Dec. 4 – Sunday Sampler + New Ideas

Hi everyone,

I can’t even believe it’s December already – where has the year gone? It’s been a busy one, but a good one, here at Meredith Images.

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler was created from images taken last Spring during our Smoky Mountains Workshop. Watching the devastation of the fires there this past week broke my heart. While I know the mountains will recover – and fire is good for a forest at times – and property can be rebuilt – the loss of lives is terribly sad.

The ferns, mossy rock and tree shadows on a church roof have been modified with Topaz Impression to give you some textures to use in tribute to the beautiful mountains.

 

THOUGHTS FOR 2017 

Several months ago I mentioned starting a “52-week project group” over on Facebook. The group is live – join us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1311524515525331/.

The group is based on this article: http://clk.im/vm8G. You don’t have to commit to doing all of the projects – I know we all get busy – but feel free to join the group and post images for the projects that you try. It’s some good motivation to expand our photographic reach and try some fun stuff!

 

I had an idea the other day to start a monthly “Topaz Q & A Corner”. I love using Topaz and would welcome questions from you, dear reader, on things you would like to know about the various programs within the Topaz Suite. And if I don’t know the answer, I will try to get the info from my friends at Topaz!

 

I’d also be happy to do a 2nd “Q & A Corner” on topics other than Topaz as well. Feel free to email questions on anything photographic – other software, general how-to photography questions, etc. Email me at: Hazel@MeredithImages.com.

 

NEW MEETUP GROUP!

Another way to keep informed of the upcoming events at Meredith Images! Join our MeetUp group at: https://www.meetup.com/Meredith-Images-take-your-images-from-ho-hum-to-work-of-art/events/236033621/

 

Nov. 27 Sunday Sampler + Last Call!

Hi everyone – I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. We spent a couple of days on Cape Cod – relaxing (believe it or not!). Our timeshare was right on the beach – unfortunately Mother Nature wasn’t too cooperative with sunrises & sunsets. Did manage a little color in the mornings, but briefly. The shot below was the 10 minutes or so of color that we had on Friday morning. Once the sun rose up and behind the clouds it was over!

This week’s SUNDAY SAMPLER comes from that trip – rock textures from a jetty off the beach. Thanks to my hubby Dave for these textures and the sunrise!

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I’m sure everyone is done being inundated with “Black Friday” specials – I promise to be brief – and just mention “last call” for our store wide 50% off textures sale and 25% off my eBook.

The one change is that I am extending the discount on the “Creative Photography Conference” until December 5th! Our New England Camera Club Council webmaster was away and couldn’t post my info, so it will go up this week. Since this is the only time we will offer this discount, I didn’t want anyone who is interested to miss out!

If you want to check any of the other specials I mentioned in my blog post the other day, you can CLICK HERE!

 

BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE! Meredith Images; Topaz; Hunt’s + MORE!

It’s here! The biggest shopping day of the year! I’m sure your in-box in filled with deals — here are a few for you and your photographic friends and family! (Be sure to scroll all the way down for some newly added deals!)

 

MEREDITH IMAGES/PEACOCK STUDIO

As promised, everything in the Peacock Studio – textures, brushes, crop shapes – is 50% off. This deal only happens once a year, so grab your favorite texture sets now! I’ve added some new sets for you – gradient textures, post mark & postcard brushes (includes png files too), and crop shapes/frames (with step-by-step instructions and screen shots). This special sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday 11/25 through midnight Sunday 11/27 (EST).

My eBook “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” will continue at 25% off until the end of November.

AND…your one and only chance to save on our exciting “Creative Photography Conference” coming up May 20-21, 2017 in Southbridge, MA. Save $25! This is a great gift idea for yourself or that creative photographer in your life! Here’s all the details:

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No coupon codes are needed for these deals – sale prices will be automatically on the items.

 

TOPAZ SUITE – 50% OFF! 

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Take advantage of the best pricing of the year on the complete lineup of Topaz products, with 50% off the Complete Collection through the end of November. 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 products, which individually would cost over $1000. We normally offer the Complete Collection at 50% off. However, until the end of November you can take an additional 50% off (meaning you pay 25% of the price of individual plugins) for the collection and collection upgrades.

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 50% off your custom collection upgrade pricing through the end of November. Whether you’re just starting or looking to expand your collection, there is never a better time to buy! USE COUPON CODE: BLACKFRIDAY16

*Note that this discount does not apply to individual plugin purchases, which are sold at full price.

Don’t miss out on this once-a-year Topaz deal!

 

HUNT’S PHOTO & VIDEO – BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Hunt’s started the deals on Wed. Click HERE to go to the current specials and be sure to check back daily to see what’s new! The deals will continue through Cyber Monday.

