Matt Payne Photography Blog: A Conversation With Carl Van Den Boom On The F-Stop Collaborate And Listen Podcast - November 27, 2019

Welcome to Episode 136 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer who created a niche product designed for winter photographers - the founder and owner of Vallerret Photography Gloves, Carl van den Boom.
Carl and I had a wonderful conversation and explored several interesting topics this week, including:

  • What Carl loves about winter photography.
  • Starting a photography business, including:
    • How to start
    • Picking a niche
    • Standing out
    • Finding clients
    • Challenges

Over on Patreon this week, Carl answers the question - "should you start a photography business?"

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. 

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

I'm excited to announce a special offer. One thing I love about my podcast is the opportunity to collaborate with other photographers who are doing good things in the world. One such individual that I want to tell you about is Phill Monson. He organizes trash clean-ups and makes amazing clothing and stickers to inspire others to do similarly great things in the outdoors.As such, I am running a special offer over on Patreon in conjunction with Phill Monson and his amazing Entrada Outdoor Company! Until December 6th, new Patrons of the podcast at the "F-Stop Gods and Goddesses" contribution level will receive a new Entrada Outdoor Company "Leave It Better Than You Found It" Hat of your choice.If you're already a patron at that level or higher on December 6th, you'll also get a hat! Thanks for supporting the podcast and supporting other photographers doing great things!

Here are the photographers that Carl recommended for the podcast:

1. Vernon Deck.

2. Cat Coquillette.

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via 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. 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.

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:

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!


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.


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.


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!


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 photograph. 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.


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2019, Andalsnes, Norway, Romdalshorn, Sunrise, Trollvegen, moutnains, refelctions, sunset
2019, Vallerret, Voss, flash, snowboarding, winter
Voss, manual, morten knapstad, speed riding, valllerret, winter
2018, Ipsoot, Norway, Vallerret, Voss, tvinefossen, winter
2018, Markhof 2.0, Norway, Vallerret, Vikafjellet