Free transitioning to film ebook


I am super excited to share this free resource with you today!  I recently downloaded photographer Kirk Mastin’s free transitioning to film ebook, which was super helpful, but what really got me excited was the follow-up email-‘Don’t let these 3 things hold you back from shooting film’. The follow-up email has links for beginning camera suggestions and even a link to ebay (hint it’s not a Contax 645)! Also some film choices with links AND a super tip for those that are afraid of exposure and metering in which he gives an exact formula for stellar photos with your film camera–the film, what to set your aperture and shutter speed to and the best lighting conditions, I was so excited about that last tip that I am dying to get through my roll of black and white film so I can test it out!

If you aren’t interested in shooting film right now Kirk just released a new photo app (free!) I have downloaded it and have been using the camera almost exclusively since. We wish him a ton of success and we hope that his series inspires more people to start shooting film.

Let us know if you shoot a roll, we can’t wait to see your results!


Kirk Mastin’s Transitioning to Film Ebook

Filmborn app

Photo above shot with Kirk’s suggested film

photo by nicholas lau

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.

Digital Cyanotypes


A few months ago Michelle and I decided to focus.  We are way behind on sharing exactly what that focus is, because we have been too busy focusing to come up for air on that, but we shall! I did want to share with you a little update on the ‘fruits’ of our focus. This month, with a solid (uhm, solid for us) focus we have created two new Photoshop action sets for Foto Rx, another two creative sets to launch in November, we finished recording our second Skillshare class, we are almost ready to launch our new site (!) and we have a pretty thorough plan laid out for at least the next quarter with products and classes, and we have worked tirelessly on a top secret project that is launching early next year. All that crammed into only two day a week work weeks. We are both tired and pretty proud, previously just a small portion of that list would have taken us at least an entire summer to complete, so if you ask me if this focusing is paying off I am going to give it a thumbs up. We have been a million times more productive and in turn we have seen even in this small amount of time a shift in what our potential revenue could be (a heck of a lot more than it was with all of scattered projects). It’s all very exciting and we want to share more soon for those still struggling with this! And now a little drum roll for our new release today…Read More

Find photo credit


One of the most frustrating things on the internet is finding photo credit for an image. I know for some it doesn’t matter and trust me there are days where I seriously wish I didn’t care, because trying to find photo attribution is usually a pain in the rear and takes time I don’t have away from me. Alas, I stumbled upon a little plug-in that has not only been a saving grace, it has also helped me find new work based on the similarities in my target images I am searching, that is a total win-win because I LOVE a new discovery! Best part? It’s only a little one click deal. Here’s my quick tute, hope it helps you!Read More

Digital darkroom experiments


Michelle and I have been working on something very cool (if we must say so ourselves). We have been building out our digital darkroom offerings for Foto Rx, previously we had concentrated on work flow and just getting your photos in ship shape, which we were wildly excited about, well, as wildly excited as you can get about photo editing and being behind a computer. With this whole focus concentration in full effect we decided to add more creative tools to the digital darkroom arsenal, we really wanted to release an offering that wasn’t already widely available and something that wouldn’t read as cheesy, which can easily happen when you are working in Photoshop, or any digital medium. We took a traditional darkroom technique that has been used for hundreds of years and re-envisioned it for a digital age. When we had our beta testers try it we didn’t expect the results that transpired, they started experimenting (our fave part) and came up with results and techniques of using our set that we hadn’t even considered prior. It was one of those times that we were doing happy dances in our desk chairs. Michelle promptly did some experimenting herself and came up with the image above, an abstract seascape which was actually once a photo of the sky, she was so thrilled with her results that she actually did test prints (this never happens). We will be launching the new set on October 31st, and won’t be as cryptic as we are now, about what the offering will be, be the first to know and get some goodies here!

On another note, this whole focus thing has been such an eye opener for us, things seem to have finally started to fall into place and we have put together a major three year plan. What?!  THREE YEARS?!  It’s not all done of course, but for the first time instead of having seemingly 400 ‘diversified’ projects in the works, we have a streamlined plan that is cohesive and is actionable. This our friends is such progress and we definitely will share with you how we arrived at the focus and all the steps we are taking to make our goals a reality. We are excited to share some of our epiphanies with you, the obstacles that have occurred and how to not let those halt your forward progress. We know that if we could get to this place, two individuals that are habitually excited by pretty much everything than we think that you could do it to! Of course, we will need to schedule those posts into our big picture;)

P.S. We already mentioned this, but we are launching a FREE autumn toning action set, be sure to get yours, we are launching it to our list this week!



Free Photography Workshops!


Just thought we would pop in really quick to let you know of an amazing (AND FREE!) opportunity to watch some great photographer’s teach their workshops LIVE today through this weekend.  We have mentioned Yan Palmer before and I am SO excited to watch her workshop (hope they stream it), ordinarily you would pay thousand’s of dollars to attend one and even to attend the conference she’s featured in (Click Away was in that range as well), so FREE sounds a whole lot easier on the wallet. I have been part of the Clickin’ Mom’s forum since it started, long before I was a mother, (I would cringe at the name but they have finally renamed their umbrella company Click & Co, which is easier to share with you;). You don’t need to be part of the forum to watch the streaming!

If you don’t have time to watch everything they are offering a pre-buy to get a video of the conference at a discounted price is available.  I am going to try to catch the live workshops in between toddler wrangling.  I am super excited to learn some new things from some photographer’s I admire (especially the film ones, because I SO want to get better at it!).


Free LIVE Streaming workshops (starts today at 9am Pacific)

Join an AWESOME community of photographers

P.S. The photo above is by a wonderfully creative photographer and teacher-Brooke Shaden (she’ll have the free live workshop this weekend!). Brooke has some great courses if you miss the Click Away one, her style of teaching is very easy to comprehend, here are some of her classes: Transforming a Photoshoot for $10 or lessFine Art Portraits | Fine Art Photography