Delayed “Sunday” Sampler

Good morning everyone!

As you know, this past weekend was our Creative Photography Conference. Everyone had a fabulous time – the feedback was amazing as were our speakers who did a great job! We’re already looking forward to next year! Stay tuned…..

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler is 3 textures that Dave photographed during the conference. They are the “swipe” method that Tony Sweet likes to demonstrate. The actual images were rust and peeling paint. Remember, you can always change the colors of textures or even turn them into B&W to get the texture without adding color to an image. Enjoy!

We’re heading out for a little vacation time this weekend, so I won’t do a blog post this coming Sunday. I will, however, be sending you another note on Friday with some news from our friends at Topaz!

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day. We’ll be in Washington, DC then, so it should be quite amazing.

Sunday Sampler – May 14th

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there (whether your kids have 2 legs or 4 furry ones!). Hope you had a great day with family.

 

This week’s blog post will be rather short – been busy getting ready for the Creative Photography Conference next weekend!

 

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Our Sunday Sampler this week consists of 3 beautiful soft background bokeh textures. These are blurred flowers and leaves taken last June at the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in West Hartford, CT. I used extension tubes and just shot out of focus! These will be great backgrounds for your spring photo shoots.

 

A “freebie” I found this week – 50 Free Black & White Photoshop Presets from tutsplus.com. Enjoy!

 

I’ll get back on track next month with the “Topaz Corner” and “I’m Curios” columns. Have a great week!

 

Sunday Sampler, Conference Final Notes, Tutorials, Hunt’s Sale

Happy May! Now if it would just FEEL like May!

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler is a mix up of various textures – a cool colored car with a blur; a cork wall; and tree bark done with Topaz Simplify Buz Sim B&W. Enjoy!

 

We’re heading into the homestretch for our Creative Photography Conference – just 2 weeks away! We still have room if you’d like to join us! Great speakers; LOTS of great door prizes; a goodie bag with freebies and discounts; lunch and snacks both days; seminars and hands-on sessions — all for one low price! The hotel also extended their discounted room rate. Click on over to our website for all the details and to sign up – http://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/. The “Buddy Special” is on till 5/14 as well! Sign up with a friend or two and you all save $$!

Here is the schedule:

 

 

Here is a cool free tutorial from WebDesignDev on how to create a photo collage.

And from Line25 comes 25 Awesome Movie Effects Photoshop Tutorials!

And mark your calendars for May 12th & 13th for the 16th Annual Hunt’s Photo & Video Digital Demonstration and Sale. At the Melrose, MA store only. Click here for details!

Have a great week!

April 30th Sunday Sampler, Tutorials + Freebies

Another month has flown by – where does the time go these days?

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of textures from our Bethlehem December workshop last year. An old brick/concrete wall, a double exposure I shot in-camera of the threads of a silk loom and the fabric nearby; and the “sun like glow” is actually the inside of a melting pot! Enjoy!

 

I’m always on the lookout for cool tutorials for you to try. This week I saw some good ones on the website Tutorials411.comThey not only have Photoshop Tutorials, but also for Illustrator and After Effects for those that use the programs. Check it out!

Another good one from WebDesignDev.com shows you how to create a photo collage.

And you can find some cool freebies at BestPSDFreebies.com, including this one of FreeMegaSummerTextures!

Have a great week!

Sunday Sampler, Freebies, Updates

Happy Sunday! It’s been a little rainy and chilly in New England this week! My visit to the Cape was downright COLD on Wednesday with wind whipping off the water. The rain prevented any kind of sunrise photography – bah! But, I managed to “shop my way” across the Cape! Hello Christmas Tree Shops (yes plural)!

So here are a few more textures from past Cape Cod trips that will make some nice backgrounds for you! Enjoy the Sunday Sampler!

 

 

One of the things I am often asked about, and that I teach in my Photoshop and Elements workshops, is how to cut out an image from the background so that you can place a new background behind your subject. I found this great tutorial that shows the process step-by-step – check it out at WebDesignDev.com.

 

 

QUICK CONFERENCE UPDATES

Attendees that have registered so far for the Creative Photography Conference range from “locals” who live in New England to those as far away as Michigan, Illinois, Virginia and Texas! I can’t wait to see everyone there!

GREAT NEWS! The guaranteed hotel rate of $129 was set to expire on April 20th — however, the hotel has agreed to extend that for as long as they have rooms available!

SO…..I extended my offer of a “buddy bonus” to the two clubs I visited this past week…..and I’ll extend it to all of my dear readers as well. Register for the Conference with a “buddy” and you each save $50 on your registration fee. To get the special, you must register 2 people together in the cart, and use the code buddy100 to save the $100. Click HERE to go to the sign up page! This offer is good only through midnight May 6th.

