F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

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

Drew Armstrong - All About Drone Photography!

Welcome to episode 162 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode features a photographer hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah - he's a great guy and a supporter of the show. Our guest is an absolute master of drone photography, including cityscapes, landscapes, architecture, night-time, and everything in between. We had a wonderful time chatting all about drones. Without further ado, welcome Drew Armstrong to the show! Drew and I had a wonderful conversation this week and dove deep into the world of drones, including:

  • Why Drew likes using drones for his photography.
  • How to choose a drone for your photography.
  • Getting a Part 107 License for drone photography.
  • How to deal with people yelling at you while piloting.
  • What to do about losing or crashing your drone.
  • Governmental regulations around drone photography.
  • ... and much, much more

Over on Patreon this week, Drew shares his experience raising his transgender son and how that has impacted his photography work.

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Here are the people Drew recommended for the podcast:

1. Kirk Keyes.

2. MaryBeth Kiczenski.

3. Jahn Muracki.

4. Vic Moss.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Out of Moab. Use the code, "PAYNE" for $250 off.

2. Out of Acadia. Use the code, "PAYNE" for $250 off.

3. Gary Randall Kenai Peninsula 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

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! 

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

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