SJ Harmon guides you through the process on how to become an expert stock photographer and shows you how to make a residual income through microstock photography.  We’ll be using a multimedia style approach including Podcast’s, How To videos, links to other useful sites, and more.  Steve will interview some of the top selling microstock photographers in the world to get you up to speed on how to become a successful microstock photographer.


  • Paula
    October 17, 2012 - 2:13 am | Permalink

    Hi Steve,

    Firstly, thank you so much for all the video tutorials you made! I am just starting to learn about stock photography and it’s been really helpful.

    I have a question which I hope you can answer and perhaps add it to your tutorials to help other people out there. Currently, I live in Singapore; therefore, it is natural that I take a lot of pictures around Asia in countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, etc. I love taking pictures of people doing their work or other activities, just simple people in markets, construction sites and other places.

    I understand I need to have a model release signed for each person who is photographed; however, these people mostly do not know how to speak English and many times will not be able to even write in their own language or else will be afraid of signing a paper they do not understand. How do I go about getting model releases from my photo subjects then?

    Many stock photographers emphasize the need for model releases, but I have not found one yet that touches the matter above. I’d very much appreciate it if you could provide any insights.

    Many thanks,


    • sjharmon
      October 23, 2012 - 10:17 am | Permalink

      Hi, thank you for the question. Since a model release is certainly required. I would try to help them fill out the fields on the release that they can. Especially have them sign the document. I am not sure there is an easy way around this, but they need to know what you are using their image for stock and get their info. If they cannot do that, then it would be wise to submit their image as editorial. Thank you!

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