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.





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/



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.



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!



Oct. 16 – Sunday Sampler, New Workshop + More!

Hi everyone,

Greetings from beautiful Sedona, AZ! I’m in the middle of a 3-day workshop with 6 other great photographers who have joined us from all corners of the country! Sedona is just breathtaking – if you haven’t been, you MUST put it on your bucket list!


This week’s Sunday Sampler isn’t from Sedona, but from a location for an upcoming Dec. 10th workshop — see below for details!


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/




I was thrilled to be asked to be interviewed by Topaz for their new blog series “Behind the Lens” series. See Jodi’s article here: http://blog.topazlabs.com/behind-the-lens-with-hazel-meredith/My next Topaz webinar is scheduled for Nov. 15th – details to sign up will be on the Topaz site in early November.





All Connecticut photographers and members of Connecticut camera clubs including the Connecticut Association of Photographers (CAP) are invited to submit up to six electronic (digital) photographs to the 2016 Tops in Connecticut competition. The photographs will be juried by three qualified judges. Approximately 100 selected and award winning photographs will be organized into theTops in Connecticut 2016 program and shown at the Annual CAP Dinner on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT  06517. This will be the only time to view the photographs and hear the commentary on the exceptional work of Connecticut photographers.

The entry fee for all six images is only $8.00. Thirteen awards will be given, one for Best in Show, the Best in nine specific categories, and three Judge’s Choice Awards.

The judging will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT. The due date for receipt of entries is Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Go to the website for details and forms: http://capinct.blogspot.com/2016/10/2016-tops-in-connecticut-competition.html


Oct. 9 – Sunday Sampler + Tutorials + More

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope all those who live in the states impacted by the hurricane are OK. It’s a rainy day here in the Northeast, but nothing like a hurricane – we need the rain.

This week’s Sunday Sampler are some brick textures from last weekend’s trip to the Scranton Lace Company. Brick alone makes a great texture, but when you add in some peeling paint, it takes it to a whole new level!

Photoshop Tutorials

I love sharing cool things I find on the web. These links are from Graphic Design Junction. This first one has 15 Amazing Text Effects and the second one has 23 Photoshop Tutorials to Learn Creative TechniquesSome techniques are more advanced than others, but they are a great way to learn more about Photoshop and how tools and things work. Be sure to poke around the site for more cool “how-to’s”!

Photoshop Actions

A quick way to apply a certain “look” to a photo – and easily repeat it – is to use actions. Inspiration Feed has compiled resources for 500+ FREE Photoshop Actions for PhotographersIt covers everything from grunge, to retro, to matte look, turning night into twilight, and so much more.

Textures & More

Photoshop Tutorials offers tons of freebies – TEXTURES, brushes, fonts and more. Once you go to the textures link, click on the various tabs at the top to find more goodies!

Chrome Web Store

If you use Google Chrome as your web browser, there are tons of free “extensions” that you can add for just about any task. This page has a bunch of things for Photographers to do some creative editing.

Creative Photography Conference, May 20-21, 2017

The speaker line up is coming together! I have an awesome group of photographers/artists that will expand your creative horizons.

We’ll be featuring: working with textures and overlays; creating textures; compositing multiple images in Photoshop; using Topaz plug-ins; mixed media in Photoshop; in-camera creative techniques (including movement, multiple exposures and Lens Babies); iPhoneography and various creative apps; and some time to photograph with all of our speakers around our conference location (you’re going to love this building!).

So far the line up includes:

Stay tuned for more details as things get firmed up. I will be adding another speaker or two.




Oct. 2 – Sunday Sampler + Creative Conference

Hi everyone,

Had a great trip yesterday to the Scranton Lace Co. in Scranton, PA. It’s being said that the building will soon be torn down to build condos. I hope they can preserve some of the history in this old place!

This week’s SUNDAY SAMPLER textures are from the factory! Enjoy!



I finally finished a logo for the conference – tried to encompass all of the aspects of what it will be about – creative photography, creative processing, and iPhoneography with various apps.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for May 20-21, 2017!!


