Book Giveaway: “Taking Stock” by Rob Sylvan

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:14+00:00 December 14th, 2010|139 Comments

On Tuesday, December 21 I’ll be giving away a copy of Rob Sylvan’s book on microstock, Taking Stock, right here on my blog! Big thanks to Peachpit for supplying the book for the giveaway.

All you have to do to be eligible is post a comment below … that’s it! (Make sure you supply a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.) :)

Only one entry per person allowed, open only to US residents (all outside the US click here for the “International” book giveaway!). Winner will be selected randomly on Tuesday, December 21, 2010.

Good luck!

Update: This giveaway is over … go here to see the winner.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Michael squire December 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for all the good learning…
    And the book looks great

  2. Matt Vanecek December 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Excellent giveaway! With the rigorous inspections applied to stock submissions, this book should also help improve general photography skills. :)

  3. Jeff December 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Sounds like an interesting and helpful book. I want to win it.

  4. Rik Jones December 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I would love to learn more about this topic and get more familiar with Stock. Not travelling much or finding events to shoot, I want to learn more. This book would help. :)

  5. Rik Jones December 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Plus, it would help me try to buy more goodies and toys. ;)

  6. Paul Bousquet December 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Have been toying with the idea of getting started with microstock, this would certainly help. Thanks Nicole

  7. Rick Arnold December 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I really enjoy your blog. I love the positive attitude you always bring.

  8. Caroline December 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

  9. mathieu gasnier December 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    So sad that the giveaway contest is not included france… next time!!!

  10. Ryan December 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I have the book it is a great read. The introduction is the best part though. ;)

    If by some happy twist of fate I win, please select someone one else.

  11. John Hayes December 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Nicole really enjoy the blog and your participation on TWIP.

  12. TJ Tunnington December 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I am just getting into the microstock game and would love this book

  13. Laurie-B December 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Looks like an excellent read. Thanks for hosting the contest.

  14. Dan Torres December 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. Ken December 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Feeling Lucky! Happy Holidays.

  16. Prerna@IndianSimmer December 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, would LOVE to get my hands on that one!

  17. Nicole W December 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I’m a fan of your blog and love your work..Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

  18. Lynne December 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for all your quick tips and lovely photos!

  19. Dana December 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for all the effort you put into this blog. I also like your Photoshop tips on YouTube. This book would help my efforts at Stock Photography tremendously.

  20. Dhaval Jani December 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Nicole! I have been learning from your videos and tips on your blog as well as

    Last month I tried applying for istockphoto but got rejected and then tried at big stock photo and got approved. I hardly have enough “sellable” images and want to get better at what I want to do.

    Thanks for the giveaway. Hope I win:)

  21. Mouring December 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Looks like it would be an interesting read.

  22. Noel December 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Looks like a good book to get more techniques….would love to have one. : )

  23. Kent December 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for the giveway, great book

  24. Ty December 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the blog and the giveaway.

  25. Rob Sylvan December 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Give away 100! :-)

  26. Eleanor December 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog. I feel lucky…

  27. Martin December 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Anything for a free book!

  28. Hal Warren December 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Love your blog and tweets!

  29. Carolyn Rauh December 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    An awesome give away, Nicole. I have the book and have found it to be chalk full of wonderful stock tips. I also want to thank you for your priceless videos. I have learned so much from them. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  30. Mike R December 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I enjoy your blog, Nicole. Rob’s book is on my to-read list!

  31. jjohnsen December 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Sounds interesting, I’d love to have a copy.

  32. Fidelis Lobo December 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Just checked the reviews on Amazon and the reviews look very promissing.

  33. Tom d December 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Fantastic learning thru your website…thank you

  34. Cat London December 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Oh pleeeeeeeeeazzzze pick me!

  35. Jeff Grandon December 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Pick me!
    Not sure how I found your blog but it’s been fun to go back in time and see how far you’ve come over time. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Ben December 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Sounds like a great book to read.

  37. Michael Perez December 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    You Rock Nicole!!

  38. Roger D December 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I’ve heard the book is great, and you can help me prove it. ;-)

  39. jasonschafer December 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    cool giveaway! I was looking at this book the other day. Would love to win a copy.

  40. Tim Buckner December 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    This really looks like a great book. would be great to learn more about stock.

  41. Mike December 14, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Great blog – great book. Currently read one – would love to read the other!

  42. Tom December 14, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    pick me!

  43. Dean Massalsky December 14, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Feeling Randomly Drawn…Feeling Randomly Drawn…Feeling Randomly Drawn…Feeling Randomly Drawn…Feeling Randomly Drawn…Feeling Randomly Drawn…Feeling Randomly Drawn…Feeling Randomly Drawn…!!!!

  44. Rob vE December 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Nicole, always enjoy your posts and guest appearances on Twip.

    G’day from Sydney

  45. Torsten December 15, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Pick me, pick me

  46. Burt December 15, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Your site is always my first read when the RSS feed says you have something new! I drool over your food images (mine still stink…), and I absolutely love your 2-minute-tips.

  47. Mon December 15, 2010 at 2:24 am

    thanks for sharing on the blog. And I hope I win. =)

  48. Corky December 15, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I enjoy your contributions to the TWIP podcast.

  49. Steve December 15, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Enjoy listening to you on TWiP

  50. Iza December 15, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Hello, great idea for giveaway, just in time for Christmas. I would love to read this book, and learn a thing or two.

  51. Robert Todd Wilcke December 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for keeping your blog actively moving!

  52. Jim Harmer December 15, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Come on…. I know I’m gonna win the photography book. Pretty please?

  53. Martin Carlsson December 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I never win anything :( –

    Anyway, Merry Christmas and thank you for your interesting blog, I’m a regular reader.


  54. Martin Carlsson December 15, 2010 at 8:11 am

    just noticed that the giveaway is only open for US residents, so there we go, I won’t win this time either! Haha

  55. Matthew M December 15, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Hey Nicole I’d be honored to have this book in my collection

  56. Aluisius Sudiarto December 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Sweet giveaway!

    Thank you.

  57. Carol Thacker December 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I really need this book!

  58. Wayne Howes December 15, 2010 at 10:36 am

    excellent website, and the book looks grrrrrreat too!

  59. Gregory T. December 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    This would be a great Christmas gift under anyone’s tree.

  60. Kathryn December 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and all you do on the blog.

  61. Mark King December 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for all you do Nicolesy! I want to win the book :)

  62. Kim B December 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Looks like a nice book.

  63. Michelle H December 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway, that’s really cool of you to do that.

  64. Karen December 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Looks like a great book, and I’d love to be a winner of it – I think it would be very helpful to me.

  65. Garen J December 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I always look forward to your posts and also the great how-to videos!!

  66. Frances Twitty December 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Great idea, Nicole!

  67. John LeJeune December 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Hope I win! Thanks for the contest!

  68. Kiff Backhouse December 16, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Getting into Stock Photos has been on my task list for a while- just the push I would need …

  69. Deb Scally December 16, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Rob Sylvan was the one who opened up my whole world with his original Lightroom book… he’s a terrific writer and instructor and I am sure this book is every bit as useful. Thanks!

  70. joe dimattia December 16, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I hope I win! Nicole you have really sparked my interest in this area!

  71. George December 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Thanks for the blog and for the contest.

  72. Matt December 16, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Hope I win!

  73. Meredith December 16, 2010 at 8:01 am

    What is microstock?

  74. Jordan December 16, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Cool giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity.

  75. Andy Gimino December 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I agree. I would love to learn more on the subject as I generally shoot nature and landscapes…not a big draw for stock. NIce giveaway.

  76. Dave Dabour December 16, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Woot! Book looks great! I’d love a copy!

  77. Bob Bradley December 16, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Looks like a book I would enjoy!

  78. Daryl Marquardt December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I was just considering going exclusive with one stock site instead of the 4 I am on now. This would be a great read before I do that.

  79. Roman December 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Ok, Let’s win! This book must be good!

  80. Ron December 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks Nicole for the giveaway. Always enjoy hearing you on TWIP.

  81. Jeff December 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Looks like an interesting book. Thanks for the tip on the giveaway. Just in time for Christmas even!

  82. Mikell December 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    This would make a great Christmas present (for myself)! :)

  83. Jimmy S December 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Enjoying hearing you on TWIP! Very enlightning

  84. Greg McCourt December 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Trying my luck out. So far I have a 1 in 82 chance. Thanks for the give away and really enjoy it when you are on TWIP.

  85. Breztech December 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Would love this book as I have been interested in getting more involved with stock photography.

  86. Tommy Dickson December 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Stoked to read that Rob is giving away a copy of his book to someone outside the US, fingers crossed.

    Great blog btw Nicole.

