Around the Web Feb. 25

LIGHTROOM

An interesting article on FStoppers – “One Million Ways to Do Things in Lightroom”.

PHOTOSHOP

“20 Outstanding Free Photoshop Text Effects” and “20 Amazing Surreal PS Tutorials” from WebDesignDev. There are other links to more effects on that page as well.

“How to Make Reflections in Photoshop” from PhotoshopCafe.

From ISO1200, “How to Accurately Recolor Your Images Using Gradient Maps”.

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect – “5 Tips for Better Wildlife Photos”, “Macro Photography Equipment Guide and Tips”, and “How to Handle Catch Lights and Eyeglasses Glare in Portrait Photography”.

More on Macro from LightStalking – “13 Extremely Useful Tutorials on Macro Photography”.

FREEBIES

“Thick Rising Smoke Brushes” from Creative Nerds

New England Visit!

This coming weekend I head out for a 10-day solo jaunt! First I’m heading to Atlanta for the “Atlanta Travel & Adventure Show”. I attended the Boston show last year, and look forward to meeting reps from lots of Southern locales that I can visit and blog about and write some articles!

From there I head North – stopping in CT first, then heading on to the Boston area. I’m visiting 4 camera clubs over the course of the week.

  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 7:30 pm – Gateway Camera Club in Framingham, “Unleash Your Creativity with Topaz” (visitors welcome – meets at St. Andrews Church, 3 Maple St., Framingham).
  • Wednesday, March 4th, 7:00 pm – Merrimack Valley Camera Club in North Andover, “Unleash Your Creativity with Topaz” (visitors welcome – meets at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 2 Elm St., N. Andover).
  • Saturday, March 7th, two half-day hands-on workshops (pre-registration required) at Greater Lynn Photographic Association. Morning: “Elements Basic/Intermediate” and Afternoon: “Creativity with Topaz”
  • Sunday, March 8th, an afternoon hands-on workshop (pre-registration required) at Duxbury Camera Club, Duxbury. “Creativity with Topaz”

If you can stop by Tues. or Wed. night, feel free to drop in! If you are interested in the hands-on workshops, please email me. Hope to see you in Massachusetts!

COMING SOON!

I’m planning on some Summer “Intensive” workshops that will focus on post-processing (it’s pretty hot in the Summer, so we can mostly be indoors!). Watch for more info soon!

Also, I’ll be adding Fall dates for “Barns & Backroads” workshops soon! I’ve started a list for notification before they are announced – let me know if you’d like to be added to the list! Email me or message me on Facebook.

PERSONAL TRAINING

Or, if you can’t travel or prefer one-on-one training,
we can work together online with screen sharing!
Limited spots available – book your sessions now!

And don’t forget to sign up for the 4th

GET ALL THE DETAILS as well as bios on our speakers on our website HERE!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld

Around the Web Feb. 18

PHOTOSHOP

Check out the “50 Best Photoshop Tutorials of 2019” and “50 New Photoshop Tutorials of 2019” on GraphicDesignJunction.

From Digital Photography School, “How to Create Double Exposure Effect in PS”.

FREEBIES

Free Photoshop brushes: “20+ Free Photoshop Brushes”

Barns & Backroads Workshops
ONE SPOT OPENED UP!

Wow! Our June 4-7 workshop – added last week –
sold out in 3 days! Thank You!

However, due to a cancellation, we have one open spot for the May 14-17 workshop.
PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED –
Hazel@MeredithImages.com

COMING SOON!

I’m planning on some Summer “Intensive” workshops that will focus on post-processing (it’s pretty hot in the Summer, so we can mostly be indoors!). Watch for more info soon!

Also, I’ll be adding Fall dates for “Barns & Backroads” workshops soon! I’ve started a list for notification before they are announced – let me know if you’d like to be added to the list! Email me or message me on Facebook.

SALE ENDS FRIDAY!

2 NEW SETS OF CROP SHAPES!

CLICK HERE
to watch my video of how to use these shapes.

AND THEN…

Grab your copies of my new “Crop Shapes 2” and “Swashes 1” Collections! 50% off until Feb. 21st! (Sale also includes “Crop Shapes Set 1).

Each set contains 12 shapes
Reg. $12 – on sale for $6 each.

CLICK HERE for the Peacock Studio
(or click each image below to go to that product).

