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A Crop and a Few Quick Edits for a Great Portrait

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: A Crop and a Few Quick Edits for a Great Portrait 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 shared...

Think Outside The Box … USE THE BOX in Your Photography

Creative photography assignments usually come from “thinking outside the box.” Not today…  Today we’ll teach you how to photograph “inside the box” and keep things fun and creative at the same time. This has been one of the most...

7 Ways to Capture Emotion in Your Photography

What separates a simple snapshot from a stunning success is the story the image portrays. I believe the most important element to be captured in a photograph is emotion. The more emotional the shot is, the more it appeals to our senses, and the greater the connection...

4 Ways To Be Taken Seriously As A Young Photographer

If you’re a young photographer, or know of some younger photographers who have trouble getting taken seriously, here are some tips and tricks to getting the respect you deserve.   1. Act Professionally If you want to be taken seriously, you need to be...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: July Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. For July, our themes are inspired by Reality TV Shows.  You can really stretch your imagination with these – take them literally, represent the show, or do a completely unique spin on the words.  Use your creativity –...

4 Ways To Avoid A Disaster If You Edit In Lightroom

If you use Lightroom to edit your photos, you may (or may not) realize that your edits are not applied to your image unless you export them out of Lightroom. Lightroom is essentially a big, huge database of information.  When you edit, whether you use Lightroom...

Editing Newborn Images the Easy Way

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: MCP Photoshop Action, Newborn Necessities, can make those Newborn session stressers a thing of the past The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom...

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...

Make Your Outdoor Maternity Sessions Pop with Color

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Photoshop Actions to make those Moms-To-Be Glow 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 shared...

Learn to Master the Tushy-Up Newborn Pose: Free Sample Video Inside

Learn How to Create and Photograph the Tushy-Up Newborn Pose To celebrate the launch of our USB Flash Drive version of the popular Newborn Photography Start to Finish Workshop, we wanted to give everyone a free sample clip from our class.  Watch now as Tracy shows you...

MCP Fusion – Adding Warmth and Light to your Photos

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Using MCP Fusion to bring more light, warmth, and definition to photos that need an extra nudge The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets,...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge: June Themes

To learn more about MCP Photo A Day. For June, our themes are inspired by TV Shows that aired in the 80s.  This should be fun!  You can interpret these themes any way you want – take them literally, represent the show, or use words from the titles.  Pretty much,...

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...

4 Ways To Avoid A Disaster If You Edit In Lightroom

If you use Lightroom to edit your photos, you may (or may not) realize that your edits are not applied to your image unless you export them out of Lightroom. Lightroom is essentially a big, huge database of information.  When you edit, whether you use Lightroom...

Save Time With This Free Keyboard Shortcut App

Shortcut keys save seasoned photo editors huge amounts of time. When you memorize combinations of keystrokes and no longer have to search for them, you’ll cut editing time dramatically. We’ve made lists of our favorite keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop and...

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...

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