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Photography Essentials for Absolute Beginners

If you’re new to photography and you’ve just bought your first DSLR it can seem like a daunting task learning what all the buttons and dials do. Even if you have lots of experience shooting on your phone or with a compact camera, working with a DSLR is a whole different ball game and it…

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Sharpening 101: The Basics Every Photographer Needs to Know

Before you save your images for print or load them to the web, are you sharpening them? What if I told you that with some quick and easy steps that you could increase the quality of your images for print or web use? I bet you would be just as excited as I was when…

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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…


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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Instagram Photoshop Action – From “DOH!” to Pro

We use photography every day to create moments and memories that we wish to save for a lifetime. Whether we are using our phones camera, an old polaroid, or a brand new DSLR, we expect that what we see on the screen or through the viewfinder will be exactly how it turns out when printed.…

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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…


How to Take Pictures of Lightning

Learn what equipment and camera settings you’ll need for taking pictures of lightning.

How to photograph underwater

Underwater Photography for Beginners

Simple tips and tricks on how to achieve beautiful underwater photography. How to pose your model, choose gear and edit for maximum impact and creativity.

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How to Extend Space and Add a Photo Prop in Photoshop

Photoshop can turn ordinary into extraordinary. Add balloons, widen your canvas and make your image pop in these easy to follow steps.

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How to Successfully Edit Star Trails Images

Learn to edit star trail images using Adobe Lightroom and StarTraX software.

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How to Successfully Photograph Star Trails – Capturing the Night Sky

Learn how to successfully photograph star trails in light polluted areas using these steps.

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Making a Newborn Prop Photo Pop

This Blueprint was created by Blythe Harlan, an MCP Actions customer. She explains below how she has saved time using our products and she shared an example of how she edits her newborn photos using our products.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own airplane photography prop.

Make a DIY Box Airplane Prop for Newborn Photography

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own airplane newborn photography prop.

Nobody Claps Anymore by photographer Alec Dawson

Nobody Claps Anymore in this poignant portrait photo series

Emotional cancers are causing a lot of harm to a lot of people. Depression or anxiety can turn into real monsters and they can affect the best of us, photographer Alec Dawson says. The artist has even created an amazing photo series consisting of haunting portraits of people struggling to cope with their inner issues.

Panasonic GF6 release date rumored to be April 9, 2013

Panasonic GF6 to be announced on April 9 at NAB 2013

Panasonic will be present at the National Association of Broadcaster Show 2013 in order to announce the brand new Lumix DMC-GF6. The mirrorless camera has just passed certification in Taiwan. It seems like the Micro Four Thirds System will replace the aging Lumix DMC-GF5 during a special press event in Las Vegas on April 9, 2013.

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Batch Editing in Lightroom Using MCP’s InFusion


Show And Tell : Hold the Line

Camera and Lens Used: Canon EOS 5D Mark III & Canon 70-200 2.8L II ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed:ISO160 f11 1/160 123mm Software Used: Lightroom, Photoshop Actions/Presets Used: InFusion Lightroom Presets, Inspire Photoshop Actions Extra Details: InFusion Fix Underexposure 1 Auto White Balance One Click Color Base 50% Ellie’s Ball Park 3 Remove Green from Shadows…

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Show And Tell : Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Tiffany-Shoot-2-after Camera and Lens Used: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 50mm 1.4 ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed: 400 2.8 1/400 Software Used: Lightroom, Photoshop Actions/Presets Used: Inspire Photoshop Actions Extra Details: B&W Carousel Base 50% Vogue 75% Chic 75% Image Title: Breakfast at Tiffany’s By: Veronica Smith – See more at:


Show And Tell : Trick For Smoothing The Background

Camera and Lens Used: Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed:Settings: 1/1250 sec; f/1.2; ISO 200 Software Used: Photoshop Actions/Presets Used: Magic Skin Photoshop Actions, Inspire Photoshop Actions Extra Details: Edits: Opened RAW file in ACR for basic adjustments, opened in CS6 and went into quick mask…


Get Richer Images in Photoshop Using Multiply and Softlight Blend Modes

If you are looking for rich colors in fast, without the use of Photoshop actions, try using blend modes in Photoshop. The after image used two “fake” or empty adjustment layers set to blend modes of soft light and multiply. Watch our included Photoshop video tutorial below to learn how we did it!    

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5 Key Steps for Creating Digital Collage Illustrations

Several years ago, Jo Ann Kairys, an award winning children’s book author and illustrator, began taking photos of her grandchildren at play. As a novice Photoshop CS3 user, she created story book images into which she blended their pictures.  She had no formal art training, but with digital scrapbook kits purchased online, she constructed colorful illustrations.…


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