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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 take photos at night – Part II: Enhancing the image

In Part I of this series, I explained the basics of achieving a well-balanced night photograph to maintain detail in the important highlights and shadow areas.  In this post, we are going one step further and discussing some techniques to embellish the night photo. Adding color traffic blurs: This technique requires a long exposure so…

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How to add volume to your smartphone photos

In this post you will learn about the main things you can do to add volume to your photos. Even if this applies to full-sized cameras, our target is to help you improve your smartphone photos. Digital photography has advanced so much in the past years. Technology became cheaper and cheaper, while the photo quality…

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Using Foreground To Add depth To Your Photography

Life is rarely framed as neatly as we compose our photos. Sometimes that’s exactly what we love about photography – it lends a frame to a piece of life that we might otherwise miss, it elevates the moment. But sometimes, that neat framing removes us from the feeling of the moment all together. One way to…

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How to take photos at night – Part I

Nighttime always seems to add interest and excitement to photographs, particularly when photographing cities with interesting lights. One reason for this is that the darkness tends to hide what we don’t want to see, while the lights usually add emphasis to areas of importance. There are a few guidelines on how to take photos at…

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Capturing Candid Moments When Photographing Children

There’s nothing more unnatural than the crusty position of a child’s mouth while he groans “cheeeeese” for the 18th time in a row. The moments most worth capturing are ones that have a breath of reality, spontaneity, and whimsy to them. There are a couple simple techniques, way better than yelling cheese, for capturing that…

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HDR in Lightroom – How to Get the HDR Look You Want

So you have a great shot, but in your my mind’s eye you’re really picturing it as a super cool HDR image.  So what’s a photo editor to do when you don’t have multiple exposures of the same photo? It’s actually easy to create an HDR effect in Lightroom with the right tools. As an…

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Show Us Some Love and Get a Guaranteed 35% Off MCP Actions™, Presets, and Overlays

  Share your best shot of your favorite sweethearts to get a guaranteed 35% off coupon for MCP Actions™ and a chance to win the product of YOUR choice from our site! Photo Contest Details: Love is in the air and MCP Actions™ wants you to share your best shot of your favorite sweethearts on…

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3 Questions That Need to Be Answered When Starting a Photography Business

You could be the most talented photographer in the world, but if you don’t know how to market your business, failure is almost a guarantee. A mediocre photographer with great marketing will usually succeed over the more talented photographer with weak marketing. If you’re brand new to the business, you’re probably not a marketing wizard…

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How to Use Sunshine Overlays in Photoshop

This quick and easy tutorial on how to use our Sunshine Overlays by Tom Grill will help you take a blah photo and give that extra something it needs to sparkle. When I took this pic, it was the subject matter that caught my eye, but the sky at the time wasn’t all that spectacular.…

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Ricoh announces Pentax KP weathersealed DSLR

Ricoh has officially unveiled the Pentax KP camera on January 26, as expected. This is a weathersealed DSLR with impressive low-light capabilities, that is also capable of shooting super-high-resolution photos. It is a nifty camera that has plenty of tools to make it worthwhile. Find out more in our article!

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Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera officially announced

Fujifilm held a press event on January 19 in order to announce the GFX 50S mirrorless camera with a medium format sensor. The device will be released next month alongside three new G-mount lenses. As said at the Photokina 2016 event, the camera features a 51.4-megapixel sensor and even more lenses will become available by the end of 2017.

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How to Edit an Underexposed Photo in Lightroom

I have a secret. I love editing underexposed photos. This may sound ridiculous (or even sadistic to those of you who dread editing all together), but there’s something about uncovering those hidden details that gives me the feels. Doing this, of course, is a heck of a lot easier if you’re shooting in Camera Raw.…

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Meet Tom Grill – Photographer of the 2017 United States U.S. Flag Stamp

We’re thrilled to announce that the work of MCP contributor and actions creator, Tom Grill, has been selected for the 2017 United States U.S. Flag Stamp!       An industry veteran, Tom Grill has been a professional photographer and artist for over 40 years. He began his career in Brazil as a photojournalist while…

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How to turn studio shots into on location shots in just a few simple steps

There are many times when you shoot photographs in the studio and wish you could be on location, in a city, in the woods, anywhere but in your studio. Here is a tutorial to make a normal studio shot into the on location shot that you wished you were able to take. Here is the…

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CES 2017: Fujifilm XP120 is an affordable rugged compact camera

Fujifilm has not been so active at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Either way, an actual novelty, besides new colors for the X-Pro2 and X-T2 mirrorless cameras, is FinePix XP120. This is a weatherproof fixed-lens camera that is compact, lightweight, and, even better, affordable. Check it out in this article!

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Panasonic GH5 release date, price, and specs announced at CES 2017

It is that time of the year again: the Consumer Electronics Show has begun and digital camera makers have joined the event in order to show off their latest products. We are starting with Panasonic, as the company has just introduced the world’s first mirrorless camera that supports 4K 60p/50p videos.

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How to Soften Wildlife Images with Photoshop Actions

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: How to Soften Wildlife Images with Photoshop Actions The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared before and after Blueprints on our main blog, but now, we will sometimes…

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[Infographic] Best Budget Point And Shoot Cameras to Get in 2017

Are you constantly frustrated by the quality of images from your phone camera? If you want to shoot high quality images but can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on new DSLR camera, point and shoot cameras are the best choice for you. This infographic will show you: What do you need to consider when…

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Sony HX350 bridge camera becomes official with 50x optical zoom lens

This is usually a quiet period for the digital imaging world when it comes to official announcements. The end of the year is approaching, so everybody seems to be on vacation. However, it appears that Sony never sleeps, as the manufacturer has just introduced the Cyber-shot HX350 superzoom bridge camera.

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Sony RX100 V is world’s fastest autofocusing compact camera

After introducing the A6500 mirrorless camera, Sony has revealed the RX100 V compact camera. It features the world’s fastest autofocusing system, world’s fastest continuous shooting mode, and world’s highest number of focus points in a compact camera. Check out the remainder of its specifications in this article!

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