F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

Andy Boenau - Virtual Photography Projects & His Corona Coupling Book

Welcome to episode 195 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!
 
This week on the podcast, I was happy to be joined by Andy Boenau.
 
Andy is a photographer living in Richmond, Virginia who seems to always have a new project up his sleeve. I was excited to talk to him about his latest project, which examines the lives of people in relationships that were only able to meet with each other virtually via Zoom, as has become commonplace since the start of COVID-19.
 
Andy and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:
  • His monograph book project, Corona Coupling,
  • How physical separation takes a toll on relationships,
  • Using Zoom as a camera,
  • Focusing on the creative process instead of the equipment,
  • Artistic motivation and self-limiting beliefs,
  • Virtual photography,
  • And much, much more.

Here are the photographers that Andy recommended on the podcast:

1. Chris Suspect.

2. Tatsuo Suzuki.

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.

Please support the show on Patreon.

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

Robb Hirsch - Curiosity of the Natural World - Photographing Yosemite

Welcome to episode 193 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week on the podcast, I was happy to be joined by Robb Hirsch, a landscape photographer from California.

Robb is a biologist by training, naturalist by heart, and photographer by passion. Robb has an intimate relationship with the natural world. This connection was established early during annual childhood visits to Yosemite, which forged his bond with this magical place. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California–Irvine, Robb began a career as a field biologist, working on a variety of projects for California State Parks, the US Geological Survey, and several private firms. His love for traveling and exploration has taken him through Africa, Central America, Tasmania and the western United States. Initially photography was a means to document his work and travels, but it soon became the focus. Robb’s photography has been featured in international competitions, calendars, magazines, and gallery showings, and he leads customized, small group and private photography workshops in Yosemite and surrounding Sierra Nevada.

Robb and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • How Robb got into landscape photography as a biologist.
  • Robb's incredible book, "The Nature of Yosemite - A Visual Journey",
  • Robb's love affair with Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Conservancy,
  • How curiosity of the natural world and geological processes informs and guides his photography,
  • His method of composition in landscape photography,
  • Using photography to inspire others to experience their own connections to a place,
  • The importance of understanding the history of the places we photograph,
  • And much, much more.

Over on Patreon this week, Robb and I discuss the importance of developing personal relationships with other people as landscape photographers.

Here are the photographers that Kristen recommended on the podcast:

1. Jerry Dodrill.

2. Ian Shive.

3. Ed Callert.

4. James McGrew.

Other items mentioned on the show this week:

1. Gary Randall and Chris Byrne Columbia River Gorge workshop.

2. Nature First 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. 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.

Please support the show on Patreon.

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

Michelle Bates - Toy / Plastic Cameras: Creativity Unleashed

Welcome to episode 192 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week on my landscape photography podcast, I was joined by Michelle Bates

Michelle has been a passionate photographer since she was young, and learned her way around a camera in 1991 at the Maine Photographic Workshops, where she first discovered the Holga. Since then, Michelle has shown work in solo exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest, New York, Los Angeles and Israel, and in group shows around the US, Italy, Germany & Thailand. She has photographed for weekly newspapers, album covers, performers, artists, and many others. Michelle loves teaching, and has given lectures on plastic and toy cameras to groups all over the US, including the Society for Photographic Education, SF Camerawork, Powell's Books, and the Creative Center for Photography. She has taught at many photo schools & centers, including Photographic Center Northwest, Newspace (PDX), Maine Media Workshops, the Julia Dean Workshops (LA) and International Center of Photography in New York, among others. Her book, "Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity" was published in late 2006 and the second edition in October 2010. Michelle lives in Washington State, and frequents Seattle, Vashon Island, Bellingham, Portland (OR), San Francisco and New York. She loves to road trip and fly away with her Holgas whenever possible.

Michelle and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • What a plastic camera is,
  • Plastic cameras and how they distill the photographic process down to creativity,
  • What makes a good photographer,
  • Advantages of toy cameras,
  • Quirks of toy/plastic cameras,
  • Performance photography,
  • Collaboration with other artists,
  • And much, much more.

Over on Patreon this week, Michelle and I talk about the importance of honing our skills of writing to improve our photography.

