12-10 Sunday Sampler, Topaz Webinar + Freebies!

Yesterday was our first snow of the year! Now it looks like Christmas in New England! Thanks to my wonderful hubby for shoveling this morning. Our neighbor does an amazing light display with music that you can tune in on your car radio. The lights looked especially pretty in the snow last night.

 

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This week’s Sunday Sampler are more from our Sedona trip – brushed metal, copper ore rock and rusted blue metal building. Enjoy!

 

MY NEXT TOPAZ WEBINAR

I’ll be doing a webinar on Topaz Studio this Tuesday, Dec. 12th at 5:00 pm EST. Sign-up here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4675588921963542017.

Here’s a synopsis of the webinar:

“Join Hazel Meredith for this workflow and artistic effect based webinar as she shows us how she utilizes Topaz Studio and various Topaz modules to craft her creative images.

From soft florals to grungy old buildings, there are countless ways to craft a photo to your own vision. Hazel will demonstrate ways to combine presets and textures to help you create your own “work of art”.”

 

2018 PLANNING SURVEY STILL OPEN

If you would be so kind, please take just a few minutes of your time and answer a short 10 question survey about the weekly “Sunday Sampler”. This will help me plan 2018 and give you more information that you want and find useful. Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY

 

FREEBIES

From WebDesignDev.com, a collection of Free Handwriting Brushes. I love using handwriting brushes and overlays in my texture work! Check em out HERE!

And from Line25.com, a collection of 40 Free Label Mockups (PSD & Vector). If you need to design a label or gift tag, this will give you a head start! Click HERE!

From PictureCorrect.com a timely article on Christmas Light Photography Tips. And another good article on The 10 Golden Rules of Wildlife Photography.

 

And don’t forget yourself this holiday season! Sign up now for our Creative Photography Conference, May 19-20, 2018! Expand your creative horizons with our great line-up of speakers including Tamron Image Master, Mike Moats, an awesome creative macro photographer; Anne Belmont, a Lensbaby partner; and many more!

Topics will cover a wide range of creative techniques – textures, Topaz, iPad and iPhoneography, in-camera techniques, other post-processing, many hands-on opportunities and much more!

We’ll begin posting details of the seminars and speaker bios after the new year, but don’t wait to sign up – you won’t be disappointed!

Click HERE to to go my website for more details and to read comments by some of last year’s attendees!

While the Pre-Black Friday specials were the very best pricing of the year, we will be doing GROUP DEALS so you can sign up with your friends and save some big $$$ ! Check out the details on the website!

 

Dec. 3 Sunday Sampler + 2018 Planning Survey, Topaz Webinar, Freebies

Wow – December already! Where did this year go? I know I’ve been super busy this year and the days and months have just flown by!

Hard to believe, it’s coming up on 2 YEARS that I’ve been doing the Sunday Sampler of free textures! That’s over 300 free textures – which are all still available if you click through the old blog posts!! CLICK HERE for this week’s textures – 3 warm images from our shopping visit to “Mexadona” in Sedona, AZ.

 

2018 PLANNING SURVEY

If you would be so kind, please take just a few minutes of your time and answer a short 10 question survey about the weekly “Sunday Sampler”. This will help me plan 2018 and give you more information that you want and find useful. Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY

 

MY NEXT TOPAZ WEBINAR

I’ll be doing a webinar on Topaz Studio on Tuesday, Dec. 12th at 5:00 pm EST. Sign-ups should be posted shortly.

Here’s a synopsis of the webinar:

“Join Hazel Meredith for this workflow and artistic effect based webinar as she shows us how she utilizes Topaz Studio and various Topaz modules to craft her creative images.

From soft florals to grungy old buildings, there are countless ways to craft a photo to your own vision. Hazel will demonstrate ways to combine presets and textures to help you create your own “work of art”.”

 

FROM AROUND THE WEB

Found these cool FREE blended splatter brushes on WeGraphics.net

From CSSauthor, a collection of 75+ of the Best Photoshop Brushes (mostly free)

From PNGIMG.COM a collection of free PNG files of White Roses

And a couple from Pixel Buddha – If you use Procreate on an iPad, here’s a collection of free Galactic Lens Flare Brushes (only work in Procreate). Second, a collection of Sprayed Vector Textures.

And finally, from Oriana’s Notes blog, a collection of 50 Free Gorgeous Christmas Fonts to help you dress up your holiday correspondence.

Enjoy!

 

 

Nov. 26 – Sunday Sampler & Deals Ending

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We were in Maine for a few days and made a turkey at home today – I’m stuffed!

