Don't listen to the nay-sayers. 

Stock photography is not a dying market. 

You just need to know how to play the game.

The demand for quality digital imagery increases as fast as technology advances. Companies cannot keep up with the need for fresh content on their social media feeds and digital marketing campaigns. But sadly, they rarely hire photographers and pay them top-dollar for assignments anymore. They license images from stock photography libraries for their many visual content needs such as marketing materials, social media feeds, product packaging and more. 

You have two choices. Spend your time bitching about the industry changes, or use your time productively to learn how these changes can benefit you. 

Stock agencies have opened up commercial photography opportunities to artists of all levels, in every corner of the world. Let me teach you find them.

Gain access to the complete system that consistently makes me approximately $4,000/mo in royalties 

And my monthly earnings are continually rising!

I will not mislead you with false promises of quick and easy riches. This is real hard work. To be successful, you must have a very clear understanding of what sells and what doesn't. You must know how to produce a large quantity of images that are highly valuable in the commercial market. This could take many years to figure out on your own.

I've spent the past 7 years figuring out a system that works, so you don't have to. 

Image licensing is not for everyone. Allow me to give you all the info you need to figure out if it's a good fit for you, before you waste much of your precious time trying to figure it out on your own. 

Learn how to make money from photos of everyday occasions, 

like giving your dog a bath: 

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
  • Direction on the types of images to create that have the best chances of selling, and that you actually enjoy photographing
  • 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

Gain immediate access to all training materials for just $129.00.

Satisfaction Guarantee

If within the first 5 days after you purchase this course, you find that it is not the right fit for you, just let me know and I will refund 100% of your payment.

Software requirements: 

Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I use the CC versions on the creative cloud but the techniques used will apply to most earlier versions. 

Some filter plug-ins are recommended throughout the course but are not required. 

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    1 - Intro to Image Licensing

    • Start Here

    • Intro To Stock Photography and Usage Licenses

    • The Lowdown on Premium Stock Agencies

    • The Ins and Outs of Microstock Agencies

    • Top Microstock Agencies To Start With

    • Agencies and Licenses Quiz

    • 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!

    • If you follow your heart, you will always succeed

    • 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 - Post-Processing For Stock Agencies

    • Poor Image Quality and Over-Processing

    • Selecting and Prepping Image Candidates for Stock

    • Color Fringing, Digital Noise, Sharpening and Image Pop

    • Enhancing Contrast, Colors, Tone and Dimension

    • Cloning Out Objects and Adding Sun Flares

    • Selectively Painting on Color and Exposure Adjustments

    • Homework - Select and Edit Your Top 10 Images

    • Chapter 4 Downloads

  • 5

    5 - Entering Effective Metadata to Get Your Files Found!

  • 6

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

    • Are you Ready? Download the Checklist

    • Applying to Premium Agencies

    • Applying to Shutterstock

    • Applying to Istock

    • Applying to Adobe Stock

  • 7

    7 - Workflow Tips and Tricks

    • Developing a Consistent Workflow

    • Submitting Images to Multiple Agencies

    • Submitting Images to IStock

  • 8

    8 - Tracking Performance

    • Free Stock Agency Performance Tools

    • Advanced Analytics Tools

    • Royalty Income Tracker

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