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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...

The Ultimate Pinterest Guide for Photographers

What is Pinterest? Chances are good that you’ve heard of Pinterest. You may be active on it already or you may just be beginning your own boards. If you don’t know what it is, from the Pinterest site’s about page: “Pinterest lets you organize...

The BEST Way to Install Actions into Photoshop Elements

Installing Actions into Photoshop Elements is just not the easiest thing in the world.  But it can be done.  After much trial and error, I’ve decided that the method below is the most efficient way to get those actions into Elements. We included a video below...

One Day Contest: Win a 2 Hour MCP Actions Photoshop Training

Super quick contest – who wants to play? I am in the mood to do something nice.  I am eating healthier (cooking and watching what I eat) and exercising a lot (spinning class) – and I just am feeling good. The better my mood, the more giving I feel. ...

The BEST Way to Install Lightroom Presets

Installing Lightroom Presets is easy! While there are many ways to install presets, we are going to share you the best way which keeps them organized. Once you download our Free Lightroom Presets or our photographer-tested, time-saving Quick Clicks Collection LR...

MCP Project 52: The Final Week

We made it!  3965 members, 15,398 photos and 52 weeks later we have reached the end of MCP Project 52.  It is New Years Eve and what a perfect time to look back over our 52 weeks together and celebrate what made this project so special.  This week we want to focus on...

5 Inexpensive Props Every Photographer Should Own

There are so many great photography props out there. If you don’t know where to start you can end up spending LOTS of money without much reward. I recommend starting simple. Here are a few inexpensive props that can add a nice flair to your photos

MCP Project 52: Week 51 Featured – Week 52 Launch

Happy Holidays! This thread was written and selected in advance due to the fact that a lot of us are celebrating/taking time to spend with our families. The top 10 for this week were chosen based on a thread on Flickr where participants were able to nominate others...

A Lot Has Changed In The Past 10 Years

Happy Birthday to Ellie and Jenna! Today you turn 10 years old. WOW. No more single digits.  10 years ago this morning, with my stomach protruding more than you can imagine, I drove myself to the hospital thinking you’d be in this world in a few weeks. A short...

Shootsac and Tote & Shoot Winners are…

My twins turn 10 tomorrow, 12/19.  They picked the numbers of the times they were born to pick the winners.  3:56 and 3:57. The winners of the Shootsac and Tote & Shoot are: SHOOTSAC WITH BAROQUE COVER: Comment number 356 – Cassandra C. TOTE & SHOOT:...

MCP Project 52: Week 50 Featured – Week 51 Launch

Guess you all are busy with preparing things for the holidays. Looking for recipes to cook, searching for words to write on the Christmas card, listening to Christmas songs. Telling your (grand)children about Santa Claus, decorating the tree and your house and much...

Winner of the Tamron 18-270mm Lens

The winner of the Tamron 18-270mm Di II Lens for Nikon, Canon, Sony dSLR Cameras for a Nikon, Canon or Sony d-SLR Cameras is: Entry number – 1957 – Marie Myler.  We will be contacting you via email.  Be on the lookout....

MCP Project 52 :: Week 49 Featured – Week 50 Launch

I think I said it back in the middle of the summer, but doing the Project 52 has made me realize how fast this year has flow.  Now it has really hit me.  We are coming into week 50 which means 2 weeks until Christmas and 3 until we ring in the new year.  Hard to...

MCP Project 52: week 48 re-cap and introducing week 49

Twinkle, twinkle…. little stars that you all are! So impressive to see how many people have their Christmas trees up already! Plenty of wonderful glimmering bokeh-licious images in the pool this week. But it isn’t just the Christmas lights that twinkle as...

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