MCP Photography and Editing Challenge: Highlights from this Week

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MCP Photography and Editing Challenge: Highlights from this Week


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Do you like to swim in the shallow end of the photography focal length pool? Do you wish for creamy, blurry backgrounds that seem to make your subject pop? Do you dial down to f1.4 or f2 to achieve it? Is it a detriment to the quality of your photos?

This week we introduced a new photo challenge based on a recent blog post regarding shallow depth of field. You can read the blog post HERE. The challenge is to take a portrait at f4 to f11 and achieve shallow depth of field through distance and positioning; hopefully increasing the quality of the details in your photo, without sacrificing the look.

We loved seeing your take on this theme. Here are a few we wanted to feature, but make sure to check the album on the group page for more.

Submitted by Amy MagnetGirl

LR enlighten presets clean & chamomile overlay.

Manually increased orange saturation +8, contrast +12, clarity +3, and vibrance +12.

Did b/a in PSE using MCP free action and also did resize & sharpen in PSE.

Shallow Amy MagnetGirl

Submitted by Rensi Mardiastuti

Both images are edited with Enlighten set:

1p outside:moonrise, 2g darken 1/3stop, 1d matte blend. MCP facebook fix.

Shallow Rensi Mardiastuti

Join us for the photography challenge. You will have a week to participate in the shallow depth of field challenge, so come join our Facebook Group and participate. The photography challenges can help you grow as a photographer.  It offers a chance to be creative, try new things and shoot images using new and different techniques. You have the support of a large group of photographers who can assist you and give you feedback as you work on specific themes and skills.

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Our photo challenges give you a chance to edit other photographer’s images, share them for critique, and see how others edit the same photographs.  Participating allows you to practice editing, learn how to give constructive criticism, and watch what steps or Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets are used in various edits.  Join us to edit the bi-weekly photos.

If you have an idea on how you’d edit this week’s image, or want to see and learn what others did, JOIN US HERE.

Thank you again to Christine Sines for allowing us to use this photo.  The current challenges are linked at the top of the group. Remember, you can also ask for critique on your edit.

Several of members of the group have shared great edits. Here is another MCP edit we would like to share:

 Edited by Christina Theodoroff

I did some hand editing in camera raw first, changing the exposure a bit, adding a vignette, and decreasing shadows. Then I used the MCP color fusion mix and match. I mixed Peachy and heartfelt together. Then add the frosting action and finished with a lens flare. 

Edit Christina Theodoroff

 We will have a new edit challenge starting Monday, so come back to see what image you can edit then.

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  1. July 19, 2013 at 9:02 am —

    I tried to request to join the group on facebook, but it says its a closed group and I cannot request to join

  2. Don Loseke
    July 19, 2013 at 8:38 am —

    In the last picture of the couple kissing why not crop the right side of the picture out???? So many photographers think they have to use the whole format of the image when cropping would be a lot better for quite a lot of their images.

  3. July 15, 2013 at 5:25 am —

    The difference between using ISO 100 and 400 is really interesting. I shall certainly be trying a couple of those examples out!

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MCP Photography and Editing Challenge: Highlights from this Week