Review of Backyard Silver’s Stock Photography Master Class

Having recently attentively watched Steve Heap’s Stock Photography Master Class, I was impressed with quality of the material provided. Thank you, Steve as I picked up valuable snippets of knowledge to further my stock photography business and I trust it will be equally rewarding to others.

Who is Steve Heap?

Steve Heap is the author of his blog, Backyard Silver, where he openly discusses tips on making it in this increasingly difficult business-model. Evidence to his expertise is earning $3k+ a month by submitting stock photos to some 17 agencies.

Stock Photography Master Class Outline

Stack of colorful crayons in cup with copy space

The class is one-hour long and consists of 70 slides outlying the following topics:

  • What is stock photography?
  • Uses of stock photos
  • Discussion on Steve’s best sellers and why
  • Which types of images sell and why
  • Licensing: RF/RM, Commercial/Editorial
  • Legalities including releases
  • Pricing: how much can you earn
  • How much have Steve Heap earned, # of images and with which agencies
  • Capturing/creating profitable subjects
  • Alternative revenue streams including stock video

How much?

Master Steve has decided to offer it for a bargain basement price of $0.49, including the instructions in the PDF. He’s put the option where on top of the minimum above, you enter what you think it might be worth to you.

I think it should be worth about $10 for the content you’ll receive…nothing out there for free like it and great content should not be given away for free, in my opinion.


To access the landing page to purchase this amazing course, click here!

I look forward to learning from this teaching method soon – thanks again, Steve! Perhaps a future course on your stock footage tips?…

About Alex

I’m an eccentric guy on a quest to visit all corners of the world and capture stock images & footage. I’m determined not to waste my life away as a corporate drone and have devoted five years to making it as a travel photographer and freelance writer. I hope to inspire others before it’s too late.

I’m proud to have written a book about my adventures which includes tips on making it as a stock travel photographer – Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography

Check out my new photo review service, where I’ll help take your images to the next level and get them sold regularly!


  1. Hi Alex, great post as usual!

    I downloaded the masterclass following your suggestion and I confirm the good value of the course.
    The idea of reworking my existing portfolio is interesting.

    Some quick wins could be:
    1) Re-write keyword, description and title using currently trends of the market
    2) Adding fake lens flares using Lightroom (when appropriate)
    3) Cropping in a different way my bestsellers
    4) Change color temperature
    5) Black and white version
    6) Flip horizontally the image when appropriate

    Any suggestion from your side?

    Keep in touch and… great blog!


    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Paolo, glad you enjoyed the course.

      Those are excellent technical advice. I think that subject matter is king and if we can capitalise on what’s “trending” at the moment we’ll be onto something. This can be commercial too but more likely editorial.

      At the moment Italy is again in a political crisis (no surprise there) but this time it seems more crucial than before. So if we can capture images related to this crisis + the rise of xenophobia / anti-immigration which seems to be a growing theme in Europe, we’ll be sure to profit from this type of zeitgeist. What do you think? I think you saw the blog post on using Google Trends and I brainstormed some pertinent themes.

      I’m in Portugal now so now much going on here in terms of news which would be interesting for international newspapers, unfortunately

      All the best amico,



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