March 17 – Sunday Sampler

When we’re all “Irish for a Day”! Enjoy the festivities!

For this week’s Sunday Sampler, I took a colorful sunset reflected in water and created three more versions that will make great overlay/textures for your photos. And remember, you can change up the colors or even use as B&W to just get the effect of the texture. Enjoy!

3 NEW TEXTURE SETS!

I JUST added 3 new texture sets to the Peacock Studio store. Bokeh 2, Galaxies 2, and Grunge 1. These 3 are on sale for 25% off for one week only, till next Sunday 3/24 (no code needed).

These will make great backgrounds or texture overlays to your photos, for scrapbooking or other digital creations.

Check them out on our website HERE!
(Just click on the Textures group)

And don’t forget – the “pre-sale” of “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art – Book 2” ends tonight at midnight EDT. Save $5 with the code preorder5. And if you still don’t have Book 1, you can also save $5 on that one with the code firstbook5 (you can use both of these codes at checkout).

If you order the electronic version of book 2 I will send the link by return email. If you order the DVD, those will be shipping right around the end of March (they are in production now).

Think Tank Photo’s New “Vision” Shoulder Bag Series Blends Form with Function

Great Photography Begins with a Vision. The ability to visualize a picture
before you release the shutter is essential to getting that perfect shot. With the Vision Shoulder Bag Series, you can get all the right gear to the right place, so you can turn your vision into a great photo.
Sized for professional lenses, the Vision Shoulder Bag Series is designed not only for capacity but also for security. With its zippered top closure, your gear will stay safe and in place.
This Internal zippered flap also provides a secure closure for additional weather and theft protection, and tucks away when not in use.
The Vision series fits wide variety of DSLR and Mirrorless camera kits in a customizable padded divider system, providing ample room for pro-sized lenses and hoods. The shoulder bags also feature dedicated pockets for smartphones, 10-inch tablets, and laptops up to 15 inches (Vision 10 = 10” tablet only, Vision 13 = 10” tablet + 13” laptop, Vision 15 = 10” tablet + 15” laptop). All three shoulder bags offer tripod attachment straps, which attach to web loops on the bottom of the bag.
A luggage handle pass-through and reinforced top grab handle make the Vision a versatile traveling companion when attached to your roller. Other standout features include a comfortable shoulder strap, waterproof tarpaulin bottom, expandable water bottle pocket and a rain cover.
Constructed with durable yet stylish weather-resistant materials, the Vision offers access, security, and the quality you’ve come to expect from Think Tank.
“Great photography begins with a vision,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s President and lead designer. “The Vision shoulder bag series is designed to fit DSLR and Mirrorless camera gear with pro-sized lenses and hoods, making an ideal carry solution for professional and aspiring photographers alike.”

GEAR CAPACITY
Vision 10: Fits one standard size body with a wide or short zoom plus 1–2 small extra lens, 10” tablet. Fits 24–70mm f/2.8 detached. OR fits a Mirrorless kit with 3-4 lenses including the 50-140mm
Vision 13: Fits one standard size body with a 24–70mm attached + 1–3 extra lenses, and a 10” tablet. Accommodates 70–200 detached.
Vision 15: Fits one standard size body with a 24–70mm attached, 2–4 extra lenses, flash, a 10” tablet and a 15” laptop. Accommodates 70–200mm detached.

Click Here to visit ThinkTank’s website for all the details!

Don’t Miss Out!

May 18-19, 2019
at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA

The clock is ticking! This is our last New England Conference!
And our hotel room block is only guaranteed until mid-April – the Brimfield Antiques Weekend is the same weekend as our event this year and the hotel will sell out!

Read the bios and see examples of wonderful photographs by our talented line-up of speakers over on our website.

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

Special offer! I gave each speaker a discount code to use on social media and at other events they teach at. MY code is Meredith25 – save $25 on registration. This code expires March 31st and will not be extended! Take advantage to save some $$.

An interesting and helpful article over on Picture Correct: “Polarizing Filters: What They Are and When They Can Be Used in Photography”

FREEBIE ALERT! I get an occasional newsletter from Designer Candies where they share some cool Freebies! This week’s newsletter included: “Free Seamless Grass Patters and Textures”. Also available are Concrete Textures and Animal Pattern Textures. Check the website for lots of other goodies.

And over on Media Loot, “21 PSD Blackboard and Effects” (scroll through – some are for purchase and some are free).

And, one more Freebie! From Web Design Dev, “20 Free High Quality Brush Sets”.

Sept. 30 – Sunday Sampler

Happy End-of-September! Another busy month flown by! Pulled out most of our veggie garden this morning – sad face! Did leave the grape tomato plant – still producing fruit!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is 4 versions of one texture – a texture I photographed in the restroom at the location of my workshop last weekend in Troy, NY!! I told everyone they needed to take some pics (and I did see a few doing so)! Textures are found EVERYWHERE! This was some great painting techniques on the wall.

#1 is the original with Clarity and Detail; #2 is Topaz Impression Cave Dweller; #3 is Simplify-Buzz Sim Split Toned I; and #4 is #3 with a hue/saturation adjustment to make it green (great for a background on flowers). Enjoy!

 

Released this week – A.I. Gigapixel 2.0!

• Using GPU mode is now 5x faster! With some optimizations to the GPU processing in A.I. Gigapixel, we’ve improved the speed of processing by around 5x on full-size images (it scales based on the size of your image, so a small image might be 3x) with the same 1-2 million calculations per pixel and the same amazing results.

And don’t forget about all the powerful updates from A.I. Gigapixel 1.1 released earlier this month.
• Expanded system compatibility with a CPU mode, which allows more users without a robust GPU to run A.I. Gigapixel on their machine.
• 6 new Artificial Intelligence models for different scaling (200%, 400%, 600%) across three settings for input image quality:
– None – For high-quality images without noise, results in much better detail retention
– Medium: Improved versions of the included enhancement models
– High: For images with lots of noise and artifacts, produces a smoother artifact free enlargement while retaining and enhancing perceived details in the image.
• Resolved issue with not retaining DPI sometimes
• Resolved sizing issue with size not passing through correctly sometimes

Click HERE to check out all the details of the amazing product. Reg. price $99.99 – save 15% when you click on THIS LINK and use the code MeredithImages at checkout.

Here is one of my images that I processed – the original was sized 4″x6″  – I enlarged it 600% to 24″x36″ – the detail is amazing!

You can batch edit, as well as process single shots. One more amazing product from the folks at Topaz Labs!

 

From Creative Bloq – the 29 best iPhone AppsA few of these I have – a few I’ll be checking out!

The gang at Design Cuts is turning 5 this week! This is one of the best companies for bundles of goodies – textures, fonts, clip art and much more! Bundles sell for a reasonable $29 for TONS of great products. They also have a marketplace where you can find individual products. Watch for lots of freebies and special deals during the Birthday Bash!

Their latest bundle is “The Deluxe Textures and Patterns Bundle” – $2321 value for just $29! Check it out HERE!

 

And a couple of new product releases from ThinkTank Photo.

Emergency Camera Rain Covers

With Think Tank Photo’s new Emergency Rain Covers, photographers need no longer be caught off guard by bad weather. The Emergency Rain Covers are a simple, compact solution for protecting photo gear from sudden downpours or dusty conditions. These seam-sealed rain covers can be quickly and easily deployed when outdoor conditions change.

The covers are designed to fit both DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and are available in two sizes to accommodate a range of full-frame lenses. The Emergency Rain Cover – Small protects a 16–35mm f/2.8, a 14–24mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, or a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. The Emergency Rain Cover – Medium protects a 24–70mm f/2.8 or a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.

“When compressed, the Emergency Rain Cover fits into a small pouch, so it’s easy to bring along even if rain is a distant concern,” said Think Tank’s President and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “It takes up so little room in your bag, yet could save your gear when a sudden downpour or dust storm hits. Every photographer who shoots outdoors should keep one tucked one away in their camera bag.”

Features include:
• Seam-sealed for extreme protection in downpour or dusty conditions
• Compresses into an included compact carrying pouch
• Oversize window to view your LCD and controls
• Ability to access your camera through one cinchable sleeve
• Mountable to tripod or monopod
• Dual viewing configurations for varying conditions
• Hot-shoe mount keeps cover secured to camera during use
• Non-slip, adjustable strap attaches directly to the lens hood
• DWR coating for an extra layer of protection

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON THEIR WEBSITE

AND…

New “Lens Case Duo” Provides Enhanced Camera Lens Protection

Being a photographer is about getting to the right location at the right time — which can often be challenging.  To help photographers protect their lenses from the rigors of travel, Think Tank Photo has just released the Lens Case Duo series of six quick-access, dual-opening padded lens cases.  A zippered lid and side opening is a unique feature compared to other lens cases.

With the Lens Case Duo, photographers can protect their delicate lenses while transporting them in rolling cases, backpacks or shoulder bags.  These cases can then be converted into a modular system for quick access in a bag or on a belt.  A shoulder strap is included for the six larger sizes: Lens Case Duo 5, Lens Case Duo 10, Lens Case Duo 15, and Lens Case Duo 20, Lens Case Duo 30, and Lens Case Duo 40.  Two exterior stretch pockets provide space for a lens cap or a cleaning cloth. Soft zipper protectors and a plush lining protect sensitive and expensive lenses from scratches.  All sizes come in black and green.

“The Lens Case Duo should be used by every photographer concerned about protecting their lenses, especially while in transit,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s President and lead designer.  “While our roller and backpack dividers provide ample protection, the Lens Case Duo provides just that extra protection layer that could help prevent damage in unforeseen circumstances.”

GEAR CAPACITY

  • The Lens Case Duo 5 holds a Canon/Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, Canon: 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6, Canon/Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S, or Olympus: 12-40mm f/2.8, 40-150mm f/4-5.6
  • The Lens Case Duo 10 holds a Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6, Tamron/Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3, or Sony 16-35mm f/4
  • The Lens Case Duo 15 holds a Canon/Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6, Canon/Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6, Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3, Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6, Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Canon/Nikon 24mm f/1.4, Canon/Nikon 35mm f/1.4, Canon/Sony 100mm f/2.8, or Nikon 105mm f/2.8
  • The Lens Case Duo 20 holds a Canon/Nikon/Sony 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon 24-105mm f/4, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Sony 85mm f/1.4, Canon/Sony 100mm f/2.8, or Nikon 105mm f/2.8
  • The Lens Case Duo 30 holds a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8, or Canon 11-24mm f/4
  • The Lens Case Duo 40 holds a Canon/Nikon/Sony 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon/Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, or Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON THEIR WEBSITE

 

Sign-ups have begun for our 3rd Conference, May 18-19, 2019! Our Early Bird pricing is the best deal there will be on this Conference – Now through Nov. 30th! Don’t miss out!

Check out the website for all the details: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

In next week’s blog, I will begin featuring our fabulous speakers! They will each have a page on the website as well. Stay tuned!

 

 

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!

 

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!

 

Mid-Week updates on Topaz & Mind Shift Gear

Hi gang!

Just wanted to send out some timely info on a Topaz Clarity update as well as a bag back in stock at Mind Shift Gear!

 

TOPAZ CLARITY UPDATE

CLARITY PROMOTION STARTING NOW!

August 29, 2017 – September 12th, 2017

Topaz Clarity is now a part of Topaz Studio! With improvements to the Precision Contrast and HSL Adjustments, combined with selective masking, blending, and other tools available for free within Topaz Studio, now you can access the power of Topaz, faster than ever!

– Included as Studio Adjustments – Going forward, you can access Topaz Clarity from the Studio application directly. That means Clarity can now be accessed without a paid host editor!
– Faster Processing and Startup Speed – New GPU processing utilizes the powerful rendering capabilities of your graphics card to exponentially increase your workflow speed. More creating and less waiting.
– Improved contrast separation algorithm for unique independent control of targeted contrast, lighting and color manipulation.
– Use all the powerful masking, healing, correction and other tools within Topaz Studio for free, instantly accessible when you open Clarity in Topaz Studio

See all the new features and changes HERE!

To celebrate, we’re giving a 30% discount on the on the Clarity Pack in the Topaz Studio Store, now just $34.99 through September 12th 2017, no coupon code needed, the price is automatically discounted in the store.

 

MIND SHIFT GEAR

GOOD NEWS!  Our friends at MindShift Gear have let us know that they are back in stock on their extremely popular new PhotoCross sling bags.  The first shipment of these bags sold out in about a week, so grab one while they’re available.  They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets. They come in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey.

The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet.  The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops.  And don’t forget that when you use our special URL (CLICK HERE) you will receive free gear (such as a memory card holder or GoPro pouches) and free shipping with your orders of PhotoCross and all MindShift Gear (co-founded by ThinkTank Photo).

 

 

 

July 2 Sunday Sampler

Happy Independence Day! Sorry for the delay in this week’s blog post – got involved in cleaning up my craft room yesterday (for my “other” hobbies!).

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of scrapbook papers that I photographed at our Creative Photography Conference. A great way to get some cool textures for your library! Papers can be found at most craft stores.

 

MORE NEW GEAR FROM MINDSHIFT! NEW PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags!


Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, MindShift Gear’s new PhotoCross sling bags protect a photographer’s gear from punishing trips into the wild. The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. These sling bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets.

The PhotoCross comes in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey.  The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet.  The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops.

“The PhotoCross sling bags are significant because they meld two concepts that are often in conflict in outdoor gear design:  protection and comfort.  An example is how we’ve integrated the waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap, and stability wing for superior comfort,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer.  CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WEBSITE.

 

PHOTOGRAPHING FIREWORKS

I’ve seen several people on Facebook over the past week questioning the best way to capture fireworks during this festive time of year. Tamron pro, Jillian Bell, has this great free eBook – sponsored by Tamron and Macphun – that gives you all the info you need! Check it out HERE!

 

PHOTOGRAPHING LANDSCAPES

Another popular subject for photographers is landscapes! Here’s an article for “12 Ways to Improve Your Digital Landscape Photography” from PictureCorrect.com.

Have a great week!

 

June 25 – Sunday Sampler – Tutorials – Topaz Corner

Another beautiful day here in CT! Low humidity – bright sunshine! Went to the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, CT this morning – haven’t been there in years! Looking for some new props and items for Meredith Images as well as props for food photography for hubby’s new blog, “Bare Buttz BarBQ”!

If you like smoking or grilling meats, check him out at http://www.barebuttzbarbq.com/ and sign up for his new blog. He’ll be sharing tips and tricks for cooking your own delicacies as well as reviews of BBQ restaurants we visit. We stopped at one today after the flea market – watch for a review soon!

 

Some recent finds from vacation included this silver pitcher and some old books and glasses. This was processed with several textures, word brush, and a crop shape frame from my store, the Peacock Studio!

 

 

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This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of more textures from our recent vacation – these are from several spots in Virginia.

 

Recently I found this great article on PictureCorrect.com about Polarizer Filters: What are They and When Can They Be Used in Photography? It’s a pretty good overview of what they are and when they should be used – check it out!

And another good one that covers some basics of composition, also from PictureCorrect.com is “Simple Yet Effective Photography Tips”.

 

New Products from ThinkTank

ThinkTank Photo recently formed a partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB. ThinkTank has developed dividers, organizers and a backpack specifically designed to fit within 10 SKB hard case configuratios. The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization. Check them out HERE!

AND in other news from ThinkTank, they’ve just added a bunch of their favorite gear to the Outlet Center. Summer Savings of up to 30%. And don’t forget, by using my affiliate link, you get free gear for purchases over $50 plus free shipping! Check it out HERE!

 

TOPAZ UPDATE

If you haven’t yet downloaded the new Topaz Studio – do it now! They released version 1.0.7 just a few days ago and Studio now has a healing/cloning tool! Woo hoo!! The basic Studio is free to download, and you can add the 14 Pro Adjustments for a special price of $99! This sale ends June 30th!

 

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE – PROMOTIONS EXPIRING JUNE 30TH!

Just a reminder that the coupons and special deal promos you received at the Creative Photography Conference last month are expiring June 30th! Don’t miss out on all the great deals!

And be sure to mark your calendars for May 19-20, 2018 for the next Creative Photography Conference in Southbridge, MA!

 

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: http://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/Hope 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.”

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

 

INKY DEALS

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!

 

SUNDAY SAMPLER

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!

 

SAVE THE DATE!

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!

Sept. 11th – Sunday Sampler + New Think Tank Bags

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of some “soft” textures. These are great to add some color to a blah sky or add a subtle hint of color to an image (remember – change blending modes & opacity to get the look you like). One of these is actually a sunset that I blurred by turning the focus of my lens out of focus. The other two are rust – softened for the “look” of this weeks textures. Enjoy!

 

Think Tank Photo Releases Third Generation of
Award-winning Airport Rolling Camera Bags

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My friends at Think Tank Photo just released new versions of two of their popular “Airport” bags. Just click the names in red and it will take you to the page for details. Remember, when you use my links to Think Tank, you will earn free gear with your order!

The best rolling camera bags just got better. Based on input from professional photographers, Think Tank Photo’s newly released Airport International™ V3.0 and Airport Security™ V3.0 rolling camera bags feature improved handles, greater durability, and dedicated laptop and tablet compartments. These new features, in addition to their airline carry on compliance, TSA approved zipper locks, tripod mounts, and Lost & Found registration system make them the gold standard for photo transport cases.
The Airport International V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, plus two to four additional lenses, a 15” laptop, and a 10” tablet. The roller fits up to a 500mm f/4 detached or 400mm f/2.8 attached (hood reversed). The Airport Security V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached plus four to six additional lenses, a 17” laptop, and a 10” tablet. The bag fits up to a 600mm f/4 detached or 500mm f/4 attached (hood reversed)
“Photographers deserve rolling camera bags that are as high in quality as their photo gear,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “Take something as simple as the wheels we use. Ours are custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling. If we took so much time perfecting something as simple as wheels, one can sense how much care went into the designs of each roller.”
Key Features
• Specially designed interior to maximize gear for carry on: the Airport International meets international carry on size requirements; the Airport Security meets U.S. domestic and most international carry on size requirements
• Dedicated padded laptop and tablet compartments located in a lockable pocket
• TSA-approved zipper locks for the main compartment, and high-strength coated cable and combination lock for the laptop compartment and securing your bag to an immovable object
• Custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for added strength and durability
• Quick and easy access to the retractable handle
• Tripod mount pocket on side (additional straps included for larger tripods)
• Expansive top compartment cradles large camera bodies for the perfect fit
• Unique serial number for Lost & Found registration
• Interior zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards, filters and accessories
• User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extend product life
• Extra tall wheel housings protect your bag from scrapes and scratches
• Seam-sealed rain cover included
• Stretchable front pocket
• Handles on three sides ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
• Reinforced dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
• Hypalon reinforced rear corners for increased durability
• Business card holder on top for easy identification

Materials

Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The roller bags are also constructed with 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, SpanKodra front pocket, rubberized laminate reinforcement, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed Velex liner and dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, closed-cell foam and reinforced
Specifications

Airport International V3.0
• Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 18.5” H x 6.5–7.5” D (33 x 47 x 16.5–19.1 cm)
• Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.6 x 53.3 x 20.3 cm)
• Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
• Laptop Compartment: 10.6” x 15” x 1.2” (27 x 38 x 3 cm)
• Weight: 9.6–11.5 lbs. (4.4–5.2 kg)

Airport Security V3.0
• Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 21” H x 7–8” D (33 x 53.3 x 17.8–20.3 cm)
• Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 22” H x 9” D (35.6 x 55.9 x 22.9 cm)
• Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
• Laptop Compartment: 11.4” x 16.1” x 1.2” (29 x 41 x 3 cm)
• Weight: 11.1–12.9 lbs. (5–5.8 kg)