Bryan Adams talks photography, unorthodox gift to Elton John

Bryan Adams on "CBS This Morning."

(CBS News) Bryan Adams is best known for his work in the music industry with hits like "Summer of '69," "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," "Heaven" and more. But he's also made a name for himself in the world of photography, publishing photos in a number of publications around the world. He's now released a book of photos called "Exposed," that features photos of icons ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to Mick Jagger.

Adams said on "CBS This Morning" that everyone is a good subject to photograph. "(It's) just about spending some time. The bigger the character the better. Even shy is an attribute."

But Adams himself doesn't seem shy about being the subject of photographs. In the forward of Adams' book, Elton John writes how he received a photo of Adams' penis for his 47th birthday.

Adams said, "I didn't know what to give him, so I gave him a photograph of my penis. (I) thought he'd appreciate it. Apparently it's in a very big gold frame. ... Subsequently, you know, we've become very good friends."

Adams said he doesn't consider photography a hobby, but a passion -- just like his music. "I work very hard as a musician still," he said. "I love making music. It's hard to get that out of your blood."

For more with Adams, watch the video in the player above.

Adams' Bare Bones tour is now playing in the U.S. On Saturday, he'll be in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in which he runs down his 30 years in music.