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Photoshop CS2 for Photographers Tour

By Luis Antonio (writer/photographer)

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I recently attended the Photoshop CS2 Photographers Tour at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  I have been a photographer for a number of years and a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professional for two years.  It is the NAPP that are the holders of these events, and they are well worth attending. This seminar tour was focused on photographer and our instructor is Ben Willmore.  To date, Ben has personally taught over 50,000 Photoshop users on three continents. His descriptions of Curves and Channels are thought to be the best in the industry.

Outside and the statue of Javits inside the center

In this one-day seminar Ben teaches Photoshop speed tips that will let you perfect any image in record time. Plus, you'll learn his favorite photo-editing techniques for retouching, restoration, color correction, and anything else you need to crank out really cool images.  Ben is a master of color manipulation and management. I had the whole day to learn from him techniques to help me with my understanding of Photoshop CS2 to better my skills as a user and as a photographer.

Seminar crowd at the Javits Center

Ben went over things like your digital workflow and the secrets of image quality.  We also had the chance to see Ben work with the tone and color on a number of photographs, and, let me tell you, it looked like Ben was a magician with his knowledge and handling of the Photoshop CS2 tools!  He even brought new life to old photos, and restored their colors, in a section of the seminar called Photoshop Image Ambulance.

Ben (in the middle with beard) giving instruction

It was Ben's coverage of Photoshop CS2's Curves that got the most attention during the seminar.  Photoshop's Curves dialog box is the most powerful and, for some, the most difficult adjustment tool to grasp in CS2.  However, Ben is a pro and, with this own special way of describing it, he will have you using it and producing great looking photos in no time. There were over 1,100 individuals at this event and I am sure all, from the beginner to the Photoshop pro, all learned some they would use in their workflow from Ben Willmore.

Photoshop tips on the big screen

Color Management DVD's available

Four very large projection screens were set up for the guests so they could view what Ben was doing as he performed his magic with Photoshop CS2.  Ben also gave us a look at some of the new features in CS3, which was an added treat. A number of sponsors had their customary booths set up outside the enormous room (B&H Photo Video and HP being majors)  that was transformed into a classroom at the Javits Center.  They were selling everything needed to help you produce the photos you need for your business, your art, or for your photographic hobby.

Photoshop User Magazine

One of the many vender booths

I would definitely recommend joining the NAPP and attending the seminars giving on the Adobe Photoshop Tour. If you are a professional, or even just a hobbyist, there is not better organization to get all the latest up-to-date info on everything Photoshop. Being a member also gives you a lot of discounts on products having to do with software and photo equipment.  You also get a subscription to the Photoshop User Magazine that, with all the cool instructions and info you get inside, it's like a mini seminar all on its own!  Well, I hope to see at the next Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour. I, for one, will be there!

For information about the Adobe Photoshop Tours and the National Associaton of Photoshop Professionals go to: http://www.photoshopuser.com/

Published on Dec 31, 1969

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