5 Awesome Iphone Photo Tips you need to know!

5 awesome iphone photo tips via besotted blog

I took this with my phone the other day, it was a snack for E. which she promptly refused, so I decided to photograph it against my black t-shirt next to the window instead while E. was making me ‘pasta’, I manually adjusted my exposure using Miss Michelle’s tried and true (and such an eye opener) tutorial.

Today though I wanted to go over some palm thumping to the forehead moments I had while doing my research on taking better Iphone photos, some of these things Michelle didn’t even know and that’s always exciting for me, because it means I found some real gems. First up is exposure, gosh, for the newbie exposure is such a scary word, but it needn’t be, basically it’s how much light is let into a photo, it might be easiest to comprehend if you know that a very light photo is usually where you can’t see detail is overexposed and a very dark photo where you can’t see your subject is underexposed.

Exposure with the Iphone camera

That statement may seem oxymoronic because the exposure feature that comes with the Iphone camera is so lackluster compared to other camera apps–or is it?  I just found out a secret way to add even more light or add more depth with the Iphone camera simply by tapping on the image, the same square and sun will appear per usual but if you tap on the sun now a slider will appear where you can adjust the exposure even more by moving up and down. Visuals are always good, here’s one for you. [Read more…]

Iphone Photography Resources | Write You on Your Heart

Iphone photography resources via besotted blog

When we were coming up with a theme for the week I kept coming back to mobile photography, since I feel horribly inept, like I have been winging it all this time and I so don’t want to be doing that when I am documenting my most precious (and fleeting) memories. I admittedly have trouble creating consistency since those ‘perfect’ to me moments aren’t at a specific time of day and spontaneity is key, so I find myself editing the photos to suit the light, which to be honest isn’t always the best. I figured if I was having trouble then maybe someone else out there reading (or Googling) might benefit from some of these resources. I am hoping to strike a balance between both helping the novice mobile photographer and maybe introducing some ‘aha’ moments for the seasoned one. Since I shoot with an Iphone and have more familiarity with it, some of the tips may sway that way, but a lot of the resources have some great information that will help any mobile photographer, with any device take better mobile photos.

Our first resource and really a biggie if you ask me, was finding ‘Write you on your heart’. It’s a blog by mother and photographer Alicia Brown and it is so well done! You definitely don’t need to be a mom to appreciate her easy + straightforward tips + tutorials. Alicia has a keen eye for spotting and featuring talent, I thoroughly enjoyed reading through her interviews and delighting in the inspiration and information that the guests revealed. Alicia wrote an e-book that I am sure is good if you are using her blog as a gauge, but of course you don’t want to invest in anything just yet, correct?  No problem, she also has what she calls ‘The Checklist’ that you can download for free, this single resource if you are a beginner should help you take better photos with your phone pronto!

We look forward to sharing what we have discovered when we went down this rabbit hole, and hopefully we have found the most interesting and easy to execute tidbits for you to master this skill, I know I am personally looking forward to learning more.

P.S. How beautifully quiet are these images by Christine Keegan?

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

Branding versus identity

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In our effort to maintain transparency and show our process as a concrete example I thought I would tackle this little subject of branding vs. brand identity. I have mentioned before that in my ‘real’ life what I do is branding/brand direction. Since my babe has arrived I haven’t been taking on many projects because it is an intense process and I don’t have the time right now. It is something that is always on the forefront of my mind though and I am very happy that we have been able to utilize this skill set in even a small way in our Foto Rx business (there’s a cheeky medical theme that I hope has been obvious). I think it has really set a tone and framework to come up with brilliant ideas with the always brilliant Michelle, such as this ‘eye chart’ that she designed for our ‘shop doc’s’ (get it ‘doc’s’?) I have to say I thought it was pure genius on Michelle’s part. I did want to speak to the concept of branding versus identity today, because I think that as branding becomes more part of the every day vernacular it seems to be losing it’s meaning and is being used to describe brand identity (logo’s/packaging). This quote from brand guru/modern marketing Godfather Seth Godin really hits the nail on the head:

Spend 10,000 times as much time and money on your brand as you spend on your logo.

