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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...

Proud To Be A Hobbyist Photographer: Reasons NOT To Go PRO

Proud To Be a Hobbyist Photographer: Reasons NOT To Go PRO This article is by Mandi Tremayne. She writes…I have been a follower of the MCP blog for several years now.  I like to call myself a “craptacular photog hobbyist”.  I’ve been thinking...

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...

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