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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…

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…

Should I get a Mac or PC?

Should I get a Mac or PC?

What computer should I get next? I would love your help choosing. I posed the question on this Facebook Thread – but it is hard to layout the whole picture in such few words. Currently I use a Dell Precision 17” high resolution laptop (fully loaded – well 2 years ago it was anyway…) Every…

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day – Enjoy Some Candy Hearts from MCP

Ok – so maybe you were looking for something sweet like “candy” – but I had to share my favorite sweet things with you.  My twins!  Last fall they were playing with these heart stickers and I took a few photos.  I have been saving them for this post… I hope everyone has a yummy day…

Update on the Online Workshops – Color Fixing and Curves

Update on the Online Workshops – Color Fixing and Curves

I just wanted to do a super quick update on the workshops.  They are going really well so far and everyone seems to be learning a great deal.  My last curves workshop for the next month or so is on February 2nd at 8:30-10:30 PM eastern time.  It is just over 1/2 way to being…

Update on Trainings + A Few More Examples Needed

Update on Trainings + A Few More Examples Needed

The “surprise” is coming soon.   Make sure to check out this post to see how you can be the 1st to get it.  I am in need of a few more examples to debut it.  I now need some NON-people pictures.  I am hoping to find some amazing landscape photos, architecture shots, and a few macro shots. …

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…

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My “American Girls” plus a before & after with editing directions

Here are my twins plus their twin American Girl dolls. They went to an “American Girl” themed charity tea to raise money for our children’s hospital.  I snapped these before they left with my mother in law. They had a fantastic time.  They love watching sports and playing with dolls too.  What can I say, they have diverse interests.…

Possible Online Photoshop Workshops | Looking for feedback…

Possible Online Photoshop Workshops | Looking for feedback…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase As many of you know, one of my offerings at MCP Actions is one on one photoshop training.  I have been doing these customized trainings for over 2 years now.  And I often get requests to do “in person” workshops, as…

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The Secret Workshop: Amazing Cheryl Muhr & Secret Guest Brianna Graham

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase  I just got back home from an incredible weekend with 40 workshop attendees, Cheryl Muhr and Brianna Graham.  And it was fabulous!  This workshop was so inspiring.  I love Cheryl’s style and philosophies about doing work you love and not doing…

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Photo Makeover for HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS | Skin * Eyes * And a whole lot of contrast

 Today I was doing one of my “One on one” photoshop trainings. These photos are all “seniors” that Melissa G. Photography shot.  She wanted to work on these as each had problems.  These were photos in her, “I like them, but they are not quite right” pile. She owns all of my “MCP Actions” and so I showed…

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Understanding Aperture and Depth of Field: an adventure with bubble gum

Do the terms aperture and depth of field make your head spin? I just got a new lens and the perfect one for teaching about aperture since wide open it is 1.2. During some of my recent One-on-One Photoshop Trainings, I have had some customers who are relatively new ask me about exposure, depth of…

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