MCP Project 12: Develop Your Skills as a Photographer

For 2012, we want you to grow as a photographer. We are transitioning from MCP Project 52 (from 2011) to MCP Project 12 for (for 2012). We will not be using the Project 52 Flickr Group going forward and are moving it into archive mode.

What is MCP Project 12?

MCP Project 12 gives photographers the opportunity to take more photos, be creative and have fun. Hobbyist and professional photographers can join us by capturing images based on our monthly themes and share with the MCP community.

At the beginning of each month, for the next 12 months, we will introduce a theme on our blog. You will have up to a month to brainstorm, develop your ideas, and take your photos. If you prefer a weekly challenge, like Project 52, challenge yourself to use the theme in multiple ways.  You may upload up to four images per month.

Where are the themes listed?

The monthly theme will be listed in two places.

  • On the MCP Project 12 Home Page. (That’s where you are right now.) Bookmark this page in your browser as the “Home Page for Project 12.”  We will add the new theme to the list each month.  We will also link the month to the new blog post where you enter your photos.
  • On the 1st of every month we will introduce a new theme (for January it will be on the 2nd). This post will be under the category “MCP Project 12.” You will enter your image(s) on the monthly posts.


January 2012: Theme – RESOLUTION ~ Visit Archived Photos from Month One

February 2012: Theme: Love (Alternate Theme: Leap)Participate Here Starting 2/1/12


How to participate:

  • Enter a comment on this post and let us know you will be joining in. You can participate every month or just a few. Join in at the beginning or start later in the year.
  • On each monthly Project 12 Blog post, there will be a linky tool to submit your photo. Photos can be linked back to your Blog, Flickr or other photo hosting site.

<<< Learn how to add your images here. >>>

The guidelines:

We plan to keep things as relaxed as we can for 2012. To help things run smoothly, here are some “rules.”

  • Photos need to be taken in the month you are participating. Do not use old photos which happen to work well for a topic.
  • Unlike 2011, all photos must fit the theme for the specific month. Be creative and interpret the theme as you wish but make sure it was taken for the theme.
  • As of now, we are not limiting the amount of images, as long as they fit the guidelines. This could change. Ideally we would like to see one to four photos per photographer each month. If you want to share more, and each is unique, you may upload these too.
  • Collages of multiple images are welcome if all photos fit the theme or tell a story related to it. You are welcome to use tools like our Blog It Boards to display these.
  • We would love you to edit the photos in Lightroom, Photoshop or Elements using MCP’s actions or presets. This is not a requirement.  We welcome your photos whether edited or not.
  • No pornography, nudity, violence or any content deemed illegal by the United States Government. MCP Actions and its designees reserve the right to remove any photo or photos deemed objectionable.
  • Images must be taken by you (in other words – you must own the copyright)
  • By uploading to our project, you maintain copyright but give us permission to use the photo on our Blog/Facebook, in the context of Project 12.  If we want to use a photo for anything else, we will contact you and get your permission in writing. Please consider watermarking and branding your photos using tools like our Finish It action set or Free Facebook Fix Photoshop actions (which can be used for photos anywhere on the web).
  • We will not sell our mailing list, but will extract emails from Linky submissions and the comment section of Project 12 posts to communicate with participants, send reminders, etc.  If you no longer wish to receive them, you can unsubscribe at any time.

How can we see other photographer’s images?

  • You can see all photos on the blog post at the first of each month on the Linky Tools. Just click on the thumbnail images. You are welcome to leave a quick note or “like” for the photographer too, but unless they ask for critique, keep it simple.
  • On the last day of every month, we will have a special post from one of our team leaders and possibly an occasional surprise guest. We will share a few of the many photos that spoke to us, moved us, or impressed us in some way. We cannot feature everyone’s images, but we’ll share a small selection of inspirational photos with all of you. We may do additional posts during the month featuring an image – or might mention your photo on the MCP Facebook Page. Watch for these.

How can I get feedback on my photos before I upload them for submission in MCP Project 12?

While you work on your images, you are welcome to post photos to the MCP Facebook Wall and ask for advice and feedback from MCP fans. Alternatively you can post to the comment section of monthly blog post with your photo(s) and ask for ideas, critique, etc from participants.  The

How can I contact you with my questions about MCP Project 12?

If there is something we did not cover above, please leave a comment in the “comment section.”  If your question is personal, you can also send an email at:

most important way to grow your photography skills is to practice, practice, practice.  Now is your chance.

We want to thank our corporate sponsors for MCP Project 12, Tamron USA and MCP Actions.

If your company wants to take part in sponsoring MCP Project 12, please contact Jodi at



 MCP Project 12: Develop Your Skills as a Photographer

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    Amy G-H says:

    I will give it a whirl…I look forward to getting constructive feedback.

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    Rick says:

    This will be my first attempt. I’m in!

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    Sarah C. says:

    Sounds way more do-able in real life than once a week. I can and will do once a month! Count me in!

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    Heather Williams says:

    I’m nervous but I’m in!

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    Tina says:

    I’ll give it a try! :)

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    I can’t wait to get started!

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    anna says:

    I’ll give it a go – I am by no means a professional at all, I just dabble here and there when i have time LOL!

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    Mer says:

    I’m in!

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    Tineka says:

    I’m in too!
    Look forward to the first theme

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    Víctor says:

    Im in! Tank You!

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    Paula says:

    I’m in.

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    Darci says:

    going to give it a try.

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    Kim Young says:

    I am in! I can’t wait to get more creative and inspired this year.

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    Kelly says:

    I’m going to give it a shot.

  20. 220

    Love this idea! I’m in!

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    Erin Wood says:

    I’m definitely in! This sounds great!

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    Audra says:

    I’d like to give it a try!

