MCP Project 12: Develop Your Skills as a Photographer

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MCP Project 12: Develop Your Skills as a Photographer

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For 2012, we want you to grow as a photographer. We are transitioning from MCP Project 52 (from 2011) to MCP Project 12 for (for 2012). We will not be using the Project 52 Flickr Group going forward and are moving it into archive mode.

What is MCP Project 12?

MCP Project 12 gives photographers the opportunity to take more photos, be creative and have fun. Hobbyist and professional photographers can join us by capturing images based on our monthly themes and share with the MCP community.

At the beginning of each month, for the next 12 months, we will introduce a theme on our blog. You will have up to a month to brainstorm, develop your ideas, and take your photos. If you prefer a weekly challenge, like Project 52, challenge yourself to use the theme in multiple ways.  You may upload up to four images per month.

Where are the themes listed?

The monthly theme will be listed in two places.

  • On the MCP Project 12 Home Page. (That’s where you are right now.) Bookmark this page in your browser as the “Home Page for Project 12.”  We will add the new theme to the list each month.  We will also link the month to the new blog post where you enter your photos.
  • On the 1st of every month we will introduce a new theme (for January it will be on the 2nd). This post will be under the category “MCP Project 12.” You will enter your image(s) on the monthly posts.


January 2012: Theme – RESOLUTION ~ Visit Archived Photos from Month One

February 2012: Theme: Love (Alternate Theme: Leap)Participate Here Starting 2/1/12


How to participate:

  • Enter a comment on this post and let us know you will be joining in. You can participate every month or just a few. Join in at the beginning or start later in the year.
  • On each monthly Project 12 Blog post, there will be a linky tool to submit your photo. Photos can be linked back to your Blog, Flickr or other photo hosting site.

<<< Learn how to add your images here. >>>

The guidelines:

We plan to keep things as relaxed as we can for 2012. To help things run smoothly, here are some “rules.”

  • Photos need to be taken in the month you are participating. Do not use old photos which happen to work well for a topic.
  • Unlike 2011, all photos must fit the theme for the specific month. Be creative and interpret the theme as you wish but make sure it was taken for the theme.
  • As of now, we are not limiting the amount of images, as long as they fit the guidelines. This could change. Ideally we would like to see one to four photos per photographer each month. If you want to share more, and each is unique, you may upload these too.
  • Collages of multiple images are welcome if all photos fit the theme or tell a story related to it. You are welcome to use tools like our Blog It Boards to display these.
  • We would love you to edit the photos in Lightroom, Photoshop or Elements using MCP’s actions or presets. This is not a requirement.  We welcome your photos whether edited or not.
  • No pornography, nudity, violence or any content deemed illegal by the United States Government. MCP Actions and its designees reserve the right to remove any photo or photos deemed objectionable.
  • Images must be taken by you (in other words – you must own the copyright)
  • By uploading to our project, you maintain copyright but give us permission to use the photo on our Blog/Facebook, in the context of Project 12.  If we want to use a photo for anything else, we will contact you and get your permission in writing. Please consider watermarking and branding your photos using tools like our Finish It action set or Free Facebook Fix Photoshop actions (which can be used for photos anywhere on the web).
  • We will not sell our mailing list, but will extract emails from Linky submissions and the comment section of Project 12 posts to communicate with participants, send reminders, etc.  If you no longer wish to receive them, you can unsubscribe at any time.

How can we see other photographer’s images?

  • You can see all photos on the blog post at the first of each month on the Linky Tools. Just click on the thumbnail images. You are welcome to leave a quick note or “like” for the photographer too, but unless they ask for critique, keep it simple.
  • On the last day of every month, we will have a special post from one of our team leaders and possibly an occasional surprise guest. We will share a few of the many photos that spoke to us, moved us, or impressed us in some way. We cannot feature everyone’s images, but we’ll share a small selection of inspirational photos with all of you. We may do additional posts during the month featuring an image – or might mention your photo on the MCP Facebook Page. Watch for these.

How can I get feedback on my photos before I upload them for submission in MCP Project 12?

While you work on your images, you are welcome to post photos to the MCP Facebook Wall and ask for advice and feedback from MCP fans. Alternatively you can post to the comment section of monthly blog post with your photo(s) and ask for ideas, critique, etc from participants.  The

How can I contact you with my questions about MCP Project 12?

If there is something we did not cover above, please leave a comment in the “comment section.”  If your question is personal, you can also send an email at:

most important way to grow your photography skills is to practice, practice, practice.  Now is your chance.

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We want to thank our corporate sponsors for MCP Project 12, Tamron USA and MCP Actions.


If your company wants to take part in sponsoring MCP Project 12, please contact Jodi at



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  1. January 1, 2012 at 9:30 am —

    I`d be honored to take part in this Project …. : }

  2. Barb in Horseheads
    January 1, 2012 at 9:30 am —

    I plan to participate as much as possible. Sounds like fun. Can’t wait for the first theme.

  3. Melinda
    January 1, 2012 at 9:29 am —

    Sounds good – I’m in for some at least.

  4. RandeeQ
    January 1, 2012 at 9:29 am —

    I will give it a try too.. 🙂

  5. January 1, 2012 at 9:29 am —

    This will be my third year doing a weekly project and as usual I always struggle with what/how I will do it. I’m hoping this will be just the creative juice I need for the upcoming year 🙂

  6. January 1, 2012 at 9:27 am —

    I will give it a whirl.

  7. Stacey D
    January 1, 2012 at 9:25 am —

    I’m in and very excited!!

  8. Jeni
    January 1, 2012 at 9:25 am —

    Count me in!

  9. lisa
    January 1, 2012 at 9:21 am —

    Go on then ill give it a try 🙂

  10. Becky
    January 1, 2012 at 9:21 am —

    This sounds exciting…I’ll give it a try!!

  11. Angela
    January 1, 2012 at 9:20 am —

    Sounds like fun and a great chance to try out your actions I just purchased as my Christmas present.

  12. Lisa Joy
    January 1, 2012 at 9:18 am —

    Sounds fun. I’m going to try

  13. January 1, 2012 at 9:17 am —

    I will give it a shot!

  14. January 1, 2012 at 9:16 am —

    Fun! ~J

  15. Leah Landry
    January 1, 2012 at 9:15 am —

    I am in!!! To complete Project 12 is one of my New Year’s resolutions. What a perfect way to improve my photography skills!!

  16. Aimee Ashley Myers
    January 1, 2012 at 9:15 am —

    Definitely participating! I love this idea! Happy New Year!

  17. Denise Medeiros
    January 1, 2012 at 9:15 am —

    Sounds like fun! I’m up for the challenge 🙂

  18. January 1, 2012 at 9:13 am —

    I’m in – thanks Jodi.

  19. Catherine Ball
    January 1, 2012 at 9:13 am —

    Count me in please Jodi – cheers – looking forward to it.


  20. January 1, 2012 at 9:12 am —

    looking forward to participating!

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