 

2 LIL’ OWLS

If you’ve seen some of my texture work, you know I love Denise Love’s textures over at 2 Lil’ Owls! She is doing  site-wide 50% off sale (everything except the Texture Club) with the code BlackFriday50. Sale runs through Nov. 28th.

 

TOTALLY RAD

Do you have “Dirty Pictures”? No, not those kind…the kind you get with cool textures by Totally Rad! Everything in the store is 50% off until midnight Friday 11/25! Check out the Radlab; Replichrome; PS Actions; LR Presets; Pictapgo! and, of course, Dirty Pictures!

 

INKY DEALS

Inky Deals has some GREAT deals on bundles of actions, vectors, textures and more! GO HERE to see all of the deals – and then take an ADDITIONAL 60% OFF the great deal prices with the code BFMADNESS!! Ends midnight Sunday.

 

ATHENTECH – PERFECTLY CLEAR

Perfectly Clear Complete Plug-in Bundle v2 
Reg. $149.00 on sale for just $99.00
Includes the Perfectly Clear Complete Plug-in, individual plug-ins for Perfect Eyes, Perfect Skin, and Perfect Exposure, and plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop (Windows & Mac). Also includes a free upgrade to v3.
Our friends at Think Tank Photo have announced two holiday special offers on their award-winning camera bags.  The first is their Outlet Center, which is chock full of huge discounts.  And second, through December 31st whenever you buy a Think Tank rolling camera bag you will receive Road Warrior Kit for free.  The Road Warrior Kit features 10 Red Whips cable ties, a Cable Management 10 pouch, an AA Battery Holder and a Travel Pouch. That’s $54.50 worth of accessories FREE!  And don’t forget, with our special relationship with Think Tank you will also receive a free gift when you use my special URL, as well as free shipping.  So get shopping!
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BLACK FRIDAY IS COMING! Meredith Images; Topaz; Hunt’s

It’s almost here! The biggest shopping day of the year! Wouldn’t it be nice to finish from the comfort and warmth of home? Here are a few ideas for you!

MEREDITH IMAGES/PEACOCK STUDIO

As promised, everything in the Peacock Studio – textures, brushes, crop shapes – is 50% off. This deal only happens once a year, so grab your favorite texture sets now! I’ve added some new sets for you – gradient textures, post mark & postcard brushes (includes png files too), and crop shapes/frames (with step-by-step instructions and screen shots). This special sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday 11/25 through midnight Sunday 11/27 (EST).

My eBook “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” will continue at 25% off until the end of November.

AND…your one and only chance to save on our exciting “Creative Photography Conference” coming up May 20-21, 2017 in Southbridge, MA. Save $25! This is a great gift idea for yourself or that creative photographer in your life! Here’s all the details:

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TOPAZ SUITE – 50% OFF! 

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Take advantage of the best pricing of the year on the complete lineup of Topaz products, with 50% off the Complete Collection through the end of November. 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 products, which individually would cost over $1000. We normally offer the Complete Collection at 50% off. However, until the end of November you can take an additional 50% off (meaning you pay 25% of the price of individual plugins) for the collection and collection upgrades.

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 50% off your custom collection upgrade pricing through the end of November. Whether you’re just starting or looking to expand your collection, there is never a better time to buy!

*Note that this discount does not apply to individual plugin purchases, which are sold at full price.

Don’t miss out on this once-a-year Topaz deal!

 

HUNT’S PHOTO & VIDEO – PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Hunt’s couldn’t wait till Friday – they’re starting the deals NOW! Click HERE to go to the current specials and be sure to check back daily to see what’s new! The deals will continue through Cyber Monday.

Nov. 20th Sunday Sampler + Black Friday Preview

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of patterns in nature – leaves and tree bark. Enjoy!

BLACK FRIDAY IS COMING!

Stay tuned for a special blog post on Wednesday – I’ll be offering a once-a-year 50% off sale on all textures (including several new items I’ll be adding this week – gradients, brushes, and crop shapes).The sale will run Friday 12:01 a.m. through Sunday midnight (EST). My textures eBook will continue to be 25% off through the end of November.

There will also be a one-time only discount on our “Creative Photography Conference” May 20-21, 2017.

 

 

Nov. 13 Sunday Sampler + more!

Hey everyone,

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some concrete and slate in beautiful tones for your work.

