Holiday Pictures From Around the Globe: Photographer Inspiration

No matter what your religion, as a photographer it is easy to get swept up in the beauty of Christmas.  From the colorful, bold bokeh of blurred lights to the richness of ornaments hanging carefully from the trees, if cameras could speak, they’d scream out “photograph me.”

Whether your are photographing Christmas and Santa Mini Sessions, Christmas lights outdoors or your family opening gifts, eye candy is everywhere. We asked photographers on the MCP Facebook Group to share some recent favorite images of ornaments and holiday pictures (without people or pets).   Here’s a sampling.  Make sure to PIN some of your favorites. We hope these images inspire you and that you’ll share your holiday pictures with us – add them to the comment section for this post.


Photo by Lilly Garza Honaker. Taken with Nikon D5100, 50mm, F1.8, ISO 2000, 1/125. Cropped, cloned in some extra lights on the sides, Edited with Enlighten Lightroom Presets: Grunge, Midtones Slight Brighten, Shadows Strong Darken, Slight Contrast, See Clearly, Noise Reduction Medium, Exposure Brush to brighten snowman, Edge Darken Slight.


Photo by Julie Mains Henderson. Edited with Four Seasons actions: Dehazify, Splash of light 100%, Sharpie over the face, fill flash 100%….Summer four seasons: Sole turned off light haze & sweetness, than added Merry Christmas!! Pentax k20D ISO 400 135mm f/2.8 1/180.


Photo by Sueze Photography. Camera setting were ISO 100, F 1.8, SS 1/2000 85mm. Edited using Inspire actions: Brilliant base @ 79%, Denim & Pearls @ 47%, Georgia Peach @ 46%, Peach Mood Ring @ 76% & Gem Polish on the glass ornament.



Photo by Ashley Robin Photography. Icy Wonderland this morning in my backyard! Shot with a D7000 50mm 1.4 lens. f2.8, 1/100, ISO 100. Edited in ACR first. Adjusted contrast, blacks, and vibrance. Edited further with MCP Mini Fusion at 50% in PS, unmasked sharping on front leaves only, added watermark, and increased exposure.


Photo by Erin Niehenke. Edited with Inspire Photoshop actions: gem polish, ultra color, bittersweet, cruisin, spunky, sun-drenched, sweet dreams, brilliant base.



Photo by Leigh W Photography. No snow or ice down here in South Florida but we do have a few snowmen in our yard. Edited with MCP Inspire Photoshop actions – Light Blocking brushed on some branches and distracting house in the background, silk blend brushed off the trees and lights.



Photo by Veronica Smith Photography. Edited with MCP Inspire: Color carousel, base & vitality at lowered opacities, denim & pearls at 100%, Gem polishing tool on the ornament.


Photo by Aga D. My Christmas tree. ISO 1000, f2 , ss1/80. Edited with Freeze Dance Lightroom Preset from the Quick Clicks Collection.



Photo by Sweet Events Photography. My “cuppa” afternoon tea in front of the Christmas tree. Edited with MCP Inspire – Brilliant Base, Rose Petals, Prom Queen and Rich. holiday-bokeh


Photo by Tammy Rushing Benton. ISO 800, F1.8, SS1/13, 50MM. Hand edits in ACR, Mini fusion in PSE11 and resized for web.



Photos by TCK Photography. Do Elves count? Edited with Inspire. Used Brilliant Color Base twice. Lowered the opacity on the second run. Levels adjustment to create a haze effect.  Then used MCP Print It Boards to make the collage. “I LOVE Inspire!”



Photo by Petra Stanley Art and Photography: Nutcracker Ornament: Settings were ISO 3200, f/2.8, SS 1/40. I Edited with MCP Fusion’s One Click Color at 75% Opacity.


Photo by Erin Niehenke Photography.  Edited with Inspire Photoshop actions – gem polish, ultra color, bittersweet, cruisin, spunky, sun-drenched, sweet dreams, brilliant base.



Photo by Stay Forever Sunday Photography.  Edited with Mini Fusion. I used Pink Cadillac at 25%, and Hazy at 62%.


Photo by Jodi of MCP Actions. Taken with an Olympus OMD EM5 Micro 4/3 camera (not an SLR). Settings: ISO 6400, 1/125, f2.8 with a 60mm macro (2x crop factor – so like a 120mm). Editing: Modern Matte from MCP Inspire (masked off ornament), Shallow DOF painted on background to reduce noise a bit – not to actually blur…:


We hope you enjoyed these beautiful images and that you share some of yours with us below.

Merry Christmas everyone.


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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    Not my most professional image! But a very sentimental one for me. I’m 8 months pregnant with my first biological child, a baby boy. After six years of infertility, we’re finally expecting Baby Kael Wallace Jasman on March 12, 2014. This was a random photo and taken by my “first son,” using my cell phone, a Nokia Lumia. I use the term “my first son,” BC I’m so blessed to have a stepson by my husband, whom I consider my “real” son and he calls me his real Mom. I’m one lucky wife, Mom and woman!! I also have a huge passion as a photographer, but this amateur photo is one of my favorites.

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