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of a few textures from Larry’s Antiques in Cottonwood, AZ – part of our Sedona workshop trip. The owners are always so gracious and let us photograph whatever we want.

GRAB THE LAST OF THE BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL DEALS!

If you haven’t yet grabbed the 75% off Topaz Labs or any of the other great deals I posted, CLICK HERE for Tuesday’s blog post with all the great offers!

Happy Shopping!

 

75% OFF TOPAZ + other Black Friday Deals – STARTING NOW!!

If you have been to any of my recent seminars, I’ve been saying that Black Friday is typically when Topaz has their best deals of the year. Well…this year they have outdone themselves! Not 50% off – but a HUGE 75% OFF sale! It starts today, 11/21, and runs through 11/28! You DO NOT want to miss out on this one!

So here’s the scoop…

This awesome sale applies to the full Topaz Plugin Collection as well as the newest technology in Topaz Studio with the Topaz Studio Go Pro Pack. Whether you want to achieve stunning photography enhancements or apply artistic effects, either option has you covered.

The plugin Collection includes 17 Topaz Products including the Topaz Studio versions of Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify (worth over $1000 individually!) for ONLY $249.99! As an added bonus you receive a few pro adjustments in Topaz Studio from Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify as well!* CLICK HERE to go to the Topaz site.

(*Note that this discount does not apply to individual plugins or adjustment purchases, which are sold at full price.)

Users can also save on the updated Go Pro Pack with all 20 currently available Pro Adjustments (over $450 individually) on sale for just $113.75!

The savings aren’t just for new purchases either. Owners of the older Topaz Collections or older Pro Packs can take advantage of the savings as well! They will just need to log in to their accounts, then add the collection to their cart to claim their unique upgrade price for additional savings on the Collection or Go Pro Pack!

The coupon code ‘BLACKFRIDAY17’, will be auto applied in either store when you add the Pro Pack or the Collection to your cart.

YOU CAN SAVE EVEN MORE BY BUYING BOTH!

If you already have some of the Topaz plugins, be sure to log in to your account after clicking THIS LINK and you will get your special pricing to complete your Topaz Collection.

SO…

If you are looking to purchase both items, here’s how to get the most bang for your bucks!

FIRST, purchase the Topaz Collection (or upgrade your current collection) – and check out. You will now have all of the Topaz Collection. The site will tell you how to redeem your free Studio Pro Adjustments for Clarity, Impression Detail & Simplify. THEN, after redeeming the freebies, go ahead and purchase the rest of the Go Pro Adjustment pack at your reduced price (remember to be logged in to your account).

A little bit of work, but you will save a bundle of cash!!

 

PEACOCK STUDIO AT MEREDITH IMAGES

Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

From now until midnight 11/27 (EST), save 50% off all texture packs in my Peacock Studio! Use the Coupon Code 50Textures at checkout. Click HERE to go to the Studio!

And…Save 25% off my eBook (on CD or digital), “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art”. No coupon needed.

And…The Creative Photography Conference is still 25% off until 11/27! Check it out! No coupon needed.

 

THINK TANK PHOTO AND MINDSHIFT GEAR

MindShift Gear’s BackLight 36L Outdoor Photography Backpack Offers Expanded Capacity

Our friends at MindShift Gear have just launched a new version of its popular BackLight backpack series. The BackLight 36L is 10 liters larger than its predecessor, thus allowing you to access even more gear with its back-panel opening. It provides 11 liters of daypack capacity for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. Even with its increased size, the backpack meets most International and U.S. airline carry-on requirements. It holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and four to six standard zoom lenses, plus a flash, or two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and six to eight lenses, and up to a 600mm f/4 lens detached from the camera body. And don’t forget that when you use my URL link HERE, you will receive free gear and free shipping with your orders from MindShift.

 

2 LIL’ OWLS

If you’ve seen my work, you know that I use – and have – tons of textures from 2 Lil’ Owls!

Now through Nov. 27th, Denise is offering 50% off all textures with the coupon code black50CLICK HERESo, and grab some great new texture packs (excludes Texture Club memberships).

 

TOTALLY RAD!

Totally Rad is another great software and texture vendor! They have software like the Rad Lab, Amped Lightroom Presets, Pro Retouch 2.0, Tra1 & Tra2 – Photoshop Presets; and my favorite – Dirty Pictures which has some awesome textures! There’s even a few more – check out the WEBSITE HERE and grab the 50% off deals now through 11/24 at midnight. Use the coupon code HOLIDAY2017

 

HUNT’S PHOTO

As always, Hunt’s Photo has some great holiday deals! Check them out HERE for savings on Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Tamron, Sigma and much more!

