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The MCP Actions™ Blog is full of advice from experienced photographers written to help you improve your camera skills, post-processing and photography skill-sets. Enjoy editing tutorials, photography tips, business advice, and professional spotlights.

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How to Quickly Edit Photos in Lightroom and Get More Work Done

Editing an abundance of photos in Lightroom can feel like a boring chore at times, especially if you have hundreds of photos that look relatively similar. Tasks like this tend to be monotonous and time-consuming, making you wish you were out taking photos instead of sitting in front of your laptop. Most editing programs, fortunately,…

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The Beauty of the Golden Hour and How It Can Transform Your Work

The golden hour occurs twice a day: after the sun rises and shortly before it sets. During this time, the light is warm and almost magical, creating a welcoming atmosphere for photographers of all kinds. This is the perfect time of day for artists to completely focus on subjects, ideas, and compositions without worrying about…

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How to Take Striking Self-Portraits

When have you looked at a professional portrait of someone you’ve never seen and knew, at once, if the model was the photographer or not? If I come across an unfamiliar photographer, I can rarely tell whether the model is the creator themselves or not. This is wonderful because it combines both genres in a…

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Why You Should Invest in Canon’s Affordable 50mm 1.8 Lens

Not being able to afford expensive lenses might be very discouraging for you. Even worse, it could be preventing you from approaching clients for fear of looking silly with your limited equipment. The world of expensive camera gear might seem like a sweet, impossible dream. But is having a ton of equipment really the only…

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5 Ways to Earn Extra Money as a Photographer

Being a photographer can be financially challenging sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with facing issues that constantly plague the world of creativity. Wanting to be economically stable is what will help you get through times of drought. The best thing you can do during this phase is experiment and persist whenever you can. Experimentation can be…

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How to Have Fun and Successful Family Shoots

The key to having successful family photoshoots is comfortability, creativity, and a plethora of patience. This might sound like a long list of intimidating demands, but it’s far from problematic if you look at it from the understanding photographers’ point of view. Family shoots can be exceedingly fun and uplifting if both you and your…

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What to Do When You’re out of Inspiration

We all go through phases of creative drought from time to time. Though they’re very natural phenomenons, especially in the world of artists, they can be very discouraging. They sneakily tell us that we’ll never find valuable inspiration again and that our best photographs have already been taken. This, of course, is a lie not…

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How to Create Compelling Double Exposures and Impress Clients

It’s a given that creative photographs attract an abundance of people. Conceptual images inspire us to think more deeply about a subject and refresh our creativity. They teach us to look at seemingly insignificant things from a fresh perspective. All in all, they’re fulfilling works of art that anyone can create.  Double exposures are two…

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How to Market Yourself on Social Media

The Internet can be an intimidating place. There are millions of photographers out there, millions of successful artists with an abundance of great clients. Having this in mind may discourage you from pursuing your dreams. This frightened mindset, however, is wrong. It’s very possible to succeed in a busy online world filled with endless news…

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How to Have Comfortable Client Shoots

We can all agree that comfortable client shoots are a dream. There’s nothing better than having an agreeable client who feels confident in your presence and smoothly collaborates with you. Though dreaming about scenarios of this sort is pleasant, there’s a way to make them come true. Every shoot, regardless of how stressful or complicated…

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5 Shots a beginner photographer absolutely CAN take

When I first started considering photography and the different sort of photos that I wanted to take, I was a little put out. It seemed like every article I read did nothing but tell me that my kit lens would be terrible and need an immediate upgrade, or that I would need to travel to…

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Photoshop Texture Overlays: More Useful than you may Know

  Most photographers probably don’t think of Photoshop texture overlays as photo editing tools. They’re more for special effects and creating digital art, right? It’s true that those are common applications for them. Textures can be used in more subtle ways to enhance your photos, though. Let’s look at some examples of using them in…

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Do More Studio Tools Mean Photographers Don’t Have to Be as Skilled?

There’s always been a happy medium surrounding photographs. Taking a picture is easy and anybody can take a snap. Creating art, however, is a whole different ball game. Historically, at least, there hasn’t been much doubt about that. The divide between amateur enthusiast and professional photographer has generally been clear in the end result. In…

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MCP Actions™ Sun Meets Moon Photo Contest – Get a Guaranteed 35% Off

Share your best shot of a sunrise, sunset, moonrise or moonset to celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse and get a guaranteed 35% off coupon for MCP Actions™ and a chance to win the Sky & Sunshine Overlay bundle for Photoshop! (Compatible with Photoshop CS4 – CS6, Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud), Elements 6 – 15, Mac…

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Looking for Equipment to Expand Your Studio?

An MCP Actions™ user, Viki Reed, has reached out to us to see if any other users would be interested in purchasing her equipment. Viki needs to sell this as a bundle at a slight discount (which would also include a Light Blaster Lighting Amendment Kit with ALL it’s accessories for free as part of…

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MCP Actions Sponsored GuruShots Shooting Clouds Photo Challenge Winners

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the MCP Actions sponsored GuruShots Shooting Clouds Photo Challenge, Mark Giacobba and Carmello! As you know, clouds can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of a shot. Whether they are smoky and thick or light and wispy, pulling out your camera on a cloudy day can produce…

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Summer Sunset Edit For Lightroom and Photoshop

One of the great joys of landscape photography is being at the right place at the right time to capture a breathtaking sunset. Unfortunately, the shot you remember getting may not always pop as much as you like it to when you get it into Lightroom. The photo below is a perfect example … gorgeous…

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Photo taken by Lisa Collins HOW THIS SALE WORKS For 35% off: Spend $40 to $99.99 and at checkout, use code MEMDAY35 For 50% off: Spend $100 or more and at checkout, use code MEMDAY50 For all Service Men and Women: Click Here 

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MCP Actions Sponsored GuruShots Motherhood Photo Challenge Winners

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the MCP Actions sponsored GuruShots Motherhood Photo Challenge, Bart Boots and Csaba Daróczi! As we all know, Motherhood can be demanding, lonely, and difficult, but the love you get in return is an unmeasurable, fulfilling reward that makes it all worthwhile. In the Motherhood Photo Challenge, we encouraged…

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12 Awesome Photography Genres for Both the Professional and the Hobbyist

With the click of a shutter, we’re able to capture the world before us. Photography allows us to preserve the history of any moment in time. This is why photography is so beloved by many. And with the advent of smartphone technology, almost anyone can be a photographer. There are many forms of photography—many with…

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