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Wow! I thought prepping our first Foto Rx launch was a lot of work, but this one was, oh this one, what a doozy!  Hooray, today is the day, we can celebrate we are officially launched and the interwebs will be a much prettier place! There are so many little details behind the scenes that came into play to make Shopkeeper’s Helper a reality, creating the actual actions themselves was taxing for my tired Mommy brain (but a welcome challenge), but all the support materials? Michelle had never made a video until the last launch and now I must say her Shopkeeper’s Helper promo video is aces! I keep telling her she needs to teach a class on it (even if it’s only so I can learn how). All the witty copy? Miss Michelle to thank. In fact I should publicly thank her, because if it wasn’t for Michelle we all know that this project would not have come into fruition. Anyone with a toddler and no help knows that you spend all day constantly running around, at night you are a bedraggled, tired mess, even eating/bathing takes too much energy let alone developing the world’s greatest (humble opinion), simple + easy to use product photo editing tool in a very complicated program (thanks M!). We have our fingers, toes, legs and eyes crossed that you are as wowed by these Photoshop actions as we are, we are a bit chuffed with ourselves and that never happens with two perfectionists on a project.

We are confident that this will cut your product photo editing time to seconds versus hours, even when you choose to use our surgeon precision-like actions which take an eensy bit more effort you still can get an edit done in under 60 seconds! Oh the joy of having more time to do what you love and less of the tasks that make you want to rip your hair out! Maybe that should be our tagline? I am going to keep this short today because seeing is believing and I think that once you take a peek your eyes are going to do a happy dance! And of course you can pick up your very own set of Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper Photoshop actions here. Thank you very much! [Read more…]

Product Photography Tutorials + Resources-A mega Collection!

a collection of essential product photography tutorials via besotted blog

If we had our druthers we would be able to sit down with all of you and give you the best darn product photography class + product photo editing class ever, making it super accessible and easy as pie!  Perhaps, one day in the near future we can make live classes happen, would you like that?  We would! Until that mystical, magical day comes we have sleuthed high and low to bring you a collection of useful Product Photography tutorials, tips and resources. We know having them all in one place is much easier than hunting them down all over the interwebs yourself and we are all about the easy. We hope this helps in assisting you get the best shots ever making your photo editing even easier!


Easy DIY Jewelry set-up

Product photography low light? no problem!

15 video tutorials for product photography

Product Photography and styling

Top tips for Smartphone product photography

Food photography with a smartphone (this tutorial could apply to products too!)

Understanding ISO

DIY Photo lightbox

$20 photo studio

DIY product photography

Product Photography on a shoe string budget

How to take professional photos of crafts

How to take better photos of print design work

How-to product photography backgrounds

Product photography fro beginners


The 4 essential shots you need to get

8 tips to improve your product photography

9 Great Photography tips


Lighting with strobes (nicely explained though!)


Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper Photoshop Actions (coming soon!)

Tabletop Photography Class

No macro lens? No problem!

50mm 1.4


Foamcore board

Tripod (dslr)

Tripod (smartphone)

Light box

Lowel Ego Lights


Full-frame camera

Photoshop + Lightroom Photographer’s bundle

Awesome used cameras!

P.S. A lot of the tutorials linked stress natural light, but I rarely use natural light for my product photography because it hasn’t worked with my schedule, (I need to shoot after baby gets to bed!) So I use artificial light for my product shots about 95% of the time! Both the tabletop lights (Lowel Ego Lights) and Speedlite. This photo taken by moi was shot in a totally dark room, but the light is beautiful, even and emulates natural light, here’s the tutorial for you!

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.

Photo editing made easy!

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Phew, was that too much? I’ve never put an image this long on the blog before, it could be a huge faux pas, but I haven’t decided yet. Maybe? Don’t worry, it won’t happen again, I was just really excited to show off Chiara’s shop! Do you know Chiara of Molasses Candy?  She’s only one of the world’s most creative people, your thinking sure, Tristan is prone to hyperbole (true) but in this case I am not. If you don’t believe me could you have thought up this, this or this? Okay, I proved my point right? She’s one of those creative people that you scratch your head and think- how did they come up with that?  So, when Chiara commented that she needed help with her photo editing, I was pretty confident that it was going to be easy to do (it was). Color casts? No problem, one click cure!  Less than white backgrounds? No problem a little brushing and ta da! Easy peasy, that’s why this post is so image heavy, because the editing went so fast and was so satisfying. We do know that not everyone’s before images are going to be as pretty as Miss Chiara’s, like I said my first attempts at product photography were hideous, so if yours need a little more work don’t fret, we have you covered!

