500 Million Photos
To Social Media
Every. Single. Day!
How Are Yours Any Different?
This Simple Change
It Can Do The Same For Yours!
It's January 1st, 2020, 05:00am and I'm freezing. Hot coffee in hand, I'm down at the beach with my wife on an island in the far SW of Japan. Gorgeous. As the sun pops its head above the horizon for the first time this year, I check my camera, my settings, my filters, and my tripod. All good.
Over the next 20 minutes I take a few carefully planned shots. They all look sweet on the back of the camera. Nice compositions, nice histograms, good colour schemes.... A nice photographic start to the year.
But as I'm walking back to the car, something hits me like a bolt out of the blue. This is the same thing I do pretty much every year. Sunrises, sunsets, landscape shots, beach shots, mountain shots, river shots.....
It dawns on me that while, technically, I am a better photographer than ever, I haven't really evolved. I'm still taking the same types of shots I was 5 years ago, 10 years ago.......but it's harder than ever to sell prints and get freelance work. Why?
The big problem is that in these last 5-10-15 years, everyone's become a photographer. The world is full of photographers. Anyone who owns a smartphone is a photographer capable of taking amazing shots. One touch Apps, one-touch filters, one-touch everything sitting in everyone's pockets.
Even bad photos on phones can look good at the push of a couple buttons. And make everyone feel like they're a pro....
Not to mention this: 500,000,000 photos get uploaded to social media every day. Every. Single. Day.
500 million photos?!? Are you freakin' kidding me? How do you compete with that? And how do you stand out?
I get back home to my wife's house and immediately check some free stock photo sites online. Sure enough, they're full of amazing imagery. I type in "sunrise" to a couple of sites and get these results.
And remember, these are stock sites where you can go and download these images for free. Free!!
And it soon becomes painfully, painfully obvious........
If Your Photos Don't "Really, Really" Stand Out, They'll Be Lost
In A Giant Sea Of Talent.
You, me and everyone else.....we are all competing with:
- 500,000,000 uploaded photos every day to social media.
- Free stock photo sites with incredible imagery.
- Your local print shop that has plugs and adapters for every device so you can print right there, directly from your phone, your tablet, your i-pad or a USB.
It was really clear what my problem was. My photos pretty much looked the same as everyone else's.
Sure, they had great compositions. Yes, they were beautifully edited. Absolutely, the locations and colours were stunning. But so were the images of thousands of others I compared them with.
People can only see so many gorgeous sunrises and majestic mountains day after day after month after month after year......why are yours any different?
Think your photos are unique? Take a look at insta_repeat some time then get back to me....
How Can I Create Images
That People Love,
But "Really" Stand Out
From Other Photographers?
This was the question I asked myself because it was the one thing going round and round and round in my head.
I couldn't keep making the same images and just naively hope and pray I'd miraculously get noticed one day by an executive at Canon, or Patagonia, or North Face. Or become an overnight best-selling sensation.
You can't keep trying to smash square pegs in round holes.
Or waiting at the wharf for the National Geographic boat to come along and whisk you off to rich new adventures......
No, I had to find a way of creating images that were:
- visually appealing
- attractive to a broad range of viewer
- different from all the outstanding images out there
- not easily copied by any Tom, Dick, or Harry
- flexible enough for many different genres
- images that I loved making and looking at
The First Time I Tried It,
I Was Blown Away With The Reaction!
I'd always loved those panning, or intentional camera movement images (ICM). I'd seen them by guys like Morgan Maassen, among others.
But just the panning images alone? Great when I first saw them, but like everything else, they'd become a dime a dozen.
I wanted to get the panning style images, together with a crisp, sharp subject.
I tried different techniques and lots of trial and error until I was finally confident enough to post my first image in January, 2020. Honestly, I had no idea how it would go. I just wanted to try something new and different.
To say I was blown away with the response would be a huge understatement.
1036 likes!! That was nearly triple what I'd consistently been getting at that point.
So I tried it again......
The responses just kept getting better and better. So I kept uploading more and more. I'm not gonna lie.....it felt really nice to have so much attention after years in the wilderness.
