If you haven’t joined the Pinterest party yet, come on over!
Pinterest is the new rage for organizing all of those great things and ideas you find on the Internet. And perhaps even more important, Pinterest can drive high-quality, purchase-minded traffic to your business.
But, for people to want to pin and repin your products, ideas, creations and posts, you must have eye-catching, attractive, and engaging photos.
Here are five helpful tips to make your photos Pinterest-worthy.
1. Crop your photos
It’s important to draw the viewer’s eye in on the subject of the photo. Cropping can help you do that.
For example, here’s a photo that has too much clutter in the foreground which causes your eye to be pulled away from the beauty of the picture.
Much improvement after the crop:
Here’s another example:
2.Use the “beauty shot”
Here is the set-up:
Tape a sheet of white tissue paper on a window which sets up a white background and blocks direct sun. Then, push your table up right next to the tissue paper. Lay out a sheet or two of tin foil on the table – I put the shiny side up. Now you’re all ready to shoot.
If you’re not able to get the perfect look right out of the camera, try editing your photos with a program like Adobe Lightroom or on PicMonkey.
3. Use long photos instead of wide photos
To make a a bigger presence on Pinterest boards, use longer pictures as opposed to wider ones.
See how the longer picture shows up larger on the boards?
4. Declutter the background to draw attention to the subject
When you’re taking a picture, take a second to check out the background to make sure it won’t pull your attention away from what’s important.
For example, the background in this photo is way too cluttered.
Pull your subject away from the clutter and the picture will look cleaner and more professional.
Another way to declutter the background is to use a large piece of poster board to pull the focus more on the subject.
Put the poster board behind your subject thus helping the picture appear to be cleaner and more focused on the subject (for more ideas using the foam board and easy backgrounds read this or this post).
And here is the resulting picture:
5. Take pictures in good lighting
Many people work on projects at night when they have a few minutes free. But when it comes to taking pictures, wait until daytime when you have good lighting. That may be tough but it will make a huge difference in your photos.
Here are some examples of photos taken at night using a flash vs. photos taken during the day without a flash:
Do you have any tips for taking Pinterest worthy photos? Share them below along with a link to your boards!
About the author:
Katie Evans is the author of The Key to Taking Pictures, a book that will help you learn more about how to use a digital SLR camera to get professional looking photos. For more photography tips and tutorials, check out her blog.