the ceiling like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.

The food court, located outside the Expo Hall, tends to be overcrowded with many establishments closed and the food is cafeteria quality at best. There is a convenience store on the corner directly across from the entrance to the Expo Hall that does sell bottled water, sodas and other items. Be prepared, it does tend to have higher than average prices compared to the rest of the hotel.

Mandalay Place/Luxor

My new favorite restaurant find from last year has to be RiRa Irish Pub, located in Mandalay Place (the walkway between MB and Luxor), with huge portions, great food and reasonable prices I found myself going there twice for lunch and once for dinner during the last conference. It is quick, convenient and far enough away from the conference crowd that service was quick. Try the Walleye or Potato Leek Soup. Both were excellent.

The Luxor has many offerings including Pyramid Cafe, with the best stuffed french toast I have ever had, Backstage Deli with huge New York-style deli sandwiches, and a Food Court featuring McDonald’s and Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. This is all within easy walking distance using the Mandalay Place walkway or the Tram (see Getting Around).

Excalibur

Excalibur is closer than you think using the Tram system, but it can be a 20+ minute walk so plan accordingly. There are two reasons to go to Excalibur – Krispy Kreme (located upstairs in the Food Court), which is where they make the donuts for the three neighboring MGM properties so they are “Hot and Fresh” and Dick’s Last Resort - known as the “Shame of the Strip” with rowdy staff and messy (good) food.

New York New York

Here is my secret for getting lunch on the cheap while at Photoshop World. The schedule does allow a good amount of time for lunch breaks during the days, so this is very doable. Take the Tram to Excalibur and walk over to NYNY. There you will find The Village Eateries. There is everything from Mexican at Gonzalez Y Gonzalez to true NY pizza. If you go with a group or are very hungry yourself, try a deli sandwich at at Greenberg’s home to the largest pastrami sandwich I have ever had and easy to share.

Famous Chefs

There is so much to do and eat around Vegas that you could literally eat at a different restaurant every meal and not eat at the same establishment for TWO YEARS. Crazy. Here are suggestions for celebrity eats around Vegas. Note that these are not meant for quick trips during conference days. Plan for an evening or non-con days to visit. Many take reservations, so call ahead.

  • B&B Ristorante – Mario Batali – Venetian
  • Bartolotta – Paul Bartolotta (hometown favorite) – Wynn Las Vegas
  • BLT Burger – Laurent Tourondel – Mirage
  • Bouchon – Joel Robouchon – Venetian
  • Bradley Ogden – Bradley Ogden – Caesar’s Palace
  • Delmonico Steakhouse – Emeril Lagasse – Venetian
  • KGB: Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers – Kerry Simon – Harrah’s
  • Mesa Grill – Bobby Flay – Caesar’s Palace
  • Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak – Tom Colicchio – MGM Grand
  • Aaron Sanchez – House of Blues – Mandalay Bay

Cheap Eats

You can enjoy Vegas cuisine without breaking the bank by playing it smart. Hotel buffets may not be the best deal for breakfast and lunch, but dinner prices can’t be beat. Some hotels offer 2-for-1 or all-day deals depending on the weekday. There are a lot of chain restaurants with familiar food as well in the area. From Chipotle (across from Caesar’s) to Denny’s, there are a multitude of options for you to choose from.

Coming up in Part 4 – Wrap Up and Things to Do in Vegas (including photowalk ideas!)

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Photoshop World Insider’s Guide – Part 2 – Getting Around http://photoshopworld.com/photoshop-world-insiders-guide-part-2-getting-around/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=photoshop-world-insiders-guide-part-2-getting-around http://photoshopworld.com/photoshop-world-insiders-guide-part-2-getting-around/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:34:54 +0000 http://photoshopworld.com/?p=11834 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 […]

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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! 

 

Getting around Las Vegas can be simple if you know the tricks…

Getting to the Hotel: 

Airport shuttles are the least expensive option but book your shuttle before you fly. Taxi cabs are convenient but expect to wait in line to grab one.

Here is a link to Airport Shuttle Services supplied by McCarran Airport .

