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How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (part 2 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (part 2 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

Matthew Kees is a very talented photographer and teacher.  He is doing a 5 part series on the MCP Actions Blog on Using a Modern Flash for Portraits.  I am excited to share his knowledge and expertise with all of my readers. These tutorials will launch once every other week. On the alternate weeks, time permitting, Matthew will look through…

Just when I was being thankful… I get this call…

Just when I was being thankful… I get this call…

Just when I was feeling thankful for all I have and how my life is, I get a call this AM from my mom. My sister Rebecca had her 3rd child a week ago.  We have never been super close, and we have had our differences through the years. But she is still my sister…

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Happy Thanksgiving * What are you thankful for?

I have never been as into Thanksgiving as I am this year.  What changed?  My twins’ 1st grade class did a ton of projects around the Thanksgiving theme.  They were so excited to learn what it was like when the Pilgrims came over and what it was like to be a Native American as well. …

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Want to give or receive an MCP Actions Gift Certificate for the Holidays?

I have had numerous requests for Gift Certificates for the Holidays.  Some people are asking if they can buy them for someone, while others are wanting to add these to their wish list from Santa or Spouse. You can purchase and then redeem a Gift Certificate for MCP Actions by emailing me at jodi@mcpactions.com. Just…

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Free Photography Magazines | Links to subscribe here

 Are you looking for some great Photography Magazines on a budget?  Or are you hoping to add a few free magazines to your collection?  If so, this MCP Blog post is for you.  Here are 3 great magazines you can get for free.  Professional Photographer Magazine is a free 6 month subscription.  AfterCapture Magazine and…

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Q & A: Questions about the difference between Magic Print It Boards and Tell a Storyboards

I get asked this question frequently: Q: What is the difference between the “Tell a Storyboard Actions” and the “Magic Print It Board Actions?” A: In the end, the appearance.  The “Tell a Storyboards” are designed with more space between them (you can add patterns and scrapbook paper or leave solid). Three of the sets are…

Upgrade from Elements to Photoshop CS4 for $299 (through end of November)

Upgrade from Elements to Photoshop CS4 for $299 (through end of November)

I saw this link on a forum and wanted to pass it on to those of you who keep asking me to make actions for elements.  Some things can be made for elements, but most cannot.  So my advice, upgrade, especially when you see a deal like this.  Ask for an early holiday gift! Think…

Q & A – question from a customer: what actions do you use most?

Q & A – question from a customer: what actions do you use most?

I get this question or similar questions all the time, so I decided I would write the answer here. “Can you give me the 3-5 actions you use most?” “What are your favorite actions?” Answer: “My workflow is usually this – I would say 85% of the time it is one of these two for…

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Possibly the coolest piece of art ever!

This may be the coolest piece of art ever, at least to a photoshop trainer.  I saw this a few weeks ago but forgot to share.  When I came across it again last night, I wrote the artist and asked if I could share the piece on my blog.  And he said he would be…

Update time!

Update time!

What is going on with MCP – Update Time! – Contests – Keep watching – I have a few incredible contests coming up – just in time for the holidays – so keep watching!!! – My one light set up is Sold.  The 1st person who replied lives 30 minutes away from me and is…

Operation Project Cleanup – ALIEN BEES LIGHT, SOFTBOX, and LIGHTSTAND for sale.

Operation Project Cleanup – ALIEN BEES LIGHT, SOFTBOX, and LIGHTSTAND for sale.

Have you been thinking of getting your first Studio Flash Unit?  Or are you looking for one more light to complete your set? In the process of converting my studio into an office, I have decided I just do not have room to keep all 4 lights.  So, I will be selling ONE complete one…

Cleaning, Organizing, Throwing Away… and a quick contest

Cleaning, Organizing, Throwing Away… and a quick contest

I may be MIA for a few days while I finish “Operation Project Cleanup.”  This is the time where we go through our house and especially all of my kids’ stuff and make piles – give away, throw away, keep, etc… This year is especially difficult since we also are having to do this task…

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Loved the photography & photoshop tips – the winner of the Tracy Joy Camera Bag is…

Thank you all for participating and sharing such a great assortment of photography and photoshop tips.  If you have not had a chance to read through them, they may be as valuable as winning the camera bag, so check them out in the comment section of the post announcing the contest here.  So really everyone…

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (Part 1 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (Part 1 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

Matthew Kees is a very talented photographer and teacher. He is doing a 5 part series on the MCP Actions Blog on Using a Modern Flash for Portraits. I am excited to share his knowledge and expertise with all of my readers. These tutorials will launch once every other week. On the alternate weeks, time…

Learning Flash Photography – a 5 part series + Q&A with Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

Learning Flash Photography – a 5 part series + Q&A with Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

Coming over the next few months, I will be bringing you a 5 part series on FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY – plus after each part, you have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers. So come prepared to learn… The guest blogger is Matthew Kees. And I know you all are going to learn so much…

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More quick ways to change your brush in photoshop…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase What are some more easy ways to change your brush in Photoshop?  What if I told you that you do not even need to go to the brush menu while using a “brush?” You can use your keystrokes and not go up…

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Time for a new MCP Actions Contest: Win a Tracy Joy Camera Bag

THE PRIZE: I took a break from contests for a few weeks.  And I bet you miss them. So here is a super fun contest where you have a chance to win a Tracy Joy’s all NEW “Joey” Camera Bag $72 value.  This bag is her coined “Mamarazzi bag” as it can be used as…

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Last chance: retiring the “polka dot borders set” for elements and photoshop

This is a .psd of polka dot borders.  I created this back when MCP Actions first started and many of my customers were children’s store owners and eBayers.  These are perfect for scrapbookers and eBayers, but I have decided to retire this set from my website.  It is now off of my site, but can…

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ONLINE GROUP WORKSHOP – Using Cards & Templates (just in time for the holidays)

Using Cards & Templates in Photoshop (just in time for the holidays) Have you ever purchased a template, storyboard, birth announcement, holiday card, etc. only to find out you have no idea how to customize it or even how to insert and resize photos to fit?  If so, you are not alone.  Thanks to some amazing…

Watch Me Work: Using the FREE Touch of Light | Touch of Darkness Actions

Watch Me Work: Using the FREE Touch of Light | Touch of Darkness Actions

Today’s video will teach you new ways to use the FREE Touch of Light | Touch of Darkness Photoshop Actions.  Download these actions at this past blog post and tutorial. This action is one of the most powerful FREE photoshop actions available as it gives you full control to light your photo the way you want. …

Funny Elementary School Election Story – could this be an early exit poll?

Funny Elementary School Election Story – could this be an early exit poll?

I just had to share this funny election story. My 6 year old girls got home from school today and said that they got to vote.  So I asked who they voted for.  They each said “Obama.”  I asked “Why did you vote for Obama?”  Each had a different reply. Jenna said they learned in…

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