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

Mid-Week Updates – Sales & Freebies!

Hey everyone! I normally don’t post during the week, but I’ve gotten info on some new products and sales going on that I wanted to get out to everyone.

THINK TANK PHOTO

Think Tank Photo’s New “Signature” Camera Bag Series features Advanced Fabrics for a Modernized Classic Shoulder Bag

Santa Rosa, Calif. – The Signature Series from Think Tank is a modernized version of the classic shoulder bag. Whether one is a young urban professional or corporate photographer, the Signature shoulder bag is as fashionable as it is functional. Hand sewn, advanced fabrics blend weather protection and durability with the classic feel of fine wool. Genuine leather detailing and metal hardware add character and stand up to the rigors of daily use.

“The new Signature Series features a modern fabric that is soft to the touch and yet is durable,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer.  “In addition, the zippered flap provides full closure and security to the main compartment, or tucks away when not in use.  It is a next generation design for today’s discerning photographer.”

Visit their website HERE to check out all the details!

HUNT’S PHOTO & VIDEO

The gang over at Hunt’s have some great Spring deals for you! It’s the “Out with the Old, In with the New” Sale! Check out specials from Nikon, Canon, Tamron, Sigma, Sony, Manfrotto, Wacom and much more HERE!

 

 

2 LIL’ OWLS

Denise Love over at 2 Lil’ Owls is having a Spring sale with select collections for just $10! Use THIS LINK and then click the “Sale” tab.

 

FREEBIES!

Line 25 has a good article on the 20 Best Gothic Free Fonts and a link to 20 Beautiful Fractal Brushes.

Here’s a couple from Best PSD Freebies…Free “Ahoy There” Digital Papers and download a sampler of 5 Abstract BackgroundsThe full set of 504 is available for $20 at Creative Market.

And find some “Spring Season Photography Tips” at PictureCorrect.com.

 

PEACOCK STUDIO

And don’t forget to check out our new offerings in the Peacock Studio and save 25% on all electronic products and eBooks until March 31st. Use the code topaz25

And register for the Creative Photography Conference by March 31st and receive a $20 voucher for the Peacock Studio — combine discounts and save even more!!!

 

March 20th – Sunday/Monday Sampler + More News!

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the slight delay this week – was readying new products for the Peacock Studio Online Shop and preparing notes for our upcoming Creative Photography Conference!

Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

I added 5 new sets to the Peacock Studio – some nice soft Bokeh backgrounds and 4 sets of “Spirograph”-style shapes! These were very cool to make! These sets are PNG files with a transparent background so you can use them as overlays over an image or another texture, then change the blending modes and opacity to create a cool new look!

After I finished the sets I thought that these would also work well as brushes, so I’m going to add those to the sets. If you purchase a set before I do that, I will send you a link to the brushes as soon as they are ready – for the same price as the set of 12 spirals! Click HERE to check them out! The Spirograph sets also include instructions on how to apply them to your images and blend them with your other image or texture.

 

AND…since I’m doing my sixth TOPAZ WEBINAR tomorrow night (Tues., 3/21, 5:00 pm EDT), I will be offering a 25% discount on all eBooks and Textures in the Peacock Shop. Discount good till 3/31. Use the code topaz25. It’s not too late to sign up for the webinar – http://blog.topazlabs.com/webinars/, but if you can’t join us live, watch for the recording to be posted to their website.

 

This week’s SUNDAY SAMPLER gives you a sampling of some of the new store products. There is a green bokeh image (different than the ones in the Bokeh package); a watercolor texture with one of the Spirograph images used to create a new background, and also one of the actual Spirograph images for you to use in your own work. The possibilities are truly endless for what you can do with these overlays!

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS – MICHAEL & SUZ KARCHMER

I’m very pleased to say these two great photographers have become friends over the past few years. I had the pleasure of meeting them when I presented at the Cape Cod Viewfinders and they were gracious hosting me in their home. “My room” is always waiting whenever I visit and I’m thrilled that they will be presenting a seminar on “iPhoneography & Creative Apps”.