Tomorrow we are going to give you some resources to help you improve your product photography. If you have a shop and photos you want us to edit so you can see the results of Shopkeeper’s Helper for yourself just leave a link in the comments (seeing is believing)!

Of course if you would like to sign-up for the launch you can do so here!

Easy Jewelry Photo Editing with Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper

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I have been anxious to show off our jewelry sparkle action because it’s so much fun! I reached out to designer William White who has beautiful designs and as you can see from the before photos they are pretty darn good, but I knew they could be *this* much better! Photographing fine jewelry as I mentioned before is so hard, especially with colorless stones because they pick up every color in their facets, which could be a good thing in real life but could get distracting on a photograph. Most digital images come out of the camera with what we describe as a ‘digital fog/haze’, that’s easy enough to lift, but you need a little more surgical precision to reveal the natural sparkle from the gemstones and yes, we have conveniently placed it in our Shopkeeper’s Helper set so you too will have access to it (but don’t try it on anyone’s eyes unless you want them to look like zombie’s!) Can you see where editing your photos could be fun? I love, love, love seeing the results in a few clicks.  I used 2 actions for the edit (it took about 60 secs to edit both) I used the ‘feeling yellow?’ action which removes any rogue yellow color casts, this is completely adjustable so you can lower the effect, I then used our super duper awesome ‘jewelry sparkle on the spot‘, this allows you to take a brush and paint on the sparkle, again this is another totally adjustable action, I lowered the effect on both these images it was a very simple task indeed.

The more photos I edit with Shopkeeper’s Helper the more excited I get!  I am a Photoshop ninja, that’s true (it’s on my professional resume, I kid you not), but I wasn’t always. Even with my ninja skills, I’d bemoan how my shop photos turned out (they were hideous). I spent hours editing one photo, I was so frustrated + dejected. It took years really for this set to come into fruition, years of dealing with rogue color casts, years of trying to light my photos just right, years trying to figure out how to get a whiter background even after I had a technically perfect exposure. To be able to hand over a tool that will enable a novice photographer + Photoshop user able to attain a professional result easily is really gratifying. We are hoping that better photos equates to more $ales for you. We do know that less time editing photos will allow you more time to do what you love, maybe even develop more beautiful products!

We are ‘on call’ this week to answer any questions you may have about the set, we truly are hoping that we can release it this week, we have been working on it everyday into the wee hours of the night, of course we want to make sure it’s as perfect as possible and that we have all the support materials you need to run them! If you have photos from your shop that you would like to see edited with Shopkeeper’s Helper then put a link to your shop in the comments! If you want to be notified of the launch you can sign-up here (psst, you get a free actions when you sign-up)!


Photos + jewelry design courtesy of the talented Mr. William White

Foto Rx |Shopkeeper’s Helper Photoshop actions (coming soon!)

Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers Bundle

Shopkeepers Helper to the rescue (again!)

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Yesterday Simone of Fleaing France left a comment that she wanted us to try our hand at editing some of her shop photos and of course we were happy to oblige!  Just so you have an idea of how crazy busy I am, I don’t have the leisure of sitting for hours editing photos that aren’t my own, I have a very active toddler, I have my own shop, I run two Air B’nB’s (I’ll get into that another time), I’m in the midst of a product launch and we have company in town, I don’t have any help/assistance, so I hope that gives you perspective on how long these took me to edit, which was a few minutes, it’s taken me longer to write this last sentence than it did to edit Simone’s photos! We know how difficult it is to shoot products, we do it all the time and we also know how daunting Photoshop can be, but if you own a shop and are wanting to take your images to the next level and want to get your life back from sitting in front of the computer and editing than I am confident that Foto Rx | Shopkeepers Helper is for you.

On another note, I am such a fan of Simone’s, I want to share her story here one day because it is so inspiring, but I will give you the Cliff Notes version now. Simone ditched her corporate career to follow her heart and packed up everything to become an expatriate and move to the South of France (le sigh), her love of ‘fleaing’ led to her opening ‘Fleaing France’ where she shares her discoveries of the treasures she has uncovered and offers them for sale in her well curated shop. Of course I love when she finds old letters and documents, I have been privy to having some of these ancient lovelies land in my mailbox, what a thrill to have a piece of history in your possession! I do hope you pay her a visit.

Okay friends, if you want any of your photos edited today’s the day, add your link in the comments, this is our week to show off our new Shopkeepers Helper action set while we work behind the scenes to get it ready for launch. Ask any questions you may have, we are ‘on call’ this week and will be happy to answer! And don’t forget to sign-up to be notified of the launch!


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