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What to Wear: How to Dress for Engagement Pictures

What to Wear {Part 6: Couples} As a photographer, it can help your customers when you direct them on what to wear. The next number of weeks, guest writer Kelsey Anderson will be providing information to help you coach your customers on what to wear. When booking a portrait session I think it is almost…

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What to Wear: How to Dress for Family Pictures

What to Wear {Part 5: Families} As a photographer, it can help your customers when you direct them on what to wear. The next number of weeks, guest writer Kelsey Anderson will be providing information to help you coach your customers on what to wear. When booking a portrait session I think it is almost…

Embrace Competition in the World of Photography

Embrace Competition in the World of Photography

Competition…  Is it a good or bad thing? Does it help or hurt your business as a photographer?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. Does competition frustrate you? Or do you embrace it?  Here are some of my thoughts on competition as it pertains to my actions and training…

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What to Wear: How to Dress for a Maternity Portrait Session

What to Wear {Part 4: Maternity} As a photographer, it can help your customers when you direct them on what to wear. The next number of weeks, guest writer Kelsey Anderson will be providing information to help you coach your customers on what to wear. When booking a portrait session I think it is almost…

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What to Wear: How to Dress Teens and Seniors for a Portrait Session

What to Wear {Part 3: Teens and Seniors} As a photographer, it can help your customers when you direct them on what to wear. The next number of weeks, guest writer Kelsey Anderson will be providing information to help you coach your customers on what to wear. When booking a portrait session I think it…

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Contest {Enter to Win} Stand Out Mount Prints From Color Inc.

This week, you can enter to win a white standout mount up to size 20×24 from Color Inc. We will be giving away 2 prizes. So you are twice as likely to win. Stand out mounts are a perfect option when you want the three-dimensional look of gallery wrapped canvas but do not have enough…

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What to Wear: How to Dress Newborns & Infants for a Portrait Session

  What to Wear {Part 1: Infant and Newborns} As a photographer, it can help your customers when you direct them on what to wear. The next number of weeks, guest writer Kelsey Anderson will be providing information to help you coach your customers on what to wear. When booking a portrait session I think…

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Win MCP Photoshop Actions & Shootsac in the Dream Contest

I am honored to have been interviewed by Jessica Claire, the amazing wedding photographer, and to be featured in the Shootsac Newsletter for April which comes out tonight. I am also excited for this fun contest, featuring both Jessica’s product, the Shootsac Lens Bag, and Photoshop actions by MCP. The Prizes: 4 Lucky winners will…

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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…

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…

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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.

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Blueprint: Use Photoshop Actions to Add Drama to Your Photos

Liz Sethi sent in this Photoshop actions Blueprint of her oldest daughter. The subject was modeling on her new barnwood rug (this prop is so popular right now). The photographer’s goal with this shot was to take a good image and make it have more life and drama. To achieve this, she needed more contrast…

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Inspirational Photos: Candy, Bubblegum, and Lollipop Images

Candy, bubblegum, and lollipops – Oh my! Why take pictures if you can’t share them and inspire other photographers? New to the MCP Blog: photo sharing posts.  I will post to the MCP Facebook Fan Page, and let everyone know a theme.  You will email me your favorite photo (sized 600px wide) for the theme. …

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SEO for Photographers: 10 Chances to Win the Photographer’s SEO Book

SEO for photographers is so important.  When local customers are looking for a specific type of photographer, you want to rank high in Google and other search engines. Are you a photographer?  Do you rank high in the search engines?  If not, do you want to? This SEO for Photographers Book will help you drastically. …

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Photoshop Actions: 16 Ways to Troubleshoot Problematic Actions

If your Photoshop actions stop working, give you error messages, or start acting crazy, here are 16 solutions to your problems. Read this and get back to editing.

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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.

Free Photoshop Action + Video: To Add Texture to Photos in Photoshop

Free Photoshop Action + Video: To Add Texture to Photos in Photoshop

Thousands of people have downloaded the FREE Texture Applicator Photoshop Actions Set since its release just over a month ago. But now there’s another reason to celebrate! Finally, a video tutorial teaching you how to use this photoshop action to add textures to your photos. Sometimes texture is just too much for skin, so I…

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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…

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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Get Ready for Father’s Day and Celebrate with this GREAT FREE DAD Template

If you have been following MCP for years, this DAD template will not be new to you.  I have so many new readers each year so certain goodies just have to be repeated.  Here is the highly requested “DAD” storyboard template. I wanted to give you a few days to get it ready and to…

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