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MCP’s Camera Bag: Equipment and Pictures from Past to Present

As a follow up to last weeks post on “how expensive equipment alone does not make a great photographer,” most people were in agreement that just because you have expensive gear does not make you a better photographer.  Once you learn the fundamentals and build up experience, better equipment can further enrich your photos. Basically…

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18 Free Photography Books – Your Photography Summer Reading List

If I told you I had over a dozen free photography books to give you, is that something you would be interested in?  Well I do – sort of. These are online live previews of books.  Think about the old days when you could sit in a book store and page through books before deciding…

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Elements versus Photoshop – which is best? Tell us what you think…

Here are a few questions I get asked in emails on a daily basis: – Should I buy Elements or Full Photoshop? If I am just starting out as a photographer which should I get? If I am building a portrait business which should I get? – Why do most of your Photoshop Actions only…

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Watermark Creator for Photoshop CS4 * Even Better than Actions

Do you ever dream of clicking a button and having your watermark applied to all of your photos in a particular spot (scaled correctly no matter what)? What if this “Dream Tool” could do this for you in high or low res and could put the watermark in the center or either corner of your…

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Ever Wish Your Tripod was Small and Flexible? Meet the Gorillapod (And Enter to Win One)

If you are like me, you may think tripods are a huge pain.  They are cumbersome and seem to get in the way most of the time.  But for certain types of photos they can be useful (ie. night, low light, self portraits, or timer shots).  Have you ever found yourself wishing you had something…

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8 Great iPhone Apps for Photographers

There are hundreds of apps that can be useful for photographers. I have only tried a few dozen.  But there are 6 that I use on a daily basis that I want to share with you, plus 2 more that my kids love (see how you can tie them into your photography). These apps are available…

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8 Ways to Find “The Light” and Enhance Your Photography

Here are 8 ways to help you find better light. This is not a scientific post – these are just ways I have tried to find better light and in turn improve my photography. I hope they help many of you too.  I may do some tutorials for you to expand on these in the future.  Please make notes in the…

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How to Save Time in Photoshop…

One problem with using photoshop is it can be time consuming.  There are many ways to speed up your Photoshop Workflow.  I just launched a new MCP Workshop called “Speed Editing – Edit Smarter – Get Your Life Back.”  Check it out!  But if you do not have”time” to take the workshop – below are…

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A Look at Curves in Photoshop CS4

While this is NOT a curves tutorial exactly, if you have CS4 or are considering getting it, this is a look at the Curves Adjustment Layer in the new “Adjustment Panel.” I hope you will learn a lot from this diagram I have made for you.  If you are wanting to actually learn CURVES, check…

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Your Web Presence * Contest: Win a Show It Web Pro or a Show It Site

  David Jay’s company Show It Fast helps photographers take control of their websites.  With Showit Sites photographers can create something completely unique and continually show their clients who they are and what they do in a way that is 100% their own . Artists need to show how they are different and unique.  A template website just can’t do…

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Color Inc Pro Lab and MCP Blog are Partnering Up to Offer Great Things for MCP Readers

Every photographer, whether professional, amateur or aspiring needs to have a great place to print their work.  I know many of my readers have printers they love which is amazing.  But if you are one of the many who read my blog and are searching for a place to print, whether it is because you…

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MCP All in the Details Photoshop Action Set – NOW AVAILABLE

Everyone wants to know – how do I achieve that “look”?  The one that creates rich deep conversions, high contrast, details and color and gives you a high dynamic range that is all the rage. Well, it is all in the details – MCP’s It’s “All in the Details” action set – that is.  This…

Lightroom 2.2 is now available! Plus free shipping & 30% off

Lightroom 2.2 is now available! Plus free shipping & 30% off

If you just got the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, you need this update to use Lightroom.  Download the update for windows here and mac here.  It also fixes some issues that 2.0 had, so it may help you if you have LR 2.0 even if you have not purchased one of the newest cameras…

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Win a $900 Into the Darkroom Hyperlyte Blog

Do you need a blog?  Does your current blog have small photos or a poor layout?  Do you need a blog designed especially for photographers? This is your opportunity to win the $900 Into the Darkroom Hyperlyte Blog.  This blog is well organized and perfect for showing off the “MCP Magic Blog It Boards” and…

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (part 2 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (part 2 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

Matthew Kees is a very talented photographer and teacher.  He is doing a 5 part series on the MCP Actions Blog on Using a Modern Flash for Portraits.  I am excited to share his knowledge and expertise with all of my readers. These tutorials will launch once every other week. On the alternate weeks, time permitting, Matthew will look through…

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Possibly the coolest piece of art ever!

This may be the coolest piece of art ever, at least to a photoshop trainer.  I saw this a few weeks ago but forgot to share.  When I came across it again last night, I wrote the artist and asked if I could share the piece on my blog.  And he said he would be…

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Don’t Box Us In – great photo opportunity

My girl’s are on the Don’t Box Us In wedding photographer site.  I took these photos of my twins when one of their holiday gifts arrived at our house in this HUGE box the other day.  And I sent it to this site as it fit their theme perfectly. Here is the collage using the…

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Photoshop CS4 – Do you need to upgrade? My 1st Impressions…

Some people LOVE new toys.  Some people get overwhelmed by change. If you love new things, go buy Photoshop CS4 as soon as you can.  If you are not, well… you may still want to but I will warn you that the interface has changed pretty dramatically and it will take some getting use to.

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Want to learn more about Photoshop? Become a member of NAPP?

If you are a serious hobbiest photographer, professional photographer, or just love editing photos in Photoshop, you really owe it to yourself to join the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.  It is an incredible organization.  People often ask me how I continue to learn more in Photoshop, the NAPP is where I go for more…

Adobe Photoshop CS4 – announced today – tell me what you think…

Adobe Photoshop CS4 – announced today – tell me what you think…

I would love to hear your thoughts (in the comments) on Adobe Photoshop CS4 that was announced today.  For me every version is a must have.  But will it be a MUST HAVE for you? If it is, you can PRE-ORDER from Adobe.  I am ordering after I finish this post.  I am so excited.  How…

What’s in my camera bag…

What’s in my camera bag…

I often get emails from readers asking what I shoot with and what lenses I use. I started with the Rebel, then 20D (which I still have), then the 40D. And YAY! I just pre-ordered the 5D Mark II from Amazon! If you are looking to pre-order this lens, you now can. Could I be…

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