Aug. 12 – Sunday Sampler – Delayed

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay this week. Last Monday we made a quick decision to take a run to Tennessee this weekend!! (it’s a 12 hour drive each way from CT!) We’re looking for property there – planning to move in 2020!

I will send this week’s Sunday Sampler on Thursday. There is a big announcement coming from one of my favorite companies on that day too!! 😉

Talk to you soon,

Hazel

Aug. 5 – Sunday Sampler

Happy August! Hard to believe we’re heading in the waning months of Summer – though I won’t mind when this humidity goes away! It’s been an exceptionally muggy Summer in CT. And sending our prayers to those in California and the West affected by the awful fires. One of my school friends lives very near the Carr fire. He’s been ready to evacuate for over a week.

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of rocks from the caverns under Lookout Mountain in GA. We visited there a few years ago to see Ruby Falls – an underground waterfall as well a Rock City, a beautiful garden at the top of the mountain. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

 

A friend of mine (that I’ve known since grammar school!) is opening a shop in town – Connecticut Band Instrument Services – and I’ve created some digital pieces that have been printed on canvas and will hang in the store. There are some music quotes, and photos. And one of the pieces (shown below) can be customized with the instrument, school colors and name, etc. I’ve set up a page in my Peacock Studio online store. If you or someone you know someone who is musically inclined, check it out HERE! Click on Digital Art.

 

Over on inSight Designs, Free Texture Grabs LOTS of different items! As always, check Terms of Use before using in commercial pieces.

From PictureCorrect.com, “5 Easy Ways to Start Photo Editing in Lightroom”

From ImprovePhotography.com, “11 Ways Landscape Photographers Can Monetize their Portfolios”

And a couple more great font bundles from Pixel Surplus (affiliate link)

The REFINED FONT BUNDLE – 29 fonts for $29

And the HAND DRAWN FONT BUNDLE – 29 fonts for $29

Save even more if you purchase both bundles for $54!

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 

July 29 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! Hope you had a great week!

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some floral images that you can use for backgrounds. To soften the effect you can blur them (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur > amount you desire). Enjoy!

 

On Thursday, I did a seminar for StudioMagic (by LayerCake), demonstrating how I’ve used some of the functions of the program. If you didn’t sign up and missed the webinar, here is a link to the recording: http://www.photoeffects.biz/hazeledit/hazeledit.mp4

You can also still take advantage of the special pricing – they’ve let me extend the offer until Monday evening – check it out here: https://store.layercakeelements.com/gav/webdeal.htmlYou’ll save 85% on the deal of StudioMagic I & II, plus 500 skies and cloud overlays – for just $95!

Here’s one of the projects I did in the webinar:

 

And another great deal just released this week – Lightroom Presets & Brushes package – contains 200 LR Presets and 30 LR Brushes – Save 80%, just $59! BUT…at checkout use the code HAZEL35 and save another 35% making the package total price just $38.35!

Check it out here: https://store.layercakeelements.com/gav/lightroom.html

Here’s a couple of before-and-after examples:

 

Free Textures & Brushes! Shadowhouse Creations is one I had come across in the past. It appears the blog hasn’t been active in a few years, however, there are a TON of textures and brushes you can still download. Check it out HEREAnd, you can use them for personal or commercial use with no attribution.

From Pixel Surplus – a great deal on their “Summertime Font Bundle” (affiliate link) – Just $29 for 29 high quality full license fonts. Check it out HERE!

And they also have some great freebies on their site – check em out!

From Picture Correct – Still Life Photography Tips & Tricks and Sunrise Photography Tips for Beginners.

 

Have a great week as we welcome August!!

 

 

 

July 22 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! Hope you are enjoying your Summer!

This week’s Sunday Sampler gives you some blurred background photos – trees and a spider web! Use hue/saturation adjustments to change the colors or desaturate the images. Enjoy!

 

If you haven’t signed up for the StudioMagic webinar this coming Thursday, July 26th (2 pm Eastern; 11 am Pacific), it’s not too late! Even if you can’t watch live (though I hope you can), sign up and get a set of Elegance Photoshop Actions (worth $47), and you will receive a link to watch the webinar later (link sent after live webinar). Sign up at http://bit.ly/web825.