FREEBIES!

Line25.com has a great listing of the 20 Best Free Photo Overlay Brushes for Photoshop. And they also have 20 Decorative Typefaces worth Downloading.

PictureCorrect.com offers 35 Premium Photoshop Tutorials: How to do Photo Manipulation. These cover a wide range of techniques and skill levels – check them out for some inspiration!

 

SEDONA WORKSHOP UPDATE

In the flyer with preliminary info on this workshop I mention I was working on getting us early access to the Sedona Heritage Museum – Accomplished! We will be visiting from 9-11 a.m. before the museum is open to the public, though we can stay longer as well to see the artisans that are scheduled for the day. Check out the info HERE! The workshop is limited to 8 attendees and two people who were in the group last year are returning, so there are 6 spots open.

Click HERE for more details. And HERE to sign up!

 

 

 

 

Sunday Sampler + News + Freebies & Tutorials

Happy Easter to those celebrating! Planted lettuce and cauliflower in the garden this morning. Turkey in the oven. Productive day!

This will be a busy week. Tuesday night I will be doing a Topaz Seminar at the Quiet Corner Camera Club near Storrs, CT. I’ll stay in Plainfield, then Wednesday head to Cape Cod to judge at the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club. I was supposed to visit there last month, but then we got snow! I love the Cape and it will be nice to have a couple of relaxing days.

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I decided to do this week’s Sunday Sampler from images at the Cape – two sunrises and some dune grasses with a sunset glow. All have been “diffused” with Topaz Lens Effects to give them a nice soft bokeh look. Use them to blend in the background of your images.

Today is the last day for the big TOPAZ SALE!

SAVE 40% with the code SPRING40

You can purchase the entire suite of products, or upgrade to get the products you don’t have (log in to your account first to get your special pricing, then use the discount too!).

Some cool things from the web this week:

From 4Vector15+ free vector patterns and 14 Watercolor Freebies.

And some tutorials from PictureCorrect.com – 10 Tips to Improve Your B&W Photography and from ImprovePhotography.com – a Travel Photography Shot List to Keep You Creative.

As always, poke around on these websites for more great info!

SPECIAL DEAL ON

THE CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE!

Still thinking about joining us? Planning to buddy up with a friend? Sign up together and get a special price of 2 people for $350 (a $100 savings!)

Enter “2” registrations into your cart and use the code BUDDY100 at checkout (does not apply to single attendee registration).

OFFER EXPIRES 4/23/17 at 12 midnight, EDT

There will not be any other discounts offered on this event, so sign up now to get the best price! And the guaranteed hotel rate expires on April 20th, so don’t delay! See website for details.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR STORE AND SIGN UP!

April 9th – Sunday Sampler, Topaz Corner, Conference, Freebies

Hi everyone,

Spring is finally just around the corner! Hope you’re enjoying the nice weather!

I did do a mid-week post this past week, but here’s a reminder of some great news from Topaz!

Topaz Labs is having a HUGE 40% OFF STOREWIDE SALE!

THE SALE WILL RUN FROM APRIL 11TH TO 16TH! 

CODE = SPRING40

Take advantage of the best pricing this year on the complete lineup of Topaz products, with 40% off the entire TopazLabs.com store from 4/11/17 until 4/16/17. Whether you want amazing photo effects or technically perfect images, Topaz helps you create the looks you love faster than ever.

What is the Collection?
With the recent addition of Topaz Texture Effects 2, Impression 2, and Glow 2, the Complete Collection includes all 17 plugin products, which individually would cost over $1000. We normally offer the Complete Collection at 50% off the price of buying the plugins individually. However, until the end of this sale you can take an additional 40% off the Collection and Collection upgrades – a savings of $200!

What is a Collection upgrade?
If you’ve already purchased an individual product (or several products) from Topaz in the past, our system already discounts the collection upgrade price. As long as you’re signed into your account, you can get an additional 40% off your custom collection upgrade pricing through the end of the Spring sale. Whether you’re just starting or looking to expand your collection, there is never a better time to buy!

 

ALSO ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF THE TOPAZ STUDIO OPEN BETA
We’re so excited to be announcing the open beta of Topaz Studio. We have released the beta to a small subset of users to identify any larger problems before making the release known to our full contact list. This is the first public beta we’ve done as a company and we hope to glean some great feedback from it. We also wanted to give you a heads up about the product before we blast out about the beta to our full email list. Our upcoming release the date is still TBA, but the beta should continue through the month of April. We’ll be sending another email with release information once we have it all settled.

