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How to see if your images have been pinned on Pinterest

This past Sunday I was wondering how I could see who was pinning my images on their Pinterest boards. I knew that people were repinning my images because I’d been getting auto emails from Pinterest telling me so. I wanted to thank the people and build online rapore with the people who were repinning my images by leaving a Thank You and a comment on their board. But I was wondering how to do it. After a search on google I came up with a brilliant how to article from author Derrick Sutton: How to see if your images have been pinned on Pinterest”

What You Need to Do to Comment on Other People’s Pinterest Boards: When you first start Pinterest, you’ll receive and email from Pinterest that you’ll need to confirm by clicking on a link. Because I’m not a great direction reader and just wanted to get started with building Boards and posting my images, I never confirmed my email and subsequently also deleted the email they sent me. Not to worry. You can fix it like this. Simply go to Your Name (upper right hand side) —> Settings, then change or re-enter your email address —> Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on Save. Now got to your email. Open the email from Pinterest and cick on the link they sent you to validate your email. In my case it went to spam. So if you don’t get an email check your Spam of junk mail. Happy commenting!

Here’s an incredibly helpful guest blog post from our bestselling author, Derrick Sutton. Derrick is the author of How to Sell Your Crafts Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Sales on Etsy and Beyond: A quick tutorial on How to see if your images have been pinned on Pinterest. In his post below, Derrick provides concise directions for how to find out whether images of your work have been pinned on Pinterest and how to encourage fans to pin your images. We hope that his advice helps spread your work far and wide!


The rise of Pinterest, the social photo sharing site, has been phenomenal. At the time of writing this post, Pinterest has become the third most popular social network in the U.S. So having your crafts, art, and photography shared on Pinterest could be a fantastic way to gain further exposure and might even lead to viral sharing potential. But aside from creating your own Pinterest page and uploading your own well-photographed, sharable content, how do you know when other people are sharing your images beyond “repinning” your uploads?

Pinterest Search
How to see if your images have been pinned on Pinterest. The easiest way to find out whether your images, have been pinned on Pinterest is to type your business name into the Pinterest search box. For example, if I was looking for my book How to Sell your Crafts Online, I’d simply type that keyword phrase into the Pinterest search box, which can be found at the top left-hand corner of the page:

How to see if your images have been pinned on Pinterest

As you can see, the second image showing on the resulting page (at the time of writing) is my book cover:

How to see if your images have been pinned on Pinterest

Try this out with your own Etsy shop name to see whether your items have been pinned.

The Pinterest Search Source
If you own your own website and post images of your work, there’s another, less well-known way to discover if your images have been shared on Pinterest. To use this technique, you’ll need to use the following URL:


But before you copy and paste the address, you’ll need to edit the part at the end which reads “URL” and substitute it with your website address, minus the “http://” or “www.” For example if I was searching for images pinned from my publisher’s (Macmillan) website, I’d use the URL from the Macmillan website:http://us.macmillan.com/and amend the Pinterest source URL so it reads as:


And when you copy and paste the above into your browser, you’re taken to a page that shows images shared and pinned from Macmillan.com:

How to see if your images have been pinned on Pinterest

Try this with your own blog and website and see if you’re being pinned!

As a further tip, if you use WordPress for your blog or website, as mentioned in my book How To Sell Your Crafts Online, you can also encourage people to pin your images by using a Pinterest button plugin:


Action Steps:

  • Create a Pinterest account if you don’t already have one.
  • Check that the images from your Etsy shop or website being pinned.
  • If you use WordPress for your website or blog, you can add a plugin to encourage and prompt people to pin your content.

For more easy-to-follow helpful advice for how to attract more customers, boost your Etsy sales, and expand your online presence, check out Derrick’s book How to Sell Your Crafts Online and websitehttp://howtosellyourcraftsonline.com/.

Marc Weisberg is a professional photographer, author, blogger and teacher, specializing in children and family portrait photography. His work is praised within his industry and published nationally. Marc’s studio serves the Orange County area, all of Southern California from San Diego to Los Angeles, and is available for destination shoots.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

iPhone 4s Street Photography from Paris & NYC

iPhoneography – A How To Guide for Creating Montages and Books

In part 1 we went over Shooting Street in Paris | iPhoneongraphy 5 Tips & 5 Apps to Help You Shoot Like a Pro. In this article we’ll go over constructing montages and layouts is a playful and powerful way to show off your iPhoneography.

1. Using Themes: The montage below is created using similar themed iPhone photographs from NYC, but you needn’t go that route. You can create a montage or layout of anything that moves you. Think of it as storytelling – using montages and layouts as a powerful visual narrative. Sky’s the limit. Anything from your iPhone camera roll and library is fair game.