Here are the photographers that Michelle recommended on the podcast:

1. Ted Orland (sorry, no website).

2. Teru Kuwayama.

3. Anne Arden McDonald.

4. Susan Burnstine.

5. Jill Enfield.

6. Elizabeth Opalenik.

7. Louviere & Vanessa.

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

Tara Workman - Finding Your Own Path in Landscape Photography as a Hobbyist

Welcome to episode 187 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a hobbyist photographer known as My Bajan Eye on Instagram - Tara Workman.

Despite her self-proclamation as being a hobbyist, Tara's photography is some of the best you'll find these days. It feels personal, unique, and has some really great qualities. Tara is a physician living in Portland, Oregon and she uses photography as a mental health break. She's also African American. 

Tara and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • Her start as a landscape photographer in the age of social media,
  • Photography as a hobby and the benefits to that approach,
  • Making time for photography as a person with a full-time job,
  • Finding your own path as a photographer and the powerful influence of social media,
  • Her transition to abstracts and smaller scenes,
  • Learning how to not care about likes on Instagram,
  • Being inspired by other photographers without copying them,
  • And, her experience as a black woman in landscape photography.

Over on Patreon this week, join over 140 of your peers in supporting the podcast financially and listen to Tara and I talk about how photography taught her how to see beauty in the natural world.

I hope you enjoy our conversations.

For more show notes, to see Tara's amazing photographs, a listing of her recommended photographers, and ways to support the podcast, head over to my blog.

Ben Williamson - Photographing New England & Working for a Magazine

Welcome to episode 183 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. For the full show notes and a transcript, head to my blog.

This week on the podcast, I had a wonderful conversation with a photographer that I have long admired from afar. Ben Williamson hails from the state of Maine and has amassed a fantastic collection of what he mostly describes as "scenic" photography from New England. Whatever you want to call it, his work exudes passion and a love for where he lives. Ben works for Down East Magazine as a staff photographer and leads workshops.

Ben and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • His journey into photography.
  • What it is like working for a small regional magazine and how other photographers could think about collaborating with magazines local to them.
  • Teaching photography and what Ben loves about it.
  • How Ben has partnered with other photographers on his journey.
  • How Ben includes man-made objects in his photography to make them more emotionally connective.
  • How Ben balances shooting for himself vs. shooting to please others.
  • ... and more!

Over on Patreon, this week, you can join over 100 of your peers in supporting the podcast financially and hear Ben and I talk about his obsession with weather and how he leverages that obsession to improve his photography.

I hope you enjoy our conversations.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Gary Randall Calendars.

2. My OnLandscape column.

Here are the photographers that Ben recommended on the podcast:

1. Jerry Monkman.

2. John Putnam.

3. Michael Blanchette.

4. Greta Rybus.

5. Jamie Walter.

6. Dave Dostie.

Eric Bennett - Conversations with Nature

Welcome to episode 181 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 
 
This week on the podcast I sat down and visited with one of our first guests, Eric Bennett.
 
Eric is arguably one of the best landscape photographers of the past decade. He has a unique vision and style that I greatly appreciate. He is also a fellow co-founder of the Nature First Photography Alliance, and a fellow beer connoisseur.
Eric is one of the most passionate stewards of public lands I have ever met and it really shines in his photography. I really enjoyed our discussion this week and I hope you will as well.
 
Eric and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:
  • Eric's approach to organizing and curating his online photography gallery.
  • Eric's approach to making personally meaningful photographs.
  • Eric's new book called "Conversations with Nature."
  • ... and more!
Over on Patreon this week, Eric and I discuss the power of mentor-ship in a digital world and how we have leveraged these relationships in our pursuit of better photography.
 

Here is who Eric recommended listeners check out:

1. Jimmy Gekas

2. You can also check out my OnLandscape article on Jimmy.

Don't forget, you can find a transcript of this week's episode over on my website

Thanks for your support! Cheers.

Cole Thompson - Discovering Your Vision in Landscape Photography

Hey everyone!

Welcome to episode 178 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

For this week's episode of the podcast I finally got the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with one of my favorite black and white photographers and someone whom I have always admired, Cole Thompson.

Cole has a totally unique philosophical approach to photography which is often misunderstood by many people. It is something he refers to as photographic celibacy and I think it has tremendous merit.

Cole and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • How he got his start in photography,
  • Why he has chosen black and white as his medium,
  • External validation of our photography and its impact on our creative vision,
  • How to develop a personal vision in your photography,
  • The influence of praise,
  • ... and more!

