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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...

Edit Newborn Photographs Quickly with Photoshop Actions

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Edit Newborn 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 always shared before and after...

A Beginner’s Guide to Using AE Lock

In my last post about metering, you may have noticed that I made a quick reference to “AE Lock”. You may be unfamiliar with what AE Lock is or what it does. Never fear, I am here to tell you all about it!

What Happens When A Photographer Gets Photographed: My Story

As is the case for most of you, I love photography.  I love the feel of the camera and lens in my hands.  I love turning the dials, choosing the focus, composing the shot, locating the best lighting and helping the models get into the ideal position. But what happens...

MCP Photography and Editing Challenges: Highlights from this Week

The government may be shut down, but the MCP Photography and Editing Challenges have reopened for business! We apologize for our absence; however, life’s tedious details got in the way. In case you forgot, the photo editing challenges give you a chance to edit...

How To Edit Macro Bug Photography With Actions and Presets

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: How To Edit Macro Bug Photography With Actions and Presets 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...

How To Rank In Google Search As A Local Photography Business

Interested in how to market yourself online as a photographer? MCP Actions and Jenna Schwartz show you how you can use the internet and organic search to rank your business in search engines and beat up the competition with local search marketing.

3 Common Mistakes Photographers Make With Senior Photography

Senior photography is quickly becoming one of the more coveted markets to be in.  With today’s trends it almost mimic’s fashion photography.  You would think you can’t really go wrong with youthful and excited girls that love to be in front of the...

What You Need to Know About Photoshop Elements 12 Upgrade

Adobe has just released its latest version of PSE – Photoshop Elements 12. The most important thing to know about this new release: We have tested all MCP’s actions for Elements, and they work perfectly.  If you use Elements but don’t currently have...

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make as a Photographer

In our generation, many photographers stumble across their love for photography.  It’s common to hear that a young mother developed her passion when her babies arrived or from photographing her children.  After the new-found love of photography is discovered,...

Models and High School Senior Photo Editing Made Easy

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Models and High School Senior Photo Editing 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 before...

The Top 4 Lenses for Portrait and Wedding Photography

One of the most often heard questions on the Shoot Me: MCP Facebook Group is: “what lens should I use for (insert specialty) photography?”  Of course, there is no right or wrong answer, and there are an exponential number of external factors that play into...

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