Our mission is to help photographers taking those three necessary steps by providing unique solutions to the most common problems that stop them from improving on their photography journey."
Matt, Founder and CEO of Shuttout
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It doesn't matter if you've just begun your photography journey. Maybe you consider yourself as an amateur who's just taking a lot of photos simply because you love it. There's also a chance that you are already a professional who makes money with your photography passion who is looking for some new inspiration.
There are three necessary steps for your constant growth as a photographer no matter your current skill level is right now. It's really hard to improve your photography if you're not following those steps.
We're talking about motivation, about practice, about taking photos as often as possible. This is crucial. Without this part, nothing else is important and nothing else will help you. You can't become good at anything without practicing it and being consistent, especially when it comes to photography.
The problem is that this is where most beginners struggle and resign. This is also often a reason why more advanced photographers are not improving. Fortunately, this problem is easily solved with proper tools. If you feel like you would benefit from improving your consistency, you're in the right place.
You can get better in photography just by being consistent (and stubborn ;) and trying to learn everything by yourself from scratch by trial and error. It's just you can have much faster photography progress if you learn from more experienced photographers.
The problem is that there are so many resources available that's so overwhelming and, with some exceptions, it's hard to select a proper source of knowledge. How would it feel if you could learn from award-winning photographers that share their tips on how they've created their winning photos?
We can't argue that photography gear is important, but you must already know that the gear is not the most important. It's just a tool that you use to get the best results. Even the best gear can't fix it if you're not consistent or if you don't learn. It's always better to first improve your skill, and then improve your gear.
The problem is that when you want to get a proper gear, it's often quite expensive. What if you could do both, and save money at the same time? Welcome home. We've got you covered by providing our Prime Members with discounts coupons on photography gear and trainings from well known brands.
Matt, Founder and CEO of Shuttout
Shuttout, as platform and app for photographers, is a unique tool that is using social proof and the idea of photography rankings and contests as a way to track your photography progress and keep you motivated. At first you see just photography contests. But if you look closer, you can see what Shuttout is really about.
Of course you can upload photos on Instagram or any social media to get likes and see what people think about your photos. But does it have real worth?
What makes Shuttout different and much more reliable tool is that we focus on quality, not quantity. On votes, not likes.
And we've created a solution that no one else has created so far to make it fair. It's our true unfair advantage.
Shutty™️ is a sophisticated algorithm that learns how people vote in each ranking and contest on Shuttout. Then, when each contest or ranking ends, Shutty™️ counts all the votes and gives voters a score based on the voting quality of their votes and nominated 10 people as a Community Judges.
Their votes are given a special multiplier to influence the quality of each ranking. And as in each ranking there are different people voting and there are different photos, the Community Judges are also different.
This way the results of rankings on Shuttout, are still based on social proof (what people like in general) but also minimize the "friends and family factor" and can be treated as a proper tool to track your progress.
After each ranking is over you'll learn not only the place you've taken, but also that your photo was better than X% of all other photos. This indicator helps to check if you're making progress with your new photos, if they resonate with the audience.
There are two important elements that help people with consistency. There is external motivation and internal motivation.
If you are motivated externally, then comparing your photos to other people in rankings and trying to make progress with every photo to "beat the competition" is something that will help you keep pushing forward.
If you are motivated internally, then just focusing on tracking progress between your own photos and seeing that they are better and better with each day will motivate you.
And this is exactly what Shuttout does from the beginning. We're constantly trying to improve those basic features of our platform and our plan is to provide monthly photography progress reports to our Prime Members in the near future. You can save your spot today.
That's a great question. Shuttout as a platform is available for free as we believe it's important to give basic tools to everyone who starts with photography and might not be ready to take the next step, yet. That said, Prime Membership 2.0 is all about giving more to those who are ready to improve faster.
Our users say that Shuttout is great. With Prime Membership it's simply even better ❤️
Prime members can upload more photos at the same time to one ranking and can use the same photo in the same time in more rankings. This means you can get more information on your photos, get more motivation and as a result - you save time and improve your photography faster.
Shuttout is both web and mobile app used by photographers from all around the world, who uploaded and ranked over 200K photos so far.
Over 2 million votes has been cast so far to rank photos and to help photographers to track their progress on a monthly basis.
There is a lot of amazing photography educational content out there. A lot of people that you might want to learn from. A lot of amazing tutorials, videos, trainings. It's often just too much. You don't know what to choose. We had this problem too.
One day we had this enlightening idea.
There are a couple of hundred winning photographers on Shuttout already.
Some of them won several dozens of contests.
What if we could use the power of Shuttout users, the power of rankings and social proof and ask those winning-photographers to share their tips on how they have created their winning photos.
This way you could learn from practitioners what to do, to make your photos look better and resonate with audience. It's something unique and special.
We see photography as a journey. A journey that never ends, but from time to time, you reach a peak. It's like winning a contest or end at the top of the ranking. And then you move forward. But you've got a lot of experience to share. And it's validated by the result you achieved.
This way you can learn from people just like you, who are on the same journey, but they are just little ahead of you. Their experience is validated and confirmed but their results on Shuttout. This way you can be sure that their photos have value, as they are a part of Shuttout Hall of Fame.
What about Lightroom Presets? Each month, just to help you out with your learning we'll put new Lightroom (and maybe other software in the future) Presets in the Prime Members closed area.
Presets are a great way at the beginning of your journey as they can speed up the process of editing and learning and at the same time they help you achieve similar look to photos from someone you value.
Here's a sample of what's waiting for our Prime Members. And that's this will grow every month👇
Last but not least is something that is a no-brainer. Who wouldn't like to get new photography gear cheaper and save money? Who wouldn't like to invest in themselves by getting photography coursed or trainings with a discount?
Our goal is to provide all our Prime Members with discount coupons from well-known brands to help you and your photography improve. And if you are serious about getting better, then you can't do that without learning and improving your gear (in that order!)
And basically just using this perk, you will save more money than the cost of Yearly Prime Membership. How? Let's say you want to buy some gear from our partners for $500. Just because you're a Prime Member you get 10% discount, so you've just saved $50. It's a simple math.
We start with 3 Photography Brands to choose from, but our goal is to add new deals every month or so. Sometimes the brands will change, because some offers are time-limited. You can see our current partners right now.
What we propose is a completely new approach to learning photography. By providing you with proper tools (Shuttout platform to rank your photos, to learn and get inspiration from others), proper educational content (created by award-winning photographers, and proper gear (that you can save money on) we are simply 100% sure that your photography will improve.
There's only one catch. We can't promise you that it will be fast and easy. That would be a bullshit. But we can promise that if you dedicate yourself and will continue using Shuttout with all the benefits that we'll provide you within a year, you simply can't fail and you'll see that the profits definitely are much higher than the investment you've made.
That said, if you decide to get Yearly Membership, we can offer you with a 100% Guarantee. If after a year you won't see any progress, you won't save money, you won't see the benefits. We'll refund your money.
The risk is on us.
Choose yearly membership to get 100% guarantee of satisfaction. If after a year of using Shuttout your photos won't improve, we'll give you your money back. No questions asked. No strings attached. Period. The risk is on us.