Have a great week!


A Late Sunday Sampler + Exciting News!!

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay this week. I was busy on Sunday at the Durham Fair Photography Building all day (12 long hours)!! It was a great exhibit – over 1,000 entries in prints and digital.

This week’s Sunday Sampler has a few different creative images. One is a “blurred” sunset, one is a B&W of peeling paint with several filters applied to create a sepia grain, and the other is some pretty clouds (great to replace a boring sky, or add drama to an image). Enjoy!



Topaz is releasing an update to the fabulous Texture Effects TODAY, Tuesday, September 27th (I had to wait till midnight to tell you about it!). And the coolest part – yours truly has 20 textures included in the update! I’m so excited!! Not only does it have bunches of new textures, there are also some cool new preset “recipes” that are quite cool – some very subtle and some quite dramatic.


This steam train has “Wild Horse Tour” applied…

…while this barn has 3 of my newly included textures applied!


If you already own Texture Effects it will be a free upgrade – and if you don’t, now is the time to grab this fabulous program! Click HERE to get the sale price of $59.99 until Oct. 30th (reg. $69.99). Use the code TFX2 at checkout.



I’m very happy to share the news of our upcoming “Creative Photography Conference”! SAVE THE DATE – May 20 & 21, 2017 in Southern Massachusetts!

On Saturday I went to contract with an amazing location and I already have 3 speakers confirmed and at least 2 more in the works!

Stay tuned for all the details as things are lined up – you won’t want to miss this weekend! It will include all kinds of creative techniques – in camera, in computer and in phone! Textures, composites, Lens Babies, iPhoneography, and much, much more!

It’s going to be BIG!!


Sept. 18 – Sunday Sampler

Hi everyone,

Just a real quick post for the Sunday Sampler. Crazy busy weekend – Dave & I co-chair one of the photography divisions at the Durham Fair here in CT. Yesterday was drop-off day, today is judging, tomorrow night enter results online, Tues. night hang 385 8×10’s! Whew! Fair starts Thursday night-Sunday. We’ll be there all day Sunday at the Photography building – stop by and say “hi”!

This week’s textures are more from one of our trips to Chevy Auto Supply – rusty cars!!

Don’t forget to check out the latest texture packs in the Peacock Studio Shop – the new ones are on sale through the end of Sept. for just $4/pack of 6 textures!

Have a great week!


Great New Deals!

Hi everyone,

I don’t often do a mid-week post, but between yesterday and today I received emails on several new products and I wanted to get the word out to you.


You’ve seen the great deals in the past from this talented bunch from the UK. Today they released “The Enormous, Authentically Illustrated All-in-One Toolbox” from Lisa Glanz, one of the best designers around today. AND just until tomorrow, the bundle is HALF PRICE – Reg. $39 on sale for just $19 (51% off). Don’t hesitate on this one! These illustrations are great if you are a scrapbooker, designer or anyone who loves beautiful illustrations and cool fonts! GO HERE for the deal!

And their current “regular” deal bundle is “The Essential Hand-Made Vectors Collection” – worth $4668, deal price $29! This one expires in just over 6 days from now. CLICK HERE!




On Sunday I mentioned the updated Airport Advantage Roller Bags. The designers at Think Tank have been very busy and they now offer a new bag to carry your Drone and all the extra gear you’ll need!

Think Tank Photo’s New Lightweight

Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo

Offers Maximum Capacity, Comfort and Portability

Drone users can now carry their 3DR Solo, 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, charger, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more in a robust and yet lightweight new backpack, the Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo from Think Tank Photo.  Unlike rigid hard cases that lack extra carrying capacity and comfort, this new backpack is designed for 3DR drone enthusiasts who want to be able to carry all of their gear with them all the time.

“The number one complaint of drone users about their bags is that, after just a few hours, their bodies are rebelling from the pain,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer.  “For a decade we’ve released photography and outdoor backpacks designed to hold expensive and extremely heavy photographic equipment.  The very same principles we used for them have been integrated into the Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo backpack.  Now they can venture deep afield with all of their gear and no concerns about comfort.”

