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 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 his breakthrough teaching style of "not-just-how-but-why" has made him the in-house instructor of choice for companies such as Mercedes Benz, Adobe Systems, America Online, the U.S. Air force, Lexis Nexis and Fisher-Price Toys.

He continues 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) and the Royal Photographic Society of England.

He's 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. In 2004, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame at Photoshop World. Ben's reputation as the "expert's expert" prompted NAPP's president, Scott Kelby, to say, "When we get stuck, we call Ben!"

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