F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

Sarah Lyndsay - How to Become an Instagram Sensation

Welcome to Episode 156 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week, I had a fantastic conversation with Sarah Lyndsay. Sarah Lyndsay is a Canadian landscape, portrait, and wedding photographer and Instagram star

We had a great chat this week and covered some fun topics:

  • Landscape photography completely changed her life and Sarah shared her uplifting story with us on the show this week.
  • Sarah and I talked about how she is pivoting and adjusting to the COVID-19 situation by using her YouTube channel and we discuss how others can do the same.
  • Sarah also shared her tips on how she has leveraged the Instagram platform to gain her following.
  • What motivates Sarah create photos.
  • We also discuss her landscape self-portraits and we take a stab at discussing gender issues surrounding photography.

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Over on Patreon this week, join Sarah and I for a discussion on how she has used portrait and wedding photography to augment her income as a professional photographer.

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

Here are the photographers Sarah recommended for the podcast:

1. Viktoria Haack.

2. Irene Rudnyk.

3. Nick Fitzgardinge.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Skype Lessons from Gary Randall.

2. Nature Photographer's Network Free Trial.


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.

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

Jeff Bartlett - Adventure Photography in the Canadian Rockies

Welcome to Episode 139 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features an adventure and landscape photographer living in Canmore, Alberta near Banff National Park, Jeff Bartlett

Jeff and I covered some fun topics this week, including:

  • What exactly is adventure photography?
  • Authenticity in photography.
  • Minimizing our impact on nature.
  • Shooting what you love.
  • Why do you take photographs?
  • and a lot more...

Over on Patreon this week, Jeff and I talk about his relationship with the Instagram platform.

Also, I wanted to let you know about an exciting online course being offered by my friend and former podcast guest, Shane McDermott. You might remember Shane from episode 108 where he shared his thoughts on "visual centricity," "awareness," and "constant creative flow" and how this approach to photography can change how you interact with the natural world through your photographs. Shane has created a 6-week online course all about post-processing your images in a way that ensures the final result reflects your actual experience in the field. Shane calls the course, "Transforming your Passion into Pixels - The Art of Enlightened Image Editing." In his course, Shane talks about how you can take creative control, learn to make the look and feel of every finished image as unique and vibrant as the moment you captured it. 

As an exclusive offer to podcast listeners, if you register in the next 72 hours, you will receive a 25% off this 6-week online course. Use the code FStop25 at the time of purchase to receive your discount.

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

Here is who Jeff recommended for the podcast:

1. Jack Fusco.

2. John Marriott.

3. Sarah Lindsey.

Rachel Jones Ross - Canadian Night Photography

Welcome to Episode 125 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a fantastic photographer hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Canada - Rachel Jones Ross. Rachel found herself obsessed with photography after a trip to photograph the Milky Way - her life has never been the same since.

 Rachel and I covered a lot of fun ground this week, including:


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

On Patreon this week, Rachel and I talked about our views on composites and night photography. Be sure to join us on Patreon for this bonus 25 minute conversation where Rachel and I share our views on this aspect of the craft of night photography.

If you're a listener and have not yet made a pledge, there's more reasons to pledge now than ever. We have over 90 bonus episodes over on Patreon for anyone supporting the show at the $5/mo level. 

Over on Patreon we have also been doing themed photo contests where patrons submit photographs based on a theme. 

The current theme, which will end on October 18th, is "Changing Seasons." Let's see your interpretation on the theme over on our community board. I'll send the winner a $20 gift card. 

Here are the photographers that Rachel recommended for the podcast:

1. Amalia Infante.

2. David Wilder.

3. Stan Moniz

4. Michael Hollender.

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.

Let's talk about who is coming up on the podcast! I am really excited to announce some of our upcoming guests and episodes. It should be a really good fall!

  • Aaron Nace, founder of Phlearn.
  • Alister Benn, a photographer from Scotland.
  • Brenda Petrella, a photographer from Vermont.
  • Franka Gabler - a photographer from Croatia living in California.
  • Ian Plant...
  • Dan Hawk...
  • Dylan Fox...
  • And lots more!

I'm really excited to announce that we have finally reached our $1,000 / mo goal on Patreon and we have officially launched our Landscape Conservation Award

The “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” podcast Landscape Conservation Award will recognize an individual photographer who is highly involved in conservation issues within their local communities or within the landscape and nature photography community. This can be through their writing, speaking, photography projects, or community organizing efforts. Additionally, this award seeks to recognize an individual that is actively practicing the Nature First Principles. In partnership with our Patreon supporters, the “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” podcast presents the prestigious honor, which currently consists of at least $1,570. 

We aim to grow the total award amount through donations and sponsorships. We are looking for nominations for the award. You can nominate yourself or someone else through the google form linked in the liner notes. Since our launch we have raised $550 towards the award and have garnered some great sponsorships from some great photography brands. 

So far we have been able to get support from the following awesome companies:

Current Sponsors:

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Shimoda Designs is an adventure camera bag company that produces some of the most amazing bags and equipment for landscape and adventure photographers! Shimoda founder Ian Millar is a lifelong explorer, snowboarder and product designer known for developing some of the most innovative camera bags in the world. Shimoda is his new venture which represents the culmination of all his experiences and utilizes the most advanced materials and technologies available to minimize the pain, fatigue and suffering that comes with foul mountain conditions. Shimoda products are a direct reflection and reaction to the outdoor lifestyle that Ian and his adventure photographer friends love so much. Shimoda is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a bag of their choice, core unit, roller and accessory case - a $779 value!

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Viewbug is a popular photo sharing and contest website. Members of Viewbug can submit their photographs to specialized contests and win amazing prizes. There are a lot more benefits of membership as well, so check it out. Viewbug is donating a viewbug PRO+ membership to the winner of the award. This is a $179 value.

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Reed Art & Imaging is a fine art print lab located in Denver, Colorado. They are my print lab of choice for my high-end acrylic prints. Reed employs a unique technology for their acrylic prints that no other print lab in the United States uses called Diasec. The results are stunning. I also believe that Reed has some of the best customer service in the business and I recommend them to everyone I talk to! Reed is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conversation Award a $500 credit towards the purchase of a Diasec Acrylic Print.

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Tamron is a camera lens manufacturer and makes some of the world's best lenses for landscape and nature photography. Tamron is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a 45mm f/1.8 Di VC lens- a $599 value!

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QT Luong is donating a limited edition copy of his award winning photo book, "Treasured Lands." I've enjoyed QT Luong's book in person and can tell you its one of the best photo books on the market. This limited edition version is valued at $245.

We are working on getting more in-kind donations and financial donations to sweeten the pot for the deserving award winner. If you are interested in either, please check out the award page on our website. 

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

Gavin Hardcastle - Vlogging / Finding Meaning in Photography

Welcome to Episode 093 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Gavin Hardcastle!

Gavin is an awesome photographer living in Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, originally from England. Gavin is one of the funniest landscape photographers in the game and it showed on this episode. What a hilarious episode! You'll love it for sure.

We covered some fun topics this week, including:

1. Flickr.

2. Vlogging.

3. Wildlife encounters.

4. Shooting Forests.

5. Finding meaning in your photography.

6. Our inspirations.

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks! Even $1 / mo helps a lot! We are growing closer to our goal of getting to $1,000/mo in support, at which point I will create an award to be given to a photographer that is a champion of conservation. Help us get there!

This week on Patreon, Gavin and I talked about who our inspirations are in the photography realm.

To learn more about this episode, visit my blog at www.mattpaynephotography.com

Arpan Das - Multiple Exposure Landscape Photography

Welcome to Episode 073 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with Arpan Das!

Arpan is a full time Astrophysics/Cosmology research student by profession; however, landscape photography is one of his biggest passions in life. Arpan was born in India where he lived 23 years of his life. Then he moved to Italy for his study and currently living in Canada for the same purpose. Whenever he has free time, he tries to fly far away from the city and loves being outdoors in some mountains where he can connect himself to the beauty of the nature. Even if he is not taking any photographs he just loves to watch a sunrise or sunset over the mountains, big water waves along the sea, or millions of stars over the head in a dark sky.

We covered some great topics this week, including:

1. Difficulty today as a landscape photographer.

2. Single exposures vs. multiple exposures.

3. Using astro-trackers, specifically the Skywatcher Star Adventurer Pro.

4. How mood influences photography.

5. Abstract landscape photography.

6. Coming to North America from India.

7. The trend of stretching mountains in photos.

8. Composition - learning from painters like Albert Bierstadt.


Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks!

Over on Patreon this week, Arpan and I discussed focus stacking, exposure blending, and the importance of reality in landscape photography.

To learn more about Arpan, check out the liner notes on my blog at www.mattpaynephotography.com

Here are the photographers that Arpan recommended for the podcast:

1. Noel Casaje.

2. Bruno Pisani.

3. Catherine Simard.

4. Patrick Ong

5. Isabella Tabacchi

Adam Gibbs - International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

Episode 049 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with Canada-based landscape photographer Adam Gibbs! Adam has a wonderful catalog of work that he's curated for over 20 years as a full-time landscape photographer. I was able to get him onto the podcast after a lot of demand from other guests and commenters to get him on! We had a fantastic conversation that is well worth a listen. 

We covered some great topics this week, including:

  • How Adam got into Landscape Photography.
  • How Landscape Photography has changed over the years.
  • Instagram and popularity.
  • Adam's workshops.
  • Adam's use of YouTube as a platform.
  • Digital manipulation and the impact on the craft.

