I was fortunate enough to attend the Photoshop World Convention in Las Vegas a few days ago. It’s an exhausting and informative event held for 4 days with classes, hands on training, and lectures aimed at training people in the creative world with the most updated features in the tools we use and to inspire creativity. I came away with many lessons from this event. I learned that you should never be afraid to hold your hand up to volunteer or ask questions and never be afraid to hold your hand out to shake that of a complete stranger. I learned that I’m not the only one that has a voice inside their head saying that they’ll never be good enough or never achieve anything, and that there is no reason to ever listen to it.
Actually, none of these are really lessons specific to photography at all, but important lessons to just being human. I was attending this event hoping to learn more buttons in Photoshop, but I came away experiencing something far more important than creating the perfect pixel. I learned that there are people all over this country with the same excitement to just create. It’s crazy to think that I found so much humanity and passion in people in my field in a town that only represents the opposite.
So, my biggest takeaway from this experience is simple, don’t be afraid anymore. If everyone started to apply this to their daily lives, the world would be a little better place. Just writing these very words is something I was terrified to share with people. I never share all the words swirling around in my head because of fear. Fear for what people may think of me, fear of embarrassment, fear of mistakes. I vow to not be afraid anymore to fail.
“Reaching a ‘creative’ state of mind thru positive action is considered preferable to waiting for ‘inspiration’.” – Minor White