F-Stop Collaborate and Listen - A Landscape Photography Podcast

Alex Nail - Photographing Hard to Reach Locations

January 23, 2018

Episode 040 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with England-based landscape photographer Alex Nail! I've been a huge fan of Alex's photography for quite a long time! Alex is also a mountain guy and takes images from hard to reach places that are absolutely inspiring. I first stumbled onto Alex's work when I was a guest editor over on 500px and immediately made one of his photos an editor's choice! Alex is one of the most down-to-earth artists I've spoken to and just oozes authenticity. We had such a great conversation (one of my favorites). 

Alex and I covered some great topics this week, including:

  • How Alex got into Landscape Photography
  • Photographing hard to reach places
  • Time-lapse photography
  • Keeping his work fresh while trying to promote his book without sharing images from the book
  • Critique
  • The "online arms race" for self promotion and its impact on landscape photography
  • The difference in processing styles between USA and European artists

Special announcements: Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! Let’s keep the conversations going! I recently set a goal of $1,000 in monthly contributions which I will use to seed a $1,000 landscape conversation award. This will only be possible if people contribute on Patreon!

Additionally, we have collaborated with The League Magazine. 

$50 supporters of the podcast on Patreon will get you a free subscription to The League if you sign up on Patreon between now and the end of February, 2018. The League subscription would normally cost you $50, so basically you are getting it for free while supporting the podcast!

Supporters already at the $50 level will get the subscription too!

League is an annual collectors’ compendium of unique, thoughtful photographic art comprised primarily of work from the League of Landscape Photographers. Two key principles underpin the publication: contributors espouse a mindful, ethical code of behavior in creating photographic work; and contributors wrestle with or promote dialogue about contemporary issues facing humans and the landscape.

Lastly, I am happy to announce that I'm now a Formatt-Hitech filter ambassador. Listeners to the podcast get 10% off their order if they use the code "PAYNE10" - thanks for supporting the podcast!

To learn more about Alex:

His Website



Here are the artists that Alex would like to hear on the podcast:

Hougaard Malan

Arlid Heitmann

Some examples of Alex's photography can be seen below. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via email, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about.