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Boudoir Photography: How to Enhance Your Images with Photoshop Actions

Boudoir photography requires great lighting, flattering poses, and often the use of photo editing using Photoshop actions.  When doing Boudoir photography, you want the woman you are photographing to feel special and beautiful.  And while you still want the photo to portray her, Photoshop can help enhance her most positive traits and minimize any flaws…

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Win a Gift Certificate to Simplicity Photography Design by Angela Monson

How would you like to have $100 to spend at Angie Monson’s amazing Simplicity Photography Design store? She has amazing products for photoshop: templates, albums and more. Now is your chance. The winner will be picked at random. To enter, all you need to do is tell us, in the comment section of this blog…

Pricing Photography: Too High? Too Low?

Pricing Photography: Too High? Too Low?

Pricing Photography: How high should you be prices be? Last week I ran across a photographer online who listed her prices in the sidebar of her blog/website. Her bio indicated that she was a “professional photographer” which of course is often used loosely in 2010. She said she had 5 years of experience shooting weddings,…

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Macro Photography: Quick Tips to Get You Started

Summer is a fun time to try something new.  Challenge yourself to go out and find those ever-abundant flowers or other wonders of nature. Get close!  From flowers to bees to bark, there is so much out there with incredible detail.  Now is the time to play with macro photography and grab the chance while…

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The Secret to Creating a Vintage SX-70 Style Image in Photoshop!

Create a SX-70 Style Vintage Image Using Photoshop by Jen Kiaba Vintage is in, in a big way. From boutiques to magazines, everywhere you look it seems as though everything resonates with a tad of nostalgia. Personally, I love adding a little touch of vintage romance to my photography in Photoshop; when you pick your…

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Winners of Photoshop CS5 Extended & Gift Certificates from MCP Actions

Thank you to all who entered and who voted in the MCP Actions Photoshop CS5 Contest. It was a very tight race and there were so many amazing entries. The winning picture of the photo contest, who wins Photoshop CS5 Extended, is entry #4: Christine Neutgens of Pixelations Photography. Christine’s photo received 1,167 votes. Way…

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Photoshop Actions ~ Color Pop ~ Color Correction ~ Hue/Saturation

Sometimes Photoshop adjustment layers and Photoshop actions can make a huge difference in taking images from good to great. In a recent Photoshop online training class, I was working with Heather of HGJ Photography. Her straight out of camera image was really good.  The lighting was pretty and the composition pleasing. I decided to show…

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7 Tips for Adding Mini Photo Shoots Into Your Photography Business

Mini Photo Shoots: 7 Tips on How to Add These to Your Photography Business It started off as an idea to break up the late-winter lull. You know what I’m referring to – that January to March period where family shoots are few (because everyone just had their Christmas card photos taken), but it’s too…

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The Ideal Focal Length for Portraiture: A Photographer’s Experiment

The Ideal Focal Length for Portraiture: A Photographer’s Experiment When framing a photo, have you ever considered the focal length at which you are framing the subject? The examples above represent the same subject, framed in the same manner yet they have strikingly different appearances due to the difference in focal length. Framing a subject…

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Colors of Light ~ Red Green Blue ~ Sun Flare in Photography

Red Green Blue ~ Colors of Light ~ Sun Flare in Photography When learning about photography and color theory, it is important to understand RGB (which stands for Red, Green, and Blue). Without getting bogged down in all the technical stuff, you can see how colors mix in this image below. When it comes to…

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Vote For Your Favorite Pictures for the MCP Actions Photoshop Contest

Semi-finalists for the MCP Actions Photoshop CS5 Contest Big thank yous to all who entered the contest to win Photoshop CS5 Extended.  There were so many great pictures using MCP somewhere in the image.  Here are the 15 finalists, chosen by my twins Ellie and Jenna, age 8. They had a very hard job narrowing…

Last Chance to Enter to Win Photoshop CS5 + MCP Actions Gift Certificates

Last Chance to Enter to Win Photoshop CS5 + MCP Actions Gift Certificates

MAKE SURE TO ENTER YOUR MCP THEMED PICTURE for your chance to WIN Photoshop CS5 Extended – a $999 value.  Plus enter the second contest win Gift Certficates to MCP Actions Store (by entering what you would buy). Entries for the photo contest are due at NOON Eastern Time, Sunday the 18th. So use your…

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Blog It Board Collage Photoshop Actions {Now for Elements Too}

Elements users, your wishes are coming true.  We are working on converting more actions for Adobe’s Photoshop Elements. Our newest release for Elements are the Magic Blog It Board Collage Actions and Magic Print It Board Storyboards.  For two years these collage and storyboard Photoshop actions have helped professional and hobbyist photographers with the full…

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5 Foolproof Tips for Photographing Kids

5 Foolproof Tips for Photographing Kids by Tamara Kenyon I get asked a lot about which subject the hardest to photograph. Most often I get people guessing that it’s kids because they’re so busy and hard to direct. WRONG. If we’re being honest here, it’s actually grown men, but that is for another post. Kids…

What’s Next For MCP: Share Your Ideas to Win

What’s Next For MCP: Share Your Ideas to Win

As many of you may know, MCP Actions typically introduces one new live online workshop a year, 2 full action sets a year (one in the spring and one in the fall), and a holiday free action.  Occasionally other small projects pop up along the way but this is the formula that has worked well…

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Successes and Failures of a First Year Photographer

One Year Later: Successes and Failures of a First Year Photographer by Chelsea LaVere In the teacher world, there is a huge emphasis on the First Year. The First Year is all about what worked and more importantly, what didn’t work. It’s all about reflection, reflection, reflection. I am formally trained as an English major…

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Retouching with the Liquify Tool in Photoshop: Is It Right or Wrong?

I sit here with microphone in hand.  I was about to record a tutorial showing how to use the Liquify Tool in Photoshop. But then I stopped.  I paused.  And I decided rather than teach you how to use it, after all you can Google Liquify Tutorial, that I wanted to better understand how photographers…

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Fashion Photography: Use Photoshop Actions for Dramatic Photo Editing

Fashion photography often looks amazing with more dramatic editing. Using Photoshop actions, you can achieve such a wide range of looks.  This photo and edit was submitted by Camilla Binks of Camilla Photography. She wrote the following when she sent this image to me: “I know you didn’t ask for blueprints to be sent to…

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Cherish Your Snapshots ~ Make Every Picture Count

Snapshots: It’s a word that makes many professional photographers cringe. As defined by Wikipedia, “a snapshot is a photograph that is “shot” spontaneously and quickly, most often without artistic or journalistic intent. Snapshots are commonly considered to be technically “imperfect” or amateurish–out of focus or poorly framed or composed… Common snapshot subjects include the events…

Contest: Win Photoshop CS5 and MCP Photoshop Actions

Contest: Win Photoshop CS5 and MCP Photoshop Actions

What does MCP Actions mean to you? This is your chance to use your creativity, photographic skills, and thinking cap to win Photoshop CS5 Extended ($999 value) or a $50 or $100 Gift Certificate for Photoshop actions from MCP. These are two independent contests running at the same time. Enter one or both. To qualify…

Contest: Win Photoshop CS5 and MCP Photoshop Actions

Contest: Win Photoshop CS5 and MCP Photoshop Actions

What does MCP Actions mean to you? This is your chance to use your creativity, photographic skills, and thinking cap to win Photoshop CS5 Extended ($999 value) or a $50 or $100 Gift Certificate for Photoshop actions from MCP. These are two independent contests running at the same time. Enter one or both. To qualify…

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