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Stock and funny animal pictures! [johnlund] 

Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
www.johnlund.com You can also search on for "john lund" on , and as well as .
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
30 years...started writing magazine articles and shooting pictures to help get them published. I quickly realized that I was much more cut out for photography than for writing...though I have spent time as a columnist for DIGITAL IMAGING magazine and PICTURE magazine.
What has been your education as a photographer?
Shooting...lots of it! I never really took any courses...just shot a lot of film. I have, however, taught many seminars and courses on Photography, Digital Imaging and Photoshop. I have also given a number of seminars on stock photography and how to break in to the market for funny animal pictures.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
It has been awhile.... I do have a line of greeting cards...john lund's animal antics, which sells hundreds of thousands of greeting cards a year...I sort of consider that my "ongoing exhibition". These are images of animals in anthropomorphic situations...funny animal pictures that people seem to enjoy throughout the world. They are published and distributed by Marian Heath greeting cards under the brand name Portal.
Please list any awards for your work.
Print Magazine, PDN Digital Imaging, Communications Arts Photo Annual, etc. At this point I have quit submitting my work to contests. Too much trouble since I am no longer soliciting assignment work. I am putting my efforts into creating a very functional web site that offers people the opportunity to print funny animal pictures and purchase stock photography...particularly conceptual stock photography. For lifestyle stock photography I sell my images primarily through Blend images (blendimages.com).
What is your favourite type of photography?
Photography with impact. I love travel photography ( I recently had the opportunity to spend two weeks shooting the Padeung tribe in Myanmar...the women wear those "rings" around their necks). I also love producing conceptual stock photography utilizing a lot of Photoshop work. Any image that evokes an emotional response...whether it is a funny pet picture or a well-crafted stock image...is a good one from my perspective.
What do you try to express through your photography?
Myself and the world I see. Most of my work is for stock photography...so I am trying to portray a concept that is a quick read and a clear message. Of course, I appreciate the silly side of life too...which hopefully is expressed in my animal antics funny animal photos.
How do you choose your subjects?
The subject matter is driven by the message I am trying to illustrate. For example, I just finished an image to portray the concepts of challenge and risk. For that I have a sumo wrestler about to be caught doing flying trapeze...there is a BIG question about whether the athlete doing the "catching" will be able to hold that sumo wrestler! I like to shoot a lot of humorous photos...and that is just one example of humor used in stock photography.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
I try to have a plan for everything. I have been at it long enough to know that things seldom go as planned...but it is still better to be over-prepared than not prepared enough. This is especially true when trying to shoot animals and small children!
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
I start with a plan and hopefully "flo" kicks in as well. Sometimes the flow just takes over and that is great...but if that flow dosen't kick in it sure is nice to have a plan to fall back on!
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
Canon or Nikon...can't go wrong with the high end models of either one.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Canon 5D, Canon 1ds MKII, Canon 1ds MKIII, Speedotron & Profoto, Macs.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
None. Piracy happens and it would make me crazy to try and control it. Of course I try and have my copyright in the metadata. But heck, I see pirated images of mine on the internet all the time...people particularly like to send the funny animal pictures I do to each other via e-mail. Oh well....
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
I shoot stock and let the agencies do the selling.
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
All the great ones.
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
Of course! That is the sea-change in the world of professional photography. Change happens...now how do we deal with it? With all the new technology images are easier and easier to create...so creativity becomes the dominant factor...I suppose ultimately this is a good thing...but very scary for us professionals!
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
A loose knit evolving group.
With which other photographers do you normally team up with or do sessions with?
www.samdiephuis.com, www.drewkelly.com, www.shalomormsby.com
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
Whatever works...throw out the rules!
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
Dunno...I press it a lot!
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
I would never go back to film.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
I don't pay attention to the "fine art" world.
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
Nothing worth mentioning....

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