Besotted with…Our current faves

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I. Michelle just finished ‘The Little Book of Talent’, 52 tips for improving your skills, she’s giving it a thumbs up so I am downloading tonight! This is the 2nd in a series, here’s the first one.

II. Instagram has announced IGTV, basically it’s Youtube in a vertical orientation filmed on your mobile device, here’s the ultimate guide to IGTV.

III. After working relentlessly for over a year, Foto Rx is going to roll out our first set of professional Lightroom presets for photographers. If you want to up your brands visuals you are going to want to get in on this!

IV. Are you using Instagram Stories?  You can now add GIFS (the rotating images) to Insta Stories with this tutorial.

V. I LOVE podcasts, but I don’t usually have time to listen except when I am cooking dinner, this also happens to be the time my daughter likes to hang out with me. I was looking for a podcast that we could both enjoy and stumbled upon this great one by NPR. We have listened to the one about water and owls vs. bats (which is going to be made into a new child friendly debate podcast). They are filled with interesting fun facts that we can later discuss or delve deeper into if she is inclined.

Photo prompt :: Inspired by….

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Our prompt this week for our Foto Rx 52 (a photo a week project) is ‘inspired by’. We want you to find an artist that inspires you and to try to replicate their style of work. For centuries this is how artists developed their craft and is a a great exercise in finding your own visual voice. The featured image was edited with our Cyanotype set (green tea + black tea and added contrast).  With our editing tools we encourage a healthy dose of experimentation, yes, they can get one click results, but if you dig a little deeper you can create magic! Our inspiration was master botanical photographer Karl Blossfeldt. We have included links below for further study.

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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Foto Rx Cyanotype
Shot with Iphone 7 (Yes, this was shot with a mobile phone!)
Loewe (His images were used for modern fragrance packaging)
Karl Blossfeldt Masterworks
Blossfeldt : The Complete Published Works
Karl Blossfeldt: The Alphabet of Plants
Art of photography: Karl Blossfeldt
Reverse engineering lighting in a photo 
A format for looking at photographs

photo by michelle p.

Besotted with…Friday Faves

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Happy Friday friends!  Just a little of our current faves, hope you find something that delights you!

I. A Swedish filmaker captures tulips in a surreal ‘dance’, a must watch!

II. This is what the internet was made for, a highschool girl petitioned her fave band to cover her fave song.

III. If you liked the last link, then you’ll love this one.

IV. If you are ever in Vancouver, Canada, you need to make  a pit stop here!

V. Two of my fave Australian creatives have teamed up for a thoughtful look at local makers, it’s called Practise Journal and I can’t wait to read more stories!

VI. Have you seen Thomas Darnell’s giant floral paintings?

Mobile photography tips

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Our prompt this week for our Foto Rx weekly photo prompt (Foto Rx 52) is ‘Iphone only’ (feel free to shoot with your mobile device of choice). We are always in awe of what these tiny devices are capable of. They can capture anything from artful to doc style and everything in between! We think this prompt will give you freedom to shoot what you love with the camera that is with you!

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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Some resources + inspo for Iphone photography:

Take better Iphone photos

12 Time covers shot with Iphone

Ashley Woodson Bailey with her large format Iphone photographs

The Iphone Photo Awards (IPPAWARDS) must be seen to believed.

5 Awesome Iphone tips

Mobile photo tips

Iphone 7 tips

Edited with Fine Art B+W Photoshop action set

Artful Product Photography Prompt

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This week our prompt is ‘Artful Product Photography’. Think still life, but with the added aim of moving a potential consumer to purchase the featured product or try your hand at a faux documentary style ala Elliott Erwitt. This is not an easy prompt, but it’s a great one to help build your observational skills, your styling chops and your ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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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Some still life inspo with a product photography slant:

Elliott Erwitt created this amazing image for a French tourism ad and this for a shoe company.

André Kertész

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photo by michelle p.

P.S. This image was edited with the word’s premier Product Photography editing actions.