F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

Simon Baxter - A Passion for the Woodland

Focusing our nature photography on the subjects we love and care about most can yield the most powerful and personal results. As such, I was thrilled to record episode 265 of the podcast due to our guest's focus on his passion for the woodland. This week on the podcast, I was joined by a legendary U.K. woodland photographer and YouTube sensation, Simon Baxter.

On this week's episode, we also discuss:

  • Simon's journey into photography and YouTube,
  • Simon's passion for woodland photography,
  • Balancing content creation with making photographs as a YouTuber,
  • Handling burnout,
  • The psychologically confusing moments when we achieve our goals,
  • How Simon manages his full-time business in photography,
  • Simon's new book, Gathering Time,
  • Planting a Tree in Meg's Grove,
  • And a lot more!

Other topics discussed on the podcast this week:

Here is who Simon recommended on the podcast this week:

If you enjoyed our conversation, you can listen to 16 more minutes on our Patreon bonus episode. Simon and I talk about Meg's Grove, Trees for Life Scotland, and identifying why we love what we love as photographers. If you want to check that out, can you support the podcast on Patreon for $5/mo or $50 per year.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Twitter Spaces? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Scroll down to see more of Simon's excellent photographs!

Holger Mischke - Combining Music, Writing, and Photography

How we choose to share our work with the public for maximum impact is a topic of great interest to me. 

This week on E264 of the podcast, I was joined by a photographer living in Germany, Holger Mischke.
 
Holger and I had what I would call a wide-ranging fire-side chat that touched on a lot of topics, including his ideas for combining music, photography, and writing in how he presents his work. I hope you enjoy this week's episode.
 

On this week's episode, we discuss:

  • How music principles apply to photography,
  • How and why Holger pairs his photography with music and writing,
  • Holger's process for self-evaluation in the field,
  • Printing at smaller sizes,
  • Emotional response from our viewers, 
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon for our bonus episode, Holger and I talk about practicing photography without a camera - something he does every day.

Other items mentioned on the show this week:

1. Join Nature Photographer's Network.

2. Support the podcast on Patreon.

3. Podcast t-shirts.

Here is who Holger recommended on the podcast this week:

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Twitter Spaces? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Brent Clark - Curating Your Photography

Curating your photography is one of the most important skills you can develop as a nature and landscape photographer. This skill helps you narrow down your work so that only the best of the best images are showcased, and helps you to develop your skills as you grow as a photographer. This week on episode 263 of the podcast, I was joined by Brent Clark, a nature photographer living in Madison, Wisconsin. We talk all about curation of your photography, including tips and tricks Brent uses to do this for his own work. 

On this week's episode, we also discuss:

  • Brent's journey into photography, 
  • The advantages of being an amateur,
  • The shift to more personal, intimate nature photography,
  • Photographing in the mid-west,
  • How to reach your audience,
  • Stories behind two of Brent's images,
  • And a lot more!

Other topics discussed on the podcast this week:

Here is who Brent recommended on the podcast this week:

If you enjoyed our conversation, you can listen to 20 more minutes on our Patreon bonus episode. Brent and I talk about our strategies for trip planning and we tell some stories about things that have happened to us in the field, including a time I was shot at by someone. If you want to check that out, can you support the podcast on Patreon for $5/mo or $50 per year.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Twitter Spaces? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

David Southern - A Voyage of Discovery in Photography

Photography can be a life-long pursuit that takes many shapes, sizes, and paths. On today's podcast episode, we explore the path of David Southern, a photographer living on the coast of northeast United Kingdom. David's voyage of discovery through photography started a long time ago on a trip to Chile and through a career in Information Technology with the World Wildlife Fund. Ever since I saw the images he submitted in the Natural Landscape Photography Awards, I knew David Southern would make for an interesting guest here on the podcast.

On this week's episode, we discuss:

  • David's photography journey - a voyage of discovery.
  • David's adventures into South America.
  • How David balanced his career in IT and his passion for photography.
  • How David transitioned into doing photography full-time.
  • Exploring themes in David's work.
  • And a lot more!

Other topics discussed on the podcast this week:

Here is who David recommended on the podcast this week:

Over on Patreon, David and I have a discussion about the nuts and bolts of how he is able to get into the zone to make personally meaningful work on the coast close to home - so if you're not supporting the podcast on Patreon, and this topic is of interest to you, you might want to check it out. For just $5/mo, you can support the podcast on Patreon and gain access to hundreds of hours of bonus content.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Twitter Spaces? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero - Finding Your Why

Finding your why as a photographer is a noble life-long pursuit that can lead to many wonderful and satisfying years of creative exploration and output. On today's podcast, we are joined by nature photographer Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero to discuss her journey as a photographer and her pursuit of finding her why. Jeanie and I get into the weeds a bit on her past evocations, but be sure to stick through our chat as there are some valuable lessons to be gleaned from what she shares.

On this week's episode, we discuss:

  • Jeanie's wild journey in life as a software engineer, massage therapist, English teacher, and business owner;
  • How Jeanie suffered from major burn-out in her career and how it has impacted her approach to photography;
  • Jeanie's former business creating software for quilt-makers and how that business informs her views;
  • Jeanie's experiences as an English teacher in Vietnam;
  • How a tragic wild fire inspired Jeanie to work on a photography project;
  • Jeanie's thoughts on Instagram and other social media;
  • And a lot more!

Other topics discussed on the podcast this week:

Here is who Jeanie recommended on the podcast this week:

Over on Patreon, Jeanie and I have a deep, candid, and thoughtful conversation about the dangers in comparing ourselves to others in photography including a bit of a rant about a recent article I wrote about deception - so if you're not supporting the podcast on Patreon, and this topic is of interest to you, you might want to check it out. For just $5/mo, you can support the podcast on Patreon and gain access to hundreds of hours of bonus content.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Twitter Spaces? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Sandra Bartocha - Judging Nature Photography Competitions

Welcome to episode 260 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.
 
