Foto Rx Shopkeeper’s Helper Launching Soon!

 

Shopkeepers Helper Foto Rx editing actions ring iii

Okay, first let me give kudos to all the fine jewelry photographers in the world, it is not easy!  I wasn’t planning on showing you a before + after this morning, but I was editing shop photos and thought I would see how long it would take me to edit this really poorly lit and (Pacific North West blue) color cast ring I photographed for a sample Shopkeeper’s Helper image. It took about a minute, maybe an eeensy bit more because I used some of our surgical precision level tools-jewelry sparkle, shadow darken, color mute (there were rogue colors from the room in the facets) and highlight tone. Even with the precision tools I managed to get this done super fast!

We’ve been asked what the difference will be from Shopkeeper’s Helper and our Original Foto Rx Photoshop actions set. Obviously, we will be targeting online shop specific images, it will come with the original set included (after all you need an awesome base image) and then it gets seriously Ninja on you from there. The star of course is the ability to get beautiful white backgrounds whilst still maintaining your shadows without using the dodge tool or any other exposure destructive means. I wish I had this when I first started out shooting products for my shop, it would have saved me many a photo breakdown! We also created a realistic depth of field/blur action, perfect for Iphone shots or when your camera lens doesn’t have the ability to give you that creamy blurry background you crave (this is up for best supporting action by the Academy). There are too many to list in this little post, but it’s going to be a product photo editing game changer indeed!

Michelle and I have even been toying around with the idea of doing a shop photo editing giveaway, where we would edit your photos with our Foto Rx Shopkeeper’s Helper actions, or would you prefer to try to win a set? Whenever launching a new product, it’s always a challenge trying to figure out a way to market it and get the word out in the best, most sincere way possible. We are up for suggestions for anyone out there that has any. Of course, as always we plan to share with you our process, because sharing is caring.

You can sign-up for the Foto Rx Shopkeeper’s launch here (we are launching this month!) and everyone that sign’s up gets a free mini set of actions! Let us know if you have any questions.

P.S. I used the macro close-up lens filters on my regular 50 mm lens to photograph the ring, a completely amazing tool!

P.P.S. Your original image probably won’t be as bad as mine was, so it’ll be even easier editing!

Free Online Photoshop Courses!

 

free online photoshop courses via besotted blog

I have been on a frenzied search for some quality free Photoshop courses for you, after all we are now purveyors of premium Photoshop actions extraordinaire so it would only behoove us to get you hooked on the product (both of them). You don’t need to know much Photoshop to use Foto Rx but there are some things that you’ll need to know to use them to the best of their capabilities like where to find your layers palette, how to use a layer mask, where to find your brushes, etc. all incredibly easy/no sweat tasks but I do understand the program can seem daunting upon first opening.  I wanted to find you a class/course and I ended up finding many! And free books too! And get this not just on Photoshop, but Photography and many other creative subjects. There’s a catch of course, (isn’t there always?)  It’s not free forever, it’s only free for 10 days, but I can attest that in 10 days you can squeeze quite a few videos and books in, which gives you plenty of time to dive in and learn some very basic skills. The company is called Creative Edge and is brought to you by publishing powerhouse Peachpit which is renown for their Photoshop and photography books. You don’t even have to put in your credit card information to get the free 10 day trial. I would suggest you join when you know you’ll have a stretch of a couple days to really dig in and explore so you don’t let your trial go to waste, but who knows you might find it’s an excellent resource and stay awhile longer (I think it’s a cancel anytime policy). And no, we aren’t affiliated with them in anyway, but I found it was one of the best goldmines of information available for the investment (free!) Have fun exploring!

P.S. These may be a little less exciting/more dry than if we taught the course but the information is still great!

//RESOURCES + COURSE LINKS//

Creative Edge-Free 10 day trial of Photoshop classes (and more).

Foto Rx |First Aid Kit-Our amazing one click (in most cases) Photoshop editing actions

Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers Bundle

Below are free with the 10 day trial!