Each set comes with a written tutorial on how to apply to your images.

And, in case you missed this offer…

Design Cuts and I have put together a special bundle just for my readers – five new products that I think you’ll love!

Click HERE to read the blog post of this special release!

You can grab this bundle of 5 specially selected products for just $33 (which is 50% off) using THIS LINK! On the site you can see also the products in detail with some other examples of how to use them.

And don’t forget to sign up for the 4th

GET ALL THE DETAILS as well as bios on our speakers on our website HERE!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You can’t teach people photography, they’ve got to learn how to do it the best way possible for them. They can learn from looking at pictures… but they don’t really get intimate with the medium until they’ve made a few bad shots.” ~ Cecil Beaton

Around the Web Feb. 11

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect.com, good articles on “Memory Card Handling Tips” and “Star Trail Photography Tips”.

PHOTOSHOP

From CreativeBloq.com, “How to Make a Photo Collage in PS CC”.

If you’re like me and need to learn more about luminosity masks, this is a good tutorial: “How to Enhance Urban Night Photographs Using Luminosity Masks” from digitalphotographyschool.com.

Some cool “Special Effects PS Tutorials”.

“A Handy Infographic to Creating PS Actions” from marieleslie.com.

I always like adding drop shadows to my type – here’s another way to emphasize type by “Understanding Inner Shadows in PS”.

Barns & Backroads Workshops
NEW DATE ADDED!

Due to requests for more workshops, we have added ONE MORE for the Spring Session!

As with the other sessions, it is limited to 4 attendees!

New Session Added – June 4-7 = 3 SPOTS LEFT!
May 2-5 = 1 SPOT LEFT!

April 27-30 = SOLD OUT!
May 14-17 = SOLD OUT!
May 28-31 = SOLD OUT!

$450/person

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction and fees to property owners. (Does not include transportation to/from workshop or accommodations.)

OPTIONAL: Accommodations at our home.
4 nights, $150/person
Contact me for availability – first come, first reserved!

Sign up on our website at:
https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy at:
https://www.meredithimages.com/infofaq/workshop-info-policies/

We are located in Rogersville, TN
The nearest airport is Tri Cities, about 50 min. from us.

For more info, contact me, Hazel Meredith at: 
(203) 521-6480 or
Hazel@MeredithImages.com

On Tutorial Thursday, I shared a video on using “crop shapes” and added two new sets to the Peacock Studio!

“Crop Shapes” to add a border to your image
PLUS 2 NEW SETS OF CROP SHAPES!

Last week I shared a written tutorial on how to use Crop Shapes to add a border – and some interest – to your images.

Here are a few more images and a VIDEO tutorial.

CLICK HERE
to watch the video of how these were created.

AND THEN…

Grab your copies of my new “Crop Shapes 2” and “Swashes 1” Collections! 50% off until Feb. 21st! (Sale also includes “Crop Shapes Set 1).

Each set contains 12 shapes
Reg. $12 – on sale for $6 each.

CLICK HERE for the Peacock Studio
(or click each image below to go to that product).

Each set comes with a written tutorial on how to apply to your images.

Sunday Sampler Feb. 9

Ah February! While it’s Winter in many areas, it’s time to go back to auto racing in Florida (no we’re not there, however). The NASCAR Daytona 500 is next Sunday – today is qualifying and the Busch Clash. And racing isn’t just for the boys! Last night Hailie Deegan finished second in her first start in the Menard’s ARCA Series! Go Hailie!

You may not know this, but Dave and I used to cover auto racing for several regional newspapers and then websites. Most of the time, Dave wrote the articles and I took the photos. We did this from the 1990’s through 2011 (when I got involved in camera clubs!).

We mainly covered the regional Featherlite Modified Tour (which became the Whelen Modified Tour when the sponsor changed), but we also got to be at quite a few NASCAR Cup races in New Hampshire, Bristol Tennessee, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Pocono and a few others. It was a lot of fun for sure, got to meet lots of great people and took pics of some of the “big” names in racing like Dale Earnhart (both Sr. & Jr.), Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, the Labonte brothers and many, many more.

Let’s go racing!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is courtesy of my hubby, Dave! We were out scouting barns for our “Barns & Backroads” workshops the other day (more on that below), and he did an in-camera “swipe” of a red barn. After MUCH playing around in Topaz Studio, he came up with some very cool textures! I took one of his creations in green tones, and found several parts of the image that made great textures on their own. I was able to upsize them with Topaz Gigapixel.