Walking Around: 

Again, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Even if you are staying in Mandalay Bay or The Hotel, the hotel and conference center are huge. You will be walking several miles every day on your feet. If you are going outside – BRING WATER. It may be a dry heat, but it is still tends to be quite hot in September.

Mandalay Bay is located on the southern-most part of the strip. It is connected via indoor walkways to Luxor and Excalibur. Excalibur is also connected to NYNY and the Tropicana via outdoor elevated walkways. These are the only way to cross the street in this particular intersection. NYNY and Tropicana also connect to the MGM Grand hotel. From NYNY or MGM Grand you can then go to street level to walk the strip.

Free Trams

There are free trams on several MGM properties. The first is from Mandalay Bay to Luxor and Excalibur. There are two trams – the Express to Excalibur and Tram Two that stops at Luxor and then Excalibur.

Insider’s Tip:  Be alert – depending on the day, routes may change and Tram Two occasionally goes only to Luxor, however there will be signs informing you of changes. The Tram runs from 9 am til 10:30 pm.

The second tram is located from Monte Carlo to Bellagio. While it does give you a unique view of the new Vdara and Aria properties, I would avoid trying riding this one. I tried last year and it was over a 25 minute walk through Monte Carlo to behind their convention center to find the tram and then another 30 to get from the back of Bellagio through their shops to the strip. It’s a 20 minute walk to Bellagio on the strip from Monte Carlo.

The third tram runs from Mirage to TI. It is the shortest of the three free trams and runs from the front of the Mirage property to TI.

Las Vegas Monorail: 

MGM Grand is the first stop for the Las Vegas Monorail System. This is a great way to get down the strip fast and also experience new hotel/casinos. For a fee you can ride this tram with stops all the way to the Sahara Station (the Sahara Casino is closed but the station remains open). I recommend the three-day unlimited ride pass. Also be aware of the operating times for the monorail (7 am til 2 am M-Th and til 3 am Fri-Sun). Don’t get stranded late at night and have to walk or take a cab.  Take note of the stops and maps before you board, even if you have rode the monorail in the past, due to construction and additional venues, the stops  may have changed since last year. The current map and information for the LVM is listed below.

Taxi Cabs:

Taxis are probably the most expensive way to get around Vegas. If you plan to go to Freemont Street or Stratosphere be plan to either share a cab with others or be prepared to pay more.

Insider’s Tip:To save on fees to downtown or Stratosphere, take the Las Vegas Monorail to the last stop (Sahara Station) and then pick up a shorter cab ride or even bus it via route 108 on the RTC.

Maps
Here are some helpful links to maps while you are in Las Vegas.
Coming up in Part 3 – Eats. Where to go, how to save and when to splurge.

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Photoshop World Insider’s Guide – Part 1 – Getting Started http://photoshopworld.com/photoshop-world-insiders-guide-part-1-getting-started/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=photoshop-world-insiders-guide-part-1-getting-started http://photoshopworld.com/photoshop-world-insiders-guide-part-1-getting-started/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:46:08 +0000 http://photoshopworld.com/?p=11785 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 […]

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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 without further ado, here is Part 1 – “Getting Started”

Rule #1 – Stay Informed. 

Be sure to follow the hashtag #PSW12 for PSW Twitter feed and follow @NAPP_news for the latest information on the conference and all things NAPP related before, during and after Photoshop World.

Insider’s Tip: Announcements regarding sessions are normally made prior to the introduction of the instructor. If you are late to a session, you may miss important information. 

If you have questions, there is the Info Booth and also Help Desk Live. Located outside the Expo Hall, this is your chance to have a live person answer your Photoshop related inquiries. Also, look for the NAPP folks wearing the black “STAFF” shirts. They are always willing to help you.

Attire:  

Wear comfortable clothes including shoes. You will be walking a lot. Also, the conference rooms are air conditioned so bring a sweater or jacket if necessary. I cannot stress this enough. Blisters can ruin your PSW experience especially if you are on a photo walk or pre-con. There is no dress code at Photoshop World, just be yourself and comfortable.

Checking In: 

Conference check-in can always be a daunting task but being prepared can make this go smoothly. Make sure you bring your conference badge that you received in the mail. You will receive conference materials and a handy bag to put it all in. Be patient – the line may be long, but it moves fast.