 

LAST REMINDER – TOPAZ WEBINAR

Join me this Tuesday at 5:00 pm EST  for some creative techniques using the Topaz suite of products! Sign up at: http://blog.topazlabs.com/webinars/

 

BOSQUE DEL APACHE PHOTOGRAPHY INTENSIVE

Hunt’s Photo and Bosque del Apache are pleased to announce the third Photography Intensive Jan. 5-8, 2017. Join three photography pros and photograph the sandhill cranes and snow geese! I participated in the first workshop and it was a ton of fun. Classroom sessions, in-the-field instruction and meals are includes in the fee of $650. Find all the details at: http://www.wbhunt.com/specials/bosquedelapache/

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“How to take a Non-Crappy Photo of the Moon”

By now you’ve heard that tomorrow night is the biggest Supermoon in years! And there won’t be another this big for 18 years – so get out there and grab a great photo!

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-take-a-non-crappy-picture-of-the-moon-1788768029?rev=1478718312304

 

Have a great week!

Nov. 6th Sunday Sampler, Creative Photography Workshop +Topaz Webinar

Welcome to November! As we get the holiday gift-giving season going, here’s an idea for the creative photographer in your life…a ticket to the Creative Photography Conference in 2017!

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May 20-21, 2017
Join us for two days of creative techniques – in camera techniques; post-processing (textures, Topaz, compositing); iPhoneography; Lens Babies, and more!

 

We have an awesome line up of creative speakers:

Tony Sweet, Nikon Legend Behind the Lens – Maryland
Kelli DeWaal – New York
Gerri Jones – New York
Linda Szabo – Massachusetts
Suz & Michael Karchmer – Cape Cod, Mass.
and Me!

The Conference is centrally located in New England at the beautiful Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center (between I-90 & I-84). The hotel itself has many great photo ops that we will be taking advantage of. It was built inside an old eyeglass factory, but is quite modern with state-of-the-art technology throughout.

Conference price includes: lunch both days, refreshments in the morning, all seminars, photo ops, speaker notes & door prizes!
Sat. night we will have an informal gathering so you can talk to the speakers and ask more questions!

Price just $225 for all of the above!

“Black Friday” Special will be $200
(from 12:01 a.m. Fri., Nov. 25th – midnight Sun., Nov. 27th, EST) This is the only special we will offer for this conference, so don’t miss out!

Sign up in our web store at www.MeredithImages.com

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 until April 20th but may sell out sooner, so don’t wait! Check them out at: www.southbridgehotel.com/

Below: Pics from the Southbridge – the beautiful old marble and iron staircase and their creative ‘do not disturb’ sign!

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SUNDAY SAMPLER
This week’s SUNDAY SAMPLER consists of textures from Jerome, AZ. An old block wall, rusty corrugated metal and a rusty metal truck from the Gold King Mine. Enjoy!
TOPAZ WEBINAR Nov. 15th
The November schedule of Topaz webinars is now open for registration. Join me on Nov. 15th for some creative techniques using the Topaz suite of products! Sign up at: http://blog.topazlabs.com/webinars/
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Hunt’s Annual Sale – Some Great Specials!

Hi everyone,

My friend, Gary Farber, and his crew at Hunt’s Photo + Video are having their 40th Annual Show & Sale this weekend, Nov. 4-6.

There are some specials going on all weekend – both in store and online – CLICK HERE for the deals!

AND there will be extra special deals each day of the show (one day only deals) – CLICK HERE FOR FRIDAY’S DEALS! (check back on Sat. & Sun. to this link for the daily deals)

A couple of items in the Friday specials that are exceptional deals – the Spyder 5 Pro & Spyder 5 Elite for calibrating your monitor and/or printers and projectors. Great pricing at $99 for the Pro ($90 off!) and $179 for the Elite ($100 off). This is the product I use to keep my monitors accurate so my images always look their best.

I purchased the Canon 70D with the 18-135 STM lens almost 2 years ago – I LOVE this camera and the lens is excellent! I like the range of this lens (combined 2 previous lenses) and it was designed to work with the camera’s video capabilities as it has silent focusing. Just $1049 for both with some added free goodies (bag, memory card and more).

Another item I use that I love when photographing textures or still life at home as well as macro in the field, is an LED light. Gary has two deals – the Promaster LED 120SS at the bargain of $49.95 ($40 off) – and the new Savage LED204 Luminous Pro (shipping mid-Nov.), which features bi-color lights for variable temperature, dimming, and more for $91.79 ($16 off). I also like that you can use these hand-held to direct the light where you want it, as well as attach to your camera’s hot shoe.

If you are in New England, visit Hunt’s in Melrose, Cambridge, Boston, Holyoke, Hanover, Manchester, S. Portland or Providence. Or check out the website and give them a call with your order! The folks at Hunt’s are always willing and able to answer questions and help you choose the right products.

Oct. 30 – Sunday Sampler +

Hard to believe another month is almost over! Time just flies by these days!