Over on Patreon this week, Cole and I explore the question, "Do you need to go to great locations to get great photographs?"

I hope you enjoy our conversations!

Here are the people that Cole recommended listeners check out:

1. Edward Weston's Daybooks.

2. Hamidah Glascow & The Center for Fine Art 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. 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.

Jerad Armijo - Harnessing Landscape Photography to Manage Depression | Chromesthesia

Welcome to episode 176 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode features a photographer living in Portland, Oregon - Jerad Armijo

Jerad possesses a rare condition known as chromesthesia which he uses to augment his landscape photography experiences and processes to create images that are unique to him. Jerad also has found photography to be a great tool to process and manage depression and life events. 
Jerad and I discuss some interesting topics, including:

  • How he got his start in landscape photography,
  • Jerad's use of photography as a tool to manage his depression,
  • Jerad's chromesthesia and how it changes the way he sees the landscape as a photographer,
  • Photographic celibacy,
  • ... and more!

Be sure to support the podcast over on Patreon - 140 of your peers have and it has been great connecting with our fans in that way.

Speaking of Patreon, wanted to let you know about a special offer I have on Patreon. Right now, you can pledge for a full year at a time and save 15% on your Patreon membership. I think it is a great way to support me and the podcast, and it saves you a little money in the process. 

I hope you enjoy our conversations!

Here are the people that Jerad recommended for the podcast:

1. Tara Workman.

2. Sam Austin.

3. Ross Schram von Haupt.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. My YouTube Channel.

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

Elisabeth Brentano - Wanderlust in the American West

Welcome to episode 172 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode features a photographer and videographer who has found a niche in combining her passions for story telling, writing, and photography to make a living in the landscape photography arena.

Elisabeth Brentano started her career in the entertainment news space and transitioned to writing blogs for travel and food. It was in that space that she fell in love with photography. She is also very passionate about conservation issues and created a wonderful documentary film, called "In the Shadow of Lions" where she examines the balance between social media, conservation, and tourism as it relates to big cats in Africa.

Elisabeth and I discuss some interesting topics, including:

  • How she found herself in the landscape photography space.
  • How her editing style has evolved over time.
  • The impacts of social media on creativity and relationship building.
  • Her documentary film, "In the Shadow of Lions."
  • ... and more!

Over on Patreon this week, join Elisabeth and I for a bonus discussion while financially supporting the podcast. We discuss her approach to gaining more authentic engagement on social media through vulnerability and honesty.

I hope you enjoy our conversations!

Here are the photographers that Elisabeth recommended for the podcast:

1. Melissa Groo.

2. Savannah Cummins.

3. Benjamin Everitt.

4. Joe Haeberle.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. 60-day Trial to Nature Photographer's Network.

2. My YouTube Channel.


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

Margaret Soraya - The Power of Solitude in Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 169 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode features a landscape photographer living in the highlands of Scotland.

Margaret Soraya is immensely talented and focused on harnessing the power of solitude to produce stunning work in nature’s quiet places. She has a wonderful body of images showcasing these quiet places and her soothing photography of ocean waves evokes mystery and wonder.

Margaret spends a great deal of time photographing on the various islands of Scotland, often alone, and draws power from the solitude found there. 
Margaret and I discuss some interesting topics, including:

  • Her solo travels in her van.
  • Mindfulness in landscape photography.
  • Introversion in landscape photography.
  • The healing power of solitude and how it promotes creativity.
  • Losing your way in life and finding it again.
  • Her journey of re-creating herself.
  • The benefits of focusing on non-competitiveness and being non-judgmental in landscape photography.
  • ... and more!

Over on Patreon this week, Margaret and I discuss a Japanese concept known as "ikigai" which literally means where aptitude and passion meet. Margaret has used this concept to help guide her through this new exciting time in her life as a full-time landscape photographer.

Here is the person that Margaret recommended for the podcast:

1. Paul Sanders.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Dani Lefrancois Newfoundland 2021 workshop.

2. My YouTube Channel.


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.

Manuel Palacios - The Relationship Between Photographic Art and Science

Welcome to episode 168 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a landscape photographer and scientist hailing from upstate New York - Manuel Palacios. Manuel has a wonderful body of landscape photography work on his website and I have always appreciated his Instagram feed.

For the past several years, Manuel has spent countless days and nights wandering around and basking in the beauty of the Adirondack State Park in New York, a subject he considers to be his muse.

