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The 4 Best Types of Natural Light for Your Photography

The 4 Best Types of Natural Light for Your Photography I’m very particular about light. If my shooting conditions aren’t open shade, overcast, or back light,….I don’t shoot. However, as a photographer I’m always trying to learn new things...

MCP Project 52 – Features from Week 2 + Theme for Week 3

Wow!  It’s been a tremendous week for MCP Project 52! We have over 2,100 participants and have seen nearly 1,000 photos added this week!  It’s a pleasure to be a moderator for MCP Project 52, as I get to see the submissions as they roll in each day! If you...

Removing the “Dull” From Your Photos Using Photoshop Actions

Removing the “Dull” From Your Photos Using Photoshop Actions Most photographers will find that even when they nail the exposure in camera, there may be a slight dull look to their images. This can easily be fixed with just a few steps in your post...

My Beauty Campaign: A Photographer’s Self-Esteem Kit

A typical day for a full time photographer can at times feel monotonous.  Shoot, edit, sell prints…shoot, edit, sell prints.   Have you felt a like you are in a little bit of a rut lately?  I, Mandi Nuttall of My Beauty Campaign, would love to share with you a...

Six Way to Break into the Wedding Industry

Six Way to Break into the Wedding Industry Becoming a wedding photographer in today’s industry is hard not only by the efforts it takes to get into the industry, but by remaining noticed amongst the rest. There are so many wonderful parts of a wedding day. From...

Project 52 Features from Week 1 + Theme for Week 2

Wow! What a response we’ve received!? And it was a short week, you all were only allowed half of the amount of time that you will have each week from here on out and we’ve seen so many amazing shots. We already have over 1,300 members of our Flickr group...

Easy Photo Editing and Better Images with Photoshop Actions

Ideally, as a photographer, we want to nail exposure in camera.  It makes editing easier and faster – and it creates better images.  But what if you failed to get perfect exposure while shooting? In Photoshop, you can use Photoshop actions, which automate the...

14 Unusual Items That Will Make You A Better Portrait Photographer

14 Unusual Items That Will Make You A Better Portrait Photographer To perform a basic photo shoot all it takes is some creativity, a camera with a lens and a subject to shoot. Depending on preference and circumstance, the location is a controlled studio, a real world...

14 Unusual Items That Will Make You A Better Portrait Photographer

14 Unusual Items That Will Make You A Better Portrait Photographer To perform a basic photo shoot all it takes is some creativity, a camera with a lens and a subject to shoot. Depending on preference and circumstance, the location is a controlled studio, a real world...

14 Unusual Items That Will Make You A Better Portrait Photographer

14 Unusual Items That Will Make You A Better Portrait Photographer To perform a basic photo shoot all it takes is some creativity, a camera with a lens and a subject to shoot. Depending on preference and circumstance, the location is a controlled studio, a real world...

14 Unusual Items That Will Make You A Better Portrait Photographer

14 Unusual Items That Will Make You A Better Portrait Photographer To perform a basic photo shoot all it takes is some creativity, a camera with a lens and a subject to shoot. Depending on preference and circumstance, the location is a controlled studio, a real world...

MCP Project 52: One Photo a Week – Join in Anytime!

Envision shooting just for yourself. Every week for up to 52 in 2011, you can join MCP Project 52. Get inspired by photographers across the globe and participate with our weekly suggested themes. Watch for new themes every Saturday and see 10 feature images.

Photography Help: How to Get Inspired to Shoot Creatively

Photography Help: How to Get Inspired to Shoot Creatively “But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well. You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself.” Garden Party –Ricky Nelson My path has taken me to a place where I get to meet a lot of...

Winner of the ONA Leather Camera Bag

Congratulations to the winner of the ONA Nevis camera bag: Entry number: #1248 – Jodi Krautkramer Thank you to all who participated – more great contests to...

Giveaway: Win The Nevis Leather Camera Bag by ONA – $329 value!

Two words come to mind when you see one of ONA’s Nevis camera bags: True. Beauty. And one lucky winner will start the New Year with one of these fabulous bags! Handcrafted with sumptuous full-grain pebbled leather, brass hardware, and top quality zippers, the Nevis...

How to Use Panning to Make Your Photography Come Alive

How to Use Panning to Make Your Photography Come Alive As photographers, we are always looks for new techniques to improve our work and make our images stand out.  As I was starting out in photography this often lead me to additional purchases of lenses, software and...

Merry Christmas in a FUNKY Bokeh Photographer Way

Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate.  I wish you a wonderful day, spent with family, good food, warm thoughts, health and love. As a photographer, I hope you are able to capture memories with your snapshots and images.  If you are in the mood to try something...

