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Portrait Photography Trends & Fads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Learn some of the latest photography crazes – also known as fads. You will love some. You will hate some. Props, poses, and anything that is very popular for a short period of time is defined as a fad. See what photographers are shooting now.

New MCP Actions Team Member – Focusing on Photoshop Actions for Elements

New MCP Actions Team Member – Focusing on Photoshop Actions for Elements

MCP Actions has hired Erin Peloquin as a consultant and to be part of the MCP team.  I kept this top secret for the past 2 months so that I could surprise you.  Erin’s specialty is Adobe Photoshop Elements. And as you can guess, she will be working on converting some MCP actions sets for…

January FAQs: Business and Blogging Tips for Photographers

January FAQs: Business and Blogging Tips for Photographers

In January, business seems to be on everyone’s mind.  And as a result, I had many business related questions in January. I will address some of the most popular ones. How can I get more people to visit my website and blog? The MCP Blog currently gets around 2,500-4,000 unique visitors per weekday and 10,000-15,000…

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Blueprint: The Girl Wants a Date…

When I visited Atlanta, my hometown, around New Years, I had a blast taking photos of my nieces and nephew. I also had the opportunity to take a some photos of my sister, who is 26. She is 12 years younger than me… so you do the math. We were having so much fun, and…

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10 Reasons You NEED to use Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

10 reasons you need to use adjustment layers instead of duplicate layers when editing in Photoshop 1. Duplicating the background doubles file size. Using an adjustment layer does not. This makes for smaller files and uses less computer memory. 2. When you duplicate the background layer, you create pixels that can cover other layers. When…

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10 Reasons You NEED to use Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

10 reasons you need to use adjustment layers instead of duplicate layers when editing in Photoshop 1. Duplicating the background doubles file size. Using an adjustment layer does not. This makes for smaller files and uses less computer memory. 2. When you duplicate the background layer, you create pixels that can cover other layers. When…

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10 Reasons You NEED to use Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

10 reasons you need to use adjustment layers instead of duplicate layers when editing in Photoshop 1. Duplicating the background doubles file size. Using an adjustment layer does not. This makes for smaller files and uses less computer memory. 2. When you duplicate the background layer, you create pixels that can cover other layers. When…

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10 Reasons You NEED to use Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

10 reasons you need to use adjustment layers instead of duplicate layers when editing in Photoshop 1. Duplicating the background doubles file size. Using an adjustment layer does not. This makes for smaller files and uses less computer memory. 2. When you duplicate the background layer, you create pixels that can cover other layers. When…

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Contest: Win “Get Schooled” Portraiture Guides, Templates ($1,100 in Prizes)

Get Schooled: School Portraiture Contest Courtney of Get Schooled: School Portraiture Guide is so excited about the launch today that she wants to giveaway some fun Get Schooled: School Portraiture products. Read all about each product by visiting the Get Schooled Blog or Website. Here are the prizes: One Lucky MCP Action Blog readers will…

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…

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Introducing MCP’s New Website

MCP Actions is proud to announce our NEW Website.  Our new blog should be here in the next few days to two weeks too. YAY! New MCP Website features include: * Instant downloads of actions and workshop information (on purchases made after Dec. 17, 2009) * Easy-to-navigate site design * Wish list and compare product…

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Blueprint: Add Drama to Your Edits

Sometimes I like to have a bit of drama in my edits.  I would say that I add drama by bringing out details and adding contrast simultaneously. For this Blueprint, I wanted to create a really moody effect. Cropped 1st – yes – often you will hear that you should crop last.  But rules are…

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MCP Blueprint: A Cowboy Before and After

Here is another edit I did for my role as a contributor at I Heart Faces.  This photo was submitted by Jenna Thomas.  She felt the photo was a little bright and needed to be toned down a bit and she wished the colors were more vibrant.  She also felt like it might be overexposed.…

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Blueprint: Senior Girl in the Fall on the Tracks {Fan Share}

This Blueprint was sent in by April Kuhlmann of Once In Every Life Photography. She wrote: “Fall is gorgeous here in Alabama right now!  I took this shot last week late afternoon, out on a rural railroad track while during a Senior Portrait session. A reflector was used in this shot too for light bounce.…

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Blueprint: A Mom or a Model? Some Fan Shares

Thank you to Camilla Binks of Camilla Photography for this week’s Blurprints. I asked her the story about the model and these beautiful pictures and here is what she said, “This is my beloved sister, Noel.  Isn’t she gorgeous!?!?  She is a mother of two with her youngest being just 5 months old.  I was…

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Making Holiday Cards In Photoshop {Brush Style}

In this post guest blogger Stephanie Gill of Tiny Tot Snapshot will show you how to make basic cards in Photoshop using the brush tool.  Thank you Stephanie for this fun, easy to follow tutorial. Hello again, today I am going to give you another way to put your Photoshop brushes to use. Since the…

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A Birthday Blueprint

For today’s blueprint, I wanted to celebrate a birthday.  My own!  Yep, today at 5:11AM I turned 38 years old.  Wow! Time goes by fast. At the age of 38 I have come to have an appreciation for life.  It is short, no matter how long we live.  My great grandma lived until days before…

5,000 Friend Limit on Facebook: How Can a Social Networking Site Limit Friends?

5,000 Friend Limit on Facebook: How Can a Social Networking Site Limit Friends?

5,000 Friend Limit on Facebook.  I heard the rumors… Turns out they were true. Have you ever been told, “You have too many friends?” Or how about “No more friends for you!” Well today was my 1st time.  One day shy of 38 years of age, I was told I had too many friends and…

Video Tutorial: Saving Actions to New Computer or Version of Photoshop

Video Tutorial: Saving Actions to New Computer or Version of Photoshop

I get this question at least once a week: “How can I move my actions to a new computer” or “…new version of Photoshop.” It is actually a super easy process. Just follow along with me and I will have you up and running with your actions on your new computer or upgraded version of…

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Free Black and White Photoshop Actions: Breast Cancer Awareness

Want a FREE Black and White Photoshop Action?  You can download this black and white photoshop action with 14 color overlays now! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month so this Blueprint is dedicated to fighting Breast Cancer.  I created the “Take Action on Cancer Awareness” action set when my father-in-law was diagnosed with stage…

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Confession: When You Realize Something Needs to Change…

One recent morning I woke up and it hit me. I barely have time to do the things I love. I have not been exercising like I use to.  I have not talked to friends on the phone.  I barely spend time with my husband.  My kids ask why I always am on the computer…

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