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Giveaway to Celebrate 1,000 Posts on the MCP Blog! CONTEST

This is the 1,000th post on the MCP Blog!

That’s a lot of words…  And a lot of information. So many times I get asked to do posts on topics that have already been covered.  While I do occasionally discuss certain things more than once, there is a wealth of knowledge from myself as well as guest writers from the past 1,000 posts.  I hope you will take a few minutes, or hours, over the next few days and find the topics and posts that really taught you something – those must read articles – and things that have impacted how you shoot and/or edit your photography.

To celebrate and encourage you to look through the site more, I have a fun contest for everyone.

THE PRIZES:

  • One lucky winner will get the OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite – a $500 retail value (anyone can download the trial version from their site for a free DEMO) – lots of fun plug-ins and goodies. The winner will need to download the product from their site and I will provide the unused activation key for you from OnOne. Please check their site for details on compatibility. The box says it works in Photoshop CS3-CS4 and CS5 and Elements 8 and 9. Some, but not all, of the software will also work in Lightroom 2 and 3 or Aperture 2.1 and 3.
  • A second lucky winner will win $100 credit toward Photoshop actions at the MCP Store. Must be redeemed on Friday, April 1st, 2011 (NO Joke!)

THE DETAILS {How to Enter}: Locate your favorite post or series of articles ever written on the MCP Blog. You may need the help of the {search tool} on the top left to find them. Then share the link as explained below – and add a comment in this post telling us where you did each.

  • 1st entry (required) – Write a short blog post that describes and links to your favorite article or series of tutorials/articles on the MCP blog. Then come back and share which post you picked along with a link to the blog post you wrote.
  • Additional entries (optional) – Find your favorite MCP Blog article(s). Grab the direct link from your browser, shorten if needed, and share on a social networking site such as your Facebook business page, Twitter, Stumble Upon, Digg, etc. Each unique place you share, and each unique article counts as an additional entry.  You must first participate in entry #1 to qualify.  You may enter using various past articles or sharing on unique social media sites up to 10 times – so 11 chances to win. Add a comment for each.

DEADLINE TO ENTER:

Enter by 8pm eastern Thursday. Winners will be announced Thursday evening on the blog so don’t delay. Due to upcoming travel, all winners must contact me at jodi@mcpactions.com by Friday at 6pm eastern time to redeem their prizes. Any prizes that are unclaimed will be used in future contests.

 Giveaway to Celebrate 1,000 Posts on the MCP Blog! CONTEST

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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148 Comments

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    Jessica says:

    A really great article for me was ‘The ten biggest website mistakes you can make’ It really helped me with my website marketing.

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    Lisa Lovelyl says:

    The Four Best Types of Light for Photography by Crave Photography (really anything by Crave!!!) http://networkedblogs.com/fZSW8 Lighting struggles never seem to go away and I love seeing how other photogs deal with it!!!

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    Amber Dean says:

    Hi MCP!!! I really really enjoyed your blog post yesterday actually!! I am just getting started and just hired a graphic designer to do my logo, so your post yesterday really applied to me and helped me along! Thank you for being so AMAZING!! I love your products!!! (Below is the link to the post from yesterday!)

    http://networkedblogs.com/fZSW8

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    Amber Dean says:

    Oh, I shared it on facebook!

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    I LOVE your contests!! The article that I really enjoyed lately was the one about shooting ice images as works of art. It is a brilliant idea and I couldn’t wait to try it. Thanks!

    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/12/06/photographing-abstract-macro-ice-images-and-creating-works-of-art/

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    Kathy says:

    I enjoy your posts, Jodi! You are always coming up with something interesting and inspiring! I enjoyed the post about getting your creativity back; here is the link http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/01/04/photography-help-how-to-get-inspired-to-shoot-creatively/. Keep up the good work and enjoy your trip!

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    I posted the article link on my Facebook! :)

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    Kathy says:

    posted on my fb page

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    Mackenzie says:

    Love this…and with my birthday coming up in a few weeks, this would be the perfect gift!
    #1 – Wrote on my blog…http://mackenzieolsenphotography.blogspot.com/2011/03/mcp-actions.html
    #2 – Posted on facebook.

