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Finding Your Style as a Photographer

Finding Your Style as a Photographer A straight shot is so predictable, not to mention boring! Do you want your clients to choose you as an artist because your photography is something unique that will last forever? Of course you do! The million-dollar question is, how do you develop your own personal style? For me…

Giveaway to Celebrate 1,000 Posts on the MCP Blog! CONTEST

Giveaway to Celebrate 1,000 Posts on the MCP Blog! CONTEST

This is the 1,000th post on the MCP Blog! That’s a lot of words…  And a lot of information. So many times I get asked to do posts on topics that have already been covered.  While I do occasionally discuss certain things more than once, there is a wealth of knowledge from myself as well…

Winners of the Framed Gallery Wrap Canvases + 50% off!

Winners of the Framed Gallery Wrap Canvases + 50% off!

The lucky two winners of the Framed 16×20 Gallery Wrapped Canvases are: #445 – Lyndsay Knolls #646 – Jenni Marie If you want to get in on the action from Color Inc – they have a special LIMITED TIME offer for ALL MCP Blog readers. Get 50% off your 1st order and 10% off the…

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Using Emotion In Your Photography Branding

Using Emotion In Your Photography Branding Does your brand evoke an emotion for your client?  The Coca Cola symbol does and so does McDonald’s golden arches–just show those arches to your kids and see what happens.  When a brand’s experience emotionally charges someone, they are now buying with an element of emotion instead of just…

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MCP Project 52 Week 12 Wrap Up + Week 13 Theme

What a week filled with lots of creativity! We’ve loved seeing all of your shots “From the Jewelry Box” and also enjoyed those of you that took a break from the weekly themes and shared something else. This project seems to be serving its purpose, as we’ve already seen loads of improvement in the first…

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Fusion Photoshop Actions: Before and After Edits from Customers

I am so happy that so many of you are sharing your before and after edits using MCP Photoshop actions, and especially our newest set – Fusion. I invite all of you to download our Free Facebook Fix actions which provide you an easy way to share your before and after images on our Facebook…

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Giveaway: Win a 16×20 Framed Gallery Wrap Floating Canvas

Contest: Enter to Win one of two 16×20 Framed Gallery Wrapped Canvases by Color Inc Pro Lab. I am a HUGE fan of Gallery Wrapped Canvases.  I have a bunch of them throughout my home. I was excited to order another when Color Inc asked me to check out their new “Framed” version.  It is…

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Super Moon Photography: How to Shoot the Moon

Super Moon Photography: How to Shoot and Photograph the Moon Once every so often the moon gets really close to the Earth.  Last night it was the closest it had been in more than 18 years.  I was in my last year of college at Syracuse University, and I have to tell you, I was…

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Winner of the My Beauty Campaign Giveaway

Thanks for entering the My Beauty Campaign Kit Giveaway! It was amazing reading how the campaign inspires you.   With each new official beauty campaign photographer, MBC grows exponentially and that many more woman’s lives are changing!  The Beauty Campaign kit can help make you a better photographer and a better person who can relate to…

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MCP Project 52 – week 11 recap – welcome to week 12

Welcome to this week’s overview of the theme “darks and lights” where I’ll be highlighting just a very small sampling of the vast amount of fantastic photos submitted to our group pool. It is so great to see the number of members still growing; we’re at 3,100 now! And to think that the majority of those members regularly…

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Photoshop Actions Blueprint: Snapshot to Portrait in a Few Clicks

Photoshop Actions Blueprint: Snapshot to Portrait in a Few Clicks All Photoshop actions shown in this Blueprint are from the MCP Fusion Photoshop action set Question: I often get asked “Can I make a snapshot photograph into something worthy of hanging on my wall?” My Answer: Yes, you can!  Not all photos you hand on…

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Inside Tokyo: One Photographer’s View

Inside Tokyo: One Photographer’s View Written for MCP Actions by Dave Powell, a photographer living in Tokyo, Japan It has been a surreal past few days for those of us living in Tokyo. I can only image it is much harder for those living in the parts of Japan that were much more affected by…

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$800 Photographer Giveaway: My Beauty Campaign Kit + Website

Giveaway: Win a My Beauty Campaign Kit PLUS a Quick and Easy Beauty Campaign Website Valued at $800! Details on My Beauty Campaign: Are you looking for that spark to set you apart from every other photographer out there?  Do you want to leave your session knowing you were an instrument in changing your client’s…

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MCP March Madness Bracket Challenge: Win MCP Actions!

MCP March Madness Bracket Challenge: Win MCP Actions! No matter where you live in the U.S. and no matter how much you care about sports, chances are someone is trying to get you to fill out a “March Madness” bracket. One of the great things about the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is that the big…

How to Use the FREE Photoshop Actions: Mini Fusion & TOL/TOD

How to Use the FREE Photoshop Actions: Mini Fusion & TOL/TOD

How to Use the FREE Photoshop Actions: Mini Fusion & TOL/TOD If you love the word FREE and are wondering how to put it to good use, you can download the Free Photoshop actions, Mini Fusion and Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness from the MCP Actions Website. These actions are compatible with Photoshop (CS2 and…

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MCP Project 52 – Week 10 review – Launch Week 11

Welcome to our regular MCP Project 52 blog post where we’ll be looking back over week 10 and giving a little sneak preview of the new week 11 theme. I knew this was going to be a fun and memorable week with the theme “Childhood Toys” .  Really made me walk down memory lane and…

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Blueprint: Before and After with MCP Fusion Photoshop Actions

Blueprint: Before and After with MCP Fusion Photoshop Actions Blueprint: all Photoshop actions shown in this Blueprint are from the MCP Fusion Photoshop action set Question: I often get asked “How can I effectively edit subjects with darker skin tones?” My Answer: Edit them the same as you would any other subjects. Pay attention to…

The Ultimate Guide to Installing Actions in Photoshop Elements

The Ultimate Guide to Installing Actions in Photoshop Elements

If you cannot get your actions installed easily into Photoshop Elements, this is the ultimate troubleshooting guide. You will have your actions installed and working once you try our tips.

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Night Photography: How to Take Successful Pictures at Dark – Part 2

Night Photography: How to Take Successful Pictures at Dark – Part 2 Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of Night Photography. Now that you’ve got the basics under your belt and your equipment ready, it’s time to get out there and start shooting.  I’ve picked up some helpful tips and creative tricks over…

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Night Photography: How to Take Successful Pictures at Dark – Part 1

Night Photography: How to Take Successful Pictures at Dark – Part 1 As photographers, we all learn very early on that light is our best friend. That’s why it’s so scary for many of us when we’ve got camera in hand, and the light starts to fade.  Most just pack up and go home. Unfortunately,…

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MCP Project 52 – Week 9 review & Week 10 launch

Welcome to our regular MCP Project 52 blog post where we’ll be looking back over week 9 and giving a little sneak preview of the new week 10 theme. And what a fun week it’s been, the theme “Express yourself” has inspired a lot of people to get out there and take some great photos. …

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