Soon After, I Started Getting
A Lot of Positive Comments
And Requests For My Techniques
I love those abstract surf shots you do.
You have that wired.
The Leader Newspaper, Journalist/Photographer
I LOVE the images you have been posting on the beach with those gorgeous colors. I have a question....HOW??
juan carlos briceno
Owner/Raleigh Photo Expert
Epic...gives another layer to creativity!!! Love it
QLD Dept. of Health
How do you get a photo like this? BECAUSE I LOVE IT
This photo is incredible! Well done mate. Would you be interested in selling it?
Really like this combination you've been doing. The streaky backgrounds are being done, but placing a sharp image/silhouette in front is unique
You'll have to let me know how you do that effect. Love it
Wow!!! How'd you pull the panning AND get the surfer in focus? Great shot!
This New Technique Also Led To
Recognition in Magazines
Work With Brands
Best Of All,
You Can Turn Any Photo
Into Fine Art
Black And White Photos
To Create Images
That People Love,
AND "Really" Stand Out
From Other Photographers
Is Such An Amazing Feeling
This is not just a Photoshop Action to give your final edits some extra "pop".
Nor is it a one-click Lightroom Preset to give a generic look that anyone can replicate.
This is a whole new way to approach your photography. And give life to absolutely any image you have!
This can change your approach, and the responses to your photography forever.
It's such an overwhelmingly incredible feeling to know that I can create images that are unique and universally loved. And you can too!
It's so validating and rewarding to know that your photos can get better responses than they have in years. And people want to know more about them.
And you can feel exactly the same:
- stand out from the crowd
- become more attractive to your followers and friends
- attract new followers and friends
- get more interest from people than you might've ever had before
- create images that you could never have dreamed of, or always wondered about
- become a creative leader in your genre
- be a photographer others look at enviously
- be a leader in your field, rather than a follower
- don't just be another Instagram photographer creating the same stuff as everyone else
- be a person people come to with questions
- be an authority
How Much People Love
That's really choice mate. Where can we buy shots if we want to put them on the wall?
OMG I adore this pic
This is so gorgeous Iain. I love this pic so much
Lines beautiful lines. Superb image
You have one of the good galleries I've seen today. Just wanted to tell you
I Can Show You
How To Turn Any Image,
No Matter How Ordinary,
Into Fine Art
That People Love!
Or why not even this.....?
Your options are endless. Let me show you how....
Here's A Snippet Of Exactly
What You'll Get
Every single page in this e-book I've written here has actionable, usable, easy to follow content. No fluff. Things you'll learn include:
- working with single exposures
- blending multiple exposures
- panning techniques handheld
- panning techniques with tripods
- color matching
- matching luminosity
- selection techniques
- composition ideas and tricks
- black and white options
- advanced layer use
- color enhancement
- working with adjustment layers
- working with brushes
- image preparation techniques
- sourcing files if you don't have any
- exclusive new info on how to use Neural Filters in Photoshop 2021
Almost 80 Pages Of Non-Stop Helpful Info.
70/79 Pages Have Big, Clear Pictures
PLUS Simple Explanations To Follow!
Your Questions Answered......
I'd love to feature your work on my account. Give me an example image you've created using the methods and techniques in this e-book, and you could get your work displayed on my account, with over 31,000 followers.
I'd also love to feature your work on my black and white account. Give me an example image you've created in black and white using the methods and techniques in this e-book, and you could get your work displayed on my account, with over 31,000 followers.
If you feature on both accounts, you could get your work in front of more than 60,000 followers!
At heart, I'm a teacher. Literally. I'm currently an Associate Professor teaching photography and writing at university. Along with my Masters and Bachelors degrees from Sydney University, I've also got a Doctor of Education from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and a Diploma of Multimedia.
I love to teach.
I also love learning, finding out how to do new things, and I'm always looking at doing things better. That's why I want to share this with you.
Creativity and originality is right here at your fingertips ready for you to grab.
So please, take this knowledge I've learned and use these techniques to soar to new heights with your photography.
I'd love to see it work for you as well as it's working for me.
Copyright - Iain Stanley Pty Ltd