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING & HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

75% OFF TOPAZ + other Black Friday Deals – STARTING NOW!!

If you have been to any of my recent seminars, I’ve been saying that Black Friday is typically when Topaz has their best deals of the year. Well…this year they have outdone themselves! Not 50% off – but a HUGE 75% OFF sale! It starts today, 11/21, and runs through 11/28! You DO NOT want to miss out on this one!

So here’s the scoop…

This awesome sale applies to the full Topaz Plugin Collection as well as the newest technology in Topaz Studio with the Topaz Studio Go Pro Pack. Whether you want to achieve stunning photography enhancements or apply artistic effects, either option has you covered.

The plugin Collection includes 17 Topaz Products including the Topaz Studio versions of Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify (worth over $1000 individually!) for ONLY $249.99! As an added bonus you receive a few pro adjustments in Topaz Studio from Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify as well!* CLICK HERE to go to the Topaz site.

(*Note that this discount does not apply to individual plugins or adjustment purchases, which are sold at full price.)

Users can also save on the updated Go Pro Pack with all 20 currently available Pro Adjustments (over $450 individually) on sale for just $113.75!

The savings aren’t just for new purchases either. Owners of the older Topaz Collections or older Pro Packs can take advantage of the savings as well! They will just need to log in to their accounts, then add the collection to their cart to claim their unique upgrade price for additional savings on the Collection or Go Pro Pack!

The coupon code ‘BLACKFRIDAY17’, will be auto applied in either store when you add the Pro Pack or the Collection to your cart.

YOU CAN SAVE EVEN MORE BY BUYING BOTH!

If you already have some of the Topaz plugins, be sure to log in to your account after clicking THIS LINK and you will get your special pricing to complete your Topaz Collection.

SO…

If you are looking to purchase both items, here’s how to get the most bang for your bucks!

FIRST, purchase the Topaz Collection (or upgrade your current collection) – and check out. You will now have all of the Topaz Collection. The site will tell you how to redeem your free Studio Pro Adjustments for Clarity, Impression Detail & Simplify. THEN, after redeeming the freebies, go ahead and purchase the rest of the Go Pro Adjustment pack at your reduced price (remember to be logged in to your account).

A little bit of work, but you will save a bundle of cash!!

 

PEACOCK STUDIO AT MEREDITH IMAGES

Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

From now until midnight 11/27 (EST), save 50% off all texture packs in my Peacock Studio! Use the Coupon Code 50Textures at checkout. Click HERE to go to the Studio!

And…Save 25% off my eBook (on CD or digital), “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art”. No coupon needed.

And…The Creative Photography Conference is still 25% off until 11/27! Check it out! No coupon needed.

 

THINK TANK PHOTO AND MINDSHIFT GEAR

MindShift Gear’s BackLight 36L Outdoor Photography Backpack Offers Expanded Capacity

Our friends at MindShift Gear have just launched a new version of its popular BackLight backpack series. The BackLight 36L is 10 liters larger than its predecessor, thus allowing you to access even more gear with its back-panel opening. It provides 11 liters of daypack capacity for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. Even with its increased size, the backpack meets most International and U.S. airline carry-on requirements. It holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and four to six standard zoom lenses, plus a flash, or two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and six to eight lenses, and up to a 600mm f/4 lens detached from the camera body. And don’t forget that when you use my URL link HERE, you will receive free gear and free shipping with your orders from MindShift.

 

2 LIL’ OWLS

If you’ve seen my work, you know that I use – and have – tons of textures from 2 Lil’ Owls!

Now through Nov. 27th, Denise is offering 50% off all textures with the coupon code black50CLICK HERESo, and grab some great new texture packs (excludes Texture Club memberships).

 

TOTALLY RAD!

Totally Rad is another great software and texture vendor! They have software like the Rad Lab, Amped Lightroom Presets, Pro Retouch 2.0, Tra1 & Tra2 – Photoshop Presets; and my favorite – Dirty Pictures which has some awesome textures! There’s even a few more – check out the WEBSITE HERE and grab the 50% off deals now through 11/24 at midnight. Use the coupon code HOLIDAY2017

 

HUNT’S PHOTO

As always, Hunt’s Photo has some great holiday deals! Check them out HERE for savings on Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Tamron, Sigma and much more!

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING & HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

Nov. 19 – Sunday Sampler + Black Friday Previews + Conference Special

Happy Sunday!

Since I didn’t include textures with last week’s Sunday Sampler, this week you get SIX textures! They are a wide variety – from a sunset sky to shadows, rocks, tree bark and red rock slate. Enjoy! And don’t forget to share your textured creations on our Facebook group at Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art.

