Time for a new MCP Actions Contest: Win a Tracy Joy Camera Bag

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Time for a new MCP Actions Contest: Win a Tracy Joy Camera Bag

THE PRIZE: I took a break from contests for a few weeks.  And I bet you miss them. So here is a super fun contest where you have a chance to win a Tracy Joy’s all NEW “Joey” Camera Bag $72 value.  This bag is her coined “Mamarazzi bag” as it can be used as a diaper bag or camera bag – or for you moms with babies (both).

The winner will get to choose a black or brown bag and pick a fun fabric cover too.

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST: In the comment section directly on the blog, please post your favorite photography or photoshop tip or piece of advice.  It can be one you learned hear or elsewhere.  You can summarize – it does not have to be a huge tutorial.  Winner will be drawn at random on Friday, November 14th. Check back daily to read everyone’s tips and advice.

Please only enter once.  I approve blog messages.  So it may not show immediately. Entries must be posted to the blog.  If you subscribe via email – you need to log on to comment. Do not reply directly to me please.

Tracy Joy makes amazing bags. Here are a few details about the camera bag prize.

  • the Joey is convertible! It can be worn as a regular shoulder, or messenger bag, but also easily converts into a backpack!
  • comfortably holds your dslr camera body (with lens attached),and 2 add’l lenses. Or 1-2 Lens plus: flash, light meter, etc.
  • Your choice of one ERIN flap, made with a designer print of your choice (see my fabric selection below)
  • SIZE: 8″W x 8″L x5″D
  • Two (2) interior side, padded pockets. Great for your lenses!.
  • Your SLR camera fits neatly, and snuggly in the center of the bag
  • Interior lined with nylon oxford, giving waterproof protection
  • Here are the fabric options for the flap…

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  1. November 8, 2008 at 9:12 pm —

    The best tip I have listened to is: Shoot in Manuel. It makes the biggest difference.

  2. November 8, 2008 at 9:08 pm —

    mcp magic skin rocks!!

  3. Janene
    November 8, 2008 at 8:45 pm —

    THe best photoshop tip has been MASKING!! Seriously, I don’t know how I got away with just using the eraser for so long. . . oh yeah, my editing was horrible!! The best photography tip I have learned is how to custom white balance (it has saved my life in studio and outdoors in natural life.

  4. Stefanie
    November 8, 2008 at 7:37 pm —

    The best tip I received was to wear white for good catchlights in your subjects. It works great!

  5. Brandon
    November 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm —

    The best advice that I got was that cameras are just tools, it is the photographer that makes them magical. After that I never spent time on wondering which camera to buy, but more on what and how to shoot something.

  6. Jodie
    November 8, 2008 at 6:59 pm —

    I think my favorite tip and it might be beginner, but that is what I am is, is to use the lowest f-stop to get a great blurry background if that is what you are going for.

  7. November 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm —

    My favorite tip is when you want to change the opacity of your brush rather than clicking the number or using the slider I just hit “enter” on the bottom row of my mac and it selects that box and I type in the number — it takes out the need of even using my mouse. I’m a fan of shortcut keys in general – I feel like they cut my processing time in half just because I don’t have to find what I want – I just type it in… shift + apple + n = new layer… I could go on 🙂 I love Tracy’s bag and so hope I win!!

  8. November 8, 2008 at 6:43 pm —

    The best piece of advice that I have learned is to get down to their level. It’s something that I make myself remember every time I shoot now.

  9. November 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm —

    This blog is a great new discovery to me – I love the actions! And you have giveaways too – how cool!

    My favourite Photoshop tip is a basic one (since I’m fairly new to it) – put every separate brush, adjustment, stroke, whatever on its own layer. It’s much easier to come back and change and move everything around afterwards. 🙂

  10. Amy
    November 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm —

    I love the liquify tool. You can open and close eyes and move skin back to where it should be. :o)

  11. November 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm —

    My favorite photoshop tip is to always saved an uncropped version of an edited picture, that way if a client chooses to order a photo in a different crop ratio than what you originally showed them, you don’t have to re-edit your photo.

  12. November 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm —

    I love to use the unsharp mask tool in Photoshop to finish off my photos, especially for the web.. you have to be careful to not over-sharpen, but just the right amount makes any photo pop! 🙂

  13. November 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm —

    Being not a professional photographer, just a happy snapper, my photography tip is to take way more photos than you think necessary. It’s easier to delete rather than to wish you had taken more.

  14. Pam Breese
    November 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm —

    Last week when you showed how to adjust opacity by simply clicking on the word and sliding. That has changed my worflow so much! How did I miss that one?!

  15. Stephanie
    November 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm —

    This is one I just heard. Its simple. As I look at photos (good & bad) I realize is true…

    Don’t crop through joints

  16. Julia Brown
    November 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm —

    My favorite piece of photography or Photoshop related advice… I asked my husband this question, because I have so many little tidbits of advice along the way that I’ve received, it’s hard to pick just one.

    He made me laugh when he said (in a not-so-pleasant-tone) “Never move the camera right after taking the shot.” Sometimes he assists me on photo shoots and often he will trip the shutter while moving the camera too quickly to see the shot on the LCD. Arrrgg!! I don’t need to tell you what happens when you do that too quick; you end up with a blur or smearing of your subject. So that’s my favorite mantra when he’s got a camera in his hand.

    As for my favorite Photoshop advice… I learned right here from Jodi’s blog (MCP) and her “Watch me work tutorial” on “Stretching Your Canvas.”

  17. Candace S
    November 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm —

    Before you take a photo – check all your camera settings – AV/TV/Manual mode, ISO, white balance, aperture, shutter speed – everything. Also, always carry an extra battery – major bummer when it dies and you forgot – like I did at the beach last weekend right when the light was perfect 🙁

  18. November 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm —

    The best thing I ever learned was how to change white balance in the camera. I know it’s possible on the computer, but it’s nice to have one less step in the editing process. =)

  19. November 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm —

    My favorite Photoshop tip is to hold down the Shift key, depending on the tool being used, holding down the Shift key offers additional functionality.

  20. November 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm —

    In photoshop, there are many different ways of achieving the same thing.

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Time for a new MCP Actions Contest: Win a Tracy Joy Camera Bag