I'm a relative newcomer to the world of Pinterest but must admit to finding it quite addictive! Apart from being great fun, it's actually an amazing source for photography inspiration - it's so easy just to pin an image that speaks to you or is in a style that you admire for future reference. For those of us learning photography, there is actually a lot more you can do with the images you find that will help you develop your own creative streak and start to channel your own personal photography style. So, here's some ideas about making Pinterest work for you.....
1) First off, if you don't already have one, create a Pinterest account and start making up a photography board with images that you find visually inspirational. Whenever you see a photograph that you like, pin it. Even just look around Pinterest itself and you'll find lots of images already pinned by others to start you off.
2) After you have a few images over the course of a few weeks, sit down and look at the images you have pinned. Is there a certain style that shows up again and again in your pinned images? Perhaps you have a lot of classic black and white images, or maybe back-lit with sunflare is your thing? It can be interesting to see what type of photography you are drawn to as you can begin to translate this into the images you are creating.
3) Now look at a specific image. What was it was that made the image speak to you? Was it the light, the tones, the pose, the composition, the colors? Picking apart the scene and seeing the important elements in it helps you to understand how to incorporate the things you like into your photographs.
4) Next, try to recreate an image that you have seen. I'm not talking down to the last nut and bolt here, but try to get the compositional or lighting elements right (whatever it was that spoke to you from that image) It's really not talking about taking an image and copying it down to the last detail, more about using it as a jumping off board then letting your own creativity take over.
It's definitely an interesting exercise to do if you have the time, it really does help train your eye to not just look at the beauty of a photo, but see the technical aspects behind the image too, which in turn helps you recreate inspiring images!
Feel free to have a look around my inspiration board on Pinterest to see some of the things that I like the look off - and start pinning to your board!