What is Topaz Studio?
Topaz Studio offers precise, straightforward, natural tools like Basic Color Adjustments to streamlined new adjustments you’ll love. Find an effect you love, add the Adjustments you want, then save your custom effect to have instant access to that exact workflow later/in the future.

You can even share your effects to other Topaz Studio users by using the integrated Topaz Community. That means no more switching between community or local, all effects now show when you pick a category or search (as long as you’re online)

Features:
– Multi-image – Open and work on multiple images within the application simultaneously.
– Snapshot feature – to apply your effect to your image and allow you to use it as the input image (saves as a new image in the image tray)
– All effects now show in the effect view. No more local/community separation.
– Ability to drag and drop multiple images at once
– Crop/Rotate/Resize Tool
– Scopes to show your RGB, HSL, and image details to refine your looks
– Photoshop and Lightroom plugin support
– New mask interface with enhanced calculations and ability to combine multiple mask types
– Host Topaz Plugins
– Access All Adjustments during Open Beta

Want to try it?
If you’d like to check out some of the new features of Topaz Studio, the download links are below. However remember, this version is still in Beta, NOT the public release version. Feel free to use it for reviews and to create example images, but please know we are still working on solidifying what the release version will look like based on user feedback.

You can get more information or download the Open beta from : https://web.topazlabs.com/downloads
Found an issue with the beta? We need your feedback! Please submit a support ticket here: https://help.topazlabs.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Because the product is in beta there is no need for a license key, when we release your Topaz Studio account will become the key to unlock adjustments you’ve purchased.

Compatibility:
– Photoshop CS4+, Photoshop CC 2014+, Photoshop Elements 13+
– Paintshop Pro X 6+, Serif PhotoPlus X5+, Lightroom 2+, Lightroom CC
*Not compatible with Fusion Express or photoFXlab

System Requirements:
– Mac OSX 10.9+
– Windows 7/8/10 x 64bit + OpenGL 3.3
*Does not support Windows 32bit

If you have any feedback on the new release of Topaz Studio’s Open Beta, images you want to share for the product page, or a quote/review about Topaz Studio we’d love to see them! Just submit feedback by submitting a ticket on the Topaz Studio specific help center here: https://help.topazlabs.com/hc/en-us/requests/new.
I’ve been using the early beta versions for about a month – VERY cool product! Makes using all of the Topaz plug-ins very easy – and you don’t even need to be in Photoshop! Here are a couple of images I edited in the Topaz Studio:

 

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler is my favorite subject – Rust! These are from trains at the Danbury Railway Museum in CT and Steamtown in Scranton, PA. Enjoy!

 

 

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE – IT’S ALMOST HERE!

If you also receive my periodic newsletters, then you’ve seen all the latest info on the conference earlier today. If not, you’ve read about our speakers in the last few weeks of blog posts and seen the details. Just a reminder – the hotel room guaranteed price expires April 20th as does the bonus $20 Peacock Studio credit when you register!

Included in your Registration Fee:

All seminars & sessions.
Lunch and morning coffee & snacks on both days.
Speakers’ Notes on a flash drive.
Discounts from speakers and vendors.
LOTS of great door prizes.
Goodie Bag.
Sat. night social “Meet & Greet” with our speakers.

$225 per person

We have a block of rooms reserved at the rate of $129 per night. To get the special pricing, you must call (508) 765-8000 and specify the “Meredith Images” room block. Rate is guaranteed only until April 20th – so don’t delay!

To date I have door prizes & discounts from Topaz, Photomatix, 2 Lil’ Owls, Grut Brushes, Tamron, and more still coming in!

FREEBIES!

We all love cool free stuff and this week Line 25 had some great ones! The 20 Best Gothic Fonts and 20 Beautiful Fractal Brushes for Photoshop.

 

DESIGN CUTS

Their bundles are just irresistable! You can’t beat $29 for tons of good stuff! The current bundle is The Totally Diverse Vectors CollectionCheck out all the other cool stuff on the site too!

 

Topaz Labs – New Product + Big Sale!!

Hey everyone!

You know I don’t normally send mid-week posts — but when there’s big news I want to share it!

Topaz Labs is having a HUGE 40% OFF STOREWIDE SALE!

THE SALE WILL RUN NEXT WEEK

FROM APRIL 11TH TO 16TH! 

CODE = SPRING40

Take advantage of the best pricing this year on the complete lineup of Topaz products, with 40% off the entire TopazLabs.com store from 4/11/17 until 4/16/17. Whether you want amazing photo effects or technically perfect images, Topaz helps you create the looks you love faster than ever.

