Pinteresting Is Interesting

Pinteresting is Interesting |

So lately I’ve decided to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon and have been using it a lot. I use it for researching and inspiration for mood boards as well as just pinning images to certain boards for ideas to shoot or for potential locations. It has taken me a long time to start using Pinterest for a reason that I’m not entirely sure why. I guess it’s to do with the fact that now I’m starting to actually understand the art and design world and my processes are becoming more professional and refined. I used to never do any form of research, instead I would just jump straight into the work and unfortunately a lot of my artwork has suffered because of it.

I’ve come to realise how important it is to gain inspiration and just undertaking simple research to see what other Creatives have done. An example of this, is what I’ve just recently done to my blog. This isn’t Pinterest related exactly but I published a post yesterday about inspirational blogs and it gave me the drive to actually make my blog look good–and so I did. I went through and removed posts that I didn’t really want and decided to create a thumbnail image for each of them. This is to add some visual interest to my site and for my posts to have a specific look when shared on social media.

So I’ve decided to use two helpful things to use Pinterest for.

  • | Set up a business account with Pinterest and start pinning.

Pinterest is the go-to website to search for DIY projects, recipes and other stuff. The more you pin your blog content the more web traffic you’ll get. Pinterest also links directly back to your site so your images will take users to your site.

  • | Allow visitors to pin from your site.

If you hover over any image on my website, you’ll notice a Pin It button pop up in the top left. This lets Pinterest users Pin any image from my site to their boards. An easy way to get your stuff out there.

Hasselblad Masters 2016 | VOTING CLOSED

Click on the image to be taken directly to the Hasselblad Masters home page.

Click on the image to be taken directly to the Hasselblad Masters home page.

The Hasselblad Masters 2016 competition has seen a spectacular 10,700 images entered from over 4,000 photographers. Photographic ability; creativity; compositional skills; conceptual strength and technique have all made a compelling contribution to the art of photography.
— Hasselblad

Well the time has come and the jury has spoken. Over 10,000 photos from 4,000 photographers from all over the world were submitted for the Hasselblad Masters Award 2016 including three of my own. The public voting has now begun to choose the final 10 winners. Oh, did I mention I’m one of the finalists? It would mean the world to me for you to vote for my flagship (or what I like to think) photograph of Whisky Bay. I have entered into the Project//21 category and my image is the colourful seascape. All you have to do is vote my image with 3 STARS, another 2 STARS and finally a 1 STAR. Then click CAST VOTE. You will need to be a member with Hasselblad but that’s easy, just sign up.

I would also like you all to share my blog post and let all your friends know. Photography is my passion and to be a finalist will forever be something I’m proud of.

So how do I vote?

Visit the Hasselblad website and in the top right corner click Sign In. You'll see a Create Account link, you'll click this to create your Hasselblad account. The only information you need to provide is an email address, password and your name. Once you have done that scroll to the bottom of the page, accept the terms and conditions and click the Create Account button.

You should now be signed in but click the Sign In button in the top right again just to make sure. When signed in you'll see the Hasselblad Masters Awards finalist categories on your profile page. I entered in the Project//21 section–the section with the Mini Cooper as the image. Click into that and you'll see 10 photos. My image is the second image featuring a rather colourful seascape. Rate this image three stars then proceed to rate two others with two and one stars. Then above the gallery you'll see a white Cast Vote button, click that and it'll turn grey. You have now voted and can no longer vote again in that category.