New York City iPhoneoraphy, iphone photorpahy

New York City Montage created with iPhone 4s photographs. Layout produced in ProSelectPro.

2. Using Diptich on your iPhone or iPad to Create Powerful Layouts: MacWorld states that Diptic is “A simple, elegant way to use pictures to tell your story” The original version of Diptic was pretty cool but lacked choices for creating compelling layouts. That was until release of version 6.0 of Diptich. Diptich 6.0 is an awesome app that you can use on your iPhone or iPad to create over a hundred different photographic layouts and at $0.99 cents this app is a steal!

Diptich consists of a easy user interface with:

  • 100+ new layouts! New layout types, angles, curves, shapes and more! In addition to the 100 new layouts, more layouts are available as in-app purchase.
  • Text captions
  • Border textures (in-app purchase) let you add fun textures to your Diptics.
  • Optimized for landscape mode in iPad.
  • Customize inner frame dimensions by dragging and moving joints.
  • Photo swap! Easily swap photos between frames with the flick of two fingers.
  • Enhanced UI and improved in-app help to improve the overall user experience.

Its Not Always Hip to be Square: Diptic’s layouts are square based. Great for posting to Instagram but not for everything. If you are looking for non-square layouts pay a visit to the Diptich store where you can purchase Expandable Layouts for $0.99 that’ll let you change the aspect ratio of your templates.

Street photography Paris crated in Diptic for posting on Instagram.


Food and wine iPhoneography in Paris created on Diptic for Instagram.

3. Using Templates for Layouts on your Mac or PC: There’s several different ways you can go about this. You can create a template in Adobe Photoshop and populate it with your iPhoneography images. That takes a bit of time but you can do it with paste special and masking. Or you can go a more sophisticated route recommended for professional photographers and that’s ProSelectPro. Its not inexpensive by any means, but if your a pro level photographer and portraiture is your business, you’ll make your money back and some the first time you use it with your clients. We’ve been using ProSelectPro as our show and sell software in the studio for over 6 years. Another use we’ve found for it is creating compelling and powerful montages. Creating the actual template layout in ProSelectPro took less than 5 minutes and creating populating it with iPhone images took about 2 minutes to create. You choose the output resolution and whether you want the file as a layered PDF, Tiff or Jpeg. Then post to web or send to print.

Food photography Paris with iPhone 4s Naked Cowboy - NYC iPhone 4s photography

Naked Cowboy, Times Square, NYC

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Paris street photography montage.

iPhone photography of the Marais, Paris

iPhone photography of the Marais, Paris.

iPhone photography montage of Paris created with the Diptic App and posted in Instagram.

Creating Panoramas with the iPhone: Below is a Panorama created with the native iPhone camera app. Open the iPhone camera app, touch on Options, touch Panorama, your’ll see the aperture close and the Panorama screen will open. Touch the camera release, and move the camera continuously to create a pano. The iPhone must remain in portrait position. After your pano is created you can edit it in your favorite camera app. if your looking for a free Pano App try Photosynth by Microsoft.

panorama photography of Canal Street, NYC iPhone 4s

Panorama created on the native iPhone camera of Canal Street, NYC on the iPhone 4s.

Door knockers, Paris

Antique door knockers, Paris. Montage layout created in ProSelectPro

Vignettes of NYC iPhoneography created in Diptic app

Times Square view iPhone 4s edited in the Camera+ App.

Street poster, Midtown, NYC, iPhone 4s

4. Creating a Printed Book from your iPhoneography: There’s something really cool about the printed image. Whether its a page of montaged layouts or your favorite single image Mosaic is your answer to creating a twenty page book right on your iPhone for twenty five bucks.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Top 5 Essential Tips & 5 Apps for iPhoneography to Shoot Like a Pro

Street Photography in Paris with the iPhone 4s

Welcome to the World of iPhoneography. Steve Jobs and Apple Inc. have changed the way we see the world. Unless you’ve been hanging out in a mountain cave or chill’n in a hammock on a remote island with an icy Corona for the last few years, you probably know the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 have become the preferred camera for millions of people across the globe. The iPhone has reshaped how we see the world. The release of the iPhone 4s [October 4, 2011…yours truly got one of the first ones] and now the iPhone 5 [September 21, 2012…holding off on that purchase till my iPhone 4s bites the dust] brought a paradigm shift in the way we communicate visually. In this article I’ll give specific examples of how I shot street photography in Paris with the iPhone 4s and 5 Tips & 5 Apps to Help You Shoot Like a Pro. I’ll talk about what apps were used in camera to process the photographs, and how the iPhone photographs are archived. Just as an FYI no laptop or desktop Adobe Photoshop™ was used on any of these images everything was processed in camera.