Manuel and I discuss some interesting topics, including:

  • His obsession with the Adirondacks.
  • How he shoots with intent and how he has "conversations" with the landscape.
  • The relationship between science and art.
  • Storytelling through landscape photography.
  • The advantages of photographing in your backyard.
  • Various breakthroughs he has had as an artist.
  • ... and more!

Over on Patreon this week, Manuel shared his thoughts about COVID-19 from a scientist's perspective.

I hope you enjoy our conversations!

Here are the people that Manuel recommended for the podcast:

1. Benjamin Williamson.

2. Robert Rodriguez Jr.

3. Finn Hopson.

4. Josh Lowe.

5. Nikhil Nagane.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Gary Randall Alaska Workshop.


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

Epic Astro-landscape Photography Panel Discussion from Out of Chicago LIVE!

Welcome to episode 165 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode comes to you from the Out of Chicago LIVE event that I took part in back in April. I moderated a panel discussion about night / astro-photography with some great panelists, including Royce BairIan NormanDiana SouthernMike Taylor, and Chris Nicholson.

It was a really fun panel discussion, in my opinion. We discussed some fun topics, including:

  • How to make night photography unique, creative, and relevant.
  • Favorite tricks and techniques for night photography.
  • Astro-photography from home.
  • Artificial light bans in National Parks.
  • Ethical considerations for night photography.
  • Starlink satellites and their impact on the night sky.
  • ... and much, much more

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Out of Chicago LIVE recordings.

2. Michael Rung's YouTube videos.

3. Michael Rung's Lightroom 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. 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

John Barclay - Discovering the Contemplative Style of Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 164 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a landscape photographer whom I have admired for a long time - John Barclay. John hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is a fantastic photographer, musician, and a great guy. John and I had a wonderful conversation this week and covered a wide variety of topics, including:

  • His beginnings in photography.
  • John's Contemplative Photography Retreats.
  • The "why" of landscape photography.
  • Your connection to your subject and how to choose how to capture it.
  • How bringing ourselves to our photography has an impact on the final product.
  • ... and much, much more

Over on Patreon this week, John and I talk about how he leverages his communication skills to be a better photographer, business person, and how it has aided in his success.

I hope you enjoy our conversations!

Here are the people that John Barclay recommended for the podcast:

1. Cole Thompson.

2. Mitch DoBrowner.

3. Betty Wiley.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. NPN Free 60-Day Trial.

2. Photo Namer website.

3. ArcPanel Luminosity Masking Panel.

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

Nick Carver - Soul-Searching for Personally Meaningful Photographs

Welcome to episode 163 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a landscape and architecture photographer living in Orange County, California. Nick Carver has been entrenched in photography since 2006 when he dove head first into business side of photography where he was met with many challenges. Nick almost gave up after several years of teaching for people on Craigslist until he made some difficult realizations about his work... Nick and I had a wonderful conversation this week and covered a wide variety of topics, including:

  • His beginnings in photography.
  • How he transitioned into architecture photography to make money.
  • How he looked at his work and made some painful realizations that almost caused him to quit.
  • His path of soul-searching and why he actually makes photographs.
  • The resurgence in film photography.
  • His YouTube channel (which is highly entertaining).
  • ... and much, much more

Over on Patreon this week, Nick and I talk about the nuances of website portfolio design and his approach to showcasing his work.

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Here is who Nick recommended for the podcast:

1. Carlos Beltran.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Out of Chicago LIVE!

2. NPN Free 60-Day 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

Brooks Jensen - Creating Personally Meaningful Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 159 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's amazing guest is none other than Brooks Jensen, someone I have admired for many years. Brooks Jensen is a fine-art photographer, publisher, workshop teacher, and writer. He and his wife Maureen Gallagher are the owners, co-founders, editors, and publishers of the award winning LensWork, one of today’s most respected and important periodicals in fine art photography. With subscribers in 72 countries, Brooks’ impact on fine art photography is truly world-wide. 

LensWork Publishing is also at the leading edge in multimedia and digital media publishing with LensWork Extended — a PDF based, media-rich expanded version of the magazine. Brooks' personal work can be seen in his on-going series, Kokoro, a PDF based, downloadable periodical. 

