Aug. 21 Sunday Sampler, Upcoming Events, Tutorials


Happy Sunday! Our Sunday Sampler textures this week is a combination of two textures — wood and old paper. I then created three versions of the texture for you – greys, sepa, and grungy browns. I can’t wait to see your creations! If you haven’t yet joined our textures Facebook group, please do! And then post your creations with my textures or others!



Are you familiar with the Out of Chicago Photography Conference?  They’ve put together the most amazing, inspiring, and fun photography conference for 3 years now downtown Chicago.  It’s gone so well, they’ve decided to expand this amazing event by bringing it to New York City.

As the “Shooting-est Photography Conference on Earth”, not only will you learn in a classroom setting with photographers like Lindsay Adler, Bryan Peterson, Rick Sammon, Valerie Jardin, and MORE, but they’ll also take you on the streets of Manhattan to use what you learn!  One of the many reasons for its success is the smaller, more intimate class size.  You will be in a classroom with no more than 40- 60 people (other than the keynote speakers), and you will be able to interact with your favorite instructors!

Out of New York is set for Friday and Saturday October 14 and 15, 2016.  Included in your fee is 2 full days of classes along with many social photowalks to choose from.  There will also be opportunities for educational, smaller photowalks for an additional charge.  Check out the Sunday, full day on-the-street workshops too!  In honor of Hunt’s Photo as one of the sponsors, please use code Gary50 for $50 off the $299 price.  Sign up at or email for more information. The full schedule is about to be released, and if you sign up soon, you will be able to choose classes before it’s released to the public.

Here is what attendees from the summer Out of Chicago 2016 event had to say:

Attendee Jessica Zoller Kaplan posted in the 2016 Attendee Facebook group…

“As I continue to process the many amazing moments of this weekend, I’m feeling inspired, motivated and grateful to have been a part of something so special. Thanks to Chris, Malinda, Michelle and the whole team for your work on this incredible conference. (I’m already signed up for OOC2017 – are you?) Thanks in particular to Angie, Ron, Levi, Bryan, Valerie, Tim,Ken, Steve, Steve, Eugene, Corwin, James, Rick and Scott for your wisdom and encouragement. My feet and shoulders were aching last night, but the view from Maggie Daley Park made it all worth it.”

Per Bette J. Kauffman, “Thanks to Chris Smith and the ‪#‎OOC2016 team for a terrific experience.”

From Jim Jones

“HUGE thanks go out to Chris Smith and the entire army of volunteers and speakers – Out of Chicago 2016 was phenomenal! It was fun, educational and inspiring! Grateful to have met so many great people and to have learned from so many awesome photographers and instructors. You guys are awesome!!!”

We look forward to seeing you in New York City!!

Chris, Malinda, and Michelle, The Out of Chicago team



Also be sure to check out all of the classes, photo walks, and events at Hunt’s Photo –



I love to share cool sites and “stuff” that I find with all of you guys, and this bunch of tutorials is way cool! has a great bunch of 27 Photoshop tutorials sure to challenge your skills – check em out HERE! Be sure to poke around on the site – there are LOTS more cool things to discover.


And over on SpoonGraphics’ blog, he has posted a video of 25 Photoshop Tips Tricks & Shortcuts you probably didn’t know. Chris Spooner has a great blog – be sure to sign up for it as well.


Have a great week everyone!

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