Exhibition: Cropped For Pinterest

New eBook over at Flatbooks

See A Field Guide to Capturing Vibrant Colors by Jay and Varina Patel! I’m happy to have their second eBook over there on the site! πŸ™‚

Mini Pinterest Video

I participated (for a short while) in a little Pinterest Video Fest with Kalebra Kelby and several others… You can find out more about it over there on the right.

The Meta Crop

I think the internet is the best means for an artist to display his work, and you have to constantly adjust your art so that it can be enjoyed in the medium in which it is communicated. For the main blog here at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com, for example, I keep all the images 900 wide because that is the best way to view them in a blog format.

But over at Pinterest, I have about a quarter-million followers (thanks!!), and I want the nice people over there to see my images as big as possible. That means there needs to be a strategic haircut. A mohawk, of sorts. πŸ™‚

So, I went back through some of my favorite photos and gave them a strategic cropping. I’ll add more to the exhibition in the upcoming days.

See the Exhibition here: Cropped For Pinterest

Just after opening, I received the following comment on one of the photos (thanks!):

Diana *BunnyKissd* Bukowski Mr. Ratcliff I love you! So many people won’t allow their stuff to be pinned, and here you are cropping it to fit! YAY! I won’t ever understand why people think that more exposure on the internet is bad… Oh, and thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photographs with me and the world…

More About Pinterest

I’ve been outspoken in my thoughts on Pinterest. A lot of photographers disagree with me, but they are too busy sticking their fingers in the dyke like The Little Dutch Boy to bother me much more. Once it’s digital, man, it’s out there. You might as well get ahead of it and play along nicely. That’s what I say…

For more, see my article called “Why Photographers Should Stop Complaining About Copyright and Embrace Pinterest” — something you will either agree with or will make you angry! πŸ™‚

Currently, I’ve pinned about 800 things. About 20% of the things I have pinned are my own stuff. To see some inspirational and design ideas, see this board I made.

Exhibition_ Cropped for Pinterest

  • susan ratcliff

    Cool you’re doing that in pinterest – looks good!

  • I just saw some of your photos from the crop exhibition on Pinterest… and I saw a friend post a few on Facebook (credited to you, I was glad to see). So they are definitely getting out there! It’s great how a different crop can make such a change to the image- I love to see photographers getting away from the same old 8×10 idea. Especially now when there are so many different ways to show prints!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Casper van Zyl

    Did not really know of its existence until now.Had a look, signed in and think its mind blowing. The things that can be photographed and the way its presented is great stuff. Love the cropping Not even sure if I can even put a picture in there it looks so professional.

  • Awesome idea! You rule Trey!

  • Great idea Trey! I have been posting to pinterest, but just normal photos. Way to think outside the box here! I may have to borrow this idea, if you don’t mind. πŸ™‚

  • Jack Stott

    Well done. That’s very clever. One of those things that when you see it you say, “why didn’t I think of that!”

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks thanks πŸ™‚

  • I love the way you cropped these images, another beautiful view of them, awesome!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks Vicki πŸ™‚

  • Ian Stewart

    This is so obvious now you have said it – kudos, would not have thought of it – definitely going to try it though πŸ™‚

  • Bob Prangnell

    Wouldn’t you agree that it’s good to be able to crop your own images, so they make sense in an “artistic” way?

    Why then, does hdrspotting arbitrarily decide to enforce a square cropping? Is this something you approve of?

    btw, you should really hire some new help there…first the “pro” features were coming 1-June, then mid-June, now it’s “soon”…they have only been working on it, like, 6 months.

  • Good stuff! Once it’s digital, it’s out there is right. Thanks T!!

  • Hi Bob,

    Some people have a big issue with the square; others do not. We’ve made note of your comments about this over the months.

    Truth be told, a more appropriate measure of the HDR Spotting redesign
    would be years, not months. It’s a complicated and very expensive
    process being undertaken on a site that is free to use, so please be
    patient with us!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks again πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    It will be launching sooooooon — sorry about that – there has been such a massive set of changes over there – more soon! πŸ™‚

  • Excellent! This is too good β€” I’m cropping images right now. Thanks, Trey!

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