A senior engineer from NASA once said that this man gave the best technical seminar he ever attended. That same year a computer-phobic who had been struggling with Photoshop for years proclaimed that “He takes the Boogie Man out of Photoshop!” This seems to be Ben Willmore’s special gift; he has an uncanny ability to connect with users of every level and mindset; whether it’s first-timers taking their first sniff of Photoshop, or razor-sharp nerds and nerdettes who are on the fast track to technical illumination. The common echo that Ben leaves in his wake seems to be “Aha! I finally GET Photoshop!”
What’s the key to truly understanding Photoshop? Ben believes it’s essential to first get your mind comfortable with the essential core concepts behind a feature and then convince you of why a feature is important before diving into the intricate details of how something is accomplished. He also believes that connecting overly technical concepts to everyday knowledge is the key to preventing the mind from shutting down due to thinking something is “over your head”… after all, how can it be “over your head” if it’s the same as something you easily use in everyday life? (like curves being similar to a bank of dimmer switches). Only with that kind of teaching style can you understand and remember a large amount of information in a short time span. To get a true sense for how he implements these ideas, watch this three-minute introduction video to the concept of curves so you can see what makes his approach unique (just keep in mind that this video is only a snippet of a more in-depth 206 minute course on the subject).
To date, Ben has personally taught over 100,000 Photoshop users on six continents. His descriptions of Curves and Channels are thought to be the best in the industry and has made him the in-house instructor of choice for companies such as Mercedes Benz, Adobe Systems, the U.S. Airforce, Lexis Nexis and Fisher-Price Toys. His award-winning, best-selling book, Adobe Photoshop Studio Techniques is said to be “Arguably, one of the best Photoshop books ever written,” by Photoshop User’s publisher, Jim Workman.
He is to be a featured speaker at publishing conferences and events worldwide, including Photoshop World, American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Photo Marketing Association (PMA) and the Royal Photographic Society of England. He’s an inductee in the Photoshop Hall of Fame, a member of the Dream Team for NAPP and writes for numerous digital imaging and photography publications, including a monthly column for Photoshop User magazine. His reputation as the “expert’s expert” prompted NAPP’s president, Scott Kelby, to say, “When we get stuck, we call Ben!”
In early 2006, Ben radically transformed his world so that he could finally focus on what he had wanted to do almost his entire life: A beautiful house in the mountains of Colorado was traded for a 40 ft. touring bus, a houseful of possessions were swapped for camera gear, and with the open road before him, Ben aimed all of his intentions at building a new life behind the camera. Now he has fused all his professional passions: photographer, graphic designer, and Photoshop expert, with his personal passion for exploration into a lifestyle that truly suits his personality.