Tim Arroyo’s Notes from the 2013 Adobe Educators Summit

For the week of July 21-27 I had the privilege of being invited to attend the 2013 Adobe Educators Summit in Portland, Oregon. This is an invitation-only annual event, which Adobe has sponsored for the past 6 years. This year marked my 4th year of attending this prestigious event.

Each year Adobe gathers 20 photography educators from around the country to attend a week of training with Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost, as she teaches the latest updates to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop. I teach both applications in the DIM114, DIM120, and DIM220 classes in the Photography department here at Harrington.

Adobe realizes the importance of education, and specifically chooses to work with educators to learn how we utilize their products in the classroom, and to show us innovative ways to use their software to teach our students and exhibit their work. The Summit is not just about learning however, it is also about sharing. We have many opportunities in the form of roundtable discussions to share information about our programs, our students, and our methodologies. These discussions are always carried late into the evenings over dinner, and beyond.

The week begins with a meet-and-greet dinner at the Hotel Lucia in downtown Portland, which is where we were staying for the week. The hotel was great, as it had the feel of a gallery. Works of art filled the lobby, halls, rooms, elevator, and even the door cards. Most of the work was from photographer David Kennerly; how appropriate. We are put in teams of 5, have introductions, and given group and individual assignments.  The assignments will be worked on throughout the week, and presented on the last day. The rest of the week we spend together as a group from 7:30 a.m. until roughly 10:00 p.m. everyday. We spend most of our time in a classroom, which is the conference room of the hotel, and the rest of the time we are eating. We eat really well during the Summit.

This was a great event. I made lots of new friends, reconnected with old ones, and learned a ton about the latest features in Lightroom 5, and Photoshop CC. There was a lot of emphasis placed on Creative Cloud, and how it will affect us in education. We actually left with more questions than answers, but Adobe is going to take a look at their pricing model for students, as we left them with a lot to think about from a student’s perspective.

If you want to know more about the Summit, Lightroom, Photoshop or Creative Cloud you can register for one of my classes, come see me in room 308, or stop me in the halls.