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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. Lori Barrett Photography
    November 12, 2008 at 7:51 am —

    I find I using the Crtl C to copy, Crtl V to paste and Crtl A to select all a time saver.

  2. Tammy
    November 12, 2008 at 8:03 am —

    Hard to choose one but another helpful Photoshop tip, normally when you use a brush it paints with the Foreground color, but when you use the same brush with the Clone Stamp tool, you can actually paint with a textured or patterned paper from an entirely different document.

  3. Bobbie
    November 12, 2008 at 11:01 am —

    Just love the bag! My best photoshop tip is by TaylorMade Designs. It’s about blending, “DEFINING the Blending Modes as best we can… what they do to photos on top of photos, photos on top of paper, and paper on top of paper.” I just love the effect you can obtain and she give’s you step by step instructions and pics of what they look like… Here is the link to her site and page

  4. November 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm —

    always carry a little see-through plastic bag in your camera bag, and an elastic band. when you’re shooting in wet weather, cover your whole camera and lens, and leave just a bit open in the front.
    that way you won’t miss a great shot because of the rain.
    (not my best ever tip, but my favourites have already been mentioned)

  5. Tori
    November 12, 2008 at 6:15 pm —

    Remember to check your camera settings from your previous adventure before continuing with the next!

  6. November 12, 2008 at 7:48 pm —

    One of the best tips I learned is when shooting a session take two pictures with the camera straight and then once you get the shot, tilt the camera slightly. It gives the picture some movement and gives the same shot a totally different feel.

  7. Jennifer Murphy
    November 12, 2008 at 8:17 pm —

    My favorite tip is to watch your white balance in the camera. Don’t just use AW. Your photos come out so much richer when your WB is set correctly. I don’t have photoshop, I have to use PaintShopPro8 so I don’t have much freedom in editing like in photoshop.
    I found your blog through the TJblog. This looks like a great blog and look forward to learning more. I absolutely love the TraceyJoy bags and hope to win! I’m taking a trip to NYC and would love to have it for the trip to hold my camera and lenses.

  8. November 12, 2008 at 9:03 pm —

    My favorite tip is to when you are tyrig to *move* a layer (like lining up photos while making a storyboard) use the ARROW keys on your keyboard, this will allow you to move them accurately (unlike how they can *jump* when you are just dragging the layer.

    jen 🙂

  9. Colleen Chi-Girl
    November 12, 2008 at 10:54 pm —

    My favorite tip is to ALWAYS take more than 1 photo no matter what the subject and turn the camera vertically, horizontally and diagonally, and shoot from high, mid range and low — you never know what angle will look better when all is said and done. THanks for this chance! I already have 5 bags picked out – lol!

  10. November 13, 2008 at 10:38 am —

    My tip is try to capture the moment and not just the “perfect shot”. Otherwise you’ll miss some pretty special moments.

  11. November 13, 2008 at 12:13 pm —

    This is a great idea. I so desperately nee a bag. I would have to say my best piece of advise would be to make those eyes POP without overdoing it…I love looking at a photo and see the world in a child’s eyes. Here is what I do. I make a separate layer and dodge the eye white a bit and you can adjust the opacity to your liking. Then I make a dup layer from that and then burn the edges of the iris. You can then make another layer and using the magnetic laso tool and grab the whole iris and then filter and unsharp mask. Adjust to your liking. Do this for both eyes obviously. LOL I know so many people have their way of doin geyes and I am always looking for new ways. some ways don’t work for all photos. But this way works for me almost always. Thanks for considering me for this contest. Valerie

  12. November 13, 2008 at 1:41 pm —

    My most favorite tip I learned from my photographer aunt, is when taking photographs of children bring a pocket full of candy. When you want them to look right at the camera and have a cute reaction or smile on their face, put the piece of candy on the lens and tell them to tell you when it drops. Do a practice shot and make the candy drop, now they are intrigued. Now this time, put the candy on the lens and tell them the same thing, but instead of making it drop before you snap the picture, snap a picture first and then make it drop. And then of course give them the candy as the prize! haha. Make sure you bring something like smarties or anything white that won’t turn their teeth and clothes rainbow colored!

  13. November 13, 2008 at 3:57 pm —

    My all time favorite tip is to apply a USM at 20-60-0 for a defog/color pop! LOVE IT!!!

  14. November 13, 2008 at 6:10 pm —

    This may have been said since I haven’t gotten through each comment yet, but my favorite tool is the white balance dropper when using ACR on CS3. 🙂

  15. November 13, 2008 at 8:00 pm —

    my fav tip is when taking pics of kids and i want them to look into the camera, i say “if you look into here, my camera will wink at you”. i got this tip from cheryl muhr, an amazing photographer in austin, tx. and you get the greatest looks from kids and amazing shots.

  16. Stephanie H
    November 14, 2008 at 12:32 pm —

    I hope that I am not too late… My favorite tip in Photoshop is set your own shortcut keys! You can create your own shortcuts for the filters you use the most, it certainly does speed up your workflow.

  17. Tera Gray
    August 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm —

    Always make sure there are no shadows on your subjects face.I hate it when you look at your pictures and the faces have shadows.

  18. Alexia
    August 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm —

    How can I order one of these bags?

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