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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.

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! 

Paul Reiffer - Phase One, Instawrecking, and Landscape Photography Icons

Welcome to Episode 137 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a landscape photographer from the United Kingdom, Paul Reiffer. Paul uses Phase One digital backs as his camera of choice and produces some absolutely stunning work. I was first drawn to Paul through a blog post he wrote this summer entitled "Photographers, Instagrammers - Stop Being So Damn Selfish and Disrespectful."
Paul and I had a wonderful conversation and explored several interesting topics this week, including:

  • Why and how Paul got into photographing with Phase One medium format cameras.
  • Paul's journey into photography from the corporate world.
  • His article on how photographers are trashing locations; Nature First Photography.
  • Social comparison theory.
  • Why Paul takes photos and his take on compositing.
  • Paul's take on iconic locations.
  • and a lot more...

Over on Patreon this week, Paul explains why he uses Capture One as his RAW editor of choice. 

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

For the full liner notes - head on over to my blog

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

“Public Lands Hate You” - Shaming and Policing Instagram - does it work?

Welcome to Episode 107 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with the person behind the popular Instagram account "Public Lands Hate You!" 

Over the past year, the Instagram account "Public Lands Hate You" has grown exponentially in popularity as we have been seeing more and more people in public land doing things that are damaging these places we all cherish as landscape photographers. "Public Lands Hate You" re-shares photos that are posted to Instagram that showcase people engaging in behavior that is either illegal or is damaging to public lands. 

We had a really fascinating and engaging conversation about why they created Instagram account, what their goal is for the account, their methodologies for showcasing illegal and bad behavior in the outdoors, the psychology behind some of the behavior we see in the outdoors, how to change behavior, the use of shaming vs. education, backlash they have received since creating the account, and a lot more. You can see examples of some of his posts below. 


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, "Public Lands Hate You" shares some fascinating stories about some of the accounts they have interacted with on Instagram and what some of the effects of those interactions were.

To learn more about Public Lands Hate You, check out their website and Instagram account:

Website.

Instagram.

"Public Lands Hate You" recommended listeners check out the account of "everchanginghorizon" on Instagram as a potential future guest. 

They also recommended other Instagram accounts similar to his, including:

We are doing something new over on Patreon. Patrons of the podcast are encouraged to participate in our themed photo contests by submitting them to the "community board" on our Patreon Page. The theme for the last two weeks was "Earth Day." We had some really fantastic submissions on Patreon, including my favorite from Mark Clafshenkel, Mark posted an image of Exit Glacier in Alaska that really blew me away. You should all check it out! It has everything, in my opinion. A great foreground, a great composition, great light, and a fantastic subject. Most importantly for me, the shot is quite unique! Nice job Mark! Here is what Mark had to say about it: "Here's a favorite hike along Exit Glacier toward the 300 mile long, 100 mile wide Harding Ice Field. It's a 9 mile roundtrip hike with an elevation gain of about 3300 feet."

All right - let's talk about the theme for the next two weeks. I want to see your photos that best represent a subject that is "back-lit." I'll send the winner some awesome stickers that Phill Monson created. 

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. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go!


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

Charles A. Zimmerman (CAZ) - Landscape Photography in the American Southwest

Welcome to Episode 104 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Charles Zimmerman!
Charles A. Zimmerman (CAZ) is a landscape photographer living in Denver, Colorado - he has been a landscape photographer for many years - he owned his own gallery for 5 years and is an avid visitor of the American Southwest. He is a former lawyer and often finds himself playing devil's advocate on issues relating to landscape photography - something we took full advantage of on the podcast!

In this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Charles to talk about some of the most important topics of our time as photographers, and Charles offers some different perspectives than what you are used to hearing here on the podcast, so I highly recommend you listen! We talked about:

  • Location overcrowding (and how it may be a positive thing)
  • How to find "secret" places
  • Photographing icons and comp stomping
  • Workshops - how to find a good one and what to expect
  • Advice for photographers

To celebrate the launch of episode 100, we have collaborated with some of our guests to offer discounts of their tutorials and products to new and existing Patrons of the podcast over on Patreon. From March 20 through April 30, 2019, new and existing patrons will receive the following discounts:

1. 20% off Alex Noriega processing tutorial videos (only good for videos released prior to March, 2019)

2. 20% off Michael Shainblum processing tutorial videos

3. 20% off Eric Bennett instructional videos

4. 20% off Joshua Cripps Photography tutorials

5. 20% off Sarah Marino & Ron Coscorossa Nature Photo Guides e-books

6. 20% off Colleen Miniuk-Sperry’s books and eBooks

To get these discounts, simply sign up as a Patron of the podcast at the $5/mo or higher level before April 30, 2019. Your discount codes will revealed after you sign up. 


