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Project MCP: Highlights for April, Challenge #3

Hello Everyone and Welcome to this week’s Project MCP Highlights edition! Perusing the Flickr gallery this week definitely made me wish I had a green thumb. There are several beautiful shots of both weeds and exotic flowers in full, brightly colored bloom. There...

Project MCP: Highlights for April, Challenge #2

The pool of inspiration for April, Challenge #2’s highlight post was not “shallow”  (pun intended). In fact, the Flickr gallery is waist-deep with beautiful, interesting and creative photos taken with a shallow depth of field; so much so, that the...

Newborn Necessities Sneak Peek Plus Contest Winner

On Monday, April 16th, MCP Actions will make editing newborn photos easier and faster. When you photograph newborns and babies, you need these Photoshop actions!   The winner of our contest to win a copy of Newborn Necessities before it is released to the public...

Troubleshooting Text Tool Problems in Photoshop

So I was busily editing away late one night creating an invitation for one of my clients when to my horror all my text disappeared. Gone. Nada. Nothing. Nix. Invisible. All. Of. It. Then I noticed a very strange thing in Photoshop: Instead of showing the colour of my...

Project MCP: Highlights for Challenge #4 and April New Challenges

We are excited to wrap up our first month of Project MCP with Challenge #4: Guess What?. The Project MCP Team has thoroughly enjoyed browsing through the photos in the Flickr Group, attempting to decipher what many of them actually are. Many of you have us stumped!...

Show And Tell : Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Tiffany-Shoot-2-after Camera and Lens Used: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 50mm 1.4 ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed: 400 2.8 1/400 Software Used: Lightroom, Photoshop Actions/Presets Used: Inspire Photoshop Actions Extra Details: B&W Carousel Base 50% Vogue 75% Chic...

Show And Tell : Hold the Line

Camera and Lens Used: Canon EOS 5D Mark III & Canon 70-200 2.8L II ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed:ISO160 f11 1/160 123mm Software Used: Lightroom, Photoshop Actions/Presets Used: InFusion Lightroom Presets, Inspire Photoshop Actions Extra Details: InFusion Fix...

Show And Tell : Trick For Smoothing The Background

Camera and Lens Used: Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed:Settings: 1/1250 sec; f/1.2; ISO 200 Software Used: Photoshop Actions/Presets Used: Magic Skin Photoshop Actions, Inspire Photoshop Actions Extra Details: Edits: Opened...

Project MCP: Highlights for Challenge #3 and Macro Tips

Week #3 of Project MCP has been another success. Almost 100 photos were entered for Challenge #3. The interpretation of “Transition” ranged from transition of the seasons to body transition and life transition. There were so many beautiful photographs that...

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...

Project MCP: Highlights for Challenge #2

Project MCP’s second week has been a great success! Tons of gorgeous challenge photos have been flooding the Flickr gallery everyday, which made it even harder to choose only a few favorites for the Natural Light Challenge (March, Challenge #2). Here are a few...

Project MCP: Highlights for Challenge #1, Natural Light Tips

Project MCP is well underway! We challenged you and you rose to the occasion. The Project MCP Flickr group has been flooded with beautiful photos taken from high vantage points, using natural light, illustrating transition and depicting mysterious objects. Here are a...

Win A Template Shopping Spree from Photographer Cafe

The winner is Suzanne Winter – enter #112.  Thank you everyone for entering.   Photographer Cafe, a long-time sponsor on the MCP Blog, is known for its practical, modern templates that save precious time while helping photographers looks their very best. ...

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...

Project MCP: March, New Challenges

Welcome to the first month of Project MCP. In case you missed the big announcement, Project 12 is now Project MCP. Learn more about Project MCP and how it works here . Each month the Project MCP Team will reveal four to five challenges, enough for a new challenge to...

Love or Leap – February in Review!

Thanks to everyone who took the leap this month and participated in Project 12! The Project 12 Team was impressed at the range of interpretations of the themes.  The images were fabulous, which made it close to impossible to pick only a few favorites. Some of these...

MCP Project 12 Becomes “Project MCP”

Sometimes as a business you design something with the best of intentions and it flops. Our MCP Project 52 from 2011 was a huge success, but it was extremely time consuming for all the team leaders. As such, we redesigned it for 2012, into something more manageable:...

Winner of the Camera Giveaway + Amazon Gift Certificate

After more than 258,000 entries by 39,000 photographers, our camera giveaway has concluded. Let’s start by announcing the winner of the $100 Gift Certificate to Amazon. Now my twins Ellie and Jenna will announce the winner, which was selected at random using the...

Project 12: January “Resolutions” In Review

The first month of Project 12 has come to an end! It has been both a visual and psychological journey following each of the links to view each photo and read the stories behind them. There were resolutions both big and small; serious and funny and concrete and...

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