Matt Payne Photography Blog

Here you will find various articles relating to my photography, including liner notes for my podcast, "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," tutorials, product reviews, trip reports, and my other writing.

Fine Art Landscape & Nature Photography Black Friday Sale
November 20, 2020

Celebrate the beauty of Nature this Holiday season and support one of your favorite artists at the same time by purchasing one or more fine art landscape & nature artwork pieces for yourself or as a gift for family and friends! I know a lot of us are struggling due to COVID-19 and I totally understand if you're not in a place to be able to buy today...

Finding Your Own Path in Landscape Photography as a Hobbyist - A Conversation with Tara Workman
November 18, 2020
Welcome to episode 187 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a hobbyist photographer known as My Bajan Eye on Instagram - Tara Workman.

Despite her self-proclamation as being a hobbyist, Tara's photography is some of the best you'll find these days...

Using Photography for Conservation - A Conversation with Jerry Monkman
November 11, 2020
Welcome to episode 186 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by conservationist, author, filmmaker, and photographer, Jerry Monkman.

Jerry is revered in the Northeast United States as a photography powerhouse, having authored eight books which have inspired many to take up photography in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont...

Judging the Epson Pano Awards - A Conversation with Juan Pablo de Miguel
November 4, 2020
Welcome to episode 185 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week on the podcast, I had a wonderful time chatting with our first guest from Spain, Juan Pablo de Miguel.

Juan Pablo is a long-standing judge for the Epson Pano Awards, a photography educator, and fantastic landscape photographer located in Madrid Spain...

Remembering Jack Curran - A Panel Conversation on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
October 28, 2020
Welcome to episode 184 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week on the podcast, I invited several past guests to join me in honoring the life and photography of another former guest, Jack Curran...
My Favorite Colorado Fall Photographs - 2020
October 25, 2020

Nearly every year for the past nine years, I have embarked on a multi-day journey to photograph one of my favorite subjects here in Colorado - autumn and fall colors. Each trip holds a special place in my memory...

A Conversation with Ben Williamson - Photographing New England & Working for Down East Magazine
October 21, 2020
Welcome to episode 183 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week on the podcast, I had a wonderful conversation with a photographer that I have long admired from afar. Ben Williamson hails from the state of Maine and has amassed a fantastic collection of what he mostly describes as "scenic" photography from New England...

Landscape Photography & Ecological Science - A Conversation with Michael Remke
October 14, 2020
Welcome to episode 182 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week on the podcast I recorded a socially-distanced, in-person podcast episode with my friend, fellow Durango resident, and fellow photographer, Michael Remke...

Conversations with Nature - Catching Up with Eric Bennett on the Podcast
October 7, 2020
Welcome to episode 181 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week on the podcast I sat down and visited with one of our first guests, Eric Bennett.

Eric is arguably one of the best landscape photographers of the past decade...

Helping Veterans Heal Through Photography - A Conversation with George McCane.
September 30, 2020
Welcome to episode 180 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

For this week's episode of the podcast I had a conversation with a photographer who uses photography to help veterans suffering from various ailments in Austin, Texas - George McCane...
Collaborating with Interior Designers as Photographers - a Conversation with Nicoli Alexander
September 23, 2020
Hey everyone!

Welcome to episode 179 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

For this week's episode of the podcast I sat down and had a long conversation with a wonderful interior designer living in Denver, Colorado - Nicoli Alexander...
Finding Your Vision as a Landscape Photographer - A Conversation with Cole Thompson
September 16, 2020
Hey everyone!

Welcome to episode 178 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

For this week's episode of the podcast I finally got the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with one of my favorite black and white photographers and someone whom I have always admired, Cole Thompson...
A Conversation with Marc Muench - Lessons Learned from Teaching Landscape Photography
September 9, 2020

Welcome to episode 177 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

For this week's episode of the podcast I was able to sit down and chat with none other than Marc Muench.

Marc is an internationally renowned landscape photographer with eleven book titles to his name...
Landscape Photography as a Tool to Manage Depression - A Conversation with Jerad Armijo
September 2, 2020
Welcome to episode 176 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer living in Portland, Oregon - Jerad Armijo.

Jerad possesses a rare condition known as chromesthesia which he uses to augment his landscape photography experiences and processes to create images that are unique to him...

Balancing Professional Photography with a Full-Time Job - A Conversation with Felix Inden
August 26, 2020
Welcome to episode 175 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer from Germany. His multi-cultural background and laid-back attitude lend to a fantastic body of amazing imagery...
A Conversation with Brie Stockwell on Setting Goals to Improve your Landscape Photography
August 19, 2020
Welcome to episode 174 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer new to the scene who has been absorbing as much as she possible can in 2020 to become a better photographer - Brie Stockwell...
A Conversation with David Brookover on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
August 12, 2020

Welcome to episode 173 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer who has owned their own gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming since 2001 - David Brookover...

A Conversation with Elisabeth Brentano on Wanderlust in the American West
August 5, 2020

Welcome to episode 172 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer and videographer who has found a niche in combining her passions for story telling, writing, and photography to make a living in the landscape photography arena...

