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Inspiration for this Prize Winning Photo…

I received many emails about this photo that won grand prize from the Color Inc & MCP Gallery Wrapped Canvas Photo Contest.  The photo was taken by Laureen Carruthers.  I asked her to explain her inspiration for this photo.  She wrote the following: “when I saw Parker lying and relaxing in the shallow water – I…

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Blueprint – Enhancing a Senior Photograph Using MCP Photoshop Actions

Here is a beautiful senior girl.  This shot was well exposed with nice depth of field.  You can see how a few minor changes and cropping takes a good photo and makes it great – using a few MCP Photoshop Actions.

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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. …

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MCP Blueprint – How RAW saved this shot and Photoshop Actions made it Better

  This week’s photo comes from Fix It Friday at I Heart Faces. I participate as a contributor there periodically.  This particular photo needed lots of help as it was severely underexposed but had a sunspot too.  I do most of my work in Photoshop as you know, but will use Adobe Camera Raw or…

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Blueprint: Magic Blog It Board & Print It Board Photoshop Actions Shares

This week instead of sharing editing “Blueprints” I am sharing a great way to display images on the web (with the help of a few customers and fans.) The blueprint itself: “click play on the photoshop action and follow the directions as your photos almost magically insert themselves into a storyboard collage template.  A minute…

The MCP Photoshop Digital Diet: Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute

The MCP Photoshop Digital Diet: Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute

Last week I posted a before and after of me for the Blueprint. And I said that while liquifying has it’s place, it is super time consuming. If your subject just wants to lose 10 pounds and not be sculpted, you can use this super easy technique that I call the MCP Photoshop Digital Diet:…

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Recognize the Person in Today’s Before and After Blueprint?

Yep – I figured today I would subject myself to a little “Blueprint” action.  I still remember the days of getting carded and being told I look so young.  Well those days are “past tense” I think.  I am now 37 and starting to look and feel my age. Here is a photo of me before and after some…

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SEO – How to Design Your Landing Page for Maximum Results

This is part of out Search Engine Optimization Series by Shannon Steffens. This is continued from Sunday’s post here. The previous article talked about your title and your meta keywords. Remember “keyword stuffing” this is the term Google uses when you use too many keywords or descriptors for your web site, well this is going…

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SEO – Don’t Be a Keyword Stuffer

This is part of out Search Engine Optimization Series by Shannon Steffens. I am back talking about SEO. Today I am going to talk about your landing page. This is the page of your website you see when you type in www.yoursite.com. This is THE important page of your website. So not only do you…

Ellie and Jenna want to know… Do you prefer them in Color or B&W (and why?)

Ellie and Jenna want to know… Do you prefer them in Color or B&W (and why?)

Yesterday I used a flat iron on Ellie and Jenna’s hair for the 1st time – they fell in love – and even let me take photos!  So today when I edited, they were trying to decide if they prefer black and white or color.  Ellie said to me, “can you post some of these…

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Free MCP Photoshop Actions * Hurry and Get Them

APRIL FOOLS!   Well the April Fools’ joke is that there are no new free actions.  But I have compiled many of my past free “try me” actions here in this post. So if you are new to MCP or just have not already downloaded them, here they are.  ENJOY! These actions have simple built…

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MCP Blueprint – Oh Baby Baby – Make Me Pop

This before photo was sent in from a customer.  What a cute, fun photo. I just had to play and see what I could do with it – to make it more dramatic. Overall I loved the straight out of camera.  It just needed some more pop and depth.  Plus the colors were a little cool.…

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How to Save Time in Photoshop…

One problem with using photoshop is it can be time consuming.  There are many ways to speed up your Photoshop Workflow.  I just launched a new MCP Workshop called “Speed Editing – Edit Smarter – Get Your Life Back.”  Check it out!  But if you do not have”time” to take the workshop – below are…

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How to Get Both Eyes in Focus when Shooting Wide Open

This week I have been asked this same question 4 times, so I thought I would do a post to answer it for all my readers: “How do you get your eyes tack sharp and in focus when shooting WIDE OPEN? Is it in camera or your eye doctor action?” In the past few years…

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The Direction and Future of MCP Blog ~ The Results {Plus Contest Winners}

Thank you to all of my readers who took the time to vote in the polls and/or comment about what you like and do not like about the blog – and also to let me know about your involvement in social networking. If you did not get a chance to vote, I would still love to hear…

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Snaps from San Diego – photos from our family trip out west…

I am slowly recovering from the flu and now am left with a cough (those of you attending my trainings this week – I apologize in advance for the unwanted coug noises)… Anyway, I promised to share some photos from our trip last week to San Diego.  These are snap shots for sure – none…

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Quick Fan Share

One of my customers, Tricia of Hayden Burns Photography, just sent me her play with the new MCP All in the Details action set.  I loved it so much, that I did a few more plays and made an example for my site from them.  Just wanted to share with all of you on the…

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MCP All in the Details Photoshop Action Set – NOW AVAILABLE

Everyone wants to know – how do I achieve that “look”?  The one that creates rich deep conversions, high contrast, details and color and gives you a high dynamic range that is all the rage. Well, it is all in the details – MCP’s It’s “All in the Details” action set – that is.  This…

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Winners of Bohemian Secret Contest + More Sneak Peeks of MCP Actions Upcoming Set

The super lucky winners of the Bohemian Secret Contests are as follows: Actions Set: #149 Amber Craig Lightroom Presets: #84 Linda Vich Actions and Lightroom Presets Combination Pack: #145: Karen Ard If you are one of the 3 lucky winners, please email me so that I may get you the code you need. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ And…

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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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MCP Buttons & Text Links for Your Blogs – “Surprise” CONTEST!

I have a WIN – WIN for you today. I would love to help some of you increase your Search Engine Optimization and at the same time spread the word about the MCP Blog and Site. I have created text links and blog banners that you can use on your blogs if you wish to…

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