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Month: April 2010



Photoshop Actions to Add Life to Your Photos: A Blueprint

Photoshop actions can often take a simple photo and make it more glamorous or fun. Thank you to Gina of Pea Head Prints for this adorable Blueprint submission. Gina edited this photo using a variety of MCP actions. Here are her steps: Touch of Light – a Free Photoshop action applied just on the baby…

Winner of the Shopping Spree + Coupon Code for 10% OFF at Photographer Cafe

Winner of the Shopping Spree + Coupon Code for 10% OFF at Photographer Cafe

The winner of the Photographer Cafe shopping spree is: #150 – Tami of Everyone else WINS too.  One day only – you can save 10% off your entire order at Photographer Cafe by using the discount code: saleMCP. Sale ends tomorrow night (4/29/10) at midnight EST. So shop fast.


Enter to WIN a Shopping Spree at Photographer Cafe

What do you want more of?  time?  money?  creativity?  business knowledge?  organization?  branding help?  Most of the photographers we know (including the two of us here at Photographer Cafe!) wouldn’t hesitate to answer ‘all of the above’.  We developed Photographer Cafe to provide busy photographers with modern, time-saving tools and to have a place where…


What to Wear: How to Dress Newborns & Infants for a Portrait Session

  What to Wear {Part 1: Infant and Newborns} As a photographer, it can help your customers when you direct them on what to wear. The next number of weeks, guest writer Kelsey Anderson will be providing information to help you coach your customers on what to wear. When booking a portrait session I think…


Winners of the Shootsac Lens Bag and MCP Actions Sets

Are you feeling lucky?  I wish I could pick everyone as winners, but keep checking back for future contests.  You just never know which day and contest will be yours.  I am so happy that so many photographers participated.  After reading the post, you will see the winners announced. I also want to give a…


Fixing Shadows & Bad Lighting in Photoshop

Ideally, as a photographer, you want to get things as close to perfect in camera.  When dealing with d-SLRs, there is only so much dynamic range a camera can handle.  And unless you carry an external flash (my Canon 5D MKII does not have a built in one) or you carry a reflector, you may…


How to Use Photoshop Actions to Enhance Photos {Blueprint}

The best way to use Photoshop actions is to make good photos great.  I love editing images that start off with nice lighting and composition.  Renee Trichio (Twice as Nice Photography) took a Private Photoshop Actions Training with me a few weeks ago so she could learn to get the most from her purchases.  Remember…


Which Camera to Take on Vacation: Point & Shoot Versus SLR

As many of you know by now, a few weeks ago I was away on Spring Break.  I posted the Sunrise photos this past weekend. So check those out if you missed them.  And today I will share some more pictures from my family vacation. But first, I will answer a frequently asked question: “What…


Win MCP Photoshop Actions & Shootsac in the Dream Contest

I am honored to have been interviewed by Jessica Claire, the amazing wedding photographer, and to be featured in the Shootsac Newsletter for April which comes out tonight. I am also excited for this fun contest, featuring both Jessica’s product, the Shootsac Lens Bag, and Photoshop actions by MCP. The Prizes: 4 Lucky winners will…


Example of the New Content Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5

Photoshop CS5 has many new, exciting features for Photographers.  It will be available very soon, so pre-order your upgrade or full version now, so you can play right away.  As a beta tester, I have gotten to play with some of the fun new toys.  My favorite two are content aware fill (which you will…


Winner of the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 Lens is….

Thank you to the almost 2,000 entries to the Tamron lens give away.  Since it was so successful, let’s hope Tamron hosts more lens contests at MCP Actions in the future. And now, for the moment all of you are waiting for…  The winner, selected via # generator is entry #1,848 – Katrina of…


Share Your Collages in the I Heart Faces Photo Contest

Do you LOVE making collages in Photoshop?  Do you love using your Magic Blog It Boards, Magic Print It Boards, and/or your Tell a Storyboard Photoshop actions to share your work?  If so, now is your time to shine. Storyboards are an amazing way to relay a stories with your photos while collage templates allow…

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Newborn Photography: Props, Poses, Tips and Insights

If you want better newborn images, take our Online Newborn Photography Workshop.   Have you tried photographing newborns?  Have you ever wondered how to get beautiful images of sleeping babies? Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden, twin sisters and newborn photographers, were on the Today Show sharing tips, tricks and providing insight into the world of…


6 Reasons to Wake Up Early on Vacation

I am an erratic sleeper.  I go stretches where sleep means the world to me.  And other periods of time where I forget what sleep is.  When I travel, I often have trouble sleeping.  And my most recent trip was no exception.  I fell asleep most nights earlier than I would at home since I…


Blueprint: Fixing an Underexposed Portrait Using Photoshop Actions

Exposure issues?  Well they can happen to both new and more experienced photographers.  Michlynn of Michlynn Schweitzer Photography sent in this photo for a Blueprint.  Here are the steps taken and Photoshop actions used to go from the under-exposed, low contrast photo, to a portrait. Started by using Magic Midtone Lifter from the Bag of…


50 Marketing Tips for Photographers

Are you a photographer stuck in a marketing rut?  Are you looking for ideas on how you can market yourself, your photography, and your business?  Look no further. These tips below will give you plenty of ideas on how to grow your business. Remember, just as with photography, you need to find the marketing techniques…


Wildlife Photography: 9 Tips for Photographing Animals in Nature

Wildlife photography is exciting and fun.  And once summer hits, or if you live in a warm climate, photographers of all specialties may want to give it a try. Thank you to Patricia Downey for this great article. Living in southwest Florida with its abundance of wildlife is bliss for me. While photographing wildlife can…


Win a Tamron Lens for Your SLR: 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC

Win a Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical Lens! The Prize: The Tamron 17-50 Lens is a high speed standard zoom that features Tamron’s VC anti-shake system for ultimate image control. Designed exclusively for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with APS-C-size sensors (26mm to 77mm equivalent), the new lens is a masterpiece of…


Unconnected ~ Imagine No Internet or Cell for a Week

For the past week, I was taken back to a simpler time in life. Back to a time with no cell phones, no Internet and almost no TV.  I was not stranded on a desert island, in jail or on the show Survivor. I was on a spring break family vacation on a cruise in…

Photoshop CS5 is on the Way

Photoshop CS5 is on the Way

Photoshop CS5 is on the way… And there are some amazing new features. Check out what is new here. As a beta tester, I have tested all MCP Actions.  All Photoshop actions that worked in CS4 appear to work in CS5.  I will re-test once the final version of PS CS5 is released. So after…


Fixing Color Casts and Skin Tones in Photoshop: A Blueprint

Are you wanting to learn to fix color casts and correct skin tones?  If so, you will love this before and after blueprint that was submitted by Sarah Collins of Maddie Dean Photography. Sarah wrote me and said, “I love your actions – I made myself learn how to do each of these steps manually…


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