  87. Rich Bianchini December 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Looks like a great read. Thanks so much Nicole and Peachpit.

  88. Howard J December 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Looks like a great book, I really like that Christmas tree on the cover!

  89. Randy December 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    A topic I definitly need to learn more about.

  90. Troy B December 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    This would be a great prize!

  91. Michele December 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Great blog. Thanks for the giveaway Nicole and Peachpit. I would love to have this book.

  92. Alex Racanelli December 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Looks like a great book. Happy Holidays to ALL!

  93. Ajay Kumar December 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I always wanted to know about Stock Photos. This book would be good start

  94. Erich December 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    This book is on my Christmas wish list! :)

  95. Bethany December 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Looks like a very insightful book! Would love to have a copy of it.

  96. Rebecca December 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I would love to receive this book to help me improve my fairly new iStock portfolio. This book looks great! :D

  97. Nate December 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Sounds like a great book, I’d love to win it.

  98. Joel December 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Thank you for offering this.

  99. WalterL December 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Looked at the description of the book, it looks great!

  100. John Swarce December 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Great giveaway! Would love to win it for Xmas!


  101. Gary December 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    This is so cool!!

  102. Raymond Coffman December 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

    After looking into it, I’m convinced shooting stock would make me a better photographer overall. The book looks very helpful.

  103. Brauny December 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  104. Sherry December 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Would love to stock this at my house (in my Christmas stock, my book stock,…)! Sounds like a very useful book — thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  105. Darren December 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I’m in!

  106. Eric December 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks for the contest — looks to be a good book!

  107. Jose December 18, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I enjoy your 2-minute-tips and thanks for your efforts of helping other like me.

    As for the book, it is a cool giveaway! I hope I win!

  108. Ted December 20, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for the giveaway !!

  109. Big D December 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Love it!

    Keep up the great work!

  110. Kevin December 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Do you have a blog on how your 7d is set up?

  111. Rob December 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I’d love to read this book.

  112. Richard Bitting December 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Love your work and have learned a lot. Would love to win!

  113. Kim Sobel December 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    What a great book. :)

  114. Chris Pugh December 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Sweet, count me in!

  115. dav.d December 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Me, me, me!

  116. Bruce December 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks for giving away your time and talent all year long! I enjoy the heck out of it and learn a bunch.

  117. Crystal December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I’d love to learn more about stock photography!

  118. Scott December 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Would love to learn about stock photography. I want to become a better photographer in 2011.

  119. Eddie Tabata December 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Sounds like a great book for those who want to start taking stock photography.

  120. Josh Foxworthy December 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks Nicole for the great blog and all the photography tips. Love the books you have our out as well. Thank you Peachpit for the opportunity of the free book.

  121. Greg December 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for all you do.

  122. Deb DeKoff December 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Took Rich Legg’s class re: microstock at U of U. Would love to learn more. Especially on food photography…does this book have a chapter on that?

  123. Kevin December 21, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Let the party begin – email me for shipping instructions. :)

  124. Gene Mohr December 21, 2010 at 7:39 am

    A great book about something near and dear to my heart. Would love to own it.

  125. Dave December 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Send one my way for Christmas, please.

  126. Kevin December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Just checked the book out on – I couldn’t wait I went ahead and bought it! Take me off the list for the freebie.

  127. Tony Bell December 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Last minute shopping the twitter way! Happy Holidays.

  128. Mike Patterson December 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

    An interesting book indeed and I think the book wants to head to Galway to come live with me :-)

  129. Gary December 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

    This would be a nice stocking stuffer. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  130. Paula Thomas December 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I’ve been doing stock for the past year but don’t have any books about it. Looks like a good one to have!

  131. Bill Keyes December 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

    What a great holiday give away!

  132. Derrick December 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I would love to have a copy. Thanks.

  133. Phil Garceau December 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Great blog. I’ve learned so much. Even sold a few photos to stock.

  134. Rachel December 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Would love to start my new year off right by improving my photography and a shiny new book. Thanks for all your great posts throughout the year.

  135. Ryan Romeike December 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Throwing my hat in the ring as well! Thanks Nicole.

  136. Luke Robinson December 21, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I have been interested in shooting stock photography for a while now. I hope I win.

  137. Kristy December 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Oh how I NEED to get my hands on that book! :)

  138. George A December 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Excellent, wish me luck!

  139. Phil S December 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Wish me luck! Thanks

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