Besotted with…Friday Faves!

Dead rose i by tristan b.

If you love art, mystery and an element of surprise do watch Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, DO NOT read or watch a trailer, Michelle and I loved it!

An underwater museum with positive ecological impact? Inspired!

Michelle recently received samples from this line of mineral makeup, you add your favorite oil to the powder to get a great a liquid foundation. I loved the idea and decided to try it with my current mineral makeup and guess what?  It works!  I am so excited by this discovery!

We just got this book in for my Little and it’s just wonderfully illustrated with lots of little flaps to flip, a great book to gift!

Aaron Brother’s is going out of business and many of their art supplies are up to 60% off! I just got two brushes that I have wanted to add to my watercolor arsenal for a while now (a filbert and straight brush). You will need to go directly to a store as the sale does not extend to on line purchases.  They are also doing a 1 cent frame sale, their last one so load up on those frames!

P.S. Image shown is for my 100 day project, still going strong! Edited with Foto Rx Co. Stockholm | Clean x Minimal. I use this editing action set more than any other for my Instagram feed, get muted tones and bright whites, adjust to your taste to make it your own. I added a ‘crushed whites’ layer from the set to get that filmic look and added grain from our new B+W Fine Art Set and done!

Photo prompt Foto RX 52 :: On black

Pear with shadow on dark by michelle p. via besotted

Our prompt this week for our Foto Rx Co. weekly prompt is ‘on black’. We want you to get dark + dramatic with your subject. You can shoot in color or do a B+W conversion (like we will be doing). This assignment relies on finding interesting light to make your subject stand out. You can choose everyday simple objects like this pear but a portrait would be equally as stunning. Think outside the box, we think you will be pleasantly surprised by what you can create with such simple subjects and the right light (even Ipad light could work, get creative!).

It’s not too late to start your Foto Rx 52, shooting consistently will be the fastest way to becoming a better photographer. Follow us on Instagram for more inspo and edit examples. Shoot this week’s prompt and use #fotorx52 so we can find you and cheer you on (also feel free to borrow our hashtags so other people can find you!).

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Image edited with B+ W Fine Art Photoshop actions (edited with Charcoal)

Edited in Photoshop CC

Some inspiration + resources:

Shooting dark & dramatic with Iphone

Shooting in low light

The queen of dark backgrounds and florals (on an Iphone no less)

Shooting on the invisible black backdrop

Animals on black by Brad Wilson

 

Photo prompt Foto Rx 52 :: Eye Contact

Photo by Valeria Spring edited with Foto Rx B+W Fine Art actions

Our prompt this week for our Foto Rx 52 is ‘eye contact’. With most photos of individuals we like the capture to feel organic (fly on the wall), but there is something to be said about creating that intimate connection with the subject. This is more challenging than it may seem. Photographer Val Spring (the featured image), has mastered the art of the connection. We hope you give it a try so you can too! We have included inspiration + resources below to help you achieve this. Of course the best way to master a skill is to practice, practice and more practice.

It’s not too late to start your Foto Rx 52, shooting consistently will be the fastest way to becoming a better photographer. Follow us on Instagram for more inspo and edit examples. Shoot this week’s prompt and use #fotorx52 so we can find you and cheer you on (also feel free to borrow our hashtags so other people can find you!).

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Image edited with B+ W Fine Art Photoshop actions 

Edited in Photoshop CC

Some inspiration + resources:

Val Spring

Peter Lindbergh

Captivating eye contact photos

3 types of eye contact

Eye contact and street photography

What makes a good black + white photo conversion?

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We are so thrilled by the response we have had to our Fine Art B+W Photoshop actions, these truly will be your go to set for creating B+W conversions that are print worthy. We are excited by the idea of how timeless these editing tools are to create that perfect memory encapsulated. I am about the pickiest person ever when it comes to my conversions and all the ones I have had printed have met my expectations or exceeded them. We did a lot of test printing in-house with a professional Epson printer, but we also sent out to the famed Richard’s Photo lab in Los Angeles, (the one that Jose Villa and Elizabeth Messina use, and just about every other fine art photographer), all of the prints we got back were just beautiful. Some of you may be wondering what types of images convert best to black and white and we created a quick little video that should help. As always if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments or send us an email, if you have any questions on any of our editing sets we are happy to answer!

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What type of image makes the best b+w conversion video

Foto Rx Co. Fine Art B+W Photoshop actions

Photo edited with ‘Modern B+W’ 

Photoshop CC

Richard’s Photo lab

 

photo by tristan b.

Photo prompt :: document your journey

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Our prompt this week for our weekly photo prompt for Foto Rx 52 is to document a journey. It could be your morning commute to the office, your walk with your dog, or your holiday of course–shoot whatever catches your attention on your ‘journey’. Look for light, try different angles and try to have the photo make the viewer want to know more. We think this image by @egle.juzu is a perfect example of her journey captured.

It’s not too late to start your Foto Rx 52, shooting consistently will be the fastest way to becoming a better photographer. Follow us on Instagram for more inspo and edit examples. Shoot this week’s prompt and use #fotorx52 so we can find you and cheer you on (also feel free to borrow our hashtags so other people can find you!).

If you have any suggestions to add to the resources let us know in the comments so we can review and add!

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Image edited with B+ W Fine Art Photoshop actions 

Edited in Photoshop CC

Some travel photography inspiration:

Local Milk Retreats

Gentl + Hyers Away

Cerruti Draime Photography

Lean Timms