So, today’s Sampler consists of the original and three other textures that came from the full image! Remember, you can always change colors with a hue & saturation adjustment, or change them to B&W to get the texture without the color. Enjoy!

And don’t forget to share your creations in our Facebook group: Textures: Turn Ho Hum Into a Work of Art!

Barns & Backroads Workshops
NEW DATE ADDED!

Due to requests for more workshops, we are adding ONE MORE for the Spring Session!

As with the other sessions, it is limited to 4 attendees!

New Session Added – June 4-7 = 3 SPOTS LEFT!
May 2-5 = 1 SPOT LEFT!

April 27-30 = SOLD OUT!
May 14-17 = SOLD OUT!
May 28-31 = SOLD OUT!

$450/person

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction and fees to property owners. (Does not include transportation to/from workshop or accommodations.)

OPTIONAL: Accommodations at our home.
4 nights, $150/person
Contact me for availability – first come, first reserved!

Sign up on our website at:
https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy at:
https://www.meredithimages.com/infofaq/workshop-info-policies/

We are located in Rogersville, TN
The nearest airport is Tri Cities, about 50 min. from us.

For more info, contact me, Hazel Meredith at: 
(203) 521-6480 or
Hazel@MeredithImages.com

On Tutorial Thursday, I shared a video on using “crop shapes” and added two new sets to the Peacock Studio!

“Crop Shapes” to add a border to your image
PLUS 2 NEW SETS OF CROP SHAPES!

Last week I shared a written tutorial on how to use Crop Shapes to add a border – and some interest – to your images.

This was our finished image:

Today I’m sharing a few more images and a VIDEO tutorial.

Here are a couple of finished images:

CLICK HERE
to watch the video of how these were created.

AND THEN…

Grab your copies of my new “Crop Shapes 2” and “Swashes 1” Collections! 50% off until Feb. 21st! (Sale also includes “Crop Shapes Set 1).

Each set contains 12 shapes
Reg. $12 – on sale for $6 each.

CLICK HERE for the Peacock Studio
(or click each image below to go to that product).

Each set comes with a written tutorial on how to apply to your images.

Sunday Sampler Feb. 2

Happy February! The groundhog didn’t see his shadow today, so early Spring (in theory anyway)!

Sunday Sampler 01-19-2020

The Sunday Sampler for this week takes an old brick wall (in Chattanooga) and gives you a couple of variations.

And, for those new to the blog, if you are on Facebook, we have a “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” group – join us and share your creations! https://www.facebook.com/groups/texturesturnhohumintoaworkofart/

Scouting for Spring Workshops!

Dave and I were out this week and this morning scouting some back roads for our Spring “Barns & Backroads” Workshops. Here are a couple of our finds that will be stops for the group:

Edited in LR with 2 of my own textures.
iPhone shot edited in DistressedFX

Want to join us? There is ONE spot left for the May 2-5 workshop! If you can’t make that one, stay tuned for Fall 2020 Barns & Backroads Workshop dates! https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

And don’t miss out on the
4th Creative Photography Conference!

We have attendees coming from the Southeast (North & South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia) all the way across the country to Canada (New Mexico, Maine, New York, California, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Vancouver)! Come join us!!

Details at: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

FEATURED SPEAKER – KEN SKLUTE

Ken is proud to be or have been one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, an Adobe Influencer, an FStopGear Global Icon, an Epson Mentor, a Kodak Mentor, a Delkin ImageMaker, a Datacolor Expert and a NIK Friends with Vision member.

Some of Ken’s clients have been the National Hot Rod Association, U.S. Army, Sports Illustrated, N.Y.Times Magazine, Oakley, Associated Press, National Dragster, Epson, Kodak, Newsday, as well as most of the photographic industry trade magazines.

Ken began his photographic career capturing 200 mph race cars in New York at an early age. He soon moved into the wedding and portrait industry where he was quickly recognized as a trend setter, receiving many accolades throughout the industry. He chose to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1996 in order to be out photographing the beautiful desert Southwest landscape.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Ken’s sessions on Saturday and Sunday will take us through various aspects of his photography, including how he captures his amazing landscapes, weather shots and much more. Ken is an entertaining and engaging speaker – you do not want to miss his lectures!