 

One of the questions I often get in my Topaz webinars, is how to add your own textures to Studio or Texture Effects. So I put together a tutorial – it’s really a simple process. Click on this link: Topaz – Add Textures to Studio or Texture Effects Enjoy!

 

A few tidbits I found this week:

From Digital Camera World – 55 Free Photoshop Brushes for Photographers (these are 55 SETS of brushes!)

From Photoshop Star – How to Create a Watercolor Text Effect in Photoshop

 

Have a great week!

 

 

July 15 – Sunday Sampler

This was the weekend for the 73rd New England Camera Club Council Conference (NECCC) at UMass, Amherst, MA! Always a fun weekend of learning and creativity. Great to see old friends and make some new ones. With almost 1,000 people, you’re sure to do both! If you’ve never been, mark your calendar for July 12-14, 2019, for the next big event! Details at www.NECCC.org.

I was thrilled to receive one of NECCC’s highest honors – the designation of HonNEC (Honorary Member of NECCC). Ten years ago I received my MNEC (Master Member of NECCC).

Congratulations to Jacob Mosser III, HonPSA, EPSA, HonNEC, who received NECCC’s highest accolade of Honorary Life Vice President. Jake has been involved in the Conference for many years, and held many positions. And congrats as well to the 3 MNEC awardees – Josh Goldin, Alan Kidawski, and Frank Zaremba; and one ANEC (non-New England contributor) to Marc Farb of Sigma. Kudos to all!

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler is a varied assortment – B&W Lines (actually a rug); wood grain and a red patterned fabric! Enjoy!

 

On September 23rd I will be doing an all-day hands-on Photoshop Workshop for the Capital Champlain Section of PPSNYS (Professional Photographers Society of New York State). The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.) and will be held at Moscatiellos Italian Restaurant, 99 North Greenbush Road, Troy, NY. The event is open to non-members as well as members. (Click images below for full-size flyer.)

 

SPEAKER UPDATE!

I have four confirmed speakers for our 2019 Conference! I pleased to announce that Anne Belmont, Lensbaby Specialist, will be returning with some new creative ideas for your floral and macro photography! http://www.annebelmontphotography.com/

Joining us in 2019 will also be:

John Barclay – Topaz webinar presenter, landscape photographer and all-around nice guy! “Dream, Believe, Create”. https://johnbarclayphotography.com/

Mark Bowie – Creative landscape photography, night photography and so much more (and another nice guy)! http://markbowie.com/

Betty Wiley – Cape Cod photographer. Lightroom creative editing, Lightroom Mobile for iPhone. http://bettywileyphotography.com/

Stay tuned for more info and speakers!!!

https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

July 8 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! Luckily the heat wave here in the Northeast broke late Friday and it’s been a beautiful weekend – without the need for air conditioning! Hope you all had a relaxing Independence Day!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is one of my favorite subjects – RUST! From subtle grunge to cracked and splotchy! Enjoy!

And remember, you can always desaturate to get a black & white for just the texture without the color, or use hue/saturation or Topaz ReStyle to change the color palette of the textures.

 

UPDATES & BREAKING NEWS!!

I confirmed our 2nd speaker for the May 18-19, 2019 Creative Photography Conference. In addition to the return of Anne Belmont, Lenbaby specialist, the fabulous John Barclay will be joining the line-up of talented, creative speakers! John is an excellent instructor and workshop leader, a Topaz webinar presenter (he just did his 27th webinar this past week), and an all-around nice guy!

And…new for 2019 will be hands-on sessions on Friday! Bring your laptop and learn along with one of our speakers! Session will be from 1:00-4:00 (additional fee). More details to come!

Be sure to mark you calendar for May 18-19 to join us for the 3rd Creative Photography Conference in Southbridge, MA. There will be early bird pricing offered beginning September 1 through Black Friday (the only discount that will be offered) – don’t miss out! This year will be even bigger and better.

And stay tuned for details on a FALL 2019 Conference in the Chicago area!

Bookmark the web page HERE!

 

On WebDesignDev.com I found a few cool items for you!

20 Outstanding Free Photoshop Text Effects

25 Rust Textures (you KNOW I’ll be downloading these!)

25 Best Free Fonts for Commercial Use (one can never have too many fonts!)

And from PictureCorrect.com – Photography Composition Tips: How to Tell A More Compelling Story

 

REMINDER…

Thursday, July 26th, 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific

And if you haven’t yet, don’t forget to register for my webinar with Gavin & Alan of StudioMagic! Even if you can’t watch live, sign up and you’ll get an email link of the recording AND you’ll get a set of Elegance Photoshop Actions ($47 value) for FREE!

