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How to Edit Sunset Silhouette Images

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Creating Stunning Silhouettes with MCP’s help The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always...

Bringing Sunshine and Warmth Into Your Photos Using Lightroom

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Lightroom edits that can make all the difference in your photos by bringing in some sunshine and “lighting” it up! The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our...

Crop Sensor vs. Full-Frame: Which one do I need and why?

If you are new to photography, or starting to think about upgrading your camera equipment from entry-level gear to something more professional, you may be confused about what crop sensor vs. full-frame really means and how it affects your photography. First, what is a...

How to Cope When You Wonder if Your Photography is Good Enough

All photographers question if they are good enough sometimes. This is a look at how photographer, Spanki Mills, pulled out of the depths of that slump. A BLUR. That is what this past year has felt like for me. Not because it went by too fast and not because I had so...

Edited Photographs with Minor Changes Create Big Results

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Small Changes Equal Big Results to your edited photographs The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: May Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. For May, our daily themes are a little more “themed.”  The month is all about the alphabet. One idea is to find things in nature that form the specific letter each day.  If you do that, you’ll have a full...

Finding Balance: 4 Tips for Juggling Career, Family, and Photography

Hi Jodi, this is in the excerpt field. :) When photography is not a full-time job, finding the right balance in life can be hard. Lindsay Williams of Lindsay Williams Photography offers advice on how to manage a career, a family, and a passion for photography whether you are a hobbyist or a part-time professional.

A Guide to Photographing Hummingbirds

  A Guide to Photographing Hummingbirds Hummingbirds are beautiful.  And they are fast.  If you hope to photograph them you will want to plan for it, not just rely on luck. Here’s how I approach capturing images of hummingbirds. The Necessities: Feeders: I...

The Hidden Occupations of Photographers

While it’s a photographer’s job to take amazing images and edit them beautifully, sometimes the demands from customers make photographers feel like they are doctors, magicians, and even plastic surgeons.   If you’ve ever had a customers request that...

Give Your Pictures a Dreamy Look with These Actions

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Newborn Necessities used on MORE than just Newborns to give dreamy looks to your photos The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures...

3 Tips To Get Amazing Macro Photography Shots This Spring

For most of us across the USA, it has been an unusually cold winter, from which we are eagerly anticipating the transition in to the warmth of spring. For macro and nature photographers the wait is even more unbearable than for most. Gear sits cleaned, packed, and...

Lighting Your Portraits: Broad Light vs. Short Light

  Lighting patterns can make or break the look of a portrait.  Lighting can make someone appear heavy or slimmer than they actually are and give a completely different look to an image. In the image below, the only thing that changed is the light ratio to create...

10 Tips For Spring Family Portraits For Photographers

  10 Tips for Photographers to Prepare For Spring Family Portraits In my previous post, I highlighted 5 tips for clients on how to get ready for Spring Family Portraits. This post will focus on the photographers’ side and discuss how to be prepared for the...

Batch Editing in Lightroom – Video Tutorial

Batch editing is one of the best benefits of using Lightroom as a starting point for your photo edits. It’s quick and easy! And once you’ve done all that you can with your photos in Lightroom, you can even open them into Photoshop in a batch for any final...

Quick Edits to Add Artistic Flare to Your Images

Sometimes on the MCP Blog and on MCP Show and Tell we teach photographers how to fix an image or make drastic changes to a photo.  But one important use for Photoshop actions is to do quick edits and add artistic flare to an already strong image. The...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: April Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. It’s never too late to join in.  And if you miss a day or two, or get behind, that’s fine as well.  Just participate when you can.  Here are the fun themes for April. You are welcome to pin this and post it directly to...

The Importance Of Being Social On Social Media

Let’s get right to it.  I have written before on our studio blog, where I have tackled the subject about social media for photography studios and how to create good content (and how to avoid creating bad content).  I usually stress the importance of being social...

Get the Looks You Want for Your Images NOW!

Get the looks you want using these quick, easy steps and our new Infusion and Illuminate Lightroom presets. Starting with an already great image definitely opens up a world of possibilities with editing.  You, as the photographer/artist, can take the edit in nearly...

Four Essential Steps to Speed Up Your Editing in Photoshop

If editing your photos has become a time consuming chore, we are here to help. There are a number of ways that Photoshop CS and CC users can speed up their editing. Start in Lightroom – Use Lightroom to organize, sort and cull your files – and ideally to...

10 STEPS TO POSING CURVY WOMEN — NO PHOTOSHOP REQUIRED!

I recently saw a photographer post a “before and after” photo of a beautiful woman that was so drastically Photoshopped she looked like she had a dozen surgeries to make her 40lbs thinner.  The photographer was fishing for critique from colleagues on whether her...

Camera Tips: How to Make the Most of the Kit Lens

I hear a lot of photographers who have been shooting for many years give flack to the kit lens. And I can understand why – with an arsenal of high end, thousand dollar lenses, why would you shoot with the kit lens? I haven’t touched mine in months, personally – but I...

How to Edit an Image with Improper Exposure in Lightroom

You may have seen this image on our controversial post about exposure or on our product pages for InFusion and Illuminate Presets. Now we are going to answer “how I created such a bright image and such a dark image from the same photo?”   How to take...

An Extremely Controversial Photo of Siblings

When the word “controversial” pops into your head, is this image what you’d be picturing? Probably not! I had posted this image on the MCP Facebook Page in February showcasing our newest Lightroom presets (InFusion and Illuminate).  I never expected...

Fun Photo Activity Using a Crystal Ball

When you get in a rut, it’s fun to try new photo activities.  If you aren’t doing our Photo A Day Challenges, we’d love you to join in.  It isn’t too late. Beyond photo challenges, picking up a new technique can spark creativity.  In that...

How to Install and Use Infusion + Illuminate Lightroom Presets

We’ll keep this short and sweet! Here are two videos to show you how to install and use InFusion and Illuminate Lightroom presets. Buy InFusion Lightroom Presets: InFusion Lightroom presets: If the video below does not load then watch here. Buy Illuminate...

The Right Way for New Photographers to Price Photography

Pricing…what is the right way to price photography? Pricing is always a difficult subject to talk about. It is also one of those subjects where a new photographer will hear a lot of conflicting information regarding what is right or what is wrong. The perspective that...

The Naked Truth Exposed: How Photographers Price Photography

  The Naked Truth Exposed: How Photographers Price Photography There is no right or wrong answer on how photographers should price their prints, digital goods or session fees! Most photographers find that pricing photography is the most difficult aspect to owning a...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: March Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. It’s never too late to join in.  And if you miss a day or two, or get behind, that’s fine as well.  Just participate when you can.  Here are the fun themes for March. You are welcome to pin this and post it directly to...

How to Get Artistic Tones with Lightroom Presets

Getting artistic results like this is quick and easy using our new Lightroom presets: InFusion and Illuminate. Assuming you know how to take beautifully lit images as shown in the before and you can click your mouse, and you own Lightroom 4 or 5, you can do it too....

InFusion + Illuminate Lightroom Presets are Now Available!

The MCP InFusion and MCP Illuminate Lightroom Preset Packages are now available! Yep, you read that right: We’re launching TWO brand-new products to simplify your workflow and take your Lightroom edits to a whole new level! Are you a longtime MCP Fusion actions...

How To Create a Multiplicity Image

Photograph subject using different poses moving them around the frame. Then using layer masks in photoshop, reveal each pose creating a unique image.

Mirror The Background In Photoshop To Remove Unwanted Objects

We’ve all had that moment of scrolling through our images and finding “the one” but then realize there is a ugly, distracting object in the background!  Most of the time we grab our clone tool and quickly clone it out, but that’s not always the case.  I’m going to...

Should Photographers Make Subjects Look Like Magazine Models?

How far is too far when it comes to slimming, smoothing, and altering your subjects in Photoshop? As photographers we decide how far to go every time we edit photos. My personal Photoshop retouching philosophy is to edit temporary things if a customer wants, such as...

Top 5 iPad Apps for Professional Photographers

Tools like the the iPad and other tablets give you the ability to e-mail clients, schedule shoots, present and sign releases, check the weather for shoots, proof photos, show clients virtual samples, take payments and much more all one one sleek and professional...

Vote for Your Favorite Entry in the MCP Photo Contest

In case you haven’t heard the news, MCP Actions has TWO new sets of Lightroom presets coming out at the end of February: InFusion and Illuminate. We decided to do a fun photo contest on our Facebook Group to celebrate! The TWO entries with the most votes on...

Three Step-By-Step Photoshop Edits: What is Your Favorite?

  Three Step-By-Step Photoshop Edits: What is Your Favorite? Which edit do you like best?  Each was edited with MCP Inspire Photoshop Actions for PS and PSE. Edit 1: Color Carousel: Used Brilliant Base, Sun-Drenched, Spunky, Georgia Peach, Beaming, Bold Color...

Why and How to Calibrate Your Monitor

Monitor calibration is an important part of photography, but not everyone knows how to get there…but it’s really easy and this blog will tell you all about it.

How to Photograph and Edit Portraits in the Snow

It can pose certain challenges to photography people in the snow. But don’t let it be a problem for your photography! Snow can make a wonderful setting for portraits if you use it to your advantage. One of the largest problems found by those trying to photograph...

Win a $150 Gift Certificate to Birdesign

This contest has ended.  The winner is entry #226 – Ashley Himes!  Congratulations!!  We will email you shortly.     Enter to win a $150 Gift Certificate to Birdesign Shop To enter: Visit Birdesign Shop and come back here to tell us your favorite...

Photo Studio Tour: Behind the Scenes Look at a Newborn Studio

I have been photographing since 2008 and specialized in newborns about 2 years ago. I photograph maternity, newborns and babies up to 1 year. I offer family sessions twice a year in the spring and fall. I am so grateful for this studio space because it allows the...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: February Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. It’s never too late to join in.  And if you miss a day or two, or get behind, that’s fine as well.  Just participate when you can.  Here are the fun themes for February. How to participate: Take a photo with any camera...

Facebook Pages: Deciphering the Stats, Part 3

In our last installment to Facebook Pages, I explain the last several sections in the detailed Page Insights section. Our first post went over some common Facebook myths and general explanations, and our second post explained the first several sections to Page...

Facebook Pages: Deciphering the Stats, Part 2

In my last post, I went over a few myths in Facebook Pages, and explained the basic overview of Facebook pages and views. Here, we go more in depth to the actual Page Insights Facebook gives you. Note: Page Insights has moved, as you can see below in the photo. You...

Facebook Pages: Deciphering the Stats, Part 1

As a marketer, I not only pay attention to my photography, but my marketing as well. I’m always looking at the stats of my photos and posts on my fan page, and trying to decipher how important they are to me. Did an important post go out? Should I boost it more?...

Turn Day Into Night with Inspire Photoshop Actions

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Turn Day Into Night with Inspire Photoshop Actions This image was first shared on our sister site MCP Show and Tell Site. Show and Tell is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions,...

Using Photoshop Actions for a Subtle Edit with Big Impact

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Using Photoshop Actions for a Subtle Edit with Big Impact The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always...

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