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!

Sunday Sampler, Freebies, Updates

Happy Sunday! It’s been a little rainy and chilly in New England this week! My visit to the Cape was downright COLD on Wednesday with wind whipping off the water. The rain prevented any kind of sunrise photography – bah! But, I managed to “shop my way” across the Cape! Hello Christmas Tree Shops (yes plural)!

So here are a few more textures from past Cape Cod trips that will make some nice backgrounds for you! Enjoy the Sunday Sampler!

 

 

One of the things I am often asked about, and that I teach in my Photoshop and Elements workshops, is how to cut out an image from the background so that you can place a new background behind your subject. I found this great tutorial that shows the process step-by-step – check it out at WebDesignDev.com.

 

 

QUICK CONFERENCE UPDATES

Attendees that have registered so far for the Creative Photography Conference range from “locals” who live in New England to those as far away as Michigan, Illinois, Virginia and Texas! I can’t wait to see everyone there!

GREAT NEWS! The guaranteed hotel rate of $129 was set to expire on April 20th — however, the hotel has agreed to extend that for as long as they have rooms available!

SO…..I extended my offer of a “buddy bonus” to the two clubs I visited this past week…..and I’ll extend it to all of my dear readers as well. Register for the Conference with a “buddy” and you each save $50 on your registration fee. To get the special, you must register 2 people together in the cart, and use the code buddy100 to save the $100. Click HERE to go to the sign up page! This offer is good only through midnight May 6th.

FREEBIES!

Line25.com has a great listing of the 20 Best Free Photo Overlay Brushes for Photoshop. And they also have 20 Decorative Typefaces worth Downloading.

PictureCorrect.com offers 35 Premium Photoshop Tutorials: How to do Photo Manipulation. These cover a wide range of techniques and skill levels – check them out for some inspiration!

 

SEDONA WORKSHOP UPDATE

In the flyer with preliminary info on this workshop I mention I was working on getting us early access to the Sedona Heritage Museum – Accomplished! We will be visiting from 9-11 a.m. before the museum is open to the public, though we can stay longer as well to see the artisans that are scheduled for the day. Check out the info HERE! The workshop is limited to 8 attendees and two people who were in the group last year are returning, so there are 6 spots open.

Click HERE for more details. And HERE to sign up!

 

 

 

 

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/

Hunt’s Happenings, Bosque del Apache Workshop & more!

Hi fellow Photogs! The calendar says September, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature! Whew, it’s a little warm out there! Can’t wait for the crisp mornings of Autumn and the beautiful foliage!

My friend Gary Farber and his crew at Hunt’s Photo + Video have lots of great seminars, workshops and events coming up.

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Check out their “Hunt’s Happenings” for a Fall full of seminars at http://www.wbhunt.com/events/ . Then head over to their main website to find out about the upcoming Tamron Tailgate Tour at the South Portland, ME location on Fri., Sept. 25th from 12-4. There are all kinds of cool things going on!  Tamron Tailgate Tour

Bosque

Hunt’s is also co-sponsor along with the Friends of the Bosque for a fabulous Winter Workshop at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, NM. I attended this workshop in Jan. 2015 (the first one held) and it was SO much fun. I learned a lot and got some great pics:

Bosque - 4 imagesIf you have never been at a location when THOUSANDS of birds take off at the same time, then you MUST experience it! When the snow geese take off it’s a wall of black and white! (Yes, this is a “color” photo!)Blast Off-web

If you are interested, find more info and registration here: Photography Intensive at Bosque del Apache.

AND…if you can’t wait till January to visit Bosque, join me there in November for the Festival of the Cranes, the 17th-22nd. I will be teaching 9 workshops in 5 days – Elements Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, as well as Photomatix HDR, and Working with Textures. Registration just started today! Find details at: Festival of the Cranes.

AND…if you REALLY like birding and bird photography, I will also be teaching seminars and doing field workshops – including from an airboat – at the Spacecoast Birding & Wildlife Festival in Titusville, FL, Jan. 20-25, 2016. (Note: they are currently updating the website for 2016 info – keep checking for updates.)  Florida Sunrise - comp

Gator heading for the water-web

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AND…

Don’t forget my two upcoming Connecticut workshops! “Lightroom Basics”, Sat., Oct. 17th and “Working with Textures & Overlays – Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art”, Sat., Oct. 31st.

Find all the details and sign up on my MeetUp page at: Meredith-Images-Photo-Workshops-Tours/

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com. Thank you!

How to Straighten an Image in Photoshop

Hi everyone! Brrrrr!!!! It was quite cold today in CT – around zero this morning and in the teens all day! I’m SO ready for Spring!!

While we’re indoors we’d might as well spend some time editing all those summer photos!

One thing that I’m very aware of – and I comment often on this when judging a photo competition – is to be sure that the horizon line of your image is straight. Whether it’s a true horizon, or the line where a wall and floor meet, we need to keep these in the proper alignment. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do this in both Photoshop CS/CC and Elements! Enjoy!

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CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TUTORIAL!

Collage & Text Effects Tuts

Here are some cool tutorials from around the web this week:

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Create a photo collage. Handy for bloggers and also if you want to create a collage for a card, poster, etc. Will work with Elements as well as CS/CC. I did the one above in Elements and added a type layer too.

http://www.manfrottoimaginemore.com/2015/02/17/create-blog-photo-collages-with-photoshop/#.VOjJDfnF98E

 

Here are two great text effects – for CS/CC users:

http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-an-easy-3d-metallic-text-effect-in-adobe-photoshop–cms-23040

http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-a-3d-retro-text-effect-using-layer-styles-in-adobe-photoshop–cms-23118

 

Enjoy!

Hazel

Matting in Photoshop for Printing

White Azaleas - 4 2LO textures-matted

I just posted my first video tutorial on YouTube on how to mat your photo for printing (so you don’t have to cut an actual mat). I decided to do this when I had 21 photos to frame for my office! I didn’t want to spend all that time (or $$) on 21 mats! Hope this helps you too!

 

Holiday Gift Idea!

Need a gift idea for that hard-to-buy-for photographer (or a treat for yourself)?

Meredith Images offers tutoring for individuals and small groups on Basic Photography; Photoshop Elements (beginner, intermediate or advanced); Creating Photographic Art with Textures; and HDR photography. Buy a single session or a package tailored to the photographer’s needs.

We also have two Photographic Workshops planned for 2014 – March 22-26 “Bird & Wildlife Photography in Florida” and May 14-18 “Western New York” (HDR; macro; landscape; animals; waterfalls). Details on workshops are available on our website (www.MeredithImages.com) or e-mail me atHazel@MeredithImages.com for more info.

Spring Semester Registration

Registration is now open for the Spring semesters of Milford & North Haven Adult Ed classes!

MILFORD ADULT EDUCATION
Photoshop Elements INTERMEDIATE (6 classes) – Tuesdays, Feb. 26, March 5, March 12, March 26, April 2, April 9
HDR Imaging (2 classes) – Tuesdays, April 23 & April 30
link to brochure (see page 11 for class descriptions):
http://www.milforded.org/uploaded/MPSProgramServ/adult_ed/Adult_ed_Spring_2013_booklet.pdf

NORTH HAVEN ADULT EDUCATION
Photoshop Elements BEGINNER (5 classes) – Thursdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 7
Photoshop Elements INTERMEDIATE (5 classes) – Thursdays, March 28, April 4, April 11, May 2, May 16
HDR Imaging (2 classes) – Tuesdays, May 7 & May 14
link to brochure (see page 9 for HDR & page 13 for Elements):
http://www.north-haven.k12.ct.us/Download.asp?L=1&LMID=287385&PN=DocumentUploads&DivisionID=7163&DepartmentID=&SubDepartmentID=&SubP=&Act=Download&T=1&I=234734

Adding a Stroke Around Type

I had a question from a student at last week’s NECCC Conference about how to add a stroke (outline) around type. It’s a fairly simple process – here are the steps:

1) Add your type to your project. You need to be sure the typeface and placement are exactly what you want as you will not be able to edit them after the next step.

2) Be sure your type layer is active. Go to LAYER > SIMPLIFY LAYER. This places the type on a transparent background.

3) Make a selection of the type. There are two ways you can do this. Using the MAGIC WAND tool, select the first letter – hold the shift key (to add to your selection) and click on each letter.

If you have lots of type to select, a quicker way is to select the Background, then add to the selection by choosing any areas inside of letters (like the “a”, “o”, “e”, or loops of any script styles). Then inverse the selection (SELECT > INVERSE SELECTION) and your type will be selected.

4) To make the stroke: EDIT > STROKE (OUTLINE) SELECTION. Choose your color and width in pixels and say OK. If you do not like the color or size of the stroke, go back a step in your Undo History (or hit “Control + Z”) then re-do.

5) Control + D to deselect when done.

Below is a screen shot of a finished example. (Click on the photo for a larger view.)