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Happy Halloween! Make Sure to Enter the Halloween Contest too…

I love Halloween.  Fun activities, pumpkin decorating, my birthday being the day prior, dressing up, pretending, and did I mention candy? I still dress up, even as an adult.  This year, I am Mrs. Potato Head and my husband Mr. Potato Head, from Toy Story 3.  Pictures...

Win the BAG OF TRICKS Photoshop Actions: Halloween Picture Share

Win the BAG OF “TRICKS” Photoshop action set for Elements (PSE) or Photoshop (CS2-CS5) THE DETAILS! Contest runs: Now through Monday, Nov. 1st, 2010 at 4pm eastern time. Submit a HALLOWEEN themed photo to this blog post (resized to 600px wide) OR on my...

Editing in Photoshop: Combining Actions, Textures and Overlays

Editing in Photoshop: Combining Actions and Textures for Beautiful Images This straight out of camera image, from Patti Brown Photography, was shot in what is basically a cave, with one small window which served as the only available light.  She had originally...

Free Information Guide Template for Photographers

Free Information Guide Template for Photographers Sharing and communicating with your potential customers is very important. Marketing materials you use are often the first impression and sometimes the final or last impression you can make. HUGE thank yous to October...

6 Tips on Balancing Life as a Mom and Professional Photographer

Tips on Balancing Life as a Mom and Professional Photographer Have you ever wanted to pull your hair out from the stress of juggling a career, kids, family life, and more? Here are a few tips for keeping it all together: Set aside work hours: Grethel suggests trying...

Capture Great Photographs of Fall Leaves: Macro Photography Tips

Capture Great Photographs of Fall Leaves: Macro Photography Tips As winter is just around the corner, we still have a week or so to capture some fall colored leaves.  Most photographers will say fall is their favorite time of year to shoot. You can’t beat the...

5 Important Benefits Of Macro Photography In Nature

5 Important Benefits Of Macro Photography In Nature I would like to thank Jodi for having me as a guest blogger.  My name is Mike Moats and I am an award winning, full time professional nature photographer that specializes in macro photography.   I started out in 2001...

Winners of the Camera Bags for Women

The two winners of the Joy Collection Camera Bags… Since Sunday is Halloween: 10/31, you had to enter early to be one of the winners: Entry #10: Farihah (wins the IT Bag) Entry #31: pshorten (wins the Glee Bag) Tracy from The Joy Collection will be contacting...

NEW Photoshop Storyboard Template Action Sets {fast, easy, fun}

In 2008, MCP Actions was the first to create a new concept that changed the way photographers displayed their work – the  “Blog It Board” Web sized templates. In addition to our already popular Tell a Storyboard product line, we  introduced both the...

Giveaway: Enter to Win Joy Collection Camera Bags for Women

Would you like to win a fun camera bag? Check out the two newest additions to the Joy Camera Bag collection – and have a chance to win by telling us which is your favorite.  Scroll down for details. The GLEE Bag, Darling, Fun, Fresh, and never boring… the...

Head Swapping Photoshop Tutorial for Photographers

Head Swapping Photoshop Tutorial for Photographers To head swap, or not to head swap…. that is the question. This is a question that a lot of photographers are on the fence about. I personally do not do it too often. I like the look of a candid photo, and not a...

Winner of the Tamron Lens

The winner of the Tamron SP 70-300mm Lens f/4-5.6 VC is… {scroll down to see if you were the lucky one} entry #610 – Danielle Jones Photography {http://www.daniellejonesphotographyblog.com} Congratulations!!!  Please contact me at jodi@mcpactions.com with...

Achieve Vivid Color Using Photoshop Actions: A Family Blueprint

Achieve Vivid Color Using Photoshop Actions: A Family Blueprint If you are looking to achieve vivid, bright, crisp color photos, you will want good lighting and to nail your focus.  While shooting with shallow depth of field is great for portrait photography, remember...

Selling Yourself As A Professional Photographer, Part 2

Selling Yourself as a Professional Photographer, Part 2 (Make sure to check out part 1 from yesterday if you missed it) AFTER THE SESSION AND BEYOND Yesterday, we touched on what to do to prepare before the shoot, and what to do during the session. Now, the real work...

Selling Yourself As A Professional Photographer, Part 1

Selling Yourself as a Professional Photographer, Part 1 Being a family/wedding/portrait photographer is about much, much more than buying a fancy schmancy camera and learning the exposure triangle. Let’s face it – in this economy, people are talking and walking with...

MWAC Is A Four-Letter Word

MWAC Is a Four-Letter Word: {Mom with a Camera} by guest blogger Kara Wahlgren Before you dismiss yourself—or anyone else—as an MWAC (mom with a camera), here’s why you should rethink the label. MWAC (noun): 1. a mom with a camera;  2. new moms with new half-way...

