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Think Like a Photographer

with Ben Willmore

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  •   01 Creating a Compelling Composition


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About The Class

So you just bought your first DSLR, now what? In this two-day workshop, professional photographer and Photoshop Hall of Famer Ben Willmore will take you inside his award-winning mind. From composition techniques to post-production Photoshop magic, Ben will unpack everything the pros know about taking and editing amazing photos. Ben will reveal his entire thought process when shooting — showing you how simple choices like lens selection can dramatically alter your results. You will also learn what settings you need to capture the right light, how to modify your gear to make it more useful, Photoshop techniques to polish your photos, and how to use apps and software to streamline your workflow. Whether you’re a beginning photographer, or a working photographer interested in a refresher course, this workshop will teach you how to make the most out of your DSLR.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Creating a Compelling Composition

  2. 02

    Refining The Composition

  3. 03

    Recomposing for Compelling Composition

  4. 04


  5. 05

    Transporting Gear

  6. 06

    Camera Support

  7. 07

    Spot Metering and Isolating Brightness

  8. 08

    Background Isolation and Depth of Field

  9. 09

    Lens Distortion

  10. 10

    Photographing Panoramas and HDR

  11. 11

    Polishing in Post Part 1

  12. 12

    Polishing in Post Part 2

  13. 13

    Polishing in Post Part 3

  14. 14

    Shooting for the Sharpest Image

  15. 15

    Photographing the Sun and Filters

  16. 16

    Photographing Motion

  17. 17

    Optimizing Your Gear Part 1

  18. 18

    Optimizing Your Gear Part 2

  19. 19

    Essential Apps and Websites Part 1

  20. 20

    Essential Apps and Websites Part 2

  21. 21

    Essential Apps and Websites Part 3

  22. 22

    Processing HDR in Adobe Camera Raw

  23. 23

    Optimizing Panoramas in Photoshop

  24. 24

    Eliminating the Negatives in ACR

  25. 25

    Masking Color and Contrast

  26. 26

    Combining Images in Photoshop


Meet Your Expert

Ben Willmore

Ben Willmore is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame who has taught over 100,000 Adobe Photoshop® users on all seven continents. His bestselling books, DVDs, and hit seminars have established Ben as one of America’s favorite Adobe Photoshop® instructors, and he is often the top-selling speaker at design and photography conferences throughout the world. He writes for numerous digital imaging publications, including Photoshop User magazine, and his award-winning books have helped helped hundreds of thousands of design and photography professionals make the transition from blindly following step-by-step techniques to “Ah-ha! I finally GET Photoshop!” ... read more

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  • gridiron


    August 2014

    Ben Willmore's class about Think Like a Photographer is a fantastic class. Ben has the ability that very few people have and that is to keep the students attention and excitement about the topic. I have been a teacher for 38 years and it is a profession that very few people can do well. Ben has nailed this class and I am so excited to take his class. I just hope I will be able to someday meet him and thank him for giving me inspiration to pursue my passion. This is well worth expense and I encourage people to take this class. All the topics are covered from what to look for when taking a photograph, equipment, and processing. Tremendous!!!!!

  • gridiron


    August 2014

    I am almost finished and this is the most comprehensive photography course I have seen. I have taken some local courses, some other on line courses and hundreds of magazine articles, however Ben Willmore is fantastic. I am a retired teacher of 39 years and Ben has the unique ability that most people do not have to relate all his students. I takes a very special person to be a good teacher and Ben nailed it. I highly recommend this class. Mr. Willmore covers all aspects of photography from the very basic to the advanced. Very well done. My next goal is to try to meet Ben Willmore and personally tell him thanks. Kudos to Creativelive as well.

  • Ashleigh L

    December 2016

    AMAZING CLASS! I caught bits and pieces of the live stream, but even in those bits and pieces of it, I learned so much! He's a great teacher, easy to understand and great visuals. He "walks around" the subject to give us different POV, tells us the negative/positive/neutral of the photo, and tips. Thank you, Ben!

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