Tuileries at the Louvre looking toward Place de Concorde and the Champs Elysee. Captured on the iPhone 4s edited in Camera+

A Brief iPhone History

In June of 2007 Apple introduced the iPhone 1. Things started to get a bit interesting with the iPhone 3Gs but it still had a paltry 3 megapixel camera and photographic captures were cool but just okay looking. Nothing to write your mom about. Along came the 4G which bumped up the resolution to 5 megapixels with and 720p Video <interesting>.
The iPhone Wow Factor

Today’s iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 boast 8 megapixel sensors with 3264×2448 pixels resolution. (2.5 times more resolution than the iPhone 3Gs) a fast f 2.4 aperture, with 80-1000 ISO, and HD 1080p video @30fps. That’s the WOW factor baby! Plug the pixel resolution into Adobe Photoshop and it equates to an 8.16′ x 10.88′ print @ 300 dpi. With the ability to edit with free or nominally priced photo apps right onboard, the iPhone 4s and 5 IS the go anywhere, have with you all the time perfect pocket camera.

iPhone 4s photography Paris montage

Montage of Paris vignettes. Created in ProSelect Pro

My Thoughts on iPhoneography

Even though at times I was carrying my Olympus OMD EM5 with me and a host of super fast primes, my iPhone 4s was always in my pocket. Some times I’d manipulate my iPhone with one hand while holding a crepe or pastry in the other, to turn it on, quickly compose and grab a shot, and other times I’d use both hands to carefully, steady it and compose my image. When it was raining, like every day for most my trip in Paris this year, there were times that I’d leave my Oly in the shoulder bag and whip out my iPhone 4s. Sure it would get a bit wet but it would still do the job.

The tonal range, dynamic range and clarity of the iPhone snaps is stagering. Colors are natural and rich with little image distortion. No wonder why the point and shoot camera market is in decline, the iPhone is a point and shoot killer. With the iPhone 4s and above you always have a remarkable camera in our purse or pocket and the ability to do video and connect with the entire planet.

I get allot of friends asking me what kind of camera should they buy. One of the first things that I ask them is how much they are willing to spend. The typical answer is $200-$300 bucks. The next thing that I ask is do you own an iPhone? If you are not willing to spend a least $400-$500 on a camera, you are better off shooting with your iPhone. And sometimes, even if you are willing to spend $500 you still should consider using your iPhone. Other compelling factors are the myriad of photo Apps that you can use to edit, finesse and massage your images. Then share them with family, friends and through Social media streams like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram.

iPhone 4s food photography Paris outdoor market

Sardines, marche Bastille, Paris. Captured on iPhone 4s edited in Camera+ App

Will iPhoneography Replace DSLR’s or MFT’s?

I don’t think so and here’s why: Every tool or creative medium has its place. DSLR’s have their place in my photography studio. Since purchasing my Olympus gear I never take my Canon pro gear with me on when traveling or road tripping. Instead I use my pro gear for my portrait photography and paying gigs. The image quality my Canon gear produces is exacting, highly repeatable, and gives me accurate and controllable results that my clients and I expect for professional grade portraiture. Similarly my MFT’s Olympus gear although I may employ it to supplement my DSLR portrait work, at this point in time it is not a replacement, but its my go to travel camera set up.

That being said….I can certainly see using my iPhone to record some HD video or a sound clip from my portrait sessions or to use it for both in an upcoming personal project. iPhoneography has a firm foothold in my arsenal. Its always with me and my most accessible camera. Whatever camera you use, the same rules apply… light, composition and perspective. These three factors: light, perspective and composition can take the mundane and illuminate it, take the common place and showcase it in a new way and creatively frame it. For me, my iPhoneography is all about instant gratification, fun and experimentation. However, there is one guy i know of, Brad Mangin, who used his iPhone in a professional capacity for a Sports Illustrated shoot.


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Formagerie, Paris

Nutella, iPhoneography

Nutella, middle eastern grocer, Marias, Paris, captured on iPhone 4s, edited in Camera+ App.

