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What Photo Editing Software Do You Use Most?

Every year I like to learn what photo editing software is most popular with our readers.  This helps us at MCP Actions decide where we will focus efforts for new products and free video tutorials. As a result of past surveys, we have introduced more for PSE Photoshop Elements users. Please take a second to…

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MCP Actions Annual Blog Survey: The Results and Winners

The MCP Actions Annual Blog Survey is complete. I will leave the questions up, in case you missed it, but the results are in. And while my “Back to School” Multiple Choice Test was far from scientific, it did help me understand what you like, what you want more of, and what changes I can…

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MCP’s Annual Back to School ~ Multiple Choice Blog Survey + Contest

Please participate in the MCP Back to School Blog Survey. Multiple Choices * Easy * Win Prizes!  I need your help to determine the direction and future of the MCP Blog. While I am sure the blog cannot be all things to all photographers, I want to learn what the majority of readers like, dislike,…

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Vote For Your Favorite Pictures for the MCP Actions Photoshop Contest

Semi-finalists for the MCP Actions Photoshop CS5 Contest Big thank yous to all who entered the contest to win Photoshop CS5 Extended.  There were so many great pictures using MCP somewhere in the image.  Here are the 15 finalists, chosen by my twins Ellie and Jenna, age 8. They had a very hard job narrowing…

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Example of the New Content Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5

Photoshop CS5 has many new, exciting features for Photographers.  It will be available very soon, so pre-order your upgrade or full version now, so you can play right away.  As a beta tester, I have gotten to play with some of the fun new toys.  My favorite two are content aware fill (which you will…

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Vote for the most deserving of a custom website + 25% off SmugMug Pro

Congratulations to all entries! Reviewing each and every entry and selecting the Top Ten Finalist was a very very difficult process and decision. Therefore, in working with Smugmug, we have decided to do the following: – All Top Ten Finalists will receive a free 1-year Pro Account. – ALL ENTRIES will receive a 25% off…

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The word FREE

The word FREE is a very interesting one. I was thinking about this word the other day when someone asked me about FREE Photoshop Actions and FREE Web Sites. Free, by definition, means a lot of things.  For the purpose of this discussion, we will use the definition “without charge.” Here are a few of…

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Thoughts on Well Known Photographers Breaking the Technical Rules of Photography

This is an opinion gathering post.  Please add your thoughts in the “comment section” of my blog. I am not a blog stalker, but I often do end up perusing websites and blogs of well known photographers to the photographic community. People often ask me how they can get their work to look like “x”…

Should I get a Mac or PC?

Should I get a Mac or PC?

What computer should I get next? I would love your help choosing. I posed the question on this Facebook Thread – but it is hard to layout the whole picture in such few words. Currently I use a Dell Precision 17” high resolution laptop (fully loaded – well 2 years ago it was anyway…) Every…

Results from the Survey on Using Bribery in Photography

Results from the Survey on Using Bribery in Photography

The results are in from the survey on using bribes to get your subjects to cooperate or participate in a photo shoot.  The breakdown showed that 209 photographers voted. 99 of them said they will bribe both customers and their own kids if it helps get better photographs. 90 people said they will bribe their own…

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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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Let the Voting Begin! And Buy One Gallery Wrapped Canvas, Get One 1/2 Off

I need to start out by saying “WOW.” The almost 250 entries for the “Gallery Wrapped Canvas Contest were INCREDIBLE!”  Tim (owner of Color Inc), and I are kicking ourselves.  Why did we decide on 10 – I wish we could put all of them up for voting. How do you narrow down so many…

RAW vs JPG: A Visual Example in Lightroom

RAW vs JPG: A Visual Example in Lightroom

[poll id=”15″] For a long time I was a jpg shooter. I thought it took too much time to edit in RAW, that it was a cop out as you have to get things more perfect in jpg so you have to nail exposure.  Then… One day, many years ago I tried RAW.  And… I never looked back.  I ise Lightroom…

Who are you?

Who are you?

“Who are you?” This is not meant as some deep philosophical question.  I actually want to know who my readers are.  In my last set of polls you told me what you come to MCP Blog for and what you might want less of.  So now I am gathing info on who my audience is…

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The Direction and Future of MCP Blog ~ The Results {Plus Contest Winners}

Thank you to all of my readers who took the time to vote in the polls and/or comment about what you like and do not like about the blog – and also to let me know about your involvement in social networking. If you did not get a chance to vote, I would still love to hear…

Answer 3 Polls * Determine Future of MCP Blog * Win MCP $$$ Actions

Answer 3 Polls * Determine Future of MCP Blog * Win MCP $$$ Actions

In the past few months I have taken the MCP Blog for a ride.  I have tried lots of new and exciting things, from big name contests to having guest bloggers on a huge variety of topics.  I have brought you “watch me work” videos, photoshop tips, some free actions and just shared photos. So,…

POLL: What future online group photoshop workshops would you like?

POLL: What future online group photoshop workshops would you like?

Thank you to all those who have attended the “curves” and “color correcting” group workshops.  I have added a few more dates, so if you still want to take one of these classes, go under the workshop tab to see the new dates and times. I will be out of town (heading to California) with…

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Please vote for your favorite entry in the MCP Summer Fun Contest

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Wow, my readers went all out. There were almost 30 entries for the MCP Summer Fun Contest – the prize is PhotoTools Professional by OnOne Software ($259.95 value). As explained, my twins narrowed the entries down to their favorite 10. They…

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Poll: Vote for your favorite entry – “What Motherhood Means to You”

 These are the entries for the MCP “What Motherhood Means to You” Contest.  Please vote in the poll so we can determine the winner.  The poll runs through Saturday.  The winner will be announced Sunday (on Mother’s Day).  The winner will be receiving a beautiful custom photo pendant from from My Memories that Last. _________________________________________________________…

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Hotchpodge: Survey | Reminders | and a Photo Share from a Customer of MCP Actions

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Today’s post is more of a hodgepodge of stuff, but some important stuff so read on. 1st: I would like to remind everyone of the two contests going on. 1 – The Pendant Contest – get your submissions in by Wednesday…

POLL: Learning Photoshop | What are your favorite ways?

POLL: Learning Photoshop | What are your favorite ways?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Here is a new poll for all MCP Blog readers. Please take a moment to respond. You can also add additional thoughts in the “comment” section. I am wanting to hear more about how you would like to learn Photoshop, as…

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