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Winners of Bohemian Secret Contest + More Sneak Peeks of MCP Actions Upcoming Set

The super lucky winners of the Bohemian Secret Contests are as follows: Actions Set: #149 Amber Craig Lightroom Presets: #84 Linda Vich Actions and Lightroom Presets Combination Pack: #145: Karen Ard If you are one of the 3 lucky winners, please email me so that I may get you the code you need. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ And…

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Online Group Workshops – LOOK at the toolbar – NEW TAB – NEW DATES ADDED

I literally spent 4 hours now trying to get this set up.  And I finally figured it out! I have added a tab to the top navigation bar of my blog called “MCP Workshops.”  All info on my online group workshops will be updated there instead of on the threads of my blog.  I have…

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The Mystery Action Set – See if you are a Winner…

One week from today I will be releasing my new action set.  It will increase the details you see in your photographs and help you get “that look.”  Learn more as the day approaches.  I will be sharing examples of this new set called “All in the Details” every few days until the “LAUNCH.” A few…

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White Balance – Using a Fun Lens Cap to Get Better Photos?

This is the baLens, a fun new product I just tried out, from the PhotoJoJo Store.  It looks like a combination between a lens cap, UFO, and just strange piece of plastic.  But after seeing these results, I think I may need to order one for each of my lenses (or at least one in…

Update on the Online Workshops – Color Fixing and Curves

Update on the Online Workshops – Color Fixing and Curves

I just wanted to do a super quick update on the workshops.  They are going really well so far and everyone seems to be learning a great deal.  My last curves workshop for the next month or so is on February 2nd at 8:30-10:30 PM eastern time.  It is just over 1/2 way to being…

White Balance, Color Correction, Color Casts, OH MY!

White Balance, Color Correction, Color Casts, OH MY!

I just got this question from a reader: “What is the best way to address color issues?  I love the photos I take but the color is always off.” The short answer…. – in camera – the single best way to address color is to do a custom white balance using a white balance card,…

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How to “Search” on the MCP Blog

Hey everyone – this is a quick how to use my blog post – in particular how to search.  I get many comments and even more emails asking me where they can find “x” post…  I am thinking my search button is too hidden or something so I want to show all of you how…

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The Secret to Black and White Photography * Enter a Contest to Win B&W Actions/Presets *

About a month ago I started hearing the buzz. There was a new secret – a secret from a woman named Sonia who had incredible black and white images. I was curious. So I contacted her to learn more. And though I do not personally do a lot of black and white work and I…

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The Danger of Comparing Yourself to Other Photographers

There I sat at the end of October feeling drained and useless.  Shoot, shoot, shoot… edit, edit, edit is all that seemed to be going through my head.  Lacking inspiration and feeling like something was missing I started browsing blogs and Facebook pages of other photographers. While surfing, I’d found my remedy, “I just need…

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (Part 3 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (Part 3 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

How to Use Your Flash Effectively by Matthew L Kees, guest to the MCP Actions Blog Matthew Kees, Director of MLKstudios.com Online Photography Course [MOPC] Outdoor TTL Flash (“everything and the sync…”)   Outdoors, in daylight, you are using the flash as a fill light and not the main light or key like you do…

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ME * Yep Me * Interviewed About Blogging

I got an email last week from Tess at the “Six Feet Under” blog.  Not exactly sure how this blogger found me, but since I am thankful not to be “six feet under” I decided to say yes when she asked to me about blogging. So if you are interested to read what I had…

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Painting with Light: A Fun Photography Technique

PAINTING WITH LIGHT by Martha Bravo Photographer Photography comes from the greek words “phos” that means light and “graphis” that means writing or painting, so the exact meaning of the word PHOTOGRAPHY is PAINTING or WRITING WITH LIGHT. And that is exactly what we are going to do with this technique. To create these fun…

Update on Trainings + A Few More Examples Needed

Update on Trainings + A Few More Examples Needed

The “surprise” is coming soon.   Make sure to check out this post to see how you can be the 1st to get it.  I am in need of a few more examples to debut it.  I now need some NON-people pictures.  I am hoping to find some amazing landscape photos, architecture shots, and a few macro shots. …

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MCP Buttons & Text Links for Your Blogs – “Surprise” CONTEST!

I have a WIN – WIN for you today. I would love to help some of you increase your Search Engine Optimization and at the same time spread the word about the MCP Blog and Site. I have created text links and blog banners that you can use on your blogs if you wish to…

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Craziest Thing Happened to Me Last Night

1st I must apologize for not picking a winner yesterday.  I will pick both the winner of the “Happy Hat” and the “Off Camera Flash” Guide tonight. But here is a story worth reading, something that likely would only happen to me… We went to the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview black tie gala…

Win Magic Blog It Boards? And the Winners of the “Hat” and “OCF guide” are…

Win Magic Blog It Boards? And the Winners of the “Hat” and “OCF guide” are…

Here I am back again today to announce the winners.  But 1st I have to let you know that Tracy Joy is giving away a set of your choice of MCP Magic Blog It Boards or Magic Print It Boards on her site – so go check that easy contest out if you have Photoshop CS2, CS3…

Winners for both contests to be announced tomorrow

Winners for both contests to be announced tomorrow

Sorry about this.  Time slipped away from me. And I am headed to a black tie auto show preview event and then an after glow party.  It will be super late when I get back, and it is too hard to type on this iPhone with the winner.  So tomorrow it is for both (the…

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Have you dreamed of an MCP Forum, a way to interact with other MCP users?

Well I have not yet committed to the idea of a forum.  To be totally honest I am not sure that I have the time to do it right. So instead I set up a facebook group which should be a great place for photographers to go to post photoshop or photography questions – ask…

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MCP “COLOR FIXING” Online Group Workshops

MCP’s Color Fixing Workshop This is the number one question I hear from photographers, “How do I color correct this image?”  It seems to be the thing both ametuer and professional photographers stuggle with more than anything else.  Getting it right in camera by doing custom white balance constantly is a great solution for some, but often…

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Meet Ali Hohn & Save Money or Win the NEW Rock that OCF e-Book

I had the pleasure to get to know Ali Hohn at a photographer get together a year ago in Minnesota.  She now has her own e-book on Off Camera Flash.  You can win this book if you are the lucky name drawn at random from the comments section in my blog (this Saturday).  Just answer…

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MCP “ALL ABOUT CURVES” Online Group Workshops

UNDERSTANDING AND USING CURVES IN PHOTOSHOP – coming back again for 2009 Classes will take place the week of the 19th of January in preparation for the color fixing workshops starting the following week. I will add more curve workshops if needed, so if these times do not work, please feel free to suggest a…

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