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 Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual, Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual, and coathor of iPhoto 11: The Missing Manual, along with videos workshops on Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw, and iPhoto. She's the Advanced Photoshop professor for the international design school, Sessions.edu, and writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines. Lesa contributes frequently to DesignToolsMonthly.com and is a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors.
During free time, you'll find her carving the twisties on her sportbike, shooting stock photography, or hanging with fellow Apple Mac enthusiasts. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA, CoMUG and NCMUG.
Lesa Snider, founder of PhotoLesa.com, is the author of Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual, Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual, coauthor of iPhoto 11: The Missing Manual, and several video workshops on creativeLIVE.com. She's the Advanced Photoshop professor for the international design school, Sessions.edu and teaches at many conferences across the globe. You can catch her writings in Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines.
Please list photo credit as: Kevin Ames (www.amesphoto.com).
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. To that end, I created this web site and try to get in front of as many crowds as possible whether it's a conference class, a photography club or Mac User Group, and so on.
In January 2006 something very exciting happened: 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, so this past January we decided to make it official. I could not be happier. I'm now on a mission to get in front of as many groups as possible, teach them some wonderful graphic techniques and enlighten them about iStockphoto.com. I love my job!