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Looking for your photos – for examples for our newest actions and presets

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Actions Store These products are not yet available, but will be very soon! We need some examples for our website. Our newest Presets will have a very nostalgic flare to them. So we are looking for photos that lend themselves really well to this type of style. Think “Vintage Camera” , “Pop Photography”, “Lomography”.…

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The Essential Business Book List for Photographers

For established photographers and new business owners wanting to grow their businesses – check out our business book list for photographers.

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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12 Free Photoshop Books plus 3 MCP Favorite Books Revealed

If I told you I had a dozen free Photoshop books to give you, is that something you would be interested in?  Yesterday I gave you 18 free previews of photography books.  Today is Photoshop book day.  Think about the old days when you could sit in a book store and page through books before…

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18 Free Photography Books – Your Photography Summer Reading List

If I told you I had over a dozen free photography books to give you, is that something you would be interested in?  Well I do – sort of. These are online live previews of books.  Think about the old days when you could sit in a book store and page through books before deciding…

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More quick ways to change your brush in photoshop…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase What are some more easy ways to change your brush in Photoshop?  What if I told you that you do not even need to go to the brush menu while using a “brush?” You can use your keystrokes and not go up…

Photoshop CS4 has arrived – plus important photoshop training info

Photoshop CS4 has arrived – plus important photoshop training info

I wish I had time to do a full report for you right now on CS4, but it will likely be days before I get to really dive in and get to know it. I am testing all of my action sets so I can let you know if any had to be revised.  So…

Win a FREE Color Inc 16×20 E-surface print with 3/4″ stand out mount

Win a FREE Color Inc 16×20 E-surface print with 3/4″ stand out mount

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Use any template from the Magic Blog It Boards or Magic Print It Boards set – and send me your play.  You will be entered to win “One free 16×20 on E-surface Paper, mounted on 3/4” Stand Out Mount from Color…

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

I am sure most of you know the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Well this goes for cameras and camera equipment as well.  If you see a deal that just seems incredible – well you guessed it.  There may be a reason to RUN from it.  Unfortunately, on…

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And The Sweetest Winners Are…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase With the most votes…  Bettie Sotomayor.  223 votes!  wow!  Bettie wins the FULL OnOne PlugIn Suite.  Congratulations.  That marshmellow is amazing. My twins picked the winner for the 1st prize – one set of MCP “Tell a Storyboard” Actions.  They picked…

Win a Photography Mentor – for those just starting out in photography

Win a Photography Mentor – for those just starting out in photography

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase MCP Actions Blog has the privilege of a giving away a FREE 9 week photography mentoring by Erin Bell. She is an incredible photographer and teacher.  And has guest blogged here in the past and will again in the future. This…

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magic blog it boards – customers love sharing these…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase I have never had an action set where I get this many customers sharing their results with me.  So I want to share some more with you.  These are so fun!  And coming OCTOBER 1st, I have “Magic Blog It Boards Set…

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Let the “sweet” voting begin… Please vote for your favorite 3.

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase This may have been the hardest contest to pick winners.  My twins were half successful.  They had two jobs to do – pick one 1st prize winner (for the MCP Actions Set) – which they did. The 2nd part they could…

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My other half… “Volunteer of the Year” by Detroit Regional Chamber

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Most of my readers are familiar with my daughters, Ellie and Jenna.  I write about them all the time.  But I usually do not post too many photos and details of my husband.  Well today is his “15 minutes of fame” on…

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FREE ACTION * MCP #2 PENCILS – PENCIL SKETCH ACTION

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase And now for a fun freebie – based on the tutorial I did last week on how to do a pencil sketch.  This one can do color pencils too.  If you want a quick easy and fun way to turn your…

Video Tutorial: A better way to dodge and burn in Photoshop

Video Tutorial: A better way to dodge and burn in Photoshop

Here is a video on dodging and burning in a non-destructive manner using your brush tool instead of the built in dodge and burn tools. These are a great way to give your photo a finished look after running one of the MCP Complete Workflow Actions.  This method works well on black and white conversions…

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Super FUN Word Art + Enter to Win + Clues for what’s next at MCP

A few quick announcements and then onto FUN! PLUS what is COMING SOON to MCP – see the last image in this post for a BIG HINT! * The Suite for a Sweet Contest – ENTRIES due by Monday – so work hard on these this afternoon.  So far I only have a few entries…

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Quick Tip: How to change color of a senior class portrait backdrop in PS?

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Quick Tip: I had a photographer write me today and ask how to change a mottled backdrop.  She shot some senior pictures and the schools are requiring a brown backdrop.  She only has blue. Short of buying a brown one, here…

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“Suite for a Sweet” Contest | Win OnOne Plug-In Suite 4 & MCP Action Set

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase This is the MCP Suite for a Sweet Contest.  Contests do not get any SWEETER! GRAND PRIZE: OnOne Software Plug-In Suite 4 for Photoshop CS2 and CS3.  This SUITE of products includes 6 photoshop plug-ins to help you mazimize the benefits of…

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How to turn a photo into a pencil sketch in photoshop

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase One of my readers recently wrote in asking how to make her photo into a pencil sketch. So here is a tutorial to teach you how.  I am using the photo I just made into a blog header.  Check out a…

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How to get natural smiles in children’s portraiture (by Erin Bell)

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Erin Bell is an incredible Baby’s and Children’s Photographer in Connecticut.  I am honored to have her here on the MCP Blog.  Today she is my guest photographer and she will be teaching “how to get natural smiles in children’s portraiture.”  Please…

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