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    bobbie says:

    i am going to give it a try ..thanks

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    marjan says:

    will be there as i loved project 52 – thanks for keeping it going as it is the best way to learn and be inspired – happy new year with lots of creative and inspriring energy and time

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    Molly says:

    Count me in!

  26. 226
    Nathaly says:

    So far I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s work on here. This year I’m in!

  27. 227
    Heather says:

    I”m gonna play along :)

  28. 228
    Kristin says:

    I want to participate!!!

  29. 229

    I’m in! I should be able to keep this up better than the 365 that I attempted last year!

  30. 230
    Nupur Barua says:

    I had a blast with Project 52, and I would love to be a part of this, too. Thank you, and a very Happy New Year.

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    mandalyne says:

    Count me in:) I like the monthly theme and new format. I didn’t participate in 2011 as it seemed a bit daunting.

  32. 232

    I want to join in :D This sounds perfect for my WORD OF THE YEAR :D

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    Maria says:

    I like the monthly idea. I am going to try it!

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    LAUREN says:

    So excited to challenge myself as I begin this adventure of moving from hobbyist to pro … Thanks!!

  35. 235

    I found this great website yesterday looking for photography projects for 2012. I’m very much in! All the best to everyone for better photography this year.

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    Annette says:

    Sounds like fun. I’m in!

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    Olivia says:

    I’ll give this one a try as well.

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    AmyK says:

    I’m in!

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    Alisa says:

    I’ll particpate – looking forward to it!

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    Erin says:

    I’ll give it a go!

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    LoriW says:

    I’ll join in. Thanks!

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    Stephanie says:

    Count me in! :)

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    Ashley says:

    So excited for this year’s project! Looking forward to growing as a new photographer!

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    Carol Harris says:

    I watched Project 52 last year and never entered a photo, but this year I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Melissa M says:

    Gonna have fun.

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    Carol Harris says:

    Gonna give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Tiffani Mason says:

    Definitely up for the challenge! I have just recently upped my photography from hobby into business and so I definitely need the practice! I will be editing in Aperture though instead of Lightroom or PS.

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    Carrie says:

    I’ll join in.

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    Rosa says:

    My project 365 didn’t quite go the way I wanted, but this one seems far more relaxed..

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    Evelyn Williams says:

    I eager to give this a try. I want to use this to improve my photography. Count me in.

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    Shirley says:

    We’re in

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    Ruth Shevlin says:

    Thanks for the extra breathing room. Taking the theme pictures was not my biggest challenge. Time to do it right before the week was over – now that was a challenge. I’m in!

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    Heather M. says:

    I will give it a try :)

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    Bekah says:

    Count me in! I’m excited!

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    Marea Breedlove says:

    I would love to do this.

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    Jim Buckley says:

    Looks like great fun.

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    Lala says:

    Fun to join the challenge at the beginning!!!

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    Maureen says:

    A month is quite a breather from 365 or 52 Week projects, although I didn’t mind the 52 week format at all–kept me on my toes. I’m in again for 2012. Wasn’t clear on whether there’s a Flickr group again, but I’ll figure it out. Thanks so much!

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    Daria says:

    Sounds like fun and the time committment isn’t as daunting. Count me in!

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    Geneil says:

    Stumbled through a project 365 in 2010, aborted the Project 52 last year, hopefully once a month I can handle!

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    Margarita says:

    Never done anything like this. Excited!!

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    Robin says:

    I would like to be in and give it a shot. Thank you!

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    Gale Wall says:

    I’m participating!!!

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    Robin says:

    Thank you I am in.

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    Sakthi says:

    I am in.. hopefully I will be able to stick to the monthly theme..

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    Janneke M says:

    I think I can handle a project 12 — and I really want to grow this year in my photography skills. I’m in!

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    ShaBean says:

    I’m SO in!

  72. 272

    A monthly theme sounds like fun, I can’t wait to get started!

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    Shellie says:

    You’ve got me hooked, can’t wait to read all about it!

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    marco says:

    I’d like to join this project like my first one…good training task!

    Count me!

  75. 275

    Although I’m feeling a bit intimidated at the moment, I’d like to participate in this project!

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    Els says:

    Great, now I can join in this new project. Heard about Project 52 from my sister in Australia, but too late. Now I will join in this Project 12 and from the Netherlands I will contribute and learn and enjoy. Thanks for this opportunity and Happy New (Photographic) Year!

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    jennifer says:

    Wooooohoooo! I am in!

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    Pamela says:

    I’m going to try this again!

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    Dawn K says:

    This definitely sounds like a challenge I am up for! I look forward to seeing what the first theme is!

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    Tina Hall in MO says:

    Ready for this one. Looking forward to it!

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    Pennye says:

    Love MCP! I will be tuning in daily!

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    Jessica says:

    I’d like to join, please!

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    Cyndie says:

    Count me in, can’t wait to get started!

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    Emily P. says:

    I’m going to give it a try this time. Can’t wait to learn the first theme.

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    Shannon says:

    Please count me in!! I am SUPER excited!!!!!

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    Kim P says:

    I would like to try also

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    Tricia says:

    I’m in!

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    Joani says:

    This sounds much more doable. Count me in.

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    Excited to start this new photography endeavor!

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    Gina Lynn Sullivan says:

    Ill be joing in!!

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    Lenita Keith says:

    Excited to participate in this project!!

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    Marissa says:

    I’ll give it a try!

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    Julie says:

    I’m in!

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    Manu says:

    I’m happy to join you this year, I’ve missed most of the 52 projects as I unfortunately discovered you only at the end of 2011..

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    I can handle once-per-month! Count me in!

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    Kara says:

    I’m in! Excited for the challenge.

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    I’m so excited to start a new photography project.

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