My 15 Second Photoshop Edit * For White Studio Backdrop Look

How to achieve a 15 Second Photoshop Actions Edit * For White Studio Backdrop Look One of my customers, Isabel San Jose, emailed me with her dilemma. She lives in Manila, Philippines and did a commercial product shoot for a clothing company. She has 100+ photos to...

Winner of the Adorama Camera $500 Gift Certificate

Thank you to all who participated in the Adorama Camera $500 Gift Certificate Contest. I hope that all of you get what you are wishing for this holiday season. My husband picked the LUCKY winning number for the $500 Gift Certificate.  Matt’s birthday is...

How to Photograph Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse

Tonight will be the final lunar eclipse of the year.    This will be the second lunar eclipse of 2010 but the only total lunar eclipse.    During a total lunar eclipse the moon change change color from very dark gray, to bright orange to blood orange.   A lunar...

5 Ways to Successfully Cope with Holiday Portrait Sessions

5 Ways to Successfully Cope with Holiday Portrait Sessions The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but I had no idea how busy my third holiday season as a photographer would be. If you do not prepare and think ahead, you may get worn down. So as I wrap up this...

9 Years Old * Happy Birthday to Ellie and Jenna

9 years ago today, I drove myself to the hospital, as I assumed I would be getting routine tests.  I was feeling very large, uncomfortable, and unsure what was next. Hours later, I was handed the most amazing 2 miniature people in the whole world, Ellie and Jenna. At...

Color Pop Photoshop Actions: Blueprint by Crave Photography

Check out this amazing before and after Blueprint by Andee Tate of Crave Photography. Her work is just beautiful and inspiring! She edited this photo using the following mix of Photoshop actions: All in the Details – Details {Extreme Color} – color brushed...

Taking Great Children’s Portraits: Bring on the Fun

Taking Great Children’s Portraits: Bring on the Fun Photographic trends vary widely from photo journalistic to highly stylized to formal. I am by nature an observer and therefore tend to embrace the photo journalistic style of children’s portraits.  That being...

End of the Year Tax Preparation for Photographers

End of the Year Tax Preparation for Photographers It’s that time of year again…and no, I’m not referring to all that Christmas shopping you need to get done.  It’s the time of year to make sure you get all your business records in order so tax-time isn’t as stressful...

Giveaway: Win a $500 Gift Card to Adorama Camera

Can you even imagine winning a $500 Gift Card to a Camera Store? What would you buy? Now’s your chance to win $500 toward your purchase at Adorama Camera, an amazing online and storefront photography equipment company. I am a HUGE fan of their products and...

Vintage Photoshop Actions with a Twist of Contrast & Color Pop

This Photoshop actions Blueprint Fan Share was submitted by Amber Snead, who wanted a higher contrast vintage look. The step-by-step Blueprint: This photo was underexposed and lacked contrast.  I started by using the Quickie Collection to address these issues: Ran...

Play the MCP Name Your Price Game for Photographers

Play the MCP “NAME YOUR PRICE GAME” for Photographers If you are a professional photographer, please enjoy playing this game.  If you are looking at your prices and wonder if they are on the high end or low end, you will want to check out the game.  And if...

Giveaway ~ Easy As Pie Guide: How to Price Your Photography

WIN one of two copies of the NEW Easy-as-Pie Pricing Guide for Photographers from Served Up Fresh If you never really know how to price your photography, then you will want to enter this contest! First, there was Easy as Pie. Then, there was Pastry School. Served Up...

Winners of the Canon and Nikon Lens Mugs

The winners of the Canon Lens Mug or Nikon Lens Mugs are listed below. Make sure to check them out.  Also, if you thought these were cool, check out the top 20 hottest gifts for photographers under $50. The winners are: 110 – Judy Goldthorp – Canon 166...

Photographing Abstract Macro Ice Images and Creating Works of Art

Photographing Abstract Macro Photography Ice Images and Creating Works of Art As we enter into the first phase of winter here in the northern regions of the US, we find less and less to shoot outdoors.  The colors have all disappeared and the plant life has wilted and...

Getting Vivid Color Pop & Contrast With Photoshop Actions

This Photoshop actions Blueprint Fan Share was submitted by Kattrina Holt of Sassafrass Photography, who loves vibrant color pop and contrast in her images. Her step-by-step Blueprint: I opened the image in Lightroom 2 and warmed it up Then I opened it in Photoshop...

How to Photograph Star Shaped Bokeh for the Holidays

Creating and Photographing Shaped Bokeh for the Holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas and more… One my favorite things about taking pictures during the holiday season is all of the pretty lights that always seem to be in the background of everything I shoot....