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, Charles and I talk about his experience setting up a small business, mistakes he made in running his own gallery (and how you can learn from them), and a lot more.

Last week I announced that we are doing a weekly photo theme for patrons of the podcast. The idea is simple - patrons submit their photographs based on the theme of the week and I pick my favorite submission and talk about it on the podcast and on Patreon. We'll try this out and see if people like it! Last week's theme was "Trees in Spring" - there were several really great submissions from Mark Clafshenkel, James Bokovoy, William Nurse, Ryan Shanahan, Joseph Doherty, Jackson Frishman, and Bruce Couch. This week, my favorite submission was from Joseph Doherty. Here is what he said: "I shot it this morning at Malibu Creek State Park in California. My previous, nearly identical, image of this was shot in 2016. This tree was in the path of the Woolsey Fire last year, and three weeks ago, when I last visited, I was unsure whether it survived. But today I saw new growth all over the tree, and so I thought that was worth revisiting the photo I shot a few years ago." Thanks Joe! I really loved that this was taken during the week of the theme and there's just something about the photo that evokes a lot of power that I really appreciate. Let's keep the submissions coming! This week's theme is "Mystery." So get out there and create some art and share it with the group on Patreon!

Here are the photographers that Charles recommended for the podcast:

1. Robert Hitchman.

2. Laurent Martres.

3. Tony Sweet.

4. Adam Schallau.

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. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go!


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

Visit my website for the full liner notes and to see some amazing photographs from CAZ!

Olympian Brent Hayden and the Power of Landscape Photography

Welcome to Episode 101 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Brent Hayden!

Originally from Mission BC, Brent spent 17 years living in Vancouver before he and his wife settled in New Westminster in the summer of 2017. Since he was a child, Brent was just doing the things he fell in love with: swimming and photography. During his 10 year international career, which includes 3 Olympic Games, an Olympic Bronze Medal (2012) and a World Championship Gold Medal (2007), Brent quietly pursued his photography passion in his spare time. After retiring from swimming, Brent has taken on photography and entrepreneurism as a way to re-invent himself after years of training as a world-class athlete.


To celebrate the launch of episode 100, we have collaborated with some of our guests to offer discounts of their tutorials and products to new and existing Patrons of the podcast over on Patreon. From March 20 through April 30, 2019, new and existing patrons will receive the following discounts:

1. 20% off Alex Noriega processing tutorial videos 

2. 20% off Michael Shainblum processing tutorial videos

3. 20% off Eric Bennett instructional videos

4. 20% off Joshua Cripps Photography tutorials

5. 20% off Sarah Marino & Ron Coscorossa Nature Photo Guides e-books

6. 20% off Colleen Miniuk-Sperry’s books and eBooks


We covered some fun topics this week, including:

1. How photography helped Brent win an Olympic medal.

2. Photography and mental health.

3. The benefits of photographing using film instead of digital.

4. Entrepreneurism.

5. Minimalism.

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, Brent and I talked about how to learn from our failures and how that informs creativity.

To learn more about Brent, check him out:

Website.

Instagram.

Here is the photographer that Brent recommended for the podcast:

1. Michael Levin

Some examples of Brent's photography can be seen on my blog.

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. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go!


I want to re-introduce you to one of the podcast's patrons - Anton Averin. He created an amazing luminosity masking panel called Arc Panel. Arc Panel focuses on simplicity and speed. I tried it myself and I found ARCPanel to be the fastest and most intuitive panel out there. ARC Panel provides 16-bit luminosity and saturation masks for lights, darks, midtones and zones, with options to refine and apply them to any kind of adjustment layer. The panel can also perform complex luminosity masking techniques including Frequency Separation, Orton Effect and Dodge/Burn. Anton just released a version 2.0, which has speed improvements and an awesome new feature – color masks with full selection control. Take your editing to the next level with his great panel. 
You can try it for free on https://arcpanel.averin.photo


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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