Click HERE for all the details.




If you do not already calibrate your monitor, you should be! I’ve been using Datacolor Spyder products for years. I have the current Spyder5ELITE+, which now has a free update if you already own the product.

New Features Include:

Automatic Room Light Switching – automatically changes your profile as light conditions change

Soft Proofing/Device Simulation – simulate how your photos will look on any printer or device

Updated StudioMatch – make all connected displays look the same

And much more!



And a great place to buy a new ThinkTank bag or Spyder5Elite+ is at Hunt’s Photo and Video! Gary Farber and his staff are fabulous and will answer any questions you may have on this product or anything that they sell! Check them out at https://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/




Sept. 11th – Sunday Sampler + New Think Tank Bags

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some “soft” textures. These are great to add some color to a blah sky or add a subtle hint of color to an image (remember – change blending modes & opacity to get the look you like). One of these is actually a sunset that I blurred by turning the focus of my lens out of focus. The other two are rust – softened for the “look” of this weeks textures. Enjoy!


Think Tank Photo Releases Third Generation of
Award-winning Airport Rolling Camera Bags


My friends at Think Tank Photo just released new versions of two of their popular “Airport” bags. Just click the names in red and it will take you to the page for details. Remember, when you use my links to Think Tank, you will earn free gear with your order!

The best rolling camera bags just got better. Based on input from professional photographers, Think Tank Photo’s newly released Airport International™ V3.0 and Airport Security™ V3.0 rolling camera bags feature improved handles, greater durability, and dedicated laptop and tablet compartments. These new features, in addition to their airline carry on compliance, TSA approved zipper locks, tripod mounts, and Lost & Found registration system make them the gold standard for photo transport cases.
The Airport International V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, plus two to four additional lenses, a 15” laptop, and a 10” tablet. The roller fits up to a 500mm f/4 detached or 400mm f/2.8 attached (hood reversed). The Airport Security V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached plus four to six additional lenses, a 17” laptop, and a 10” tablet. The bag fits up to a 600mm f/4 detached or 500mm f/4 attached (hood reversed)
“Photographers deserve rolling camera bags that are as high in quality as their photo gear,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “Take something as simple as the wheels we use. Ours are custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling. If we took so much time perfecting something as simple as wheels, one can sense how much care went into the designs of each roller.”
Key Features
• Specially designed interior to maximize gear for carry on: the Airport International meets international carry on size requirements; the Airport Security meets U.S. domestic and most international carry on size requirements
• Dedicated padded laptop and tablet compartments located in a lockable pocket
• TSA-approved zipper locks for the main compartment, and high-strength coated cable and combination lock for the laptop compartment and securing your bag to an immovable object
• Custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for added strength and durability
• Quick and easy access to the retractable handle
• Tripod mount pocket on side (additional straps included for larger tripods)
• Expansive top compartment cradles large camera bodies for the perfect fit
• Unique serial number for Lost & Found registration
• Interior zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards, filters and accessories
• User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extend product life
• Extra tall wheel housings protect your bag from scrapes and scratches
• Seam-sealed rain cover included
• Stretchable front pocket
• Handles on three sides ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
• Reinforced dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
• Hypalon reinforced rear corners for increased durability
• Business card holder on top for easy identification


Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The roller bags are also constructed with 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, SpanKodra front pocket, rubberized laminate reinforcement, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed Velex liner and dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, closed-cell foam and reinforced

Airport International V3.0
• Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 18.5” H x 6.5–7.5” D (33 x 47 x 16.5–19.1 cm)
• Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.6 x 53.3 x 20.3 cm)
• Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
• Laptop Compartment: 10.6” x 15” x 1.2” (27 x 38 x 3 cm)
• Weight: 9.6–11.5 lbs. (4.4–5.2 kg)

Airport Security V3.0
• Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 21” H x 7–8” D (33 x 53.3 x 17.8–20.3 cm)
• Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 22” H x 9” D (35.6 x 55.9 x 22.9 cm)
• Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
• Laptop Compartment: 11.4” x 16.1” x 1.2” (29 x 41 x 3 cm)
• Weight: 11.1–12.9 lbs. (5–5.8 kg)

Sept. 4th – Sunday Sampler + New Items in the Peacock Studio Shop

Hi everyone,

Yes, today is Monday, not Sunday! We were away for a couple of days in Pennsylvania – photographing more textures of course! (And a couple of other items too!)