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    Kimberly Steffl says:

    I have been a follower for a few months now, and I love being able to search out answers to my questions, its a little bit easier reading than a huge massive book. I have learned so much by just reading your blog and terms and techniques seem to be a little less like a foreign language. This blog was one of the first ones I read, I just love it. I have been practicing silhouettes a lot since reading and I am so thankful I came across this! The other blogs that are mentioned on this blog as well were equally helpful and fun to read!

    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/11/24/photographing-silhouettes-a-flashback-to-great-tutorials-learn-to-create-your-own/

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    I immediately thought of the From Hobbyist to Professional series that I liked so much I put it on a static page on my blog. Click here to see my blog post.

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    Laurie Farr says:

    I read the article “The Ten Biggest Website Mistakes by Photographers” and immediately got to work on re writing my about me section. The article is well written and really made sense to me. Thank you! At the time it was written I reposted it on my Rendition Studios facebook page. I often retweet your blog posts.

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    When I post something on my blog (as I shared in my previous comment) it automatically gets posted on Facebook. Not sure if that counts as a second entry, but just in case… :)

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    I really liked the tutorial on fixing an underexposed shot with Photoshop actions. It was really helpful for when I can’t get the right exposure and now I can keep some of those unfortunate shots that are perfect except for the exposure. I’m still learning but I love how the example turned out! Love your tutorials!!! :-)
    http://networkedblogs.com/fZSW8

    Katie Probandt

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    My favorite is The Ultimate Guide To Installing Actions In Photoshop Elements. Here is the blog post about it: http://mommywholovesgiveaways.blogspot.com/2011/03/favorite-tutorial-on-mcp-blog.html mommy2rylie@ymail.com

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    Angela Smith says:

    Flash Photography, The Natural Light Photographers Dirty Words September 27th, 2010 shared this on my facebook page. Love it and use it all the time.

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    AngelaB says:

    I don’t have my own website, but I have a blog for friends and family. I have many links on the blog and your button is right up at the top! I love your tutorials and everything else! http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/10/29/editing-in-photoshop-combining-actions-and-textures/ Not sure if you can actually link to this but I also shared it on my Facebook page, which I do quite often with your stuff anyway!

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    AngelaB says:

    Helps if I actually put the right link on my post! http://timeslipphotos.blogspot.com/?zx=b3374c12f5bad30f

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    James Haverstock says:

    I picked the How to Use the Mini Fusion and Touch of Light Actions post of March 14, 2011 (http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/03/14/how-to-use-the-free-photoshop-actions-mini-fusion-toltod/)as my favorite because of the video and the great actions themselves. I have posted that fact and the links on my blog (at http://jameshaverstock.com/?p=2918). This is not the first time I have featured MCP Actions on my site, and I am sure it will not be the last.

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    Bobbi-Jo G. says:

    I definitely chose the “Blueprints” posts. Buying actions are one thing, but seeing the many ways they can be used to enhance photos, and learning the steps and settings, makes using actions less intimidating and more fun! I posted about my love for blueprints here:

    http://blogginwithbobbi.blogspot.com/2011/03/mcp-actions-blueprints.html

    Thanks for all you do to help and inspire!

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    susan bordelon says:

    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/03/18/photoshop-actions-blueprint-snapshot-to-portrait-in-a-few-clicks/

    I love the article above.. I think the picture of the little boy and girl caught my attention. They are too cute and the color just brought it to life!

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    Mine would be the blueprints blog as well. I have been working with actions a lot lately and it is so nice to see before and after WITH directions of how it was done. Very helpful thank you!!!