Winner of the 2 Hour Skype Mentor Session About Flash Photography

Today, being 10-10-10,  my twins decided the random number was the 10th commenter. The lucky winner of the 2 hour Skype mentor session on flash photography is Ashley Glasco of http://www.ashleyglasco.com. Congratulations. please contact me to redeem your prize. Come...

Using Photoshop Actions to Create Better Senior Photography

Improving your Senior Photography using Photoshop Actions Senior photography, at least in the United States, is hotter than ever. High school seniors want the best, most trendy and fun images. You will see everything from trash the prom dress, to urban scenes, to...

What Do You Love About Fall? Cider, Donuts and Photography

Every Fall one of our favorite things to do as a family is go to the apple orchard. If you live in a cooler climate, you most likely know what I mean…  I love the smells of fresh cider, hot cinnamon donuts, and pumpkins. The colors are so rich and vibrant. The...

Flash Photography Quiz: Has flash been used in the following images?

Part 6: Your Flash Photography Quiz: Has flash been used in any way on the following images? Answers no,no,yes,yes,no,yes,yes,no,no,no,yes,yes,yes My point is, even if you got all the answers right, it is sometimes hard to tell if flash was used. How you use flash is...

Editing an Off Camera Flash Photograph in Photoshop is EASY!

This week’s Blueprint uses no actions and barely any editing.  Why? Because of the advantages of off camera flash photography is less editing.  YAY! Ainslie Bernoth, who is doing a Free flash photography six part series, which is 1/2 way through, sent me this...

Ready To Start Shooting With a Flash? Here’s Where to Start!

Part 4: Ready To Start Shooting With a Flash?  Here’s Where to Start! In the wise words of Zack Arias, “just start somewhere!” You know you have a shutter speed limit of 200, so I often start there; I then choose an aperture, usually something middle...

Control Light and Get the Look You Want Using Flash Photography

Part 3: Control Light and Get the Look You Want Using a Flash I am going to explain this as easily as I can. In real life I could show you, which is how I learn easiest. I don’t want these written words to confuse you, or make you skip over it and class it...

Get Your Flash Off Your Camera: What Equipment You Need

PART 2: What Equipment You Need to Get Your Flash Off Your Camera I am going to teach you the BASIC way to use flash, once mastered , you can then go on to add more lights, gels, grids and anything else, the world of light opens up to you. So start by taking a big...

Flash Photography, The Natural Light Photographers Dirty Words

Flash Photography! A free 6 part series on learning to LOVE and embrace flash photography. One topic MCP Blog readers email me about all the time is flash – how to use their on or off camera flash, studio lights, and even what equipment they should purchase. I...

Baby Blueprint: Photoshop Actions Magic on Newborn Photography

If you want better newborn images, take our Online Newborn Photography Workshop. Baby Blueprint: Photoshop Actions Magic on Newborn Photography Yesterday, Alicia Gould, a top newborn photographer, wrote a post called “So You Booked a Newborn Photography Session....

So You Booked a Newborn Photography Session. Now What?

If you want better newborn images, take our Online Newborn Photography Workshop. So You Booked a Newborn Photography Session. Now What? Most photographers, especially those just starting out, get very excited after booking a newborn session, then immediately nervous...

Snapshots vs Portraits: What Do Your Customers Really Want?

Snapshots vs Portraits: What Do Your Customers Really Want? A while back on the MCP Facebook Wall, I asked photographers if they prefer portraits or snapshot for their own pictures. Many answered that they prefer portraits so they have works of art for their walls and...

3 Tips for Using Levels Adjustment Layers in PSE and Photoshop

3 Tips for Using Levels Adjustment Layers in Elements and Photoshop Photoshop and Elements are often intimidating to new users.  Conquering the Levels Adjustment is a great place to start building up your Photoshop Elements comfort level. Adjusting levels can improve...

MCP Actions Annual Blog Survey: The Results and Winners

The MCP Actions Annual Blog Survey is complete. I will leave the questions up, in case you missed it, but the results are in. And while my “Back to School” Multiple Choice Test was far from scientific, it did help me understand what you like, what you want...

Editing indoor natural light studio shots using Photoshop Actions

Thanks to Karen Gunton of Smile, Play, Love Photography in Australia, for sending in this Blueprint. Karen wrote: Here is a photo from a recent studio session. Even with a huge window, because I use natural light for my studio shots, my backdrop always comes out grey....

How to Eliminate Background Distractions in Photoshop

How to Eliminate Background Distractions & Objects in Photoshop There’s a lot to pay attention to during a shoot, no matter what kind of shoot it is. As photographers, we strive to capture the image perfectly in camera. Ideally, we use Photoshop to enhance the...

