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Watch Me Work: Photoshop Actions & Workflow Online Class

MCP Actions is very excited to announce the launch of my WATCH ME WORK 2 Hour Photoshop Interactive Online Class. Details are below. For class times and to sign up, visit the MCP Watch Me Work Training Class Page. We have listened to our customers and created a new online interactive Photoshop class in response…

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Tips for After Your First Portrait Portfolio Building Session: Part 2

Tips for After Your First Portrait Portfolio Building Session by Pamela Topping Yesterday I discussed 7 tips for your 1st portfolio building session.  Today I will give you some more ideas on what to do after you photograph your 1st “big shoot.” 1. Learn from Your Photos Examining your images is the best way to…

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7 Tips for Your First Portrait Portfolio Building Session: Part 1

7 Tips for Your First Portrait Portfolio Building Session by Pamela Topping Are considering going from hobbyist to professional? If so, you will need a portfolio.  One great way to build a portfolio is to offer sessions to family, friends and even people you meet while out. Once you schedule a portfolio building session, here…

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Outdoor Image Fixed in Photoshop: Better Sky ~ Better Lighting

Thanks to Karen Gunton of Smile, Play, Love Photography in Australia, for sending in this Blueprint. Karen wrote: The sun was behind this family. The camera could not handle the dynamic range and I did not have fill flash or a reflector.  The sky was blown and their faces were quite dark. I actually have…

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Senior Photography: Tips and Tricks on Posing, Locations and More

Senior Photography: Tips and Tricks on Posing, Locations and More With Fall coming, photographers are getting ready for photograph high school seniors again.  This style of photography is very popular in the United States and is starting to gain presence in other countries. I’m back with another compilation of links to great MCP Actions Blog…

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Contest: Win a Pro Account to Animoto Video Slideshows

Video Slideshows Have you ever wanted to display your work in an innovative, eye catching matter, that differentiates you from your competition? Would you like to offer your customers something beyond print photos? Animoto is the leader in video slideshow technology. And now you have a chance to win a 1 year single license professional…

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How Photographers Can Respect Music Copyrights and Licensing Fees

How Photographers Can Respect Music Copyrights and Licensing Fees What if you stumbled upon a website when you were surfing the web and there was an amazing image of a beautiful little girl. It happens to be that the website is selling a service. But you look closer and you discover it is YOUR picture!…

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Ask Deb ~ Answers to Your Photography Questions From a Professional Photographer

Have you ever wanted to ask a professional photographer your photography questions? Deb Schwedhelm will answer some questions posed on the MCP Facebook Page, in this installment of “Ask Deb.” If you have more questions, please leave them in the comment section for a future installment. How do you handle clients that want to see…

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Using Photoshop Actions to Enhance a Blue Sky and a Rainbow

Using Photoshop Actions to Enhance a Blue Sky and a Rainbow As photographers, we have no control over the weather conditions. Sometimes we get rained on and other times we get lucky enough to get beautiful light or even to cross paths with a rainbow. This photo was sent in by Crystal Smith of Envision…

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Contest: Win The NITTY GRITTY Photography E-Book

Are you looking for advice on launching your photography business? Pascale Wowak, professional photographer and author of Getting Started in the Photography Business, has a new e-book available to photographers – The Nitty Gritty.  Two lucky photographers have a chance to win this new photographer’s guide. Also get $24 off if you use the code…

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Photoshop Actions: Glossary of Offerings by MCP Actions

Photoshop Actions: Glossary of Offerings by MCP Actions Yesterday, I provided 10 tips for deciding which actions to buy, download and use on your photos. Today, I will explain to you a little more about each specific MCP Action set.  I get asked about the differences so often.  I thought this breakdown would help. If…

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Photoshop Actions: A Guide to Choosing the Best Actions

Photoshop Actions: Which Actions are Best for Your Photos? So imagine this… You sit down at your computer to edit in Photoshop or Elements. And you want your editing to go faster and more smoothly.  You decide that you want to buy some Photoshop actions. But how do you decide which ones to purchase? And…

Winners of the Jo Totes Camera Bags for Women

Winners of the Jo Totes Camera Bags for Women

Things are busy here tonight, so just a quick post to announce the winners of the Jo Totes give away. Congrats to the following people: 1) One Missy Camera Bag (winner can choose color) – #177 – Lisa of lisasmileyphotography.blogspot.com/ 2) One Rose Camera Bag (winner can choose color) – #1005 – Kara Layfield 3)…

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6 Easy Tips for Photographing Grown Men

Photographing Men And you thought photographing kids was hard… Try men. In my guest post, 5 Foolproof  Tips for Photographing Children, there were a lot of inquiries about photographing grown men. So here we have some great ideas on photographing men from a woman’s point of view. In my experience, it’s been a little harder…

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Editing Landscape Images Using Actions in Photoshop

At the beginning of June, I attended a Photography gathering in Banff, which is in Alberta, Canada. It was absolutely breathtaking.  Snow covered mountain tops everywhere.  And since I live in Michigan, it wasn’t like anything I get to see often. I took this shot from the hotel.  Yes, this really was our view! This…

What is a Professional Photographer in the Digital Photography Age?

What is a Professional Photographer in the Digital Photography Age?

What is a Professional Photographer in the Digital Photography Age? In the age of digital photography, when anyone can go to the nearest discount store and buy an SLR camera and Photoshop or Elements, the lines between professional, amateur and hobbyist photographer are blurring. Years ago, when I was a kid, the definition of a…

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Win a NEW Camera Bag * You Pick the Style and Color

Contest: Enter to win a Jo Totes Camera Bag Are you forever on the search for the perfect camera bag?  There are so many different styles and types of camera bags out there.  How do I know?  Because I’ve owned most of them at one time or another.  I am a firm believer that just…

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5 Photography Tips to Make the Most out of Any Location

5 Photography Tips to Make the Most out of Any Location My clients sometimes tell me that their wedding or reception location isn’t the most beautiful for formal photography. When there just isn’t time to photograph at the [insert beautiful location] that is 10 miles away, I always reassure them and tell them that we…

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How To Create a High Key Image in Photoshop

How To Create a High Key Image in Photoshop by Michael Sweeney A classic look in photography is Black and White imagery. Black and white images are not always pure; sometimes they are sepia tone or cool blue tone, or even Duotone which is not B/W but most drop it into that catagory. It’s a…

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Angie Monson – Simplicity Photography – Photoshop Actions

I often get emails asking how to edit like a specific photographer in Photoshop. One such photographer I get questions about often is Angela Monson of Simplicity Photography. Her work is stunning and colorful, and I am lucky enough to have her as an online friend.  Angie has her own unique look and way of…

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Sun Flare: How to Achieve This Special Light

I’ll admit it…  I’m addicted to sun flare, especially a good sunburst.  I’m secretly quite proud when I achieve it, especially since it required actually remembering the tips I read about creating it in the first place.  Perhaps you are like me and scour the internet for all things photography related and end up only…

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