COVID-19 Assistance For Photographers

Use this valuable time in isolation to build a safety net for the future.

My heart goes out to all that have been impacted by the recent Coronavirus pandemic. I know that many photographers have been left without income due to cancelled photo sessions and events. I wish that there were something that I could offer you to provide you with immediate financial relief. Instead, what I can give to you is a little help for the next time of need. 

For a limited time, I am offering up a FREE version of my popular Roadmap to Royalties course. This is a slimmed-down version that provides you with the basics that you need to know to get stated with licensing your images online. 

THIS IS NOT A GET RICH QUICK PROCESS. To do this right and see actual results from your efforts, you need to put in a significant amount of time and effort. NOW is the perfect time to do that. What better time to invest in your future than now?

Sign up and get started now at no cost to you.

About the instructor

Stock Photographer/Digital Artist

Susan Schmitz

I am a photographer and digital artist based out of Phoenix, Arizona. I am obsessed with animals and I love to travel. I've combined all of my passions into one dream job... I create stock imagery designed for the animal and travel industries. I really enjoy working with other photographers and am happy to share all I know with you. If you have any questions before taking any courses, please feel free to drop me a line at 
Here's what other photographers are saying...

Susan's love of her art absolutely transfers over to her love of teaching. Susan helped me to learn everything in my early career and years later, I still find myself referring back to her teachings in everyday photography situations! I absolutely owe much of my career to her time and patience! You will absolutely love Susan, her work, and her creative ways of making hard techniques much more fun!!
~ Cassie Rose Madden
Knowledge is power, and that’s exactly what Susan – with her in-depth experience in the field – shared with us in her class. I feel empowered, with a new understanding of the entire process, how stock photography works, how to get started, and how to make extra money by doing what I love – capturing images!
~ Claudia Johnstone
Susan breaks down all she has learned over many years of building her successful stock portfolio  Her laid back style and tell it like it is approach is refreshing, fun and super informative. She narrows it all down to exactly what we need to know to start earning royalties, including her streamlined workflow, honed over years of submitting to stock agencies.  Her course will shave years off your own 'road to royalties!
~ Natalie Rotman Cote
Susan is one of those rare mentors that will likely change the course of your photography life from the moment you begin the course. Bluntly, Susan created a course that is worth much more to a photographer in the first day than the cost of buying it many times over. The content is organized and presented in an interesting and compelling framework, while also being exciting and practical for anyone interested in entering the world of commercial stock photography. This is truly a fantastic class for any level of photographer and comes with my highest recommendations.

~ Scott Bain

It's Not Just an E-Book

This is access to my complete business system with an action plan. If you complete this course in its entirety, you will walk away with: 

  • A complete understanding of how image licensing works
  • Access to the legal forms you need to license images of models and owned property
  • Knowledge of how to get your images found with effective metadata
  • Your first set of images submitted for approval at two of the top microstock agencies
  • The tools you need to continue to produce and submit images efficiently and effectively

Presented to you in a variety of formats to keep you awake and engaged!

  Audio files to listen to on the go

  Instructional videos on important processes and techniques

  Detailed text instructions including helpful links to resources

  Quizzes to help reinforce what you have learned

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    1 - Intro to Image Licensing

    • Start Here

    • Intro To Stock Photography and Usage Licenses

    • Top Microstock Agencies To Start With

    • Homework Assignment

  • 2

    2 - Proceed At Your Own Risk! - The Legal Pot Holes to Look Out For

    • CMA While I CYA

    • Good Role Models Always Get Model Releases

    • Property Release Rules - More Confusing Than an Eight Exit Roundabout

    • Stop! Don't Shoot! - Avoiding Known Image Restrictions

    • You Worked Hard to Create It, Now Protect it!

    • Homework - Get Your Ass Covered

    • Property Release Pop Quiz

  • 3

    3 - Producing Images that Sell!

    • Finding A Niche and Rock It!

    • Nobody wants to buy your crap!

    • What's Here Today and What's Here to Stay

    • When to Be a Poser and When to Keep it Real

    • Every Great Shoot Has a Plan

    • Homework - Your First Stock Shoot

  • 4

    4 - Entering Effective Metadata to Get Your Files Found!

    • Metadata - The Magic Glasses For Google

    • Entering Metadata Through Photoshop

    • Entering metadata in bulk through Bridge & Editorial Captions

    • Homework - Entering Metadata in Your 1st Submission Files

  • 5

    6 - Mid-Term Exam: Apply For Acceptance to Stock Agencies

    • Are you Ready? Download the Checklist

    • Applying to Shutterstock

    • Applying to Istock

    • Applying to Adobe Stock

  • 6

    7 - Workflow Tips and Tricks

    • Developing a Consistent Workflow

    • Submitting Images to Multiple Agencies

    • Submitting Images to IStock

  • 7

    8 - Tracking Performance

    • Free Stock Agency Performance Tools

    • Advanced Analytics Tools

    • Royalty Income Tracker

Sign Up Now To Start Learning How to Earn Royalties!