Around the Web Nov. 9

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect: “4 Tips for More Interesting Travel Photos”, “Daytime Fill Flash Demo”, “How to Photograph a Campsite with Long Exposures”, “Adjusting Contrast vs Clarity for Better Photos”, “Candlelight Portraits”, “Tips for Traveling with Camera Gear”, “Everything You Need to Know About Auto Exposure Bracketing”.

PHOTOSHOP

From PhotoshopRoadmap: “How to Place Text Behind Anything in PS”

FREEBIES

From Pixelbuddha: “Free Texture Brushes for PROCREATE”, “Shader PROCREATE Brushes”, “Grain PROCREATE Brushes” (NOTE: Procreate brushes do not work in Photoshop or any program except Procreate!)

From PixelSurplus: “Free Seawave Typeface”

From CreativeNerds: “50 Best Free Fonts from 2022”

From GraphicDesignFreebies: “Free Angelic Bonques Font Duo”

From PhotoshopTutorials: “25 November LR Presets and LUTs”

See post below for more great FREE bundles from Creative Fabrica!

NEXT WEBINAR

Tuesday, November 15th at 4:00 p.m.
“Create the Mood of Your Image with
Plug-Ins & Textures”

I’ve updated the title and description of this webinar as I finished creating it yesterday!

In this webinar I will demonstrate creating some “moody” images utilizing plug-ins, Photoshop filters and textures.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

And don’t forget to grab your copy of the notes
(includes notes, images & textures).

Grab them now for just $5!

Reg. $7.50

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY

The “Black Friday” Deals are Starting!!

We all get inundated with Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday Sales, etc., etc., so I’ll only share the best of the best that I find from my partner companies!

First up is the “Whole Shop Bundle of over 10,000+ Items” from Pixelo! JUST $39 includes Extended Commercial License.

Bundle Includes: 20 T-Shirt Design Bundle; 120 Professional HDR Photoshop Actions; 200+ Mixed Editable T-shirt Designs Bundle; 800+ Professional Logos Bundle; 830 in 1 Mega Creative Photoshop Actions Bundle; 970 Vintage, Classic, Luxurious Illustrations Bundle; 1090+ Mega T-Shirt Designs Bundle; 1100 Watercolor Illustration Bundle; 1120 Mandala Illustration Collection; 2000+ Mega Design Elements Bundle; All in One Unique Seamless Patterns Collection.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

This deal from Pixelbuddha (sold through Creative Market) is a great deal! Just $24 (personal license) or $29 for commercial license, for a HUGE bundle of 240+ Products across several categories. The 2022 Black Friday Bundle includes 44 newest releases. Among these products, you will find genuinely legendary products. For example, the Printing Press Procreate Brushes, Plot Twist Collage Creator, and Nebula Abstract Gradient Textures. All the effects allow creators to express themselves in any style, from cyberpunk to fine art.

Categories include: Mockup Templates & Scene Generators; Social Media Templates; Text Effects; Brush Sets; Photo Effects, Overlays & Actions; and Textures, Patterns, Icons!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

More FREE Bundles in November
from Creative Fabrica!

If you didn’t get enough last month, they’re doing another month of daily FREEBIES!! Here are the links for the bundles releasing 11/1 – 11/6 (they are available for approx. 3 weeks from day of release). If you missed the bundles from the end of last month, scroll back through previous blog posts.

Nov. 7 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/3d-christmas-svg-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 8 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-huge-crafting-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 9 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/fairy-tale-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 10 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/all-in-collection-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 11 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/calligraphy-collection/ref/1122667/

Nov. 12 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/huge-svg-bundle-mega-bundle-svg-2/ref/1122667/

Nov. 13 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-beautiful-font-bundle-2/ref/1122667/

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

OUR LINE-UP IS COMPLETE!!

Click the speaker name below for detailed bio and class descriptions
(Still getting info in!)

David Desrochers (NJ)
“Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)”
“Landscape Editing Techniques” **
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
“Floral Portraits Using Lightbox”
“Photographing Places of Worship”

Mark Houde (CT)
“Finding Creativity in Airborne Imagery”
“Pro Tips for Shooting iPhone Pro RAW”

Mary Boucher (MA)
“Easy Still Life Photography at Home”

Carol Mossa (RI)
“Unique Perspectives: What to Leave In, What to Leave Out”

Jackie Kramer (FL)
“Creative Post-Processing in PS Using Textures”
“Let’s Get Creative with Lightroom Masking”

Dave Meredith (TN)
Topic TBA

Hazel Meredith (TN)
Topics TBA

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Sunday Sampler Nov. 6

Today’s Sunday Sampler is some red rock from Sedona – where we’ll be in a couple of weeks!! Can’t wait to get back to the Southwest – it’s been 5 years since our last visit. We’ll be DRIVING from TN to Sedona – a 3-day road trip! Plan to hit many stops along Route 66 once we get through Oklahoma City! My friend, Lisa K., is flying down from CT and joining us on the way out! A wonderful workshop group will be joining us for part of our visit. Then Dave & I will have a couple of days to relax before heading back to TN with more stops along the way!

NEXT WEBINAR

Tuesday, November 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Using Plug-Ins to Make Creative Images

I’ll use some of my favorites like Nik & Luminar, as well as some of my newer software finds!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Image in Competition
Voting closes Monday!

Ok friends, I need your vote!!! I entered a contest for photos to be on the 2023 TN Wildlife Resources Agency calendar. There were over 5,000 entries. They’ve narrowed it down to 10 entries in 8 categories – my photo is in the deer category (image below-no watermark on the competition image). Voting is open now through Nov. 7th! Here is the link (you can only vote once): https://www.tn.gov/twra/news/2022/11/1/public-invited-to-participate-in-voting-for-tennessee-wildlife-calendar-photos.html
Thanks!!

Topaz Video AI

If you shoot video, Topaz Video AI will give you tack-sharp 4K at a smooth 60FPS.

Unlimited access to the world’s leading production-grade neural networks for video upscaling, deinterlacing, motion interpolation, and shake stabilization – all optimized for your local workstation.

Production-grade AI models for professional use cases

Topaz Video AI focuses solely on completing a few video enhancement tasks really well: deinterlacing, upscaling, and motion interpolation. We’ve taken five years to craft AI models robust enough for natural results on real-world footage.

Topaz Video AI will also take full advantage of your modern workstation, as we partner directly with hardware manufacturers to optimize processing times. (Many of them already use Topaz Video AI to benchmark AI inference.) Own the software and use it for as many projects as you like, right in your existing workflow.

On Sale till Friday, Nov. 4th (tomorrow) for just $159 (reg. $299 – save $140).

CLICK HERE to grab the savings!

More FREE Bundles in November
from Creative Fabrica!

If you didn’t get enough last month, they’re doing another month of daily FREEBIES!! Here are the links for the bundles releasing 11/1 – 11/6 (they are available for approx. 3 weeks from day of release). If you missed the bundles from the end of last month, scroll back through previous blog posts.

Nov. 1 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/rainbow-digital-paper-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 2 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-ultimate-crafting-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 3 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/adorable-christmas-graphic-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 4 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/swashy-font-bundle-2/ref/1122667/

Nov. 5 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/christmas-ornament-laser-cut-designs-svg/ref/1122667/

Nov. 6 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/new-bundle-best-seller/ref/1122667/

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

OUR LINE-UP IS COMPLETE!!

Click the speaker name below for detailed bio and class descriptions
(Still getting info in!)

David Desrochers (NJ)
“Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)”
“Landscape Editing Techniques” **
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
“Floral Portraits Using Lightbox”
“Photographing Places of Worship”

Mark Houde (CT)
“Finding Creativity in Airborne Imagery”
“Pro Tips for Shooting iPhone Pro RAW”

Mary Boucher (MA)
“Easy Still Life Photography at Home”

Carol Mossa (RI)
“Unique Perspectives: What to Leave In, What to Leave Out”

Jackie Kramer (FL)
“Creative Post-Processing in PS Using Textures”
“Let’s Get Creative with Lightroom Masking”

Dave Meredith (TN)
Topic TBA

Hazel Meredith (TN)
Topics TBA

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Around the Web Nov. 3

A day late this week – got involved with projects yesterday!

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect: “Using Facial Shadows in Studio Portraits”, “6 Tips for Landscape Compositions”, “Macro Focus Bracketing & Lighting”, “Short Lighting for Portraits”, “How to Use ND and Grad ND Filters”, “How to Achieve Multiple Catchlights in Portraits”, “Rembrandt Lighting”, “How to Use Light Reflectors”.

PHOTOSHOP

From PhotoshopTrainingChannel: “Create Smooth Seamless Backdrops in PS (Fast & Easy)”

From Shutterbug: “50 Awesome PS Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts for Epic Nature and Travel Photos”

From PhotoshopRoadmap: “How to Create a Storm Photo Effect in PS”, “Create a Realistic Paper Cutout Text Effect in PS”, “Make Eyes Dramatic in 30 Seconds with PS”

FREEBIES

From PhotoshopTutorials: “25 Airy Wedding LR Presets & LUTs”

From DealJumbo: “Free Paint Backgrounds”, “Grunge Paper Overlays”, “Free Ripped Paper Pack”

From PixelBuddha: “Iridescent Chrome Text Effect”, “Forged Steel Text Effect”

NEXT WEBINAR

Tuesday, November 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Using Plug-Ins to Make Creative Images

I’ll use some of my favorites like Nik & Luminar, as well as some of my newer software finds!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Image in Competition

Ok friends, I need your vote!!! I entered a contest for photos to be on the 2023 TN Wildlife Resources Agency calendar. There were over 5,000 entries. They’ve narrowed it down to 10 entries in 8 categories – my photo is in the deer category (image below-no watermark on the competition image). Voting is open now through Nov. 7th! Here is the link (you can only vote once): https://www.tn.gov/twra/news/2022/11/1/public-invited-to-participate-in-voting-for-tennessee-wildlife-calendar-photos.html
Thanks!!

Topaz Video AI

If you shoot video, Topaz Video AI will give you tack-sharp 4K at a smooth 60FPS.

Unlimited access to the world’s leading production-grade neural networks for video upscaling, deinterlacing, motion interpolation, and shake stabilization – all optimized for your local workstation.

Production-grade AI models for professional use cases

Topaz Video AI focuses solely on completing a few video enhancement tasks really well: deinterlacing, upscaling, and motion interpolation. We’ve taken five years to craft AI models robust enough for natural results on real-world footage.

Topaz Video AI will also take full advantage of your modern workstation, as we partner directly with hardware manufacturers to optimize processing times. (Many of them already use Topaz Video AI to benchmark AI inference.) Own the software and use it for as many projects as you like, right in your existing workflow.

On Sale till Friday, Nov. 4th (tomorrow) for just $159 (reg. $299 – save $140).

CLICK HERE to grab the savings!

More FREE Bundles in November
from Creative Fabrica!

If you didn’t get enough last month, they’re doing another month of daily FREEBIES!! Here are the links for the bundles releasing 11/1 – 11/6 (they are available for approx. 3 weeks from day of release). If you missed the bundles from the end of last month, scroll back through previous blog posts.

Nov. 1 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/rainbow-digital-paper-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 2 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-ultimate-crafting-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 3 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/adorable-christmas-graphic-bundle/ref/1122667/

Nov. 4 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/swashy-font-bundle-2/ref/1122667/

Nov. 5 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/christmas-ornament-laser-cut-designs-svg/ref/1122667/

Nov. 6 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/new-bundle-best-seller/ref/1122667/

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

OUR LINE-UP IS COMPLETE!!

Click the speaker name below for detailed bio and class descriptions
(Still getting info in!)

David Desrochers (NJ)
“Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)”
“Landscape Editing Techniques” **
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
“Floral Portraits Using Lightbox”
“Photographing Places of Worship”

Mark Houde (CT)
“Finding Creativity in Airborne Imagery”
“Pro Tips for Shooting iPhone Pro RAW”

Mary Boucher (MA)
“Easy Still Life Photography at Home”

Carol Mossa (RI)
“Unique Perspectives: What to Leave In, What to Leave Out”

Jackie Kramer (FL)
“Creative Post-Processing in PS Using Textures”
“Let’s Get Creative with Lightroom Masking”

Dave Meredith (TN)
Topic TBA

Hazel Meredith (TN)
Topics TBA

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Sunday Sampler Oct. 30

Today’s Sunday Sampler has gone through many manipulations! It began as chipped paint on metal that I originally turned into a painterly effect with Topaz Studio 2 Impression. I created more versions yesterday with Smart Photo Editor! Enjoy!

NEXT WEBINAR

SAVE THE DATE!

Tuesday, November 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Topic TBA Soon!!

Luminar Neo
Next Extension Revealed!

Skylum revealed last week that the next in the first batch of 7 Extensions will be “Supersharp AI” releasing in November. The first extension was HDR Merge, then Noiseless AI, which have been released. In November, we will get the releases of Upscale AI, AI Background Removal (for non-portrait images), and Focus Stacking in addition to Supersharp AI. There will be one more release in December, which has not been announced yet.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL OFFER!

If you already own Luminar Neo as a purchased product, it would be beneficial to switch to the new yearly plan for just $79 (renews at $109). This gives you access to all 7 extensions releasing in 2022, AND any extensions that release in 2023 up to your renewal date!!

OR…

For new users of Luminar Neo, you can get the “Explore” Yearly Plan for $79 (Save $40 – for one license), which includes Luminar Neo and a Seasonal Collection (20 presets/10 skies) FREE!

OR…You can get the “Pro Yearly Plan” for $109 (Save $70 – for 2 licenses), which includes Luminar Neo, ALL extensions released during the year of your plan, the Seasonal Collection mentioned above PLUS Halloween Unmasked LUTs collection!

If you wish to not do the subscription and just purchase the extensions, they sell for $269 (reg. $299) for only the seven 2022 releases. Any extensions released in 2023 would be an additional cost.

I know people tend to shy away from software subscriptions, but in this case, I think it’s a really good deal!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

2 New Products from LayerCake
SALE ENDS TOMORROW!!

My friend, Gavin, from LayerCake, has designed two new products. The first is a “Bird or Butterfly Dispersion Effect”. This is not just an ‘action’. You have complete control over how the effect is applied, as well as what elements (100 high res png’s included) are used. He has a 90-second demo on the website HERE, and you get a 30 minute tutorial with the product that shows you exactly how to create the effect.

The second product is an all-new bundle of “1,000 Overlays including Bokeh, falling leaves, Halloween items and much more.

You can purchase just the Dispersion Effect for $20
OR
Just the Overlays for $20
OR
The combo of both bundles for ONLY $24

CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

Offer expires 10/31/22

More FREE Bundles from
Creative Fabrica!

If you didn’t get enough last month, they’re doing another month of daily FREEBIES!! Here are the links for the bundles releasing 10/24 – 10/31 (they are available for approx. 3 weeks from day of release). If you missed the bundles from earlier in the month, scroll back through previous blog posts.

Oct 24 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-best-swashes-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct 25 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/ultimate-collection-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 26 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-fabulous-graphic-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 27 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/crafters-collection-pack-bundle-2/ref/1122667/

Oct. 28 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/dumadistyle-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 29 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/crafter-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 30 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/thanksgiving-mega-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 31 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-massive-fonts-bundle/ref/1122667/

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

OUR LINE-UP IS COMPLETE!!

Click the speaker name below for detailed bio and class descriptions
(Still getting info in!)

David Desrochers (NJ)
“Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)”
“Landscape Editing Techniques” **
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
“Floral Portraits Using Lightbox”
“Photographing Places of Worship”

Mark Houde (CT)
“Finding Creativity in Airborne Imagery”
“Pro Tips for Shooting iPhone Pro RAW”

Mary Boucher (MA)
“Easy Still Life Photography at Home”

Carol Mossa (RI)
“Unique Perspectives: What to Leave In, What to Leave Out”

Jackie Kramer (FL)
“Creative Post-Processing in PS Using Textures”
“Let’s Get Creative with Lightroom Masking”

Dave Meredith (TN)
Topic TBA

Hazel Meredith (TN)
Topics TBA

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Around the Web Oct. 26

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect: “How to Use Light Reflectors”, “How to Take Macro Wildlife Photos in a Rainforest”, “8 Ways to Step Up for Autumn Photography”, “3 Factors that Control Depth of Field”, “4 Reasons to Bring Your Tripod when You Travel”, “Seascape Long Exposures”.

PHOTOSHOP

From CreativeNerds: “How to Create an Ice Cold Text Effect

From Shutterbug: “Here’s What’s NEW in the Latest Version of PS”

From PhotoshopRoadmap: “How to Change the Background Color in PS”, “Generate a Perspective Motion Effect with PS”

From PictureCorrect: “Beginner’s Guide to Tonal Adjustment Sliders in Camera Raw”, “3 Tips for Editing Crazy Colors in PS”

FREEBIES

See below for more great free bundles from Creative Fabrica!!

WEBINAR REPLAY

What a fun webinar!
“How Do I Decide What Textures to Use?”

A question that I am often asked is, “HOW do you decide which texture or textures to use on your image? What is your thought process and where does one begin?” This webinar was “live” edits where I showed my thought process and how I begin to select textures for an image. I did not choose textures ahead of time, just the images I used! You don’t want to miss this replay!!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REPLAY!
AND…
THE NOTES ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!

SALES END TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT (ET)

Just $5 (reg. $7.50)
Includes the images used and ALL the textures I used and tried (14 of them)…PLUS…a bonus set of 6 textures for 20 textures total!! An awesome deal at $5!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY!
AND…
If you’d like to get the full sets
of any of the textures used in the webinar,
SAVE 33% on ALL TEXTURE SETS
(Textures, Brushes, Gradients, Skies, etc.)
Use the code WEBBONUS33 at checkout!

Sale prices end at midnight on Oct. 26th (ET)

NEXT WEBINAR

SAVE THE DATE!

Tuesday, November 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Topic TBA Soon!!

DxO PhotoLab 6 & ViewPoint 4

The RAW photo editing software that will take your images to the next level.
Intuitive tools delivering unparelleled quality!
Power and efficiency. Science and creativity.

SIX REASONS WHY DxO PhotoLab6 is the RAW photo editing software for you:

  • Unparalleled image quality – DxO’s unique DeepPRIME denoising and exceptional color science raise the bar for RAW processing.
  • Innovative creative tools – Master color and tone with powerful, creative editing tools that you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Powerful photo management – Search and sort your photos with simple, effective tags, keywords, and project hierarchies.
  • Legendary optical corrections – Market-leading corrections built on 20 years of research, giving you sharper images, free of imperfections.
  • Intuitive local adjustments – with DxO’s exclusive U Point (TM) technology you can make targeted edits without tricky masks.
  • No subscription – DxO’s software has always been free of subscription – once you buy it, it’s yours for good!

**Purchase (new user) for
$219 (OR – 4 pmts of $54.75)**

**Upgrade (current user) for $75 (OR – 4 pmts of $18.75)**

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE DETAILS!

* * * * * * * *

AND…PAIR IT WITH DxO ViewPoint 4!

Geometric perfection!
DxO ViewPoint 4 gives you complete control over lines, angles, and shapes.
Adjust perspectives, fix distortions, warp specific areas,
and correct wide-angle stretching for perfect images.

  • Get the perfect angle, every time – DxO ViewPoint 4 can be used as a standalone application, as a tool palette within DxO PhotoLab, and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop Elements.
  • ReShape: A warping tool that delivers magic – In some shots, details matter more than others. Thanks to DxO ViewPoint’s innovative new ReShape tool, fixing imperfections has never been easier. Choose a Distortion Grid that fits the image, then simply drag points to correct individual elements within the frame. You’ll quickly bring the world under your control.
  • Defeat distortions in an instant – Lenses aren’t perfect, but DxO ViewPoint 4 makes them better. In fact, even cheap optics can look pro once they’re processed with our award-winning optical correction tools. Draw on DxO’s renowned lens correction technology and fix barrel, pincushion and fish-eye distortion with a single click.
  • Get the right balance – When balance is key, you can achieve perfect poise with DxO ViewPoint’s powerful perspective tools. Choose from four methods to get exactly the results you need, no matter what the subject: Auto; 8 points; vertical and horizontal; rectangle.
  • All of the drama, none of the distortion – Wide-angle lenses are vital for tight spaces, getting close to subjects, and showing the dramatic scale scene. But that doesn’t come for free. A wide-angle will also stretch and distort anything close to the edge of the frame. DxO ViewPoint’s Volume Deformation tool can return a subject’s natural proportions in just a few clicks.
  • Flip and rotate your images with ease – Mirror your images through a vertical or horizontal axis in just a single click, and rotate your image to find the right composition.
  • Find your level the easy way – Landscape and architecture shots need a straight horizon. Anything else won’t do. ViewPoint 4’s upgraded Crop Tool makes this easy with full rotation control direct from the cropping box, so it’s easier to reframe your photos with absolute precision.
  • Get creative – Use the Miniature Effect tool to simulate a tiny world like that produced by tilt-shift lenses. The smooth bokeh produced by DxO ViewPoint 4 can also replicate a shallow depth of field, and can be used to reduce distractions and push the viewer’s eye exactly where you want it – something that can be very useful when adding text to an image.

**Purchase (new user) for
$99 (OR – 4 pmts of $24.75)**

Current users may upgrade (log in to your account to see pricing).

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE DETAILS!

Luminar Neo
Next Extenstion Revealed!

Skylum revealed this week that the next in the first batch of 7 Extensions will be “Supersharp AI” releasing in November. The first extension was HDR Merge, then Noiseless AI, which have been released. In November, we will get the releases of Upscale AI, AI Background Removal (for non-portrait images), and Focus Stacking in addition to Supersharp AI. There will be one more release in December, which has not been announced yet.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL OFFER!

If you already own Luminar Neo as a purchased product, it would be beneficial to switch to the new yearly plan for just $79 (renews at $109). This gives you access to all 7 extensions releasing in 2022, AND any extensions that release in 2023 up to your renewal date!!

OR…

For new users of Luminar Neo, you can get the “Explore” Yearly Plan for $79 (Save $40 – for one license), which includes Luminar Neo and a Seasonal Collection (20 presets/10 skies) FREE!

OR…You can get the “Pro Yearly Plan” for $109 (Save $70 – for 2 licenses), which includes Luminar Neo, ALL extensions released during the year of your plan, the Seasonal Collection mentioned above PLUS Halloween Unmasked LUTs collection!

If you wish to not do the subscription and just purchase the extensions, they sell for $269 (reg. $299) for only the seven 2022 releases. Any extensions released in 2023 would be an additional cost.

I know people tend to shy away from software subscriptions, but in this case, I think it’s a really good deal!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

2 New Products from LayerCake

My friend, Gavin, from LayerCake, has designed two new products. The first is a “Bird or Butterfly Dispersion Effect”. This is not just an ‘action’. You have complete control over how the effect is applied, as well as what elements (100 high res png’s included) are used. He has a 90-second demo on the website HERE, and you get a 30 minute tutorial with the product that shows you exactly how to create the effect.

The second product is an all-new bundle of “1,000 Overlays including Bokeh, falling leaves, Halloween items and much more.

You can purchase just the Dispersion Effect for $20
OR
Just the Overlays for $20
OR
The combo of both bundles for ONLY $24

CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

Offer expires 10/31/22

More FREE Bundles from
Creative Fabrica!

If you didn’t get enough last month, they’re doing another month of daily FREEBIES!! Here are the links for the bundles releasing 10/24 – 10/31 (they are available for approx. 3 weeks from day of release). If you missed the bundles from earlier in the month, scroll back through previous blog posts.

Oct 24 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-best-swashes-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct 25 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/ultimate-collection-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 26 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-fabulous-graphic-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 27 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/crafters-collection-pack-bundle-2/ref/1122667/

Oct. 28 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/dumadistyle-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 29 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/crafter-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 30 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/thanksgiving-mega-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 31 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-massive-fonts-bundle/ref/1122667/

AND…October is craft month…you can download new freebies everyday!
Use this link daily! https://www.creativefabrica.com/craft-month/ref/1122667/

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

OUR LINE-UP IS COMPLETE!!

Click the speaker name below for detailed bio and class descriptions
(Still getting info in!)

David Desrochers (NJ)
“Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)”
“Landscape Editing Techniques” **
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
“Floral Portraits Using Lightbox”
“Photographing Places of Worship”

Mark Houde (CT)
“Finding Creativity in Airborne Imagery”
“Pro Tips for Shooting iPhone Pro RAW”

Mary Boucher (MA)
“Easy Still Life Photography at Home”

Carol Mossa (RI)
“Unique Perspectives: What to Leave In, What to Leave Out”

Jackie Kramer (FL)
“Creative Post-Processing in PS Using Textures”
“Let’s Get Creative with Lightroom Masking”

Dave Meredith (TN)
Topic TBA

Hazel Meredith (TN)
Topics TBA

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

Barns & Back Roads Workshops

Now booking Spring & Fall 2023!

We begin the first day with a complimentary welcome dinner to get to know each other and plan the next three days! I plan on having you photograph two full days and on the 3rd day photograph for a bit in the morning, then we’ll work on images. Bring your laptop if you have one, or you can watch me demo on mine. Car pooling is mandatory on this workshop (you’ll ride with me) as many areas have little parking. We’ve gotten to know many property owners and we’ll be able to access those properties up close.

Optional add-on: We have two guest rooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds) so you can stay with us. There are two hotels within five miles of the house as well.

Come enjoy our beautiful corner of Tennessee!

$645 per person

Limited to just 3 attendees per workshop!
Click HERE to sign up on the website.

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction. Does not include transportation to/from workshop, meals (other than welcome dinner) or accommodations. NOTE: Carpooling during the workshop is mandatory due to limited parking in many areas.

Optional: Accommodations at our home
4 nights $175/pp  (or $110/pp for shared room) Contact me for availability

Sign up on our website HERE!

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Balance due 45 days prior to start of workshop.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy HERE.

Contact: Hazel Meredith at
(203) 521-6480 or email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com
for more details and availability.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Sunday Sampler Oct. 23

Today’s Sunday Sampler consists of cracked, peeling walls in the Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in TN. We visited there on Friday as part of a Fall Barns & Back Roads Workshop! Remember, you can always desaturate a texture to get the texture without changing the color of your image, or, especially in the case of the multi-colored one, apply a Gaussian Blur to turn it into a soft bokeh background! Enjoy!

WEBINAR REPLAY

What a fun webinar!
“How Do I Decide What Textures to Use?”

A question that I am often asked is, “HOW do you decide which texture or textures to use on your image? What is your thought process and where does one begin?” This webinar was “live” edits where I showed my thought process and how I begin to select textures for an image. I did not choose textures ahead of time, just the images I used! You don’t want to miss this replay!!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REPLAY!
AND…
THE NOTES ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!

Just $5 (reg. $7.50)
Includes the images used and ALL the textures I used and tried (14 of them)…PLUS…a bonus set of 6 textures for 20 textures total!! An awesome deal at $5!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY!
AND…
If you’d like to get the full sets
of any of the textures used in the webinar,
SAVE 33% on ALL TEXTURE SETS
(Textures, Brushes, Gradients, Skies, etc.)
Use the code WEBBONUS33 at checkout!

Sale prices end at midnight on Oct. 26th (ET)

NEXT WEBINAR

SAVE THE DATE!

Tuesday, November 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Topic TBA Soon!!

DxO PhotoLab 6 & ViewPoint 4

The RAW photo editing software that will take your images to the next level.
Intuitive tools delivering unparelleled quality!
Power and efficiency. Science and creativity.

SIX REASONS WHY DxO PhotoLab6 is the RAW photo editing software for you:

  • Unparalleled image quality – DxO’s unique DeepPRIME denoising and exceptional color science raise the bar for RAW processing.
  • Innovative creative tools – Master color and tone with powerful, creative editing tools that you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Powerful photo management – Search and sort your photos with simple, effective tags, keywords, and project hierarchies.
  • Legendary optical corrections – Market-leading corrections built on 20 years of research, giving you sharper images, free of imperfections.
  • Intuitive local adjustments – with DxO’s exclusive U Point (TM) technology you can make targeted edits without tricky masks.
  • No subscription – DxO’s software has always been free of subscription – once you buy it, it’s yours for good!

**Purchase (new user) for
$219 (OR – 4 pmts of $54.75)**

**Upgrade (current user) for $75 (OR – 4 pmts of $18.75)**

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE DETAILS!

* * * * * * * *

AND…PAIR IT WITH DxO ViewPoint 4!

Geometric perfection!
DxO ViewPoint 4 gives you complete control over lines, angles, and shapes.
Adjust perspectives, fix distortions, warp specific areas,
and correct wide-angle stretching for perfect images.

  • Get the perfect angle, every time – DxO ViewPoint 4 can be used as a standalone application, as a tool palette within DxO PhotoLab, and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop Elements.
  • ReShape: A warping tool that delivers magic – In some shots, details matter more than others. Thanks to DxO ViewPoint’s innovative new ReShape tool, fixing imperfections has never been easier. Choose a Distortion Grid that fits the image, then simply drag points to correct individual elements within the frame. You’ll quickly bring the world under your control.
  • Defeat distortions in an instant – Lenses aren’t perfect, but DxO ViewPoint 4 makes them better. In fact, even cheap optics can look pro once they’re processed with our award-winning optical correction tools. Draw on DxO’s renowned lens correction technology and fix barrel, pincushion and fish-eye distortion with a single click.
  • Get the right balance – When balance is key, you can achieve perfect poise with DxO ViewPoint’s powerful perspective tools. Choose from four methods to get exactly the results you need, no matter what the subject: Auto; 8 points; vertical and horizontal; rectangle.
  • All of the drama, none of the distortion – Wide-angle lenses are vital for tight spaces, getting close to subjects, and showing the dramatic scale scene. But that doesn’t come for free. A wide-angle will also stretch and distort anything close to the edge of the frame. DxO ViewPoint’s Volume Deformation tool can return a subject’s natural proportions in just a few clicks.
  • Flip and rotate your images with ease – Mirror your images through a vertical or horizontal axis in just a single click, and rotate your image to find the right composition.
  • Find your level the easy way – Landscape and architecture shots need a straight horizon. Anything else won’t do. ViewPoint 4’s upgraded Crop Tool makes this easy with full rotation control direct from the cropping box, so it’s easier to reframe your photos with absolute precision.
  • Get creative – Use the Miniature Effect tool to simulate a tiny world like that produced by tilt-shift lenses. The smooth bokeh produced by DxO ViewPoint 4 can also replicate a shallow depth of field, and can be used to reduce distractions and push the viewer’s eye exactly where you want it – something that can be very useful when adding text to an image.

**Purchase (new user) for
$99 (OR – 4 pmts of $24.75)**

Current users may upgrade (log in to your account to see pricing).

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE DETAILS!

Luminar Neo
Next Extenstion Revealed!

Skylum revealed this week that the next in the first batch of 7 Extensions will be “Supersharp AI” releasing in November. The first extension was HDR Merge, then Noiseless AI, which have been released. In November, we will get the releases of Upscale AI, AI Background Removal (for non-portrait images), and Focus Stacking in addition to Supersharp AI. There will be one more release in December, which has not been announced yet.

If you already own Luminar Neo as a purchased product, it would be beneficial to switch to the new yearly plan for just $79 (renews at $99). This gives you access to all 7 extensions releasing in 2022, AND any extensions that release in 2023 up to your renewal date!!

If you do not currently own any Skylum products, you can get the subscription for $89 (renews at $99).

And if you purchase the subscription now, you get an additional 3 months FREE!

If you wish to not do the subscription and just purchase the extensions, they sell for $219 (reg. $299) for only the seven 2022 releases. Any extensions released in 2023 would be an additional cost.

I know people tend to shy away from software subscriptions, but in this case, I think it’s a really good deal!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

2 New Products from LayerCake

My friend, Gavin, from LayerCake, has designed two new products. The first is a “Bird or Butterfly Dispersion Effect”. This is not just an ‘action’. You have complete control over how the effect is applied, as well as what elements (100 high res png’s included) are used. He has a 90-second demo on the website HERE, and you get a 30 minute tutorial with the product that shows you exactly how to create the effect.

The second product is an all-new bundle of “1,000 Overlays including Bokeh, falling leaves, Halloween items and much more.

You can purchase just the Dispersion Effect for $20
OR
Just the Overlays for $20
OR
The combo of both bundles for ONLY $24

CHECK THEM OUT HERE!

Offer expires 10/31/22

More FREE Bundles from
Creative Fabrica!

If you didn’t get enough last month, they’re doing another month of daily FREEBIES!! Here are the links for the bundles releasing 10/10 – 10/16 (they are available for approx. 3 weeks from day of release). If you missed the 10/1-10/9 bundles check out the Sunday Sampler from 10/9.

Oct 17 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/merry-christmas-graphics-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct 18 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/ultimate-collection-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 19 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/beauty-craft-font-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 20 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/crafter-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 21 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/handwritten-font-bundle-5/ref/1122667/

Oct. 22 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/the-pets-bundle/ref/1122667/

Oct. 23 – https://www.creativefabrica.com/product/best-collection-29-font-bundle-script/ref/1122667/

AND…October is craft month…you can download new freebies everyday!
Use this link daily! https://www.creativefabrica.com/craft-month/ref/1122667/

Nature First
The Alliance for Responsible
Nature Photography


If you are a nature photographer – or any photographer that cares about our natural resources – please keep reading to find out more about Nature First, The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography.

Keep reading to find out more about the seven principles of Nature First, and find out how you can make a difference (it is FREE to join the organization!).

Nature First was launched in the spring of 2019. So far, it has members in over 40 countries and many of the world’s top nature photographers are members. Nature First exists to promote responsible nature photography through the seven principles:

The Nature First Principles were developed to help educate and guide both professional and recreational photographers in sustainable, minimal impact practices that will help preserve nature’s beautiful locations.

Some of the Earth’s greatest landscapes and treasured natural areas are threatened by increased visitation and general lack of care. We aim to preserve these places by building an alliance of responsible photographers and cultivate a community of local ambassadors and partners to help spread the word.

I am pleased to announce I have become an Ambassador for Nature First! I first read about the group just over a year ago, and I firmly believe that we ALL have a responsibility to protect our natural resources, and to encourage others to do so as well.

Please consider joining Nature First and help make a difference

NatureFirstPhotography.org

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

OUR LINE-UP IS COMPLETE!!

Click the speaker name below for detailed bio and class descriptions
(Still getting info in!)

David Desrochers (NJ)
“Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)”
“Landscape Editing Techniques” **
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
“Floral Portraits Using Lightbox”
“Photographing Places of Worship”

Mark Houde (CT)
“Finding Creativity in Airborne Imagery”
“Pro Tips for Shooting iPhone Pro RAW”

Mary Boucher (MA)
“Easy Still Life Photography at Home”

Carol Mossa (RI)
“Unique Perspectives: What to Leave In, What to Leave Out”

Jackie Kramer (FL)
“Creative Post-Processing in PS Using Textures”
“Let’s Get Creative with Lightroom Masking”

Dave Meredith (TN)
Topic TBA

Hazel Meredith (TN)
Topics TBA

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

Barns & Back Roads Workshops

Now booking Spring & Fall 2023!

We begin the first day with a complimentary welcome dinner to get to know each other and plan the next three days! I plan on having you photograph two full days and on the 3rd day photograph for a bit in the morning, then we’ll work on images. Bring your laptop if you have one, or you can watch me demo on mine. Car pooling is mandatory on this workshop (you’ll ride with me) as many areas have little parking. We’ve gotten to know many property owners and we’ll be able to access those properties up close.

Optional add-on: We have two guest rooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds) so you can stay with us. There are two hotels within five miles of the house as well.

Come enjoy our beautiful corner of Tennessee!

$645 per person

Limited to just 3 attendees per workshop!
Click HERE to sign up on the website.

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction. Does not include transportation to/from workshop, meals (other than welcome dinner) or accommodations. NOTE: Carpooling during the workshop is mandatory due to limited parking in many areas.

Optional: Accommodations at our home
4 nights $175/pp  (or $110/pp for shared room) Contact me for availability

Sign up on our website HERE!

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Balance due 45 days prior to start of workshop.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy HERE.

Contact: Hazel Meredith at
(203) 521-6480 or email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com
for more details and availability.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Sunday Sampler August 28

Today’s Sunday Sampler is some nice light grunge textures in shades of brown. I love this color for “warming up” an image. And remember, if you want the texture WITHOUT the color, just add a B&W adjustment layer and clip to your texture layer! Enjoy!

WEBINAR REPLAY

Tuesday, August 23 at 4:00 pm EDT
Photoshop: Layers, Selections, Sizing & More!

We covered working with layers (including how/why to merge layers); making selections; sizing for printing; and a few creative tools.

There were more suggestions than I can fit in one webinar, so watch for more goodies in the future! And if you have other ideas, feel free to email me anytime!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REPLAY!

And…don’t forget to grab your copy of the notes for this webinar!
Reg. $7.50 – just $5.00 until this Tuesday, Aug. 30th!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

Includes notes, images and bonus 6 textures!

SEPTEMBER WEBINAR
Registration is Open!

Tuesday, September 20th at 4:00 pm EDT
Alternative Creative Software

You know I love my Topaz Studio 2 and all of it’s creative effects. Unfortunately, Topaz is no longer actively selling or updating this product. So I began the search for other software that can give me some of the same creative effects. I’ll review and demo some of my finds.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

LUMINAR NEO
NEW! Extensions & Sale!

Luminar Neo has become a platform, but what does that mean?

All Luminar Neo owners will keep getting free platform improvements. That includes performance and stability updates as well as improvements to existing features such as Mask AI or new features such as the long-awaited Clone & Stamp tool we will release this September.

Becoming a platform means that Neo now also hosts Extensions. These are professional-level add-on tools for solving specific photo editing jobs.

What Extensions are in the 2022 Extensions Pack?

You have two options to get the Extensions:

If you own ANY Skylum Product:

  1. If you already own Luminar Neo, you can purchase the Extension Pack for $149 and you will continue to get access to performance and stability updates, plus any other free platform updates.
  2. Subscription model – Reg. $89, just $69 until Tuesday ($59 if you already own Neo). This includes access to all possible updates and upgrades of Luminar Neo AND access to all Extensions, including those released throughout your subscription period!

I know some people do not like the subscription model for software, but in this instance, it’s definitely your best deal. Should you end your subscription, you will still own the software you already have, you just would not get the major upgrades or future extensions unless you purchase them.

And, your purchase supports our friends at Skylum who are based in the Ukraine.

CHECK OUT THE DEALS HERE!

I’ve been late in getting this info out to you!
NOTE: sale ends Tuesday, Aug. 30th midnight ET

In Case You Missed this on Thursday…
VIDEO TUTORIAL
Using the High Pass Filter to Sharpen Your Images

In the webinar last week, I mentioned that I used to use the High Pass Filter for sharpening my images. Now I prefer Topaz Studio 2’s AI Clear Filter, or Luminar Neo. But this is a great filter for doing your sharpening in Photoshop without any plug-in software.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

SURVEY…
Last Chance to Voice Your Opinion!

A HUGE thank you to all who have already completed my survey – the biggest response I’ve ever had!

If you haven’t done it yet, I would greatly appreciate if you would take 10 minutes to answer the survey! I’m looking for feedback on the blog, webinars, courses, workshops, products, etc. I want to be sure to continue to provide you with content and products that you really want!

And…as a result of the survey answers I’ve already gotten, I’m going to change doing the blog three times a week to twice a week (Sunday & Wednesday). Sunday will still be the “Sunday Sampler”, and Wednesday will combine “Around the Web” with any other fun tutorials or info I can include. Thanks!

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY!

Survey will close when I get up on Monday!!

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

WORKING ON THE LAST COUPLE OF SPEAKERS,
BUT HERE ARE THE ONES WE’VE CONFIRMED
AND TOPICS:

David Desrochers (NJ)
Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)
Landscape Editing Techniques**
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
Light Box Photography
Photographing Places of Worship & Verteromas

Mark Houde (CT)
Drone Photography
The Human Spirit: Meant to Move

Mary Boucher (MA)
Easy Still Life Photography at Home

Carol Mossa (RI)
Unique Perspectives

and more announced soon!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

Barns & Back Roads Workshops
A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR FALL 2022!

We begin the first day with a complimentary welcome dinner to get to know each other and plan the next three days! I plan on having you photograph two full days and on the 3rd day photograph for a bit in the morning, then we’ll work on images. Bring your laptop if you have one, or you can watch me demo on mine. Car pooling is mandatory on this workshop (you’ll ride with me) as many areas have little parking. We’ve gotten to know many property owners and we’ll be able to access those properties up close.

Optional add-on: We have two guest rooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds) so you can stay with us. There are two hotels within five miles of the house as well.

Come enjoy our beautiful corner of Tennessee!

$645 per person

Limited to just 3 attendees per workshop!
Click HERE to check our website for current open spots.

As of right now:
Sept. 21-24 (2 spots)
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 (3 spots)
Oct. 5-8 (3 spots)
Other dates are now full!

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction. Does not include transportation to/from workshop, meals (other than welcome dinner) or accommodations. NOTE: Carpooling during the workshop is mandatory due to limited parking in many areas.

Optional: Accommodations at our home
4 nights $175/pp (Contact me for availability)

Sign up on our website HERE!

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Balance due 30 days prior to start of workshop.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy HERE.

Contact: Hazel Meredith at
(203) 521-6480 or email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com
for more details and availability.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Around the Web May 17

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect: “10 Common Composition Mistakes”, “Moonrise Photography Tutorial”, “Perspective in Photography”, “Macro Using Extension Tubes”, “How to Use a Neutral Density Filter for Landscapes”, “Understanding Diffraction and it’s Effects”

PHOTOSHOP

From fStoppers: “How to Fix a Clipped Bird Wing in PS”

From PhotoshopRoadmap: “3 Must Try Techniques to Enchance Colors in PS”

From CreativeNerds: “3 Features of the Content Aware Tool You Should Know”

From Shutterbug: “Perfect Color without Excess Saturation Using Vibrance in PS”

From MakeUseOf: “How to Remove Glare from Glasses in PS”

LIGHTROOM

From Shutterbug: “Epic Travel & Nature Photos with this Pro’s Secret LR Trick”

FREEBIES

From PhotoshopTutorials: “10 Free Cyberpunk SciFi LR Presets & LUTs”

From Behance: “Free Font – Cotta”

NEXT WEBINAR – TODAY!

My next webinar is
TODAY, MAY 17th at 4:00 pm (Eastern)

“Creative Post-Processing”

We’ve been doing some “specialized” webinars over the past few months. This month we’ll get back to creative post-processing utilizing textures and plug-in software. New projects & new techniques/tips! I’ll show you how I created the image below and many other techniques!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

NOTES ARE NOW AVAILABLE
IN THE PEACOCK STUDIO STORE!
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!
Includes Notes, Images & 11 Textures!

DESIGN CUTS PHOTOGRAPHY BUNDLE

The Greatest Hits Photography Bundle

Back by popular demand, we have picked out the best packs from previous Photography bundles to give you a second chance to enjoy these resources at an amazing discount.

From dazzling overlays, styled presets and magnetising actions to incredible composition tools, this collection of hand-selected products has it all for any creative who wants to add an artistic flair to their photos and take them to the next level.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the second chance of picking up these resources for just $29 (a whopping 91% off the regular price) before it is too late; Lights, Camera, Action!

Professional Retouch Actions

Included in this set:

  • 5 actions sets
  • Installation .PDF Guide
  • Video Tutorials .PDF Guide
  • Photoshop CS6, CC – CC 2018, CC 2019
  • Immediate visual texture boost switching
  • Fast retouch by 4 methods
  • Color correction presets
  • Methods of Dodge & Burn
  • 3 help layers to capture the flaws and irregularities
  • Work with RGB channels and masks
  • Local and global High Pass Sharpness
  • HDR Kit for simulating an HDR effect
  • Highlights and shadow restore
  • Volume
  • Volume HRLA
  • Manual HRLA
  • Tan Skin
  • Remove Pores
  • Skintone Gradient map
  • Skin Pigment
  • Noise texture
  • Manual noise texture
  • White Teeth
  • 10 in 1 multifunctional tool: Eyes Tool
  • 5 in 1 multifunctional tool: Face Lips
  • Fashion
  • Vintage
  • Candy
  • Matte
  • HDR
  • Black and White
  • A possibility to mix the styles

DON’T MISS OUT!
GRAB THIS HUGE BUNDLE (reg. $341) FOR JUST $29!
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

LUMINAR NEO UPDATE 1.0.6

Luminar Neo update 1.0.6 was released today! NOW INCLUDED…the long-anticipated Mask AI feature!

Mask AI
The major feature of this update is the long-anticipated Mask AI technology. The powerful neural network behind Mask AI detects up to 9 separate elements in a photo: people, skies, architecture, transportation, water, flora, mountains, natural ground, and artificial ground.

What’s more impressive, is that you can automatically mask the desired area with just one click of a button. The AI will find the desired area and mask it up for you, without needing to spend time fussing over the details with a masking brush.

After applying a tool to the masked area, you can easily copy and paste the adjustments to other images, and the mask will apply adjustments only to the same masked area of the other image – be it a sky, a building, a person, and so on.

On top of that, you can enjoy the manual Gradient and Radial masks. Plus, the new interface makes it easier and more enjoyable to work with masking.

Histogram
The histogram is a tool that can be a great help while correcting colors or adjusting exposure, and we’re happy to announce that the Histogram is now available for all your images. A histogram is a graphical representation of the tonal values of your image. In other words, it shows the number of tones of a particular brightness found in your photograph, ranging from black (0% brightness) to white (100% brightness). It’s a great tool that will help you produce well-balanced images.

Now you can press the J hotkey to toggle clipping indicators on and off and see clipped pixels.

Of course, if you already own Neo, this is a FREE update!
If you haven’t joined the party yet, grab special pricing (with a bonus gift)
and added sales on Luminar X Membership and Aurora HDR.

CLICK HERE TO GRAB YOUR SPECIAL PRICING!

NEW PRODUCT FROM LAYER CAKE…
3,000 SKIES BUNDLE!

My friend, Gavin, just released a new bundle containing an amazing 3,000 skies!
You’ll see me use a couple in Tuesday’s webinar.
There are LOTS of beautiful skies…here’s what’s included:

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR BUNDLE NOW!
Sale ends May 31st!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
For the 4th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
June 25-26, 2022

Our speakers are signed up and our line up is complete!
We have another stellar group of talented photographers/artists
that will share their creativity with you!

OUR CREATIVE SPEAKER LINEUP!
Click the Speaker’s names below to see details on their sessions!

Cheryl Belczak (NY)
“Still Life Strategies” &
“Daydreaming in Flowers”

Bob Coates (AZ)
“Fine Art Photo-Synthesis” &
“Leveraging Today’s Tech for More Creative Images”

Jamie Konarski Davidson (NC)
“Wabi Sabi” &
“Motion & Multiples”

Diana Day (MI)
“Creative Effects with Brushes, Clipping Masks and Fonts”

Anita Hubbard (Canada)
“Creating A Story through Composites”

Sherri Reed (VA)
“Folk Art Style Composites” &
“Simple Composite Solutions”

Dave Meredith (TN)
“Finding Your Creative Voice”

Hazel Meredith (TN)
“Creative Processing for Architecture”
& “Dive Deeper Into the Nik Suite”

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Click Here! Just $39!

CREATING YOUR OWN TEXTURES COURSE

If you haven’t joined the party, jump on in!! The course is self-paced, and you may download the videos as well as all of the PDF instructions to use at any time.

Module 4 was released the first week of May; Module 5 will be out this coming week, and Module 6 before the end of May. Modules 7, 8 & 9 are planned to be released in June. We already have Module 10 for Resources. AND…also included are several group chats – we’ve had one so far and there will be a couple more as modules are rolled out. It was recorded and added to the Resource module for those who could not attend “live”.

And…in the future if I add new material or update any material in the course, you will also be able to access that, all for the same low price (I already have some new ideas and techniques I want to add to the early modules)!

Come join us!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE
“CREATING YOUR OWN TEXTURES COURSE”!

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Sunday Sampler May 15

Today’s Sunday Sampler began as a rust image. I created three new versions with various software and gradients! Enjoy!

NEXT WEBINAR

My next webinar is
THIS TUESDAY, MAY 17th at 4:00 pm (Eastern)

“Creative Post-Processing”

We’ve been doing some “specialized” webinars over the past few months. This month we’ll get back to creative post-processing utilizing textures and plug-in software. New projects & new techniques/tips! I’ll show you how I created the image below and many other techniques!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

NOTES ARE NOW AVAILABLE
IN THE PEACOCK STUDIO STORE!
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!
Includes Notes, Images & 11 Textures!

LUMINAR NEO UPDATE 1.0.6

Luminar Neo update 1.0.6 was released today! NOW INCLUDED…the long-anticipated Mask AI feature!

Mask AI
The major feature of this update is the long-anticipated Mask AI technology. The powerful neural network behind Mask AI detects up to 9 separate elements in a photo: people, skies, architecture, transportation, water, flora, mountains, natural ground, and artificial ground.

What’s more impressive, is that you can automatically mask the desired area with just one click of a button. The AI will find the desired area and mask it up for you, without needing to spend time fussing over the details with a masking brush.

After applying a tool to the masked area, you can easily copy and paste the adjustments to other images, and the mask will apply adjustments only to the same masked area of the other image – be it a sky, a building, a person, and so on.

On top of that, you can enjoy the manual Gradient and Radial masks. Plus, the new interface makes it easier and more enjoyable to work with masking.

Histogram
The histogram is a tool that can be a great help while correcting colors or adjusting exposure, and we’re happy to announce that the Histogram is now available for all your images. A histogram is a graphical representation of the tonal values of your image. In other words, it shows the number of tones of a particular brightness found in your photograph, ranging from black (0% brightness) to white (100% brightness). It’s a great tool that will help you produce well-balanced images.

Now you can press the J hotkey to toggle clipping indicators on and off and see clipped pixels.

Of course, if you already own Neo, this is a FREE update!
If you haven’t joined the party yet, grab special pricing (with a bonus gift)
and added sales on Luminar X Membership and Aurora HDR.

CLICK HERE TO GRAB YOUR SPECIAL PRICING!

NEW PRODUCT FROM LAYER CAKE…
3,000 SKIES BUNDLE!

My friend, Gavin, just released a new bundle containing an amazing 3,000 skies!
You’ll see me use a couple in Tuesday’s webinar.
There are LOTS of beautiful skies…here’s what’s included:

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR BUNDLE NOW!
Sale ends May 31st!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
For the 4th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
June 25-26, 2022

Our speakers are signed up and our line up is complete!
We have another stellar group of talented photographers/artists
that will share their creativity with you!

OUR CREATIVE SPEAKER LINEUP!
Click the Speaker’s names below to see details on their sessions!

Cheryl Belczak (NY)
“Still Life Strategies” &
“Daydreaming in Flowers”

Bob Coates (AZ)
“Fine Art Photo-Synthesis” &
“Leveraging Today’s Tech for More Creative Images”

Jamie Konarski Davidson (NC)
“Wabi Sabi” &
“Motion & Multiples”

Diana Day (MI)
“Creative Effects with Brushes, Clipping Masks and Fonts”

Anita Hubbard (Canada)
“Creating A Story through Composites”

Sherri Reed (VA)
“Folk Art Style Composites” &
“Simple Composite Solutions”

Dave Meredith (TN)
“Finding Your Creative Voice”

Hazel Meredith (TN)
“Creative Processing for Architecture”
& “Dive Deeper Into the Nik Suite”

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Click Here! Just $39!

CREATING YOUR OWN TEXTURES COURSE

If you haven’t joined the party, jump on in!! The course is self-paced, and you may download the videos as well as all of the PDF instructions to use at any time.

Module 4 was released the first week of May; Module 5 will be out this coming week, and Module 6 before the end of May. Modules 7, 8 & 9 are planned to be released in June. We already have Module 10 for Resources. AND…also included are several group chats – we’ve had one so far and there will be a couple more as modules are rolled out. It was recorded and added to the Resource module for those who could not attend “live”.

And…in the future if I add new material or update any material in the course, you will also be able to access that, all for the same low price (I already have some new ideas and techniques I want to add to the early modules)!

Come join us!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE
“CREATING YOUR OWN TEXTURES COURSE”!

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Thursday Thoughts May 12

Just announced yesterday from Adobe, “Photoshop For iPad Updated With Content-Aware Fill And Other Desktop Features”. If you are an iPad user (as I am), you can now remove backgrounds and unwanted objects from your photos as easily as if you were on your desktop computer! Game changer!

Check out the full article HERE.

LUMINAR NEO UPDATE 1.0.6

Luminar Neo update 1.0.6 was released today! NOW INCLUDED…the long-anticipated Mask AI feature!

Mask AI
The major feature of this update is the long-anticipated Mask AI technology. The powerful neural network behind Mask AI detects up to 9 separate elements in a photo: people, skies, architecture, transportation, water, flora, mountains, natural ground, and artificial ground.

What’s more impressive, is that you can automatically mask the desired area with just one click of a button. The AI will find the desired area and mask it up for you, without needing to spend time fussing over the details with a masking brush.

After applying a tool to the masked area, you can easily copy and paste the adjustments to other images, and the mask will apply adjustments only to the same masked area of the other image – be it a sky, a building, a person, and so on.

On top of that, you can enjoy the manual Gradient and Radial masks. Plus, the new interface makes it easier and more enjoyable to work with masking.

Histogram
The histogram is a tool that can be a great help while correcting colors or adjusting exposure, and we’re happy to announce that the Histogram is now available for all your images. A histogram is a graphical representation of the tonal values of your image. In other words, it shows the number of tones of a particular brightness found in your photograph, ranging from black (0% brightness) to white (100% brightness). It’s a great tool that will help you produce well-balanced images.

Now you can press the J hotkey to toggle clipping indicators on and off and see clipped pixels.

Of course, if you already own Neo, this is a FREE update!
If you haven’t joined the party yet, grab special pricing (with a bonus gift)
and added sales on Luminar X Membership and Aurora HDR.

CLICK HERE TO GRAB YOUR SPECIAL PRICING!

NEXT WEBINAR

My next webinar will be Tuesday, May 17th at 4:00 pm (Eastern)

“Creative Post-Processing”

We’ve been doing some “specialized” webinars over the past few months. This month we’ll get back to creative post-processing utilizing textures and plug-in software. New projects & new techniques/tips! I’ll show you how I created the image below and many other techniques!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

NOTES ARE NOW AVAILABLE
IN THE PEACOCK STUDIO STORE!
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!
Includes Notes, Images & 11 Textures!

NEW PRODUCT FROM LAYER CAKE…
3,000 SKIES BUNDLE!

My friend, Gavin, just released a new bundle containing an amazing 3,000 skies!
You’ll see me use a couple in Tuesday’s webinar.
There are LOTS of beautiful skies…here’s what’s included:

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR BUNDLE NOW!
Sale ends May 31st!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
For the 4th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
June 25-26, 2022

Our speakers are signed up and our line up is complete!
We have another stellar group of talented photographers/artists
that will share their creativity with you!

OUR CREATIVE SPEAKER LINEUP!
Click the Speaker’s names below to see details on their sessions!

Cheryl Belczak (NY)
“Still Life Strategies” &
“Daydreaming in Flowers”

Bob Coates (AZ)
“Fine Art Photo-Synthesis” &
“Leveraging Today’s Tech for More Creative Images”

Jamie Konarski Davidson (NC)
“Wabi Sabi” &
“Motion & Multiples”

Diana Day (MI)
“Creative Effects with Brushes, Clipping Masks and Fonts”

Anita Hubbard (Canada)
“Creating A Story through Composites”

Sherri Reed (VA)
“Folk Art Style Composites” &
“Simple Composite Solutions”

Dave Meredith (TN)
“Finding Your Creative Voice”

Hazel Meredith (TN)
“Creative Processing for Architecture”
& “Dive Deeper Into the Nik Suite”

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Click Here! Just $39!

CREATING YOUR OWN TEXTURES COURSE

If you haven’t joined the party, jump on in!! The course is self-paced, and you may download the videos as well as all of the PDF instructions to use at any time.

I plan to roll out Module 4 the first week of May; Modules 5, 6 & 7 during May and Modules 8 & 9 in June. We already have Module 10 for Resources. AND…also included are several group chats – we’ve had one so far and there will be a couple more as modules are rolled out. It was recorded and added to the Resource module for those who could not attend “live”.

And…in the future if I add new material or update any material in the course, you will also be able to access that, all for the same low price!

Come join us!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE
“CREATING YOUR OWN TEXTURES COURSE”!

BARNS & BACK ROADS WORKSHOPS

I have TWO spots open for May 18-21
Come join us in Northeast TN and photograph old barns, houses, stores, landscapes and more!

We begin the first day with a complimentary welcome dinner to get to know each other and plan the next three days! I plan on having you photograph two full days and on the 3rd day photograph for a bit in the morning, then we’ll work on images. Bring your laptop if you have one, or you can watch me demo on mine. Car pooling is mandatory on this workshop (you’ll ride with me) as many areas have little parking. We’ve gotten to know many property owners and we’ll be able to access those properties up close.

Optional add-on: We have two guest rooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds) so you can stay with us. There are two hotels within five miles of the house as well.

Come enjoy our beautiful corner of Tennessee!

$595 per person
Limited to just 3 attendees per workshop!
Click HERE to check our website for current open spots.

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction. Does not include transportation to/from workshop, meals (other than welcome dinner) or accommodations.
NOTE: Carpooling during the workshop is mandatory due to limited parking in many areas.

Optional: Accommodations at our home
4 nights $175/pp (Contact me for availability)

Sign up on our website HERE!

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Balance due 30 days prior to start of workshop.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy HERE.

Contact: Hazel Meredith at
(203) 521-6480 or email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com
for more details and availability.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!