What is the Collection?
With the recent addition of Topaz Texture Effects 2, Impression 2, and Glow 2, the Complete Collection includes all 17 plugin products, which individually would cost over $1000. We normally offer the Complete Collection at 50% off the price of buying the plugins individually. However, until the end of this sale you can take an additional 40% off the Collection and Collection upgrades – a savings of $200!

What is a Collection upgrade?
If you’ve already purchased an individual product (or several products) from Topaz in the past, our system already discounts the collection upgrade price. As long as you’re signed into your account, you can get an additional 40% off your custom collection upgrade pricing through the end of the Spring sale. Whether you’re just starting or looking to expand your collection, there is never a better time to buy!

ALSO ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF THE TOPAZ STUDIO OPEN BETA:
We’re so excited to be announcing the open beta of Topaz Studio. We have released the beta to a small subset of users to identify any larger problems before making the release known to our full contact list. This is the first public beta we’ve done as a company and we hope to glean some great feedback from it. We also wanted to give you a heads up about the product before we blast out about the beta to our full email list. Our upcoming release the date is still TBA, but the beta should continue through the month of April. We’ll be sending another email with release information once we have it all settled.

What is Topaz Studio?
Topaz Studio offers precise, straightforward, natural tools like Basic Color Adjustments to streamlined new adjustments you’ll love. Find an effect you love, add the Adjustments you want, then save your custom effect to have instant access to that exact workflow later/in the future.

You can even share your effects to other Topaz Studio users by using the integrated Topaz Community. That means no more switching between community or local, all effects now show when you pick a category or search (as long as you’re online)

Features:
– Multi-image – Open and work on multiple images within the application simultaneously.
– Snapshot feature – to apply your effect to your image and allow you to use it as the input image (saves as a new image in the image tray)
– All effects now show in the effect view. No more local/community separation.
– Ability to drag and drop multiple images at once
– Crop/Rotate/Resize Tool
– Scopes to show your RGB, HSL, and image details to refine your looks
– Photoshop and Lightroom plugin support
– New mask interface with enhanced calculations and ability to combine multiple mask types
– Host Topaz Plugins
– Access All Adjustments during Open Beta

Want to try it?
If you’d like to check out some of the new features of Topaz Studio, the download links are below. However remember, this version is still in Beta, NOT the public release version. Feel free to use it for reviews and to create example images, but please know we are still working on solidifying what the release version will look like based on user feedback.

You can get more information or download the Open beta from : https://web.topazlabs.com/downloads
Found an issue with the beta? We need your feedback! Please submit a support ticket here: https://help.topazlabs.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Because the product is in beta there is no need for a license key, when we release your Topaz Studio account will become the key to unlock adjustments you’ve purchased.

Compatibility:
– Photoshop CS4+, Photoshop CC 2014+, Photoshop Elements 13+
– Paintshop Pro X 6+, Serif PhotoPlus X5+, Lightroom 2+, Lightroom CC
*Not compatible with Fusion Express or photoFXlab

System Requirements:
– Mac OSX 10.9+
– Windows 7/8/10 x 64bit + OpenGL 3.3
*Does not support Windows 32bit

If you have any feedback on the new release of Topaz Studio’s Open Beta, images you want to share for the product page, or a quote/review about Topaz Studio we’d love to see them! Just submit feedback by submitting a ticket on the Topaz Studio specific help center here: https://help.topazlabs.com/hc/en-us/requests/new.
I’ve been using the early beta versions for about a month – VERY cool product! Makes using all of the Topaz plug-ins very easy – and you don’t even need to be in Photoshop! Enjoy!

 

Sunday Sampler + Sedona + Featured Speaker

Happy Sunday – the sun is finally shining in CT after several days of rain and gloominess!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a 4-hour hands-on workshop for camera club members in Palmerton, PA. We covered the basics and beyond of Photoshop Elements. Thank you to everyone who attended and for treating Dave and I to a yummy lunch! I look forward to the next session!

If you have a group of 6-12 who would like to learn more about Elements, PS CC, Lightroom, textures, etc. in a “hands-on” workshop, send me an email!

 

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I always say that textures can be found anywhere! This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of textures from the hotel we stayed at in Pennsylvania! Rug and wallpaper – slight modifications in PS and Topaz! Enjoy!

 

We’ve finalized the dates of our Sedona Workshop! 

Join us October 21-24, 2017 in beautiful Red Rock country!

Click on the flyer above or HERE to go to the sign up page!

Final itinerary will be released soon. I’m working on coordinating private access to the Sedona Heritage Museum before it is open to the public for the day. 

