Around the Web March 24

MY WEBINAR STARTS AT 4:00 PM (EASTERN TIME) TODAY! If you haven’t registered, here is the link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QRfTXH55St-KZzA5EeAc4Q.

If you can’t watch live, I will be recording it and the link will go out by tomorrow. Thanks!

PHOTOSHOP

“20 Photoshop Tips that you probably don’t know and should!” from PhotoshopCafe. There are 3 videos for all the tips.

From CreativeNerds, “20 Fresh Photoshop Tutorials from 2019”

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Photography Above the Clouds”, from Outdoor Photography Guide.

“How and Why to Diffuse Your On-Camera Flash” from PictureCorrect.com, and “Headshot Tips for Models and Photographers”.

SPRING SALE!

If you missed (or haven’t yet read) this week’s
SUNDAY SAMPLER, read it HERE NOW!

I have released 5 new Texture Sets and 2 new Brush Sets –
on sale at 50% off!

There are 12 Texture Sets being retired at the end of the month –
now 66% off!

All other Texture Sets, eBooks and One-on-One Tutoring
are now 25% off!

ALL SALE PRICES EXPIRE 3/31/2020

CHECK OUT THE DEALS HERE!
USE COUPON CODE SPRING25 FOR THE 25% OFF DISCOUNT

NEW DESIGN CUTS
MINI BUNDLE!

And last Thursday we released a new Design Cuts Mini Bundle just for my readers. CHECK IT OUT HERE along with tutorials on how I used some of the products.

Around the Web March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Unfortunately, most bars and pubs are closed during this time of Coronavirus, but you can still imbibe at home and stay safe! Cheers!

PHOTOSHOP

About 5 years ago I created this video on “How to Add a Mat to Your Image in Photoshop Elements”. The process is basically the same in PS CC. This was posted on my Hazel Meredith page – I’m now using my Meredith Images page for new videos – subscribe at: https://www.youtube.com/MeredithImages

“How to Create a Powerful Metal Text Effect with Explosive Sparks” from Video Tutorials 411.

On PictureCorrect.com, “Eight of the Most Important PS Tools for Photographers”.

PHOTOGRAPHY

“What Can Photographers Do During this Coronavirus Downtime?” from fstoppers.com.

“How to Photograph an Airshow”, “Butterfly Photography Tips & Techniques” and “Some Thoughts on Composition” from PictureCorrect.com.

FREEBIES

From CreativeNerds, a “Paint Splatter Texture”

On CreatorsCouture, some Free Brushes as well as some cool ideas to use them in lettering.

Creative Fabrica has some great freebies! This week it’s a FREE FONT, but check out everything available!

On Photoshop Tutorials, get “10 Neapolitan Free Lightroom Presets”. If you like those, you can purchase the whole package of 50 presets.

SPRING SALE!

If you missed (or haven’t yet read) this week’s
SUNDAY SAMPLER, read it HERE NOW!

I have released 5 new Texture Sets and 2 new Brush Sets –
on sale at 50% off!

There are 12 Texture Sets being retired at the end of the month –
now 66% off!

All other Texture Sets, eBooks and One-on-One Tutoring
are now 25% off!

ALL SALE PRICES EXPIRE 3/31/2020

CHECK OUT THE DEALS HERE!
USE COUPON CODE SPRING25 FOR THE 25% OFF DISCOUNT

NEW DESIGN CUTS
MINI BUNDLE!

And last Thursday we released a new Design Cuts Mini Bundle just for my readers. CHECK IT OUT HERE along with tutorials on how I used some of the products.

We had to reschedule the Spring Creative Photography Conference due to the Coronavirus and restrictions on group gatherings.

NEW DATE – Oct. 9-11, 2020

The main Conference registration covers all sessions and hands-on photo-ops on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 10-11. On Friday, we have two optional pre-conference hands-on sessions in the afternoon.

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

BARNS & BACKROADS WORKSHOPS

The first Spring Barns & Backroads Workshop that had been scheduled to start the day after the Creative Photography Conference (April 27-30) has also been rescheduled. It will start on Oct. 12, the day after the rescheduled Conference and run through Oct. 15th.

The other 4 Spring Barns & Backroads workshops are scheduled for May & June. We will keep you posted as to whether they will need to be rescheduled.

Around the Web March 4

OK – I guess I confused everyone on Sunday – we didn’t change our clocks this past weekend – it’s NEXT weekend! And I knew that as I put it on my itinerary for my travel week so I wouldn’t forget!! Oops – sorry!

PHOTOSHOP

“How to Make Concrete Text with Break-Apart Effect in PS” from PSD Vault.

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Top Tips for Photographing People” from PictureCorrect.com.

From LightStalking.com, a “Roundup of Phenomenal Photography Links”. Everything from tutorials to some awesome photography!

FREEBIES

From WebDesignDev, “20 Print Ready PSD Party Flyers and Posters”. These will come in handy if you are planning an event!

New England Visit!

I’m in Massachusetts! Stop by if you are in the area!

  • 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).
    THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED LAST NIGHT!
  • 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!

Sunday Sampler March 1

Happy Sunday! Hope you enjoyed the extra day in February even though we lost an hour of sleep last night! This weekend began my Atlanta/New England trip!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is some “garden bokeh” images to use on your spring flowers when you have a busy background that you can’t avoid!

This week’s featured speaker is
Loretta Paul-Goldin of Milford, CT

Loretta is active in several camera clubs and organizations. She is an officer and member of the Milford (CT) Camera Club and treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Photographers (CAP). She also assists on the chairman’s committee of the New England Camera Club Council Conference.

In addition to being an active photographer, Loretta creates scrapbooks of images and items from her travels and activities. Her books have won many awards at fairs around Connecticut including the Durham Fair and the North Haven Fair.

In addition to being a speaker at our Conference, my friend Loretta assists us with registration and many other details for which I am very grateful!

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Loretta will show us how to create some of our own textures using alcohol inks. You can then photograph (or scan) these textures to use in your photo editing.

This example is one I created in last year’s session – it is now part of a texture pack in the Peacock Studio – https://www.meredithimages.com/product/alcohol-inks-1/

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Read all the Conference details at: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

SPECIAL RELEASE!

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

Check out the previous blog post for examples of how I used these products with my images: https://meredithimages.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/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.

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

Sunday Sampler Feb. 23

Happy Sunday! Heading in to the last week of February already! I can almost smell Spring!!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is some old peeling wood off a train car. I created several versions from light to heavy grunge. Enjoy!

This week’s featured speaker is
Roni Chastain of Long Island, NY.

Roni Chastain Photography
Ronichas.zenfolio.com

Roni has had a love of photography for over 40 years. She is graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, having completed the course in half the time. Roni was awarded merit awards from the school for two of her photos, which the school purchased.

She has photographed professional nursing organizations & conferences. Her photos have been used by American Academy of Pediatrics, a module for an online guide for parents, the book, Dr Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, IBFAN Calendar and The International Lactation Consultants Association. She has volunteered to photograph several fund raising events.

Roni has prepared and presented several slideshows of her travels to professional organizations and libraries on Long Island. This includes Port Washington Library, Glen Cove Library, Freeport Library, Plainview/Bethpage Library. She presented her program for the Great Neck Camera Club and Photograhic Federation of Long Island.

Roni’s work is on permanent display at the NY Institute of Photography and Molloy College Art Gallery.

Roni has had photos published in Popular Photography’s Your best Shot, the Glen Cove Record Pilot, Long Island Newsday, a Lindeman’s contest for Photo of the week. Her work has been exhibited in several locations on Long Island, including Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Juried Art Show, Long Island Center of Photography and FotoFoto Gallery. First National Bank of Long Island has purchased her photos for their annual calendar. Roni won Mass Audubon for her landscape image.

As the Organizer for the Long Island Photography Meetup, Roni arranged for photo shoots in the Tri-State region. Many were private photography tours. After 10 years doing this, the group was closed in 2017.

Roni is a free-lance photographer for the local newspapers. She co-led a photo tour to Cuba in January 2020.

Roni lives on Long Island. She is a mother and grandmother.

Read all the Conference details at: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/

SPECIAL RELEASE!

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

Check out the previous blog post for examples of how I used these products with my images: https://meredithimages.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/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.

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

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:

Sunday Sampler Jan. 26

Happy Sunday! On Friday evening we visited a local restaurant that is full of history. Check out my blog post on The Traveling Peacock at: http://thetravelingpeacock.com/2020/01/25/amis-mill-eatery-rogersville-tn/. Follow my blog and find me on Facebook and Instagram!

Sunday Sampler 01-19-2020

This week’s Sunday Sampler takes a palm frond image and gives you three variations created in Smart Photo Editor. The possibilities are endless!

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!

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:

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

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