This course will teach you how you can make part-time or full-time income with your photography in a stock photo agency. Learn which photos sell the most, find out what types of concept photos agencies want, and get the scoop on model releases, royalty free photos versus rights managed, microstock companies, working with models, and pricing. With top pro Jim Zuckerman's informative and instructive critiques, you will be guided to turn your passion for photography into a royalty income. Once your pictures start selling, you will achieve something that few people enjoy - you will love your job.
How Stock Agencies Work
Getting Accepted into a Stock Photo Agency
Maximizing Your Income
Designed for intermediates and advanced photographers who are serious about making money with their work.
Should have a digital camera 8 megapixels or higher.
Stock business can fit into any schedule.
Learn what kinds of images sell.
Develop a plan for shooting stock.Learn how to prepare images for submission.
Understand keywording for maximum exposure to clients.
Diversify into more than one stock agency.
Focus on shooting concepts.
Learn the benefits/disadvantages of royalty free versus rights managed.
Jim Zuckerman Few people are able to spend most of their time pursuing their passion in life. I'm one of them, and I feel blessed to have had a love affair with photography since I began taking pictures.
In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.
I specialize in wildlife and nature, international travel, and digital effects. In addition, I also shoot nudes, photo- and electron microscopy, children, and other subjects that stimulate my visual or emotional sensibilities.
For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, Iíd project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.
I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.
For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.
Lesson 1: How Stock Agencies Work Assignment: Submit your favorite images that you think have potential in a stock photo agency. This will help me determine if your work is on the right track, and if not, I'll be able to tell you how you can start "thinking stock".
Lesson 2: Getting Accepted into a Stock Photo Agency Assignment: Express one or more of the following concepts with photos: Transportation, communication, office stress, competition, winning, power, depression, the future. Feel free to think outside the box and express any of these concepts with digital effects as well as models that have a unique look.
Lesson 3: Maximizing Your Income Assignment: Express one or more of the following concepts with photos: Love, travel, inspiration, global warming, speed, business success, security, women in the workplace. Donít forget to leave room for advertising copy.
Lesson 4: Stock Production Assignment: Create a stock shooting schedule (described in a caption beneath one of your photos) and show up to 5 images from it. You can use any kind of concept, from food to shooting sports or models.
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.
Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.
Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.
For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.