Tip 1: iPhoneography is nonthreatening. The iPhone is so small that most people are not threatened by it if your using it for street photography. There are several ways that you can use it in stealth mode. In Parisian cafes I’d often turn it length wise in landscape, resting it on its edge of a table top, shooting it with one hand just kind of looking at it for composition out of the corner of my eye. Below you’ll see a diptych of smokers during the evening both captured camera unaware. For the one on the left I was standing on the side walk, it was drizzling and I was waiting for a friend and checking my email. The waiter walked right into the graffiti scene. I pretended to send a text message and instead quickly turned on the camera, composed the image and fired off three frames. Bang, the moment was gone but I had luckily captured the image I wanted. The overhead light illuminated the scene. You can see the sharp delineation of shadow at the foot of the roll up door and the scooter.

For the image on the right, I was out at night walking around the Marais, with my buddy Trevor, actively looking for things to photograph and saw a man in the doorway totally engulfed in a phone conversation while smoking a cigarette. Since he wasn’t paying any attention to what was going on in the street, which was fairly busy with people walking about, I stopped for a second or two and grabbed a few frames. If I remember correctly, all of them were fairly blurry but the one was acceptably sharp. The iPhone is capable of getting some great exposures in low light. It helped that there was an overhead light with stainless steel doors to bounce the light around a bit. A slow shutter speed is evident from the blurred pedestrian to the right. For ultra stealth mode you can use the + and – volume buttons on your headset to snap off your images. I have a friend who turns her back to her subjects and uses the front facing iChat camera to take capture street photography over her shoulder and behind her back. Street Tip: Practice. Snap, snap, snap. When out walking the city actively look for subjects to photograph. Stealthiness and shooting street with an iPhone takes practice.

Stealth Mode: Nighttime, iPhoneography, iPhone 4s, Marais, Paris

Smokers, Marias, Paris, iPhone 4s

Nighttime cafe capture with the iPhone 4s.

Graffiti portrait, Nightime, Marais, Paris, iPhone 4s

Nigh time graffiti portrait of Trevor, Marais, Paris

Tip 2: Look for the light. If the light is crappy, let your feet do the walking and find some amazing or interesting light. For the night photo above I asked my buddy Trevor to turn towards the light. Sometimes you’ve just gotta give up the shot or come back and make it later if the lights not working well. In big cities I find that there is always great light during the day somewhere. For instance, if you are in Times Square NYC at night, there is so much light that it looks like daytime. You can find light bouncing off a building, reflecting off a shinny surface, or open shade on the opposite side of the street. Have you ever heard that line about Eskimos having a hundred words for different types of snow? Well recently I learned its a myth.

However, unlike the Eskimo myth, there are all sorts of different words we can use to describe the quality of light …. light that you can learn to see and search for. The quality of light changes the feeling of the image. There is raking light, open shadow, hard edged light and shadow, reflective light, soft light, hard light, diffused light, light filtered through and opaque object, window light, portico light, back lighting and so on. All these different types of light will yield a different feeling. The iPhone is great at capturing all types of lighting scenarios. On the native camera app that ships with the iPhone you can move around a little box with your finger that will do two things: A) It will focus the camera and B) It will adjust the exposure of the object you are photographing.

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Church architecture, Paris, iPhone 4s

Tip 3: Hold Your iPhone with 2 Hands: Seems simple right. Holding your iPhone steady with two hands when shooting will yield a sharper capture. I instinctively freeze my movement briefly, hold the iPhone with two hands and breath out slowly concentrating on my subject and snap, snap snap. You can also use either the + or – volume buttons on the side of the iPhone to snap your images. The image below of my buddy Trevor was made in a single exposure. But, I often shoot multiple exposures of a single subject just to be sure that I nailed the exposure. I recently downloaded ProCamera which has a screen trigger and Anti-Shake option built into it under the Pro settings, plus a live historgram, shutter speed, ISO indicator and more in its rich feature set. I highly recommend it. Portrait with iPhone 4s

“Is my wine glass is to small or are my hands to big?” Edited on board the iPhone 4s in the Camera+ App.

iPhone 4s iphoneography portraits

2 Portraits of Trevor, Cafe Bucheron (l) and Charles de Gaulle (r) after learning that we might get bumped from our flight to NYC.

Tip 3: Use Apps to Edit: Every image here has been edited somehow on the iPhone. My favorite quick fix is Camera+ which I first learned about from Scott Kelby. Camera+ is available for both the iPhone and iPad. At the end of this article is a listing of Apps that I use on a regular basis. My go to filter is the “Clarity” filter under the Edit menu. As they say on their site its ….”One tap to awesomeness!” <Truth!> I use it on almost all my iPhoneography. There are also allot of great toning options under the Edit -> FX Effects menu. Like DSLR capture or even film its the final image or print that counts. The capture is where the image starts. With editing you can elevate your image from great to phenomenal. The key IMHO is keeping a soft approach and not overdoing it.