Click HERE to register!

 

July 1 – Sunday Sampler

Wow – July! Half way through 2018 already! Time sure does fly these days!

 

Since this coming week is Independence Day, I though fireworks would make a great Sunday Sampler! You can combine these or apply them to another image – just use the “Lighten” blending mode in PS or Elements. This image is all 3 shots combined:

 

 

I am very excited to be a
webinar presenter for this new software
StudioMagic
Photoshop Plugins!

This software lets you quickly and easily create some awesome effects including changing seasons, creating sunset looks, lighting effects, reflections, and rainbows as well as compositing, reflections, and much more!

Check it out here – there is a short video that demonstrates some of these cool effects!
https://store.layercakeelements.com/gav/webinar.html

StudioMagic helps you create dramatic effects quickly and easily. Join me, Gavin Phillips and software creator, Alan Mayer, for an informative and fun webinar.

Join us on 
Thursday, July 26th at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern time. Sign up even if you can’t make it at that time and you’ll receive a link to be able to watch the recorded webinar any time afterwards. 

And…just for signing up for the webinar, you will receive a Free Set of Elegance PS Actions as well as a movie of how to create a double exposure in Photoshop! (A $47 value) 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

Thanks again to the 1,000 people that tuned in to my Topaz webinar a couple weeks ago!! There were over 2,000 registered – GoToWebinar maxes out at 1,000! It’s SO cool to see the “hello’s” in the chat box from all over the world as well as the kind comments.

If you missed the webinar, or want to watch again, the unedited replay can be found here: TOPAZ WEBINAR. The edited version will be on their YouTube channel soon.

I am also offering copies of my Notes from the Webinar – along with some bonus textures – for just $5 in my web store. With these, you get the images I used in the webinar and my detailed instructions so you can follow along and see how I created the final product. Find them in the Peacock Studio HEREJust click on Topaz Notes in the store.

I saved all the questions and comments from the Chat Box so that I can answer a few questions here on the Blog. Let’s get to a couple.

Q: How far do you go in LR before going to Studio?

A: Most of the time, I do my basic editing in Lightroom, then open the file in Photoshop. From there I open Studio – or if I know I want to work in a particular Topaz module (like Texture Effects or Impression) I may open that module from Photoshop. Other times, however, I do open right into Studio if I really want to play with various Topaz modules.

Workflow is one of those very personal things – there’s really no right or wrong, it’s what works best for you!

Q: How do I add my own textures to Studio?

A: You can easily add your own (or other textures you have purchased or downloaded) to Studio.

Open Studio > open any image >

Go to “Adjustments” on the right toolbar > Textures.

Next to “Category” click on the little icon (square with the turned corner).

This will open the “Texture Manager”. If you want to create a separate folder for your own textures, click on “+ Add Category” > Name the Folder and click OK.

Make sure the new folder is highlighted in the left column > then click “Import” > scroll to where you have the textures saved, highlight the textures then click “Open” > they will now be imported to your folder.

To access them back in Textures, click the drop down for Category and select the folder you just created.

I will answer more questions in the coming weeks.

 

FREEBIES!

From Creative GraphicaFree FontsThey also have free Graphics and Crafts (word art) – click the tabs at the top.

From Pixel Surplus – various freebies – fonts, textures, graphics and more – Freebie Roundup

And from Deal Jumbo – free textures/photos; fonts; graphics; mock-ups – click the Freebies link to get to all of the various categories. Photo Freebies

 

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

A composite of 4 fireworks shot taken at this location!

June 24 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! We had a great birds of prey photo shoot yesterday with the CT Association of Photographers! Thanks to Skyhunters for bringing their beautiful owls and raptors for us to photograph. This is the gorgeous red tailed hawk posing!

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some Red Rust!! Remember, you can always change the color of a texture with a Hue/Saturation Adjustment! Enjoy!

 

JUST RELEASED TODAY…
NOTES from my Topaz Webinar! 

Work along with me as you watch the replay of my Topaz webinar from June 19th! The edited replay will be posted soon on the Topaz YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/topazlabs/videos).

You will receive my detailed notes with all the settings and Topaz products used, my original images, the cloud overlay used on the train image…AND…a free bonus of 5 other cloud images that you can use in your own projects (you can never have too many clouds/skies in your library!).

Available in my online store, the Peacock Studio, 
for just $5.

https://www.meredithimages.com/products/ 

And don’t forget to use the discount codes from the webinar!

HAZELWEB10 saves you $$ on any product on the Topaz website including the newly released AI Clear Studio Pro Adjustment! Expires today!
http://topazlabs.com/

And the code TOPAZ25 will save you 25% off any of my texture sets or eBook. Expires 6/30.
https://www.meredithimages.com/products/

I am very excited to be a
webinar presenter for this new software
StudioMagic
Photoshop Plugins!

This software lets you quickly and easily create some awesome effects including changing seasons, creating sunset looks, lighting effects, reflections, and rainbows as well as compositing, reflections, and much more!

Check it out here – there is a short video that demonstrates some of these cool effects!
https://store.layercakeelements.com/gav/webinar.html

StudioMagic helps you create dramatic effects quickly and easily. Join me, Gavin Phillips and software creator, Alan Mayer, for an informative and fun webinar.

Join us on 
Thursday, July 26th at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern time. Sign up even if you can’t make it at that time and you’ll receive a link to be able to watch the recorded webinar any time afterwards. 

And…just for signing up for the webinar, you will receive a Free Set of Elegance PS Actions as well as a movie of how to create a double exposure in Photoshop! (A $47 value) 

I very quickly was able to add this rainbow!!

June 17 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads, Step-Dads, and Father-in-Laws – those still with us and those we have lost.

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of brick and stone from last year’s trip that included Baltimore Harbor. The water taxis are a great way to get around the harbor!

 

My 10th Topaz webinar is THIS TUESDAY, June 19th at 5:00 Eastern time! Join me as I demonstrate how I use Topaz Studio and plug-ins in my workflow. Everything from a simple vignette, to a more complicated “out of bounds” effect! Sign up HERE! Even if you can’t watch live, sign up and you’ll get a link to the recording.

 

And more big new from Topaz Labs – a new Pro Adjustment to add to Studio — AI Clear! This fabulous adjustment Removes Noise; Sharpens Subjects; Reduces Artifacts; and Enhances Details. I’ve been testing it and it’s pretty cool! It lets you make all of these adjustments in one place – quick and easy and a great job!

This will be released on Tuesday, June 19th, and will be available at the sale price of $59.99 until June 30th. CLICK HERE to check out the amazing Pro Adjustment!

 

Learn how to create “Creative Spotlights with Radial Gradients” in this article by Blake Rudis on iso1200.com.

And find “80+ Best Photo Manipulation Tutorials in Photoshop”over on Pixel2PixelDesign.com. 

 

AND…stay tuned next week for details on some other cool software I’ve been playing with — I will be doing a webinar for them on July 26th! A great way to create composites, special effects and more — quick and easy!

 

June 10 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! Finally had a non-rainy Saturday and actually went out to photograph! My hubby, Dave, loves trains, cars – anything transportation related (I do too) and yesterday those were combined at “Steel & Wheels” in Danbury, CT at the Danbury Railway Museum, where they had a classic car show!

Growing up my Dad like auto racing, and we used to spend many Saturday nights at the old Danbury Racearena – there was one of the old racecars there too – brought back lots of memories.

Taken on iPhone 8+. Edited in Snapseed and DistressedFX.

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler is a variety of textures from different places. The striped rust is from a train car yesterday – the Gray Brick is from Baltimore and the Waves is part of a statue! Enjoy!

I’m always on the lookout for cool things to share – freebies, tutorials, etc. Here’s a couple of good ones!!

From FreeWebTutorials, “101 Best Photoshop Tutorials for Beginner to Advanced”. There are some very creative tutorials for compositing and much more – check ’em out!

From PSD-Dude, “70 Amazing Free Textures for Commercial Use”. Some really nice textures. It is important to be sure you check the “Terms of Use” before using textures (or fonts, etc.) in a project you plan to sell. These state in the headline that they are approved for commercial use.

 

Last call to take our Survey! We’re looking at heading to Chicago in early Oct. 2019. Where else would you like to see us visit? While we can’t be everywhere, we are definitely going to be moving around the U.S. Suggestions welcomed!

 

Have a great week!