Stock Photography

Stock Photography

Dates: 08/26/2013 - 08/30/2013
Deposit of $300 due upon application approval.
This professional studies course is past its starting date.

Few people know the world of stock photography as well as Rob Sylvan. A longtime contributor and image inspector at iStockphoto, the most heavily trafficked stock site in the world, he knows there will always be a need for fresh, authentic stock photography.

During this information-rich week you learn what makes a successful stock photograph as Sylvan explains the ins and outs of the stock photography game. Understand the difference between rights-managed and royalty-free licensing models, the importance of model and property releases, and how both contribute to your bottom line. Photo shoots are designed to help you see what a typical stock shoot entails. Your shots are then critiqued by Sylvan to assess their value as potential stock images. Through this process he helps you see like the designers and editors who purchase stock imagery.

Having a bulletproof workflow from image creation to post-processing to submission improves your efficiency and overall financial success. Sylvan shows you tips and techniques that will save you valuable time as you work to build your online stock portfolio. The tone throughout is lively and fun as you learn to add this valuable photographic niche to your revenue stream.


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Meeting Space

Stock Photography
August 26-30, 2013

Directions to RMSP

RMSP is located in downtown Missoula near the corner of Higgins Avenue and Main Street at 216 N. Higgins Avenue.

From Missoula International Airport: 
Turn right as you leave the airport, onto W. Broadway Street toward Airway Boulevard. Turn left onto Airway Boulevard.  Merge onto I-90 East. Take the Orange Street exit, Exit 104.  Turn right onto Orange Street. At the second light, turn left onto W. Broadway. Proceed for three blocks and turn right onto Higgins Avenue. Our building is on the left side of the street.

From I-90 (From the East/West): 
Take the Orange Street exit, Exit 104. Head south onto Orange Street. At the second light, turn left onto W. Broadway. Proceed for three blocks and turn right onto Higgins Avenue. Our building is on the left side of the street.

From US 93 (From South): 
Proceed straight as US-93 turns into Brooks Street in Missoula. Continue through Missoula until Brooks intersects with Higgins Avenue at Hellgate High School. Turn left and follow Higgins Avenue a little over half a mile over the Higgins Street Bridge. Our building is on the right side of the street.


Stock Photography
August 26-30, 2013

Meeting Space

This course begins Monday, August 26 at 9:00 a.m. and ends Friday, August 30 by 5:00 p.m. Your class will be held at Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP)
216 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 543-0171 or (800) 394-7677


Parking downtown is metered Monday-Friday. There is a convenient parking garage, Central Park, located less than one block west of the school at 128 West Main Street ( Parking downtown on Saturdays and Sundays is free.   


Visit our local hotels page for lodging options and special rates.

Air Transportation

Missoula International Airport
5225 Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 728-4381    

Car Rental

Major car rental companies are located at the airport and in Missoula.


Travel During the Course

You are responsible for your own transportation during the course. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students. You will have an opportunity to set up carpooling for the week in your first class meeting.

Meals During the Course

You are responsible for your own meals during the course. Your instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule. There are many convenient and affordable options for breakfast, lunch and dinner within walking distance of RMSP.


Any additional fees and/or supplies will be your responsibility.


Missoula Chamber of Commerce
(406) 543-6623

Missoula Downtown Association
(406) 543-4238




Rob Sylvan is a photographer, teacher, and author, who is also the Lightroom Help Desk Specialist for KelbyOne, and an instructor for the Bryan Peterson School of Photography and the Digital Photo Workshops. Rob writes the “Under the Loupe” column for Photoshop User Magazine, and is the author of many photography related books and videos such as Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process, Lightroom 3 Video QuickStart Guide, Taking Stock, and Nikon D750: From Snapshots to Great Shots to name a few. In 2002, while working as an instructional designer, Rob started shooting stock as a hobby that quickly led to a joining the (then) six-person team inspecting all the submissions to iStockphoto. In 2005 Rob was tasked with the responsibility of providing detailed feedback to all contributors looking to understand the underlying reasons for their rejected submissions, which led to the creation of the very successful Scout program on iStockphoto. Over nearly a decade he was part of the content team that grew the collection from under 30,000 files to over nine million. After leaving iStockphoto Rob went on to become one of the founding contributors to Stocksy United, where he currently serves on the board of directors. Witnessing the stock industry from the inside out provided incredible insight into all the facets of what it takes to create useful stock imagery.
View other courses taught by Rob Sylvan.