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    Andrea Wallander says:

    Mine would be the blueprints blog as well. I have been working with actions a lot lately and it is so nice to see before and after WITH directions of how it was done. Very helpful thank you!!!
    http://blogginwithbobbi.blogspot.com/2011/03/mcp-actions-blueprints.html

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    Valentina G says:

    Here is the link to the blog!
    http://valentinaglidden.wordpress.com/

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    Kathy Hardy says:

    I loved, loved, loved the post on Bokeh! I actually ordered the kit and have been enjoying it immensely! Here’s a link to my blog post about it: http://kathyhardyphotography.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-love-bokeh.html ~ I also have to share a photo of my little grand-baby :)

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    Tasha S says:

    I would lovvveeee this……hope its me

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    Brenda Bencsik says:

    One of my favorites was the 10 biggest website mistakes by photographers. http://networkedblogs.com/epl2B

    I shared it on my facebook page and on the Graphic Communications site for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

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    Chrissy B says:

    Hello – I shared the article Portrait Photography Trends & Fads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

    http://christinescrapandstuff.blogspot.com/2011/03/favorite-photography-hangout-mcp.html

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    Chrissy B says:

    Shared the Portrait Photography Trends & Fads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly link on Facebook!

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    Christi says:

    Love you work & your actions/tips! This is the latest I found useful-Fixing an Underexposed Shot with Photoshop Actions: A Blueprint

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    AlisonH says:

    My favourite – at least so far – is how to shoot the moon. http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/03/21/super-moon-photography-how-to-shoot-the-moon/

    With the super perogie :) moon we just had, I tried my best without success. However, the clear directions and hints in your blog mean that the next full moon I will be assured of success.

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    Ashley says:

    I love every article, but I especially find helpful the lighting articles, so I chose The 4 Best Types of Natural Light for Your Photography by Andee Tate. I have just started shooting portraits and this article was very helpful!! I am a huge fan of your tutorials, actions, and helpful articles.
    Here is the link to my post about it:
    http://journeyfromatop.blogspot.com/2011/03/mcp-giveaway.html
    Thanks for sharing with the photography community!

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    http://twitter.com/#!/VioletRayPhoto – shared at twitter my fav “easy as pie” blog article!

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    http://www.facebook.com/pages/VioletRay-Photography/168808836420 second place i shared the link for my favourite blog post by Alicia from Easy as Pie

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    Katie says:

    I have learned so much about Actions from your blog and video tutorials! I just started using actions last September, and knew absolutely nothing! That’s why I love this article just explaining the basics: http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/03/01/what-are-photoshop-actions/. I wrote about it on my blog: http://thekruithofs.blogspot.com/2011/03/photo-editing.html

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    Katie says:

    shared on facebook too!

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    Katie says:

    I tried to post this before, but I’m not sure if it went through. Feel free to delete if it’s a duplicate…
    I just started using actions last September and knew absolutely nothing! I have learned so much from MCPs blog and video tutorials. That’s why I love this post – all about the basics: http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/03/01/what-are-photoshop-actions/
    I wrote about it on my blog here: http://thekruithofs.blogspot.com/2011/03/photo-editing.html

    I really hope I win! I’ve been lusting after those Fusion actions!

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    Sara Sue says:

    I shared this article on my blog:
    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/11/30/4-ways-to-compete-with-mall-and-discount-photography-studio-prices/

    It made me realize why I should value my prices as a photographer. I was having a hard time finding a balance between reasonably priced and not a waste of my time.

    http://sarasuephotography.blogspot.com/2011/03/learning-and-evolving-in-my-photography.html

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    Michelle says:

    I loved the interview with Audrey Woulard. I aspire to her awesomeness! Here’s my blog post on it. http://www.michellehrin.blogspot.com

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    Dawn Howeth says:

    Here’s the LINK for my blog post.
    http://picturethisphotographybydawn.blogspot.com/2011/03/mcp-blog.html
    I love your article on night photography.

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    Ashlee N. says:

    The ten biggest website mistakes by photographers
    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/02/17/the-ten-biggest-website-mistakes-by-photographers/

    I like this article because I am still building my website, and it helped me write my about me. It gave me so good pointers as to what to include and what to leave out. I love getting advice from someone who has done so many amazing things (I may not know you personally, but your blog has helped A LOT)! Thank you!

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    amylouwho says:

    I love the video tutes on installing and using actions. That’s the one I shared at this post: http://thelensladies.blogspot.com/2011/03/mcp-actions-contest.html

    thanks for an awesome giveaway!

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    Here’s ONE of my fav blog posts … http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/02/17/the-ten-biggest-website-mistakes-by-photographers/

    I still need to put it all into action but it really rsonated with me! Seriously, you have so many awesome info here … thank you!!!