SOME OF KEN’S WORK:

Around the Web Jan. 28, 2020

PHOTOSHOP

Ramp up your Photoshop skills with these compositing tutorials from WebDesignDev – “20 Amazing Collage Photoshop Tutorials”.

And from Creative Nerds, “How to Use the New Selection Tool in Photoshop to Mask Images”.

FREEBIES

A bundle of 16 FREE premium fonts from Creative Fabrica – “The Free Font Bundle”.

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Everything a Beginner Needs to Know About Astrophotography” from 500px

For those wanting a photo studio at home, “How to Set Up a Simple Photography Studio” from PictureCorrect.com.

And also from PictureCorrect, “How to Photograph Great Seascapes”.

Pixelo has a new font bundle – “The Radiant Brush Fonts Bundle”! Contains 120+ unique fonts across 56 font families with a mix of vintage and modern brush fonts. Check it out HERE! As always, it comes with a full license for personal and commercial use. Just $29!

Topaz DeNoise AI now has batch editing capabilities!

Topaz DeNoise AI already gave us amazing noise reduction while retaining detail and sharpness. Now you can batch edit your images – it also now has Chroma Noise Reduction to eliminate those specks of color that can come with a noisy image.

Regular $79.99, it’s on sale till 2/7/2020 for $59.99. And here’s a tip – use my link below and the code MeredithImages at checkout and save another 15%, making your total $50.99!

Check out all the details HERE!

Just a few days left to grab the new Cosmos textures at half price! CLICK HERE!

I’ve added two groups of Cosmos textures to the Peacock Studio. These are large groups of 12 textures each, 15″ x 15″, 300 dpi. These were created on the iPad in Procreate!

Regular price $12 per set – on sale 50% off until Jan. 31, 2020 (midnight EDT).

CLICK HERE to go to the Peacock Studio and grab your textures!

GROUP 1:

GROUP 2:

Around the Web Jan. 21, 2020

PHOTOSHOP

On Photoshop Tutorials, “How to Add Photorealistic Puddles in Photoshop”

From Video Tutorials 411, “Simple Trick to Make Buildings Dramatically Taller!”

And on Web Design Dev, “Create Awesome Photo Effects with These 20 Amazing Photoshop Tutorials”.

From FStoppers, “Try These Creative Compositing Techniques”.

WEBINAR!
“Topaz Studio 2 – Creativity Unleashed!”

This past Sunday I did a webinar for NPEG (National Photo Enthusiasts Group). Mark Perry, group founder, recorded the webinar and you can view it on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSKcpvGPgJQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0_TkIX2KmL1nrhgpR847STJphZFW3f59rfmbvHrQs20cxeFdGwahF1F5I

This webinar was geared towards a Studio “newbie” and reviews how to navigate around the program, save images, and some creative editing.

For more info on NPEG, check out their website at: https://www.npegroupusa.org/

Introducing the
RETROSPECTIVE BACKPACK 15L
FOR DSLR & MIRRORLESS CAMERAS

Built for Backroad Adventure Travel
Whether bushwhacking through the outback or horse packing in the Wild West, the Retrospective Backpack 15 is built for back-road adventure travel.

This classic-styled rucksack features rugged yet form-fitting canvas that is treated with DWR to repel the elements. A zippered security flap under the lid tucks away to provide rapid top access, while the back panel offers full access to your gear, including a 15-inch laptop.

Superior construction, comfortable harness and legendary Think Tank quality inspires confidence so you can focus on the shot.

“The combination of photo and personal gear carry makes the Retrospective Backpack the perfect bag for adventure travel,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “It’s a natural addition to the Retrospective shoulder bag series, with all of the style and design details that have made the line so popular.”

CHECK OUT ALL THE DETAILS HERE!
And with this link you’ll receive free gear on purchases over $50 PLUS free shipping!

Barns & Back Roads Workshop Update!

I mentioned in my newsletter last week that I added one more workshop, May 2-5, 2020 — THERE IS NOW JUST ONE SPOT LEFT! If you are interested, sign up now!

Details on the website: https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

APRIL WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!
Don’t miss out on the
4th Creative Photography Conference
April 25-26, 2020
MeadowView Resort & Conference Center
Kingsport, TN

TWO DAYS OF CREATIVITY!

Creative photography and post-processing techniques featuring: Creative Landscapes; Post-Processing (PS, Topaz, Textures); Creativity with Lens Baby Lenses; iPhoneography; hands-on photo-ops, and much more!

SPEAKERS:

Ken Sklute (AZ) – Canon Explorer of Light – Landscape artist, storm chaser, hot air balloonist

David Kelly (PA) – Topaz Instructor and Lens Baby creative

Cheryl Parris (GA) – Digital composite artist

Roni Chastain (NY) – Photoshop and photo walks

Hazel Meredith (TN) – Texture artist; iPhoneographer

Loretta Paul-Goldin (CT) – Creating textures with alcohol inks

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

Sat. & Sun. seminars and photo-ops; coffe/tea & refreshments in the mornings; lunch both days; speaker notes on a flash drive; door prizes and a goodie bag with discounts and freebies! Also – vendor tables for your shopping pleasure.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

We have a block of rooms reserved at $130/night. Link on our website.

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS ON FRIDAY

If you’d like a hands-on, intensive session on “Creative Editing with Topaz” or “Working with Textures”, then come join David Kelly or Hazel Meredith on Friday from 1:00-4:30 pm.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION ARE ON OUR WEBSITE AT:
https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

Sunday Sampler Jan. 19

Happy Sunday! What a difference a week makes – last Sat. was 75 degrees, now we’re heading into the 30’s this week (average for this time of year is 45 in TN). Though I’m not complaining about a little chill – we’re not shoveling snow anymore!

Sunday Sampler 01-19-2020

This week’s Sunday Sampler takes one of the new Cosmos textures from last week and gives you 3 more versions created by hubby, Dave! He used various Topaz products (Impression, Precision Detail and some presets) to create these versions for you! Just a hint of the many things you can create from any texture! Enjoy!

And speaking of the Cosmos textures…

I’ve added two groups of Cosmos textures to the Peacock Studio. These are large groups of 12 textures each, 15″ x 15″, 300 dpi. These were created on the iPad in Procreate!

Regular price $12 per set – on sale 50% off until Jan. 31, 2020 (midnight EDT).

GROUP 1:

GROUP 2:

BARNS & BACK ROADS WORKSHOPS
UPDATE!

I mentioned in my newsletter this week that I added one more workshop, May 2-5, 2020 — THERE IS NOW JUST ONE SPOT LEFT! If you are interested, sign up now!

Details on the website: https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

And don’t miss out on the
4th Creative Photography Conference!

Details at: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

Around the Web – Jan. 7

Due to popular demand, I have added an additional “Barns & Back Roads Workshop”! The dates will be Sat. May 2nd-Tues. May 5th. There are two spots available, so act quick if you are interested!

Click HERE for details and to sign up!

Design Cuts just released their first bundle of 2020!

The Creators Diverse Design Collection

This bundle includes patterns/textures, Photoshop effects, hand lettered fonts, Procreate brushes, text effects and much more!

As always, it’s just $29 (a $1014 value). CLICK HERE to grab yours now!

FREEBIES

DID YOU KNOW…that Adobe offers creative freebies to customers? Items include textures, actions, brushes, templates, mock ups, graphic design items and so much more! CHECK IT OUT HERE!

AND…You can also create your own portfolio website for free with Adobe! Check out ADOBE PORTFOLIO.

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS

Like me, you may have heard of “luminosity masking” but didn’t really know what it was. I had a general idea, but hadn’t seen a tutorial that explained it clearly – until now! This one from Digital Photography School is pretty thorough. “How to Enhance Urban Night Photographs Using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop” is worth checking out!

Sunday Sampler 12-15

Settling in and getting involved in our new hometown. I joined the Chamber of Commerce last week and attended my first breakfast meeting Thursday. As a new member I receive an ad in the “Rogersville Review” newspaper. Was in yesterday’s edition.

I also had some work juried at the “Local Artists Gallery” in town – I was unanimously accepted to exhibit my work. Yippee!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is a close up of a white feather with a few modified versions. I love that it also looks like frost! Enjoy!

Last week I announced 3 Spring “Tennessee Barns & Back Roads” Workshops. ALL 3 SESSIONS ARE SOLD OUT!

I am contemplating adding another session or two in May – if you are interested in joining me, please email me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.