F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

Juan Pablo de Miguel - Judging the Epson Pano Awards

Welcome to episode 185 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week on the podcast, I had a wonderful time chatting with our first guest from Spain, Juan Pablo de Miguel

Juan Pablo is a long-standing judge for the Epson Pano Awards, a photography educator, and fantastic landscape photographer located in Madrid Spain. 

Juan Pablo and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:

  • His journey from engineering into landscape photography.
  • The role of world travel in his photography.
  • His philosophy on post-processing.
  • The new sky replacement tool in Photoshop.
  • Various business models for landscape photography.
  • The Epson Pano Awards, his role as a judge, what he looks for in good images, and more.
  • ... and more!

I hope you enjoy our conversation.

Other items mentioned on the show:

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

2. Support the show on Patreon.

Here are the photographers that Juan Pablo recommended on the podcast:

1. Paul Apal'kin.

2. Michael Sidofsky.

3. Joel Santos.

4. Enrico Fossati.

5. Merr Watson.

6. Pablo Ruiz Garcia.

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

Ugo Cei - Travel Photography / Coronavirus / Journey into Film

Welcome to Episode 153 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features an Italian photographer who produces two podcasts, including "The Travelling Image Makers", and "Closing the Gap." He runs and manages photography travel tours across the globe and happens to be a really outstanding guy. 

Welcome Ugo Cei to the podcast! 

We had a fun conversation this week and covered a variety of topics, including:

  • Ugo's journey into large format film and what he has learned from it.
  • The impact of the Coronavirus on his business and travel photography.
  • Getting to know a culture.
  • What he has learned about marketing over the years.
  • Staged Travel photography.

P.S. - I was a guest on Ugo's podcast TTIM, back in 2017 and talked about Night Photography.

Over on Patreon this week, join Ugo and I for a discussion about his viral 2015 article, "Will the Real Landscape Photography Please Stand Up?"

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

Here are the photographers Ugo recommended for the podcast:

1. Matt Brandon.

2. Valentina Tamborra.

Other items mentioned on the show:

1. 60-day free trial to NPN.

2. Matt Brandon's article on Trophy Hunting in travel 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.


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

Luka Esenko - Slovenia & Responsible Photo Location Sharing on PhotoHound

Welcome to Episode 141 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a landscape photographer and software developer from Slovenia, Luka Esenko. Luka is the creator of the new photo location app, PhotoHound. Luka also runs photography workshops in Slovenia and you can learn more about those here.

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

  • Luka's upbringing as the son of a published naturalist and the influence of that on his photography.
  • Stories about photographers and the positive impact they are having.
  • Differences between European photography locations and U.S. locations.
  • How to responsibility share photo locations using PhotoHound.
  • Leading tours in Europe and the changes Luka has seen there over the past decade.
  • and a lot more...

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 week, 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 are the photographers Luka recommended for the podcast:

1. Guy Edwardes: https://www.guyedwardes.com/

2. Jeremy Woodhouse: https://www.pixelchrome.com/

Mandy Lea - The Truth Behind Travel Photography

Welcome to Episode 135 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer who has been travelling North American in a teardrop trailer for the past 3.5 years - Mandy Lea
Mandy and I had a wonderful conversation and explored several interesting topics this week, including:

  • How Mandy started on her journey to travel the continent in her teardrop trailer.
  • Her epic trip from the northern-most point of Alaska to the southern-most point of Mexico.
  • What life is really like on the road.
  • How social media has glamorized the travel lifestyle.
  • Her quest to climb 14 Colorado 14ers in 14 days.
  • Her YouTube channel.
  • and a lot more.

Over on Patreon this week, Mandy talks all about how her strategy for monetization of her travel photography lifestyle.

For the full liner notes, head on over to my blog.

Christian Heeb - International Travel Photographer Extraordinaire

Welcome to Episode 123 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a landscape and travel photographer from Switzerland living in Bend, Oregon - Christian Heeb

For years Christian Heeb has been touring the world as an independent travel photographer. The native Swiss has been living in Bend, Oregon since 1996, where he lives with his wife Regula. Over the years, more than 200 illustrated books have been published on the more than 80 countries he has traveled. 

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Christian runs the Cascade Center of Photography and operates landscape and travel workshops all over the world for both US customers and European customers. Christian and I covered a lot of fun ground this week, including:

  • His journey as a photographer.
  • The similarities and differences between travel and landscape photography.
  • Christian's take on location sharing and his role as a workshop leader.
  • The future of photography as a business.
  • His American Dreamscapes series. 

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

If you're a listener and have not yet made a pledge, there's more reasons to pledge now than ever. We have over 80 bonus episodes over on Patreon for anyone supporting the show at the $5/mo level. 

Additionally, 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 current theme, which ends on August 30th, is "Nemesis." I know we all have our own photo nemesis, whether it be a scene we have shot a thousand times that never had good light, or something else. Let's see those awesome shots over on our community board!

Here are the photographers that Christian recommended for the podcast:

1. Greg Vaughn

2. Bruce Jackson.

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.
  • Tim Parkin from ON Landscape magazine.
  • Franka Gabler - a photographer from Croatia living in California.
  • Ian Plant...
  • 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:

Shimoda Designs 

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Shimoda Designs is an adventure camera bag company designed as a reaction to real world adventures rather than those imagined from a comfortable office environment. 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!

Viewbug 

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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.

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

Thomas Heaton - Icons / YouTube / Social Media

Welcome to Episode 087 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Thomas Heaton!

Thomas is a landscape and travel photographer living in North East England with his wife, Charlotte, and  his dog Monty. Thomas enjoys most things that can be done in the outdoors. Second to photography, another passion of Thomas' is rock climbing where he partakes in 3 disciplines; sport, trad & bouldering. Thomas is well-known for his YouTube channel where he has garnered a very large following due to his entertaining and educational videos. 

We covered some fun topics this week, including:

1. Landscape photography tunnel vision and iconic locations.

2. His journey onto the YouTube platform and his advice for others for growing engagement.

3. Social media advice.

4. Grad filters - yay or nay?

5. Location copying and the environmental impacts on those locations.


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, Thomas answered many questions posed in our Facebook group, including his absolute best/favorite landscape photography experiences. We also talk about his displeasure with his Canon setup and what he is considering as an alternative, and staying inspired to shoot locally.

Visit my blog at www.mattpaynephotography.com for the full liner notes and examples of Thomas' amazing photography! Thanks for listening!

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