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The Newborn Session – How to work with a newborn – tips, tricks and ideas to make your session a success

If you want better newborn images, take our Online Newborn Photography Workshop. First of all, I want to say Thank You to Jodi for inviting me to be a guest speaker on her blog. When she asked me if I would like to talk about Newborn Photography, my answer was “of course!”Newborns have long been…

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MCP Series on Newborn Photography – By Guest Blogger Alisha Robertson (Starting Friday)

I am proud to announce that Alisha Robertson of AGR Photography will be doing a 5+ part series on newborn photography here on MCP Actions Blog. Alisha Robertson is an on-site, natural location photographer and mother of three. Since the inception of AGR photography in 2004, Alisha has made it her goal to capture the…

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The Mystery Action Set – See if you are a Winner…

One week from today I will be releasing my new action set.  It will increase the details you see in your photographs and help you get “that look.”  Learn more as the day approaches.  I will be sharing examples of this new set called “All in the Details” every few days until the “LAUNCH.” A few…

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The Secret to Black and White Photography * Enter a Contest to Win B&W Actions/Presets *

About a month ago I started hearing the buzz. There was a new secret – a secret from a woman named Sonia who had incredible black and white images. I was curious. So I contacted her to learn more. And though I do not personally do a lot of black and white work and I…

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How to “Search” on the MCP Blog

Hey everyone – this is a quick how to use my blog post – in particular how to search.  I get many comments and even more emails asking me where they can find “x” post…  I am thinking my search button is too hidden or something so I want to show all of you how…

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…

Win Magic Blog It Boards? And the Winners of the “Hat” and “OCF guide” are…

Win Magic Blog It Boards? And the Winners of the “Hat” and “OCF guide” are…

Here I am back again today to announce the winners.  But 1st I have to let you know that Tracy Joy is giving away a set of your choice of MCP Magic Blog It Boards or Magic Print It Boards on her site – so go check that easy contest out if you have Photoshop CS2, CS3…

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Have you dreamed of an MCP Forum, a way to interact with other MCP users?

Well I have not yet committed to the idea of a forum.  To be totally honest I am not sure that I have the time to do it right. So instead I set up a facebook group which should be a great place for photographers to go to post photoshop or photography questions – ask…

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What Is Your Favorite Photography PROP? Enter to win a “Happy Hat”

Want to WIN a “Happy Hat” by Sweet Dreamz by Nessa? You pick the size and color (from what yarns she has in stock). These are the perfect accessory for babies, kids, seniors, and even adults.  Fun, festive and perfect for any photographer to spice up a shoot. I will be drawing one name from…

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A Fun Way to Achieve White Balance and Save Money

Today’s tutorial is by Jayme of Lucid Graphic Design.  She is sharing great way to do a custom white balance and save some pennies at the same time! What is this secret?  Well it is $80-100 less than an Expodisc but not quite as pretty. It’s a clear Pringles lid with a circle cut out…

And the winner of the MLK Studios Class is…

And the winner of the MLK Studios Class is…

The winner of the MLK Studios online photography class was picked by my sister Ashley, who is getting married Saturday.  I decided since she has so many decisions to make, what was one more…  So I just called her cell and said – “pick a number between 1-234.”   She quickly said “73.”  Then she…

Slides from Childhood & Why I am in Atlanta…

Slides from Childhood & Why I am in Atlanta…

Happy New Year everyone!  I am in Atlanta in PJs at 10pm waiting for the “new year.”  I just got my kids off to sleep in their fluffy hotel beds.  In case you do not follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I am in Atlanta for my youngest sister’s wedding.  She is getting married on…

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Ideas for the new year – please tell me what you want to see from MCP in 2009

I am out of town through Sunday with my family, then back home for 2 days, and then out of town again for 5 days for my sister’s wedding.  So I will be busy and away from my computer a lot to say the least.  I will have it with me, and I will try…

Tell MCP your Photoshop or Photography New Year’s Resolution and have a chance to win?

Tell MCP your Photoshop or Photography New Year’s Resolution and have a chance to win?

What is do you want to learn in the new year?  What do you want to get better at?  What is your NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION as it relates to Photography and/or Photoshop?  Please comment directly on my blog to enter (do not reply to me via email).  One comment will be drawn at random –…

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And the winner of the Into the Darkroom Hyperlyte Blog is….

Erica of Erica Lynn Photography.  Her number (#4) was picked via random generator. Congratulations on your new blog! Here are some of the photos Erica shared from the “Space Center” on her blog using the “magic blog it boards.” And then a few others she shared too:

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And the winner of the Into the Darkroom Hyperlyte Blog is….

Erica of Erica Lynn Photography.  Her number (#4) was picked via random generator. Congratulations on your new blog! Here are some of the photos Erica shared from the “Space Center” on her blog using the “magic blog it boards.” And then a few others she shared too:

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…

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Enhancing Christmas Lights Using Photoshop * watch your lights glow

Question from some MCP Actions customers: “How can I make Christmas lights more vibrant?” Starting with this photo from Heather O’Steen, Timeless and Treasured Photography I will show you how to enhance Christmas lights in your photographs using Photoshop. This tutorial will teach you how to make holiday lights, Christmas tree lights, and more glow…

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Enhancing Christmas Lights Using Photoshop * watch your lights glow

Question from some MCP Actions customers: “How can I make Christmas lights more vibrant?” Starting with this photo from Heather O’Steen, Timeless and Treasured Photography I will show you how to enhance Christmas lights in your photographs using Photoshop. This tutorial will teach you how to make holiday lights, Christmas tree lights, and more glow…

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