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    cindy napier says:

    My favorite blog post was the one where you gave tips for photographing christmas lights i learn alot from your blog i teach myself everything about photography and you have helped alot. thanks so much for all that you do. this is my all time favorite post since i have been a fan.
    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/12/24/tips-for-photographing-christmas-lights/

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    Anne Canon says:

    I LOVED the interview with Audrey Woolard back in Feb. I have written a short blog post and included a like to MCP Actions post with Audrey.
    http://anne-friendsfamilyphotography.blogspot.com/2011/03/where-do-you-get-your-inspiration.html

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    I actually really LOVED the new post on ‘Finding your Style’ and shared it at http://tarastallingsphotography.com/?p=371.

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    Holly Spencer says:

    I love this post, I just came acrossed it, can’t wait to look at these textures and use them. thanks so much
    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/12/17/texture-sites/

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    Anne Canon says:

    Just posted a link on my facebook page. “What to wear: How to dress Seniors and teens”
    http://www.facebook.com/annecanonphotography

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    Anne Canon says:

    Posted another link on FB What to wear families
    http://www.facebook.com/annecanonphotography

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    Katie says:

    i live in grand cayman so this is a great article for me to share! http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/07/30/10-tips-beach-photography/
    posted on my facebook!

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    Jama Pantel says:

    http://jamapantel.blogspot.com/2011/03/mcp-actions-contest.html

    Here is the link to my post. I loved the article on finding your inspiration. Thanks for all that you do.

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    Katie says:

    Nnother article posted on facebook. I have learned so much about layer masks from you – changed the way I edit!

    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2008/04/24/quick-tip-how-can-i-see-exactly-what-i-have-masked-layer-mask-question-answered/

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    Jenna Mallon says:

    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/03/07/night-photography-how-to-take-successful-pictures-at-dark-part-1/
    The Night shots blog were my favorite posts! I have always wanted to shoot in the dark, and I found your two part posts extremely helpful!

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    Jenna Mallon says:

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1776043877
    I also posted on facebook!
    http://jennamallon.tumblr.com/
    And Tumblr! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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    One of my Favs is the blog about “10 biggest website mistakes photographers do” Posted on blog here http://redncophoto.blogspot.com

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    I shared a link to the 300 photography tips blog post (http://tiny.cc/x1zlb) on facebook!

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    I shared a link to the 300 photography tips blog post (http://tiny.cc/x1zlb) on twitter (@AndreaThomasNC)!

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    I shared a link to the first article on night photography (http://tiny.cc/k17pe) on twitter (@AndreaThomasNC)!

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    I shared a link to the first article on night photography (http://tiny.cc/k17pe) on facebook (@AndreaInSC)!

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    I shared a link to the second article on night photography (http://tiny.cc/lpz3i) on twitter (@AndreaThomasNC)!

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    I shared a link to the second article on night photography (http://tiny.cc/lpz3i) on facebook (@AndreaInSC)!

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    I shared a link to the article on 14 unusual items to improve your photography (http://tiny.cc/fcz6i) on twitter (@AndreaThomasNC)!

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    I shared a link to the article on 14 unusual items to improve your photography (http://tiny.cc/fcz6i) on facebook (@AndreaInSC)!

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    Julie Pasta says:

    I absolutely loved the articles on Macro Photography and I wrote about it on my Grateful Project blog here: http://my365gratefulproject.blogspot.com/2011/03/199.html

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    I really liked the emotion with branding. I have been doing photography for under 2 years and made me realize that I need to create a brand for my photography. Now the hard part is figuring out what I want to do. I never realized how powerful some brand images are. Thanks.

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    I shared a link to the article on the 4 best types of natural light (http://tiny.cc/dnp8m) on twitter (@AndreaThomasNC)!

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    Mackenzie says:

    Also posted on personal facebook page and facebook business page (mackenzie olsen photography!)
    My fave post…http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/03/25/fusion-photoshop-actions-before-and-after-edits-from-customers/

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    I shared a link to the article on making water blue (http://tiny.cc/cwe9w) on twitter (@AndreaThomasNC)!