LensWork Online, a membership website, features 10 channels of content featuring Brooks’ 50-years of experience in fine art photography including:

  • Audio programs — Editor’s CommentsLooking at ImagesThose Who Inspire Me (and Why), and interviews with over 400 photographers.
  • Video programs — our daily Here’s a Thought . . ., Feedback ReviewsExploring the Possibilities, and Creative Labs.

Brooks is the author of ten best-selling books on photography and creativity: Looking at ImagesThe Creative Life in PhotographyLetting Go of the Camera, the three volume set Single Exposures: Random Observations on Art, Photography and Creativity. His most recent books are Photography, Art, & MediaThe Best of the LensWork Interviews, and Seeing in SIXES (four volumes published in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019). A monograph of his work was published in 2012 titled Made of Steel.

Brooks and I has a wonderful conversation about a variety of topics this week, including:

  • Creating personally meaningful landscape photography work.
  • His historical perspective as a landscape photographer.
  • How and why landscape photography has evolved into what it is today.
  • What types of images he looks for to publish in LensWork.
  • ...and a lot more! 

Over on Patreon this week, Brooks and I discuss the pros and cons of doing open edition prints vs. limited edition prints - a conversation based on an article Brooks wrote which has defined my views on the subject.

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Here are the people Brooks recommended for the podcast:

1. Huntington Witherill.

2. Carl Chiarenza.

3. Dominic Rouse.

4. Cole Thompson.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. My conversation with Ian Plant on Shuttermonkeys.

Jon Whitaker - Music vs. Landscape Photography: Compare and Contrast

Welcome to episode 157 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

I am sure you noticed some different intro music this week. That is because it is the music of this week's guest, Jon Whitaker

Jon is a professor of music at the University of Alabama and a great photographer. 
This week we did a deep dive comparing and contrasting music and photography, both from a learners and a teacher's perspective. We also discussed some parallels in the music world as it relates to popular music and popular styles of landscape photography. 

Over on Patreon this week, we talk all about the concept of finding your voice and what Jon has learned about it in the music world and how it might apply to your photography world.

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

Here are the photographers Jon recommended for the podcast:

1. Phil Sisto

2. Alyn Wallace.

3. Todd Rosenberg.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Gaia GPS Tutorial for Landscape Photographers. 


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.

COVID-19 Panel Discussion - How Landscape Photographers Can Respond

Welcome to a special episode of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week we have assembled a fabulous panel of full-time professional photographers to talk all about their thoughts on the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it is having on the landscape photography industry. We also discuss how photographers can pivot and take advantage of this situation and we discuss some ways in which each of the panelists are adjusting to the situation. 

We also talk about how the photography community can provide support to other industries and how other photographers can support each other through these tough times. 

I'd love to hear how you are pivoting in the comments below!

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

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

Here are the photographers that joined us on the podcast:

1. Tony Sweet.

2. Colby Brown.

3. Jennifer King.

4. Charles Needle.

5. Jared Lloyd.

6. Tim Cooper.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Out of Chicago LIVE.

2. Jennifer King tutorials and webinars.

3. "Photo a Day" Facebook Group. 

4. Tim Cooper: 30% discount on his Online Courses and a 20% discount on his Tutoring and Image Reviews.


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.

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Brenda Tharp - Expressive Nature Photography

Welcome to Episode 150 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a fantastic landscape photographer from Santa Rosa, California, Brenda Tharp.

Brenda is a full-time photographer, educator and speaker with a passion for the natural world. Her landscape and nature photographs have been used by Apple, Nature Conservancy, and the National Park Service, as she is a contributor to many books and magazines.

We covered a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Expressive Nature Photography.
  • Finding Your Voice.
  • The Art of Seeing.
  • Seeking images in iconic places.
  • Recognizing the potential of a place.
  • Her latest book on Expressive Nature Photography.

Over on Patreon this week, join Brenda and I for a discussion on studying the masters of landscape photography and how that can impact your photography. 

Additionally, Brenda is offering a discount on her book for patrons, so if you are interested in purchasing it, head to Patreon to get the link to that discount. You can support the podcast and support Brenda at the same time while getting an awesome book. Win/Win/Win!

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

Here are the photographers Brenda recommended for the podcast:

1. Jerry Dodrill.

2. Perri Schelat.

3. Peter Cox.

4. Bruce Hucko.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Nightscaper Conference May 20-22, 2020 - $100 off using the code "PAYNE100".

2. Gary Randall Columbia River Gorge 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. 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.

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.

Royce Bair - NightScape Photography

Welcome to Episode 143 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer that probably needs no introduction - Royce Bair. Royce is one of the pioneers of the modern movement of NightScape photography and runs the popular Facebook Group, NightScaper. Royce also organizes and runs the annual NightScape Photography Conference

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

  • Learning to say no and the Greg McKeown book, "Essentialism"
  • How Royce got into night photography
  • Royce's Milky Way NightScapes eBook - Listeners can use discount code TWAN for $5.00 off at check out
  • Our shared authorship of the Secrets from the Stars Kickstarter hardcover book — 8 night photography masterclasses, each written by a world-class, award-winning astrophotographer
  • 2020 NightScaper Conference in Kanab, Utah - May 20-22. Podcast listeners can use the FSTOP100 Discount Coupon Code for $100.00 off their registration
  • Nightscape ethics
  • The importance of dark skies and the work of The International Dark Sky Association
  • How to make night photography a more creative pursuit
  • and a lot more...

Over on Patreon this week, Royce and I recorded some bonus material where we talk all about the innovations of the past 10 years that have made night photography more accessible and some concrete techniques to improve your night photography. We also talk about the use of trackers for the night sky, Royce recommends the iOptron SkyTracker Pro Mount or the Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer.

Both are about $300. The iOptron is easier to use in his opinion, but the Sky-Watcher will carry a heavier payload, if you decide to use a long telephoto lens for deep sky object tracking.

All right, one quick announcement before we dive in: former guest and Canadian landscape photographer, Dani Lefrancois, has announced a really fun opportunity to photograph the Canadian Rockies in the springtime. Her workshop will get you up close and personal with some incredible subjects in the Banff National Park area and looks to be a really fun adventure. Just head to banffphotoworkshops.com/spring-awakening

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

Here are the photographers Royce recommended for the podcast:

1. Ryan Smith

2. Jack Fusco

3. Mike Shaw

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.

Landscape Photography Education And Creativity - A Panel Discussion

Welcome to Episode 142 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode is a special one! I assembled a cadre of some of the most well-respected landscape photographers in North America (our UK and Australian guests could not make it, unfortunately) for a discussion on photography education and creativity. This particular conversation really got me thinking and is full of interesting perspectives that will hopefully cause anyone listening to pause and think about their own photography. For this episode, I invited Guy TalSuzanne MathiaSean BagshawDavid Cobb, and Alex Noriega.Thanks to listener and former guest, Len Metcalf for the idea of this week's podcast!
Our incredible panel shared their thoughts on a wide variety of topics this week, including:

  • Thoughts on the current philosophies of teaching photography.
  • How current teaching approaches encourage or discourage creativity in photography.
  • What do workshop customers demand and expect from their teachers.
  • Defining and measuring creativity.
  • and a lot more...

Being the awesome guy that he is (hehe), Guy Tal is offering 10% off any order through 2020 on his website using the code FSTOP10 and he is also offering $50 off any workshop offering in 2020 or 2021 - just use the code FSTOP50 by the end of 2020.

Be sure to check out the full liner notes for great photos from our guests!

Also, here are some links to topics discussed on the podcast:

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

Michael Frye - In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters

Welcome to Episode 134 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a nature and landscape photographer from Mariposa, California near Yosemite National Park - Michael Frye! Michael is the author and/or principal photographer of five books, including Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters; The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite; and three books in the Yosemite Meditations series. He's also written three e-books, including Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide.

Michael and I had a wonderful conversation and explored several interesting topics this week, including:

  • His early career as a photographer.
  • Photographers that influenced his work and whether or not having photographers that influence our work is beneficial or not.
  • The pros and cons of photographing the same places over and over again.
  • Things that get in the way of creativity and how to avoid them.
  • Creating depth in your landscape photography.
  • and a lot more.

Over on Patreon this week, Michael and I talk all about his use of Lightroom as his primary editing platform and how he processes images for feeling.

Be sure to join in on the conversation about each podcast episode over on Nature Photographer's Network. Not only is NPN the best place to get critiques on your landscape and nature photography, it is also home to some of most informative, thought-provoking, and inspiring articles on landscape photography I've found. I highly recommend you become a member today. 

Women photographers - I want to tell you about another one of our Patreon supporters, Dani Lefrancois, the amazing photographer behind Banff Photo Workshops & Tours in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Dani is hosting a Women's Winter Adventure workshop in January that I think sounds like a lot of fun. This Women's Adventure is a 5-day, 5-night workshop based primarily in Banff National Park. Sounds amazing to me. To learn more about it - head to www.banffphotoworkshops.com/women-series 

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

Also, check out the full liner notes!

Aaron Nace - Photography Education and Phlearn.com

Welcome to Episode 130 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features the founder of one of the world's most premiere photo education websites, Aaron Nace. Aaron's chops in digital darkroom are pretty incredible and his body of work speaks for itself. Aaron's website, Phlearn.com, is a one-stop-shop for all of your Photoshop and Lightroom education needs. Aaron and his team partner with some of the world's best photographers and educators to bring you incredible tutorials that are easy to follow and full of great information. I would be remiss not to mention that listeners can use the code "fstop20" to get 20% off a subscription to Phlearn. 
 
Aaron and I explored several interesting topics this week, including:
  • His journey as a photographer and business owner.
  • What can you expect from Phlearn.
  • The future of photography education.
  • Strategies for YouTube.
  • ...lots more!
On Patreon this week: 
  • Aaron and I talk about how you can differentiate yourself from the crowd as a photographer. 

Head over to my blog at www.mattpaynephotography.com to read the full liner notes and get links to the photographers Aaron discussed. 

Thanks for listening!

Franka Gabler - Unique Yosemite Landscape Photography

Welcome to Episode 128 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer known for her exceptional work in the Yosemite Valley of California, Franka Gabler

Born and raised in Croatia, Franka developed a strong fascination and admiration for nature early in life. Moving to California in 1997, and soon after experiencing her first wilderness backpacking trip in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Franka fell in love with the amazing landscapes before her. Now spending as much time as possible hiking and exploring wilderness areas, Franka always carries her camera and tripod, capturing her unique impressions.She lives in the Sierra foothills, in the small mountain town of Coarsegold, not far from Yosemite National Park.

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

  • Her journey as a landscape photographer.
  • Her creative process for finding intimate landscape scenes.
  • Her philosophy of looking for light before the subject.
  • The role of mood in her photography.
  • ...lots more!

On Patreon this week:

  • Franka tells us all about her journey printing her photography and being represented by several galleries in California.

Well, speaking of Yosemite, I have officially joined as an instructor at the esteemed Landscape Photography Conference, Out of Yosemite - February 5-9, 2020. I will be teaching, recording podcasts, and hosting panel discussions with some of our favorite photographers and past guests, including Alex Noriega, Coleen Miniuk, Charlotte Gibb, Jack Curran, Michael Frye, and more. I hope to see you there! If you're interested in attending, register to attend and use the code "fstop250" for $250 off your registration.

Here are the photographers that Franka recommended for the podcast:

1. Dan Mitchell.

2. David Hoffman.

3. Jonathan Bock.

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

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:

  • Shimoda Designs - Shimoda is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a camera bag of their choice, a core unit, and a roller and accessory case - a $779 value!
  • Reed Art & Imaging - Reed is donating to the winner a $500 credit towards the purchase of a Acrylic Print.
  • Tamron - the camera lens manufacturer is donating to the winner a 45mm f/1.8 Di VC lens- a $599 value!
  • QT Luong is donating a limited edition copy of his award winning photo book, "Treasured Lands."  Treasured Lands is a book about all the 61 U.S. national parks with location/photography notes for each photograph. This limited edition version is valued at $245.

Ian Plant - Visual Flow in Landscape Photography

Welcome to Episode 127 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features one of my favorite photographers and photography personalities - Ian Plant.

Ian travels the globe seeking out amazing places and subjects in his never-ending quest to capture the beauty of our world with his camera. Ian seeks out the hidden spaces in between the familiar, relying on long exposures, unique lighting conditions, non-traditional perspectives, and special natural events to show his subjects in a new light. Known for his inspiring images and single-minded dedication to creating the perfect photo, Ian has reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world in his mission to inspire and educate others in the art of photography. Ian is a frequent contributor to many leading photo magazines, the author of numerous books and instructional videos, and co-founder of Shuttermonkeys, a site dedicated to photography education and inspiration.

Check out the full liner notes with links to the artists mentioned in the episode, Patreon, and the discount code for Ian's amazing videos -- all over on the Matt Payne Photography Blog

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