F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

Felix Inden - Balancing Full-Time Work with Part-Time Professional Landscape Photography

Welcome to episode 175 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode features a photographer from Germany. His multi-cultural background and laid-back attitude lend to a fantastic body of amazing imagery. 

Welcome Felix Inden to the show.

Felix was born in Spain, raised in Chile and Germany, and has a healthy obsession with photographing above the arctic circle. Felix also has a massive following on Instagram, where he showcases his wonderful photography from those places. 
Felix and I discuss some interesting topics, including:

  • How he got his start in landscape photography,
  • Balancing a full-time job with part-time professional photography,
  • Stories of photographing above the arctic circle in Lofoten, the Faroe Islands, etc.,
  • His views and thoughts as an international photographer,
  • Global Elite Photographer
  • Building his following on Instagram,
  • ... and more!

Over on Patreon this week, Felix and I talk about the challenges and rewards of creating video content for a new YouTube channel.

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. Thanks to those of you that have already done this, including Drew Harbaugh, Sarah Marino & Ron Coscorossa, Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero, John Dodson, and Jeffrey Anderson. You're awesome. I've already taken these pledges and reinvested them into the show by purchasing a transcription service, which you can see at the end of each episode's show notes here on the blog. While not 100% accurate, it is pretty slick. Listeners can read & search through it interactively on the widget. The player highlights what word is playing, and you can click to play from any word in the episode. I will soon release a link that allows you to search the entire history of the podcast for keywords as well. Have fun with it!

I hope you enjoy our conversations!

Here are the people that Felix recommended for the podcast:

1. Kilian Schönberger

2. Tobias Hägg

3. Stian Klo

4. Arild Heitmann

5. Bruno Pisani

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

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

Women in Landscape Photography - A Panel Discussion

Welcome to episode 160 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week features a very special panel conversation with some amazing landscape photographers. In this week's episode, we explore gender issues in the landscape photography industry from the perspective of our fabulous panel of women, including:

Various topics that we covered include:

  • Balancing photography and family
  • Pursuing a career in landscape or nature photography as a woman
  • Spending time in nature alone
  • Representation of women in the landscape photography industry
  • Advice for other women that wish to pursue landscape and nature photography
  • Positive changes in the landscape photography industry for women
  • ... and much, much more

Over on Patreon this week, the panel playfully tackles the subject of man-splaining as it relates to landscape photography and how our panelists handle those moments in the field. Be sure to stick around to the end to hear about various special offers and upcoming events that our awesome guests would like you to know about. Let's support them as best as we can!

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

As promised, here are some ways to support our guests.

  • Varina Patel is currently running a spring sale over on Visual Wilderness - you can get deals on tutorials on Focus & Sharpness, Bracketing & Blending, Light & Colors and Macro & Night Photography. Just go to visualwilderness.com/special-offer
  • Dani Lefrançois is running two upcoming workshops - one is a fall color tour of the Canadian Rockies in September 2020 and the other is a tour of Newfoundland in May 2021. Check out the show notes for links to both of those offers.
  • Viktoria Haack is teaching a business of photography course; you can get $50 off by using the code VICTORIAHAACK
  • Sandra Bartocha has a new book entitled Lys - an Intimate Journey to the North which looks really fantastic.
  • Sarah Marino has since launched a YouTube Channel which looks to be quite promising. She's showcasing her techniques for composing smaller, more intimate scenes.
  • Lastly, Jennifer Renwick and her partner David Kingham have been releasing some great webinars on YouTube for photographers through their website Nature Photographer's Network. Check out the show notes for links to all these and a lot more!

Brenda Petrella - Vermont and Outdoor Photography School

Welcome to Episode 131 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. For the full liner notes, visit my website.

This week's episode features a nature photographer and educator living in the State of Vermont - Brenda Petrella. Brenda is the owner of Outdoor Photography School and is a passionate advocate for the Nature First Photography movement. Equipped with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Brenda's goal is to get more women out doing nature and landscape photography. She runs a YouTube channel where she inspires others to love the natural world through photography.
Brenda and I explored several interesting topics this week, including:

  • Her journey as a scientist and making the transition into full-time photography.
  • Why she thinks its important for photographers to unite to protect the subjects we photograph.
  • Her use of the Microsoft Educator Program to create the Human Geography Project.
  • What its like for her to be in Nature.
  • How we can shift our mindset in our culture of consumerism.
  • How to get the next generation excited about photography,
  • and I share a crazy camping story!

On Patreon this week:

  • Brenda and I talk about her approach of non-iconic nature photography - why she chooses, her process, Guy Tal's article on Mindfulness as a photographer, and "forest bathing."

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. 

Also, I wanted to announce the winner of our recent photography contest over on Patreon. The theme was "changing seasons" - we had two submissions this time - from Jarrod Hills and Michael Ryno. In the end I had to pick Michael's photograph of changing fall color here in Colorado. The vibrant colors and excellent composition won me over. Thanks Michael and Jarrod for your submissions!

I also wanted to tell you about one of the podcast's patrons - Anton Averin. He created an amazing luminosity masking panel called Arc Panel. 

You can try it for free at https://arcpanel.averin.photo

I also have some free copies to give away to listeners! To get one, share a post about the podcast on your social media account and send me a note!

One last announcement - I really need your help picking the winner of our inaugural Landscape Conservation Award. We are still accepting nominations until December 31. If you're interested in helping, please send me a note!

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

Here are the photographers that Brenda recommended for the podcast:

1. Melissa Groo 

2. Ashleigh Scully

3. Cristina Mittermeier - Enoughness

4. Amy Gulick

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. 

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

1. Shimoda Designs: Ian and his amazing team at Shimoda have sent me the next generation of their camera backpack, the Action X series. I took it on my recent 11-day fall color photography trip and used it on a 16-mile backpacking overnight and did a review which you can check out in the liner notes. Let's just say I was super impressed with it! 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!

2. Viewbug: 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.

3. Reed Art & Imaging: Reed is a fine art print lab located in Denver, Colorado. They are my print lab of choice for my high-end acrylic prints. Reed is donating to the winner a $500 credit towards the purchase of a Acrylic Print.

4. Tamron: Tamron is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a 45mm f/1.8 Di VC lens- a $599 value!

5. QT Luong: 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 of photograph. This limited edition version is valued at $245.

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

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!

Alister Benn - Expressive Landscape Photography

Welcome to Episode 126 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features one of my favorite photographers hailing from Scotland- Alister Benn

Alister has been teaching landscape photography since 2009. Alister has a refreshing approach and a questioning mind that has formed the foundation of his new photography company, Expressive Photography. Alister is pushing back against the same old teaching approaches used for decades.

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

  • His journey as a landscape photographer.
  • His new company, Expressive Photography.
  • His upcoming partnerships with Alex Noriega, Hans Strand, Ryan Dyar, and Adam Gibbs (to name a few).
  • Established workshop teaching techniques and how they might inhibit creativity.
  • Homogenization in landscape photography.
  • Reconnecting with the landscape - Why are you there?
  • His YouTube Channel
  • ...lots more!

 

Please see the blog at www.mattpaynephotography.com for the full liner notes!

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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