This week I was joined by a German nature photographer, Sandra Bartocha. Sandra is the 1st Vice President of the German Society for Nature Photography, otherwise known as the GDT. She is a well-established nature photography judge, having judged several competitions, including our very own Natural Landscape Photography Awards. Sandra's photography has a unique look and feel that is difficult for me to describe to viewers, and as such, she has differentiated herself in our crowded field of nature photography - a topic we cover at great length in today's podcast.
 
On this week's episode we discuss:
  • Sandra's journey into nature photography and how she has been able to create unique and compelling work,
  • How getting involved in photography organizations can improve your work,
  • What Sandra looks for when she judges nature photography competitions,
  • Why people should or should not enter photography competitions,
  • How to think about entering a photography competition,
  • How we can differentiate ourselves as photographers,
  • Her new book project, Rhythm of Nature (it will be on this page soon).
  • And a lot more!
Links to topics discussed on this week's show:
  • Support the show on Patreon.
  • Support Sandra by purchasing her new book, the Rhythm of Nature.
  • Gary Randall & Alyce Bender Caddo Lake Workshop.

Here is who Sandra recommended on the podcast this week:

Over on Patreon, Sandra and I have a wonderful conversation where we examine gender and race equity in nature photography - so if you're not supporting the podcast on Patreon, and this topic is of interest to you, you might want to check it out. For just $5/mo, you can support the podcast on Patreon and gain access to hundreds of hours of bonus content.
 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Twitter Spaces? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Ben Maze - Flow States in Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 259 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.
 
This week I was joined by an Aussie landscape and nature photographer, Ben Maze. Ben is quickly becoming one of my favorite photographers as well as one of the most genuine and thoughtful members of our community. I've enjoyed many conversations with Ben on Discord and Instagram and I was so excited to finally get him onto the podcast for a chat.
 
On this week's episode, we discuss:
  • Ben's introduction into photography and his choice to not attend college.
  • Creating community for landscape photographers on Discord.
  • Ben's shift to project-based work, like his Geomorph project.
  • Entering Flow State in Nature Photography.
  • Ben's thoughts on NFTs as someone who used to do them.
  • Photographers who inspire Ben.

Other topics discussed on the podcast this week:

Here is who Ben recommended on today's show

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Twitter Spaces? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

The Wilderness Society and Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 258 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast, I was joined by Mason Cummings, the Visual Asset Manager for The Wilderness Society and Dr. Greg Aplet, the Senior Science Director for The Wilderness Society. The Wilderness Society is a non-profit dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Wilderness.

In this week's episode, we discuss how photography and videography can be used to advance the missions of conservation and wilderness non-profits and how photographers can play a leading role in conservation efforts. A special thank you to our listener Joe Doherty for recommending both Greg and Mason for this week's episode.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • The mission and purpose of The Wilderness Society.
  • Why wilderness is important.
  • What types of photography helps conservation efforts.
  • Can digitally-altered landscape photography help conservation efforts?
  • How photographing like a conservation scientist can help your photography.
  • Common practices in photography that hinder the efforts of conservation.
  • Compromise in lawmaking in green organizations.
  • How science and art can partner to make the world a better place.
  • And a lot more!

Other items mentioned on the show this week:

1. Join Nature Photographer's Network.

2. Support the podcast on Patreon.

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Serena Dzenis - Photography as Art that Conveys an Idea

Welcome to episode 257 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a lens-based artist named Serena Dzenis who is originally from Australia but now lives in Iceland.

Serena's photography work has shifted considerably over the past couple of years so it was great to chat with her on that transformation.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • Serena's transition from the mental health world into photography,
  • Why Serena has chosen to call herself a lens-based artist,
  • Using digital editing tools to instill greater purpose into our photography,
  • The collective effort to increase awareness of women in the photography space,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Serena recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show this week:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Twitter Spaces? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Francesco Carovillano - Trying to Fail Better at Photography

Welcome to episode 256 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a travel, landscape, and stock photographer from Italy, now residing in France, Francesco Carovillano.

Francesco and I had a wonderful conversation about his journey and some revelations he has made while pursuing multiple careers in the arts.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • Francesco's transition from 3D computer graphics to travel photography and now landscape photography,
  • How his work as an animator has influenced his work as a photographer,
  • Stories and lessons learned about his work on a stock photography project in New York City,
  • How he has found success in the stock photography market,
  • And a lot more!

Other items mentioned on the show this week:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Brie Stockwell - Dream it, Do it! Quick Start guide.

Here's who Francesco recommended for the podcast this week:

Francesco also recommended the study of various painters from the past, including:

  • Paul Cézanne
  • Camille Pissarro
  • Claude Monet
  • Édouard Manet
  • Pierre-August Renoir
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Paul Signac
  • George Saurat
  • Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
  • Théodore Rousseau
  • John Constable
  • J.M.W. Turner
  • Edgar Alwyn Payne
  • Japanese woodblock landscape painters, who had a big influence on the impressionist painters:
  • Katsushika Hokusai
  • Hasui Kawase
  • Utagawa Hiroshige

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Twitter Spaces? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.


Ashlei Payne - Creating Projects of Personal Importance

Hey everyone!
 
Welcome to episode 255 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.
 
This week on the podcast, I was joined by a photographer and film-maker who lives in California but travels internationally to focus on projects of personal importance - Ashlei Payne.
 
I was fortunate to meet Ashlei recently when I was photographing in Death Valley and she was recommended to us by former guest Talor Stone.
 
On this week's episode we discuss:
  • Ashlei's start in photography,
  • The differences and similarities between filmmaking and landscape photography,
  • Creating personal projects that are personally meaningful,
  • Her and Talor's project to document the impact of tourism on indigenous cultures in Greenland,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Ashlei recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Join me at Out of Chicago LIVE! 2022.

3. Support Ashlei and Talor on Kickstarter.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Peter Coskun - Confidence and Learning from Failure in Nature Photography

Welcome to episode 254 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.
 
This week on the podcast, I was joined by a landscape photographer living near the Sonoroan Desert of Arizona - Peter Coskun.
 
Peter and I have been online acquaintances for many years and have several mutual friends. I've long appreciated his photography and I've found that our personal styles have evolved similarly throughout the years. We had a great chat on this week's podcast and I'm confident you'll enjoy it.
 
