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Shooting for Stock Photography

with Geo Rittenmyer

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About The Class

What if you could make money taking the photos you love?

The world of stock photography can feel complicated, but commercial and editorial photographer, Geo Rittenmyer, will show you how to create and sell stock photography from any situation. In this course, he’ll cover the essentials of stock photography, the differences between royalty free or rights managed, as well as where stock is utilized in today’s world. He’ll also be interviewing an art director at a top agency to better understand what types of imagery stock agencies are looking for. 

Topics include: 

  • Techniques for shooting when traveling and what to think about when taking a photo 
  • How to set up a low-cost stock specific studio shoot 
  • How to utilize Adobe® Photoshop® & Lightroom CC to organize your catalog and keywords for easy access 
  • How to find a stock agency for your work 
  • When and where to use model or property releases 

Stock photography can allow you to shoot for your clients, as well as your passion. Get back to shooting what you love and make money at the same time! 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    All About Stock

  3. 03

    Finding an Agency

  4. 04

    Model and Property Releases

  5. 05

    Briefs, Trends and Inspiration

  6. 06

    Interview: Gallery Stock Creative Director, Jen Fox Freeman

  7. 07


  8. 08

    Self Producing

  9. 09

    Archiving, Storage and Back Up

  10. 10

    Ingest Images

  11. 11

    Culling Images

  12. 12


  13. 13

    Editing Images in Photoshop

  14. 14


  15. 15

    Gear on Location

  16. 16

    Location Scouting

  17. 17

    Shoot: Working with a Model, Wardrobe and Direction

  18. 18

    Variation of Angles

  19. 19

    Final Image Review


Meet Your Expert

Geo Rittenmyer

Geo Rittenmyer is a successful advertising and editorial photographer based in Seattle. His list of clients includes Disney, The Today Show and The Washington State Lottery as well as Time, ESPN Magazine and Men’s Journal.  He was a lead contributor at the stock photography agency Corbis for many years before moving to the boutique agency GalleryStock. He has also been recognized for his fine art photography based off his personal projects. ... read more

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  • pdf 2017 Gallery Stock Trend Report
  • pdf Sample Model Release
  • pdf Sample Property Release
  • pdf Stock Agencies List

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  • Amy Vaughn

    Amy Vaughn

    April 2017

    Personally, I really liked this class, but I can see why it wouldn’t be for everyone looking for information about stock photography. I’ve already researched and started doing microstock, but now I’m looking for more information about other options. This class was a good fit for me. Although Geo seemed new to public speaking and used too many fillers like “uh” and “um”, I found him likable and surprisingly relatable considering our different photographic niches. This class may be best suited for: Learning more about boutique galleries, rights managed stock and alternatives to microstock Seeing how this particular stock photographer works, gets inspiration and has been successful Getting ideas about current trends and sources for inspiration Getting the perspective of a creative director for a boutique agency Those interested in lifestyle photography May not be as suitable for: Broader and more in depth information about the variety of options in stock photography Those who want to focus on microstock New photographers who want detailed information about getting started and meeting technical requirements Those who prefer a more polished speaker

  • Carol Totaro

    April 2017

    I thought this was a great class and have to disagree with some of the comments from the hands down viewers. The audience was listless and did not seem to be interested in being there. Do you know how difficult it is to stand up in front of a bunch like this and keep your mojo racing? Very difficult. Hardly anyone asked questions and they all just gave a lot of nods most of the time. If your read ahead of time the info on the class, you would see that he was going to go into Lightroom and workflow. Yes, some of it was a drag especially all those pictures taken from the condo at a FL panhandle beach. But nothing's perfect. Maybe I got a lot out of this because I am newer at photography. I was glad to know about his equipment. Everyone's personality is different and for all the talent and success Geo has enjoyed, he remains a humble and very likeable guy.

  • Christina Biasi

    Christina Biasi

    October 2017

    I loved this class! I cannot agree with some other reviews below at all Geo gives so much valuable information, and in fact I love his style much more than many other over-self confident speakers. He is sympathetic and likeable, and most importantly give very much valuable insights into stock photography. I just started with stock and got all my questions answered. I watched it already three times. The only part which I did not like so much was the post-processing part, because he could have explained better his workflow and why he chose certain actions. But that does not impact on the overall quality of the course. I can only highly recommend this class

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