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Make Your Fall Photos POP with Rich Autumn Tones

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Make Your Fall Photos Pop The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared before and after...

How to Fix Your Photoshop Brush When It Looks Like Cross-Hairs

Grrr, the first time this happens to you, you’ll want to pull your own hair out.  Your Photoshop brush (or Elements brush) shows as cross-hairs instead of the outline of a circle.  The typical response is to visit the preferences area and see an area called...

How to Get The Look of Faux Snow and a Winter Feel in Photoshop

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Manual Edits Complemented with MCP Photoshop Actions The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always...

Funny Friday for Photographers

If you love funny photography humor, check out our attempt at making you chuckle. We may not be real comedians, but you’ll likely relate and enjoy.

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: October Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. For October, we are thinking of Autumn, Halloween, and a bunch in between. We are excited to see what you come up with. Remember to use your creativity – anything goes.  We cannot wait to see how you interpret these! Use your...

Bring Out Rich Color and Detail in Your Photos

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: How to really make the details in your photos come to life with rich color edits The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and...

How to Avoid Sharpening Disasters When Editing Your Images

It’s easy as a newer photographer to pile on extra color, haze, and especially extra sharpening. When it comes to editing, it’s hard to know when to stop.  Often areas like hair look crispy and unnatural when sharpened too much, and even eyes and gemstones...

How to Cook Up This Sweet Photo Recipe in Photoshop

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: How to Cook Up This Sweet Photo Recipe in Photoshop The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always...

Do You Need an Ice Light to Help Light Your Photography?

I have posted here before on how to solve lighting challenges with the Ice Light by Westcott and now I am back to visit the topic one more time.  Here in Michigan, I think my favorite season may be Fall.  The excitement of back to school, the changing colors on the...

MCP Lightroom Presets That Will Make Your Color POP!

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Highlighting Fall Colors The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared before and after...

Deleting Preferences To Fix Issues in Photoshop and Elements

If you use Photoshop or Elements, at some time you will feel like the program has gone crazy and weird things keep happening.  While there are other reasons for it too, if you delete the preferences, your troubles often vanish. This is a quick fix for many quirks that...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: September Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. For September, we are thinking of fall, back to school, and some color too. We are excited to see what you come up with. Remember to use your creativity – anything goes.  We cannot wait to see how you interpret these! Use...

Edit In A Few Clicks to a Brighter, More Vivid Photo

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Exposure Adjusting with MCP Photoshop Actions The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared...

How to Use Photoshop and Lightroom Together for Great Images

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: How to Use Photoshop and Lightroom Together for Great Images The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve...

Instantly Make Your Photos Look Better on the Web

Have you ever wondered why your photos look terrible online when they looked amazing in Photoshop? The way your photos look often relies heavily on the specific website or social media platform where you upload the images. Compression saves space and many places on...

The Best Ways To Get Better At Photography

To me, the best way to get better at photography is to practice.  Sometimes though, especially if you are photographing your own kids or things you love, it’s easy to have blinders on when analyzing your own work. I think back to when I first started in...

Improve Your Newborn Photography with These 4 Easy Tips

One of the hardest things to master in newborn photography are angles. We often get caught up in the poses, the props, the fabrics and all the other details and sometimes we forget about angles. It is amazing how moving our bodies and cameras ever so slightly can...

How to Easily Get More Images With Less Effort

This probably sounds like every photographer’s dream – right?  More great images – less work.  It’s not a gimmick.  It’s a quick tip. Once you pose your customer, rather than shoot the images from the logical position, try at least two...

Easily Reduce Color Casts in Photoshop

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Easily Reduce Color Casts in Photoshop The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared before and...

The Perfect Tool for Portraits of Children — Pez Dispensers

Getting young children interested in a photo shoot can challenge the most talented professional photographer. Many pros have a bag of tricks to use for taking portraits of kids.  But if you are a mom taking pictures of your own kids, or even a new photographer, you...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: August Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. For August, we are getting back to simpler themes. We noticed participation dropped a lot and many of you said it was just too hard to do TV and Reality Shows.  So hopefully you’ll have a lot more fun with these. Remember to...

How to Soften Wildlife Images with Photoshop Actions

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: How to Soften Wildlife Images with Photoshop Actions The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always...

Avoid Over-Editing In Photoshop With This Quick Tip

One danger when you are new to photography is over-editing.  It’s easy to get super excited when post-processing. Opacity is certainly your friend. When using actions in Photoshop or Elements, make sure to adjust the opacity of each layer if needed. But what if...

MCP Fusion – Adding Warmth and Light to your Photos

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Using MCP Fusion to bring more light, warmth, and definition to photos that need an extra nudge The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets,...

Photoshop CC 2014: What’s New?

Adobe released big summer news for photographers – Photoshop CC 2014. Access your photos from anywhere and have advanced mobile editing tools — plus cool new features for Photoshop. This summer you may change the way you edit your photos. The Photography...

A Crop and a Few Quick Edits for a Great Portrait

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: A Crop and a Few Quick Edits for a Great Portrait The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared...

Think Outside The Box … USE THE BOX in Your Photography

Creative photography assignments usually come from “thinking outside the box.” Not today…  Today we’ll teach you how to photograph “inside the box” and keep things fun and creative at the same time. This has been one of the most...

7 Ways to Capture Emotion in Your Photography

What separates a simple snapshot from a stunning success is the story the image portrays. I believe the most important element to be captured in a photograph is emotion. The more emotional the shot is, the more it appeals to our senses, and the greater the connection...

4 Ways To Be Taken Seriously As A Young Photographer

If you’re a young photographer, or know of some younger photographers who have trouble getting taken seriously, here are some tips and tricks to getting the respect you deserve.   1. Act Professionally If you want to be taken seriously, you need to be...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: July Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. For July, our themes are inspired by Reality TV Shows.  You can really stretch your imagination with these – take them literally, represent the show, or do a completely unique spin on the words.  Use your creativity –...

4 Ways To Avoid A Disaster If You Edit In Lightroom

If you use Lightroom to edit your photos, you may (or may not) realize that your edits are not applied to your image unless you export them out of Lightroom. Lightroom is essentially a big, huge database of information.  When you edit, whether you use Lightroom...

Editing Newborn Images the Easy Way

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: MCP Photoshop Action, Newborn Necessities, can make those Newborn session stressers a thing of the past The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom...

5 Key Steps for Creating Digital Collage Illustrations

Several years ago, Jo Ann Kairys, an award winning children’s book author and illustrator, began taking photos of her grandchildren at play. As a novice Photoshop CS3 user, she created story book images into which she blended their pictures.  She had no formal...

Make Your Outdoor Maternity Sessions Pop with Color

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Photoshop Actions to make those Moms-To-Be Glow The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared...

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