Hope you can join us! Limited to 8 attendees

$50 discount for those who attended the 2016 workshop!

Contact me for discount code!

I have extended the bonus $20 Peacock Studio credit until April 20th. That is also the date that the guaranteed room rate expires! Be sure to sign up soon!

We have also started getting Door Prizes in…

So far…Topaz is donating a FULL Suite ($499 value) PLUS copies of Illustrator, Glow and Texture Effects!

HDRsoft is donating two copies of Photomatix Pro ($99 value)

2 Lil’ Owls is donating two $50 gift certificates for textures and other items in her store.

Grut Brushes is donating two 6-month Brush Club memberships.

And…these generous vendors are also contributing to the “goodie bag” that all attendees will receive…

Topaz is giving everyone a coupon for 25% off!

HDRsoft is giving everyone a coupon for 25% off Photomatix!

2 Lil’ Owls is giving everyone a coupon for 30% off!

Grut Brushes is donating a set of 5 digital brushes to everyone!

I’m working on many more items – LOTS of goodies for all!

Over the past month we’ve featured our guest speakers. The only one left is me! Most of you know me and my work, but here’s a short bio and a little bit about the seminars I will be doing during the conference.

     Hazel Meredith, APSA, MNEC, is involved with the photographic community on local, regional and national levels. She is currently secretary of the Connecticut Association of Photographers; a Vice President on the board of the New England Camera Club Council, and a member of the Greater Bridgeport Camera Club. She is also active in the Photographic Society of America (PSA).

Her photos have won many awards and competitions in both local club competitions and international salons and she has had several public showings of her work. In 2008 she received an honors distinction of Master Member of the New England Camera Club Council (MNEC) during its annual conference and in 2012 received the PSA Service Award. In September, 2013, she was awarded the distinction of APSA from the Photographic Society of America at their annual conference.

Hazel teaches at many New England camera clubs as well as photographic conferences and events throughout the U.S. She also offers workshops and travel photo trips through her company, Meredith Images. She released her first eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” in October 2015.

Hazel enjoys being active in the photographic community and helping others find the joy and satisfaction in taking and perfecting beautiful images.

 

I will be doing a seminar on Saturday on working with the Topaz Suite of products and how you can utilize them in your workflow, as well as use them in “non-traditional” ways to change up your texture images to create new textures.

On Sunday I will show you how to create your own textures and brushes using Photoshop or Elements, and will be helping you photograph your own cool textures from scrapbook papers and of items around the property.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Sunday Sampler March 26th + “I’m Curious” + Conf. Speaker Profile

Happy Sunday! This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of warm brown and red tones – wood and rust – maybe that will warm us up since it’s so cold today in CT!! Enjoy!

 

This week’s featured speaker who will present at our Creative Photography Conference is Kelli (KJ) DeWaal of New York.

KJ DeWaal (Kelli) is an artist/photographer who has been involved in creative endeavors throughout her life. She found herself becoming more interested in photography several years
ago and set about learning all she could about all types of photography. She has taken photography classes from Jim Montanus a well renowned photographer in her area. Along with
numerous online classes and workshops. With the age of technology, she has also incorporated iphoneography, and creating digital art on the iPad to her repertoire.

Kelli enjoys photographing still life, landscape, macro and life style images. Her images have won numerous awards in photo contests and have been very well received. Kelli will be hosting two sessions at the Creative Photography Conference. The first will be on “Creating Digital Art on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil.” She will be demonstrating how she puts together a digital art piece, the many various elements that can be used, how to blend those elements to create a cohesive piece using layers, blend modes, and varying opacities. She will also discuss which apps she prefers to use most. The main app she will be creating in will be Procreate.

The second session that Kelli will host will be “Creatively Display Your Photographic Images Using Encaustic Wax.” This workshop will take you step by step through the process of learning to mount your images on wood cradled board and finishing them off with encaustic wax. This technique will display your image in a beautiful way and give it a wonderful luminous finish.
Kelli currently resides in Western NY with Doug, her husband of almost 30 years. They have 2 grown children. Now that they are empty nesters, Kelli and her Mr. enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, and antiquing. This provides many photo opportunities along the way and even inspires original artwork as well.

 

Join Kelli and the rest of our great line-up of speakers at the Creative Photography Conference, May 20-21 at the beautiful Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA.

Don’t forget to sign up soon and get your $20 Peacock Studio bonus credit!

 

With Spring and Summer coming…eventually…we’ll all be getting out more and photographing while we travel. Here’s a good article from PictureCorrect.com on “How to Take Amazing Travel Photography”.

 

Till next week…happy clicking!

Hazel