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Lovers of the Luminous Lights-VegasPhotoWalk

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photowalk badgeThe Las Vegas Adobe User Group hosted a “Neon Photowalk” in the Fremont Street district (Old Vegas) — Sunday, Oct 21st, 2012, from 4-10pm. This was a FREE event for all levels of photographers from pros to iPhone/iPad users. We also had lots of Adobians from out of town (Los Angeles, Florida, San Jose, San Diego, etc) as well as some new friends from the Sin City Photography Group.  And that was the main purpose of the Photowalk: community building between two very different communities.There were over 120 signups to the event; but, we kicked things off with over 60 shutter snappers at Emergency Arts – “The Beat” coffee shop. As it turned out, some of the Beat employees were also lovers of the luminous lights. One employee had already been photographing hundreds of Vegas neon signs for his own art-piece which he presented me a copy which was very cool!

The Beat has definitely got an artistic vibe to it and the Photowalk organizers were so pleased that they allowed us to set up camp there. While onsite, we also conducted few drawings for Adobe Software, T-shirts, and a special drawing for a WACOM tablet (Thanks to Tony Arredondo -WACOM Technology & Stephen Burns). Those in attendance also got a free beverage courtesy of Adobe. With maps in hand, the Photowalkers sallied forth in their quest for best Neon Photo and a chance to win (CS6 Photoshop Extended).

One of our favorite stops was the Neonopolis courtyard and some of us spent a lot of time at this location. At NeonoPolis, Adobe Community Professional Stephen Burns gave lessons to about a dozen Photowalkers on color extractions using timed exposures and also a nifty click and drag technique which produced some interesting abstract neon photos. Here’s one:

 

Abstract Neon Photo — Delayed Shutter Technique

Click & Drag Technique

 

 

ACP Chana Messer finds some new friends on the PhotoWalk

This event spawned TWO other Blog posts worth mentioning:

Chana Messer Photoshop Touch App WorkFlow with Neon: http://adobe.ly/UNmBPE

Lee Varis: “Color & Tone” http://networkedblogs.com/E4BKM

Notable Twitter Posts:

Facebook Posts:

Photowalkers taking a break at Mediterrean Cafe after shooting inside Neonopolis courtyard

“Thanks for sharing with the group! And special thanks to Krystal, Nate, Aaron, Stephen, Chana, et al., for putting on a great event!” – Speer Photography & Design

We gave lots of stuff away to the Neon Photowalkers at the Adobe Table

“I LOVED the photo walk. Well organized and I met some GREAT TALENTED photographers and Photoshop gurus I admire. I had a great time and I can’t wait for the next one!” — Barbette Siller

” I made these images on the Adobe sponsored Photowalk down Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas a week ago Sunday, October 21st at night. It was put together by several hard working folks both from Adobe and the Las Vegas Adobe Users Group. Made slideshow using only iPhone and the Photodex’s Mobile App.! Using the 30 horizontally composed images I posted just below this video. We had about 60 photographers participating walking in small groups.” – John Daniel http://www.facebook.com/johnndaniel

NeonPhotoWalk Photo Winner:

“Viva Vegas” — Cindy Wilson Winner LVAdobe Neon PhotoWalk Photo Contest!

Here is our winning picture for the event. Congrats to Cindy Wallace for “Viva Vegas” and also to the runners-up Jeff Speer and Wayne Wallace — True Pros! There was also some very very nice stuff shot by Stephen Burns, Sally Cox, Chana Messer, Nate Ludens, Krsytal Hosmer, and of course, Lee Varis! Thanks for being good leaders of this Photowalk

As with anything we do with Adobe Community Events we try to capture some data on how the event went down. From the number of signups to the pageviews we try to gage how we will promote the next events. We had a slow start to the promotion of the event, but things ramped up quickly the last 72 hrs before the event as evidence from these EventBrite charts.

Stats — Attendee Signups

Stats – Page Views Up till the Event



 

 Oh What Fun We Had!

Oh What Fun We Had! — Thanks Wayne Wallace Photography!

Mobile Camp Los Angeles-18Oct2012

Mobile Camp Los Angeles convened on 18 Oct 2012 at LA Mart. Adobe Community team was a co-sponsor of this camp along with RIM BlackBerry Playbook folks, and Lunarpages. We had over 380+ paid registrants. Audience mainly consisted of: Entenpreneurs, hackers, coders, designers, i-Phone, Android Developers, and Adobe LA area User Groups. (We had more attendees viewing the live-stream)
Greg Wilson, Adobe’s Evangelism director, kicked-off the event keynote with a couple of questions:

  • How many people (raise hands) knew that Adobe was involved in web standards?
  • How many people know that Adobe is contributing to WebKit?

Response: Very few hands…which was exactly what we were looking for. Adobe is trying to build awareness around its contributions to WebKit and HTML5, so this is the type of audience we are doing outreach to. There’s a new website http://html.adobe.com dedicated to showcase our contributions, use-cases, and the new html5 tools — Adobe is a tools company. So, for the 250 folks watching the Adobe keynote, Greg Wilson (Adobe Evangelism Director) focused on Adobe Edge Tools & Services (Animate, Reflow, Code, Inspect, Web Fonts, TypeKit, & PhoneGap Build) and CSS Shaders. This was same content from the “Create the Web” launch event which kicked-off on Sep 24th, 2012. Greg also did an additional deep dive session after the keynote; and, the overwhelming interest from the attendees was in the responsive design tool “Reflow” which is to be released by the end of 2012. (Those who signed up for the free Edge tools creative cloud account would get notified via Adobe Application Mgr + email when reflow would be available.  Greg’s slides are forthcoming.

Over 25 LA-area technical User Group communities came together to organize this huge effort; and, there was lots of learning along the way for the event planners (i.e. power outages, “musical chairs”, etc). Adobe’s local User Groups were heavily involved in the logistics, venue selection, setting up the day before, and the promotion of the event. My thanks to the volunteers and the event planners: ShaRon Sachse (HTML5-LA organizer & DDLA AUG Mgr) & George McKinney (LA PhoneGap User Group Mgr). Thanks to the sponsors like LunarPages and RIM BlackBerry Playbook team.  Without sponsorships, large events like mobile camp LA just don’t happen, there’s lots of logistics to consider. Lunch, Prizes, Speakers…Yep, lots to do! Thanks ShaRon & George!

 Photos from the Event:

 

 
 
 

 STATs for this Event:

Main registration Page: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2402395630

Website: http://mobilecampla.com

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