On this week's episode we discuss:
  • Peter's journey into photography,
  • Peter's attempt at becoming a full-time professional and the lessons he learned along the way,
  • The pros and cons of being a full-time professional photographer,
  • Appreciation of place and moment in landscape photography,
  • Taking risks and stepping outside of our comfort zones,
  • Selling prints in landscape photography,
  • Confidence as photographers and entering competitions,
  • And a lot more!
Over on Patreon this week, Peter and I discuss the evolution of his post-processing style over the years, what has been behind that shift, and how he has thought about how he edits his work. To listen to this bonus episode and almost 200 others, simply support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $5 per month - it really does help. Thank you!

Here's who Peter recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Join me at Out of Chicago LIVE! 2022.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Mitch Dobrowner - A Humble Journey into Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 253 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a fine art black and white photographer who has broad museum and gallery representation - Mitch Dobrowner

Mitch comes highly recommended from several past guests and has a truly inspiring story about his arrival in photography and eventual journey back into it after a long hiatus. Sit back and relax as Mitch tells us about his story.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • Mitch's story of quitting his job and exploring the southwest at the age of 21,
  • How Mitch became so well-represented by galleries and museums,
  • What we can learn by studying the greats that came before us,
  • What makes for a great museum-quality photograph,
  • Storm chasing and making images of powerful storms,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Mitch recommended for the podcast this week:

Over on Patreon this week, I asked Mitch to provide our listeners with advice if they were considering quitting photography, since he once did the same thing. You can listen to this bonus episode and 184 other bonus episodes as well as gaining access to early episodes, virtual meet-ups, and other perks by financially supporting the podcast on Patreon.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Join me at Out of Chicago LIVE! 2022.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.


Julia Redl - Minimalistic Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 252 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a German landscape photographer who excels at making quiet and intimate photographs that spark the imagination - Julia Redl

I have been following Julia's excellent work on Instagram for quite some time and have been really impressed and so I reached out to see if she wanted to join me for a chat on the podcast. She was reluctant due to the fact that English is not her first language, but she agreed and did a great job on the show.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • Julia's journey into photography,
  • Why she has chosen a more minimalistic style,
  • Her approach to composition,
  • Her approach to post-processing,
  • The role of emotions in her photography,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Julia recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Join me at Out of Chicago LIVE! 2022.

3. Nature Photographer's Network Free Trial and Access to Discounts.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Rachael Talibart - Originality & Self-Expression in Nature Photography

Welcome to episode 251 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by none other than Rachael Talibart, a photographer from the U.K. who is known for her wave and coastal photography. 

Rachael has been interviewed countless times before on other podcasts; however, I wanted to dig deeper into what makes her tick and what her processes are in the field to make unique and exceptional work.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • The importance of originality in Rachael's work,
  • How Rachael instills ideals of self-expression and originality into her students,
  • Tips on how to create more personal and unique photography,
  • Rachael's approaches to some of her more recent photographs on the coast,
  • Book publishing,
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon this week, Rachael and I discuss why she decided to specialize in photography as opposed to being more of a generalist.

Here's who Rachael recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Join me at Out of Chicago LIVE! 2022.

Michael Bonocore - The Triple Threat of Content Creation in Travel Photography

Welcome to episode 250 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by a travel and landscape photographer hailing from Boise, Idaho - Michael Bonocore

Michael and I have been acquainted on social media for a very long time and I've always enjoyed his enthusiasm, humor, and business acumen. As I expected, he was full of great information and easy to talk to, so I think you'll enjoy our chat this week quite a lot.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • Geotagging in landscape photography,
  • The power of networking in the photography industry,
  • Storytelling in travel photography,
  • The Giving Lens,
  • PetaPixel Travel,
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon this week, Michael and I discuss the heavy topic of Travel Photography and the Conundrum of Carbon we all face as photographers.

Here's who Michael recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Supporting fellow podcast community members.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Clubhouse? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Nathan St. Andre - Art Shows & Color Blindness

Welcome to episode 249 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by Southwest Utah landscape photographer and biologist, Nathan St. Andre

Nathan and I have been chatting on social media for many years and I've found him to be a very nice guy with a lot of insight. He happens to make the bulk of his living selling prints at art shows and so we focused a lot of our attention on this, diving deep into his motivations and how it impacts his photography.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • Nathan's approach to selling prints at art shows,
  • How art shows inform Nathan's photography,
  • Nathan's "Does My Art Suck" test,
  • Nathan's experience as a color-blind landscape photographer,
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon this week, Nathan and I discuss how to find success in print sales as landscape photographers.

Here's who Nathan recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Enchroma Color Blindness Test.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Clubhouse? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

P.S. you can also support the podcast by purchasing items through our B+H affiliate link.

Printmaking in Landscape Photography - A Panel Conversation

Welcome to episode 248 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by three master printmakers, John SextonJoseph Holmes, and Michael Strickland for an engaging panel conversation on printmaking in landscape photography.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • Why make prints at all?
  • Their personal approaches to printmaking and how they are different.
  • How their approaches to printmaking has changed their fieldcraft.
  • The creative process in printmaking.
  • And a lot more!

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Robb Hirsch's book.

3. John Sexton's newsletter archive [subscribe here].

4. John Sexton's Ventana Editions (use code MATTPAYNE10 for 10% off at checkout).

5. Michael Strickland's Platinum Palladium Printing Service (10% off by mentioning the podcast).

6. Joseph Holmes' favorite images.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Clubhouse? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

John Paul Caponigro - Finding Our Voice | Differentiating Ourselves as Artists

Welcome to episode 247 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by John Paul Caponigro - a full-time photographer living in the small town of Cushing Maine and the son of legendary photographer Paul Caponigro

John Paul was steeped in the classical American tradition of Landscape Photography at an early age, and he has since made a name for himself by blending his photography with a variety of other artforms, both digital and analog. On this week's episode we discuss:

  • John Paul's journey into photography and how he has strived to differentiate himself as an artist,
  • The difference between what art "is" and what it "is about,"
  • Discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary through photography,
  • Finding our voice as artists (and is that even a thing?),
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon this week, join John Paul and I as we discuss his pursuit of studying creativity, how he has gone about doing it, and how it has helped him as an artist.

