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Win a Tamron Lens for Your SLR: 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC

Win a Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical Lens! The Prize: The Tamron 17-50 Lens is a high speed standard zoom that features Tamron’s VC anti-shake system for ultimate image control. Designed exclusively for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with APS-C-size sensors (26mm to 77mm equivalent), the new lens is a masterpiece of…

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White Balance: Tools to Help Set Custom White Balance ~ Part 3

White Balance: What Tools to Use and How to Set a Custom White Balance by Rich Reierson This post is the third in a short series on how photographers can use white balance to improve color in their photographs. Make sure to read part 1 and part 2. Here is the sample image prior to…

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From Ebayer to Photographer | Interview with Heather Armstrong

Tell us a little about you, your family, and your kids? My name is Heather Armstrong. I couldn’t imagine living in a better moment than now! I love my life & all that it as become! I am a wife. I have three amazing kids–Conner-11, Kira-8, & Madison-7. And I am photographer. My website is…

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Interview with the Amazing Angela Monson of Simplicity Photography

I had the privilege of interviewing Angie Monson of Simplicity Photography last week and am excited to share some of her story with you.  Angie’s work speaks for itself. And I often get asked from my readers how they can recreate her look. Angie has offered to do a question and answer session as well.…

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Where to start editing thousands of pictures from a big trip or on location shoot?

Today Daniel Hurtubise is going to explain his process of getting his images from CF cards to computer after a photo trip or big on location shoot. When you come back from a shooting in location, you usually comeback with a LOT of images. So today I’m going to walk you through my first step…

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WIN AN SLR LENS: Brand New Tamron Lens – 18-270mm or 28-300mm

I am very excited to have my 1st BIG lens give away on the blog.  Tamron USA, Inc. is sponsoring the MCP contest for a brand new lens.  The WINNER chooses from the 18-270mm (for a crop sensor Nikon or Canon) or the 28-300mm (for a full frame Nikon or Canon). This would be an…

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Heading on a Trip to the Wilderness? What to bring?

Daniel Hurtubise is doing a series on his upcoming trip to the Alaskan Wild.  Hopefully this will help you learn what you need to prepare for a huge expedition.  This week he will be discussing his gear.  Then next time he will discuss what else he is taking with him. Like everybody else, the first…

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Meet the “Clickin Mom” and learn about one of the coolest photo forums

I had the privilege to interview Kendra Okolita, owner of Clickinmoms – a great photography forum. You will love getting to know her as both a photographer (LuluBird Photography), owner of a popular photography forum and mom. If you want to try clickin moms forum, there is a special running right now.  Just click the…

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How to plan for a shooting exposition in the wild

I am excited to have Daniel Hurtubise as a guest blogger every few Saturdays this summer leading up to his shooting exposition in the wild.  He will talk about his preparation for this trip with a world renown National Geographic Photographer.  And then he will share photos of the trip and about his experiences.  He…

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Expensive Equipment Alone Does NOT Make a Good Photographer

If I hear sometime tell me that my camera takes good pictures one more time… I may just scream. Sure the right equipment helps, but photography is about a lot more than expensive cameras and lenses.

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Interview with Wedding and Fashion Photographer Scarlett Lillian

I am so excited today to bring you an interview with an extraordinary photographer. She is bright, fun, colorful and full of life. Welcome Scarlett Lillian to the MCP Blog. I was 1st introduced to Scarlett when she purchased actions from me last year.  She and I, unfortunately, had cancer in common too (her father,…

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Intro to Macro Photography – how to get incredible close-up shots this summer

I am so excited to have guest blogger Susan O’Conner today teaching us some tips for macro photography. Susan O’Connor is a self-taught, award-winning photographer living in Maryland. She exhibits her work at local art galleries, as well as selling her fine art prints on Etsy. Her photography style is an eclectic assortment of genres.…

How to Use Your Flash Effectively in Portraits (Part 4 of 5)

How to Use Your Flash Effectively in Portraits (Part 4 of 5)

*** I owe Matthew an apology – I somehow lost part 4 and 5 that he sent me last year and was cleaning out emails and found the last two parts in his flash series for MCP Blog.  I will be posting them now. By Matthew L Kees, guest to the MCP Actions Blog Director…

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (Part 3 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (Part 3 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

How to Use Your Flash Effectively by Matthew L Kees, guest to the MCP Actions Blog Matthew Kees, Director of MLKstudios.com Online Photography Course [MOPC] Outdoor TTL Flash (“everything and the sync…”)   Outdoors, in daylight, you are using the flash as a fill light and not the main light or key like you do…

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Painting with Light: A Fun Photography Technique

PAINTING WITH LIGHT by Martha Bravo Photographer Photography comes from the greek words “phos” that means light and “graphis” that means writing or painting, so the exact meaning of the word PHOTOGRAPHY is PAINTING or WRITING WITH LIGHT. And that is exactly what we are going to do with this technique. To create these fun…

Your portrait flash questions from part 2 answered – by Matthew Kees

Your portrait flash questions from part 2 answered – by Matthew Kees

These are some answers to questions readers had on part 2 of the flash series – “How to use your flash effectively in portraits.” 1. Denise Olson wrote: Thanks Matthew, just what I was looking for this past week. Would love see some tidbits on the use of flash outdoors…:) Thanks for your wealth of…

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…

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (Part 1 of 5) – by MCP Guest Blogger Matthew Kees

How to Use Your Flash Effectively for Portraits (Part 1 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…

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Teaching kids how to use an SLR – what age can you start?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase My twins have been asking me for months now if they can use “my camera.”  I got them each their own $100 Nikon Point and Shoots.  But now, they want to know more. They are 6 1/2 (will be 7 in…

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