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Blueprint of a Surfing Senior – Photoshop Actions Save the Waves

This guy wanted a hip, fun senior photograph.  And thanks to Dan Treviño of Shooting Star Photography, he is getting one. Unfortunately the lighting was less than ideal and the original photo was kind of gray (the water, the sky, and the subject).  When he sent this in, I knew just the blueprint formula to…

Video from Canon 5D MKII – Need Help Improving Please

Video from Canon 5D MKII – Need Help Improving Please

This time it’s your turn to teach me… I used video on my Canon 5D MKII – the high resolution video.  Well my subjects were cute as you can see, but it looks like I was trembling.  It was very shaky.  Also, the quality not that great.  It took me a few tries to learn…

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10 Rocking Tips for Beach Photography

Beach Photography is fun, relaxing and beautiful. But if you are unsure what to do when you get to the beach, it can also cause stress.  So prepare ahead with ideas, poses and props. Thank you to Kristin of Kristin Rachelle Photography for these amazing beach photography tips. Let me preface these tips by saying…

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Adding Clouds in the Sky of a Photo in Photoshop

Thank you to Stephanie Gill of TinyTot Snapshot Photography for this fantastic tutorial on using brushes to add clouds to a photo in Photoshop. Hello again, I will be doing tutorials for the 5 brush techniques I mentioned prior in the upcoming weeks ahead. Today’s tutorial focuses on adding clouds to a photo. Whether your…

How to Make a Watermark and Add Branding in Photoshop

How to Make a Watermark and Add Branding in Photoshop

Photoshop tip and video tutorial: How to make a watermark for your photos (I also have a free watermark photoshop action) Are you afraid of your photos getting stolen online? Are you worried that your customers will take the low res photos you put online and try to print them? One easy way to avoid…

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Fun Mac Photoshop Stuff from Photojojo

So I have had my “newest” mac for a few weeks now.  And I am enjoying it for the most part.  I am almost use to the keyboard and command versus control.  Certain quirky stuff is still getting to me.  I know it is “intuitive” but maybe not to me.  Deleting stuff is harder.  Yes…

Winners of the ClickinMoms and Blog It Board Contest

Winners of the ClickinMoms and Blog It Board Contest

Lots to do tonight so this will be quick. My daughters Ellie and Jenna just picked the 5 winners for the 1 year membership to clickinmoms: a great photography forum. User names from the forums written below 101 – Jens 123 – lovinglegacyphotography 98 – tripletmom 19 – gencojournal 2 – Esullivan24 And the grand…

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Bridge Workflow: Editing Multiple Photos at Once

So to keep going with Bridge, Daniel Hurtubise is doing another great workflow post. I came back Wednesday from a car racing event with roughly 1500 images taken over 3 days… that’s a lot of work. So here’s how I deal with it: First I will start by “stacking” pictures that will need the same…

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Blueprint – close-up of a cute little girl, a natural looking Photoshop edit

Sometimes when I make the blueprints, I tend to go overboard and almost exaggerate the edits so you can see what I did. For this one I wanted to do a super realistic, natural edit.  Thank you to Jill Ellison for this adorable picture. This little girl looks so cute with her sweet curls.  Here…

Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 3

Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 3

This is part 3 on learning to read your histogram and nail your exposures by John Mireles. Check out part 1 and part 2 if you missed them.

Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 2

Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 2

This is part 2 on learning to read your histogram and nail your exposures by John Mireles.  Check out part 1 here if you missed it.

Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 1

Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 1

John Mireles likes to say that there’s not a lot in the photography business that he hasn’t done in his 20 years in the business. He’s shot everything from fashion editorial to big budget advertising shoots to high-end weddings to family portraits as well as a wide range of personal work that runs from nudes…

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Using Photoshop for Stunning Beach Photos

Have you ever wondered how to process your beach photos in Photoshop?  When I saw this shot by Jennifer Rose Hewes of Jennifer Rose Photography I was in LOVE. These girls and this shot – just stunning. Honestly this is one of those shots that look so pretty straight out of the camera – it…

Shooting Raw is the only way…

Shooting Raw is the only way…

According to Jamie Taylor of SouthCape Photography, shooting Raw is not an option. It is a necessity. And while you may feel it is or strongly that it is not, I love her dedication and the way she argues her point below. Enjoy! Camera Raw is an unprocessed, uncompressed raw file. Jpeg is a processed…

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Free Sharpening Photoshop Action and Tutorial: Edge Sharpening

What is edge sharpening? How can you get a free photoshop action that sharpens just the edges of your subject, and not noise and artifacts? One of the things that I think often gets overlooked in processing is the right amount and method of sharpening. I have seen beautiful images destroyed by too much sharpening.…

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10 Exciting Fun Ways to Use BRUSHES in Photoshop

Photoshop Brushes: 10 ways to use them by Stephanie Gill Photoshop brushes seem to leave people with the same lingering question, “What the heck are brushes good for?” Personally, the term “brushes” was confusing to me more than anything else. When I thought of a brush, I thought of the typical paint brush that you…

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And the LUCKY winner of the Tamron Lens is…

Thank you to everyone who participated in the MCP Tamron Lens give away contest. I used the random.org number generator to pick the winner. The LUCKY winner is number 141. Congratulations Kim of Kim Pace Photography – you were entry 141 – and are the winner! Please contact me tonight or tomorrow so that I…

Free Photoshop Brushes: 21 Great Places to Download Brushes

Free Photoshop Brushes: 21 Great Places to Download Brushes

Photoshop brushes can be fun and really add to a picture when used artistically. What is better than that? Free Photoshop Brushes! Below is a list to thousands of amazing brushes that you can use to embellish your images, add frames, make backgrounds, and so much more. Check the MCP Blog to find out 10…

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Where to start editing thousands of pictures from a big trip or on location shoot?

Today Daniel Hurtubise is going to explain his process of getting his images from CF cards to computer after a photo trip or big on location shoot. When you come back from a shooting in location, you usually comeback with a LOT of images. So today I’m going to walk you through my first step…

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Where to Begin… My 1 Week Journey Owning a Mac

For those who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have heard bits and pieces of this already.  For the rest of you, I thought since we have voting and discussing if I should get Mac or PC, that I should update you on the situation. After all the discussion, even though Mac “won”…

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Blueprint – Baby Time – Making a Cute Newborn Even Cuter

If you want better newborn images, take our Online Newborn Photography Workshop.   This photo was sent in by Nilofar Walters of Fig Tree Photography in Australia.  She wrote me an email that read, “First off thank you for a wonderful and informative blog. I have also bought a couple of your actions and I…

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