 

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS & PREVIEWS!

If you have been to any of my recent seminars and heard me talk about Topaz products, I’ve been saying to wait for Black Friday for the best deals. Well, you won’t be disappointed that you’ve waited! I can’t divulge the details until Tuesday, but stay tuned for a special blog post Tuesday morning with all of the awesome deals and details!! You DON’T want to miss this one!

 

Over the past week I’ve done several blog posts and email newsletters about our Pre-Black Friday deals on the 2018 Creative Photography Conference. LOTS of people have taken advantage of the 20% discount (the conference is 1/3 full at this point). IF YOU MISSED ANY OF THE POSTS, WE’VE EXTENDED THE 20% OFF SPECIAL (making your registration $200 instead of the regular $250) ONLY UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (Sunday – Eastern Time)!!! This is your last chance to grab the best deal on the Conference! CLICK HERE to go to one of the other blog posts with all of the details.

If you miss this one, the Pre-Black Friday deals continue with a 10% discount that will run until Sunday Nov. 26th. THESE ARE THE ONLY INDIVIDUAL DISCOUNTS THAT WILL BE OFFERED ON THIS CONFERENCE! So don’t miss out! This is a great present for yourself or your photographer relative!

GO HERE to our website for all the details, and HERE for the direct link to sign up.

 

RESOURCES

I’m always on the lookout for cool resources for my readers. Here’s a good article from Tuts+ on the “Best Resources of 2017: Amazing Photoshop Actions and Photo Effects”.

And a tutorial from Tuts+ – “How to Create a Sketch vs. Camera Effect in Adobe Photoshop”.

And here’s a cool tutorial on “How to Create Realistic Snow in Photoshop”.

 

WINTER PROJECTS

Yesterday was my last seminar of a very busy Fall camera club season! Thanks to the Bronx Camera Club for having me yesterday as well as judging for them a couple of weeks ago! Last up is a TOPAZ WEBINAR on December 12th (stay tuned for sign-up info).

Over the Winter I will be working on my second textures eBook as well as a few video tutorials – details will be posted here as things progress!

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends! We’ll be heading to Maine for a visit with some of Dave’s family. Looking forward to a few days of “down time”!! Enjoy!

DON’T MISS OUT! Pre-Black Friday Discount on Creative Photography Conference! Save 20% – Expires 11/17!

The 2ndOur first Conference was a resounding success!

Come join us for two days of creativity including: In-camera techniques; post-processing (Topaz, textures, compositing); iPhoneography; Lens Babies, hands-on photo ops, and more!

The Conference is centrally located in New England at the beautiful Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center (between I-90 & I-84) Southbridge, MA.

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This year we are please to have Tamron Image Master, Mike Moats joining us with his creative macro techniques!

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We’re doing a very special Pre-Black Friday discount offer! This will be your BEST DEAL on Conference Registration!

From now until midnight (EST) Friday, Nov. 17th, SAVE 20% on your registration fee – regular $250 – NOW $200!!

From Nov. 18th-26th the discount will be just 10% – $225.

So jump on this one-time deal and save some $$$! No coupon code is needed – the sale price in already in the online store – register at: http://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

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Included in your registration fee:

Lunch both days; coffee/tea & refreshments in the mornings; all seminars, photo ops, speaker notes on a flash drive, door prizes and a goodie bag with discounts & freebies!

Also – vendor tables for your shopping pleasure! Sat. night we will have an informal gathering in the Shades Lounge to socialize with other attendees and our speakers!

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Returning creative speakers include:
Kelli DeWaal – NY
Gerri Jones – NY
Linda Szabo – MA
Suz & Michael Karchmer – Cape Cod, MA
and me, Hazel Meredith, APSA, MNEC – CT

AND…Just confirmed earlier this week…

Anne Belmont of Chicago, a Lensbaby Partner!

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Questions? Contact us at Hazel@MeredithImages.com or Dave@MeredithImages.com

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And we have a block of rooms reserved at the same price as last year – $129 per night. Contact the Southbridge Hotel at (508) 765-8000 and tell them you are with the Meredith Images group.

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Some comments from our attendee surveys:

“Wonderful! Thank you so much. This was the best organized conference I have attended in years. AND…I learned so much!”

“Great Conference and venue – Bravo!”

“Speaker notes was great idea. Thank you, thank you!”

“Conference was totally on target as promoted, ‘creative’ theme throughout.”

“Beautiful facility. Having food on site was excellent! Killer desserts!”

Some of our Sponsors:

  

 

SPECIAL NOTICE! Pre-Black Friday Discount on Creative Photography Conference! Save 20% – Expires 11/17

The 2ndOur first Conference was a resounding success!

