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Memorial Day Picture Share ~ Photos of Patriotism

In both honor and memory of those who fight for our freedom and protect our country, I asked those on my Facebook Page to share images for Memorial Day. Here are some of the hundreds I received over the past week. Thank you for celebrating and sharing with us. As you look through these images,…

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Using Photoshop Actions to Fix Washed Out Scanned Slide Images

This Blueprint will show you how Photoshop actions were used to save an 50+ year old, washed out scanned slide image. Didi Miles, a photographer, sent in this story with her Blueprint: It has been a weird-yucky-crazy 6 months. I’ve lost huge cornerstones of my life in the last 6 months. In order…..My Grandma Dorothy…

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One Way to Control Light in Photography: Turn Day Into Night

What time would you guess the images below were taken?  Look carefully… Sunrise?  Sunset?  A few hours before sunset?  Just after sunrise? After dark? Or might these silhouettes have been taken minutes after 2pm when the sun was high above – but under controlled lighting – using aperture, speed and ISO to create an illusion?…

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What to Wear: How to Dress Children for a Portrait Session

What to Wear {Part 2: Children} 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 it is almost…

*** Winners of Hobbyist to Pro Contests ***

*** Winners of Hobbyist to Pro Contests ***

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners of the Hobbyist to Professional Photographer series! I hope you enjoyed the amazing guest posts by Jessica of 503 Workshops. If you won a prize, please contact me at jodi@mcpactions.com by May 25th and include the following information: your name, email, which prize you won. Thank you! If we do…

The Secret to Using Photoshop on an iPad and iPhone

The Secret to Using Photoshop on an iPad and iPhone

Photoshop on your mobile device? If you are interested, read on… Picture This: You want to edit photos on the go using Photoshop.  And you want to travel light.  You have your iPad or iPhone with you.  What do you do? Sure, you could use one of hundreds of light photo editing apps in the…

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Contest: Win a 1 Hour Mentor Session With a Professional Photographer

THE BELIEVE IN YOURSELF CONTEST Prize: Winners will be picked and announced on Sunday, May 23rd. Winners must contact me by May 25th to claim prizes. Today we’re going to offer one more giveaway! I’m very excited to present this to you. It’s from my friend Deb Schwedhelm. Deb is not only a brilliant photographer…

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From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 6. Believe in YOU

Believing in yourself might very well need to be your very first step. If it is, re-read the letter I wrote to myself. If you have the courage to take that first step you will never regret it. For the rest of you who find yourself in the same place I found myself not too…

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Build Your “Storefront” Contest ~ Win A Custom Blog + $500 Marketing DVD Set

THE BUILD YOUR STOREFRONT CONTEST Prizes: Winners will be picked and announced on Sunday, May 23rd. Winners must contact me by May 25th to claim prizes. Make sure to enter past contests too. 1. Cinnamon Girl Studios Cinnamon Girl has kindly offered a custom designed blog sites (examples here: wordpress or blogger) to one lucky…

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From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 5. Build Your “Storefront”

It’s your business, it’s your storefront and it’s you. Building your identity for the web and in print is so important and it must be done well. It’s a non-negotiable. I thought today I’d share with you all the things I’ve done wrong so that you don’t have to do them, too. When I first…

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Building Your Portfolio Contest: Win a Marketing Pack & Posing Guides

THE BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO CONTEST Prizes: Winners will be picked and announced on Sunday, May 23rd. Winners must contact me by May 25th to claim prizes. 1. SP Design Remember Angie Monson’s marketing pack I mentioned buying when I first got started? Yep, one lucky commenter gets one for free! 2. Design Aglow Lena has…

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From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 4. Building Your Portfolio

Ahhhh … building your portfolio. It doesn’t have to be difficult, you know? You’ve just got to know how to walk the line. Do not be arrogant. Do not be a pushover. There’s the fine line. A fine line that can also be confusing. When to say yes, when to say no??? Here’s my best…

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Contest: The Business Stuff ~ Win a Pricing Guide & Business Forum Membership

THE BUSINESS STUFF CONTEST Prizes: Winners will be picked and announced on Sunday, May 23rd. Winners must contact me by May 25th to claim prizes. 1. Easy as Pie Pricing Guide One person is going to win one of Alicia Cain’s Easy as Pie Pricing Guides. p.s. Alicia was kind enough to let me try…

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From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 3. The Business Stuff

The (terribly boring, bound to make you second guess running your own business) business stuff … (enter giant, sigh here) … As artists this part can be the hardest. I’ll say though that if you’re willing to get the basics taken care of and the pertinent stuff organized (i.e. taxes) it won’t be as painful…

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Gear Contest: Win a $75 Gift Card to Adorama & 1 Week Lens Rental

CAMERA EQUIPMENT & GEAR CONTEST Prizes: Winners will be picked and announced on Sunday, May 23rd. Winners must contact me by May 25th to claim prizes. 1. Adorama One person is going to win a $75 gift card to Adorama Camera Store – an amazing place to buy all your gear. 2. BorrowLenses.com One person…

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From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 2. Gear You Actually Need

Welcome back! Today I’m gonna talk about gear (the gear you actually need) to really get started. I think investing money into education is money well spent. I think investing money on a dozen different photography gadgets is money well wasted. Mottos I live by: #1: Buy quality, need less. #2: Don’t buy something until…

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Get Educated Contest: Win a Photography Workshop and More

THE GET EDUCATED CONTEST Prizes: 6 CHANCES TO WIN! Winners will be picked and announced on Sunday, May 23rd. Winners must contact me by May 25th to claim prizes. 1. Dane Sanders’ Fast Track Photographer: Dane Sanders has offered to give away one of his books, The Fast Track Photographer to 5 lucky people. Along…

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From Hobbyist to Professional: Step 1. Get Educated

Dear Jessica, It’s understandable that you’re terrified, doubtful and insecure about where you are. You desire something you think you want so much, but what if … what if it doesn’t work? You’ll look like a fool, you know? So, your only other option is to play it safe. Don’t pursue the dream that’s keeping…

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Winners of the Color Inc Stand Out Mount Prints + Discount!

The winners of the white standout mount up to size 20×24 from Color Inc are: #11 – Laura of Blue Bonnet Photography 252 – Brittney of Brittney Melton Photography Color Inc. is offering an exclusive discount code for MCP readers of 15% off all White Stand Out Mounts for 30 days. Just use the code…

From Hobbyist to Professional Photographer: 2 Weeks of Education + Contests

From Hobbyist to Professional Photographer: 2 Weeks of Education + Contests

Running a photography business takes a ton of work. A ton. Ask any photographer that makes money (particularly the ones that make it look easy) and they’ll tell you that they got there by pouring blood, sweat and tears into every ounce of what they do. Yes, there are times – really amazing and fulfilling…

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Get Crisp Images + Color Pop Using Photoshop Actions: Blueprint

If you love rich, color popped image, you will want to read and learn from today’s Blueprint. Sometimes I like to have really fun, bright color and crispness with my photos.  This photo of my daughter Ellie was taken on our cruise last month on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.  I loved the real…

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