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! We are 1/4 of the way to our goal of being able to award a $1,000 prize to a photographer dedicated to conservation. Over on Patreon this week Miles told a story about how he was blackmailed by another photographer.

To learn more about Adam:

Website

Instagram

Facebook

Here are the artists that Adam would like to hear on the podcast:

John Sexton

Chris Burkett

Alister Benn

Some examples of Adam's photography can be seen below. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group or on Reddit!

Darwin Wiggett & Samantha Chrysanthou - The League of Landscape Photographers

Episode 042 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with Alberta Canada-based landscape photographers Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou! I have been really getting into the message that both Darwin and Samantha have been spreading through their photography and efforts with The League magazine relating to ethics in the field. The topic has come up frequently on the podcast and I really wanted to get them on the show to dive deeper into the topic and feel out their perspective.

Samantha and Darwin are the founders and creators of oopoomoo have collectively been involved in photography education for over thirty years. In 2012 the two decided to join forces and meet a glaring need in the photo industry – to create a photography site that teaches original creative expression within a larger framework of what it means to be creative in today’s world. They called this website oopoomoo. According to Sam and Darwin, “we live in a time of unbridled consumption with far-reaching impacts on the planet, our fellow species and our children’s lives. Living the oopoomoo life means pursuing our unique, creative gifts with an awareness of the fact that we all live within a precious and fragile larger community”. As an offshoot of the oopoomoo philosophy Sam and Darwin have created a print outlet for artistic and ethically captured landscape photography called League Magazine which promotes excellence in photography and a love of nature as an ethical value. On both oopoomoo and in League, Sam and Darwin feature the stories and images of photographers who undergo the daily heroics necessary to live their best creative and ethical life. Sam and Darwin have received rave reviews for their fun and informative photo seminars, eBooks and eCourses on living the creative life in photography.

We covered some great topics this week, including:

  • Samantha and Darwin's journey into landscape photography and oopoomoo
  • Ethics in nature photography
  • The League Magazine - its purpose and inspiration
  • The tension between various ethical principles
  • Creating images that start conversations

Special announcements: Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! Let’s keep the conversations going! I recently set a goal of $1,000 in monthly contributions which I will use to seed a $1,000 landscape conversation award. This will only be possible if people contribute on Patreon!

Additionally, we have collaborated with The League Magazine. 

$50 supporters of the podcast on Patreon will get you a free subscription to The League if you sign up on Patreon between now and the end of February, 2018. The League subscription would normally cost you $50, so basically you are getting it for free while supporting the podcast!

Supporters already at the $50 level will get the subscription too!

League is an annual collectors’ compendium of unique, thoughtful photographic art comprised primarily of work from the League of Landscape Photographers. Two key principles underpin the publication: contributors espouse a mindful, ethical code of behavior in creating photographic work; and contributors wrestle with or promote dialogue about contemporary issues facing humans and the landscape.

Lastly, I am happy to announce that I'm now a Formatt-Hitech filter ambassador. Listeners to the podcast get 10% off their order if they use the code "PAYNE10" - thanks for supporting the podcast!

To learn more about Samantha and Darwin:

Website

Facebook

Here is the artist that they would like to hear on the podcast:

Freeman Patterson

Some examples of their photography can be seen below. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group or on Reddit!

Dani Lefrançois - Landscape Photography in Banff

Episode 023 with Banff, Alberta, Canada-based landscape photographer, Dani Lefrançois. Dani was really patient and persistent about being a guest on the podcast, which I really appreciated quite a lot! She was a really fun guest on the show - our conversation felt like we were two old friends. Her photography is quite inspiring and worth taking a look at if you have never seen her work before. Dani even inspired me to have a great idea, which I hope to reveal someday! 

We covered some really great topics this week, and spent a lot of time discussing workshops, drones, and more.

I know you'll enjoy this one. As usual, please find some links to various topics we covered below:

  1. Our mutual love of Fireweed
  2. Her workshop buisiness
  3. The photography of Viktoria Haack
  4. The photography of Jaclyn Tanemura
  5. The photography of Peter Coskun
  6. The photography of Alex Nail

To learn more about Dani:

Facebook

Her website

Instagram

Some examples of her amazing photography can be seen below. Enjoy! Please do rate the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher!

You can also reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about.

Lastly, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! Let’s keep the conversations going!

Dani Lefrancois

Paul Zizka - Canada Night Photography

Episode 007! The amazingly talented Paul Zizka joins me on the podcast. Paul Zizka is an award-winning mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Paul is one of my absolute favorite photographers - his passion for the mountain landscapes that he photographs shines through time and time again. We talked about our mutual passion for the mountains, the role of photography in conservation, and Paul's journey into full-time photography. Enjoy!

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