Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, is on a mission to teach the world to create better graphics. She’s founder of the creative tutorial site PhotoLesa.com and author of several books including the best-selling series Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual, Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual, Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual, Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual: 2014 release and iPhoto 11: The Missing Manual. Lesa is a founding instructor for creativeLIVE.com, where she teaches workshops on image editing, graphic design, stock photography, and more. She's the former Advanced Photoshop professor for the international design school, Sessions.edu, and writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Photographic Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines. Lesa is also a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors and captain of her very own Prometheus-class starship.
During free time, you'll find her reading/watching sci-fi, listening to music (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, and Andrea Bocelli are favorites), carving the twisties on her sportbike, shooting stock photography, or globe-trotting with her husband and their favorite neighbors. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA, CoMUG and NCMUG.
While teaching a "Tips & Tricks for Getting Your Web Site Found" session at the MacDesign Conference in 2003, I got reacquainted with one of my idols, David Pogue. When I bought my first Mac in 1995, I read Macs for Dummies cover to cover, and had never laughed so hard while reading a technical manual.
Long story short, I was David's assistant for more than six years. I used to create custom graphics for his New York Times columns and videos, and serve as production editor/graphics goddess of the Missing Manual series (I still help him with his books from time to time). I built his web site, which I still manage, and researched/acquired the gadgets he reviews in his weekly Times columns. One year, David and I put on a unique technology show to benefit the Discovery Science Museum in his home town of Bridgeport, CT. It was tons of fun.
The most rewarding thing I do is teaching people how to create better graphics, as well as manage and perfect their photographic memories. To that end, I created this web site and I try to get in front of as many crowds as possible whether it's an online webinar, conference, photography club, and so on.
In January 2006 I became the chief evangelist for the world's most diverse and affordable stock image provider ever, iStockphoto.com (I had been using their images in my tutorials for years and they'd seen me at several conferences). It's so easy to evangelize such a wonderful resource! Unfortunately their evangelism program ended in the summer of 2011, but it sure was fun while it lasted! I learned more than I could've ever imagined and now I get to share that knowledge with the whole planet. What could be better?