Not just a membership
Hi everyone and welcome to my first blog. In this I'll explain to you a little bit about The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), how I found out about them and my experience with them.
What the heck is NAPP???
That's the first question I asked my wife when she mentioned it to me a little over a year ago when she was trying to decide what to get for me for Christmas. To be truthful, at the time I thought she was crazy to suggest that I was to get a membership for a Christmas gift. I was, as usual to be proved wrong!
What is NAPP?
NAPP is a Kelby Media Group company, founded by Scott Kelby and has more than 75,000 members worldwide. It is primarily for users of Adobe software including Photoshop as well as other programs like InDesign, Illustrator and Lightroom.
Well it's that and much much more. It's a fantastic community for photographers, designers, digital media artists etc where they can come together, showcase their work and build up a network. It's an amazing resource for learning about Adobe software, with 1000's of hours of online classes and tutorials, and even better it's a place to get access to a tonne of discounts from anything from hardware to software to books to places like B&H and Adorama. You even get a subscription of Photoshop User Magazine included in your membership, I mean saving money and getting freebies what's not to like about that?
How did I learn about them?
As I mentioned earlier my wife, Amy was trying to decide what to get me for Christmas, as I had recently got into photography and she was looking for ideas. She then mentioned to me that a chap that she works with, Dave Clayton (the handsome chap below) aka NAPP Member UK, had told her to get me signed up.
Admittedly, I was skeptical at first. I thought that Dave was a salesman for NAPP and was just after some commission, and again I would be proved wrong.
Dave doesn't work for NAPP but comes under the title of NAPP Evangelist, which does seem like an odd title, but it just means that he's a advocate for them, and an extremely enthusiastic one at that. When you meet and speak to Dave it's hard not to share that enthusiasm as just mentioning NAPP in a conversation, you can see him light up as he is incredibly proud to be a member and you can find yourself talking to him for hours about all things creative. Many times I've found myself stuck on something with Photoshop, and I will cheekily send him a message on his facebook page with a question and he always has the time to help me out. He's one of life's true gents, and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to call him a friend. This is what makes him the perfect advocate for NAPP as he embodies that philosophy and that passion to help people, to expand their knowledge and to help build a better community for creatives.
If you're looking to expand your skills and knowledge with your photography, post production or digital media design skills, then I can highly recommend paying a visit to their websites and check these guys out for yourself.
Apologies if this has come across like a sales pitch, but like I said, it's hard not share Dave's passion on the subject.
NAPP and Kelby Training have now merged to become KelbyOne, check them out here