“Husband and wife Michael and Suz Karchmer are Cape Cod-based photographers who use and appreciate both their traditional camera equipment as well as their iPhones. For the past five years, they have nurtured an interest in and a passion for iPhone photography. In March 2015, Cape Cod Magazine published their article, “The Camera in your Pocket: Mobile Photography on Cape Cod.” These days they share their love of iPhone photography by teaching and leading workshops. Michael likes his iPhone for documenting the people and places he comes across wherever he goes. Suz uses hers to find and capture moments of emotional and energetic exchange, whether in landscapes, travel shots, or intimate portraits.

As traditional photographers, they team together and specialize in theater and performance photography. They have been the company photographers for the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) for the past five years and at other theater venues on the lower Cape. Their theater images have appeared in such publications as the Cape Cod Times, the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Broadway World, and the American Theater Magazine. The main floor gallery at WHAT and the lobby gallery of the Academy of Performing Arts (Orleans, Massachusets) both have rotating exhibits of their production images.

Michael and Suz are members of the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club as well as the iPhone 9, a group of nine Cape artists and photographers. This group was started more than 5 years ago to share skills and knowledge related to iPhoneography. The group often exhibits work together, most recently in Provincetown.

The Karchmers’ photos can be found in Cape Cod and Chatham Magazines and they regularly show their images at exhibits across Cape Cod and beyond.”

Contact Michael at michaelkarchmer@gmail.com (301-332-2106) and Suz at susan.karchmer@gmail.com (240-731-7331). Also, some of their work can be found at karchmerphoto.com.

Some of Michael’s Images:

Some of Suz’s Images:

Check out all the awesome Conference details HERE! And come join us for two days of creative inspiration at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA. Registration fee includes all seminars, hands-on sessions, snacks and lunch both days, speaker notes, door prizes, vendors, and more! Just $225! AND, if you register by March 31st, you will receive a $20 credit to spend on electronic products in the Peacock Studio shop!

Check out all the details on our website at: http://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/Hope to see you there!

Have a great week!

Hazel

 

March 13th – Sunday Sampler, Topaz Corner + Featured Speaker

Hi everyone,

Looks like Mother Nature will have the last laugh this week! A Nor’Easter heading our way! Yuck!!

 

This past week Topaz featured a tutorial of mine in their blog post – check it out HERE! In the tutorial I show you how to modify a texture to create new textures, and then how to apply to an image and jazz up a boring sky. There is a link in the tutorial so you can download the images and follow along, as well as screen shots and specific settings that I used. Here’s the finished image:

 

I also have another Topaz webinar coming up on March 21st at 5:00 p.m. EDT – SIGN UP HERE. If you can’t watch then, they will get it posted on the website (they’re running a little behind – my last one isn’t posted yet from Jan. – but it will get on the site!).

 

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE – Featured Speaker, Tony Sweet, Nikon Legend Behind the Lens

I am very pleased that the legendary Tony Sweet is part of the line up of talented, creative, photographers that is part of our Creative Photography Conference! Join us on May 20-21, 2017, in Southbridge, MA, for two very full days of seminars and hands-on sessions with all of our great speakers.

After successful careers as a jazz musician, educator, and professional magician, Tony settled on photography as his chosen means for personal expression. Beginning as a film photographer, Tony has become facile in image editing software and plugins and is an in-demand speaker throughout the United States and Canada on creativity in the digital age.

Tony and Susan Milestone conduct Visual Artistry photography location workshops in the United States, Canada, and Iceland. Tony maintains an active speaking schedule to photography organizations, industry trade shows and PPA schools across the continental United States and Canada. He also conducts an annual Visual Artistry Creativity Seminar series.