Insider’s Tip: To avoid Day 1 lines, you can check in during the pre-con day from 10 am – 2 pm. NAPP prefers that you check-in after noon if you are not attending a pre-con session. Early check-in saves you from having to lug your conference materials around all morning during the keynote and sessions. 

Keynote: 

The opening day keynote is a must-see. Feature previews from Adobe, the Guru Award Ceremonies and special guests make this one of the most entertaining and informative keynotes you will see!

Schedule: 

Schedules change. But if you have downloaded the PSW app for your mobile device, you can receive alerts and messages regarding the conference. You can also download Dave Cross’s great interactive PDF schedule. If you do not have the app or the PDF, there are large schedule posters outside the conference rooms on the lower level. Sometimes scheduled classes or room locations can change due to unforeseen circumstances even day-of. Be sure to check the schedules posted outside the event halls each morning to make sure you are up to date!

Insider’s Tip: 

You may not be able to attend every session you wish to see, but thankfully you have the Photoshop® World Conference Workbook. This “bible” has course notes and handouts to help you choose and read up on sessions you may have missed.

 Sessions:

One of the best parts of Photoshop World is you can choose your own course to fit your training needs. If you don’t care for a session, go to another. No pre-registration required!

Insider’s Tip:  Arrive early. Unless you have a Speed Pass, early birds get the best seats for events and sessions. Sometimes being close to the action makes all the difference.  If you like to move from class to class, be sure to sit in the back. 

Workbook: 

The 800+ page workbook has notes, tips and tricks from most sessions,  but it also has something very important in the rear of the book. Feeback forms. Do not forget to fill out your feedback forms for each session you attend. These forms are used in the prize drawings at the closing ceremonies. If you don’t give feedback, you won’t be entered!

Insider’s Tip:  Knowing that session notes are included in the workbook, I usually leave my book in my room and take a smaller (lighter) notebook along with my feedback forms to the sessions. It saves my back and sanity not worrying about leaving the workbook behind!

Bonus Tip: Arrive early. Some sessions are so new that they are not included in the workbook and the session pages are handed out prior to the presentation. Be sure to grab yours!

Expo Hall: 

Attend early and often. Many vendors have giveaways and there are bonus Expo Hall sessions in the NAPP Expo Theater and Kelby Training Expo Theater. Don’t miss out on your chance to see a live taping of your favorite Kelby Webcast. There are also great opportunities to meet vendors and other Photoshop enthusiasts each day during exclusive Expo times.

Insider’s Tip:  Don’t forget you can also download a FREE Expo Pass from the Photoshop® World website for your friends or traveling companions so they too can experience the wonder of the Expo Hall. 

Special Events: 

It’s not just about the class sessions or tracks at Photoshop World, it’s also about the friendships and networking connections you will make. Be sure to make the most of your Photoshop World experience with these special events!

First-Time Attendee Orientation

Hosted by NAPP Director Larry Becker, these are a recent and much welcomed addition to the schedule at Photoshop World. Think of it as “Photoshop World 101” for new attendees. The feedback I have heard from new PSW folks is nothing but praise for the knowledge and insight Larry gives.

Dinner With a Stranger

This gives you an opportunity to experience a great meal and conversation with other conference attendees. Traditionally held on the first night of the conference, this event fills up fast. Sign up and receive your pin and head out to meet and socialize with like-minded folks.

After-Hours Party

Also held after the first day of the conference, this event is nothing more than a big party with conference attendees and instructors. Please note that the standard conference registration fee does not include the After-Hours Party ticket. It must be purchased serparately and this does sell out. Unlike other events, guests are allowed to purchase tickets.

The after hours party has returned to the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, making it a convenient stop for attendees. Also, it marks the return of Scott Kelby and Big Electric Cat to the Las Vegas Conference. Having seen them in Washington, DC I can tell you first hand they are not-to-be missed!

Midnight Madness

This is a not-to-be missed event held on the second night of the conference. The free tickets are available on Day 2 of the conference and go quickly. But there are opportunities to win tickets throughtout the conference. Think of it as “Photoshop® for Insomniacs” hosted by Scott Kelby. Oh and you won’t learn a thing about Photoshop. Enjoy!

