Finding your photo editing style

(if you are on a desktop, rollover images to see the before’s!)

Michelle and I know how hard it is to build a solid look for your brand when there are so many options, but it is a necessity to help your brand stand out in a sea of other brands (maybe brands not too unlike your own). To be relevant in this new economy you have to wear so many hats, be a writer, stylist, photographer, photo editor, social media manager, accountant and basically Houdini. Taxing. Your visual identity is who you are to the world at large (whether it is true to you or not). With Foto Rx | Cure for the Common Capture, our hope is to do the heavy lifting, we know that not everyone is a photographer or editor, but we also know how very important it is to have a solid visual presence. We are super excited to soon release our first set of photo editing enhancements/filters, up until this point we have only worked on improving your images or assisting with lettering clean up.  The new set will be one click enhancements that are fully adjustable (and non-destructive) and will help you build a cohesive and distinctive look to your photographs. This way you can get in and out of Photoshop and from behind your computer and do all the things you love to do more (like enjoy your loved ones or eat!).Read More

Vintage stock photography resource

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This weekend I was searching for stock photographs, sometimes you may need that sort of thing, especially if you aren’t privy to hopping on a plane and getting an epic aerial photo of some secluded beach in Portugal or what not.  Stock photography has come a long way and now there are many talented artists even providing images gratis in exchange for exposure. This may irk the pros but I for one am grateful that we have access to such talent, I don’t think it takes away from paid stock, in our work if Michelle and I can’t create the image ourselves, it’s nice to know we have access to great gratis images but we are more than willing to pay for a high quality image if it fits our need. Btw, a quick tip here, if you are scratching your head on how to make money in photography and aren’t interested in the traditional methods, there is a market for good stock images! Creative Market has a thriving business for styled stock and there’s companies like Stocksy, just thought I would throw that out there!

Back to my stock search, I came across a wonderful site called New Old Stock by Cole Townsend, it’s a site for curated copyright free vintage images and they are terrific! Michelle and I started an image bank in our Google Drive (free digital storage!) last year to collect great images and I may need to start a vintage image bank as well, because you never know when inspiration will hit! Just thought I’d pop in and share this resource with you, we hope you find it useful!

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Rollover before and after images in WordPress!

You should know that silence around here usually means we have gotten deep into a project, so I am coming up for air to share what I just learned!  I learned how to do an easy rollover before and after in WordPress! This is exciting, something I wanted to learn for ages! The image shown is our after, if you roll your cursor over you’ll see the ‘before’ and the dramatic transformation, why this is a game changer folks! I think I might go ‘before’ and ‘after’ crazy! We are working on a couple sets to enhance your photos rather just help fix them. It has been really fun to explore a more creative side of editing. The best part? Anyone can do it! I had my daughter press the play button to edit this photo, yes a 3 year old edited this image! The new set we are working on will create a modern muted tone to images, it can be as subtle or intense as you like. My daughter went for full strength but toddlers are like that. Anyway, if you want to learn how to do this easy rollover trick, please do visit Emilia for the code (link below), it’s super simple, pinky promise!

We are trying to figure out what it is YOU want from us, since we are deep into the lab right now developing new offerings to make your photo editing life a little easier and with the new ‘filters’ to help you create a branded look for your images. Do you even want filters? Do you want to learn the beauty of Lightroom (it’s SO much fun), Classes? What would you like to learn? We have a new class that we have almost wrapped up, which should be a quick and easy learn, plus give you another skill to add to your growing creative skill arsenal! We love hearing from you and we value your input, so we are open to hearing your thoughts!

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How to do a rollover Before and After in WordPress

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Photographer Rodney Smith Dies December 2016

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Michelle and I are inspired by many things, which we often share with you here, it is our shared love of photography that brought us together. There is a photographer that both makes our heart beat a little faster, someone who’s work is something to aspire to and that is the work of photographer Rodney Smith. It’s hard to articulate exactly how I feel, but every time I see his work I want to figure out how to access a chateau. Mr. Smith’s work is refined, elegant, and charming, it is the kind of work that feels timeless even though it is evocative of another time. The compositions may feel simple but every detail is precise. I just love it.

Michelle and I had read that he had a workshop coming and it was on our wishlist to attend in 2017, a dream for sure but we all need goals, right?  It is with heavy heart that it was announced that Mr. Smith had passed away December 5, 2016, he was only 68 years old, a vibrant 68, definitely it seemed full of life. It is very sad news indeed, we know his legacy will go on and we hope that if you were unfamiliar with his work that this is a happy discovery. We hope that Mr. Smith has a long legacy and delights you as much as he has us and millions of others. We have listed some resources for further research. Enjoy!

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Rodney Smith site

Podcast interview (recent)

Narrative Portraiture with Rodney Smith (an online class)

Rodney Smith Photographs

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Pirelli 2017 Calendar photos by Peter Lindbergh

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I got this free font in my email today (don’t worry I will share the link!) and I was looking to put together a cool graphic to show it off, it’s a really nice brush font, because it has a little masculine edge which I was drawn to. It’s always nice to be able to have a variety of fonts to serve different purposes. I don’t often collect free fonts because they are usually poor quality and hog up a lot of precious memory on my computer so I try to keep to higher quality fonts, but this font isn’t always free and seems to be pretty well built! I was creating a comp that wasn’t coming together and then I spotted a preview for the new Pirelli calendar and was blown away. The calendar is known for it’s history of sexy glam images but last year with Annie Liebovitz’s take it shifted gears, this year the amazing Peter Lindbergh (one of my fave photographers) continued in Ms. Liebovitz vain, he said, “I aimed to create a calendar not around perfect bodies, but on sensitivity and emotion, stripping down to the very soul of the sitters, who thus become more nude than naked”. 

The calendar also will not be retouched, what the what?  That’s pretty awesome and that’s coming from someone that loves her some editing programs. The thing is I love simple and that includes a simple edit, I also love emotion in images,. I want to be moved in some way, I want to feel something, that’s when I think photos have the most impact. One of my photographic goals is to be able to capture more ‘moments’, even when editing, I have started asking myself ‘where is the moment?’ and edit for focus on that. It’s a process, everything is right? But if you want to become better at something besides spending more time doing the thing you want to get better at, I think a good question is to ask yourself what you want to accomplish from doing X, Y, Z?  I would love for people to look at my work and feel something, hopefully it’s love, because who doesn’t want someone to fall madly in love with their work? But I digress, you want a free font right?…

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Creative Market-Free download Monday (every Monday they send goodies to your inbox!)

Brush Font (once the promo is over)

Pirelli Calendar 2017 behind the scenes

Annie Liebovitz Pirelli calendar

Peter Lindbergh

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.