SmugMug Corner #55: John Chapman

I can't believe it's time for another SmugMug Corner interview. Every other Friday, we feature a photographer that uses to share and sell their photographs, and today we meet retired, self-taught photographer John Chapman from Aberdeen, Scotland. Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom - there are 11 photographs posted with this interview, and all 11 of them are spectacular.

Name: John Chapman

Brown Bear

Tell us a little about yourself.

John Chapman, 69yrs young. Aberdeen, Scotland. Retired.

Eilean Donan Castle

What is your background/training in photography?

Self taught.

Bee Eater

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

In 1958 I went to work in Antarctica and I bought a Kodak Brownie camera, naturally at that time it was film and the negative was 3inches by 2.5 inches. Luckily when I was down there I could purchase chemicals. So I started to barter 20 black and white pictures for 200 cigarettes which I could then swap for goods from the store. Over the years I never spent a lot of money on equipment and thinking back on some of the images that I have taken I regret that. In the last few years I purchased better equipment and in my opinion my images have improved a lot.


What equipment is in your camera bag? What piece of equipment will be added to the collection next?

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N. Canon 40D. Lenses: 17-40 Zoom, 24-85 zoom, 70-200 zoom, 300mm F2.8, 400mm F5.6, 500mm F4, 1.4 converter, 2x converter.

One day I hope to get a camera which will shoot at 10 frames a second with at least 15 MB per picture.

Buachaille Etive Beg

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

Antarctica, Namibia, Canada, Norway and Scotland great for Wildlife and scenery.

Snowy Owl

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

Miguel Lasa who is so refreshing in the way he composes his images. Also the artistic way in which he presents some of his work.

Edinburgh Tattoo

How long have you been Smug with your photographs? What features do you most enjoy with your SmugMug account?

3 years. I enjoy all the features. The different back grounds are great and also I can save big file sizes if I want. Also if there is a problem a quick e-mail and you normally get a quick response.


If you had do sum up in 50 words or less the impact SmugMug has made on your photography/photography business, those 50 words would be...

The biggest impact for me is the amount of new people from across the World who contact me and also leave comments on my work. I always make a point to visit their sites and make comments if it is possible.

Polar Bear

If you had to give one piece of advice to those wanting to pursue photography, what would you tell them?

Enjoy first, but if you want to take the Hobby more seriously you have to study your subject in depth.

Ice Temple

Brown Bear

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2009–11–06 13:55
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