Some Pinteresting thoughts

Hi all,

In my last blog post, I explained why I prefer 500px over 1x or any other photo sharing site I’ve come across till now. At the same time I was still undecided as per what I thought of Pinterest as a tool to share the work of others. Meanwhile I have made up my mind, since as things are organized now, I feel that in general, people only care about their own collections, e.g. they make use of other people’s work to make interesting galleries, and this more often than not without properly refering to the photographer. And this makes the site useless to create exposure for others. Most of the time you cannot trace back the name of the photographer, nor the link to his or her site. At first instance I told myself I would do it differently, which I did, yet also this is useless, since if somebody repins you without bothering to properly reference, the next person will still be at a loss as per the creator of the shot, …

So far, my reflection on Pinterest, welcoming thoughts of others on the subject and leaving you with anoher reflection for this week.

Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 L IS USM f/2.8 @ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/8000, ISO 200

Warm regards,

Guy

 

  • Christa

    hi, great picture..
    all the best, Christa

    • Hi, thanks Christa, much appreciated. This picture also got a mention on the National Geographic site which I am very happy about! More to follow. Have a great sunday evening, Guy

  • Interesting thoughts Guy.

    Pinterest, at this stage, seems like a lazy way of sharing. You simply repin and that’s it. That makes it easy to share but as you mention, this might get messy if people do not take the time to add their own thoughts and links. The nice thing is though – as far as I can see – is that the image will always retain the original link from where it was originally pinned meaning that it is very easy for your links to be shared, in a visual manner.

    I am still testing the waters, so to speak, but so far I like the idea that people can share my images, end therefore my links, through the simple click of a button.

    But, as they say, the jury is still out and will wait to see how this one turns out! 🙂

    • Hi Gerry, thanks a lot for your thoughts on this one. As you may see, I have not yet closed my account, yet I’ve put it on the backburner for the time being. Just like you, I have the feeling it can become something great, yet that it has to be further developed, and I guess we all have a role to play there in providing an example from a photographer’s point of view. That being said, I may pick it up again in the near future and meanwhile, if you feel like it, feel free to pin some of my work as well 😉 have a great day and thanks again for your feedback, Guy