Event Name: Advanced Digital Scrapbooking: Shadowing in Photoshop with Traci Reed
(A workshop provided by CreativeLive: https://www.creativelive.com/)
Why I chose this event:
I chose to attend this live online workshop on Digital Scrapbooking for a number of reasons:
• Digital Art is one of the courses I teach at the Ottawa School of Art. I felt that I could learn something new to add to my lessons on digital collage.
• I am a digital artist myself and it is very important to stay on top of the latest trends. Digital scrapbooking is a growing industry.
• I noticed that this workshop focuses on the most recent version of Adobe Photoshop CC (our school currently uses an older version). I wanted to see how it works, maybe learn something new, and see how the instructor teaches with it.
• The online live interaction aspect of the workshop interested me.
• I like scrapbooking!
Who did you meet or interact with at the event? What did you learn from that interaction and what did you contribute to the interaction?
At the event I was introduced to the instructor, Traci Reed as well as the studio audience of five students. Each student introduced themselves, telling their background and why they are in this workshop. During the live broadcast they have two ways to interact with the class online.
1. “Ask” chat box which directs questions to the instructor
2. The “Chat” box where all those logged in online can talk amongst each other. A representative of “Creative Live,” the organization which puts on these workshops, was also present in this “Chat” box.
In the “Chat” box, they further gave out how we can connect with each student in the live audience by giving their twitter handles, facebook, and blog addresses.
My first attempt in interaction was through the “Chat” box where I introduced myself. I noted that this was my first time participating in a “Creative Live” event and got a lot of responses along the vein of “you’re going to get addicted to them!” During the live broadcast the moderator stepped in just to note how many students are watching online. At which point, he said hi to me on air, noting this was my first workshop with them. Hearing my name during the lesson was pretty fun. I also asked a question for the instructor in the “Ask” box (I managed to capture it in the second photo above).
“Hi Traci! Will you be covering output (that is, best practices for getting your scrapbook printed)? Or could you give us your top tips regarding printing your digital art?”
I was pretty surprised at how quickly I got my answer from Traci. She gave the answer on air and I found out that she will be covering what I asked in a different installment of the workshop later. The creative live representative then gave me the information so I could sign up for it later (which I did). Many other related questions regarding specifics of output were asked by others online, so it was nice to see that I was not the only one wondering about this.
What ideas have you walked away with from the event?
Overall, I learned a few new things regarding Photoshop techniques, but much of it was review for me. I think one of my main takeaways was watching how the instructor structured her workshop. In some ways I can see how some concepts could have been demonstrated more simply. I found that when she went into great detail on something like hand painting shadows a particular way the chat room went quiet because I think we were losing interest. On the flip side, her free exercises files were extremely organized, unique, and “eye-catching.” This is something I would like to work on providing in the courses I teach.
Quote from event:
“Don’t try to digest it all at once. Don’t be overwhelmed because there is a lot of information. Don’t worry about it. Incorporate one tip into each new layout…master one first. Once you’ve mastered one then try another one for the next layout. Practice practice, practice. ” – Traci Reed
Will you attend a similar event again in the future?
Knowing how responsive they are with questions during their live videos I would definitely sign up for another similar workshop with Creative Live in the future. I think I would go for one that is not divided into more than one workshop however. I think I prefer a more condensed format of information delivery.