Win Canon or Nikon Lens Mugs from Photojojo

Win Canon or Nikon Lens Mugs from Photojojo and MCP Photoshop Actions! Our top 20 holiday gifts ideas for photographers under $50 guide! Of all the amazing, fun photography gadgets, my favorite is definitely the NEW SLR Camera lens mugs.  We will be giving away 3 of...

4 Ways to Compete With Mall and Discount Photography Studio Prices

4 Ways to Compete With Mall and Discount Store Photography Studio Prices Written by guest blogger, Viki Reed, of Viki Reed Photography, a former employee at A Mall Photography Studio Someone saw your website, or was referred by one of your old clients. They want to...

Coupon Code for MCP Actions: Black Friday – Cyber Monday

Thanks to enormous customer demand, MCP Actions offers a “Black Friday – Cyber Monday” sale. This is a rare opportunity to save 10% on any of MCP’s Photoshop actions. But you only have four days to take advantage.  This is our 1st multiple day...

FAQ: Answers from a Professional Photographer

FAQ: “Dear Laura” {Answers from a Professional Photographer} Though the names have been changed, these are actual questions that were left in comments or that arrived in my email.  Laura Novak, a well-known professional photographer, is answering some of...

Edit Your Macro Flower Photography Using Photoshop Actions

Edit Your Macro Flower Photography Using Photoshop Actions As I explained in last week’s before and after Blueprint, there are so many ways to edit your macro flower images. From vintage to vibrant, you are the artist in Photoshop. Once you decide on the look...

9 Photographer Cartoons to Make You Laugh or Cry!

If you are a professional portrait or wedding photographer, you will probably relate to some or most of these animated cartoons. Even some hobbyist photographers may get a laugh from them. Enjoy – but try not to take any of it too seriously or too...

Winners of the Photo Card Boutique Giveaway!

Everyone is a winner!!! Sort of…  Check back tomorrow for your free cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus digital papers and more – ALL WILL BE FREE! Do not miss out on this great freebie. But on a more serious note, the 3 winners of the $50 Gift...

The Best Photoshop Actions for Macro Flower Photography

The Best Photoshop Actions for Macro Flower Photography There are so many ways to edit your macro flower images.  You can opt for a soft, vintage look, or a vivid, crisp and colorful style . You can use a clean post-processing in Photoshop or add textures for a fine...

Turn Your Photo Into An Oil Painting in Photoshop CS5

Oil Paintings in Photoshop CS5 Have you ever wanted to learn how to create hand-painted works of art quickly?  If so, you may have played with the Photoshop filters.  They typically do not net great results.  So, you either learned the art of painting in Photoshop or...

Giveaway: Win $50 Gift Certificates to Photo Card Boutique

Giveaway: Win one of three $50 Gift Certificates to Photo Card Boutique Photo Card Boutique is a great new resource for photo style holiday card templates, luxe die-cut cards, birth announcements and more. Angie, the owner, is slowly stocking her store with great...

Professional Photographer Interview: Laura Novak

I am excited to bring you a close up look at professional photographer, Laura Novak.  She has built a successful photography business the past 10 years and has expanded to owning 2 portrait studios with 8 photographers. Laura is inspiring and full of helpful ideas and...

Photoshop Actions CS4 & CS5 Troubleshooting: Invert Not Available

Photoshop Actions CS4 & CS5 Troubleshooting: Invert Not Available If you are using Photoshop CS4 or CS5 in 64 bit, and running Photoshop actions that you know worked well in a previous version, you may run still run into trouble.  There are many reasons actions...

Use Photoshop Actions to Add Beautiful Directional Lighting

Use Photoshop Actions to Add a Touch of Beautiful Lighting Some photos may have a correct exposure but may benefit from selectively lightening or darkening parts of the image to draw attention in a specific direction.  In this photo taken of Jenna by a tree, you can...

Contest: Enter to Win Dry Erase Photo Boards from Color Inc.

Contest: Enter to Win Dry Erase Photo Boards from Color Inc. It’s not too early to start thinking of stocking-stuffers, teach gifts, presents and more for this upcoming Holiday Season.  Whether it is for your own family or as an offering to your customers,...

Why Discounting Your Photography is Bad For Your Business

Why Discounting Your Photography is Bad For Your Business I see a lot of people panic, wake up one day, and say, “I am gonna have a half price sale because I need business.  I need cash flow. I need the phone to be ringing.” What happens when you discount...

80s Punk Rocker Meets Toy Story Characters

I had a great idea this year for Halloween. Since my twins love having my husband and me dress up, and since our favorite family movies are Shrek and Toy Story, and we were already Shrek and Fiona last year, let’s all dress as Toy Story characters.  This plan...

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