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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...

How to Achieve a Soft Pastel Look with Photoshop Actions

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Soft Pastel Look 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 Blueprints on...

SHOW AND TELL: A PLAYGROUND FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

What is Show and Tell? Show and Tell is not a new action set, nor is it presets or textures. Instead, it is a new experience. Remember back to early childhood when you stood up in front of class and showed off your exciting new toys? Well, it’s kind of like...

DIY Reflector For Photographers On A Budget

DIY Reflector For Photographers On A Budget Why use a reflector? Reflectors help photographers light their subjects, fill in harsh shadows, and add pleasing catchlights. What types of reflectors can you buy? Reflectors come in many shapes, colors and sizes. Some are...

LR Export Made Easy: The Ins of Getting Out of Lightroom

How do you save edited photos in Lightroom? This question bothers many first time Lightroom users.  Especially when they hear that the answer is that you don’t save your edits when you use Lightroom! Lightroom is a database that permanently stores each edit you...

How to Obtain Unique Images of Newborns and their Parents

How to Obtain Unique Images of Newborns and their Parents How many times do we see images of newborns and their parents that involve Mom or Dad holding the baby and looking straight at the camera and smiling? There is nothing wrong with this traditional form of family...

MCP Editing and Photography Challenges: Highlights from this Week

Do you believe in magic? This week’s photo editing challenge requires making a little bit of magic using Photoshop to create a fantasy composite image. You can learn how by reading THIS blog post by Elizabeth Hall. Here is the composite background photo, shoot...

From Boring to WOW: How to Use Textures and Overlays in Photoshop

Textures and Overlays Make a Difference In Your Photos Not every image looks good with textures applied to them.  In fact textures are often overused in photo editing.  But for an artistic fine art look, or even to cover up unwanted parts of an image, textures can...

Hurry: How to Backup Your Lightroom Catalog Today

We all know that Lightroom is powerful photo editing software.  But did you know that a large part of this power comes from the fact that Lightroom is actually a database – the Lightroom Catalog? Lightroom is unlike many popular photo editing softwares that we...

MCP Photography and Editing Challenges: Highlights from this Week

  This week’s photography challenge encourages you to get up close and personal with macro photography. We loved seeing your take on this theme. Here are a few we wanted to feature, but make sure to check the album on the group page for more. Submitted Amy...

User Reviews: How Much Do They Matter

This article takes an example of a user review and tracks it to show how it reached thousands of people, showing the power consumers have online. End users can have considerable control over how a brand is perceived.

How to Capture Newborn Composite Images Safely

How to Capture Newborn Composite Images Safely There are so many fun ways to capture breath-taking images of newborns. The most important thing to keep in mind when photographing newborns is their safety. Even though there are many poses that can be done with newborns...

MCP Photography and Editing Challenge: Highlights from this Week

Where are the wild things this week? Some might be heading back to school, while others may be hiding in this week’s MCP Photo Editing Challenge’s featured photo, captured by Ali Ellen. Several members of the group have shared great edits. Here are a few...

MCP Photography and Editing Challenge: Highlights from this Week

  Do you like to swim in the shallow end of the photography focal length pool? Do you wish for creamy, blurry backgrounds that seem to make your subject pop? Do you dial down to f1.4 or f2 to achieve it? Is it a detriment to the quality of your photos? This week...

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