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Photographer John Lund flips his wig in this humorous self portrait and stock photo.
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Stock Photo ArticleCreating A Conceptual/Fine Art Stock Photo with Adobe PhotoshopPicture of the Devil - Creating a Stock PhotoFire Breathing DragonsConceptual Stock Photography - Sell Stock PhotosShooting People and Location Stock Photos AbroadRoyalty Free - Rights Managed - Micro Stock - Stock Photography PricingHindu Gods - The Hindu God Ganesha - Picture and StoryStock Photos…the Highest Form of Commercial PhotographyPictures of Dog Breeds - Shooting Stock Photos of Miniature PoodlesDominatrix Pictures - Photo Shoot and PhotoshopFemale Photography - Photographing the Human BodyPicture of a Wrecking Ball Produced with Adobe Photoshop ToolsPictures of Cows - Being Creative Taking Pictures of a CowPictures of Lions - The King of BeastsTaking Pictures of the Great Wall of ChinaShooting Stock Photos in the Himalayas – A Travel Adventure Photo-ShootPictures of Snakes - Taking Stock Photos in Mumbai, IndiaGetting Started in Stock Photography: Choosing Your Stock Photo Equipment CorrectlyStock Photos - Selling and Marketing Your Stock Photo ImagesPictures of Money - Lots of Different Kinds of Money PicturesUsing Sailboat Stock Image and PhotoShop to Make a Unique New Hot Stock PhotoSelling Your Photos as Greeting CardsFunny Monkey Pictures - Stock Photos and Pictures of Monkeys or BaboonsTiger Pictures - Shooting a Tiger for StockStarting a Stock Photo CareerFilling Small Business Needs in Stock PhotographyCreating Stock Photos with Strategic AlliancesPhotography Tips from a Pro on Shooting in Low LightThe Power of PositiveFunny Pictures - Funny Pics of Animals and PeopleBumbles, Blunders and Bad Luck!Crowd sourcing, Micro Stock and MoneyCreating a Conceptual Photo ImageThe (Information) Road to Stock Photography SuccessUse Your Photo Shoot Estimate as a Selling ToolHow to Generate Effective Ideas for Stock PhotosBlend Images - A Modern Day Stock Agency Photo Success StoryTaking Pictures of Backgrounds For Producing Great Stock PhotosHow to Shoot Successful Lifestyle Stock PhotosDiversify Your Stock Photo Business - Selling Photos on Mugs, T Shirts, and Printed Merchandise!Beginner Photography Tips - Understanding the Role of ApertureFive Quick Tips For Great Pet PhotographyTurning Doctor Visits Into Hot Selling Medical Stock PhotosSelling Stock Photos to the Largest Market of AllCreating A Successful Concept Stock PhotoChoosing the Right Stock Photo for Your Small BusinessMaking A Living At Stock PhotographyChoosing the Right Concept Stock Photo For Your BusinessHandshake Pictures and Images in Advertising and Business CommunicationsBeautiful and unusual Pictures of Lighthouses and Lighthouse Images with Beacons and Stormy SeasAnimal AnticsMotion FootageMassage Cats ArticleJohn's Galleries of unique stock picturesJohn's Stock Photo ArticlesFunny Pictures Of AnimalsPictures of Cute Cats Doing Funny ThingsFunny Pictures of Elephants Doing Extraordinary Things! Flying elephants, Disco ElephantsFunny Animals - Pictures of funny animals like cats, dogs, cows, and MoreFunny Dogs - Cute Puppies - Cute Dog Pictures - The Funniest Pictures on the Net.
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Articles about creating stock images and other related subjects including stock shoots, shooting on locations, shooting video and other topics 

 
Stock Photography picture of lightning Strike

Lightning Strike – Creating A Conceptual/Fine Art Stock Photo with Adobe Photoshop

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Using Photoshop the author describes making a fine art stock image for Getty Images with before and after images

     
Picture of the Devil

Picture of the Devil - Creating a Stock Photo

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Using Photoshop John creates a very devilish stock image.

     

Dragon Pictures - Creating a Stock Photograph of a Fire Breathing Dragon in Photoshop

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Chinese type dragons inspired John to Create this dragon picture from photographs of an iguana. Lots of details.

     
Conceptual stock picture of a flying elephant

Flying Elephants! Move over reality - here comes stock!

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John provides insight on how to come up with and produce highly profitable stock images.

     
photograph of the god ganesh

Ganesh the Indian God.

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John discusses how to have a successful stock photography photo shoot in a foreign country

 

     
picture of conductor conducting whirlwind of light

Royalty Free - Rights Managed - Micro Stock - Stock Photography Pricing

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Royalty Free Stock Photos along with Rights Managed and Micro Stock - A discussion of pricing considerations.

     
picture of Ganesha the hindu god

Hindu Gods - The Hindu God Ganesha - Picture and Story

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The Hindu Gods - Photograph of the Hindu God Ganesh showing explanations of the symbols.

     
surprised looking dog picture

Free Siggies, Tags and Tubes - Amazing Siggy Pictures

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Images for use with Siggy and tag type signatures.  Free as long as you follow the directions.

     
picture of elephant trunk on mans head

Stock…the Highest Form of Commercial Photography

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The author discusses stock photography and reveals some of his experiences with the stock photo industry over the last 30 years. 

     
picture of dog breeds

Pictures of Dog Breeds - Shooting Stock Photos of Miniature Poodles

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Pictures of Dog Breeds - Taking pictures of poodles -a very intelligent breed of dog.

     
stock photo of a dominatrix with a computer for a head

Dominatrix Pictures - Photo Shoot and Photoshop

 

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Creating a great stock photo was just a mater of locating props, finding a model, and a little Photoshop work.

     
Picture of a woman atlas holding up the earth on her shoulders

Female Photography - Photographing the Human Body

 

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It took me some twenty-seven years, but I have finally started a series of photographic studies of the human body, not just women but men too, that I feel does offer something new. 

     
picture of a wrecking ball striking a building

Stock Photo of a Wrecking Ball Produced with Adobe Photoshop Tools

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To create the image I started with the wrecking ball. I used the "spherize" filter in Photoshop on the manhole cover, worn smooth by years of traffic.

     
Picture of a mad cow

Stock Photos of Cows - Being Creative Taking Pictures of a Cow

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The closest I have ever come to being killed or injured on a photo shoot was while taking pictures of a cow.

     
Funny picture of lion

Pictures of Lions - The King of Beasts

 

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There were three animal trainers and each carried a pick handle and a can of mace.  I can’t imagine that a pick handle would have done any good if they had been needed…and I think the mace would just make the lion madder!

     
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Stock Photos Articles

I will be posting articles of how I made stock photos, and the stories behind them.  These stories or articles may include where the ideas came from, any problems or interesting anecdotes that occurred during the shooting and/or compositing of the pictures, and whether or not the images have been successful.

I know that as a photographer I love to hear stories from other pros about how they approach their work, what they go through to get the images, and whether the photographs succeed at their intended purposes.  What I hope to provide here is similar information for anyone, amateur or pro, who might be interested.  I picture this section as being a blend of entertainment and useful information.

Some of these stories will be from images made long ago, and some will be written pretty much as I produce the image.  The common denominator will be that in my opinion there are, as I mentioned above, both useful information and some entertainment value.  Since stock photography is my career I expect most, if not all, of the articles will feature stock images.

Some of these stories will come from the Photoshop book I had published several years ago:  Adobe Master Class: Photoshop Compositing with John Lund.  The book is out of print now, but much of what was presented is still true today.  The book was written using actual stock photos that I had created and featured step-by-step illustrations about the details of how the image was made from start to finish.  While not a runaway best seller, the book was published in English, Chinese, Japanese, and, of all things, Russian!

I also intended the book, as with these pages, to be inspirational in nature.  I am always, to this day, amazed at what can be accomplished with a minimum of tools.  One of my points then, and now, is that one dose not have to be a Photoshop Guru to create exceptional new photographic realities…a firm understanding of the basics will do very nicely.

Some of the earliest images were actually composited with Live Picture, a unique imaging program that unfortunately could not compete with Photoshop, though it had layers before Photoshop did, unlimited undo’s before Photoshop, and could, in most cases, move huge numbers of pixels far faster than Photoshop.  For those images, I rebuilt them step-by-step using Photoshop, for the above-mentioned book.

I currently shoot and composite images for Blend, Getty, Corbis, and Kimball Stock.  That keeps me extremely busy!  I specialize in conceptual images, especially ones that require extensive imaging for their execution.  I have dipped my toe in the waters of lifestyle shooting and actually do enjoy it from time-to-time.  Travel is also important to me and many of the articles will have information in them about my approach to shooting stock during the course of these travels.  Travel gets me out of my comfortable environment, and finds me with a camera in hand more often than not, exposing me to far more photographic possibilities than I would otherwise encounter.  Stock photography allows me to travel with the knowledge that I will almost certainly make a profit from any given trip.  I don’t believe I have been on a trip of any significance over the last ten years that hasn’t yielded, over time, a nice profit.  Not a bad gig if you can get it!