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You've heard of it all the time, practice makes perfect and that is exactly what our featured photographer of the month, Gunnar Pippel or gunnar3000 from Germany truly believes in. Hear from this hardworking photographer cum illustrator as he shares his tips and insights on how to keep improving and always be ready for challenges. Find out more in this month's Hear It.

Photographer: gunnar3000 / Gunnar Pippel
Country of Origin: Germany

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
I use several Nikon DSLR cameras because every camera has its own character. my favourite one is the D90 with the 50 mm lens, because it has the right mix of handiness and quality.

2. What do you think of photography these days?
Nice kind of art, because since digital cameras are very common it brings a lot of people to think about the power of a good image.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
Actually I am in my mid-20s, but if I were back at school, I guess I would try to do a lot of things better.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I started photography about 15 year ago with the old SLR camera of my father. The kind of photography during that time was more of an arty one, no stock photos. So I think today that stock photography has changed my way of photography.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
Practice - Practice - Practice. That's it. Try to improve the quality, try to learn a lot and never forget your camera if you leave your house!

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
The biggest challenge is still the high quality of some other contributors, but I also think that this competition is important for the whole industry in order to increase the quality of the images.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
Depending on your kind of photography you will meet a lot of new people, that's really good!

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
Create an idea, buy all necessary equipments and then just shoot!

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
Less people - more still life. I also try a lot of business and conceptual shots. Every image should tell a story. I hope the individuals' little stories are useful for you.

10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex check list in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/check list.
I guess it's a composition of both. Of course you should follow your heart, but some kind of checklist is important to get a good quality image.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Water, glass and other transparent things are really interesting challenges, because its difficult to handle.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
Beside water and glass its difficult to shoot people, because sometime its hard to find a good connection with the model. Every model has his or her own character and the task of the photographer is to find this individual character.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Simple answer: quality and originality.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
I guess the best inspiration is life its self. Just go through your life with open eyes and you will find a lot of inspiration for your work.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
A lack of creativity is never my problem, so from this point of view there is no real answer.

16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
I try to get the next camera and shoot, shoot, shoot. If there is no camera, then I try at leave a note of the creative idea on a sheet of paper.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I discovered that I have a lot of interest on visual arts in general. Not only photography is my focus, I am also a illustrator.

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
Besides good people shoots I admire the photographers who are able to produce really good food images. Sometimes I think food photography is the most difficult kind of photography.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
Like I said before: practice - practice - practice in order to increase quality. Quality is really the key to success in this industry. So never give up!

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