Architecture photography iPhone 4s

A sucker for reflections, I photographed the window on the right over a dozen times during my two and a half weeks in Paris.

Tip 4: Download a few camera Apps and learn them inside out. I have about 20 or more camera apps on my iPhone. I only use about 4 or 5 of them regularly. Take the time to look at what editing or camera apps you want to try and purchase them or get some for FREE. Every once and a while developers or a company will promote their apps and give them away. Master the apps that you like best which give you the look and feel you want your images to have. If you are just starting out, I recommend Camera+, Adobe Photoshop Express (free) which I like for its control over exposure, sharpening and vignetting and Pro HDR (all listed below).

Sidewalk and Wall Graffiti, Marais, Paris

Food porn, marche Bastille, Paris. Captured on the iPhone 4s and edited in Camera+

Tip 5: Commit to an iPhoneography project. Create a body of work. One of my favorites is food iPhoneography. What moves you? Is it photographing dogs, cats, your kids, portraits of strangers, random junk, whatever, just embark on a journey. You’ll find that once you commit to a personal project, photographic opportunities will just come to you. Turn your phone to silent when taking the photos. If your doing a portrait project, you may need to ask people their permission to photograph them. Not always the easiest, but thats for another article.

I have a friend that embarked on an iPhoneography project of photographing anything that was round. A tire, a doughnut, a fire hydrant from an above perspective, clocks and so forth, he ended up with an amazing body of work and had a gallery show. Whatever your personal iPhoneography project is you’ll be amazed at the results and your ability to build a body of work. Embarking on a personal iPhoneography project will force you to see things in a new way, look for light, compose thoughtfully and find new ways of seeing. After some time, you’ll have mastery of the subject matter you chose. I highly endorse MASSIVE CREATIVE EXPERIMENTATION. Ultimately there are no rules, just play!

iPhone food photography, Paris

Organic eggs for breakfast, window light, Paris, iPhone 4s

Editing and Backing Up Your iPhonography: Currently my editing suite is on my iPhone, but I’m thinking about moving it over to my iPad. Duno yet which direction I’ll move. I like using a Wacom tablet when editing and have to do some research to see if I can synch my current Wascom tablets to my iPad. Guess I could use a stylus too. But there is one thing that I do every few weeks. Backup my iPhone and download my images. I download all my photographs from my iPhone to my laptop during synch and then backup another copy to a hard drive. If you don’t backup your data and your iPhone photographs, its just a matter of time until you loose them. My final archiving step is uploading my final hi resolution toned images to my Flickr Pro account.

Landscape iPhoneography, backside of the Tuileries, Louvre, Paris

Landscape iPhoneography, backside of the Tuileries, Louvre, Paris. Post processing, just Clarity in Camera+ App.

Geo Tagging Your iPhone Images: Little known iPhone attribute. One of the coolest things about the iPhone is that all your photos are automatically geo tagged with pin point accuracy. To see geo tagging at work open your Camera Roll -> then touch Places (down bottom). A world map will be revealed with red pins denoting where you have photographed your images with an image tag. You can pinch to enlarge and a Google like map will expand down to the exact spot on the street where you snapped your iPhone photo. To see your geo tagged photo, simply tap on the red pin then on the blue arrow to its right. If geo tagging is not working for you, you may have Location Services turned off. To turn on Location Services: Go to the Settings menu on your homescreen -> General -> Location Services and toggle to the On option for Camera.

5 Apps for Editing Your iPhoneography

1. Adobe Photoshop Express

2. Camera+
My go to App for photo editing

3. ProCamera
ProCamera features in a richly well thought out enhanced iPhone interface with Anti-Shake, plus a live historgram, shutter speed, ISO indicator and more in its rich feature set.

4. Pro HDR
Shooting a scene that is both brightly lit and harsh shadowed. This app will create a high dynamic range of two photographs, one exposed for highlights, another exposed for shadows and blend them together creating and HDR images. You can then apply brightness, contrast, saturation and filters to the image including infrared to create great infrared b&w’s.

5. Snapseed
I got this for free when the good people at Nick were promoting it. Not sure if its still available for free? A bit hard to use on the iPhone due to the diminutive size of the icons and font size, but has some cool editing features.

Creating Montages with Your iPhoneography: In Part 2 I’ll cover storytelling with you iPhone photography images. What Apps I use and what software programs you can use on your computer to create compelling layouts with your iPhoneography. Also, I’ll cover how I post my iPhoneography images to Social Media.

Montage of Paris food shopping iPhone 4s

Food porn, iPhone 4s, montage.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

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