Matt Payne Photography Blog: The Trouble With Making Photography Your Job - A Conversation With Dan Cook

January 20, 2021  |  UK

Welcome to episode 196 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast, I had a wonderful conversation with U.K. Photographer Dan Cook. Dan won an award in the 2014 Landscape Photographer of the Year contest, which was quite early on in his career as a photographer. He works full-time in the construction industry and uses photography as a way to get into the outdoors and escape urbanism.

Dan and I discuss some interesting topics this week, including:
  • How he got into landscape photography,
  • His award in the 2014 Landscape Photographer of the Year contest,
  • The challenge and dilemma of focusing your passion in photography into a full-time job,
  • The psychological challenges within photography,
  • Social media's impact on photography,
  • Selling prints,
  • And much, much more.

Over on Patreon this week, Dan and I discuss his trip to Nepal and the incredible experiences he had photographing that country.


Here are the photographers that Dan recommended on the podcast:

1. Kevin Russ.

2. Ellie Davis.

3. Tom Hegen.


Other items mentioned on the show:

1. Podcast Magazine feature on our show (you have to subscribe for free first).


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Please find a transcript of this week's episode below: