New Workshops Announced!

Today I posted six new hands-on workshops to be held here in Stratford, CT.

* Elements Beginner
* Elements Intermediate
* Photoshop Beginner
* Photoshop Intermediate
* Creativity with Topaz
* Textures and Composites

They will be held on Sunday afternoons 1-4:30 pm beginning in March. Each workshop is just $69 per person. LIMIT 6 Students per session!

Bring your laptop and work along with me! Details on each workshop and registration links can be found on the website: https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/workshops/

New eBook “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum Into a Work of Art – Book 2”

The new book is progressing on time for an April 1st release! Thank you to those who have already pre-ordered their copy!

If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, take advantage of this opportunity to SAVE $5 when ordering the CD or Electronic version of the new book.

Use code PREORDER5 at checkout. Expires midnight 2/15/19 EST.

Head to: https://www.meredithimages.com/product-category/ebooks/ to place your order.

This eBook has lots of useful information for working with textures, overlays, compositing and more. Review blending modes; learn to create your own brushes then create textures of your own; composite several images into one new project; and twelve projects to practice your skills. Included are all of the images, textures, and brushes to complete all of the projects as well as some bonus goodies!

Don’t miss the last Conference in New England!
Join us May 18-19, 2019
at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Southbridge, MA,
for the 3rd Creative Photography Conference!

Join me and 7 other creative photographers to learn creative landscapes & multiple exposures; post-processing with PS, LR, Topaz & textures; iPhoneography/Apps; Lens Babies; plus: loaner lenses; shopping with Hunt’s Photo; hands-on photo-ops; lots of door prizes; a goody bag and MUCH more!

JUST ADDED – On Sunday we will have two photo walks with one of fabulous Tamron Tech Reps! Borrow a Tamron lens and do some shooting around the beautiful hotel grounds.

New for 2019 are two options for pre-conference hands-on workshops (John Barclay teaching Topaz and me teaching Textures); and optional Fri. and/or Sat. night buffet dinners.

Visit: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/ for all the details and to sign up! We’re over half-full already!

Dec. 2 – Sunday Sampler

For me, December is the beginning of the Holiday season (I’ll be decorating today). I like to wait until December for our Christmas decorations. Happy Hannukkah to those celebrating. Wishing you a joyous season whichever holiday to celebrate!

This week’s Sunday Sampler takes a palm frond from our visit during Thanksgiving Week to the Buffalo & Erie Botanical Garden, and works it several ways in Topaz Studio (using ReMix and Texture Effects). This beautiful greenhouse was designed to replicate the one at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. It’s great to wander from room to room and see the different styles of gardens and flowers

Another great site for some FREE brushes is BrushLovers.com. Click HERE to get some great bokeh brushes. Then scroll down and start searching for TONS more! They also have tabs at the top for textures, styles, patterns and vector art. As always, be sure to check the Terms of Use if you plan to use in commercial works.

If you are into mobile photography, there is a great site for reviews of software, tutorials, and more – theAppWhisperer.com. A great resource!

Heath has been busy editing webinars, and with the exception of John Barclay’s double session last week, all the rest are now posted on their site. Click here to learn some great info from all the Topaz presenters!

Last Call…Black Friday Deals!

Today is the last day to get in on Early Bird Registration for the May 18-19, 2019 Creative Photography Conference! Save $61 when you register by midnight tonight (EST). 

Held at the beautiful Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Southbridge, MA. Two days of creativity including: Creative photography techniques – landscapes & multiple exposures; Post-Processing (PS, LR, Topaz, Textures); iPhoneography/Apps; Lens Babies, hands-on photo ops, and much more!

Our Creative Speaker Lineup:
Anne Belmont (Chicago) – Lensbaby Specialist
John Barclay (PA) – “Creativity with Topaz” & “Dream, Believe, Create”
Mark Bowie (MA) – “Envision: The Art of Seeing Creatively” &
“Multiple Exposures for Maximum Landscapes”
Betty Wiley (Cape Cod) – “Get Creative with LR”, “Creative PS” & “Luminar”
Hazel Meredith (CT) – “Textures: Turn Ho-Hum Into a Work of Art” &
“Creating Your Own Textures in PS with Brushes featuring Grut Brushes”
Jane Driscoll (CT) – “iPhoneography + Apps” & “iColorama”
Loretta Paul-Goldin (CT) – “Create Your Own Textures with Alcohol Inks”
Jan Doyle (CT) – “Creative Projects with Your Photos” &
“Get Your Name Out – Free Publicity with YouTube”

And new in 2019!

Pre-Conference Hands-On Workshops

$69 (max. 24 people in each class)
Work along with our Pros!
Choice of “Creative Editing with Topaz” or “Creativity with Textures”
Bring your laptop (or follow along if you wish). Friday 1:00-4:30 pm
(You must be registered for the Creative Photography Conference to attend pre-conference workshops)

AND…There will be a Dinner Buffet available in the Visions Restaurant
both Friday and Saturday nights (similar to lunch with different entrees).
No waiting for food in a restaurant!
Relax, chat and socialize with friends and our speakers! $20 per person

We also have a block of rooms reserved at $139 (+ tax) per night. This year, the Brimfield Antiques weekend is the same time as our Conference, so this price is way below what the going rates will be. Don’t wait to book your room. Call 1-508-765-8000 and tell them you’re with the Meredith Images group.

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

Also expiring at midnight…

Pre-Order special on my 2nd eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art, Book 2”.

A continuation of Book 1 with even more projects, textures, brushes and much more! Learn some advanced techniques on compositing images as well as applying textures. 

Will retail for $25 – pre-order special just $15 for electronic, $20 with shipping for the CD. 

Grab your copy in the Peacock Studio HERE!

And, you can also get 25% off of Book 1 and all texture sets through midnight with the coupon code HOLIDAY2018. Click HERE!

Sales Extended thru Sunday!

I know it’s not Sunday, but I wanted to share some timely news!

The Early Bird Registration for the 3rd Creative Photography Conference and the pre-order and sales on my eBooks and textures were scheduled to end tonight.

Well…tomorrow is Dave’s birthday (Happy Birthday Dear!), and he wanted to give a gift to our followers and extend all deals until midnight Sunday! This will be it, so don’t miss your chance for some great savings!

Our 3rd Creative Photography Conference is filling up! We’ve had quite a few people take advantage of the chance to save $61 on their Registration! Just $289 until midnight Sunday, Dec. 2nd.  There will be no other discounts of registration, so don’t miss out! 

You can also sign up for the dinner buffet on Fri. and/or Sat. nights – no waiting in restaurants and you’ll get to spend more time with our speakers and other attendees. You can also choose one of the Friday afternoon pre-conference sessions with either John Barclay (Topaz) or me (textures). Just $69 to work along on your laptop with us.

Go to: https://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/ for all the details and to sign up!

WOW! The response has been amazing! Thank you to all who already pre-ordered my second eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art, Book 2”! 

This pre-order special is also extended through midnight Sunday, Dec. 2nd. Regular price will be $25 – pre-order special just $15! And if you haven’t gotten the first eBook, you can save 25% with the code HOLIDAY2018 at checkout (reg. $20, on sale for $15). Available as either a CD (+$5 shipping) or as an electronic download. Either way you get all the same goodies – a PDF eBook, all the images, textures and brushes to follow along with the projects, plus some bonus textures and brushes! 

All texture sets are also 25% off with the code HOLIDAY2018 through Sunday. There are 3 new sets available, plus many others. You can also grab copies of my Topaz webinar notes for the past 2 webinars (stay tuned for the date for the next one!).

You can find all the eBooks, textures and notes in the Peacock Studio at: https://www.meredithimages.com/products/

More Black Friday Deals!

We all love a great deal, and the following companies have some especially good ones!

Nicolai of Grut Brushes has an unprecedented Sale (he normally does not do sales at all). See his message below:

“I had a little too much fun putting the 5 deals together…you can save as much as 41% on one, and deal #3 will save you $25 so check them out before they expire. If you had your eye on something in the shop, this is your moment! The deals start Friday and disappear Monday night. I won’t do another sale on the site this year.   

If you miss it you will miss out!  The deals go live on Black Friday – see them here now!

Oh yes, and if your last order was the same as one of these deals but you bought the package for full price in the last 40 days, send me an email with your order number and I’ll send you a coupon for the difference! Retroactive sales are the kind I can get behind in good conscience.  

Thanks for all your support, and remember…when you buy my brushes, you are funding the next neat art tools I make!”   

Until next time, keep creating!   Nicolai

I am NOT an affiliate for Grut Brushes, I just think they are fabulous! His brushes are designed for digital art, however, I showed him some new uses for them as I use them to create textures! Grut Brushes will be one of the products I feature in my upcoming 2nd eBook which is now available for pre-order (more on that below).

DESIGN CUTS! My favorite company for awesome bundles of digital assets! 

BLACK FRIDAY BONANZA! Get All 50 Products For Just $99!

Pick up all 50 of these best selling products for just $99, reduced from $1486! (10% of all Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales go to the Pencils of Promise charity!) I’ll be grabbing this bundle myself! 

This deal is live NOW through midnight Monday (UK time).

Products include fonts, textures, brushes, patterns, templates, scene creators and much more. All products come with the Design Cuts extended license so you can use them on commercial projects as well as personal.

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

If you missed last weekend’s Sunday Sampler blog post, be sure to check it out for my current deals!

There’s a pre-release special deal on my 2nd eBook, “Working with Tetures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art, Book 2”, as well as a sale on some new textures in the Peacock Studio and the 2019 Creative Photography Conference!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

And don’t forget to check yesterday’s post with deals from Topaz and ThinkTank plus freebies!

Nov. 18 Sunday Sampler

Happy Thanksgiving week! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Let the shopping sales begin!

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of a patterned sidewalk that I edited 3 ways in Topaz! You can further edit as desired and/or change colors with hue/saturation or Topaz ReStyle (which changes the color palette of the image).

eBook 2 is in Process

Pre-Order to save 40%!

My second eBook is under way! This will be a continuation of Book 1, with more projects than ever; more textures; and more brushes! 

In Book 1 I showed you the basics of working with textures – how to find them, photograph them, and create your own in Photoshop with brushes. You learned how blending modes make our textures work with our images and turn them into your own “Work of Art”.

In Book Two, we will delve further into projects that incorporate many textures and brush overlays (sometimes as many as 6 or more!). You will learn to composite several images and how to make them blend seamlessly. I promised in Book One that I would show you how I created the cover art “Vultures & Cosmos” – that is one of many projects you will do (minimum of ten projects). 

As in Book One, you get a PDF file of the actual eBook plus all the textures, brushes and photos to follow along with the projects. There will be several extra bonus sets of textures and brushes as well (I’m still adding to this group).

THIS PRE-ORDER IS AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST, SUNDAY, NOV. 25th! SAVE 40% off the list price of $25 – Just $15!

It is available both as an electronic version or an actual CD. Shipping for CD’s in the U.S. is $5, outside the U.S. it’s $15.

Click HERE to go to the Peacock Studio store!

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Also new in the Peacock Studio are 3 new texture sets!

Just added today – 3 new computer-created texture sets – “Inky Leaks 1”; “Procreate 1”; and “Watercolor Designs 1”. 

These 3 sets as well as all of my texture sets and the first eBook are now 25% off until Sunday, Nov. 25th at midnight EST. 

These 3 texture sets are the first in 3 new series – more to be added soon!

These 3 sets are regular $6 – just $4.50 with the 25% sale. USE CODE HOLIDAY2018 AT CHECKOUT!

Click Peacock Studio to see all of our textures and products.

REMINDER…Early Bird Pricing for the 2019 Creative Photography Conference ends on Nov. 30th!

Save $61 and register for our great 2019 line up! No other discounts will be offered, so don’t miss the savings! CLICK HERE to read all the details and to register.

Registration includes all Sat. & Sun. seminars; photo-ops; lunch both days; coffee/tea & refreshments in the mornings; speaker notes on a flash drive; LOTS of door prizes; and a goody bag with discounts & freebies. There will also be vendor tables for your shopping pleasure!

New in 2019 are 2 pre-conference workshops on Friday afternoon (additional fee), as well as optional dinner buffet (save waiting!).  

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION!

The Black Friday Sales will be in full swing this week from many of the vendors I do business with! I’ll be sending another post or two this week to keep you up-to-date with the best deals!

Topaz’s sale will run Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday (I can’t reveal what it is yet!).

StudioMagic is having a FABULOUS sale on all of their products (they have over 60 of them! You DON’T want to miss this one for sure!

And many of the companies that do “bundles” of products will be releasing info soon — stay tuned!

Gobble! Gobble!

Sept. 3 – Sunday Sampler + Exhibit + Seminars + Tuts

Happy September! Where did the summer go?? Every month flies by these days and Sept. & Oct. are exceptionally busy for me this year!

Yesterday we headed to Scranton, PA to Steamtown National Historic Site for “Railfest 2017”. We weren’t going to go this year, but when they added a Night Shoot, well, we were IN!

Unfortunately we had some rain to contend with, but got some cool shots. Here’s one of my faves – those white dots are not stars, but raindrops!

This week’s Sunday Sampler consists of – what else?  – but rusty textures from some of the old trains in the rail yard. Next to the steam engines, my favorite part! Enjoy!

 

REVIEW IN PSA JOURNAL OF MY eBOOK

The columnist for the PSA book review column had asked for my eBook to review about a year ago. It takes a while for reviews to be scheduled into the Journal, and I was surprised to see my eBook in this month’s column – and in a nicely accented boxed format! Thanks Marie!

I am planning to have the “sequel” done by Spring!

 

EXHIBIT OF MY PHOTOS

Yesterday morning before heading to Steamtown, we hung 20 of my “creative” images at the Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT.  I’m having an artist’s reception on Sat., Sept. 23rd from 2-4 p.m. I will also have cards, bookmarks and my eBook for sale at the reception. Please stop in and say “hi”!

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

I have several camera club seminars scheduled for Sept., Oct. & Nov. If you are in the area, please stop by! Even if you are not a member of the club, guests are welcome!

Sept. 6 – Greater Bridgeport Camera Club, Stratford, CT – “Getting Started with ProShow Gold”

Sept. 18 – Island Photo Group, Farmingdale, Long Island, NY – “HDR/Topaz/Textures”

Sept. 27 – Merrimack Valley Camera Club,k Andover, MA – “Calibrating Your Monitor”

Oct. 17 – Castle Craig Camera Club, Meriden, CT – “Photoshop Elements Basics”

Oct. 21-24 – SEDONA, AZ – Our Workshop! See http://www.meredithimages.com/workshops/ for more info!

Nov. 18 – Bronx Photographic Society, Bronx, NY – “Textures & Topaz”

 

TUTORIALS

Some cool techniques – 20 Double Exposure Tutorials

And on Light Stalking, 30 Photography Tutorials and Links that You Will Love

 

Have a great week!

April 24th – Sunday Sampler – Late Again!!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay again – almost done getting the home office redone! Couple more boxes of stuff to sort through and find a home for (or send to the trash)!

For this week’s textures, I took a photo of a simple blue towel (#1). I then applied the Stained Glass filter – in Elements (#2). #3 has a slight Gaussian Blur; and #4 is a much greater amount of blur. Remember, you are not limited to just the image you take for a texture – you can modify it countless ways and change colors as well. P.S. I did not add the brighter center to the stained glass image – it happened by itself when I applied the filter – happy coincidence!

Click HERE for this week’s textures.

And yesterday at our Connecticut Association of Photographers board meeting, my good friend Loretta Paul-Goldin surprised me with a framed copy of my eBook! It was like getting a gold record! A much appreciated gift – now hanging in the home office! Thanks Loretta!Framed CD

If you haven’t yet grabbed your own copy, visit www.MeredithImages.com/products/

My Next Topaz Webinar – March 15th!!

Ravenel Bridge Textured

The March schedule of Topaz webinars was released today – they have four opportunities for you to learn all about Topaz products and how they can make your photos shine!

I’m pleased to be among the speakers for the month – join me on March 15th (5:00 EST; 4:00 CST) for :

“Textures and Beyond: Creativity with Topaz”

Join me as I demonstrate how to unleash your creativity with textures and the Topaz Suite. Not only are there 350+ textures built into Topaz Textures, you can add your own textures to the library to make working with them easier than ever. But…before you import your textures, I will show you how to really get creative and utilize various Topaz products to modify your textures and create an even larger library of variations.

http://blog.topazlabs.com/webinars/

Be sure to sign up early – and the day of the event be sure to sign in about 10-15 minutes before the start time so you don’t get shut out! Even though there are 1,000 spots for their webinars, more people are allowed to sign up as there are always those who sign up and can’t make it that day. But I know they fill to capacity quickly as people start logging in!

Here are a few projects I will be demonstrating:

Modifying your own texture with various Topaz Products:

Blue & Tan - 3 ways

Using my own textures – modified in Topaz – on an image:

Capitol-Bar Before-After-Textures

2 cranes - 2 textures

 

And….

If you haven’t yet grabbed your copy of my textures eBook, “Working with Textures and Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art” watch for a discount at the end of the Topaz webinar (you can save 25%)!

I’m already working on some cool new techniques for Book 2!

 

Textures eBook – Topaz promo code extended until Sunday!

Hi everyone,

If you did not already know, I was pleased to be a presenter for a Topaz Labs webinar this past Tuesday. I used a variety of Topaz products to turn photos “from Ho-Hum to a work of art”!

At the end of the seminar Topaz gave out a code for 25% all Topaz products through Sunday — Hazelweb1 — this can be used for purchasing any product, the whole bundle AND to upgrade if you are missing any of the latest products (to upgrade, just log in to your account and it will tell you how much it is to upgrade based on what you already own. You can then also use this code to save an additional 25%).

I had also offered a special 25% off code on my Textures eBook — TOPAZ25. This was scheduled to end at midnight Friday — I am going to extend it until Sunday as well.

So if you haven’t already grabbed your copy (available on CD or electronically), visit http://www.MeredithImages.com/products/ and save $5 off the regular price of $20. Makes a great gift for yourself or a friend!

Stay tuned over the Winter months for upcoming workshops, seminars and – hopefully – more webinars! I’ve had fabulous feedback on Tuesday’s session – thank you to everyone who commented. It is very much appreciated.

Wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season on whatever holiday you celebrate. Have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year and I’ll talk to you in 2016!

Template 202B 4 Panel Wallet No Spine

Textures eBook – Special Pre-Sale!

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to say my eBook, “Working with Textures & Overlays: From Ho-Hum to Work of Art” is finally done! It is out for CD copying and printing of the wallet that it will arrive in!

Template 202B 4 Panel Wallet No Spine

I’d like to offer my loyal readers, students and friends a pre-sale discount of 25% off the list price of $20. AND it includes tax and shipping for that $15 sale price! This offer will expire on October 31st, so be sure to grab your copy now. I expect to be shipping the last week of October.

Click HERE to go to the sale page! You do not need any special codes, the sale price will automatically appear when you go to your cart to check out.

I’ve let a few special friends preview the book and here are a couple of their comments…

“Hazel’s ‘Working with Textures’ ebook is an excellent learning tool for those interested in texturing images and has some great advanced tips for those who are already texturing.  The easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, and broadly layed-out graphics for photoshop tips are refreshing. 

“‘Working with Textures’ reflects Hazel’s open and informative live teaching style and should be on the iPad (or other device) of every creative photographer.”

Tony Sweet, CEO of Visual Artistry workshops and Creativity Seminars, author, and DVD co-producer

 

“For years, Hazel has been teaching all about textures in her highly regarded seminars. Now, you can have Hazel’s wealth of texture knowledge in this excellent and easy to use eBook. The book is full of practical and useful information. Whether you wish to use purchased textures or create your own, Hazel will teach you the techniques you need to craft your own unique images.”

John Barclay, John Barclay Photography, “Dream-Believe-Create”