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some Vintage Papers – one of which I modified in Photoshop. Remember, you can always change colors by utilizing a hue/saturation adjustment (or even clicking on the “colorize” box and changing the overall color).

 

Just in time for Halloween, I came across this cool tutorial to give your type a “Freddy Kruger” feel! It uses lots of PS filters and layer styles to get the effect. From the TutsPlus website.

 

And here is a free sampling of some “Subtle Grunge” textures from Best PSD Freebies.

 

NEXT TOPAZ WEBINAR

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My next Topaz webinar will be November 15th. Sign up on their website (www.TopazLabs.com) will begin in a few days! Join me as I show you how to combine presets and textures – from subtle to dramatic – then add other Topaz products to create your own “work of art”.

 

REMINDER – WORKSHOP – DEC. 10, 2016

Join us for a day in Bethlehem, PA, to photograph the beautiful holiday decorations (with a private tour of some of the buildings), visit the National Museum of Industrial History (newly opened this past July), and photograph the remains of the Bethlehem Steel “stacks”. It will be a day filled with all kinds of photography, and if we’re lucky, a touch of snow!

Early bird sign-up price (by 11/15) $65; after 11/15 $75. Max 15 photographers. Sign up on my website: http://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

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Oct. 23 Sunday Sampler + Much More!

Hi everyone,

We got back from our trip to beautiful Sedona last night! Thanks to my workshop participants: Ray, Colleen, Phil, Pat, Joyce & Carole!

We’ve already had requests for another workshop in Sedona next fall – watch for details after the New Year.

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This week’s Sunday Sampler is some animal skin textures from “Out of Africa” in Camp Verde, AZ, one of the stops on our workshop!

 

NEW WORKSHOP – DEC. 10, 2016

Join us for a day in Bethlehem, PA, to photograph the beautiful holiday decorations (with a private tour of some of the buildings), visit the National Museum of Industrial History (newly opened this past July), and photograph the remains of the Bethlehem Steel “stacks”. It will be a day filled with all kinds of photography, and if we’re lucky, a touch of snow!

Early bird sign-up price (by 11/15) $65; after 11/15 $75. Max 15 photographers. Sign up on my website: http://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

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2017 PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT – Who wants to join me?

I found this great article on TechRadar today – “52 Photography Projects: A photo idea to try every week of the year.” I think this would be a great project to start Jan. 2017 – I just set up a separate Facebook Group for the project so you can post your images – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1311524515525331/?fref=nf. It’s a fun way to get us all to think outside our comfort zone. I’ve been wanting to try some of these, so if I do it with a group, I’ll be more inclined to get it done! Don’t worry if you miss a week here and there – I know life gets busy for us all!

Click HERE for the article.

And if you have ever wanted to shoot with a light box but didn’t have one, here’s how to utilize natural window light to get the effect: Creating Your Own Lightbox video.

 

DESIGN CUTS TEXTURE BUNDLE

My friends at Design Cuts have an awesome new bundle of awesome resources – “The Gigantic Textures & Patterns Bundle” – just $29 for 1000’s of resources! I’m going to have to grab this one myself! Expires in 8 days so don’t wait!

The Most Comprehensive Textures and Patterns Collection Ever Released!

Textures and patterns are essential tools for every designer. They add the details that can set your work apart: from subtle overlays, to stunning backgrounds. They are often what make our work feel truly authentic, hand-crafted and visually interesting.

That’s why we’re so excited to bring you this all new textures and patterns collection; our biggest ever, featuring 45 professional grade packs.

Here’s why we know you’ll love working with them:

  • The variety and usefulness in this collection is incredibleThis is our biggest textures and patterns bundle yet, bringing you so much variety that you’ll be equipped for any design project that comes your way! Looking to transform your photography work? Look no further than the gorgeous fine-art textures supplied by Daily Texture. Their best-selling, professional grade packs usually sell for $24-80 each, and literally turn your photos into works of art. If you’re looking for quality digital papers, we have a huge range from Blixa 6; each one gorgeously hand-made. There are also a vast range of other surfaces, from vintage postcards, to grit/grunge, old papers, paints, marble, as well as a ginormous library of beautiful patterns.
  • These are professional quality assets, from seriously talented artistsWe’re proud to be teaming up with many of the biggest names in the textures and patterns world. These designers live and breathe their craft, and their expertise and passion shows in every item within this collection. Each pattern is pixel perfect, and each texture high-res, and super sharp. Beyond this, these designs are aesthetically beautiful. This is your chance to benefit from the meticulous work of these world class artists, by incorporating their gorgeous work into your own.

Use your new textures and patterns with confidence, under our easy to use extended license.

This means that you can even use your resources in commercial work available for resale!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB YOUR COPY BEFORE IT EXPIRES!