Besotted with hard light florals

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We have had an unusually hot week here in Seattle, a place where almost no one has air conditioning, which makes days sitting behind a computer in an office an almost excruciating experience. Michelle and I decided to take a break and get some fresh air, albeit sweltering, and take some shots at the Dahlia gardens. We knew we weren’t going to be able to cut anything down for our shoot, so we just lugged around giant white foam core board and took turns holding it up for each other. I have done this by myself and it has worked as well, but it is easier (and more fun) to have a friend assist. We used our Iphones and did quick one click edits in Lightroom with our beta Lightroom presets, a version of our Stockholm Photoshop action set, designed to pop the whites, lightly mute tones and add a bit of contrast. It works really well on these hard light images, something we are really attracted to right now, especially after all the recent Herb Ritts inspiration. It feels good to be inspired right now, especially after what felt like a lull, but I guess that’s just the nature of creativity, learning to live with the ebb and flow and trusting that ruts won’t last forever…

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White foam core

Herb Ritts

Stockholm | Clean x minimal

Photoshop + LR subscription bundle

photos 1+3 by michelle p. | photo 2 by tristan b.

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Repairing vintage photographs | fast + easy!

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My love for Photoshop continues to grow each and every day, but even more so with our new Foto Rx set that is in the works–Vintage Foto Fix. I LOVE vintage photos and have collected quite a few, I am partial to beach scenes and people in love, even better if the vintage photo is of people in love on the beach! Last week we reached out and asked our friends and community to send us some cherished photos to repair.Read More

Instagram Stories and how we are using it!

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Have you tried the Instagram Stories feature yet?  We are new to the whole Instagram Stories game, but we are excited to give this new feature a go for our fledgling @fotorxco Instagram account. Since our Foto Rx account is for our business where we are showcasing our photo edits but if you have a business, Instagram is a great way to showcase your work. I wish I would have been more diligent with it when I had my stationery company and opened an account specifically for my business (I think that’s a superb idea, since Instagram is adding new promotional enhancements for business accounts all the time), but better late than never! For the Stories we will be doing live edits using our photo processing tools and maybe we will get into showing live shoots and workshops down the road, baby steps! Your Instagram Story only lasts for 24 hours, so if you decide later on you hate your Story, no need to regret posting. Another feature we tried last week was Instagram Live, which was super awesome (and scary as heck!). You basically start a sort of mini video web chat on any subject (again we did live edits, but if you are say a clothing designer, show fabric shopping, sketching, etc. it’s limitless!), once you start a chat your followers are notified and can join in the chat, add comments and best of all (for us) ask us questions! I was scared and sweating profusely but it ended up being so much fun! Once you end the Instagram Live feature the content disappears. We have watched a couple great LIVE Instagram’s and of course a few duds. We will share some of our faves in another post, we have to run because we are about to go LIVE in a second, if you miss us LIVE you can always catch our Stories! Hope to see you there!

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Foto Rx Instagram

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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.

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Mega Flat Lay Tutorial Round Up!

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We know how popular flat lays are right now for social media and we also know how difficult they are to achieve even though they seem like they should be easy (they aren’t). We have plans to do a tutorial soon on what we have learned, but in the interim we did a round-up of flat lay tutorials for you, everything from photographing the flat lay to styling it, we have you covered on the editing front (which is usually equally as difficult as shooting the darn thing). The great news is that once you have a little practice under your belt, it gets a lot easier and a lot more fun (especially the sourcing props part).

If you have any tips or tricks to add or would like to add your own link for ‘inspiration’ please do so in the comments!

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Flat Lay 5 Ways (good one!)

Park & Cube Flat Lay How to (+ video)

Instagram Style Flat Lay

How to take a perfect flat lay

Master Flat Lay like a boss

Flat Lay Photo Styling Tips

The Perfect Flat Lay

Style a Better Flat Lay

DIY Flat Lay Workspace

How to Flat Lay by Mr. Gumbratron (video)

A Jewelry Designers take on Flat Lay

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Flat lay/Composition

Minimal flat lays

Fashion Flat Lay

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Stockholm | Clean x Minimal photo editing set

Photoshop CC

Wide angle lens

White board

Lights (optional)

Reflector (you can use your foam core board too)

Tripod

Stool

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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.

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Clean + minimal editing, Scandi style!

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I know I am easily excitable but today I really, really am excited to announce the launch of Stockholm | Clean x Minimal our new photo processing Photoshop actions. The new set is Nordic/Scandinavian inspired-muted tones, bright light, clean whites. This set has both Michelle and I truly inspired, we have been on a flat lay photo taking frenzy. We both got some print worthy Iphone shots after a 2 minute visit to a local rock shop, this set has instantly been added to our regular photo editing rotation. We know how hard it is to find ‘your look’, we also know how important it is to create a cohesive visual presence for your brand, if you have been yearning to recreate the look that all the Scandinavian bloggers have seemed to effortlessly master then we have you covered. Our processing tools are one click edits with the option to refine even further. We know this is going to become a favorite (it’s one of ours)! We have a little preview before + afters below and tips on achieving this look before you start editing!Read More