Adobe Photoshop CC Learn by Video

Adobe Photoshop CC Quickstart Video

Using Layer Masks for Image Editing in Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a book

 

photo by bethany legg |photoshopped by tristan b.

A COLLECTION OF DOUBLE EXPOSURE TUTORIALS

sara byrne double exposure besotted blogsara byrne double exposure ii besotted blog Sigh, I just love these images by photographer Sara Byrne. I have been wanting to try this for awhile. Lucky for us Sara and her husband/partner Dylan were generous with their talent and created a step-by-step tutorial and video! Their tutorial is with a Canon 5D Mark iii, (which is a full frame camera), but I know some of the entry level full frame cameras also have the double exposure option! But if you don’t have a full frame camera, don’t fret I went on an internet treasure hunt and found other camera options and tutorials for you so you can give this technique a go!

Have you tried this already? If so is there a way that you did it that was different from the tutorials linked? We’d love to see your results if you try so stop back with a link we can visit!

P.S. I am going to write a totally unscientific and biased post soon on when it’s time to upgrade to a full frame camera, so be on the look out for that!

//TUTORIALS+ RESOURCES//

Double Exposure Tutorial by Sara & Dylan

Double Exposure Tutorial with Iphone

Double Exposure Tutorial + Interview with Iphoneograher Brandon Kidwell

Double Exposure Tutorial in Photoshop

Double Exposure Tutorial in Photoshop Advanced

Canon Mark D III

Canon EOS 6D

Photographer Photoshop + Lightroom Bundle

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. 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.

Foto Rx-One Click Wonders + Screencast resources

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend, we certainly did! It’s such a rush to launch something that you worked so hard on and we are learning so much in the process. One of the things we knew we had to learn was how to do a screencast. Both Michelle and I kind of groan at the sound of our voices (although I personally think Michelle’s is rather lovely).  I do think it’s a common irk for a lot of people, so we had to overcome that obstacle, but since we would do pretty much anything for you we decided to dive right in!

There wasn’t a lot of information in a straightforward way on how to actually do the screencast but we did find a helpful Skillshare class. We originally used Quicktime to record our video’s (it’s a screenrecording application that comes free with Mac’s). We have since downloaded Screenflow, but be forewarned if you are working with multiple individuals on a project like we are, the price is only good for one license, meaning only the person that bought it and downloaded it can use it on their computer. We did learn a great tip in our class and that is to use your Iphone headphones that comes with the Iphone as your mic. I had a little trouble with mine (there’s a strange sucking noise in my video recordings) but Michelle’s sounds super clear and so pro! We also learned that you can edit and create videos in Photoshop, this is a revelation to me (our promo video is basically a layered Photoshop file!). Being able to edit videos in Photoshop is amazing, because you’ll be able to apply your actions to your video, how’s that for spiffy?

Above is our latest screencast Michelle recorded to demonstrate our Foto Rx Photoshop actions ‘One Click Wonders’. I do feel being able to see her work with the actions and the effect they have on the image as she goes has so much more impact than still images. Once you see the actions in action, we hope it gets you excited to try them out so you can see just how easy (and fast) it is to use them!

If you have any questions please let us know!

//RESOURCES//

Photoshop CC + Lightroom photographers bundle

Skillshare Screencast Class

Screenflow

Quicktime

Iphone headphones w/mic alternative (if you don’t have access to your Iphone headphones)

FotoRx | First Aid Kit Photoshop actions

 

Foto Rx-Cure for the common capture launches today!