Tony’s photography is published worldwide in every medium and is represented by Getty Images. His iPhone photography is represented by Aurora Photos. Tony’s images are also used by Nikon, MacPhun, Singh Ray, Alien Skin, Topaz, Lensbaby and others for national ad campaigns. An interview with Tony on macro photography was published in The New York TimesTony has authored five books on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography (’02), Fine Art Flower Photography (’05) Fine Art Nature Photography: Water, Ice, Fog (’07), Fine Art Digital Photography (’09) and HDR Photography (2011). He and Master Photo Workshops have co-produced four photography DVDs: Visual Artistry, HDR Made Easy, Visual Literacy and Flower Photography Artistry, as well as an iPhone instructional video series.”

Tony’s Saturday seminar will be “In-Camera Creative Techniques”, with demonstrations on how to create his signature looks using multiple exposures, long exposures, swipes, and more. Here are some examples of his beautiful work:

On Sunday Tony will lead groups with cameras in hand to get you trying some of these techniques.

So come join us for two days of creative inspiration at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA. Registration fee includes all seminars, hands-on sessions, snacks and lunch both days, speaker notes, door prizes, vendors, and more! Just $225! AND, if you register by March 21st, you will receive a $20 credit to spend on electronic products (textures, brushes, eBook and more) in my Peacock Studio shop!

Check out all the details on our website at: http://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/Hope to see you there!

 

 

Think Tank Photo’s Airport Helipak V2.0 Backpack Upgraded to Fit the DJI Phantom 4 and Accessories

As quadcopter design continues to evolve, so does Think Tank Photo’s Airport Helipak V2.0 backpack for DJI Phantom. This newly updated backpack, renowned for its comfort, accommodates a DJI Phantom 4 and similarly sized drones. Its refined design is carry-on compatible for both U.S. domestic or international airline travel. Its custom divider set allows maximum room for extra accessories and gear, including a small camera kit, and features a dedicated 15” laptop compartment.

“We updated the backpack to carry a DJI Phantom 4, a 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer.  “The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, articulated air-channel, removable padded waistbelt, and height-adjustable sternum strap enable comfort for travel into remote areas.”

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

 

INKY DEALS

One of the companies out there that offer superb bundles of fonts, PS add-ons, brushes, textures, and much, much more at fabulous prices! Check out their latest deals HERE including the “1000+ Photoshop Resources” for $59 (worth $1522.00) and the “7750+ Mega Add-Ons” bundle with Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets for $49 (worth $1380.00)! There are also some freebies on the site for download!

 

SUNDAY SAMPLER

We’ll make our own Spring this week with some greenery! Remember, you can use these as textures/backgrounds “as is” or blur them for a soft background or color overlay. Click HERE and enjoy!

 

SAVE THE DATE!

We’re heading back to Sedona in October for another Workshop!

We had a great time last year, so we’re heading back! Join us for 3+ days of photography in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Gorgeous red rocks, animals at Out of Africa, rust and grunge at “Ghost Town”, and a couple of new spots too!

Just confirming dates and details will be posted shortly!

Stay Tuned!

March 5th – Sunday Sampler, Conference Schedule

Happy Sunday! March definitely “came in like a lion” this past week – very blustery and cold – after a week of temps way above normal! But Spring is just a few weeks away…we hope!

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of “cracked” things from the Scranton Lace Factory. It seems likely that demolition will begin there very shortly. Sad that it couldn’t be restored for the condos that are being planned.

 

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE

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I have the weekend schedule put together for our Conference, May 20-21, 2017. Saturday will be “classroom” seminars and Sunday will be small group seminars and hands-on photo ops. Check it out:

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AND…if you register by March 21st, you will receive a $20 credit to the Peacock Studio at Meredith Images to spend on electronic products (eBook, textures, brushes, etc.).

If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com or evenings at (203) 375-1039.

I sent a newsletter out today with sample images from all of our speakers. If you are not on that list, send me an email and I will forward you a copy! We have some VERY talented creative photographers ready to share their expertise with you!

Click HERE for all the other pertinent details!

 

More Background Textures

Inky Deals has a current bundle of “260 Gorgeous Backgrounds” for a mere $29! Check it out HERE!

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Freebies!

A good site for some freebie resources is BestPSDFreebies.com. Here’s a link to their watercolor texture set freebie – search the site for MANY more!

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