Steve Heap is a well known stock photographer having started in the business in early 2008. He first wrote about his real life experience in getting started in stock photography in his ebook in 2011, and has since revised it twice to update with the changes in the industry. Available from this site and from Amazon, it is well reviewed by all as being an invaluable asset in helping you make money from your images.

Backyard Silver is operated by Backyard Productions LLC and provides regular updates on my activities in Stock Photography.

Please contact me at “sales” at “BackyardSilver.com”

My images are available for licensing on all the main stock photography web sites – see the links below on the right for more details. I have created my own stock agency at Backyard Stock Photos and this site contains more editorial work than you will find on the microstock sites.  I’ve also put some of my better “Fine Art” images on Backyard Image, and you can buy prints of some of these at Fine Art America. I can also print images on my own high end printer up to 24 x 19 inches and mat them to your requirements. Please contact me for more information.


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Thank you for your blog, I find it very interesting and am so glad that I came across it. You’ve answered many of my questions about stock photography. Thanks again, I am looking forward to your new posts.

Kind regards,

Glad you like it. I’ve just moved to a different state in the US and so am very busy with household things, so don’t hold your breath for new posts!

I really like your photos. They are so natural, not like a lot of the oversaturated, HDR style photos that are popular today. (I know there are a lot of HDR photos that are spectacular, but a lot of them look overdone. I like the natural style a lot better.)
Anyway, your blog and your ebook are awesome too.

Thanks! I like the new HDR treatment in Lightroom – very natural looking and simply blending the exposures together rather than pushing the extreme approach to HDR.

hi – thanks for such an informative blog.

to help me understand the numbers in your Nov 2016 summary, you spoke of ~$2000 earnings, and a portfolio size that seemed to be around 6000ish – is that accurate?

Would it be a safe guess to say a reasonable RPI for the current (2016) market is $0.33 + or minus a few cents? (that’s down from the older articles that spoke of $1 as a reasonable industry average)

Hi Tim – good question – let me think about that and cover it in my end of December review.

Dear Steve,
Thank you for the very informative and valuable information! I registered by your referral link on Zoonar. I hope this will bring for you small bonuses!
Hello from Ukraine!

Best regards,

Thanks Roman! I’m finding Zoonar a bit slow these days (plus it takes many months for anything to happen), but good luck and thanks for using the link!

Steve – Just wanted to share how much I love the blog and the book. Since and subject matter is very similar to mine, your experience has been very informative. I’ve been following a similar path to generate income through microstock over the last three years and your insights and experience continue to be invaluable.

Keep up the great work!


Thanks Paul – happy to help!

Where is the best place to ask you general questions about microstock? You getting started book was great but I was hoping for a little on researching trends beyond look at whats selling because by then I’m guessing its to late because of the saturated marked that is microstock.

You could just email me at sales “at” backyardsilver.com

Delighted to find your blog with real figures!! Have about 3000 on Alamy and no great sales.
Which of the other agencies do you recommend I upload to? Was gonna try adobe

Any feedback greatly appreciated

What is your portfolio on Alamy? I could have a look and let you know. Just email me if you prefer not to make it public.

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