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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.


Using Photoshop Actions to Bring Out Beautiful Spring Color

Using a variety of Photoshop actions and techniques can really draw out color in a landscape and enhance the spring colors.


The Power of Curves For Editing in Photoshop: A Tutorial

Curves is the most powerful tool in Photoshop. To edit well, you need to learn to use it to the fullest. Learn some basics now.


A Photographer’s Guide to Understanding Histograms

When you hear the word histogram, do you think “hist-o-what?” If you are unsure how to read and utilize the histogram to do in camera metering, this is a must read article.


Easy Photo Editing and Better Images with Photoshop Actions

Ideally, as a photographer, we want to nail exposure in camera.  It makes editing easier and faster – and it creates better images.  But what if you failed to get perfect exposure while shooting? In Photoshop, you can use Photoshop actions, which automate the editing process.  Another option to learn to use Curves Adjustment Layers. …


How To Create a High Key Image in Photoshop

How To Create a High Key Image in Photoshop by Michael Sweeney A classic look in photography is Black and White imagery. Black and white images are not always pure; sometimes they are sepia tone or cool blue tone, or even Duotone which is not B/W but most drop it into that catagory. It’s a…

Installing Photoshop Actions in Elements: Video Tutorials

Installing Photoshop Actions in Elements: Video Tutorials

Installing Photoshop actions in Elements is not an easy task.  It is more complex installing and using them in Elements because historically they only worked in the full versions of Photoshop. In the most recent versions of Elements, 7 and 8, there is a guided actions palette. This method is relatively easy but not all…


Over-Editing in Photoshop: How to Avoid 25 Common Editing Mistakes

Don’t fall victim to the common editing mistakes that most photographers make at one time or another. Find out the mistakes and how to avoid them in your photo editing. Decide for yourself which may still have a time and place in your workflow.

MCP’s Answers to the December FAQs

MCP’s Answers to the December FAQs

A while back, when my email box was overrun and I was unsure how to answer every question, I decided I would do monthly FAQ posts.  I have spent the last few months compiling a comprehensive list of FAQs for my new website so I thought I would share these with you first.  These are…


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…


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…

Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 1

Learn how to read your histogram and nail your exposures: part 1

John Mireles likes to say that there’s not a lot in the photography business that he hasn’t done in his 20 years in the business. He’s shot everything from fashion editorial to big budget advertising shoots to high-end weddings to family portraits as well as a wide range of personal work that runs from nudes…

Shooting Raw is the only way…

Shooting Raw is the only way…

According to Jamie Taylor of SouthCape Photography, shooting Raw is not an option. It is a necessity. And while you may feel it is or strongly that it is not, I love her dedication and the way she argues her point below. Enjoy! Camera Raw is an unprocessed, uncompressed raw file. Jpeg is a processed…


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…


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…


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…


Fixing a Localized Color Cast using Photoshop

  I have a special treat for you today.  I usually do all of my own Photoshop tutorials on the blog.  But there are usually 5-10 ways or more to accomplish any one task or result in Photoshop. And once I have a particular way(s) that works for me, that is what I teach you. …


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…


MCP Blueprint – ruined photo into something printable (why to shoot Raw)

One of my customers sent in her plays on a photo.  She actually had sent this to me to use in the All About Curves Workshop she attended.  During the workshop I explained that it was wa too blown out and overexposed – and that her only possible chance for saving it was if she…


New Workshop Added – COLOR CRAZY: Enhancing Color In Photoshop

I just added a few new times and dates for CURVES and COLOR FIXING workshops but the BIG NEWS is the Brand New COLOR CRAZY WORKSHOP! Learn how to pop your colors and enhance your photos without just relying on actions. CLICK HERE to learn the details on this fantastic new workshop. I will add more…


Guess who has the flu… Plus contest info and more…

Yep – me. – I just got the flu (apparently not the strain I was immunized against this fall).  Ellie had it on vacation (for the 1st half) – and then had a left over cough.  Apparently the cough gave it to me as I woke up today all achy, coughing, and now have a…


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