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Photoshop Editing Quick Tip: Edit Zoomed In & Out at Same Time

Do you ever get frustrated as you are editing in Photoshop when you are doing detailed edits and retouching?  Do you wish you could be zoomed in close, but also see the overall effect on the photo? If so, you will love this trick! Just go to WINDOW – NEW WINDOW (for..) and it will…

Color Fixing Class Almost Full – New Date Added

Color Fixing Class Almost Full – New Date Added

The Color Fixing Class for September 17th in the evening is almost full.  Just a few slots remain.  I have added a daytime class on September 22nd 10 AM – NOON eastern time. If you are interested in either of these or any of my other workshops, click on the workshops tab at the top…

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Blueprint: Fan Share – Newborn Skin Edit

One of my customers, Stacy Rottach, sent me the following letter and the blueprint below. What a beautiful baby.  Love her edit here. And those eyes – wow!  If you have thoughts for her, I am sure she would love to hear from you in the comments too. Hi Jodi! I was just doing a…

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Thoughts on Well Known Photographers Breaking the Technical Rules of Photography

This is an opinion gathering post.  Please add your thoughts in the “comment section” of my blog. I am not a blog stalker, but I often do end up perusing websites and blogs of well known photographers to the photographic community. People often ask me how they can get their work to look like “x”…

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Upgrade from Elements to Photoshop CS4 for $299

Here is your opportunity!  If you have Elements and have been wishing that you could use more MCP Actions or you have been wanting to upgrade, but did not have $700 to spend, this is your chance.  As long as you have a registered version of Elements, you have the next few weeks to get…

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Snapshots: What Memories Are Made Of… A Really Fun Family Day

Why are you a photographer? For many, and at least for me, it is about capturing memories. I want to document life as it happens.  I do love portraits, but sometimes the most valuable pictures are not “portraits” – they are snapshots of life. This summer at a charity event, we bid on a Detroit…

Achieving Beautiful Blue Water in Photoshop

Achieving Beautiful Blue Water in Photoshop

Have you ever taken a photo where the water just did not turn out as blue or vibrant in the photograph as it was in “real life?”  Sometimes when we shoot, if the light from the sun hits the water a certain way, it can wash it out.  Other times water near the shore of…

Are You the Winner of the Lensbaby?

Are You the Winner of the Lensbaby?

If your name is Teresa Sweet (entry 207) in the See in a New Way and win a LENSBABY contest – then you are very lucky today. Congratulations Teresa!!! I am on vacation this coming week in Northern Michigan.  But keep watching the blog for lots of great posts – as I planned for my get…

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5 Killer Ways to Shoot Into the Sun and Get Beautiful Flare

Sun flare is technically considered a flaw in traditional photography. In modern photography, photographers are taking this past blunder and turning it into expression and art. Learn how you can purposely use sun flare to capture amazing images.

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Interview with Daniel Hurtubise about his trip to photograph bears in the Alaskan Wild

In this interview, Ellie and Jenna, age 7, asked Daniel all the “tough questions” about his trip to photograph Alaskan Brown Bears. I thought rather than a formal interview, it might be more fun to have questions asked from the perspective and eyes of a child.  And I think I made a good decision. Enjoy…

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MCP Blueprint – Fixing Skin Issues on a Young Boy

This photo was sent to me from I Heart Faces website for their Fix It Friday Segment last week. The photographer was Amy of muddy boots blog.  This little boy is so sweet, but the photo had poor composition, chopped fingers, and a skin problem.  The parent wanted the skin issues to vanish.  Below is…

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A Slimming Posing Technique: Chins Down and Shoot From Above

When photographing women of almost any age, we want them to look their best and feel better about themselves when they leave the shoot than before they came. There are a number of lighting tricks and posing styles we can use to help make our subjects feel and look their best. For today’s post I…

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Super Fun Photography Trick – Optical Illusion of a Figurine

Photography tricks are fun! Are you in a photography rut?  Are you looking for fun new things to try for Children’s portraiture or even for snaps of your kids?  Well this trick that I first saw on a site called PhotoJoJo should get you having some fun. It is a trick in perspective and optical…

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Win a Lensbaby Composer if you can “see in a new way”

Enter the Lensbaby MCP Actions “See in a New Way” contest! Prize: Lensbaby Composer SLR Lens Who: Anyone from across the world can win How: Just do the following things: In the comment section on this post on the mcp blog (facebook and twitter responses do not count), please write about what “seeing in a…

The 4 Winners of Autoloader Are…

The 4 Winners of Autoloader Are…

I am just finishing up using Autoloader on 300 pictures I took this weekend at a Detroit Tigers Game. So I only have a minute to announce the 4 lucky winners of the Autoloader Contest.  I will email your info to Mike and he will be in touch with you. #55 – Dan Trevino #67…

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Macros with non-macro lenses

So these two shots are not perfect macro captures but I had my Canon 135L on, and saw this HUGE bee.  So I just had to try…  Which means I just had to share… Remember not to let your equipment limit what you can shoot. Here is the bee gathering nectar. And my one second…

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Blueprint – MCP Fan Share of a Cute Little Boy

One of my customers, of both my Photoshop actions and training, asked me if she could share a photo from when she was just starting out.  It was a favorite of hers and she wanted to see what she could do with it now that she knows more about Photoshop. Why not? This shot was…

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Shooting in Full Sun: 8 Incredible Photography Tips

Shooting in Full Sun is not easy.  But thanks to Kelly Moore Clark of Kelly Moore Photography, it just got a little easier. If you have questions for Kelly, please post them in the comment section on my blog (not Facebook) so she will see them and can answer them. Kelly is a photographer, wife,…

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Before and After from Alisha Robertson – Newborn Photographer

Alisha Robertson of AGR Photography, a phenomenal newborn photographer, and occasional guest blogger here, recently attended the MCP Color Fixing Workshop. Her work is outstanding but she knew that occasionally she would have an off shot that needed color work. After attending the online group training, here is what she had to say… So normally…

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The Win More Free Time Contest: 4 Chances to Win AUTOLOADER

Do you wish you had more hours in the day? What if I told you that I know a way to give you more time… Is that something you might be interested in? Early in 2009 I discovered a product that changed the way I edit in Photoshop.  It allows me to edit faster and…

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Your Camera Takes Great Pictures

I just got the following comment on my blog, “Your camera is incredible. Every time I see your pictures I am blown away. Truly beautiful.” If you were the writer, I do not mean any offense by quoting you…  I appreciate your compliment and I know you meant it as one.  I just need to…

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