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!

June 3 – Sunday Sampler

Happy June! Typical New England weekend – hot & humid yesterday, cool & breezy today!


This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of textures from the Southbridge Hotel where we held our Conference – rug, wallpaper, and some birch bark that was part of photo ops (thanks to Meghan Wakefield for sharing some natural goods from her Maine property).

And speaking of the Creative Photography Conference…

Our Spring 2019 conference will again be held at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Southbridge, MA.

Mark your calendars for May 18-19, 2019! And…we will be offering an optional buffet for dinner (no long waits in the lounge and great food like our lunches!)

AND…we will be holding a FALL Creative Photography Conference as well! Tentatively in early October – leaning towards the Chicago area for our first Fall conference.

If you haven’t yet taken our Survey to tell us where you’d like to see a future Conference held, CLICK HERE to voice your opinion.

 

My next Topaz webinar is coming up on Tuesday, June 19th at 5:00 pm EDT. Join me for some creative projects using Topaz Studio and more. Sign-up is on the TopazLabs.com website – they usually open registration about a week before the webinars.

 

I plan to have some new tutorials for you soon! And some new textures in the Peacock Studio. I’ve been busy with both our Creative Photography Conference as well as the NECCC Conference in July at UMass Amherst (getting brochures set up and printed). If you have never attended this Conference, you should check it out. It’s expanded this year to include more than 30 speakers (most of whom have never been at this conference before); more photo ops; hands-on sessions and much more. Check it out at http://www.NECCC.org.

Have a great week!

 

May 27 – Sunday Sampler

A HUGE thank you to all who attended last weekend’s “2nd Creative Photography Conference”! It was a very successful event – we had great speakers, good food, nice atmosphere – overall I was very pleased with the event (with the exception of the lounge food service!).

We are planning to hold the event in other locations around the U.S. and we’d love your feedback on where to visit! Please take this short SURVEY and let us know where you’d like us to hold an event, and any feedback you have on the first 2 conferences if you attended. Thanks for your help!

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler contains six textures as I did not publish last weekend. These images were taken at the Conference by my hubby, Dave. There are “blurred” versions of the marble fireplace and some beautiful early morning skies from Sat. morning – just before the rain set in! Thanks dear!

 

OUR FACEBOOK GROUP

If you are new to the blog, we have a Facebook group for our texture artists! We hit 1,000 members last Fall and we are over 1,800 now!

Join us at: Textures: Turn Ho-Hum Into a Work of Art

Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

And since we have so many new members, last night I announced a Memorial Day Sale on all textures and eBooks in the Peacock Studio. Save 25% off through 5/31/18 with the code MEMORIAL25 at checkout. Click HERE to visit the store.

 

MEMORIAL DAY

And speaking of Memorial Day, let us not forget the true meaning of the day – to remember those fallen servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Last year we were in Washington, D.C. on this weekend – it was extremely emotional. We visited Arlington Cemetery on Sunday and witnessed the flags at all of the graves. There were also volunteers laying roses on each grave. Beautiful. Watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in the pouring rain – they perform their duties rain, shine, snow, cold – the soldiers chosen consider it an honor to guard the tomb.

On Monday we visited several of the Memorials in D.C. Another very emotional day.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend with friends and family and remember our fallen heroes.

Meredith Images Privacy Policy

No doubt you have received countless emails regarding the new GDPR Regulations. We are sharing our privacy policy in this email. It is posted on our website as well. Thank you!

Meredith Images works to make sure that the privacy of all the users is protected. If we ask for any information from the visitors to our website, we will make sure that it is all handled in the manner of the privacy statement that is below. Meredith Images takes its responsibilities to protecting your data very seriously and we do advise you get to know our practices. If there is anything in this policy you don’t understand or if you want to ask any questions, please feel free to contact us using the details below.

We hope you’ll take some time to read this document; we’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible and we will keep you informed if there are any changes to the way we process your personal data in the future, before making them.

This privacy policy describes the way Meredith Images utilizes the information that is collected. It also describes the way that the information that is collected is protected whenever the website is used.

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In Compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection we do not collect information from anyone that is under the age of 13. All of the information and offers on our website are directed to people over the age of 13.

Here’s what you can expect to receive from us in the future:

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 We don’t spam. We only give you news, deals & freebies we believe is interesting for you. We take your privacy very seriously and will never share your personal details with a third party. If you want to update your email preferences or unsubscribe please use the links in our newsletters or contact us.

Your name and email information are SECURE with newsletters providers we’re working with: MailChimp, and also with the payment website we are working with: PayPal (all payment information is provided only to this secure website – we do not have access to any payment information). 

Meredith Images is fully compliant with the GDPR

At Meredith Images, we respect your privacy and are committed to keeping your data safe and secure. For this reason we welcome the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) created by the European Union (EU).

