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Teaching kids how to use an SLR – what age can you start?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase My twins have been asking me for months now if they can use “my camera.”  I got them each their own $100 Nikon Point and Shoots.  But now, they want to know more. They are 6 1/2 (will be 7 in…

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End of Summer – vacation photos – tall ship and beaches…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase We went on vacation from Wednesday through Friday and I wanted to share a few photos with you from our trip. The girls LOVE the beach and we went a few times: They also love shopping and could not resist trying…

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How to avoid adding color problems and color shifts in photoshop

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase The easiest way to mess up color in a photo is when using levels and curves improperly.  Levels to an extent, and curves to an even greater extent, affect both luminosity (brightness) and color when you adjust them. Many photographers love the look…

SNEAK A PEEK CONTEST: Do you blog? Do you have a website?

SNEAK A PEEK CONTEST: Do you blog? Do you have a website?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Do you have a blog? Do you have a website? Do you use flickr? Do you use Facebook? Do you share photos on the web? IF SO, STAY TUNED.  NEXT WEEK MCP ACTIONS IS GOING TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU PREPARE…

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Shadow Pictures – here are the photos that MCP Actions Blog readers sent in

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase A number of months back I asked people to try a fun assignment taking photos of shadows.  And I posted them to my blog.  No actually I did not…  I found them in my word press draft files tonight.  How embarrassing. So thank you to…

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Playing with animation in Photoshop…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase I was just playing with the animation tool in Photoshop. This photo was taken by one of my trainees. She is a teen who models for their salon. And she wanted the photo to be more glamorous. Using the MCP Photoshop…

Possible Online Photoshop Workshops | Looking for feedback…

Possible Online Photoshop Workshops | Looking for feedback…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase As many of you know, one of my offerings at MCP Actions is one on one photoshop training.  I have been doing these customized trainings for over 2 years now.  And I often get requests to do “in person” workshops, as…

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North vs South – which direction light is better?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase This is more a question – than an answer…  So if you have opinions or just want to give critique on these photos, feel free to leave a comment. North or South Facing Light suppose to be the best?  I thought it…

My Living Will – “This joke may hit close to home for you. It does for me.”

My Living Will – “This joke may hit close to home for you. It does for me.”

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase A friend sent me this joke today. I normally click delete. But this one, well it actually kinda made me think. It hits super close to home… I changed sister to husband (and she to he) – and it is kinda…

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The “Haircut” – chin length please?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase So my girls start 1st grade in 2 weeks. Today they got their own library cards. They could not have been any more excited. After that we went for haircuts. Jenna just got her bangs cut. Ellie decided she wanted “chin…

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Photo Makeover – getting rid of terrible stretch marks in photoshop

  Today I was reading some posts on a forum, and a photographer had a question.  “How can I get rid of these terrible stretch marks on my client’s belly?”  In real life I cannot say, but in Photoshop, it is a relatively easy task.  Below I have shown you the before belly with dark…

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Twitter – should I give in? I just did… Join Me!

 MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Twitter this – and Twitter that…  I thought this sounded like the most ridiculous idea when I first heard it.  I seriously thought, “why on earth would I want to know what someone else is up to at a particular moment…”…

Video Tutorial: Skin Tricks Part 2 (Getting rid of Shiny Skin)

Video Tutorial: Skin Tricks Part 2 (Getting rid of Shiny Skin)

In this video tutorial I will be teaching you a secret trick I use to get rid of shiny skin (or where you blow one of the color channels – R G or B).  I will show you how to see if you have done this and a special way to fix this. Watch and…

Video Tutorial: Skin Tricks Part 1 (Getting Rid of Under Eye Creases and Shadows)

Video Tutorial: Skin Tricks Part 1 (Getting Rid of Under Eye Creases and Shadows)

In today’s video, I will explain how to decrease under eye shadows and creases using the patch tool in photoshop.  This same tool can be used to eliminate blemishes and other skin imperfections as well.  This is one trick you do not want to miss.

Want to win the Magic Skin Photoshop Action Set?

Want to win the Magic Skin Photoshop Action Set?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Before I get to details on how to win the Magic Skin Actions, I am starting to look for samples for the 1st of two action sets I will launch this fall. One should be done beginning of September. And one…

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Soft Proofing and Color Management in Photoshop

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase This post is written exclusively for the MCP Actions Blog by “Color Inc Pro Lab.” They are an amazing printer with excellent customer service. And they have agreed to do monthly tips and/or contests here on the MCP Blog. I get…

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Watch Me Work – {creating many looks for one image}

Today I will teach you how to use SCREEN SHOTS in my Watch Me Work session. You will learn to take one photo and try multiple looks with it utilizing screen shots.  Then you can pick your favorite version(s) and save them. Here is one play, using the Quickie Collection Photoshop Actions Set – with…

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Most incredible eyes – look at this sweet face…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase My niece and nephew were in town this weekend. They are just adorable. My nephew, Everett (who we call Bro Baby) has the sweetest eyes for a little boy. I had to grab a few snaps of him. The 1st two…

Ouch my aching back

Ouch my aching back

I just wanted to let everyone know to keep your comments coming for my post from Friday about the best advice you have gotten that changed your photography. I will be back to posting tomorrow. I hurt my lower back Friday (no idea how but my suspect is my 70-200L IS 2.8 that I carried…

What is the BEST photography advice you have ever gotten?

What is the BEST photography advice you have ever gotten?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase I would love to get some reader participation on this one. Please comment on the following: What is the best photography advice you have ever gotten? I am looking for that advice that changed the way you shoot. That “ah” moment.…

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Quick Tip: How to get rid of STOPS in photoshop actions?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase I get a lot of questions from customers about what to do when Photoshop starts acting like it is in control. I am going to be posting some frequent asked questions from MCP Actions customers and blog visitors. If you have…

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