Find Your Portrait Photography Style

Find Your Portrait Photography Style by Wendy Cunningham Years ago, when I first started shooting, I had no idea what ISO, F-stops, shutter speeds, yada yada… even meant! It was so difficult to grasp how one has to find the perfect balance between the three. It...

Underwater Pictures & Video Using the Canon G11 Camera

Underwater Pictures Using the Canon G11 Point and Shoot Camera While I am definitely not going to win any major prizes from my vacation snapshots using the Canon G11 Point and Shoot camera with underwater housing, I did have a blast and captured some super fun...

Photoshop Actions: Before & After ~ Rusty Car

Photoshop Actions can enhance Urban, Rural, Rust, and Old Cars Often the same Photoshop treatment used for a color pop in the city, for an urban shoot, can be used on a rusty car and child portrait in the country. It is all about color and how you want to make it come...

Photography: Scoring Vintage Items for Photoshoots (Even for Free!)

Vintage Items for Photoshoots: How to find these items for your photography? Whether you specialize in portraits for toddlers, teens or brides-to-be, adding vintage toys, clothing and props to your photo shoot can bring a glimmer to your subject eyes and something...

Photoshop Elements Online Training Classes for Photographers

MCP Actions has provided online, interactive Photoshop training classes for photographers for more than 4 years.  The only complaint we get is that we don’t have classes for Elements users. Now that we are slowly working on getting more and more MCP Photoshop...

Family Photos Edited Using Photoshop Actions

Sometimes just looking at a photo, it is hard to decide which Photoshop actions or editing steps to take. Occasionally it helps to create a variety of looks, and then pick your favorite to share. An easy way to do this is using Snapshots in Photoshop via the History...

Winners of the Photographer Cafe Holiday Cards are….

Thank you to all who participated in this one day contest. The winners of the holiday card templates are: 444 – Tatum (http://tatumhartvigsen.blogspot.com/) 71 – Susan Dodd (http://www.coolpets.us/blog) Photographer Cafe will be in touch with...

Win Holiday Card Templates from Photographer Cafe

One Day Contest! Win Fun, Holiday Card Templates for Photographers Photographer Cafe, an advertiser on the MCP Actions Blog, is known for its inspirational blog and its shop filled with beautiful, practical templates for photographers. The popular Business and...

Photoshop Alone Does Not Make a Good Photographer

Thought of the Day: Photoshop Alone Does Not Make a Good Photographer I consider myself a professional when it comes to Photoshop.  I teach Photoshop and develop products that work inside Photoshop.  And yes, occasionally I use Photoshop to fix a problem on a less...

Watch Me Work: Photoshop Actions & Workflow Online Class

MCP Actions is very excited to announce the launch of my WATCH ME WORK 2 Hour Photoshop Interactive Online Class. Details are below. For class times and to sign up, visit the MCP Watch Me Work Training Class Page. We have listened to our customers and created a new...

7 Tips for Your First Portrait Portfolio Building Session: Part 1

7 Tips for Your First Portrait Portfolio Building Session by Pamela Topping Are considering going from hobbyist to professional? If so, you will need a portfolio.  One great way to build a portfolio is to offer sessions to family, friends and even people you meet...

Outdoor Image Fixed in Photoshop: Better Sky ~ Better Lighting

Thanks to Karen Gunton of Smile, Play, Love Photography in Australia, for sending in this Blueprint. Karen wrote: The sun was behind this family. The camera could not handle the dynamic range and I did not have fill flash or a reflector.  The sky was blown and their...

Senior Photography: Tips and Tricks on Posing, Locations and More

Senior Photography: Tips and Tricks on Posing, Locations and More With Fall coming, photographers are getting ready for photograph high school seniors again.  This style of photography is very popular in the United States and is starting to gain presence in other...

Contest: Win a Pro Account to Animoto Video Slideshows

Video Slideshows Have you ever wanted to display your work in an innovative, eye catching matter, that differentiates you from your competition? Would you like to offer your customers something beyond print photos? Animoto is the leader in video slideshow technology....

How Photographers Can Respect Music Copyrights and Licensing Fees

How Photographers Can Respect Music Copyrights and Licensing Fees What if you stumbled upon a website when you were surfing the web and there was an amazing image of a beautiful little girl. It happens to be that the website is selling a service. But you look closer...

Using Photoshop Actions to Enhance a Blue Sky and a Rainbow

Using Photoshop Actions to Enhance a Blue Sky and a Rainbow As photographers, we have no control over the weather conditions. Sometimes we get rained on and other times we get lucky enough to get beautiful light or even to cross paths with a rainbow. This photo was...

Contest: Win The NITTY GRITTY Photography E-Book

Are you looking for advice on launching your photography business? Pascale Wowak, professional photographer and author of Getting Started in the Photography Business, has a new e-book available to photographers – The Nitty Gritty.  Two lucky photographers have a...

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