Come join us for two days of creativity including: In-camera techniques; post-processing (Topaz, textures, compositing); iPhoneography; Lens Babies, hands-on photo ops, and more!

The Conference is centrally located in New England at the beautiful Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center (between I-90 & I-84) Southbridge, MA.

~~~

This year we are please to have Tamron Image Master, Mike Moats joining us with his creative macro techniques!

~~~

We’re doing a very special Pre-Black Friday discount offer! This will be your BEST DEAL on Conference Registration!

From now until midnight (EST) Friday, Nov. 17th, SAVE 20% on your registration fee – regular $250 – NOW $200!!

From Nov. 18th-26th the discount will be just 10% – $225.

So jump on this one-time deal and save some $$$! No coupon code is needed – the sale price in already in the online store – register at: http://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

~~~

Included in your registration fee:

Lunch both days; coffee/tea & refreshments in the mornings; all seminars, photo ops, speaker notes on a flash drive, door prizes and a goodie bag with discounts & freebies!

Also – vendor tables for your shopping pleasure! Sat. night we will have an informal gathering in the Shades Lounge to socialize with other attendees and our speakers!

~~~

Returning creative speakers include:
Kelli DeWaal – NY
Gerri Jones – NY
Linda Szabo – MA
Suz & Michael Karchmer – Cape Cod, MA
and me, Hazel Meredith, APSA, MNEC – CT

(and working on more!)

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Questions? Contact us at Hazel@MeredithImages.com or Dave@MeredithImages.com

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And we have a block of rooms reserved at the same price as last year – $129 per night. Contact the Southbridge Hotel at (508) 765-8000 and tell them you are with the Meredith Images group.

~~~

Some comments from our attendee surveys:

“Wonderful! Thank you so much. This was the best organized conference I have attended in years. AND…I learned so much!”

“Great Conference and venue – Bravo!”

“Speaker notes was great idea. Thank you, thank you!”

“Conference was totally on target as promoted, ‘creative’ theme throughout.”

“Beautiful facility. Having food on site was excellent! Killer desserts!”

Some of our Sponsors:

  

 

Nov. 5th – Sunday Sampler +

Yet another new month! Time sure does fly these days!

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of textures from the Gold King Mine (Ghost Town) in Jerome, AZ – part of our Sedona workshop. We’ve visited the Mine 5 times now – and there’s always something new to discover!

 

SEDONA SHOPPING

Not only is Sedona full of beautiful scenery, it has some very unique shops as well! Two in particular are favorites of mine.

Mexidona – 1670 W. Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336. Owners Mike & Barbi purchased the store in 2002. They visit many remote villages in Mexico and work directly with artisans who create the beautiful pieces to decorate your home with Southwest flair. A visit to this store a few years ago was the inspiration for our bathroom remodel that makes me feel like we’re in Sedona every day! I always find great pieces for our home and for gifts! http://www.mexidona.com/

Sedona Wonder – 273 N. State Rd. 89A, Ste. F, Sedona, AZ 86336 (in “uptown” Sedona). This fabulous store carries an abundance of beautiful – and reasonably priced – jewelry and remembrances of your Sedona visit – all Made in Sedona! Be sure to stop in – you’re sure to find that special piece for yourself or for a wonderful gift! https://www.sedonawonder.com/

 

FREEBIES

A new site I found recently – lots of cool free stuff, tutorials and some items for purchase as well. http://zooll.com/category/goodies/

Free Rain & Raindrop Textures from PSD-Dude.com

Textures4Photoshop.com Cool textures – free for personal use – commercial use with attribution.

And I found this awesome quote on Zooll.com – DEFINITELY ME!!!

Have a great week!

 

Sunday Sampler + Tutorials

Hi everyone! We’re back from sunny Arizona and a great workshop!

What a gorgeous week – both weather-wise and scenery-wise! Temps in the mid-80’s with 15% humidity…beautiful red rocks to photograph…what more could we ask for? Thanks to Josh Goldin for the group shot above!

 

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This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of SIX textures from the picturesque red rocks of Sedona. Enjoy!

 

TUTORIALS

I learned something new today too! I was reading this article on “How to Super-Charge the Spot Healing Brush Tool in Photoshop”! Changing the blending modes helps to target light or dark areas and retain the texture of your image (like skin).

And here’s some interesting tips – “10 Things Successful Photographer’s Don’t Do”.

And one more…“How to Take Control of Contrast Using Curves & Levels in Photoshop”.

 

TOPAZ WEBINAR

Watch for info soon from Topaz to sign up for my next webinar on December 12th!