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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...

Photo Studio Tour: Behind the Scenes Look at a Small Studio Space

You know how sometimes, things just feel right?  That’s how I felt the first time I walked into the space that I now call my photo studio. It’s an old cottage building (situated among other cottage buildings for businesses in northwest Houston, TX) with a...

Learn How to Take Shortcuts When You Edit in Photoshop

There is no shortcut to experience and hard work in photography. I am a firm believer that your style and nitche can only be discovered by taking the long road. However, I want you to throw that ALL out the window because TODAY we are taking shortcuts when it comes to...

20 Funny Photography Bloopers And Outtakes

Every photographer encounters the occasional bloopers and outtakes. By definition, wikipedia defines a blooper as “a deleted scene, containing a mistake made by a member of the cast or crew…an error made during a live radio or TV broadcast or news report,...

MCP Photo A Day Challenge for 2014

For the past number of years, MCP has done some form of a photo challenge. We did Project 52, Project MCP, Project 12, Photo Challenges and Edit Challenges.  This year we are mixing things up even more – and adding a few twists. Rather than a photo each week or...

Shooting In a Niche: Becoming a Boutique Studio

Shooting In a Niche: Becoming a Boutique Studio In my own personal experience, it’s easier to be a photographer when you focus on a single niche instead of trying to shoot anything and everything. Although I do photograph most subjects when asked, I don’t...

Lightroom and Photoshop for a More Powerful Edit

I often get asked which software a photographer should purchase, Lightroom or Photoshop.  To me, you can afford it, I recommend getting Lightroom and Photoshop.  They are not interchangeable and each has it’s strengths and weaknesses. Want quick, consistent...

Merry Christmas: Enjoy a FREE Snowflake Bokeh Brush for Photoshop

Enjoy this FUN Free Snowflake Bokeh Brush – a little Christmas Gift for you. We wish you a blessed Christmas.  Enjoy time with your family and make sure to document the memories, and also to be a part of them. We have a little goodie for you at the bottom of...

Holiday Pictures From Around the Globe: Photographer Inspiration

No matter what your religion, as a photographer it is easy to get swept up in the beauty of Christmas.  From the colorful, bold bokeh of blurred lights to the richness of ornaments hanging carefully from the trees, if cameras could speak, they’d scream out...

Christmas Mini Session Edited with MCP Inspire Photoshop Actions

I’m so happy MCP Inspire came out before my Christmas Mini Sessions! They’ve helped me speed up my workflow tremendously! When running actions, especially ones that enhance color tones, I turn all the layers off, start at the bottom by turning them back on...

Make Your Images Come Alive in Photoshop

If You Want Your Colors to Pop and Your Images to Come Alive, You’ll Love This MCP Inspire’s Drama Photoshop action makes images nearly pop off your screen.  Rich, deep colors and strong, intense details with a little help from a paint brush.  To see how...

70-200 2.8 LENS GIVEAWAY – Win a Sweet New Tamron Lens

The winner of the 70-200 2.8 lens is Lindsay B Williams. Congratulations!     The Prize: Tamron 70-200 2.8 Di VC USD* * The 70-200 2.8 lens, introduced in 2013, retails for $1.499. Don’t confuse it for the older, non-stabilized 70-200 lens. Here is the...

Quick Tip Tuesday: Get Rid of Cross-Hairs on Photoshop Brushes

If you use Photoshop or Elements, at one time or another, your brush will show cross-hairs instead of the outline of a circle.  Likely, you will go into your preferences area and see a spot called cursors. After you realize you did not have the cross-hairs option on,...

How To Photograph Christmas Light Displays

Christmas is almost here! Trees are being decorated, wreaths are being hung and don’t forget about the lights! Christmas lights have to be one of my favorite parts about the holiday. From the soft glow of a Christmas tree, to wild and crazy light shows and...

Photographer Giveaway: Win an iPad + YouProof

YouProof is a revolutionary new app for the portrait photography industry. In-person proofing has never been as easy, portable or affordable as it is with the YouProof app. To celebrate the release, YouProof creator Ann Bennett will giveaway an iPad and a free download of YouProof!

