Photoshop Hall of Famer, Ben Willmore, has taught over 100,000 Photoshop users on six continents. As a “technomad” he lives full-time in a 40′ tour bus, traveling and photographing all over the United States.
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. 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 that it’s crucial to wrap your mind around the core concepts of a feature and understand why that feature is important before getting into the technical end of it. In teaching seemingly-complicated techniques, he relates the concepts to everyday knowledge (like dimmer switches for lighting – See video below) so the mind can connect them to something it already understands.
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 many high-level companies. 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. In 2016, Ben cleared his speaking calendar and turned his focus toward a select group of students in his new Masters Academy.
He is a featured speaker at publishing conferences and events worldwide, has been inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, is 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!”
Since 2006, Ben has lived on the road full-time, traveling and photographing the country in a 40-foot tour bus. This lifestyle has allowed him to fuse all his professional passions: photography, graphic design, Photoshop and travel.
In-house clients include:
- Mercedes Benz
- Adobe Systems
- The U.S. Airforce
- Lexis Nexis
- Fisher-Price Toys
Ben has spoken at:
- Photoshop World
- American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
- Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
- Photo Marketing Association (PMA)
- The Royal Photographic Society of England
This video demonstrates how Ben relates the seemingly complicated Curves feature in Photoshop to simple dimmer switches.