I am sure you have heard the collective sigh straight through your screen that both Michelle and I have let out now that our Foto Rx | First Aid Kit photoshop actions have finally been released into the wild! It has only taken us 3 years to do this, we had originally created a version of them for our Food + Foto class and had great feedback, but we figured it was just for our students. Fast forward a couple years later and the uber talented + creative Ez Pudewa formerly of Creature Comforts (and now of the darling Petit Pippin), asked me if they were available for sale, I mentioned it to Michelle and we both thought it was a good idea, (I mean if Ez liked them!), but then we must have saw something shiny because we were off doing one of our many other projects once again. The thing is we do a lot of photo editing around these parts, we shoot for the blog, we have shot commercially (a book cover!), now with my baby I shoot like I’m the paparazzo, we shoot in every kind of lighting condition and truth be told not all the images come s.o.o.c. (that’s photographer speak for ‘straight out of camera’) looking as ideal as we would have envisioned and time after time we went back to our little Foto Rx action set and were able to achieve the desired results in mere clicks. We knew the time had come to share our little secret with the world, make photo editing a lot easier, less daunting and dare I say fun?

Once we put our minds to something, Michelle and I become laser focused and maybe (just maybe) I get a little obsessive. We earned what Michelle has dubbed our ‘PsD’s’ by basically putting the original set on steroids and adding actions we wish we had prior (learning a ton along the way). We are calling it our Foto Rx | First Aid Kit, it will have everything you need to get your dull and lifeless photos to come back to life.  We should put in a disclaimer here and add that some images just can’t be saved, we call these D.O.A. (that’s death on arrival), those are the images that have zero information in them (it’s so overexposed as to have become white and no information can be mined).

We know a lot of you that may be interested in the First Aid Kit might not have a ton of Photoshop experience, I did round up these tutorials for you and Michelle and I have been working on more tutorials that we will be uploading shortly (we will be doing a workflow edit on an image so you can see how we use them). We hope that with the links and the 25 page pdf that comes with the set that it will help get you started and build your Photoshop confidence. We will be answering questions of course both from our shop and in the comments below, but we thought we might get ahead of some of the questions that may come up:

What are Photoshop actions?

Simply put they are recorded tasks that you can ‘play’ in Photoshop (in the actions palette) that will automate your editing work flow. Our First Aid Kit Photoshop actions assist with ‘recovery and healing’ getting your images back from being sickly to stunners. We soon will be adding the ‘cosmetic surgery’ aspect to actions which will enhance your photos even further.

Will the Foto Rx Photoshop actions work for Photoshop Elements or Lightroom?

Unfortunately, they will not.  We will be bringing you Lightroom presets of the actions soon though!

Do I need Photoshop to use your Foto Rx Photoshop actions?

Yes, you will. It is not an app (yet!) nor is it a stand alone application, we need Photoshop to run them.

Are Photoshop actions magic?

No, they are not, but they certainly can be magical!

I don’t have an English version of Photoshop, can I use your actions?

Maybe. They are made for the English version only, but Photoshop does have an options preference to change your language to English. Of course if you don’t speak English this could pose a problem.

My sharpening action isn’t working!

We recommend using sharpening as the finishing touch on your image. Flatten your previous layers, or make sure you have the photo layer you’d like sharpened highlighted before you run any sharpening actions.

I ran an action and my photo isn’t perfect, what the what?

Sometimes you may need to increase the strength of your ‘prescription’  by running the cure more than once. If that still doesn’t work, try another remedy. If that doesn’t work make sure your photo isn’t D.O.A. and is just too poor a quality to mine information from (either pitch black, or bright white). We currently can’t make a super blurry image crystal clear, but we are working on some ‘cosmetic surgery’ actions that may make that super blurry photo look incredibly cool (so don’t toss it just yet!)

P.S. We are launching on Valentine’s day because we know you are going to LOVE our actions! We created a Valentine’s inspired mini set for everyone lovely enough to sign-up for our launch, it’s not too late to be our pen pal and get the mini set free (Foto Rx Loves You). you can sign-up here!

//RESOURCES//

Foto Rx | First Aid Kit

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Bundle (the video on this post was made in Photoshop CC!)

Cameras used: Canon EOS 60D | 50mm 1.4  Canon 6D (full frame)

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. 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.

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