Photo prompt :: An object study

Our prompt this week is ‘a study’. Take an object (animate or inanimate) and shoot it from multiple angles/perspectives, shoot it in different lights, really get to ‘know’ your subject. We chose a floral study and shot it at it’s prime and even when it was fading, each stage offered a new photo-op. This is a perfect creative exercise for those days when you feel you don’ t have anything to shoot.Read More

Besotted with…Friday Faves

 

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What a week, it seems like we get more done in our two full work days than I ever was able to do with a 60+ hour week.  Every week we get into a better rhythm and seem to be able to accomplish more with less, it’s pretty mind boggling to someone who often times would work from dawn to dawn prior. Ah, live and learn…

I. This incredibly beautiful image was something I was able to pilfer from Michelle’s hard drive. Speaking of pilfering, Michelle found all of these blooms in our neighborhood, they were spent blooms scattered about. You see photo-ops everywhere! The original was lovely (of course) but I think the edit with our beta Lightroom presets is looking mighty fine. We have heard your requests for presets and we are working on them at the Foto Rx lab and we think we are finally getting close…

II. Michelle bought me this incredible book for my birthday which I LOVE, she learned about it from The Art of Photography. Michelle thinks I mentioned before, but since I can’t remember I think it’s so worth mentioning again.

III. Did you know that Creative Live offers FREE classes every day?  I didn’t either, you can check them out here.

IV. There’s documentary on writer Joan Dideon out right now that has been getting a lot of buzz, I haven’t seen yet, but Michelle thought it was fascinating.

V. Michelle and I are working on a project that required specific tools from the art store.  The uber friendly folks at Daniel Smith introduced us to Caran D’ache watercolor pencils, we have used watercolor pencils in the past and felt they were lackluster at best, but these seem to be in a league of their own! We bought the Museum Aquarelle in black, if you fall in love you can always get this beautiful set. These pencils get rave reviews as well. We did try the water-soluble pastels which we didn’t get, but they are definitely on our list of things we would like!

Photo prompt :: From where I stand

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Our prompt this week is ‘from where I stand’. Basically it doesn’t get easier than this folks, just shoot an image from wherever you are, it could be an impromptu portrait, a landscape, an object just shoot (are you getting the premise of this 52? Hint, hint).  There is some great inspo on Instagram for the hashtag ‘from where I stand’ to get you motivated, but really just shoot wherever you are, whatever situation you are in!

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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Photo shot Iphone 6

Image edited with Portland | Modern + Moody Photoshop actions.

Edited in Photoshop CC

Some inspiration for portraits, landscapes and objects:

From where I stand Instagram

Documentary Portrait photography inspo

Landscape photography tips

Flatlay photography tips

photo by michelle p.

Besotted with…Friday Faves!

Written Word practice calligraphy pads via besotted

I. We are completely and utterly floored at how beautiful Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy’s new Modern Calligraphy Practice pads are. They are almost too beautiful to practice in.

II. If one cookbook recommendation is good, why not get 37 from Epicurious?

III. Totally in full-on spring mode. If you too have a little naturalist at home, birding is an easy and inexpensive way to explore nature. I found this great little checklist where you can become a ‘citizen scientist’ and share your observations with Cornell University. We are getting this little birdfeeder to be able to see the birds up close (and also to have something on the windows so don’t fly into them).

IV. The pencil has such a bad rap, but the humble tool is one of my faves and these luxe offerings from Katie Leamon are so good.

V. Michelle has a Pinterest board called ‘Surprising & Delightful’ and it is just that. I loved this find of an artist that merges archival footage and antique photographs.

 

Cloud photography

Cloud photography insp via besotted

Our prompt this week for our #fotorx 52 weekly photo project is clouds!  We are endlessly inspired by these beauties of nature from light and fluffy to stormy and dramatic there always seems to be a perfect photo-op at the ready. This is a perfect week to begin your weekly photo project because your subject is everywhere!

Cloud photography via besotted by michelle p.

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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Photo Shot w/ Iphone 6 (no. 1) Photo shot Fuji Xt-10 (no. 2)

Image edited with our Light & Airy action set (coming soon!)

Edited in Photoshop CC

Some cloud inspiration:

One of the rarest clouds ever

Cloud appreciation society manifesto

Inspo for clouds + portraits here, here, here

Cloudscape photographer

Max Wanger clouds

Photographing clouds tips