Insider’s Tip: Get to the conference hall early on Day 2 to get your tickets while they last. Only 200 Midnight Madness tickets are given away! Locations are announced during Day 1 sessions. Also watch the #PSW12 Twitter feed for special giveaways during the expo sessions. 

Conference Wrap Up Rally

This is the last general session held at the end of the conference. Do not blow this off. This is where you can win great prizes drawn from Feedback Forms and view instructors showcasing highlights from the conference. Every year somehow tops previous years with excellent demos, shows and overall fun to be had by all.

Insider’s Tip: If you can swing it, try to extend your stay either a day before or after the conference. You could have your own photo walk, see a Vegas show, or hang out with your new conference friends!

 

Coming up in Part 2 – Getting Around. Your tips and tricks for navigating the conference and the strip!

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Dave Cross’ Photoshop World DC 2012 Planning Assistant Available Now! http://photoshopworld.com/dave-cross-photoshop-world-dc-2012-planning-assistant-available-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dave-cross-photoshop-world-dc-2012-planning-assistant-available-now http://photoshopworld.com/dave-cross-photoshop-world-dc-2012-planning-assistant-available-now/#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:39:40 +0000 http://photoshopworld.com/?p=10238 Photoshop World is just days away… And if you’re planning to experience the world’s best photography, lighting and Photoshop training but don’t know how to start devising your plan of attack, you’re in luck. Photoshop World instructor Dave Cross has once again created a helpful PDF that lets you pick your first and second choices. […]

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Photoshop World is just days away… And if you’re planning to experience the world’s best photography, lighting and Photoshop training but don’t know how to start devising your plan of attack, you’re in luck. Photoshop World instructor Dave Cross has once again created a helpful PDF that lets you pick your first and second choices.

How It Works:
Simply select a class from each pop-up menu to help you decide what class you want to attend for each time slot. Print out the page and once you get to the conference, check the signs for the room numbers and any last-minute changes.

Please note: While this doesn’t register you for the class (pre-registration is not required), it’ll help you plan out your days.

Click here to access Dave’s PSW DC 2012 Planner.

Don’t forget, you can also download our free PSW app. It not only lets you set up a schedule on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone, but offers pertinent information about the Photoshop World Expo and other PSW events.

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The PSW Hashcaster Site Returns! http://photoshopworld.com/the-psw-hashcaster-site-returns/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-psw-hashcaster-site-returns http://photoshopworld.com/the-psw-hashcaster-site-returns/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:53:56 +0000 http://photoshopworld.com/?p=10197 Photoshop World DC is just around the corner, which means that the PSW Hashcaster site is about to go live to help you constantly find the latest news! There have been some great improvements to Hashcaster this year, including the ability to add video so all you video buffs out there, be sure to tag […]

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Photoshop World DC is just around the corner, which means that the PSW Hashcaster site is about to go live to help you constantly find the latest news!

There have been some great improvements to Hashcaster this year, including the ability to add video so all you video buffs out there, be sure to tag any Photoshop World videos you share with #PSW12 on Twitter so we can add them for all to see. Here’s a helpful guide to show you what Hashcaster is all about.

What is Hashcaster?
Hashcaster is a real-time Twitter curation platform setup to help you find the best content tweeted at Photoshop World and to help you easily identify and connect with top influencers.

Why you should use Hashcaster?
Keeping up with a fast trending hashtag on Twitter can be like drinking from a fire hose. It’s almost impossible to keep up with all those tweets, links, photos and videos generated by the thousands of attendees and non-attendees at an event. Hashcaster solves this problem by curating all this content into organized channels that you can view at anytime through the event’s Hashcaster web site.

However, Hashcaster doesn’t stop there. The Hashcaster platform continually monitors the hashtag Twitter stream to identify top influencers and contributors at the event, making it easier for you to connect with the who’s who.

Finally, you can become a top influencer yourself; the Hashcaster system evaluates each and every tweet in real-time to identify nuggets of knowledge and diamonds in the rough at PSW. One of those diamonds in the rough could be you!

