F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

Alex Burke - Large Format Film Landscape Photography

Welcome to Episode 149 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a fellow Coloradoan and Large-format film landscape photographer, Alex Burke. Alex's work is diverse but is largely focused on the mountains of Colorado as well as the plains and prairies of Eastern Colorado. He has been working on a very interesting project where he has been photographing the interaction between man and land in the plains which is really fascinating. Alex survives by selling his work at art shows across the country.

We covered a wide variety of topics, including:

  • His current project.
  • Making more meaningful photos that go beyond what's just beautiful.
  • Backpacking with large format.
  • Composing on large format.
  • Getting stuck in the past techniques as a film photographer.
  • Current trends in landscape photography.

Over on Patreon this week, join Alex and I for a 22-minute bonus episode on art shows, what sells at art shows, how to price your photography, and a discussion about limited edition vs. open edition prints. 
If you enjoyed hearing Alex talk about his work and want to learn more about photographing locally or getting into large format photography, he's offering a 20% discount on his e-books for Patreon supporters. Head over to patreon.com/fstopandlisten to get that discount on his great e-books.

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! 

Here are the photographers Alex recommended for the podcast:

1. Lance Roth.

2. Mike Basher.

3. Ryan Gillespie.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. 60-day free trial to NPN.

2. Out of Moab Conference - use the code "PAYNE" for $250 off until Feb. 28.

3. Out of Acadia Conference - use the code "PAYNE" for $250 off until Feb. 28.

Live from the Out of Yosemite Conference

Welcome to Episode 148 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode was recorded live at Out of Yosemite. I was lucky to be invited as an instructor and podcast host by the gracious Out of Chicago team. They put together a fantastic line up of instructors, activities, presentations, and excursions. Students and instructors were given the opportunity to interact and learn from each other in the birthplace of modern landscape photography - the Yosemite Valley. Ansel Adams' son and daughter-in-law were in attendance as well as two of Ansel's former assistants, Alan Ross and John Sexton. We had an all-star list of instructors spanning several decades and styles of work from film experts to the latest time-lapse and digital masters. 

It was such an honor to be a small part of it. 

On the final night of the conference I had the wonderful privilege to host a live podcast in front of about 40 people. Our panel included some fantastic photographers:

We covered a wide variety of topics, including:

  • How do you find and apply inspiration in your photography?
  • How has your photography evolved over time and why have you chosen to go the direction we have?
  • How do we bridge the divide between the old school methods and new school methods of landscape photography?
  • Why do you photograph?
  • What are the positive and negative impacts of bringing large groups of people to the National Parks?
  • What do you do when you’re not photographing and how does that influence your photography?
  • What are the pros and cons of shooting alone vs. groups?
  • What should students do after the conference?

Over on Patreon this week, we have something special for listeners. Before the conference officially began, the instructors had a wonderful dinner and many drinks to celebrate the start of the conference and to get to know each other. After this dinner, Colleen Miniuk, Franka Gabler, Michael Shainblum, and Alex Noriega joined me for a drunk podcast recording. It was so much fun! Just head over to patreon.com/fstopandlisten for more info on how you can support the podcast and get awesome bonus content like this drunk recording. 

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! 

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Out of Moab Conference - use the code "PAYNE" for $250 off until Feb. 28.

2. Out of Acadia Conference - use the code "PAYNE" for $250 off until Feb. 28.

Nikki Rausch - How to Improve your Sales in Photography

Welcome to Episode 147 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a sales coach known as "The Sales Maven" - Nikki Rausch.

After 25 years of experience selling in the corporate world, Nikki decided to trade in her road warrior status so she could help others sell in a way that builds relationships, creates true connection, and results in more closed deals and long-term clients. Now, as a sales coach, author, speaker and founder of Sales Maven, Nikki transforms the misunderstood process of “selling” into techniques, tools, and tips that can be successfully incorporated into a process that can be replicated by you. When she's not helping business owners move their clients along the 'Selling Staircase', Nikki enjoys taking in all the beauty that living in the Pacific Northwest affords her.

Stay tuned because I think all artists will gain something practical from this episode. 
Nikki and I covered a wide variety of topics this week, including:

  • How to sell your artwork without feeling sleazy or slimy.
  • The five steps of the "Selling Staircase":
    • How to create a positive first impression
    • Creating curiosity
    • Discovery
    • Delivering the high-end proposal
    • Recognizing and responding to the buying signal
  • Nikki's free e-book called "Closing the sale, which will help you uncover why you might be fumbling sales opportunities and what to do instead, how you can establish yourself as the expert, and language to use when asking for the sale.

Over on Patreon this week, Nikki and I talk about an idea that will help you grow your client base and provide a product to them that is very unique to you. Head over to patreon.com/fstopandlisten for more info on how you can support the podcast and get bonus content at the same time.

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! 

Here is who Nikki recommended for the podcast:

1. Melina Palmer - The Brainy Business.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Out of Moab Conference - use the code "PAYNE" for $250 off until Feb. 28.

2. Out of Acadia Conference - use the code "PAYNE" for $250 off until Feb. 28.

Toby Harriman - Aerial Storytelling / Myanmar / Labels for Artists

Welcome to Episode 146 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode features an incredible aerial and commercial photographer, Toby Harriman.

Toby and I covered a wide variety of topics this week, including:

  • How he went from graphic web design to photography.
  • Choosing a direction in photography.
  • The business of photography.
  • Mental health as it relates to being a full-time photographer.
  • Labels for types of artists.
  • Instagram's latest attempt at censorship for digital artists.
  • The ethics and considerations around photo staging.
  • His Myanmar project.
  • and a lot more...

Over on Patreon this week, Toby and I talk about the evolution of photography platforms and how they need to provide value.

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers!

Here are the photographers Toby recommended for the podcast:

1. Jaron Schneider.

2. Matthew Lavin.

3. Paul Nicklin.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. 60-day free trial to NPN.

2. Out of Moab Conference - use the code "PAYNE" for $250 off until Feb. 28.

3. Out of Acadia Conference - use the code "PAYNE" for $250 off until Feb. 28.

4. Arc Panel Luminosity Masks

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