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Who are you?

“Who are you?” This is not meant as some deep philosophical question.  I actually want to know who my readers are.  In my last set of polls you told me what you come to MCP Blog for and what you might want less of.  So now I am gathing info on who my audience is…

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Fun Cool New Photo Toy *Free * Shape Collages Program

I just discovered this fun program.  I had to share it with you immediately.  It is an independent program that makes quick and fun collages from your photos – in a number of set shapes or in a custom shape. The best part, it is free.  Plus you can save as a psd and edit…

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Winners of the Show It Web Pro and Show It Sites – Plus $50-$100 Savings for Everyone Else

The winner of the Show It Web Pro (slideshows) is comment #40: Heather of Sweet Life Photos. The winner of the Show It Site for one year is comment #22: Rebekah of Rebekah Photography. Congrats to both winners – email for details on how to redeem your prizes! For those of you who were not picked,…

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Go Cuse * The Cuse is in the House! * Cheer on Syracuse Tonight

And what does the fact that I went to Syracuse University have to do with a blog for photographers…  Well not much…  But in case you want to cheer my team on, watch tonight.  My husband is going to think I jinxed us by posting this photo and post – but I believe you either…

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MCP Blueprint – Oh Baby Baby – Make Me Pop

This before photo was sent in from a customer.  What a cute, fun photo. I just had to play and see what I could do with it – to make it more dramatic. Overall I loved the straight out of camera.  It just needed some more pop and depth.  Plus the colors were a little cool.…

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How to Save Time in Photoshop…

One problem with using photoshop is it can be time consuming.  There are many ways to speed up your Photoshop Workflow.  I just launched a new MCP Workshop called “Speed Editing – Edit Smarter – Get Your Life Back.”  Check it out!  But if you do not have”time” to take the workshop – below are…

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A Look at Curves in Photoshop CS4

While this is NOT a curves tutorial exactly, if you have CS4 or are considering getting it, this is a look at the Curves Adjustment Layer in the new “Adjustment Panel.” I hope you will learn a lot from this diagram I have made for you.  If you are wanting to actually learn CURVES, check…

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Your Web Presence * Contest: Win a Show It Web Pro or a Show It Site

  David Jay’s company Show It Fast helps photographers take control of their websites.  With Showit Sites photographers can create something completely unique and continually show their clients who they are and what they do in a way that is 100% their own . Artists need to show how they are different and unique.  A template website just can’t do…

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How to Get Both Eyes in Focus when Shooting Wide Open

This week I have been asked this same question 4 times, so I thought I would do a post to answer it for all my readers: “How do you get your eyes tack sharp and in focus when shooting WIDE OPEN? Is it in camera or your eye doctor action?” In the past few years…

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Winner of the Cupcake in the Jar Gift Certificate

I asked Ellie (one of my twins) to pick a number between 1 and 49 (the amount of comments for “How you differentiate yourself?”) The number she picked was 47 – so the winner is Shawna of  http://www.shawnalynnphotography.com.  I will have the owner of Bangerang get in touch with you. For the rest of you,…

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MCP Blueprint – Similar Shot – Different Conversion

Here is a similar but not matching shot to last Friday’s “Blueprint.”  I wanted to show you how you can take similar lighting and transform the photo with a different mode and look.  Which you prefer will depend largely on your style and taste.  I am more a “color gal” so I prefer the one…

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How to Differentiate Yourself and Your Business + Win Sweet Treats!

In today’s economy and marketplace, it is more important than ever to figure out ways to make your company stand out.  Most successful companies have a “thing” that sets them apart.  It could be something as simple as “Customer Service” for example Nordstrom or “lowest prices” like Walmart.  Everyone wants to get the best price and customer…

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MCP Blueprint – ruined photo into something printable (why to shoot Raw)

One of my customers sent in her plays on a photo.  She actually had sent this to me to use in the All About Curves Workshop she attended.  During the workshop I explained that it was wa too blown out and overexposed – and that her only possible chance for saving it was if she…

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Color Inc Pro Lab and MCP Blog are Partnering Up to Offer Great Things for MCP Readers

Every photographer, whether professional, amateur or aspiring needs to have a great place to print their work.  I know many of my readers have printers they love which is amazing.  But if you are one of the many who read my blog and are searching for a place to print, whether it is because you…

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The Direction and Future of MCP Blog ~ The Results {Plus Contest Winners}

Thank you to all of my readers who took the time to vote in the polls and/or comment about what you like and do not like about the blog – and also to let me know about your involvement in social networking. If you did not get a chance to vote, I would still love to hear…

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Newborn Photography Poses ~ Styles of Newborns

If you want better newborn images, take our Online Newborn Photography Workshop.   Styles of Newborn Photography I am so humbled by all the nice comments from all of Jodi’s readers and I want to apologize for being a tad bit late on this installment.I have been traveling to workshops and conferences as well as…

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Wanting to Learn Photoshop? Curves, Color Pop, Color Correction – Class Times Inside

I have some openings for this coming up week’s workshops so I wanted to post here and let you know the times.  If you are interested, go under the workshops tab on the blog – to check out. Or click on the specific workshop name below. This week’s workshops are: All About Curves – March…

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Blueprints * A New Photo Makeover Segment on the MCP Blog

*** We are over 300 on comments from yesterday – I will let a few more of you get in on the fun – as I really want the feedback.  I will pick a winner for both the MCP $50 and the Huge Branding Prize from SnapBrand on Sunday.  So go comment if you have not…

Answer 3 Polls * Determine Future of MCP Blog * Win MCP $$$ Actions

Answer 3 Polls * Determine Future of MCP Blog * Win MCP $$$ Actions

In the past few months I have taken the MCP Blog for a ride.  I have tried lots of new and exciting things, from big name contests to having guest bloggers on a huge variety of topics.  I have brought you “watch me work” videos, photoshop tips, some free actions and just shared photos. So,…

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Win a $449 SnapShot Logo branding package from SnapBrand

I am very happy to announce that Paul Ernest of SnapBrand is going to be a guest blogger here. Paul Ernest is an award winning designer whose primary interest outside of design has been photography. After 17 years of building identities and brands for companies such as Disney Cruise Lines, MGM Grand Hotel Las Vegas,…

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Jasmine Star Photographer Answers Your Questions

I am honored to present the answers to 10 questions submitted to Jasmine Star.  Her answers are honest and fun!  And she is such an incredible wedding photographer.   I hope you enjoy and learn from her…   I will show the reader’s question in italics and then Jasmine’s answer below it:      …

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