How can I access Hashcaster?
You can access the Photoshop World Hashcaster site through your web browser, smartphone or tablet by visiting http://psw.hashcaster.com/home

How do I get my tweets, links, photos & videos on Hashcaster?
Hashcaster does all the work. You simply include the hashtag, #PSW12, in your tweets and the Hashcaster system looks after the rest. It’s that simple. Please note, we are still tracking the #PSW hashtag but a lot of non-Photoshop World attendees have been using it lately, so #PSW12 will be the event-related hashtag this year.

How do I become a Top Influencer on Hashcaster?
The Hashcaster system is continually evaluating the Twitter stream to determine who are the top influencers at any given time. This list of top influencers is literally updated with every new tweet. Becoming a top influencer depends on a whole range of factors that help the system identify those people that have the most positive impact on the hashtag community. Although there is no way to guarantee that you’ll become a top influencer, the following do’s and don’ts can help increase the likelihood that you’ll make the list.

Things that make you a positive contributor on Hashcaster.
• Tweet unique tweets with relevant content frequently.
• Get a story published on Hashcaster by tweeting high quality links to topical articles and blogs.
• Contribute photos or videos to Hashcaster.
• Retweet interesting and relevant tweets form other community members.
• Have a high Klout score.
• Have lots of followers in the hashtag community.

Things that make you a negative contributor on Hashcaster.
• Do not tweet out the same tweet over and over again.
• Do not tweet promotional links with little or no story content.
• Do not retweet every tweet in an attempt to increase you ranking.
• Do not use auto tweeting services that replicate your message across many user accounts. (this will get you blocked)
• Do not include profanity in your tweets (this will get you blocked)

Some final tips?
We have learned that people who share important event announcements and who tweet their experience (like quick tips that they learn in classes) not only become ranked contributors, but make lots of new friends along the way in the #PSW12 Twitterverse. Engage in the conversation (don’t be shy), don’t tweet anything you wouldn’t say in public, and support fellow Tweeps with generosity and good will.

Have fun!

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Convince Your Boss! http://photoshopworld.com/convince-your-boss/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=convince-your-boss http://photoshopworld.com/convince-your-boss/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:27:38 +0000 http://photoshopworld.com/?p=4654 Year after year, we get feedback from Photoshop World attendees about how the inspired instruction during the three-day conference has helped them improve their photography, lighting and Photoshop skills and unlock their creativity. But we also hear from those who desperately want to attend, but just cant seem to convince their bosses to give them […]

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Year after year, we get feedback from Photoshop World attendees about how the inspired instruction during the three-day conference has helped them improve their photography, lighting and Photoshop skills and unlock their creativity.

But we also hear from those who desperately want to attend, but just cant seem to convince their bosses to give them the green light to attend.

So, weve come up with a way to help you convince your boss Simply click here to download a PDF of an oh-so-persuasive letter that we’ve created for you. Once you download the letter, just copy the text into an email, make a few tweaks to “make it your own” and send it on to your boss!

Good luck!

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Start Planning Your PSW Experience Today! http://photoshopworld.com/start-planning-your-psw-experience-today/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=start-planning-your-psw-experience-today http://photoshopworld.com/start-planning-your-psw-experience-today/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:13:15 +0000 http://photoshopworld.com/?p=4290 Photoshop World may be 12 weeks away… But that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your PSW experience! And, now you can do it with a little help from the one and only Dave Cross! To help with the challenge of selecting your digital photography and lighting classes, Dave has created a truly helpful PDF […]

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Photoshop World may be 12 weeks away… But that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your PSW experience! And, now you can do it with a little help from the one and only Dave Cross!

To help with the challenge of selecting your digital photography and lighting classes, Dave has created a truly helpful PDF that lets you pick your first and second choices. Make your selections, print it out and bring it with you to Photoshop World. Once you get to the conference, you can review the PSW Show Guide and check out all the signs to fill in the room numbers. It’s that easy!

Don’t forget, you can also download our free PSW app. It not only lets you set up a schedule on your iPhone and/or iPad, but offers pertinent information about the Photoshop World Expo and other PSW events.

If you haven’t registered yet, make sure to sign up by February 25th to save an extra $100 off the admission price!

Happy Planning!

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