We’re so excited Thanksgiving is here, Tappers!
For one, we get to indulge in all the delicious mashed potatoes, green beans, and apple pie slices our bellies can handle… and trust us, they can handle quite a bit. For another, we’re totally amped up and ready to fight for our right to get some of that juicy turkey breast this year, instead of getting stuck with a thigh again. Also, we just can’t wait to gossip with our grandmas about that one weird cousin we have and what the heck she got pierced now.
The reason we’re most excited though? Thanksgiving lets us have a moment to really take stock of just how lucky we are and to appreciate the people and circumstances that contribute to that immense luck.
With the hopes of extending those mushy feelings beyond Thanksgiving dinner itself, we asked our fellow Crowdtap employees what they were giving thanks for this year. We have to admit, reading the answers made us a little misty-eyed.
Ready to find out our answers? Scroll on for some choice replies. Camaraderie, cat memes, creativity, carbohydrates, we’ve covered all the bases!
Welcome back for another in-depth interview with one of our beloved Crowdtap canines!
Today is all about Greta, who is away on a top secret Crowdtap assignment far outside of this fair city. Vague, we know, but with all her clandestine obligations we just have to be appreciative that her agent was able to pencil us in for a quick phone chat.
We kept it brief to accommodate her hair-raising schedule.
Nickname(s): G, G-money, G-dogg
Breed: Cocker Spaniel with a blend of other breeds; possibly part human
It won’t come as a surprise to our veteran Tappers, but over here at Crowdtap HQ, we see a lot of selfies. A lot of them. Sometimes we’ll ask you to pose with a product, and other times we just want to see you in your natural environment. It may sound cheesy, but we and the brands we work with love seeing the faces and personalities behind the Sample Mission reports, Discussions, and Polls!
Luckily, you all really raised the bar this week and let your personalities shine through in the Tutorial Mission over on the Crowdtap Crowd. We loved seeing ALL of your selfies and picked out some of the ones we thought really took our tutorial to heart. So next time you snap a selfie with your latest sample, take a cue from our tutorial and some of the winning submissions below, and make sure it’s picture-perfect!
RULE 1: Lighting is key
Photo by: Lindsey M
The really cool thing about Lindsey’s photo is that even though she used a black and white filter, you can tell that lighting was on point. *snaps* Just like in black and white film photography, lighting is key to maintain contrast and balance when you use a filter like this. Good lighting will ensure that your darks don’t turn too dark and obscure the photo completely. Conversely, it’ll also make sure that nothing looks too washed out and overexposed.
Okay, fess up, if we were to look through the photos on your phone right now, how many selfies would we find?
We’re willing to bet the number’s at least in the double digits!
The real question, however, is how many of those selfies are compelling and dynamic enough to actually share?
- How many depict an interesting situation?
- How many show off your awesome cheekbones to their fullest?
- How many illustrate an all too relatable reaction or mood?
- How many are composed in a way that makes viewers pause to appreciate your photographic skills?
- How many look like candidates for your parents’ mantle?
- How many would cause your friends to nod, thinking “Yup, that totally conveys his/her style”?
If your brow is getting progressively more furrowed as you go through a mental review process that sounds something like, “Uhh maybe two, one?, none, no, no, nope – none of these either…” then this is the tutorial for you.
We know that Crowdtap often asks you to take selfies and pose with products, but we’re not just testing you to see if you can locate that “Reverse Camera” button; we’re hoping to get to know you better through the unique facets of personality and whimsy you imbue your selfies with. It’s corny, we know, but we want to see the REAL GLORIOUS YOU shining through in the photo composition of your Tide Pods selfies.
So how do you go about accomplishing that? Don’t worry, it’s not as tricky as it sounds…
Happy Friday, Tappers! It’s time for another furry fix.
This week on Paws & Reflect, we meet with Pixel and Milo in one of Crowdtap’s couch-y nooks. We are not alone, as this is region is heavily trafficked by folks who need a productive break from their workspace. Pixel (driven by enough raw energy to fuel the planet, if we could just figure out how to harness it), had no issue meeting with so many ears in the interview. Milo, however, is a bit more reserved at first, but quickly warms up as well.
Names: Pixel and Milo
Nicknames: Pixelini or Pickle and Milo-Bilo or Mee-lo, respectively
In this week’s Tutorial Tuesday we dished (ha, did you catch that?) out our best tips and tricks for taking mouthwatering food photos. Did you get a chance to check it out? We’re betting you did because the submissions for the “Show off your new food photography skills!” mission were awesome. Our team had a lot of trouble choosing the 6 winners because there were just so many amazing, extremely hunger-inducing pictures!
Ready to see who we decided was the crème de la crème? Read on to see if you were one of this week’s Top Tappers!
Black bean soup by Brittani B.
We loved this photo for a number of reasons. First, the composition is artistic and spot on. By placing the bowl off to the side, Brittani used the rule of thirds – a simple trick for capturing an eye-catching photo. The light colored plate choice makes the textured contents of the soup really stand out from the background. This photo is also a perfect example of how the photographer can use editing to purposely convey a certain mood or vibe. The edits conjure up a feeling of cool, windy weather on a rather slow and quiet afternoon. Inside a cozy kitchen lit only by clear, natural, pre-sunset light – a dutch oven slowly simmers a pot of warming soup. Do you feel that, too? ;)
Hello, Tappers! In today’s tutorial we’re going to be chatting about the most delicious type of photography. Yup, you guessed it – food photography.
If you’ve been a Tapper for even a short while, you’ve probably noticed that photo missions often involve food of some sort. However, though your intentions are clearly good when you break out your camera, your photos often leave us thinking “Hmm, well we’re sure it looks better in person.” No worries though; this happens to the best of us. I mean, have you seen Martha Stewart’s food photos? And she’s a culinary goddess!
Anyway, today we’re here to give you some tips on how to elevate your food photos from ordinary to mouthwatering. Learning a new skill can seem daunting at first but with with a little knowledge and a whole lotta practice, you’ll be snappin’ drool-worthy photos in no time!
Ready? Let’s begin…
Today’s Paws & Reflect subject, Bishop, is working from home for the day. He was up late wooing some big name execs last night and has called in this morning with claims of both a major headache and a cool new brand headed to the Crowdtap platform.
“Oh you should have seen them,” he says. “They were just eating out of the palm of my paw. Offering up samples, coupons, the whole deal.” He pauses to yawn and I can hear him burrowing deeper into the sheets. “Aah, I love the feel of quality Belgian linen,” he huskily growls.
Nicknames: Prettyboy Bish
Breed: Boston Terrier
A little birdie may have told you that Crowdtap often hosts these parties… these Twitter Parties. How does one get invited to something as exclusive as a “Twitter Party?” Actually, they’re not exclusive at all! Anyone with a Twitter account is welcome to join! Want to participate in a conversation with some cool brands and maybe even win some prizes, but not really sure how? Read on for a break-down of how to get started on Twitter and make the most out of these fun parties!
It’s time once again to Paws & Reflect! This week, we caught up with Hershey, a sweet and furry member of our Client Success team, as he worked from home. After a rough day of accidents this past month, he chose to call in sick, but couldn’t miss his chance in the spotlight.
Hershey answered our call right from bed, curled up under the blankets.
“Coming into the office can be ruff sometimes. I’m allergic to a lot of things, but I can’t identify them all on my own,” he said, a loud sneeze interrupting his words.
Name: Herschel Schwartz
Breed: Spaniel Mix