It is possible to unsubscribe from the emails at any time! If you need some help with unsubscribing from our newsletters please contact us anytime via email!

 

 

 

May 13 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there. Hope you had a nice day with family.

We’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on prep for our Creative Photography Conference NEXT WEEKEND! Been planning for a year and it’s finally here. Can’t wait to hear our fabulous speakers and learn some new tips myself! If you’ve been on the fence about being able to join us, now is the time – we have a few spots left! Head to https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/ for the details and to register.

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler is a few more textures from the abandoned brewery shoot we did a couple of months ago. And they’re not peeling paint or grunge, but rather, some interesting patterns in glass and mesh. Just shows how many textures there are around us every day – we just have to be open to looking.

And, if you are new to the blog (or if just haven’t done it before), check out our Facebook group – textures: turn ho-hum into a work of art. Lots of great inspiration by our fabulous artist members.

 

I’ve scheduled my next Topaz webinar for Tuesday, June 19th, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Hope you can join us! Registration is usually posted the week prior to the webinar. Sign up even if you can’t watch at the posted time – you’ll get a link to the recorded webinar to watch later.

I’m still planning some projects for it – if you have something you’d like to see me demonstration, send me an email!

 

From Creative Nerds – “25 Fresh Free Fonts from 2018”

From Photoshop Tutorials – “Urban Ink Photo Effect”

 

That’s it for this week! Thanks everyone!

May 6 – Sunday Sampler

Happy May! Finally had some spring (almost summer-like) weather this past week! Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby Day rolled into one – Mint Juleps & Margaritas!!


This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some “Dramatic Skies” from our TN trip – the first two were taken by me, the 3rd one is Dave’s (thanks Dear!). We had lots of cool skies – dark and foreboding as well as low clouds on mountains, sunny – we had the whole range of light that week. Enjoy!

 

We’re down to the last few day of the 40% site-wide at Topaz! Now’s a great time to grab any missing pieces to your Topaz Collection.

Sale ends tomorrow, Monday May 7th Click here to go to the Topaz Labs Store. At 40% off you can save about $200 off the Complete Plugin Collection, and over $100 off of the Go Pro Adjustment Bundle in Studio for a limited time!

CLICK HERE  – You do not need a coupon code, the 40% will be automatic on checkout.

 

So You Want To Be a Judge/Commentator

Attend this biennial judging workshop for all photographers
with CCAC Juried Master Artist/Fine Art Photographer and judge/commentator Bob Singer 9:00am-3:30pm, Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable Village, MA
Fee: $50 (advanced registration is required; there is a small amount of pre-workshop prep.)

Whether you aspire to become a judge/commentator or would just like to better understand what makes judges “tick,” this one-of-a-kind, one-day judging/commenting workshop will prepare you for the judge’s seat, build your confidence with a live, real-time scoring/critiquing experience and provide you with fresher, deeper understanding of how judges should “see” and think. Led by CCAA Juried Master Artist and Fine Art Photographer Bob Singer who has been a judge/commentator at PSA international salons, NECCC salons, camera clubs, art galleries and magazine competitions for over thirty years, this unique one-day workshop interactively involves you as it polishes your judging skills, understanding and insights.

Workshop size is limited so register early on Cape Cod Art Center’s website:
https://capecodartcenter.org/shop/august-25-so-you-want-to-be-a-judge-commentator-or-better-understand-them-w-bob-singer/

 

From INKY DEALS (one of my affiliates), a great bundle of cool textures! 360 Textures for $27! Click HERE to grab this deal. (Expires in 8 days)

 

We’re less than 2 weeks away from the start of the Creative Photography Conference! There are a few spots left – don’t miss out on this weekend full of creativity!

We have 11 sessions scheduled over the two days – both lecture-style and some hands-on computer time and photo-ops.

In our vendor area will be Hunt’s Photo, Tamron, and added this week – Olympus will be joining our vendor area on Saturday. On Sunday we will also have Ray Nason from the MAC Group (suppliers of MeFOTO tripods, Benro, Induro, Phottix, Tenba bags, X-Rite and more).

Included in your registration are all sessions/photo-ops; snacks both mornings; lunch both days; goodie bag; lots of door prizes; and time to socialize Sat. night.

Don’t miss out! Click HERE for details and to sign up!

April 29 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! We’re back from our jaunt to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee! Such beautiful country. Spent some time looking for property while we were there. Haven’t found “the one” yet, but we’ll keep looking!

 

Since I didn’t do a “Sunday Sampler” of textures last week, this week’s Sampler has six textures for you – of course, from our TN trip!

In addition to beautiful scenery, we were graced with the presence of several bears and their cubs – such beautiful creatures.

 

New Online Workshop

KJ DeWaal, one of our Creative Photography Conference speakers, has a new online workshop available, “Artistically Digital”!

Artistically Digital is a digital art workshop presented by artist/photographer KJ DeWaal. If you have always wanted to learn how to create digital art, but didn’t know where to start, then this is the course for you.

This workshop is jam-packed with 3 complete projects, 1 bonus project, and a unique creativity challenge that includes a 100 piece collection of downloadable digital resources. There are 42 lessons, 30+ fully downloadable videos, project recipe pdf’s, project files, demo videos for all 12 apps used, lifetime access, and a private Facebook group.

Learn the skills necessary to take your creativity to the next level. Learn to take the ordinary to the extraordinary. Leave the fear behind and begin your digital art journey today!

Enroll today to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing special. Use coupon code: digitalart60 to receive a $60 discount off of the regular price.

https://www.kjdewaal.com/artistically-digital-online-workshop/

And speaking of the Creative Photography Conference…we have a few spots left! Don’t miss out on this creativity-filled weekend! Check out the details and info on our speakers and seminars over on our website at https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/.

 

From Envato Tuts+ – “20 Cool Photoshop Effects to Add Style & Wow” – includes actions, presets, and cool techniques!

 

Have a great week!

 

April 22 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! This will be a very short post this week – we’re on vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’ll double up on textures next week.

I just wanted to share the upcoming Topaz special sale!

Next Week, from Tuesday April 24th through Monday May 7th, they’re offering 40% off STOREWIDE in the Topaz Labs Store. That’s about $200 off the Complete Plugin Collection, and over $100 off of the Go Pro Adjustment Bundle in Studio for a limited time!

CLICK HERE ON TUESDAY – You do not need a coupon code, the 40% will be automatic on checkout (but it will not work until Tuesday!).

See you next Sunday!

April 15 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! Wild weather across the country! From blizzards to tornadoes; from hot to cold! Yesterday was 70 here in CT; today in the upper 30’s! Be safe if you are in severe weather.

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler is made up of some peeling paint from an old theater shoot that we did a while back. Some friends went there yesterday, so it got me thinking about my shots again. The one called “Peeling Paint – Film Look” reminded me of an old filmstrip – I thought it was a neat look. Enjoy!

 

Our friends at MindShift Gear (part of ThinkTank Photo), have release several new products designed for active photographers.

The first is the “Exposure” Shoulder Bags that offer the ultimate in durability and weather protection for outdoor photographers.

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. MindShift Gear’s new Exposure shoulder bags are storm-resistant carrying solutions for the active photographer in virtually any outdoor environment. Built with high performance waterproof sailcloth panels, strategically placed storm flaps, water-repellent DWR fabric, and a sturdy Tarpaulin bottom; the Exposure protects camera gear from the elements and withstands the rigors of adventure photography. And, with its cross-body stabilizer strap, the Exposure moves with you while you’re active or is removable for more causal environments. A waterproof rain cover is included when it’s time to put the camera away and hunker down.
Exposure shoulder bags come in two models, the Exposure 13 and the Exposure 15, and in two colors, Black and Solar Flare. The Exposure 13 fits a 13” laptop; the Exposure 15 fits 15” laptops. A 10” tablet fits in zippered pocket.

Click HERE for all the details on their website.

 

The second new product is an 18-liter version of its popular BackLight series, the BackLight® 18L rear-panel backpack.

This smaller version offers a lightweight daypack that enables photographers to access gear without taking off the backpack. They can change lenses or just snap a quick photo simply by rotating the bag to the front while the waist belt is still secured. Rear-panel access also adds security when traveling since camera gear is protected from behind.
This back-panel access allows photographers to work out of the bag without getting the harness dirty, wet, muddy, or icy. It features dedicated compartments that fit up to a 13” laptop and a full-size tablet. As a daypack, its front pockets total 5 liters in personal gear carry for a day’s outing, such as extra layers, a light jacket, food, and more. It is available in two colors, Charcoal and Woodland Green, and meets most international and U.S. airline carry-on requirements.

Click HERE to find all the details on their website.

I have a couple of ThinkTank bags and can attest to their durability and quality.

 

Some more free brushes! This week, I found this on Designmodo – 30 sets of Watercolor Free Brushes. Watercolor brushes are useful for lots of things – I like to use them to create textures (of course!).

 

We’re just over a month till our Creative Photography Conference! If you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time! We have an awesome line-up of speakers. Below is our expected schedule. Check out the details of the sessions and speaker bios on our website at: http://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/.

Registration includes all classes, hands-on sessions, photo-ops, lunch and snacks both days, LOTS of door prizes, goody bag, vendors and more! Don’t miss out!