Adobe MAX 2019 - Vignettes
Once again, I had the privilege of attending and participating in Adobe MAX. From a company perspective, I attended meetings and Adobe Stock customer receptions and I was also a Teaching Assistant for both the pre-conference and conference sessions.
With approximately 15,000 attendees, it's got to be one of the largest creative-focused events of its kind. There is so much excitement and energy at MAX each and every year.
From a personal perspective, I made a conscious decision this year not to be in the front row at the keynote sessions, photographing speakers, as I have done many times in the past. I knew from last year, there would be enough press photographers on site, getting essentially the same shots as I got, so I didn't feel the need this year to cover MAX like an event photographer. This also freed me up leave my big gun at home; my Nikon D750 was going to sit this one out. Instead, I brought my ultra portable Lumix GF7, my iPhone 7+, and all the lenses for both. I was - to an extent - packing light. I did bring a monopod, which, in hindsight could have stayed home.
And while I did not shoot as much event coverage, I still did take photos during the sessions I TA'd, as well as shooting for myself whenever the mood struck me. And the mood struck often.
Shooting on the Go
I did a lot of shooting with my iPhone, and some with my Lumix. The reason for this apparent imbalance was mostly due to convenience; I had the iPhone hanging from a Peak Design Slide Lite strap around my neck with a Moment wide lens attached. It was always there, ready to go. My Lumix was sometimes on my shoulder, but other times in my camera pack.
Behind the Scenes (BTS)
Just because I'm TA'ing, doesn't mean the camera goes away! Many of my colleagues on the Solutions Consulting team were instructors for the Creative Cloud pre-conference labs, and I wanted to be sure I captured them in pixels as they wowed and inspired groups of 50+ attendees in these 2-day hands-on workshops I was also there to see the eyes and minds of creatives light up as they learned the power of the Adobe Lightroom mobile application.
Adobe Photo Walk
TA'ing during the Photo Walk sessions was great fun, and very inspiring. Along with assisting students in their use of the Lightroom mobile app, and giving guidance on composition, I also made several photos myself that I am quite pleased with. Some of these are going to make their way to Adobe Stock, I hope!
And that's a wrap for MAX 2019! I hope you got a taste of this amazing event, from my photos and hope one day to see you at MAX.