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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...

MCP Photography and Editing Challenge: Highlights from this Week

Love is in the editing with this week’s gorgeous challenge photo shot by Christine Sines. Near perfect straight from the camera, this week we challenged you to utilize your favorite MCP actions and presets to enhance this photo. Here is the challenge shot....

Take Control of Your Light: Why Diffuse It

How to affect the quality of the light Is the  light is giving you the look you desire? By themselves some light sources are very hard, creating very dark and crisp shadows. To soften the light you need to diffuse it by adding modifiers: an umbrella, a softbox, or...

Take Control of Your Light: Flash

How to Start out with Flash Lighting If continuous lighting (see Part I) is not ideal for you and you decide that flash lighting would work better, then what? Well now you have to decide between studio strobes or on-camera flash (speedlights) , which can also be used...

Take Control of Your Light: Artificial Light, Why Use It

Using artificial light Artificial light is similar to natural light in the way you use it, but differs in three ways. First, you can adjust the power of the light, second, you can change your distance from the light easily, and third, you can modify the quality of the...

Tips and Tricks to Pose High School Seniors Naturally

When it comes to posing clients, my job, as the photographer, is:
(1) To help my subject to relax so that she will be comfortable and confident
(2) To understand what positions and lighting will be most flattering.
(3) To consciously avoid things that will be distracting or unflattering.

MCP Photography and Editing Challenge: Highlights from this Week

Hello Summer! This week’s editing challenge photo captured by Amanda Marlow Johnson features a little cutie enjoying a summer day in the woods. Several members of the group have shared creative edits; one which includes the addition of a lantern! Here are a few...

Happy Father’s Day from MCP Actions

    Happy Father’s Day to all those hard working dads.  Photographer dads, put down your camera and remember to get in a few pictures with your kids.  And have a fun day.  Photo courtesy of Christine Sines, one of our Facebook Group...

MCP Editing and Photography Challenge: Highlights from this Week

  This week’s photography challenge offers you the chance to slow down and feel the sun on your face. The challenge is to take a photo using backlighting. A real challenge, several of our members shared stunning backlight photos. Here are a few we wanted to...

MCP Photography and Editing Challenge: Highlights from this Week

This week’s photo editing challenge features a mermaid cutie shot by Amber Bullock Owens. The photo challenges give you a chance to experiment with creative editing of other photographer’s images, receive  critique of your work, and see how others edit the...

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