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Blueprint Fan Share – Outdoor Senior Photograph

Today’s Blueprint was sent in by Charlotte Stringer of Charlotte Stringer Photography. Her steps were as follows: Open in ACR Correct the exposure in Camera Raw Patched out the acne with Patch Tool Used the MCP Eye Doctor photoshop action on the Eyes – Sharped pupils at 35% then ran it over her face at…


Blueprint: Newborn in Color and Black & White

  Do you prefer babies in color or black and white?  I would love your opinions on this image and which you prefer for this image from Jen Baker. For this week’s blueprint, I did the following edits: Color Edit 1st curves adjustment layer – lifted midtones 1.5 boxes (with extra grid on) – masked…


Blueprint: Fan Share – Newborn Skin Edit

One of my customers, Stacy Rottach, sent me the following letter and the blueprint below. What a beautiful baby.  Love her edit here. And those eyes – wow!  If you have thoughts for her, I am sure she would love to hear from you in the comments too. Hi Jodi! I was just doing a…


MCP Blueprint – Fixing Skin Issues on a Young Boy

This photo was sent to me from I Heart Faces website for their Fix It Friday Segment last week. The photographer was Amy of muddy boots blog.  This little boy is so sweet, but the photo had poor composition, chopped fingers, and a skin problem.  The parent wanted the skin issues to vanish.  Below is…


Blueprint – MCP Fan Share of a Cute Little Boy

One of my customers, of both my Photoshop actions and training, asked me if she could share a photo from when she was just starting out.  It was a favorite of hers and she wanted to see what she could do with it now that she knows more about Photoshop. Why not? This shot was…


Fan Share – Not Quite a Blueprint, but…

I love getting fan mail.  And I have received a lot this past week.  It makes me happy. I got this email today and just was in the mood to share… Thanks for looking. Dear Jodi, I wanted to express just how completely THRILLED I am with my new actions! The below photos were edited…


Photographing a Shy Child ~ How to Get Them To Interact

How you ever had to take pictures of a shy child? This little girl, Isabel, was just adorable.  Who would believe she was super shy? She was… Photographing a shy child can be a challenge.  Having props, tools, and a gift for conversation, can help get a shy child to open up. So in this…


Blueprint of a Surfing Senior – Photoshop Actions Save the Waves

This guy wanted a hip, fun senior photograph.  And thanks to Dan Treviño of Shooting Star Photography, he is getting one. Unfortunately the lighting was less than ideal and the original photo was kind of gray (the water, the sky, and the subject).  When he sent this in, I knew just the blueprint formula to…


Blueprint – close-up of a cute little girl, a natural looking Photoshop edit

Sometimes when I make the blueprints, I tend to go overboard and almost exaggerate the edits so you can see what I did. For this one I wanted to do a super realistic, natural edit.  Thank you to Jill Ellison for this adorable picture. This little girl looks so cute with her sweet curls.  Here…


Using Photoshop for Stunning Beach Photos

Have you ever wondered how to process your beach photos in Photoshop?  When I saw this shot by Jennifer Rose Hewes of Jennifer Rose Photography I was in LOVE. These girls and this shot – just stunning. Honestly this is one of those shots that look so pretty straight out of the camera – it…


Blueprint – Baby Time – Making a Cute Newborn Even Cuter

If you want better newborn images, take our Online Newborn Photography Workshop.   This photo was sent in by Nilofar Walters of Fig Tree Photography in Australia.  She wrote me an email that read, “First off thank you for a wonderful and informative blog. I have also bought a couple of your actions and I…


MCP Blueprint – an iphone 3gs picture edited in Photoshop

I was on a pontoon boat the day I took this shot.  I did not bring my camera with me. When my daughter Jenna decided to jump from the boat and swim in the lake for her 1st time, I wanted to document it.  I was bummed that I did not lug my camera…  Then…


Sunsets and Silhouettes – a blueprint, tutorial and favorites poll

One of my all time favorite things to photograph are sunsets and silhouettes.  There is something almost magical about them. Last year I wrote a 2 part tutorial on photographing and editing silhouettes. Part 1 Here * Part 2 Here. I changed camera my settings quite a bit on the ones I took on vacation…


Blueprint – From Snapshot to Portrait in 6 Steps

This boy is just adorable.  He is the “kid of the week” for the Fix It Friday edit at I Heart Faces.  I loved my edit of this one so I had to share my steps with all of you.  I would love to know what you think of the before and after photo edit…


Blueprint – My Take on Sandi Bradshaw’s Senior Photography

I just had to play.  Check out yesterday’s post for detailed step by step of how Sandi Bradshaw edited this photo. Here are my plays. MCP All in the Details: flashlight action – changed opacity to 100% MCP All in the Details: extreme color action – used the extreme color painting on grass and tractor. …


Post Processing Senior Style with Sandi Bradshaw

Sandi Bradshaw is back this week to show you some of her tricks and tips for post processing.  Then tomorrow I will use her SOOC shot and show you a few plays of my own in the Friday Blueprint.  And next week I will have a tutorial showing how to add fake sky where there…


Blueprint – 2 different approaches to similar photographs (extreme versus natural)

Today’s blueprints will show you 2 similar photos of the same model taken in the same light. I edited them very differently so you could get an idea of how you can get completely different looks under the same conditions. For the 1st Blueprint of this graduating high school senior, I took a natural enhanced…


Blueprint: Trash the Prom Dress Before and After MCP Photoshop Actions

Today’s Blueprint is another sent in by an MCP Actions Fan, Nikki Romero of Everlasting Expressions. She writes: This was an awesome Senior that blessed me with a Trash the Prom Dress Session… So much fun… The day was very overcast, skies were white, day was gray and rainy, water was YUCKY… But my vision came alive through…


Fan Share – New York City (story told through MCP Blog It Board Templates)

Thank you to Aris Wells Photography for sharing your use of the MCP Magic Blog It Board template actions while on your recent trip to New York City.  As you can see below – this is a perfect way to tell a story about a trip or experience on your blog.      


MCP Blueprint – what a cute little girl made cuter with Photoshop Actions

 This week’s photo comes from Fix It Friday at I Heart Faces. I participate as a contributor there every few weeks.  This little girl is just adorable – so I was excited to improve upon her photo.  Here is my play and step by step of what I did.


Blueprint – Getting Rid of Poor Color with Photoshop Actions

I received this photo from a photographer (who had someone photograph her).  Unfortunately she was on vacation and had slight sunburn and the under exposure and photography emphasized this even more. She sent it to me to see how I would handle it with actions, and to see if it even could be fixed.  At…


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