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WIN MCP’s Bag of Tricks – before you can buy it!

Want to win MCP’s Bag of Tricks before it is for sale on Monday October 5th? Enter to win: – Leave a comment explaining your favorite thing about MCP Photoshop Actions, the MCP Blog or MCP Workshops (comment must be in the comment section of this post – not on Facebook as these will not…

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MCP’S NEWEST ACTION SET – COMING OCTOBER 5th

Start saving up.  Normally you “want” actions.  This set is different.  You “need” MCP’s Bag of Tricks. Details and previews coming this entire week on this revolutionary new action set that took over a year to create. Are your skin tones ever off? Is color correction something you struggle with? Do you ever get color…

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7 Rockin Beach Posing Tips

Taking pictures in full sun on the beach can challenge the strongest of photographers. Here are tips to help you pose families and children – and get the best possible images on the beach.

Winner of Lightroom 2 is…

Winner of Lightroom 2 is…

And the winner of Lightroom 2 is… entry #448 Melissa Power of Melissa Power Photography I will be contacting you so I can send LR out to you.  Congratulations – more great contests to come. And the NEW MCP Action set is almost ready…  Keep your eyes open for details coming soon.

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Blueprint: Fan Shares a Before & After of Her Daughter

I got this email and Blueprint submission from Alicia Cerva of A Thousand Words by Alicia. Jodi – I took this picture of my daughter over the weekend, and wanted to share the actions I used from MCP. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!  I love your actions. Thanks again! Alicia Here is her…

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Angela Monson Answers 10 Reader Questions

Last week I interviewed Angela Monson of Simplicity Photography. To read this interview click here. Readers were allowed to ask questions and Angie picked 10 to answer below. Here are the questions and answers: Susan wrote: Beautiful! I like to post-process a great deal, as well. My question is: Do you post-process every image for…

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The word FREE

The word FREE is a very interesting one. I was thinking about this word the other day when someone asked me about FREE Photoshop Actions and FREE Web Sites. Free, by definition, means a lot of things.  For the purpose of this discussion, we will use the definition “without charge.” Here are a few of…

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Win Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

Win a brand new sealed copy of Adobe’s Lightroom 2 – a $299 value. While I am more a Photoshop CS4 fanatic, I do use Lightroom as a way to sort through my photos and do basic white balance and exposure adjustments.  It is capable of so much more than I use it for too. …

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Changing Colors of an Object in a Picture

In this MCP Blog It Board below, you see that Alyssa is leaning on or peeking through circles and triangles.  The metal triangle we found was yellow. The circle red. But for her shots I decided it would be more fun both on a wall and in a collage to mix things up.  This is…

When You Use Actions Are You Cheating?

When You Use Actions Are You Cheating?

My daughter Jenna (age 7) was just watching me edit some pictures in Photoshop. She looked up at me and asked, “Are using actions in photoshop kind of like… cheating?” I said, “no – they are just a shortcut.” That got me thinking as I so often do when my kids ask me these deep…

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Blueprint: Taking Your Old Images and Making Them New Again

Do you ever look back at your images from years ago and think, “wow, I have improved.” Or “I was not as good as I thought…” Well I accidentally went into a folder of images from 4 years ago while looking for something, and I found a photo I remember loving.  I thought this was…

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FREE Master Photographers’ Marketing Series

What do Dane Sanders, David Ziser, Kevin Kubota, Vicki Taufer, Lori Nordstrom, John Hartman, Kent and Sarah Smith, Rod Evans, Edward Zemba, Sarah Petty, Jen Hillenga, Tim and Beverly Walden, Allison and Jeff Rogers, Kia Boudurant, Julie Klaasmeyer, Marilyn Sholin – all have in common?  They are incredible photographers and amazing business minds. To have…

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Interview with the Amazing Angela Monson of Simplicity Photography

I had the privilege of interviewing Angie Monson of Simplicity Photography last week and am excited to share some of her story with you.  Angie’s work speaks for itself. And I often get asked from my readers how they can recreate her look. Angie has offered to do a question and answer session as well.…

A 7 Year Olds Advice on Photography and Photoshop…

A 7 Year Olds Advice on Photography and Photoshop…

So we are at dinner.  Ellie (7 yrs old) says, “Mommy, I know what photoshop action you should make next.”  I asked, “what?” She says excitedly, “you should make an action where it makes the people and the background both in focus so they are clear.”  I have come so far teaching them photography.  I…

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Tamron: An Inside Look at Preparing for an On Location Commercial Photo Shoot

I had the incredible opportunity of shooting a Fall 2009 Ad for Tamron USA using their award winning travel lens (the 18-270mm) on my Canon 40D. Learn about my experiences, step-by-step process and see what pictures made it in the national ad.

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MCP’s Card & Template Workshop {26 designs included}

Are you in the market for holiday cards, birth announcements, templates, and other cards? Do you wish you knew how to use the cards and templates you have purchased? Do you buy cards and templates only to find out you have no idea how to add your photos in, change the size of your pictures,…

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What the … Duck

As you read this I am on a weekend vacation with my husband to celebrate our 12th anniversary.  We are on Mackinac Island (this was pre-written) – in a house with incredible views but NO TV, No Internet access, and NO cars on the entire island.  Yep – Me. I have made my husband promise…

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Blueprint Fan Share – Outdoor Senior Photograph

Today’s Blueprint was sent in by Charlotte Stringer of Charlotte Stringer Photography. Her steps were as follows: Open in ACR Correct the exposure in Camera Raw Patched out the acne with Patch Tool Used the MCP Eye Doctor photoshop action on the Eyes – Sharped pupils at 35% then ran it over her face at…

Photoshop Actions: How to Organize Your Actions

Photoshop Actions: How to Organize Your Actions

Photoshop Actions: Is your actions palette a mess?  Does going into your actions palette to play an action sometimes stress you out? If so, it may be time to unclutter your actions palette and better organize it so you can be more efficient in Photoshop. This Photoshop video tutorial will teach you how to save…

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MCP is a Featured Photographer for Tamron’s Fall Ad Campaign

Tamron USA, a worldwide lens manufacturer, picked Ellie and Jenna, along with Multiple Choices Photography, to do their Fall 2009 Ad campaign for the 18-270mm lens.  Tamron’s Chief Marketing Officer contacted me a few months ago to do a commercial assignment photographing my twins with their award winning travel lens, the 18-270mm.  It was a…

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6 Ways to Change Your Perspective for More Interesting Photographs: Part 2

Thank you to Kelly Moore Clark of Kelly Moore Photography for this amazing guest post on Changing Your Perspective. 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. Perspective: Part 2 Here are 3 more tips to…

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