I work in social media, so I’m constantly looking for the next best thing when it comes to connecting with others online. Pinterest has been getting a ton of buzz lately, so I’ve been spending some time figuring out how to use it.
In case you haven’t heard of it, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize things you find on the web. According to the “About” page, “People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.” You know what I’m using it for? Photography inspiration. It’s the perfect place to gather photos I love in one place, so when I’m feeling uninspired I have a place to go.
Here’s how to use Pinterest for your own photo inspiration.
- Sign Up For An Account
Pinterest accounts are currently available by invite only. I have a few invitations left, so if you’re interested just leave a comment on this post, and I’ll send you an invite. Otherwise, you can request an invite here.
- Install the Pin It Button On Your Bookmarks Toolbar
This button will allow you to pin photos you find on any website. Pinterest will automatically detect which browser you are using to give the you appropriate button.
- Setup Your Pinboards
Once you’re logged in, click on the Add+ link at the top right and choose “Create A Board”. Boards are essentially the categories you will use to pin things. I set mine up based on type of photography: black & white, portraits, nature, and miscellaneous.
- Start Pinning Your Favorite Photos
I started on websites that I visit frequently to pin some of my favorite photos. Once you’re on a page with a photo you like, simply pull up your bookmarks toolbar and click “Pin It”. You can choose which photo from the page to pin and what board the photo should be pinned to. You can also write notes for each photo — I use this to write what I like about the photo I pinned.
- See What Others Are Pinning
Pinterest has a search functionality that allows you to search by keyword. I searched for “photography” and found some interesting photos others had pinned. If you click on one of these photos, you can like it or repin it to one of your own boards.
That’s it! Easy as pie. Some websites are starting to include a “pin it” button to make pinning content even easier, so be on the lookout for those.
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