Here's who John Paul recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Clubhouse? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Kurt Budliger - The Lorax of Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 246 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by Kurt Budliger - a full-time professional photographer from Vermont. I've had the pleasure of knowing Kurt for several years and have always admired his photography, positive attitude, and work ethic. Kurt and I had a fantastic chat on the podcast this week discussing his journey, how he balances full-time landscape photography with family life, and how his experience as an outdoor environmental educator has impacted his career in photography.

On this week's episode we discuss:
  • Kurt's journey into photography coming from the world of outdoor environmental education and a middle school teacher,
  • Knowing about the landscape and how it enhances our photographs,
  • Balancing work and family as a full-time landscape photographer,
  • Kurt's love affair with trees,
  • Staying creative in a world of iconic images and homogeneity,
  • And a lot more!
Over on Patreon this week, Kurt and I discuss why it is important to go outside of our comfort zones and what that looks like.
 

Here's who Kurt recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Clubhouse? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Todd Pickering - The Merits of an Education in Fine Art | Curating our Work

Welcome to episode 245 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by Todd Pickering - a full-time professional photographer from Point Reyes, California. Todd has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and owns his own gallery where he showcases what he describes as quiet work. He also has done a lot of photography gigs for California wineries. Todd and I talk a lot about the benefits of obtaining an education in art, and the role his professional gigs have played in improving the way he approaches nature photography.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • Todd's journey into photography through his education in fine art,
  • How his work with wineries has positively impacted his ability to make his landscape images,
  • How his trips into nature with his wife have transformed the way he sees photography,
  • How Todd curates his work for his gallery and his customers,
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon this week, Todd and I chat briefly about art reps and how to value our work when we are asked to sell it to a third party representative.

Here's who Todd recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Nature Photographer's Network Special Offer.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Clubhouse? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Sarina Jackson - A Focus on Women in Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 244 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Sarina Jackson - a lawyer and landscape photographer living in Sydney, Australia. Sarina is the co-founder of In Focus Women, a community and podcast created to celebrate and bring together female landscape photographers from around the world.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • Why Sarina decided to create the In Focus Women community and podcast,
  • What Sarina has learned by running a community focused on women photographers,
  • Challenges women face in landscape photography that men take for granted,
  • The Catch-22 we face by choosing to (or not to) differentiate women from men in landscape photography,
  • How her photography has been impacted by the work she has put into In Focus Women,
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon this week, Sarina and I talk about her journey into drone photography and how it has transformed her approach to landscape photography.

Here's who Sarina recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. Join the Wisdom app, follow my user name - @mattpaynephoto and join me on January 4th at 6 PM Mountain Time to ask me your questions about printing and monetizing your photography prints.

3. Nature Photographer's Network Special Offer.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Clubhouse? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Murray Livingston - Creativity and Experience-driven Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 243 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Murray Livingston - a South African landscape photographer and freelance architect who actively practices a contemplative style of photography while living out of his off-grid van.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • How Murray's study of architecture has influenced his approach to landscape photography,
  • How Murray plan to continue to push his photography into a full-time pursuit,
  • The roles that landscape photography and being in nature have in his life,
  • The creative process,
  • Experience-driven vs. outcome-driven landscape photography
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon this week, we recorded a bonus episode for people that are kind enough to financially support the show over there. Murray and I discuss how landscape photography is a form of thought.

Here's who Murray recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the podcast on Patreon.

2. F-Stop Collaborate and Listen T-Shirt!

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

Did you also know we have listener after-parties on Clubhouse? This is a great opportunity to interact with other listeners, guests, and the host (when I can) regarding your thoughts on the episode.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Jeppe Michael Jensen - Sticking with Landscape Photography as a Hobby

Welcome to episode 242 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Jeppe Michael Jensen - a photo-journalist by trade and landscape photographer by hobby living in the country of Denmark. In today's episode, we focus a great deal of time discussing the merits of maintaining landscape photography as a hobby as opposed to pursuing it as a full-time vocation, and why Jeppe has chosen to do just that.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • What Jeppe has learned while working with world-class photo journalists,
  • Why going pro isn't for him,
  • How landscape photography has influenced his work as a photo journalist,
  • How his work as a photo journalist has influenced his landscape photography,
  • His thoughts on art and photo journalism as it relates to landscape photography,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Jeppe recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. F-Stop Collaborate and Listen T-Shirt.

2. Support the show on Patreon.

Jonathan Buford - Landscape Photography and Craft Beer for Conservation

Welcome to episode 241 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Jonathan Buford - a landscape photographer and the founder & owner of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company

Jonathan founded his brewery with a conservation focus and goal, which intersects with his personal goals for his photography as well. Jonathan is working on a photography book project where he is focusing on all 90 wilderness areas in Arizona, with the hopes of showing the world why these places are so special and why we need to do more to protect them as photographers. 

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • How photography led Jonathan to found Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company,
  • The conundrums we all face when photographing wild places,
  • Why failure is ok as a landscape photographer,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Jonathan recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Gary Randall & Chris Byrne Columbia River Gorge Workshop.

2. F-Stop Collaborate and Listen T-Shirt!

William McIntosh - Authenticity, Artistry and Creativity in Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 240 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by William McIntosh - a landscape photographer and choral music professor at Mt. San Antonio College in Southern California. William and I have been exchanging long and thoughtful e-mails for several years and I finally decided that it would be much more fun to debate our ideas publicly on the podcast instead of via e-mail, so I invited him to join me. I'm so glad he agreed!

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • How photography became an outlet for William after losing his wife to cancer,
  • The differences between absolute art and programmatic art,
  • Is landscape photography art, and when is it art?
  • Chasing the light vs. slowing down,
  • Why William has no qualms chasing the icons and epic light,
  • Our motivations for creating images and how that helps shape the types of images we create,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who William recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support Michael Tokildsen's Kickstarter Project.

2. Nature Photographer's Network Special Offer.

3. Support the show on Patreon.

4. Simonton Scale of Creativity.

5. Bartle Test of Gamer (and maybe Photographer) Psychology.

By the way, if anyone is curious, here's how I scored (Matt Payne):

You are 67% Explorer

What Bartle says:

Explorers delight in having the game expose its internal machinations to them. They try progressively esoteric actions in wild, out-of-the-way places, looking for interesting features (i.e. bugs) and figuring out how things work. Scoring points may be necessary to enter some next phase of exploration, but it's tedious, and anyone with half a brain can do it. Killing is quicker, and might be a constructive exercise in its own right, but it causes too much hassle in the long run if the deceased return to seek retribution. Socializing can be informative as a source of new ideas to try out, but most of what people say is irrelevant or old hat. The real fun comes only from discovery, and making the most complete set of maps in existence.

You are also:

60% Achiever

40% Killer

33% Socializer

I've thought about how this relates to my style of photography and it makes a lot of sense! I'd love to hear about your scores and how it relates to your style of photography.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Huibo Hou - Refining Our Vision for Consistency

Welcome to episode 239 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Huibo Hou - a landscape photographer originally from China now living in San Diego.

Her photography has a very consistent look and feel to it which is something I think that a lot of photographers strive to achieve. She predominantly creates images in the black and white style that is quite stunning and her name consistently comes to mind when photographers are asked who currently inspires them.

On this week's episode we discuss:

  • How her multi-cultural background influences her work,
  • Her transition from documenting moments to expressing emotion,
  • Her journey into photography and diverging away from chasing perfect moments,
  • Hunters vs. gatherers in landscape photography,
  • The trouble with pre-conception in landscape photography,
  • Honing in on a consistent look in our images,
  • Cultural influences on our approaches to landscape photography,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Huibo recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support Michael Tokildsen's Kickstarter Project.

2. Sarah Marino's new e-book.

3. Support the show on Patreon.

Michael Torkildsen - Composition is a Dance!

Welcome to episode 238 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Michael Torkildsen - a landscape photographer who has been living on the road since right before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with his eyes on becoming a full-time photographer. 

Michael has had to pivot quite a bit since he launched into his full-time career and has recently been putting in the hard work of writing a self-published book on composition. Michael and I chat about his book project, and focus a lot of our time on discussing the challenges of composition in landscape and nature photography. We also discuss:

  • Stories from working in his mother's 1-hour photo shop,
  • His journey into full-time photography through COVID-19,
  • Photographing icons and its application in composition,
  • Rules of composition and how to use them (or not),
  • Our thoughts on Instagram,
  • And a lot more!

In the episode we briefly discussed Greg Vaughn's excellent Photographing Oregon book, and Greg sent in a correction to the discussion:

"For Photographing Oregon, the publisher and I arranged a license for each of those photos with the creators. The photographers were paid in the form of 10 copies of the book (valued at $25 each), plus they received an adjacent photo credit and a link to their website in the book. With the exception of one photographer, all of the photographers that I asked to contribute readily did so on those terms. We did the same for photographs featured in Photographing Washington."

Here's who Michael recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support Michael's Kickstarter Project.

2. Michael Rung's special offer.

3. Support the show on Patreon.

4. Join us on Clubhouse!

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

William Neill, Eric Bennett, & Alex Noriega - Curation, Creative Blocks, and Legacy

Welcome to episode 237 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!
 
This week on the podcast I was joined by William Neill, Eric Bennett, and Alex Noriega for a casual yet informative conversation that is filled with tidbits of wisdom that I think any landscape and nature photographer can get something out of. The main focus of our conversation was around collaboration and community, central components to the success of Eric Bennett's new book, Conversations with Nature.
 
On the podcast this week, we discuss:
  • How and why Alex and William got involved in Eric's book project,
  • How to support photographers that you admire,
  • Curation of our photography and the role it plays in standing out,
  • Creative blocks and how to overcome them,
  • Legacy in photography,
  • And a lot more!

Mentioned on the show this week:

  1. William Neill's book.
  2. Eric Bennett's post-processing videos. Use the code "FSTOP20" for 20% off.
  3. Alex Noriega's post-processing videos.
  4. Support the show on Patreon.

Talor Stone - A Heartfelt Journey into Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 236 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Talor Stone - a PhD researcher and photographer based in Pensacola, Florida. After serving as a federal agent for the United States military, Talor broke from the traditional career path to pursue photography. In this episode, Talor starts off by sharing a very personal and emotional story about her start as a photographer, and I am so thankful she opened up and shared that with us, as it really provides excellent context and inspiration.

On the podcast this week, we also discuss:

  • How to break into the field as a full-time professional,
  • The challenges and rewards of being a full-time photographer,
  • Talor's research on climate change,
  • Reconciling our impacts on climate while engaging in this profession / hobby,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Talor recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the show on Patreon.

2. QT Luong "Our National Monuments" Special Offer.


Dawn Wilson - Ethics in Nature Photography

Welcome to episode 235 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Dawn Wilson, a wildlife and nature photographer living in Estes Park, Colorado at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. Dawn is a fantastic wildlife photographer and the president of the North American Nature Photography Association.

On the podcast this week, we discuss:

  • How Dawn has leveraged her college degrees in her pursuit of her full-time photography career,
  • Dawn's 15-month trip in an RV,
  • Raising awareness about wildlife conservation,
  • The top ethical issues facing nature photographers,
  • Dawn's role as president of NANPA,
  • The changing landscape of the places we love and reservation systems,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Dawn recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the show on Patreon.

2. Nature Photographer's Network - 20% off + Free Trial.

3. Shimoda Action X Camera Bag system + 10% discount (Payne10).

4. 5 Fun Facts Estes Park Column by Dawn Wilson.

5. Climate Change and Depression article.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Richard Bernabe - 20 Years of Wisdom as a Professional Photographer

Welcome to episode 234 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Richard Bernabe, an international travel landscape and wildlife photographer who has been recommended about 400 times to be on the podcast and we finally made it happen!

Richard was a blast to speak with and I just love interacting with him on Twitter, where he has over 1,000,000 followers. Richard has been in the photography game full-time for twenty years and with that comes a lot of wisdom, experience, and hindsight which he shares with us on today's show.

On the podcast this week, we discuss:

  • A day in the life of an international travel photographer,
  • The pros and cons of Richard's on-the-move lifestyle,
  • What Richard has learned in his 20 years of professional photography,
  • What Richard attributes his successes to,
  • How Richard was able to amass his following,
  • Whether or not Richard has had to sacrifice his personal values to survive as a professional photographer,
  • The pros and cons of NFTs,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Richard recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the show on Patreon.

2. This Way Photography Workshops and Tours.

3. Jon Norris Joshua Tree Workshops.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.


Jess Findlay - Wildlife Photography, Mountaineering, and Pre-Visualization

Welcome to episode 233 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Jess Findlaya wildlife and landscape photographer from Vancouver British Columbia. 

Jess spent his childhood hiking and birdwatching with his family, throughout the Pacific Northwest through which his passion for photography was born. In 2011, Jess was awarded the International Youth Photographer of the Year award from Nature's Best Photography; prompting him to take this serious hobby to the next level. Since then, Jess has gone on to be awarded in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, among other accolades. Photography has brought him deep into the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest and beyond where he also engages in mind-boggling mountaineering adventures, which we discuss at length this week.

On today's podcast we covered a wide array of topics that you'll hopefully enjoy.

We discuss:

  • The linkage between challenging photography locations and our appreciation for natural photographs,
  • The double-edged sword of pre-visualization,
  • The role of curiosity in Jess' image-making,
  • Philosophical approaches to photo editing,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Jess recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the show on Patreon.

Alfonso Calero - Cultural Fluidity & Creativity in Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 232 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Alfonso Caleroa travel and landscape photographer born in the Philippines, living in Australia.

Alfonso and I met on the audio app Clubhouse and he has been a regular contributor to our weekly Clubhouse after-parties for the podcast. He runs his own photography tour business in Australia and is fluent in several languages. His cultural fluidity is something he is able to leverage in order to maximize the experience of his workshop clients, which is something we speak about on the show. We also cover the heavy topic of creativity extensively.

On today's podcast we covered a wide array of topics that you'll hopefully enjoy.

We discuss:

  • Seeing beauty in the ordinary,
  • Photography as a subconscious visual collection,
  • Creativity!
  • Mindful execution of workshops that meet your clients' needs,
  • The influence of culture on Alfonso's photography,
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon this week, we had a great conversation about leveraging visual communication as a tool for therapy, so be sure to tune in this week over there. If you're not yet supporting the show on Patreon, I'd appreciate it if you did.

Here's who Alfonso recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Cody Schultz - Overcoming Mental Health in Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 231 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Cody Schultza black and white landscape photographer living in Pennsylvania who has chosen to work in the medium of film.

Cody and I talked a lot about the impact of social media and other factors on our mental health and how we can use our work to overcome these challenges. On today's podcast we covered a wide array of topics that you'll hopefully enjoy.

We discuss:

  • Social media and mental health,
  • Knowing when it feels right to make the image,
  • Pursuit of what's important to us as photographers,
  • The medium of Black and White photography,
  • And a lot more!

Here's who Cody recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Reed Art & Imaging 20% off Discount - "PAYNEPDCST" - Contact Michael Baker at 303-573-8084; extension 321 or email him at michael.baker@reedphoto.com

2. Nature Photographer's Network Special Offer.

3. Guy Tal's Book, "More Than a Rock" - use code GUYTAL35 for 35% off!

4. Support the show on Patreon.

James Lane - Processing Emotion Through Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 230 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by James Lane, a landscape photographer and physics teacher living in Wakefield in the United Kingdom.

James is the kind of photographer I deeply admire - he focuses on local subjects and has a keen eye for incredibly personal and emotionally impactful intimate work that is jaw dropping. I highly encourage you to take a look at his work as we dive into the conversation so you can get a sense for what we will be discussing today.

We discuss:

  • Using emotion to fuel our creative process,
  • Themes of personal darkness and using photography to process them,
  • The risks and benefits to moving to new places,
  • James' approach to editing,
  • The impact of increased visitation in the United Kingdom,
  • The benefits of printing your work,
  • And a lot more!

Over on Patreon this week, James and I provide our tips and tricks to printing our work, something we are both quite into these days.

Here's who James recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Reed Art & Imaging 20% off Discount - "PAYNEPDCST" - Contact Michael Baker at 303-573-8084; extension 321 or email him at michael.baker@reedphoto.com

2. Support the show on Patreon.

Claude Fiddler - Inside the High Sierra via Large Format Film

Welcome to episode 229 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Claude Fiddler.

Claude spent much of his life deeply exploring and photographing the High Sierra of California after being inspired by the likes of Galen Rowell and Ansel Adams. Most of Claude's images were created using a large format film camera in extremely remote locations in the Sierra wilderness.

We discuss:

  • The Single Powerful Image vs. a series of images,
  • Photographing experience while presenting our work as art,
  • Learning on large-format cameras vs. digital,
  • The importance of studying the work of the giants that came before us,
  • Claude's new book, "Inside the High Sierra."

Inside the High Sierra is Claude Fiddler’s third fine art monograph describing the mood and lighting of the High Sierra. The book includes 50 photographs from 35 years of explorations into the Range of Light. With a foreword from Tom Hornbein and essays from Michael Cohen, Laurel Fiddler, Peter Croft, and Dick Dorworth, along with Fiddler’s descriptions of the experiences of each picture, this book joins the classic works of art from the Sierra Nevada. Also, each essay is graced with a pen and ink drawing from the artist Valerie Cohen.

The book is hardbound, printed on 200gsm archival paper, and there will only be 1,000 copies Printed. 100 copies will be slip-cased in a custom built wood box milled from reclaimed Western White pine and accompanied with an 8x10-inch limited edition print. These prints will only be sold with the book.

Over on Patreon this week, Claude and I talk about the need for us to have honest conversations about our carbon impact in the age of climate crisis.

Here's who Claude recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Matt Payne's Private 1:1 Photography Workshops.

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link.

James Rodewald - Inspiration | Our Nemesis | Meditation

Welcome to episode 228 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by James Rodewald.

James is a photographer and science teacher residing in the State of New York. He started his photographic journey back in the early 1980s with a 35-mm film camera. Although his portfolio of film and digital work spans many years, one can see a few common themes emerge. One of those central themes is a long-term attempt to capture scenes of the natural world seemingly untouched by humanity: nature in its natural state.

We discuss:

  • Balancing art with a full-time career and parenthood
  • Using meditation to help channel creativity on a busy schedule
  • Finding ongoing inspiration in local subjects
  • Finding ongoing inspiration while returning to frequented locations and or familiar subjects
  • Your photographic nemesis -- Identifying what draws you to a subject but yet evades your ability to record or express it
  • Supporting conservation efforts through photography

Over on Patreon this week, James and I discuss our thoughts on overcoming burnout.

Here's who James recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Nature Photographer's Network Special Offer.

2. James Rodewald's Animal Abstracts Book.

3. Matt Payne's Private 1:1 Photography Workshops.

4. Charity Watch.

5. Charity Navigator.

Support the show on Patreon.

NFTs and Landscape Photography - A Panel Discussion

Welcome to episode 227 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Brynn SchmidtAlex Noriega, and Alex Nail to talk about the most controversial and divisive topics in the landscape and nature photography community at the present moment - NFTs.

In today's episode, you can expect to hear four adults have a very respectful and cordial conversation and debate about NFTs which has been sorely lacking from social media as of late.

You can also expect to learn quite a bit and gain some perspectives, no matter what side of the argument you find yourself, or perhaps gain a better understanding if you don't find yourself on one side at all.

We discuss:

  • What are NFTs and how do they and their marketplaces work?
  • The various positives and negatives of NFTs,
  • The newly formed community of NFT photographers on Twitter,
  • The carbon and environmental impacts of NFTs and how we can openly discuss those,
  • Why certain NFTs are selling and others are not,
  • And a lot more!

Thank you to Brynn, Alex, and Alex for joining for the vulnerable but important conversation!

Please check out Brynn, Alex, and Alex's work below!

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Clubhouse Club for the Podcast.

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Jordan Inglee - Flow States | Workflows | Nature vs. Money

Welcome to episode 226 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Jordan Inglee, a landscape photographer living in Portland, Oregon who has an extensive background in video production and live event production. I was fortunate to meet Jordan at last year's Out of Chicago Live conference and have been enjoying bantering with him on Twitter. Jordan and I discuss a variety of topics this week, including:

  • Venue and concert video production,
  • Shifting to photography as an income,
  • Struggles with making money and conserving nature,
  • Flow states,
  • Digital workflows,
  • And a lot more.

There is no bonus episode on Patreon this week because I wanted to keep all of our conversation in one episode - so basically everyone gets a free Patreon bonus episode this week!

Here's who Jordan recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Natural Landscape Photography Awards - Use the code PAYNE15 for 15% off

2. Clubhouse Club for the Podcast

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link.

Scott Wilson - A Photographer’s Battle with Colon Cancer

Welcome to episode 225 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Scott Wilson, a landscape, wildlife, cityscape, and portrait photographer who recently has overcome a stage 4 Colon Cancer diagnosis. Scott leveraged his love for photography to overcome his diagnosis and has leveraged his recovery as a catalyst to take his artwork to new levels. On today's show, you will be inspired by Scott's story and his attitude on photography.

Scott and I discuss a variety of topics this week, including:

  • Scott's varied interests in different genres in photography and how they inform each other.
  • Scott's battle with Colon Cancer and the role photography played in his recovery.
  • How to use photography to advocate for various causes you are passionate about.
  • Photographing wild mustangs.
  • Opening a gallery during COVID and his approach to running the business.
  • And a lot more.

Over on Patreon this week, Scott and I discuss our shared passion for Seascapes and the sense of camaraderie you can have when photographing with friends.

Here's who Scott recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Scott's book, "Through the Window."

2. Nature Photographer's Network Special Offer.

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

Chris Murray - Quiet Scenes & the Difficulties with Full-Time Artistry

Welcome to episode 224 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Chris Murray, a professional full-time nature photographer living in Syracuse, New York. Chris' photography predominately features the the woods, lakes, mountains, and streams of New York State. Chris is a geologist by training and his lens is typically focused on quiet scenes of nature in his own backyard.

Chris and I discuss a variety of topics this week, including:

  • The connection between the study of natural sciences and nature photography.
  • The role that the history of our artform has on his work.
  • Copying other photographers work.
  • The difficulties of being a full-time artist.
  • And a lot more.

Here are the individuals that Chris recommended on the podcast:

  1. Thomas Fleckenstein.
  2. Jaume Llorens.
  3. Nader Daii.
  4. Matt Oliver.
  5. Mark Bowie.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Natural Landscape Photography Awards.

2. Guy Tal's Book, "More Than a Rock" - use code GUYTAL35 for 35% off!

Support the show on Patreon.

Danielle Hayden - Finance & Accounting for Photographers

Welcome to episode 223 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Danielle Hayden, who owns Kickstart Accounting. While Danielle is not a photographer, she's an expert in helping entrepreneurs think about and attain their financial goals. As photographers, many of us are independent creators and therefore entrepreneurs, but some of us are hobbyists who just want to take pretty photographs or express ourselves artistically. No matter which camp you find yourself in, you will find some value from listening to this episode as it will help you think strategically about your business or hobby.

Danielle and I discuss many financially related topics this week that will help you with your photography, including:

  • Budgeting.
  • Tax write-offs for photographers.
  • Money fears and entrepreneurship.
  • Transitioning from part-time to full-time as a photographer.
  • Looking at our numbers to help us financially.
  • And a lot more.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Alaska Workshops with Gary Randall.

Support the show on Patreon. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link.

Julian Elliott - Becoming a Generalist in Photography

Welcome to episode 222 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by a photographer living in France and originally from the United Kingdom: Julian Elliott.

Julian and I discuss a wide variety of topics this week, including:

  • The advantages of generalizing across many forms of photography vs. sticking to just one.
  • Julian's thoughts and experiences in collaborating with other photographers.
  • Respecting new cultures and getting the most out of your travel experiences.
  • And a lot more.

Over on Patreon this week, Julian talks about stock photography and his experiences in fighting copyright infringement.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Natural Landscape Photography Awards.

2. Pixsy.com - Copyright Infringement

Support the show on Patreon. Pretty please?

Mark Denney - From Corporate Life to YouTube Sensation

Welcome to episode 221 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.
 
This week on the podcast I was joined by a landscape photographer and YouTube creator who recently quit his full-time job to pursue photography full-time: Mark Denney.
 
Mark and I discuss his brave journey into photography and what compelled him to make the leap as well as all of the challenges that lay before anyone looking to do the same thing.
 
We also discuss his recent van conversion project, his love for teaching, and a whole lot more!
 
Over on Patreon this week, Mark and I discuss all of our tricks and tips to photographing waterfalls, one of Mark's favorite passions.
 

Here's who Mark recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Clubhouse Club for the Podcast.

2. Nature Photographer's Network Special Offer.

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link.

Cath Simard - Composite Photographic Artwork

Welcome to episode 220 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast!

This week on the podcast I was joined by a photographer and digital artist who lives in Quebec, Canada: Cath Simard.

Cath is a self-proclaimed composite artist whose work has a very consistent look and feel. Her artwork combines various elements from spectacular locations across the globe. Perhaps what is most refreshing about Cath's approach to her artwork is how she has embraced describing her methodology in detail when she shares it - inspiring others to learn how to create similar work themselves.

Over on Patreon this week, Cath and I discuss NFTs. Cath breaks down the NFT marketplace for us and discusses how you can break into this emerging market if you are interested. We also discuss the climate impacts of NFTs.

Here's who Cath recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Clubhouse Club for the Podcast.

2. ARC Panel.

3. Cath's Shades of Blue Preset Pack.

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link.

Lisa LaPointe - Seafaring Nature Photography

Welcome to episode 219 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by a wildlife and nature photographer who spends most of her time leading workshops based out of sea vessels - Lisa LaPointe.

Lisa is a naturalist with a huge passion for sea expeditions, wildlife photography, conservation, and education programs designed to spark the same passions in others. She leads workshops with the Muench Workshops team and has a fabulous body of photographic work.

Lisa and I discuss a wide variety of interesting topics this week - so sit back and enjoy!

Over on Patreon this week, Lisa and I discuss a variety of ethical considerations as they relate to nature and wildlife photography.

Here's who Lisa recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Clubhouse Club for the Podcast.

2. Natural Landscape Photography Awards.

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Head on over to my website for the full show notes.

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link.

Paul Schmit - A Nuclear Physicist’s Views on Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 218 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by a nuclear physicist and night photographer extraordinaire, Paul Schmit.

Paul is one of the first people I became aware of using an interesting night photography technique known as Deepscapes, which we talk about on this week's show. He's also a father of two and is busy working on a way to provide the world with nearly limitless energy through nuclear fusion and so we discuss the interplay of his science life, his family life, and his photography life.

Paul and I also discuss:

  • Why he has chosen night photography as his main photography passion.
  • How he captured the International Space Station transiting across the rising sun.
  • How he approaches composition of deep sky objects as related to landscape objects.
  • Why he values a more authentic approach to chasing and capturing the night sky.
  • And HEAPS more!

Here's who Paul recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Clubhouse Club for the Podcast.

2. Natural Landscape Photography Awards.

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link.

Zoe Pamintuan - A Teacher’s Perspective on Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 217 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by a Filipino-American photographer living in Southern California - Zoe Pamintuan.

Zoe is a full-time teacher for middle-school children and has been a photographer since she was a child. Her photography has been heavily influenced by Joshua Tree National Park as well as architectural structures. Of late, she has been focused on black and white imagery and has been doing a lot of introspection with her photographic process to try to determine the meaning behind her work - a large focus of our conversation on today's show.

Over on Patreon this week, Zoe and I discuss how to seek meaning in our photographs. You can listen to this bonus episode and hundreds more by supporting the show at $5 per month.

Here's who Zoe recommended for the podcast this week:

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Nature Photographer's Network Special Offer.

2. Exclusive 1:1 Experiences with Matt Payne.

3. Natural Landscape Photography Awards.

4. Zoe's Instagram.

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link.

 

Mental Health and Landscape Photography - A Panel Discussion

Welcome to episode 216 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week I hosted a special panel conversation on mental health and landscape photography with my guests Brian RuebBryan Pezman, and Len Metcalf.

In 2019, there were an estimated 51.5 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States suffering from mental illness. This number represents 21% of all U.S. adults. The statistics for mental illness are quite staggering; however, it also means that if you are suffering that you are not alone. As artists and photographers, there is a lot that can be said for using art as a means for coping with mental illness and expressing our experiences with it. In this podcast episode, we explore this topic deeply and examine the impacts of mental illness on us, photographic artists.

Bryan, Len, Brian, and I discuss mental health issues in landscape photography this week, including:

  • Each of their personal struggles with mental health and how it has impacted their photographic careers.
  • How landscape photography has helped them manager their mental health.
  • Using photography to help others suffering with mental health issues.
  • Spotting the line between therapeutic processing of mental health through our artwork and darker more dangerous territory.
  • Social media's impact on our mental health as landscape photographers.
  • Authentic connections with the natural world and how they can impact our mental health.
  • How the financial side of photography impacts our connection with photography and our mental health.
  • How expectations and the how in our pursuit of photography can impact our mental health.
  • And lots more.

Over on Patreon this week, we discuss the challenges in showing grace and tolerance for those suffering with mental health who behave in outwardly aggressive and mean ways towards the photographic community.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Lens Journal.

2. Storm Chasing Tours with Bryan Pezman.

3. Gary Randall Alaska Workshop.

Support the show on Patreon.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via InstagramFacebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. Join the discussion over on Nature Photographer's Network! We have weekly discussions about each episode of the podcast. It's also free! We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page for updates.

We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.


As a reminder, you can also support the podcast by shopping at B+H for your photography gear using our Affiliate Link.

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