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Winner of the “Mentoring” by Erin Bell…

I have great news for everyone who participated.  Even though only one of you will be selected to be Erin Bell’s mentee, she is going to guest blog on MCP Actions Blog and give amazing photography tips for all of you. So keep watching for more educational and helpful photography lessons, tips and tutorials from…

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

I am sure most of you know the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Well this goes for cameras and camera equipment as well.  If you see a deal that just seems incredible – well you guessed it.  There may be a reason to RUN from it.  Unfortunately, on…

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And The Sweetest Winners Are…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase With the most votes…  Bettie Sotomayor.  223 votes!  wow!  Bettie wins the FULL OnOne PlugIn Suite.  Congratulations.  That marshmellow is amazing. My twins picked the winner for the 1st prize – one set of MCP “Tell a Storyboard” Actions.  They picked…

Win a Photography Mentor – for those just starting out in photography

Win a Photography Mentor – for those just starting out in photography

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase MCP Actions Blog has the privilege of a giving away a FREE 9 week photography mentoring by Erin Bell. She is an incredible photographer and teacher.  And has guest blogged here in the past and will again in the future. This…

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How to prepare an image for a gallery wrap canvas print…

While every company will have slightly different guidelines for preparing an image for canvas printing, I have special guest blogger, Color Incorporated, on today telling us their way for preparing your images.  I hope this helps you out.  _____________________________________________________ Gallery Wrapped Canvas is an excellent way to present photographs. Each image is carefully printed onto…

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magic blog it boards – customers love sharing these…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase I have never had an action set where I get this many customers sharing their results with me.  So I want to share some more with you.  These are so fun!  And coming OCTOBER 1st, I have “Magic Blog It Boards Set…

Adobe Photoshop CS4 – announced today – tell me what you think…

Adobe Photoshop CS4 – announced today – tell me what you think…

I would love to hear your thoughts (in the comments) on Adobe Photoshop CS4 that was announced today.  For me every version is a must have.  But will it be a MUST HAVE for you? If it is, you can PRE-ORDER from Adobe.  I am ordering after I finish this post.  I am so excited.  How…

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Let the “sweet” voting begin… Please vote for your favorite 3.

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase This may have been the hardest contest to pick winners.  My twins were half successful.  They had two jobs to do – pick one 1st prize winner (for the MCP Actions Set) – which they did. The 2nd part they could…

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My other half… “Volunteer of the Year” by Detroit Regional Chamber

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Most of my readers are familiar with my daughters, Ellie and Jenna.  I write about them all the time.  But I usually do not post too many photos and details of my husband.  Well today is his “15 minutes of fame” on…

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FREE ACTION * MCP #2 PENCILS – PENCIL SKETCH ACTION

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase And now for a fun freebie – based on the tutorial I did last week on how to do a pencil sketch.  This one can do color pencils too.  If you want a quick easy and fun way to turn your…

Video Tutorial: A better way to dodge and burn in Photoshop

Video Tutorial: A better way to dodge and burn in Photoshop

Here is a video on dodging and burning in a non-destructive manner using your brush tool instead of the built in dodge and burn tools. These are a great way to give your photo a finished look after running one of the MCP Complete Workflow Actions.  This method works well on black and white conversions…

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Super FUN Word Art + Enter to Win + Clues for what’s next at MCP

A few quick announcements and then onto FUN! PLUS what is COMING SOON to MCP – see the last image in this post for a BIG HINT! * The Suite for a Sweet Contest – ENTRIES due by Monday – so work hard on these this afternoon.  So far I only have a few entries…

What’s in my camera bag…

What’s in my camera bag…

I often get emails from readers asking what I shoot with and what lenses I use. I started with the Rebel, then 20D (which I still have), then the 40D. And YAY! I just pre-ordered the 5D Mark II from Amazon! If you are looking to pre-order this lens, you now can. Could I be…

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Quick Tip: How to change color of a senior class portrait backdrop in PS?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Quick Tip: I had a photographer write me today and ask how to change a mottled backdrop.  She shot some senior pictures and the schools are requiring a brown backdrop.  She only has blue. Short of buying a brown one, here…

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Announcing Photoshop CS4 – well almost… Sign up to learn more.

Well many photographers are anticipating the announcements of the successor to the Canon 5D, which many rumors say could happen this week.  Not holding my breath, but as soon as I hear confirmation from Canon, I will post it here. One thing I do know is that Adobe is set to announce their Creative Suite…

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“Suite for a Sweet” Contest | Win OnOne Plug-In Suite 4 & MCP Action Set

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase This is the MCP Suite for a Sweet Contest.  Contests do not get any SWEETER! GRAND PRIZE: OnOne Software Plug-In Suite 4 for Photoshop CS2 and CS3.  This SUITE of products includes 6 photoshop plug-ins to help you mazimize the benefits of…

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How to turn a photo into a pencil sketch in photoshop

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase One of my readers recently wrote in asking how to make her photo into a pencil sketch. So here is a tutorial to teach you how.  I am using the photo I just made into a blog header.  Check out a…

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How to get natural smiles in children’s portraiture (by Erin Bell)

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Erin Bell is an incredible Baby’s and Children’s Photographer in Connecticut.  I am honored to have her here on the MCP Blog.  Today she is my guest photographer and she will be teaching “how to get natural smiles in children’s portraiture.”  Please…

Guest Photographers – COMING SOON to MCP Actions BLOG

Guest Photographers – COMING SOON to MCP Actions BLOG

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase I love teaching everyone on my blog about photoshop.  And I know so many of you really appreciate it.  I also get asked frequently to teach photography topics.  My specialty truely is photoshop.   So my goal is to bring in some…

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Back to School: $100 off at OnOne Software (code: BTSMCP)

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase This is an incredible back to school promo by OnOne Software, the leaders in Photoshop Plug-Ins. You get $100 off on the Plug In Suite 4 through September 20th by using the code BTSMCP.  Click below to take advantage of this…

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Watch Me Work – how to achieve super rich colors in Photoshop

Today’s Watch Me Work session will show me editing two photos that could benefit from super rich color.  Many photos do not need this much color.  But ones that do will shine from these techniques and applications of MCP Actions Color Explosion and Fingerpaint.

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