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2 Free Photographer Marketing MP3s

A while back, I wrote about the LIVE photographers’ marketing telesummit.  Sarah Petty and I were speaking on the phone a few weeks ago and she agreed to share a long excerpt of 2 MP3 recordings from the event with MCP fans. Click here to listen to Sarah Petty discuss branding. Click here to listen…

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Blueprint: Fan Share {Bringing Your Background to Life}

Andrea Lopez is a hobbiest photographer with future aspirations of going pro.  She emailed to let me know how much she loves using MCP Photoshop actions and wanted to share this recent image and Blueprint. Blueprint: She edited the photo using the Quickie Collection action set Started with Crackle adjusted the opacity to 25% Then…

The Word is Photos NOT Photo’s

The Word is Photos NOT Photo’s

I am the last person, according to my husband, who should be giving a punctuation lesson.  One of his biggest pet peeves is apostrophe errors.  It has started rubbing off on me. As a result today’s quick tip is a lesson in apostrophes. An apostrophe does not mean “warning – an ‘s’ is coming.”  It…

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Macro Photography on a Budget: Shoot Close-Up Cheaply

Macro photography on a Budget? Yes – It can be done.  And Melissa of Melissa Brewer Photography will teach you how in today’s fun post teaching you macro photography on a budget. Hey everyone! This is a fun photography technique called “poor man’s” macro. I don’t know about you but I LOVE macro close up…

Where do you want to be 5-10 years from now?

Where do you want to be 5-10 years from now?

If you can answer the questions, “what do you want to be doing in 5 years?” or “where do you want your business to be in 10 years?” then you and I have little in common, at least as it relates to planning my business and my life. Prior to my life as a Photoshop…

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Winners of the Custom Designed Smugmug Pro Website

Congratulations again to all entries and the Top Ten! Due to an overwhelming response to the contest and a very very close voting margin, both K Stone Photography and Brittney Melton will have ‘extreme’ makeovers smugmug customizations done on their new Smugmug sites. As a friendly reminder : – ALL ENTRIES will receive a 25%…

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How to market holiday cards to your customers…

Thank you to Sarah Petty from the Joy of Marketing for this great video teaching “How to market holiday cards to your customers.”  I hope this video helps you market cards to your customers this holiday season. Use the code TASNOV when purchasing the Tasty Templates Collection by 11/27 for $120 off retail price {Regularly…

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Blueprint: Senior Girl in the Fall on the Tracks {Fan Share}

This Blueprint was sent in by April Kuhlmann of Once In Every Life Photography. She wrote: “Fall is gorgeous here in Alabama right now!  I took this shot last week late afternoon, out on a rural railroad track while during a Senior Portrait session. A reflector was used in this shot too for light bounce.…

Over 300 Incredible Photography Tips from MCP Fans

Over 300 Incredible Photography Tips from MCP Fans

Photography Tips: 300 Ideas to Help Your Photography Here are photographers favorite photography tips (in the order they were submitted) from the MCP Facebook Page.  You may love some and disagree with others, but these are the things that work for this select group of photographers. If I missed any while moving them over here,…

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Wish Lists? Gift Cards?

Yes, this is a procrastination post.  Yes, this post is off topic.  No Photoshop.  No photography.  I needed a break tonight. And at this time of year, my free time is spent clicking keys on the keyboard shopping.  Years ago, I would have had to be dressed, fight traffic, find a parking spot at the…

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MCP Collaboration: Free Photoshop Textures

This my my second MCP Collaboration.  This time we are going to compile links to some great free texture resources. I hope all of you will participate! Here is how it will work.  We will brainstorm a list together of some amazing sites and links to free textures that can be used in Photoshop.  Then…

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Vote for the most deserving of a custom website + 25% off SmugMug Pro

Congratulations to all entries! Reviewing each and every entry and selecting the Top Ten Finalist was a very very difficult process and decision. Therefore, in working with Smugmug, we have decided to do the following: – All Top Ten Finalists will receive a free 1-year Pro Account. – ALL ENTRIES will receive a 25% off…

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Blueprint: A Mom or a Model? Some Fan Shares

Thank you to Camilla Binks of Camilla Photography for this week’s Blurprints. I asked her the story about the model and these beautiful pictures and here is what she said, “This is my beloved sister, Noel.  Isn’t she gorgeous!?!?  She is a mother of two with her youngest being just 5 months old.  I was…

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Making Holiday Cards In Photoshop {Brush Style}

In this post guest blogger Stephanie Gill of Tiny Tot Snapshot will show you how to make basic cards in Photoshop using the brush tool.  Thank you Stephanie for this fun, easy to follow tutorial. Hello again, today I am going to give you another way to put your Photoshop brushes to use. Since the…

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Win a Custom Designed Smugmug Website

** I Need a New Web Site Contest ** Contest: I need a new web site for my photography business – help! How to enter: Simply enter answer the following question in the comment section of this blog posting: “Why do you feel you need a new web site for your photography business ?” Please…

20+ Songs with Shutter Clicks

20+ Songs with Shutter Clicks

The other day on Twitter and Facebook I posted asking people to brainstorm songs that had shutter clicking sounds in them – or clicking sounds made to sound like a shutter.  Only a photographer can appreciate why I would even be thinking of this, right?  I decided to compile a list and share.  I have…

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Blueprint of a Beautiful Senior – MCP Fan Share

Thank you for this Blueprint submission by Amanda Williams of In Your World Portraits. She edited this beautiful senior exchange student from Sweden using a few MCP Photoshop Action Sets to achieve her final result. Here are her steps: Magic Midtone Lifter from the Bag of Tricks Action Set Color Explosion from the Complete Workflow…

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Using Tips, Tricks, and Reverse Psychology to Photograph Children

Photographing Children Can Be Tricky – You may need to use tips, tricks and even some reverse psychology… By Julie Cruz of Lot 116 Photography. “You’re like a magician!” “You have some sort of magical kid magnet powers!” Those are just a few of the things that parents have told me after I’ve photographed their…

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To “defog” or not to “defog” in Lightroom or Photoshop

When you say the word defog to a photographer or Photoshop professional, you usually get one of three reactions: What is a “defog?” I LOVE defogging. It is the best! I hate defogging. It is the worst. Like many things in the photograph industry, it can be controversial.  I have gotten into many disagreements on…

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Lightroom Tutorial – Organizing Photos For Quick Editing

For more great Lightroom Tutorials (and lessons on the Beta version of Lightroom 3) join NAPP (The National Association of Photoshop Professionals). After you have flagged all your images as “picks” or “rejects” you can get down to making a collection of these images to edit. You will need to decide if you want to…

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