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    Leslie says:

    I’m a newbie here so it’s crazy to me that there’s already 1000 posts! I guess I have some catching up to do! And i’m excited to try out some of your products!! I enjoyed the post about shooting the moon and all the facebook tips too! Here’s my blog post I wrote about it!

    http://pixfromthestix.blogspot.com/2011/03/shooting-moon-and-shout-out-to-mcp-blog.html

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    Sara Sue says:

    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/01/19/photographers-should-you-sell-digital-files-part-1-the-risks/
    I still am going back and forth on digital or prints. But this was an awesome article I just shared on facebook.

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    leslie says:

    Shared this link on FB (which is how I found your blog in the first place!)
    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/01/05/mcp-project-52-one-photo-a-week-join-in-anytime/

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    Leslie says:

    Shared this link on FB
    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/08/17/photoshop-actions-which-actions-are-best-for-your-photos/
    I was overwhelmed when I saw how many actions you had and to know there are more out there. This was a great for figuring out what to choose and how to organize!

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    Sara Sue says:

    I was working on my website when this article was posted. It couldn’t have come at a better time. http://mcpactions.com/blog/2011/02/17/the-ten-biggest-website-mistakes-by-photographers/

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    Julie Pasta says:

    Shared the Macro photography article my Mike Moats on my business FB page!
    Thanks!

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    Posted on facebook as well!

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    Heidi D says:

    I shared the article on my Facebook as well!

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    Jodie, this is one of my favorite articles you have shared with us:
    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/03/23/focus-wide-open/

    I blogged about it here: http://www.redchestnutphotography.com/?p=1465

    Your blog has had a huge impact on my work and my growth as a photographer! Thank you for your caring, insightful gift to so many of us through your free actions and blog in addition to the offerings in your store!

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    I twittered about your article on achieving both eyes in focus when shooting wide open… its a keeper! @RChestnutphoto

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    Not sure if I’m supposed to share on here or fb, so I’ll do both to be sure. :) Here’s the link to my blog post: http://jenniferconnellyphotography.com/blog/?p=99 and they are the blogs on night photography. Thank you for the great info and giveaways!

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    I shared this favorite article link on my personal FB page where I am FB friends with many photographers : http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/03/23/focus-wide-open/

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    I shared on my business FB page for Red Chestnut Photography about your great article on achieving both eyes in focus when shooting wide open. It is a great article! http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/03/23/focus-wide-open/

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    Jodi, I also twittered @ RedChestnutPhoto about this great article on newborn photography: http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/06/22/newborn-photography-how-to-use-light-when-shooting-newborns/

    I am so thankful for all you offer for us who are learning! Winning a gift certificate for your actions would make me SO SO happy!!

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    I suggested others read your great article on newborn photography on my personal FB page. It is this one: http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/06/22/newborn-photography-how-to-use-light-when-shooting-newborns/
    I hope your random chooser picks me! I would so LOVE to try more of your actions!!

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    I mentioned your wonderful newborn article on my FB business page! http://mcpactions.com/blog/2009/06/22/newborn-photography-how-to-use-light-when-shooting-newborns/

    I hope the random chooser picks me! I so hope to try more of your actions!

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    Shared this fantastic article on achieving vivid color on twitter @ RChestnutPhoto http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/12/03/getting-vivid-color-pop-contrast-with-photoshop-actions/

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    Karina says:

    http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/07/13/successes-and-failures-of-a-first-year-photographer/ This is the first blog post I ever read. I found it honest and inspiring and it lead to me following MCP which has in turn meant I have read many posts since and learnt heaps and also participation in MCP Project 52 which has been so much fun.

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    Tweeted @RChestnutphoto about this fantastic article on pricing your photography! http://mcpactions.com/blog/2010/12/21/how-to-price-your-photography-qa-with-alicia-caine-easy-as-pie/
    Jodi, I wish I could tweet them all! Everything you post is an excellent resource! The search box is such a plus!

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    Jill Marlow says:

    Hi! I posted your blog post about Tips for Balancing Life as a Mom and Photographer. Great article and so good to be reminded!
    http://morganphotographyblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-i-love-mcp.html

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