Today I am at the Reviewers Retreat conference here at Great Wolf Lodge just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The following is a recap of our presentation complete with the slideshow we used.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will answer them.
CREATING PINNABLE PICS
Sunday, June 3rd at 4:00pm
In this hands-on workshop, learn how to create better photos for your blog that users can’t resist pinning and re-pinning!
Brands are watching
It is another way to build your brand.
Get new readers. It is a whole new market. There are tons of people on Pinterest who are not blog readers but find their way to your blog through Pinterest.
FACTS ABOUT PINTEREST
Pinterest has around 20 million unique visitors each month.
Pinterest now has over 10.4 million registered users, 9 million monthly Facebook-connected users, and 2 million daily Facebook users
97.9% Pinterest fans are female
80% of pins are re-pins.
TAKING BETTER PICTURES
1. Turn off the Flash
You can edit not enough light through a good editing program but it is next to impossible to edit out too much light.
Flash is harsh and totally unnatural.
2. Natural Light
When at all possible, use natural light.
What spot in your house gets the most light, has the best angles, is going to produce the best pictures?? The picture above is from my “spot” which is out in the our yard in the natural light.
4. Remove the junk from the background
Have you ever seen a beautiful picture of an appliance with all kinds of things around it? Yeah neither have we. Give your readers something to focus on in each shot that you take.
Don’t be afraid to change which angle you shoot a picture from. Get down at eye level or stand over something. I have my son stand on a stool to take pictures of me.
Not everything has to be centered. Don’t worry about posing and those obvious camera shots.
“Take the obvious shot first so you get it out of the way.” ~ Mee Rah Koh
Bring the focus in on something specific. What is the standout feature of what you are shooting? What do you want people to really see?
I love the details in the picture above. You can see the glitter sparkling.
This isn’t film. Keep shooting lots of pictures in the burst or continuous mode. I take a ton of shots to get that one perfect picture.
The shot above was of about 200 I took that day. Had I not kept shooting, I would have missed one of my favorite pictures from that Summer. I LOVE this picture!
“Film is cheap. Shoot a lot.” ~Walt Disney
Have your photo take up your entire blog post width
See what people have pinned from your site: http:www.pinterest.com/source/thedivinemissmommy.com – Just add your website at the end instead
Embed the Pinterest button on your blog: http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/#button_for_web_sites
Use a good editing program. Free options are Picasa or Picmonkey. Gimp is more advanced and is good Photoshop alternative.
VIEW OUR SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION: