Matt Payne Photography Blog: Ethical Location Sharing In Landscape Photography

January 1, 2020

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...

Also, 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:

2. Jeremy Woodhouse:

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We have reached the end of the timeline for nominations for our Landscape Conservation Award.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors for the Landscape Conservation Award!

Thanks to Luka and the PhotoHound team for also sponsoring the award by giving the winner a lifetime membership. You guys are amazing!


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 of this backpack. 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.

Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.

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Please find a transcript of today's podcast episode below: