June 30 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! Half the year is over already – Yikes! Our Tennessee plans are shaping up – we have closed on both pieces of land – just about ready to order our modular – land work to start soon! Can’t wait till we head South to stay!

This week’s Sunday Sampler has six textures (since we didn’t post last week). I started with an image of wallpaper that had a nice texture to it, and created five more variations with adjustments in Topaz. Enjoy!

At then end of every six months, I create a new bundle of Sunday Sampler Textures (you can still download Jan. 2019 to current). I posted the new bundle in the Peacock Studio today! This bundle of 88 textures originally appeared in blog posts from July-Dec. 2018.

The Sunday Sampler Bundles are Regularly $15. But you can grab Bundle 6 – or any of the other five bundles – on sale for 25% off ($12 each) until July 31st.

AND if you are new to the blog and wish to get all six bundles (a total of 468 Textures & Overlays), there is an extra special discount – Reg. $80 for the 6 bundles, now on sale for just $60 until July 31st! SAVE 33% off the price of individual bundles!

CLICK HERE to go to the Peacock Studio and check them out!

My friends at Pixelo have set up a special discount just for my readers! You can save an extra 10% off the already hugely discounted bundles with the code meredith10 at checkout.

Their current bundle is the beautiful “Incredible Watercolor Designs Bundle” that contains 100+ design sets with over 2500 unique elements – watercolor illustrations, clip-arts, patterns, textures, brushes & more!

These are great for business cards and invitations, scrapbooking, web design and so much more. Check it out HERE – Value $2655 – now just $29 – and don’t forget to use the discount code meredith10 to save an extra 10%!

Just in time for July 4th fireworks shows, is an article on PictureCorrect.com on “How to Photograph Fireworks”.

This is a photo of 3 individual bursts combined in Photoshop. These 3 images were also part of the Sunday Sampler last July. Next weekend I will do an “Inside the Peacock Studio” tutorial on how I merged these in PS.

This is another merged shot of mine:

The folks at ThinkTank Photo have released a new holster bag – the Digital Holster 150.

This bag can handle your BIG lenses. It’s designed to offer quick access and transport for your super telephoto zoom lenses. With the versatility of a 150–600mm, you don’t need a backpack full of lenses to shoot wildlife or sports photography. Instead, a camera holster dedicated to a single DSLR body with a 150–600mm attached is an ideal solution.

The Digital Holster 150 is a top-loading solution that minimizes the weight and bulk of bigger bags so you can focus on the action. Wear the holster comfortably on a belt or over the shoulder, so you’re ready to shoot at a moment’s notice.

Visit their website HERE! AND, get free gear and free shipping (on orders over $50) when you use my code 141200.b44092 in the Affiliate Box at checkout!

Sept. 30 – Sunday Sampler

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

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

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

 

Released this week – A.I. Gigapixel 2.0!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

And a couple of new product releases from ThinkTank Photo.

Emergency Camera Rain Covers

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON THEIR WEBSITE

AND…

New “Lens Case Duo” Provides Enhanced Camera Lens Protection

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

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

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

GEAR CAPACITY

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

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON THEIR WEBSITE

 

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

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

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

 

 

April 15 – Sunday Sampler

Happy Sunday! Wild weather across the country! From blizzards to tornadoes; from hot to cold! Yesterday was 70 here in CT; today in the upper 30’s! Be safe if you are in severe weather.

 

This week’s Sunday Sampler is made up of some peeling paint from an old theater shoot that we did a while back. Some friends went there yesterday, so it got me thinking about my shots again. The one called “Peeling Paint – Film Look” reminded me of an old filmstrip – I thought it was a neat look. Enjoy!

 

Our friends at MindShift Gear (part of ThinkTank Photo), have release several new products designed for active photographers.

The first is the “Exposure” Shoulder Bags that offer the ultimate in durability and weather protection for outdoor photographers.

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. MindShift Gear’s new Exposure shoulder bags are storm-resistant carrying solutions for the active photographer in virtually any outdoor environment. Built with high performance waterproof sailcloth panels, strategically placed storm flaps, water-repellent DWR fabric, and a sturdy Tarpaulin bottom; the Exposure protects camera gear from the elements and withstands the rigors of adventure photography. And, with its cross-body stabilizer strap, the Exposure moves with you while you’re active or is removable for more causal environments. A waterproof rain cover is included when it’s time to put the camera away and hunker down.
Exposure shoulder bags come in two models, the Exposure 13 and the Exposure 15, and in two colors, Black and Solar Flare. The Exposure 13 fits a 13” laptop; the Exposure 15 fits 15” laptops. A 10” tablet fits in zippered pocket.

Click HERE for all the details on their website.

 

The second new product is an 18-liter version of its popular BackLight series, the BackLight® 18L rear-panel backpack.

This smaller version offers a lightweight daypack that enables photographers to access gear without taking off the backpack. They can change lenses or just snap a quick photo simply by rotating the bag to the front while the waist belt is still secured. Rear-panel access also adds security when traveling since camera gear is protected from behind.
This back-panel access allows photographers to work out of the bag without getting the harness dirty, wet, muddy, or icy. It features dedicated compartments that fit up to a 13” laptop and a full-size tablet. As a daypack, its front pockets total 5 liters in personal gear carry for a day’s outing, such as extra layers, a light jacket, food, and more. It is available in two colors, Charcoal and Woodland Green, and meets most international and U.S. airline carry-on requirements.

Click HERE to find all the details on their website.

I have a couple of ThinkTank bags and can attest to their durability and quality.

 

Some more free brushes! This week, I found this on Designmodo – 30 sets of Watercolor Free Brushes. Watercolor brushes are useful for lots of things – I like to use them to create textures (of course!).

 

We’re just over a month till our Creative Photography Conference! If you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time! We have an awesome line-up of speakers. Below is our expected schedule. Check out the details of the sessions and speaker bios on our website at: http://www.meredithimages.com/creative-photography-conference/.

Registration includes all classes, hands-on sessions, photo-ops, lunch and snacks both days, LOTS of door prizes, goody bag, vendors and more! Don’t miss out!

 

75% OFF TOPAZ + other Black Friday Deals – STARTING NOW!!

If you have been to any of my recent seminars, I’ve been saying that Black Friday is typically when Topaz has their best deals of the year. Well…this year they have outdone themselves! Not 50% off – but a HUGE 75% OFF sale! It starts today, 11/21, and runs through 11/28! You DO NOT want to miss out on this one!

So here’s the scoop…

This awesome sale applies to the full Topaz Plugin Collection as well as the newest technology in Topaz Studio with the Topaz Studio Go Pro Pack. Whether you want to achieve stunning photography enhancements or apply artistic effects, either option has you covered.

The plugin Collection includes 17 Topaz Products including the Topaz Studio versions of Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify (worth over $1000 individually!) for ONLY $249.99! As an added bonus you receive a few pro adjustments in Topaz Studio from Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify as well!* CLICK HERE to go to the Topaz site.

(*Note that this discount does not apply to individual plugins or adjustment purchases, which are sold at full price.)

Users can also save on the updated Go Pro Pack with all 20 currently available Pro Adjustments (over $450 individually) on sale for just $113.75!

The savings aren’t just for new purchases either. Owners of the older Topaz Collections or older Pro Packs can take advantage of the savings as well! They will just need to log in to their accounts, then add the collection to their cart to claim their unique upgrade price for additional savings on the Collection or Go Pro Pack!

The coupon code ‘BLACKFRIDAY17’, will be auto applied in either store when you add the Pro Pack or the Collection to your cart.

YOU CAN SAVE EVEN MORE BY BUYING BOTH!

If you already have some of the Topaz plugins, be sure to log in to your account after clicking THIS LINK and you will get your special pricing to complete your Topaz Collection.

SO…

If you are looking to purchase both items, here’s how to get the most bang for your bucks!

FIRST, purchase the Topaz Collection (or upgrade your current collection) – and check out. You will now have all of the Topaz Collection. The site will tell you how to redeem your free Studio Pro Adjustments for Clarity, Impression Detail & Simplify. THEN, after redeeming the freebies, go ahead and purchase the rest of the Go Pro Adjustment pack at your reduced price (remember to be logged in to your account).

A little bit of work, but you will save a bundle of cash!!

 

PEACOCK STUDIO AT MEREDITH IMAGES

Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

From now until midnight 11/27 (EST), save 50% off all texture packs in my Peacock Studio! Use the Coupon Code 50Textures at checkout. Click HERE to go to the Studio!

And…Save 25% off my eBook (on CD or digital), “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art”. No coupon needed.

And…The Creative Photography Conference is still 25% off until 11/27! Check it out! No coupon needed.

 

THINK TANK PHOTO AND MINDSHIFT GEAR

MindShift Gear’s BackLight 36L Outdoor Photography Backpack Offers Expanded Capacity

Our friends at MindShift Gear have just launched a new version of its popular BackLight backpack series. The BackLight 36L is 10 liters larger than its predecessor, thus allowing you to access even more gear with its back-panel opening. It provides 11 liters of daypack capacity for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. Even with its increased size, the backpack meets most International and U.S. airline carry-on requirements. It holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and four to six standard zoom lenses, plus a flash, or two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and six to eight lenses, and up to a 600mm f/4 lens detached from the camera body. And don’t forget that when you use my URL link HERE, you will receive free gear and free shipping with your orders from MindShift.

 

2 LIL’ OWLS

If you’ve seen my work, you know that I use – and have – tons of textures from 2 Lil’ Owls!

Now through Nov. 27th, Denise is offering 50% off all textures with the coupon code black50CLICK HERESo, and grab some great new texture packs (excludes Texture Club memberships).

 

TOTALLY RAD!

Totally Rad is another great software and texture vendor! They have software like the Rad Lab, Amped Lightroom Presets, Pro Retouch 2.0, Tra1 & Tra2 – Photoshop Presets; and my favorite – Dirty Pictures which has some awesome textures! There’s even a few more – check out the WEBSITE HERE and grab the 50% off deals now through 11/24 at midnight. Use the coupon code HOLIDAY2017

 

HUNT’S PHOTO

As always, Hunt’s Photo has some great holiday deals! Check them out HERE for savings on Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Tamron, Sigma and much more!

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING & HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

75% OFF TOPAZ + other Black Friday Deals – STARTING NOW!!

If you have been to any of my recent seminars, I’ve been saying that Black Friday is typically when Topaz has their best deals of the year. Well…this year they have outdone themselves! Not 50% off – but a HUGE 75% OFF sale! It starts today, 11/21, and runs through 11/28! You DO NOT want to miss out on this one!

So here’s the scoop…

This awesome sale applies to the full Topaz Plugin Collection as well as the newest technology in Topaz Studio with the Topaz Studio Go Pro Pack. Whether you want to achieve stunning photography enhancements or apply artistic effects, either option has you covered.

The plugin Collection includes 17 Topaz Products including the Topaz Studio versions of Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify (worth over $1000 individually!) for ONLY $249.99! As an added bonus you receive a few pro adjustments in Topaz Studio from Impression, Clarity, Detail and Simplify as well!* CLICK HERE to go to the Topaz site.

(*Note that this discount does not apply to individual plugins or adjustment purchases, which are sold at full price.)

Users can also save on the updated Go Pro Pack with all 20 currently available Pro Adjustments (over $450 individually) on sale for just $113.75!

The savings aren’t just for new purchases either. Owners of the older Topaz Collections or older Pro Packs can take advantage of the savings as well! They will just need to log in to their accounts, then add the collection to their cart to claim their unique upgrade price for additional savings on the Collection or Go Pro Pack!

The coupon code ‘BLACKFRIDAY17’, will be auto applied in either store when you add the Pro Pack or the Collection to your cart.

YOU CAN SAVE EVEN MORE BY BUYING BOTH!

If you already have some of the Topaz plugins, be sure to log in to your account after clicking THIS LINK and you will get your special pricing to complete your Topaz Collection.

SO…

If you are looking to purchase both items, here’s how to get the most bang for your bucks!

FIRST, purchase the Topaz Collection (or upgrade your current collection) – and check out. You will now have all of the Topaz Collection. The site will tell you how to redeem your free Studio Pro Adjustments for Clarity, Impression Detail & Simplify. THEN, after redeeming the freebies, go ahead and purchase the rest of the Go Pro Adjustment pack at your reduced price (remember to be logged in to your account).

A little bit of work, but you will save a bundle of cash!!

 

PEACOCK STUDIO AT MEREDITH IMAGES

Peacock Studio at Meredith Images

From now until midnight 11/27 (EST), save 50% off all texture packs in my Peacock Studio! Use the Coupon Code 50Textures at checkout. Click HERE to go to the Studio!

And…Save 25% off my eBook (on CD or digital), “Working with Textures & Overlays: Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art”. No coupon needed.

And…The Creative Photography Conference is still 25% off until 11/27! Check it out! No coupon needed.

 

THINK TANK PHOTO AND MINDSHIFT GEAR

MindShift Gear’s BackLight 36L Outdoor Photography Backpack Offers Expanded Capacity

Our friends at MindShift Gear have just launched a new version of its popular BackLight backpack series. The BackLight 36L is 10 liters larger than its predecessor, thus allowing you to access even more gear with its back-panel opening. It provides 11 liters of daypack capacity for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. Even with its increased size, the backpack meets most International and U.S. airline carry-on requirements. It holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and four to six standard zoom lenses, plus a flash, or two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and six to eight lenses, and up to a 600mm f/4 lens detached from the camera body. And don’t forget that when you use my URL link HERE, you will receive free gear and free shipping with your orders from MindShift.

 

2 LIL’ OWLS

If you’ve seen my work, you know that I use – and have – tons of textures from 2 Lil’ Owls!

Now through Nov. 27th, Denise is offering 50% off all textures with the coupon code black50CLICK HERESo, and grab some great new texture packs (excludes Texture Club memberships).

 

TOTALLY RAD!

Totally Rad is another great software and texture vendor! They have software like the Rad Lab, Amped Lightroom Presets, Pro Retouch 2.0, Tra1 & Tra2 – Photoshop Presets; and my favorite – Dirty Pictures which has some awesome textures! There’s even a few more – check out the WEBSITE HERE and grab the 50% off deals now through 11/24 at midnight. Use the coupon code HOLIDAY2017

 

HUNT’S PHOTO

As always, Hunt’s Photo has some great holiday deals! Check them out HERE for savings on Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Tamron, Sigma and much more!

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING & HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

Mid-Week updates on Topaz & Mind Shift Gear

Hi gang!

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

 

TOPAZ CLARITY UPDATE

CLARITY PROMOTION STARTING NOW!

August 29, 2017 – September 12th, 2017

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

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

See all the new features and changes HERE!

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

 

MIND SHIFT GEAR

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

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

 

 

 

Aug. 27 – Sunday Sampler, ThinkTank New Release, Tutorials

After a stunningly beautiful weekend here in CT, we send our thoughts and prayers to those in Texas who are inundated with flood waters and still a long way to go till it ends.

This week’s Sunday Sampler begins with an image of red and black rust that I then took into Topaz Impression and then changed up the color palette in Topaz ReStyle. Enjoy!

 

Our friends at ThinkTank Photo have released the new Spectral Shoulder Bags featuring one-handed gear access and increased protection from theft and the elements.

“With Think Tank Photo’s new Spectral shoulder bags, photographers can remain inconspicuous while shooting, knowing their valuable cameras and lenses are safer from theft and the elements. A magnetic Fidlock clasp enables quiet, one-handed access to gear — and then locks automatically when closing the flap. An additional zippered closure gives peace of mind while traveling and can be tucked away when actively shooting. Constructed with durable yet stylish materials, the Spectral Shoulder Bag offers Think Tank quality and ingenuity at a reasonable price.

The Spectral 8 fits one standard size DSLR body with a wide or short zoom, a 24–70mm f/2.8 detached, plus one to two small extra lens, and an eight-inch tablet. Or, it fits a Mirrorless kit with three to four lenses, including the 50–140mm. The Spectral 10 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, one to three extra lenses, and a 10” tablet. The Spectral 15 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, two to four extra lenses, flash, a 10” tablet, and a 15” laptop.

“For pro and serious amateur photographers who want to upgrade their camera bodies and lenses, selecting an appropriate shoulder bag is not a light decision. While they may be taking their first forays into professional-level glass, they also are monitoring their funds,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “We designed the Spectral series with them in mind. It integrates our history of innovation and dedication to sourcing the highest quality materials, while being sensitive to a photographer’s budget.”

KEY ADDITIONAL FEATURES
• 15” Laptop compartment (Spectral 15 only)
• Tablet pocket (Spectral 8: 8”, Spectral 10 & 15: 10”)
• Phone pocket sized for today’s large phones
• Tripod attachment points and straps
• Highest quality materials (metal hardware, YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon) and the highest quality construction
• Luggage handle pass-through
• Comfortably padded non-slip shoulder strap for all day comfort
• Customizable divider layout with dividers for stacking short lenses
• Internal pockets to hold batteries, card wallets and other accessories
• Water bottle pocket
• Seam-sealed rain cover included

While maintaining our commitment to using the highest-quality materials available, we were able to bring the Spectral 8 in for under $100!

MATERIALS

Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance. The bag also has YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, double PU coated P600D, heavy-duty nylon tarpaulin, UltraMesh pockets, antique plated metal hardware, Fidlock® mangetic buckle, 350G 3D air mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: PE board reinforced removable closed cell foam dividers, 200D liner, PU backed nylex liner, 2x PU coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

 

Topaz Studio 1.1 has been released! Download HERETopaz continues to make upgrades and fix issues. Studio is a great way to use all of your Topaz Products in one handy place in addition to doing all of your basic editing (no Photoshop needed!).

Check out the webinar I did for the National Photography Enthusiasts Group (NPEG) a couple of weeks ago on Topaz Studio: Click HERE. And if you’d like more info on NPEG, go to their website at: http://www.npegroupusa.org/

 

80 Free Photoshop Typography Tutorials

I love type (I used to be a typesetter in the pre-desktop days). And I love to see what creative designers come up with for cool text effects. Some of these are simple – some more complex. But articles like this are also a good source of inspiration to come up with other ideas of your own.

Also be sure to check out the links to the right of the webpage – there are free fonts, brushes, textures and more! Enjoy!

 

June 25 – Sunday Sampler – Tutorials – Topaz Corner

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

New Products from ThinkTank

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

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

 

TOPAZ UPDATE

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

 

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CONFERENCE – PROMOTIONS EXPIRING JUNE 30TH!

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

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

 

June 4th – Sunday Sampler + Freebies + ThinkTank Bags

Hi everyone,

We’re back from a great vacation with friends. Visited Baltimore, Washington, D.C. (was at Arlington on Sunday and various memorials on Memorial Day – VERY moving and emotional), Shenandoah Mountains/Skyline Drive, and Cass, WV, and the Cass Railroad for a steam train ride! Lots of photos to sort through!

This week’s Sunday Sampler is textures from Baltimore! The boat hull is from a display at a restaurant on the Inner Harbor; the Crackle is a wall in the Ladies’ Room at the Hard Rock Cafe (yes, I took photos in the rest room!); and the Tiffany lampshade was at an “antique” (i.e. junk) store! You can find textures anywhere!

 

FREEBIES & TUTORIALS

On WebDesignDev.com, I found this tutorial for “10 Best 3D Photoshop Text Effects”. 

Over on Line25.com, there is this article with 20 Free Brick Wall Textures and this one for 25 Unique Pattern & Texture Designs. They also have “20 Fancy Old School Fonts You Can Download for Free”.

 

NEW CAMERA BAGS FROM THINK TANK

The innovative folks over at Think Tank Photo have two new lines of camera bags.

The TurnStyle V2.0 Camera Bags offer greater stability and allow photographers to move and shoot freely. The updated versio of this popular series offers a new stabilizer strap that holds the bag steady while actively shooting or tucks away when not in use. Think Tank’s sling bags’ design promotes easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories. They come in 3 sizes to accommodate cameras from a mirrorless to a full size DSLR plus one to three lenses and a 10″ tablet. They come in traditional Charcoal or new Indigo Blue. Check them out HERE!

The other new and updated product line is the StreetWalker Rolling Photo Backpack and upgraded Class Street Walker Series Backpacks. 

Legendary durability and award winning comfort have made Think Tank Photo’s StreetWalker® series one of the most sought-after products in the photographic world. Now Think Tank announces the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0, featuring the ability to switch from a backpack to a roller. Also released are upgraded versions of all three classic StreetWalker backpacks. Photographers get the same comfort and quality as the original series but with new features such as increased depth for modern DSLR systems, and dedicated pockets for both tablets and smartphones.

The new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 is so spacious, it will fit two DSLR bodies with lenses attached (including a 200-400mm f/4), and a 15” laptop. The StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lenses attached or a gripped body with a 200–400mm f/4 attached, a 15” laptop and a 13” tablet. The StreetWalker Pro V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lens attached or a 400mm f/2.8 unattached, and a 10” table. And, the StreetWalker V2.0 backpack fits one gripped DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 attached, one standard DSLR with 24-70mm f/2.8 attached, a 16-35mm f/2.8, and a 10” tablet.

“With the release of the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack and the new versions of the three classic StreetWalker backpacks, we made three of the best pro-level backpacks in the photo industry even better,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “The one thing we’ve heard over and over since they first launched is how comfortable and durable they are.

Now, with the hybrid rolling backpack and the upgraded core backpacks, we’ve integrated even more photographer feedback to expand their functionality.”

Check them out HERE!

 

Have a great week!

Mid-Week Updates – Sales & Freebies!

Hey everyone! I normally don’t post during the week, but I’ve gotten info on some new products and sales going on that I wanted to get out to everyone.

THINK TANK PHOTO

Think Tank Photo’s New “Signature” Camera Bag Series features Advanced Fabrics for a Modernized Classic Shoulder Bag

Santa Rosa, Calif. – The Signature Series from Think Tank is a modernized version of the classic shoulder bag. Whether one is a young urban professional or corporate photographer, the Signature shoulder bag is as fashionable as it is functional. Hand sewn, advanced fabrics blend weather protection and durability with the classic feel of fine wool. Genuine leather detailing and metal hardware add character and stand up to the rigors of daily use.

“The new Signature Series features a modern fabric that is soft to the touch and yet is durable,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer.  “In addition, the zippered flap provides full closure and security to the main compartment, or tucks away when not in use.  It is a next generation design for today’s discerning photographer.”

Visit their website HERE to check out all the details!

HUNT’S PHOTO & VIDEO

The gang over at Hunt’s have some great Spring deals for you! It’s the “Out with the Old, In with the New” Sale! Check out specials from Nikon, Canon, Tamron, Sigma, Sony, Manfrotto, Wacom and much more HERE!

 

 

2 LIL’ OWLS

Denise Love over at 2 Lil’ Owls is having a Spring sale with select collections for just $10! Use THIS LINK and then click the “Sale” tab.

 

FREEBIES!

Line 25 has a good article on the 20 Best Gothic Free Fonts and a link to 20 Beautiful Fractal Brushes.

Here’s a couple from Best PSD Freebies…Free “Ahoy There” Digital Papers and download a sampler of 5 Abstract BackgroundsThe full set of 504 is available for $20 at Creative Market.

And find some “Spring Season Photography Tips” at PictureCorrect.com.

 

PEACOCK STUDIO

And don’t forget to check out our new offerings in the Peacock Studio and save 25% on all electronic products and eBooks until March 31st. Use the code topaz25

And register for the Creative Photography Conference by March 31st and receive a $20 voucher for the Peacock Studio — combine discounts and save even more!!!