Matt Payne Photography Blog: Commercial And Landscape Photography Tips

October 9, 2019

Welcome to Episode 129 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer who has taken his passion for landscape photography and built a commercial photography business out of it. Dan Hawk is a Portland, Oregon photographer and former full-time bank employee who decided to use his knowledge he gained in the business world to create a niche commercial photography business for himself.

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

  • His journey as a landscape photographer.
  • How Dan created his commercial photography business after starting as a landscape photographer.
  • Dan's involvement in a camera strap company called Luma Labs.
  • How to value our work as photographers.
  • ...lots more!

On Patreon this week:

  • Dan and I discuss the challenges between the need for creativity and business acumen and how sometimes its hard to separate the two. A memorable quote from Dan, "Selling and creating are not the same thing..."

By the way, I'm really excited to announce that I have officially joined as an instructor at the esteemed Landscape Photography Conference, Out of Chicago. I'll be joining them for three conferences this year - Out of Moab, Out of Acadia, and Out of Yosemite. Out of Yosemite will be February 5-9, 2020. I will be teaching, recording podcasts, and hosting panel discussions with some of our favorite photographers and past guests, including Alex Noriega, Coleen Miniuk, Charlotte Gibb, Jack Curran, Michael Frye, and more. I hope to see you there! If you're interested in attending, follow the link in the liner notes and use the code "fstop250" for $250 off your registration.

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

      Here are the photographers that Dan recommended for the podcast:

      1. Hudson Henry.

      2. Steve Yocom.

      3. Alexa Hope.

      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:

      Shimoda Designs is an adventure camera bag company that produces some of the most amazing bags and equipment for landscape and adventure photographers! Shimoda founder Ian Millar is a lifelong explorer, snowboarder and product designer known for developing some of the most innovative camera bags in the world. Shimoda is his new venture which represents the culmination of all his experiences and utilizes the most advanced materials and technologies available to minimize the pain, fatigue and suffering that comes with foul mountain conditions. Shimoda products are a direct reflection and reaction to the outdoor lifestyle that Ian and his adventure photographer friends love so much. Shimoda is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a bag of their choice, core unit, 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.

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

      Please find a transcript of this podcast below:

      Abbey Creek Winery, Bertony, Commercial, wine
      Oceanside, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Sunrise, Waves
      #communitynotcompetition, #pdxeats, May 2nd, PDX, Pips,, donuts
      Falls Creek Falls
      Frozen Waterfalls, Ice, Waterfall, Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8, sony A7riii
      Luma Labs, Sony A7rII, Steens, Wildhorse lake