I finished recording two on-line classes today. One will be for beginners and the other describes the exact techniques I’ve been using to create the illustrative grungy look that I’ve been developing during my exploration of Route 66. The classes should be available by the time PhotoshopWorld runs around.
The photograph above is another one from Salvation Mountain in California. I thought such an unusual place deserved an unusual Camera Raw interpretation. A "normal" version is shown below. You can click on either image to see a larger version.
Where will your new online classes be offered? Looking forward to the grungy look one.
The class will be on http://www.xtrain.com
They don’t have information up on the site yet… that’s why I hadn’t mentioned the specifics… I’ll list those once the description is live.
I would really like it if you can either make the following full training series for either Total Training or Lynda.com – It should be basically an in depth Photoshop Course Ben Style that covers most info in your Studio Techniques book, possibly having each segment covering another chapter that you discuss in the book in a similar fashion to the way you had your former 3 day seminars, this Lynda.com or Total Training course should be many hours to cover it all. I really hope you consider this, I’m sure both total Training or Lynda.com will be happy to have you on board for this. No one in any of their Photoshop videos on those sites can cover things the way you do.
Is there any chance the HDR classes will be offered on DVD for those of us who are in areas that don’t yet have broadband? I sure hope so.
Your photos are spectacular!
P.S. I just bought your “Photoshop CS2 Studio Techniques” in the hopes of learning a smidgen of what you know.
I should eventually be available on DVD… I just don’t know the timing on when you can order it.
Looking forward to your xtrain.com training, and I signed up there already! (I’ve experienced your sessions at Photoshop World, NAPP sessions on the road about CS2 and Curves, and a multi-day workshop some years ago in Santa Monica.) Unfortunately, xtrain’s tech support is not responsive, per this third request I just posted (8/10/07):
QuickTime loading problem. This QT link works:
This link (probably Flash) also works:
These links do NOT load (result is QT logo with question mark):
This link also doesn’t work and reports, “To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0 or later installed. Click here to get the latest Flash player.” Note that I DO have Flash Player installed (version 9,0,47,0 for Intel Macs).
I have the latest QT version installed (7.2) on A Mac Pro with 5GB RAM running OS X 10.4.10.
This is my THIRD support request to you since August 4, and I have received NO response to date. I need to know that ALL training sessions work (including free ones) before I commit to new upcoming training sessions from Ben Willmore, which I assume will have an associated fee.
This is why I didn’t mention the site or company I was doing the training for in my of my blog posts. We are launching classes within the next month, but not today. I will mention when the class (and site… and support for the site) is live. For now, I’ll contact the folks at x-train to see how they can help with your situation.
This is Jeremy Vest, President of xTrain. We want to say that we are sorry for not getting back with you sooner. We are launching Sept. 6 with 84 classes. Right now we are in the middle of wrapping up our BETA testing. I will contact you on Monday and give you special access to our classes for your trouble. If you go to Photoshop World stop by our booth.
Thanks, Ben and Jeremy. I look forward to the official launch of xTrain in September. Please understand that when something exciting (like new training from Ben Willmore) is mentioned in a blog, people like me will immediately hunt it down if enough hints are included in the post. When I got to the site and found some training videos already posted, of course I tried accessing them, but with mixed results. Because the site stated that support requests would receive a response within 24 to 48 hours, I became impatient with no response within that time.
Now that you’ve reminded me of the beta status, I will “cool my jets” (to use an old-school expression) and wait.
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