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: 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.”




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!



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!



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!