How to Take Pinterest Worthy Photos with Your Smartphone

By Amy

Oct 25

Quality Pinterest Pins

You’ve heard it a million times before...a picture is worth a thousand words.

When it comes to blogs and online businesses, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  

Photos are the visual representation of your brand.  

They help you build visibility, increase traffic, conversion and sales.  

Thus, it improves your know, like and trust factor with your customers.  

However, in order to portray professionalism in your blog or business, you need to have high-quality photos.  


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Elements Of A Highly Pinnable Image

Within the past several years, there has been a major surge in the use of photo and video based content and now Pinterest and YouTube regularly rank very highly when performing a search.  


Pinterest has become a very powerful visual search engine, so having beautiful images is a must if you’re wanting to drive traffic back to your website.

In fact, your image may be all they use to determine whether or not they click through to your website.


There are a few key elements to having quality pinnable images

  • Easy to read, bold text
  • Wording is short and sweet
  • Minimum clutter
  • Offer multiple images for pinning

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How To Capture A Great Photo

So now that you know what makes a pinnable image, let’s talk about what it takes to have a high-quality photos to use in your image.  However, I need to make one thing clear...I do NOT mean that you need a fancy camera, expensive equipment, or a professional photographer to get high-quality photos.  Technology has made significant advances in the recent past.  Now, all you need is your smartphone and some photography knowhow to create high-quality blog photos yourself!

The Camera That's Always With You

At one time, cellphone cameras SUCKED!! Hell, even when digital cameras cameras first hit the market they took horrible pictures!!  My very first digital camera was a 1 megapixel camera.  The photos turned out annoyingly pixelated.  Even a disposable 35mm film camera looked a million times better than the pictures that my first digital camera produced.  

Now, let’s fast forward to the present.  Smartphone cameras are often 8-12 megapixels.  Plus, many offers features such as Selective Focus and Pro modes found on the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Portrait Mode found on the iPhone 7 Plus, which make your smartphones amazingly powerful.  Even if you don’t have one of these specific cameras, there is a plethora of editing apps to choose from that will help you create the high-quality look you want.  In fact, here are my favorite editing apps for iPhone and Android.   

Let me give you a couple pieces of advice when it comes to taking great photos, regardless of the type of camera you’re using.  

Lighting is KEY

First, use great lighting.  Don’t use your regular household bulbs! General bulbs create a very yellow look to your photos and this will NOT make your photos look professional.  Daylight balanced light bulbs are perfect for smartphones when natural light isn’t easy to harness.  However, the easiest and often the cheapest way to get great light is to use natural light. 

Light's Color

Secondly, you want to avoid hard light.  Ok, so this is probably a term that has you scratching your head.  It simply means you don’t want the very distinct shadows usually found midday.  Let’s make this a little easier.  Are you familiar with plants and the type of sunlight they require?  If you read a tag you will see that some houseplants like “indirect” light.  This means the sun isn’t beating down on the plant, but that it’s in a bright area of the room, near a window.  This is the same type of light that photos like.  Try to get your set-up near a window, but just out of the pounding sunlight.  

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What & How IS Important

Thirdly, your subjects/props and composition are very important.  So if we keep this simple, try to keep the number of objects in your photo to odd numbers.  Visually this is more appealing and interesting. In addition, where you place the objects in your photo are equally important.  Typically, you’ll want to follow the rule of thirds.  Say what?!  Okay, imagine a tic tac toe board is superimposed on your picture.  The lines that go across and the lines that go up and down are the most important areas on the photo and your most important subject/prop in the photo needs to where two of these lines intersect.  These are the areas that your viewer’s eye will be attracted to first.  

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Alright, now that you have some basics for taking a great photo, you’ll want to show it off, right?  Absolutely!! Earlier I gave you some links for editing apps that will help you polish your photos and get them ready for display!  

Now it’s time to go take high-quality photos and then create amazing blog photos to share on Pinterest


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About the Author

Amy is the owner extraordinaire at Learn Blog Photography and Amy Paris Photography. She's a single mom to an amazing teenage son. She's passionate about photography and skiing (downhill), the faster the better! Sign up for a FREE 30-min call to light up your photos & biz! bit.ly/2udzBXB