Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography

With enough talent, determination and commercial awareness there’s still a lot of money to be made in this business! This guide will save you hours of “trial and error” to cut your learning curve considerably. Here’s the table of contents:

Chapter 1 – Microstock Photography 101
Chapter 2 – What’s in my Camera Bag?
Chapter 3 – Achieving Technical Excellence
Chapter 4 – The Legal Side of Stock Photography
Chapter 5 – Licensing Editorial & Commercial Images
Chapter 6 – Overview on Agencies to License Images 
Chapter 7 – How Much Can You Expect to Earn (The Extra Mile Isn’t Crowded)?
Chapter 8 – Creating Interesting Images
Chapter 9 – Finding your Niche
Chapter 10 – Keywording
Chapter 11 – Workflow Optimisation
Chapter 12 – Opportunities Outside of Microstock
Interview with Joas Souza, London-based Architectural photographer

But it’s not about quantity, it’s about QUALITY. I’ve kindly asked the TOP Microstock contributors to independently review my book and this is what they have to say. See a review by MyStockPhoto blog and feature on Amateur Photographer Magazine.

Amazon Reviews as of August 2018

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For a more complete 360 degree view of how to take your photography business to the next level, I’ve teamed up with veteran stock photographer and fellow author, Steve Heap, who consistently earns $3,000/month with his stock photography. Check out his blog for great tips.

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    • Appreciate it! You have great content on your Backyard Silver blog and really like how you brutally honestly show your earnings and strategies.

      Will send you a copy later on this week as I’m putting some final touches on this monster.


  1. Hello Alex, I am awaiting for the first five, my english level do not allow me to read and give feedback fast enought, but I am really interested in the book. And better 5 than 10 ;-). One question, Is an electronic edition possible?

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    • Hi Enhiro,

      Thanks for your interest but I’m afraid you’re too late 🙂

      Not too worry, I’ll be back soon with details on how you can purchase a copy for $5.00 for a limited-time only.

      Yes, there will be an electronic version available soon (just doing through some final touch ups with a graphic designer).

      Best regards,



  2. You provided a diverse view of the entire stock photo industry at large; including the macro/premium agents. For newcomers, I believe that it will be very helpful for them to know that there is indeed another side to the sales processes. The book is assistive to any stock photographer looking to gain valuable information and additional thought processing and skills.


    • Thanks Shannon. Appreciate the review. Really love how you carved such a specific niche with well-executed images – Authentic China-based content imagined for a Western audience and emerging Asia. This is an inspiration for those just starting out and who are perhaps still stuck in that “shooting pets, flowers and flags” mode and growing frustrated with limited downloads. Best of luck with your shooting, Alex


  3. I read it today, full of great information, and no false-promises. Microstock is a tough business nowadays, but you’ve covered a lot of what newcomers will need to know, and a few harsh-realities experienced photographers would do well to listen to 🙂


  4. Hello All,
    Read this book in 3 days.
    Spoiler alert: It is in fact very useful book for us who are thinking about stock photos, and photography in general.

    The first part are the confirmation what a seasoned photographer already know but a newbie needs absolutely to read.

    The second part is more stock related, honest opinions about agencies, business and clients its all we need to know to have “success” in this kind of work.

    I love the case study that the book presents, it is a truly and honestly example of what we can earn in this of business.

    I also like all the tips and tricks that come in every section of the book.

    Thank you Alexandre. It is in fact a great book.

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    • Thanks Filipe for your review.

      I saw your images on Shutterstock and you have some great city long-exposures, really like your style. Also, the images of cats are impressive and even though I state over and over not to bother to submit images of pets, these are an exception. I would go as far as to state that some of those fine-art images are “premium” and should not be licensed at Microstock sites for micro prices!

      Please let me know how you get on after taking on board the advice in the book!



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