Saturday we hit Steamtown for Railfest and also checked out the Electric City Trolley Museum next door – we went in there first so we wouldn’t run out of time like we usually do when we’re at Steamtown! This week’s SUNDAY SAMPLER consists of some rust and a stained glass window from the trolleys. We took a ride on a trolley too – nicely restored – as well as on a train behind the Baldwin #26, the steam train that restoration was completed on last year. Nothing like the sound of a steam engine!

Sunday we checked out some new spots in another area of PA – can’t tell you just yet, but be on the lookout for a cool workshop soon!


Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

Be sure to check out the SIX new texture sets over in the “Shop”! They are quite detailed – I think you’ll love them! The beginnings of a couple of new “collections” – Cosmic and Seasonal – a set of Galaxies and some Autumn colors. And some neat new sets created with all kinds of brushes in Photoshop (and many then modified with Topaz plug-ins). The six new sets are on sale now through the end of September for just $4 each (reg. $6).

I hope you like them as much as I do! Remember, if you like the “texture” of something but don’t want to add the color to your project, you can create a black and white from a texture, or use a hue/saturation adjustment to change the color to the perfect one to coordinate with your image.

And, I’m almost finished with some new products for you – brushes and overlays of the words “Post Cards” (taken from some early 1900’s cards, as well as postmarks from that era too.

In addition, there will be “crop shapes” that will let you frame your images with some cool borders. Instructions will be included!


Have a great week!

Aug. 28th – Sunday Sampler + Topaz Info

Summer is just about over…kids going back to school…Labor Day next weekend…heading into my favorite season…the cooler days of Fall! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice coffee!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is made up of textures from our trip this summer to the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster, PA. The wood and rust textures have been modified with Topaz products (Impression and Simplify). The wood shot was taken indoors, hand held, and was a little blurry. Never fear – textures to the rescue!! I used Topaz Impression to blur it some more to turn it into a useful texture! The rusty ones weren’t blurry to start with, but I did soften the look – Simplify on one and Impression on the other. SO many possibilities!

And speaking of Topaz, if you haven’t yet grabbed the sale deal on TOPAZ GLOW 2, the sale ends Friday, Sept. 2nd. If you don’t already own the program – click HERE to go to the website, then use the code GLOW2 to save 30% (reg. $69.99, on sale for $48.99).

If you own the original Glow, this is a FREE upgrade – just log in to your account and go to the downloads page. I’ve been told that right now you will only see “Glow” on the downloads page, but if you download it you will get Glow 2.

Over 30 new presets – I’ve been playing quite a bit with them to create some new textures for the Peacock Studio — will be releasing some new items THIS WEEK! Watch for the update!


Our Facebook group, “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” broke the milestone of 500 members today! Woo hoo! There has been lots of great work being shared – if you haven’t joined us yet, please do – we’d all love to see what you’re working on!


If you didn’t see my Facebook post yesterday, this is an image I worked on last week. Used Topaz Simplify and Topaz B&W to soften the colors, my own texture in the background. I’ll be showing how I did this (along with some other projects) in my next Topaz Webinar on Nov. 15th. All of their old webinars (including mine from December, March and July) are on the website at: http://blog.topazlabs.com/webinars/.



If you are thinking about joining me and Dave for our Sedona Workshop, October 15th-18th, we have just 3 spots left! If you have never been to Sedona, you MUST see the beautiful Red Rocks – gorgeous! And if you have been there, you KNOW you want to return!! Click HERE for all the details!

Downtown Pano for canvas - 36 x 9