Your logo is a referent, a symbol, a reminder of your brand.

But your brand is a story, a set of emotions and expectations and a stand-in for how we think and feel about what you do.

I think defining brand as ‘your story’ is an accessible way to go about building your brand (whether it be a physical product, a blog, your services). There’s much intensity that goes into creating a brand, the visuals are only one aspect (and yes, I believe they play a very, very important role) but there’s also knowing your market. Do you know who your audience is? Hint it can’t be everyone in the world. Try smaller strokes when defining who you want to reach. Michelle and I repeat ‘focus’ often, we like the word for it’s double entendre but it has helped us really hone in on our brand and our potential clients. When starting a business it’s so hard to get in the frame of mind of ‘big picture’, especially with the immediacy of the internet, you could easily create a buzz, but the idea here (we hope) is to maintain that excitement and sustain that desire for your brand. So ‘focus’, a nice one word mantra.

I hope this has helped anyone that is either in the nascent stages of building their new business or even those that may be feeling like they are floundering with their existing one and wondering why they aren’t as successful as maybe someone with a similar business model. You can do this, we believe in you! Do you need to hire a big brand consultant to get you there? Probably not for a small part-time business, there are plenty of great free resources available at your fingertips on this subject on the interwebs. I highly suggest any of Seth Godin’s books, I can’t stress enough though how important it is to do a little research on this subject if you do want to build a successful brand (and I do believe it’s possible).

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, I am happy to help!

P.S. This ‘Shop doc’s’ set was originally given away for free when you signed up for our mailing list in March. Every month we launch a new free set. If you want some free premium Photoshop actions than we highly suggest you join the club here.

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.



I love and can get lost in the creative alchemy of Photoshop, but I generally don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to editing my own photos. If my shots don’t look darn good out of camera, I ruthlessly abandon them in my Lightroom library, because honestly, I’d rather be shooting than editing. We’ve been sharing with you how easy our Foto Rx actions are to use, and how perfect they are for the beginner who wants to harness the capabilities of Photoshop without feeling overwhelmed, but I have found myself turning to Foto Rx for my own edits more and more, even though I know my way around Photoshop pretty darn well. What it comes down to is simply workflow efficiency.  If I can get my edits buttoned up with one click instead of 3, why wouldn’t I?

Take these peonies for example. I made this photo when the flowers started to wilt a bit. I was thrilled with the looseness of the petals, and the composition, but not the sickly yellow tinge of the formerly white petals. So, as you can guess – it was quarantined in Lightroom, never to be heard from again – until we started running tests with Foto Rx. I pulled the image into Photoshop, opened our Foto Rx : First Aid Kit actions set, applied Feeling Yellow adjusted the opacity to 90%, then flattened the image and applied 20/20 Vision, adjusting the opacity on that to 70%, and was done. In less than 1 minute, those petals became pearly white and sharp as a tack, transforming my forgotten floral into a print-worthy piece.

Shot with Canon 6D

50mm Lens

Edited with Foto Rx : First Aid Kit

P.S. Are there ever too many flower photos? Seriously – I need your opinion. I’m trying not to overstuff my Instagram account with flower images, but when spring hits and the flowers are going gangbusters, it’s hard not to want to photograph every single one!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.


Inspiration Rx | Defining your visual vocabulary

elizabeth messina wallflower via besotted blog

Today’s Inspiration Rx is a little different, as I think inspiration should not be stagnate it should evolve and grow, I wanted to try to delve a little deeper, are you with me?  We usually pair an artist with 3 words that describe their work, Elizabeth Messina who I admire immensely has a very distinct body of work, some of the words I would use to describe it would be luminous, sensual, romantic. This post originally came up when she mentioned her sister’s love of words we were going to try to pair some of her sister’s fave words with Elizabeth’s images, but we were having a difficult time matching images with them because Elizabeth’s visual vocabulary is so very distinct and really does not stray. [Read more…]

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