A Conversation with William Neill - Reflecting on 40 Years of Landscape Photography
July 29, 2020

Welcome to episode 171 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer who probably does not need much introduction as he is widely considered one of the most accomplished modern landscape and nature photographers...
A Conversation with Joseph Roybal on the Power of Relationships in Landscape Photography
July 22, 2020

Welcome to episode 170 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer living in Denver Colorado.

Joseph Roybal focuses on landscape photography and successfully partners with a variety of product brands by marrying his photographic skills with his people skills to make a living in the craft of photography...
Introversion and Solitude - A Conversation with Margaret Soraya on F-Stop Collaborate and Listen
July 15, 2020

Welcome to episode 169 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a landscape photographer living in the highlands of Scotland.

Margaret Soraya is immensely talented and focused on harnessing the power of solitude to produce stunning work in nature’s quiet places...

The Relationship Between Photographic Art and Science - A Conversation with Manuel Palacios
July 8, 2020

Welcome to episode 168 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a landscape photographer and scientist hailing from upstate New York - Manuel Palacios. Manuel has a wonderful body of landscape photography work on his website and I have always appreciated his Instagram feed...

The Passion of Colorado Through Landscape Photography - A Conversation with Todd Caudle
July 1, 2020

Welcome to episode 167 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer I have been following for many, many years and have had many interactions with on social media over the years...

A Conversation with Ethan Deshaies on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
June 24, 2020

Welcome to episode 166 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features an "up-and-comer" named Ethan Deshaies. Ethan is a 20-year-old college student studying abroad in New Zealand (lucky!) and has some fresh perspectives on photography as an art-form...

Epic Astro-landscape Photography Panel Discussion from Out of Chicago LIVE!
June 17, 2020

Welcome to episode 165 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

One of Mike Taylor's "EPIC" astro-landscape photography creations

This week's episode comes to you from the Out of Chicago LIVE event that I took part in back in April...

The Healing Power of Landscape and Nature Photography
June 14, 2020

Most people enjoy spending time in nature and looking at landscape and nature photography, but for many of us, we can't quite put our finger on why. Fortunately, there is some incredible research that has been conducted that showcases the many benefits of being in nature and looking at images of nature...

Discovering the Contemplative Style of Landscape Photography with John Barclay
June 10, 2020

Welcome to episode 164 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a landscape photographer whom I have admired for a long time - John Barclay. John hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is a fantastic photographer, musician, and a great guy...

A Conversation with Nick Carver - Soul-Searching for Personally Meaningful Photographs
June 3, 2020

Welcome to episode 163 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a landscape and architecture photographer living in Orange County, California. Nick Carver has been entrenched in photography since 2006 when he dove head first into business side of photography where he was met with many challenges...

All About Drone Photography with Drew Armstrong on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
May 27, 2020

Welcome to episode 162 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a photographer hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah - he's a great guy and a supporter of the show...

A conversation with Christian Fletcher on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
May 20, 2020

Welcome to episode 161 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week features an incredible landscape photographer hailing from Western Australia, Christian Fletcher. Christian was the very first winner of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year award in 2014 and his work continues to inspire many people across the globe...

Women in Landscape Photography: A Panel Discussion
May 13, 2020

Welcome to episode 160 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week features a very special panel conversation with some amazing landscape photographers. In this week's episode, we explore gender issues in the landscape photography industry from the perspective of our fabulous panel of women, including:

Sandra BartochaViktoria HaackJessie JohnsonDani LefrançoisSarah MarinoAnna MorganVarina PatelJennifer Renwick

Various topics that we covered include:

Balancing photography and familyPursuing a career in landscape or nature photography as a womanSpending time in nature aloneRepresentation of women in the landscape photography industryAdvice for other women that wish to pursue landscape and nature photographyPositive changes in the landscape photography industry for women...
A Conversation About Creating Personal Landscape Photography Work with Brooks Jensen
May 6, 2020

Welcome to episode 159 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's amazing guest is none other than Brooks Jensen, someone I have admired for many years. Brooks Jensen is a fine-art photographer, publisher, workshop teacher, and writer...

Photography Business After COVID-19 - A Conversation with Toni Toreno
April 29, 2020

Welcome to episode 158 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's amazing guest is Toni Toreno, the founder of the PNW Photo Summit and Bend Photo Tours.

This week we covered a wide variety of topics, including:

How Toni has been pivoting after the realities of COVID-19 have set in and how she is adapting her conference business as a result...
Music vs. Landscape Photography - A Conversation with Jon Whitaker
April 22, 2020

Welcome to episode 157 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

I am sure you noticed some different intro music this week. That is because it is the music of this week's guest, Jon Whitaker...

Gaia GPS Tutorial for Landscape Photographers
April 17, 2020

One of my absolute must-have phone applications for landscape photography, backpacking, and hiking is Gaia GPS. I have been a power user of the app for several years and it has been a vital part of my landscape photography workflow...

A conversation with Sarah Lyndsay on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
April 14, 2020

Welcome to Episode 156 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week, I had a fantastic conversation with Sarah Lyndsay. Sarah Lyndsay is a Canadian landscape, portrait, and wedding photographer and Instagram star...