Questions for Lutz Klapp

When did your interest in photography start?


I have been taking pictures for a very long time, but like most people, I was a so-called “snapper.” When I bought my first digital SLR camera in late 2010, I learned how much more I could do with imaging using software. That sparked a real interest in getting serious about photography for me. This led to my first very successful picture called “Bullfinch Shouting at a Sparrow” which won several big prizes.



Is photography your hobby or your profession?


Photography is a hobby however, I have registered as a small business since I get so many orders for my work, the sales of which I need to declare as income.


How and where was the image you submitted for the competition taken? Is there a story about it?


My wife and I have a garden that includes bird feeders we use all year round. As a result, we have a lot of bird activity in the garden – like the starlings that fight over food like world champions! I capture pictures of this in my photography and my award-winning submission was one of these images.



Who and/or what inspires you most?


Definitely nature. It is so incredibly beautiful that I really want to capture it in my pictures. I want people looking at my images to see what I see – that nature is so beautiful and worth preserving.



What’s your photographic focus?


Nature, for sure, but I’m interested in everything in the world around me.


What’s your next photo project, or your next creative challenge?


I just had a huge dream fulfilled! A German publishing house recently published my book called “Nature on Our Doorstep.” I am very proud of it!



Do you include color management in your photographic workflow?


I try to capture my images with as few errors as possible, however, I still do image editing for tonal values, contrasts, colors, etc. After all, one should optimize a photo for the viewer.



What do you do with your photos? Do you print them, post them on your social media accounts or your website or do they simply stay on your hard drive?


They are posted on social networks and presented as gallery images on my homepage. I also create photo books. And as I’ve mentioned, I have just published a coffee-table book, “Nature on Our Doorstep.” My pictures are displayed in museums, doctors’ offices, lawyers’ offices, tax advisors’ offices, in private households, web galleries, etc. Also, many of my pictures have been published in photo magazines and in nature magazines and have even appeared as puzzles!



What’s your photographic goal? What do you dream of?


At the moment, I am very happy with what I have achieved in photography so far. I’m not the type who has to go higher, further and faster at all costs.


About the Author – Lutz Klapp


Age: 66, born in Berlin, Germany, married since 2003, lives in Schwalmstadt (North Hessen, Germany)


Occupation: Retired baker