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Happy Halloween! Make Sure to Enter the Halloween Contest too…

I love Halloween.  Fun activities, pumpkin decorating, my birthday being the day prior, dressing up, pretending, and did I mention candy? I still dress up, even as an adult.  This year, I am Mrs. Potato Head and my husband Mr. Potato Head, from Toy Story 3.  Pictures will be shared on Facebook in the next…

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Editing in Photoshop: Combining Actions, Textures and Overlays

Editing in Photoshop: Combining Actions and Textures for Beautiful Images This straight out of camera image, from Patti Brown Photography, was shot in what is basically a cave, with one small window which served as the only available light.  She had originally intended on utilizing off camera flash, but her Pocket Wizards weren’t firing that…

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Win the BAG OF TRICKS Photoshop Actions: Halloween Picture Share

Win the BAG OF “TRICKS” Photoshop action set for Elements (PSE) or Photoshop (CS2-CS5) THE DETAILS! Contest runs: Now through Monday, Nov. 1st, 2010 at 4pm eastern time. Submit a HALLOWEEN themed photo to this blog post (resized to 600px wide) OR on my Facebook Page. The photo can be funny, cute, creepy, spooky, sweet,…

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Free Information Guide Template for Photographers

Free Information Guide Template for Photographers Sharing and communicating with your potential customers is very important. Marketing materials you use are often the first impression and sometimes the final or last impression you can make. HUGE thank yous to October Smith of October Dawn Photography for sharing this amazing, fully customizable template for photographers. She…

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6 Tips on Balancing Life as a Mom and Professional Photographer

Tips on Balancing Life as a Mom and Professional Photographer Have you ever wanted to pull your hair out from the stress of juggling a career, kids, family life, and more? Here are a few tips for keeping it all together: Set aside work hours: Grethel suggests trying to keep “normal” business hours. Keep track…

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Capture Great Photographs of Fall Leaves: Macro Photography Tips

Capture Great Photographs of Fall Leaves: Macro Photography Tips As winter is just around the corner, we still have a week or so to capture some fall colored leaves.  Most photographers will say fall is their favorite time of year to shoot. You can’t beat the colors that explode in the landscapes. For the macro…

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Winners of the Camera Bags for Women

The two winners of the Joy Collection Camera Bags… Since Sunday is Halloween: 10/31, you had to enter early to be one of the winners: Entry #10: Farihah (wins the IT Bag) Entry #31: pshorten (wins the Glee Bag) Tracy from The Joy Collection will be contacting the winners. Remember you can save 10% on…

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5 Important Benefits Of Macro Photography In Nature

5 Important Benefits Of Macro Photography In Nature I would like to thank Jodi for having me as a guest blogger.  My name is Mike Moats and I am an award winning, full time professional nature photographer that specializes in macro photography.   I started out in 2001 with my first camera and lenses purchased used…

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NEW Photoshop Elements Retouching Actions: Fix Skin, Sky, Color, Exposure, and More

Photoshop Elements Users: TODAY IS YOUR DAY! MCP Actions is excited to announce Elements versions of: BAG OF TRICKS: for Exposure and Color Cast Removal, and so much more… MAGIC SKIN: Portrait Retouching and Skin Smoothing Plus we now have Package Sets for Elements users too (not valid on past purchases): INCREDIBLE RETOUCHING ACTIONS: Bag…

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NEW Photoshop Storyboard Template Action Sets {fast, easy, fun}

In 2008, MCP Actions was the first to create a new concept that changed the way photographers displayed their work – the  “Blog It Board” Web sized templates. In addition to our already popular Tell a Storyboard product line, we  introduced both the Magic Blog It Boards and Magic Print It Boards. Photographers still tell…

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Giveaway: Enter to Win Joy Collection Camera Bags for Women

Would you like to win a fun camera bag? Check out the two newest additions to the Joy Camera Bag collection – and have a chance to win by telling us which is your favorite.  Scroll down for details. The GLEE Bag, Darling, Fun, Fresh, and never boring… the GLEE is perfect for professionals and…

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Winner of the Tamron Lens

The winner of the Tamron SP 70-300mm Lens f/4-5.6 VC is… {scroll down to see if you were the lucky one} entry #610 – Danielle Jones Photography {http://www.daniellejonesphotographyblog.com} Congratulations!!!  Please contact me at jodi@mcpactions.com with your email so that I can have Tamron send you your lens!

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Head Swapping Photoshop Tutorial for Photographers

Head Swapping Photoshop Tutorial for Photographers To head swap, or not to head swap…. that is the question. This is a question that a lot of photographers are on the fence about. I personally do not do it too often. I like the look of a candid photo, and not a perfect photo that was…

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Achieve Vivid Color Using Photoshop Actions: A Family Blueprint

Achieve Vivid Color Using Photoshop Actions: A Family Blueprint If you are looking to achieve vivid, bright, crisp color photos, you will want good lighting and to nail your focus.  While shooting with shallow depth of field is great for portrait photography, remember with families, you may want all the subjects in focus too.  Once…

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Selling Yourself As A Professional Photographer, Part 2

Selling Yourself as a Professional Photographer, Part 2 (Make sure to check out part 1 from yesterday if you missed it) AFTER THE SESSION AND BEYOND Yesterday, we touched on what to do to prepare before the shoot, and what to do during the session. Now, the real work begins! Download those images and do…

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Selling Yourself As A Professional Photographer, Part 1

Selling Yourself as a Professional Photographer, Part 1 Being a family/wedding/portrait photographer is about much, much more than buying a fancy schmancy camera and learning the exposure triangle. Let’s face it – in this economy, people are talking and walking with their wallets – what are you doing to make yourself stand out from the…

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Contest: Win a Tamron SP 70-300mm Lens for Nikon, Canon or Sony dSLR Cameras

Win a Tamron SP 70-300mm Lens f/4-5.6 VC The Prize: The New Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD — Best-in-Class Tele Zoom Unparalleled optical performance in a fast and steady telephoto zoom In the pursuit to achieve the most outstanding image resolution in the 70-300mm class, Tamron’s 60th Anniversary lens – the SP 70-300mm F4-5.6…

Winner of the 2 Hour Skype Mentor Session About Flash Photography

Winner of the 2 Hour Skype Mentor Session About Flash Photography

Today, being 10-10-10,  my twins decided the random number was the 10th commenter. The lucky winner of the 2 hour Skype mentor session on flash photography is Ashley Glasco of http://www.ashleyglasco.com. Congratulations. please contact me to redeem your prize. Come back this week to participate in a HUGE contest, a Tamron 70-300 lens!

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MWAC Is A Four-Letter Word

MWAC Is a Four-Letter Word: {Mom with a Camera} by guest blogger Kara Wahlgren Before you dismiss yourself—or anyone else—as an MWAC (mom with a camera), here’s why you should rethink the label. MWAC (noun): 1. a mom with a camera;  2. new moms with new half-way decent cameras suddenly thinking they are pros and…

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Using Photoshop Actions to Create Better Senior Photography

Improving your Senior Photography using Photoshop Actions Senior photography, at least in the United States, is hotter than ever. High school seniors want the best, most trendy and fun images. You will see everything from trash the prom dress, to urban scenes, to senior girls and guys on top of rusty cars.  Another popular trend…

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What Do You Love About Fall? Cider, Donuts and Photography

Every Fall one of our favorite things to do as a family is go to the apple orchard. If you live in a cooler climate, you most likely know what I mean…  I love the smells of fresh cider, hot cinnamon donuts, and pumpkins. The colors are so rich and vibrant. The apples so crisp.…

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