CYBER MONDAY AT MCP: Last Chance to Save till 2014

CELEBRATE CYBER MONDAY WITH US! PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS ❤ LIGHTROOM PRESETS ❤ TEXTURES Fall in LOVE with the looks.  Editing is easier, faster, and more fun with MCP Actions. SAVE $ on Cyber Monday.  At checkout, use the code: mcpthanks Be sure there are no extra spaces,...

Black Friday Thru Cyber Monday Deals for Photographers

  Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sales for Photographers If you have more, email them to me for approval and I will add them to this list. MCP Actions – 10% off all actions, presets and textures through Cyber Monday at mcpactions.com....

Fall Portrait Workflow Using MCP Inspire Action Set

I have really been enjoying the new MCP Inspire action set.  This time of year is the busiest and I used this recipe on all of my outdoor fall portrait sessions.  Give it a try and see how it works for you! In the screenshots below, hopefully you can read it,  you can...

Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers + A Few Free Goodies

Are you stumped when it comes to buying a gift for the photographer in your life?  Whether you want to buy a gift as a token of thanks for the photographer who took your family photos or you want a gift for someone special in your life who loves taking pictures, we...

Which Edit Do You Like Best?

  Let’s keep things light today and take a quick survey.  Which edit do you prefer? Both are exactly the same, except the second one used two additional Photoshop actions (mostly on the background).  I am curious to see if you see this image the way I do...

How to Photograph and Edit a Snowflake + A Free Sparkle Brush

As the first snowflakes touched down here in Ontario, Canada I snuck outside to snap a few quick shots on my back deck. The snowflakes were big and fluffy and moving very slow, and didn’t last more than a minute or so once they landed. I have been playing around with...

The Art of Storytelling: How to Weave Your Photos Into a Tale

Some of the fondest memories from my childhood are recollecting the hundreds thousands of stories that my mom used to tell me growing up. I HAD to have a story for everything – for drinking my milk, for eating breakfast, for patiently waiting for the school bus,...

The Art of Storytelling: How to Weave Your Photos Into a Tale

Some of the fondest memories from my childhood are recollecting the hundreds thousands of stories that my mom used to tell me growing up. I HAD to have a story for everything – for drinking my milk, for eating breakfast, for patiently waiting for the school bus,...

Adjust this Facebook Setting Now

Want People to See Your Updates on Facebook?  Want to see ours? As you probably have come to realize, Facebook continues to make changes that make it more difficult, without advertising, to reach your intended audience.  By “audience” we do not mean...

The Importance of Shooting in RAW Format

I once saw a conversation about RAW vs JPG going on in a photography Facebook group. The question was, “Should I shoot in RAW or JPG?” And the photographer in question was stating that he only shot in jpeg – not only did he get more shots on his card, but he felt RAW...

How to Make Any Blog Post Better In 5 Minutes Or Less

  You’re thrilled – the perfect photo shoot!  The prettiest accessories!  The jaw-dropping actions that make the colors leap off the page! You’ve spent hours prepping, shooting, culling, editing, re-editing, tweaking, smoothing, and perfecting a set...

Get Inspired and Watch Photographers Edit

  Get inspired by viewing images and learning how other photographers edit.  Then come inspire others with your images too. INSPIRE PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS are now available.  View a few of the beautiful photos and edits we are seeing on MCP Show and Tell.  Click any...

FAQ: How To Get These Looks in Photoshop

“How do you get these looks in Photoshop?” After posting this image on Friday, we got many inquiries asking exactly how we achieved each of these three looks using MCP Inspire Photoshop actions.   Rather than list every step out here, we thought it...

MCP Inspire Photoshop Action Set is Now Available

The MCP Fusion Photoshop action set combines the most versatile and user-friendly workflow actions with beautiful color and black and white conversions, bringing you an action set with unlimited combinations. These actions will change the way you edit in Photoshop.

What Is Your Favorite Look or Editing Style?

Do you have an editing style or look you love for your images? Close your eyes and imagine your ideal look you want for your images.  Now describe it – to yourself, to us in the comments, or to a friend.  What is the style you want for your photos? Perhaps you...

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