Who should attend Professional Studies courses?
These courses are designed for skilled photographers who want a concentrated education in a particular field of photography, and an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized professional photographers in that area of interest.
What are the entrance requirements for Professional Studies?
Professional Studies courses are taught on an advanced level and will not cover basic photographic techniques. For this reason, you must be able to confidently operate your camera in manual mode. You must be competent in the areas of digital capture, image processing and management, and working with artificial lighting. SI graduates are accepted into any Professional Studies course upon submission of an application.
Should I take more than one Professional Studies course?
Any Professional Studies course can stand alone, but most students take multiple Pro Studies courses. We’ve structured the courses to allow students to design his or her own individual curriculum from a variety of offerings. Four weeks of Professional Studies courses give students flexibility in setting up a personalized line-up. Please keep in mind that enrollment in all classes is strictly limited. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and typically fill early.
Do I need to be a Summer Intensive graduate to attend Professional Studies?
Most Professional Studies students have graduated from Summer Intensive, while others have photographic training and experience that allows them to meet our entrance requirements. For applicants wanting to take Pro Studies courses without having completed SI, it is necessary to go through an additional application process. This process begins by an interested student applying for classes on our website.  Please contact our office for more information.
How does Professional Studies differ from your workshops?
Professional Studies courses are a totally different animal than our workshops. The course content, student population, and expectations differ tremendously from one to the other. The Professional Studies classes are designed for the professional level photography student who wants to make at least a part time income photographing. The content is directed toward giving the student as much information as possible in a short amount of time about how to operate professionally in a particular field. Students are on a more advanced level and they come with the expectation of strengthening their professional style and techniques. Critiques are more directed and focused on marketability.
What is the cutoff date for enrollment?
We accept applications on a first come, first served basis until a course is full. We recommend that students enroll early due to the enrollment limit. Although classes typically fill very quickly, we will accept enrollment up to the start of class if space is available.
How many students are in the Professional Studies courses?
In order to provide an excellent educational experience, we limit our enrollment to 16 students in each class.  

Cancellation Policy

All courses have a limited number of seats available.  Enrollment, along with payment of appropriate deposit(s), reserves a seat in a course.  Demand for course placement is high, due to limited enrollment. Withdrawal from a Career Training course is a serious matter. When a student accepts a position in a course, other students are denied that position. If a student withdraws after a course begins, another person cannot take his or her place. Payment of the deposit(s) for Pro Studies courses is due at the time of enrollment. Tuition balances are due 60 days before the course start date. Applications occurring after this date require full payment at the time of enrollment. If payment has not been paid by the deadline, the student will be dropped from that course for non-payment and the first student on the waitlist will be offered the spot. A student who has been dropped due to non-payment may apply again for the course if there is an available seat or he/she may ask to be placed on the waitlist. A student on a waitlist will be contacted via email or phone when an available seat opens up. The student will have until the close of the next business day to inform the RMSP office if he/she would like to take the spot. If the student does not respond in that timeframe, the spot will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.
  1. A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant that cancels the Enrollment Agreement within 72 hours (until midnight of the third day, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) after the Enrollment Agreement is accepted by the applicant.
  2. A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant who is not accepted by the school.
  3. A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant in the event that educational services are discontinued by RMSP.
  4. For cancellations received in our office at least 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  5. For cancellations received in our office 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less the $300 tuition deposit.
  6. For cancellations received in our office within 30 days prior to the start of the course, no tuition refund is due to the student.
Note: RMSP reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.