Matt Payne Photography Blog

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

Monetization in Landscape Photography
December 5, 2022  |  Israel

One of the most common questions I hear from other photographers is, "how can I monetize my photography?" It's a complicated question with many valid answers. Most importantly, it's crucial for photographers to understand some of the complex underpinnings, psychological challenges, ethical questions, and the impacts on creativity that often accompany monetization in landscape photography...

Think Like an Economist to Improve Your Photography
November 28, 2022  |  Germany

Learning about other subjects such as philosophy, psychology, economics, and geology can all make you a better photographer and also a better businessperson in your photography. I'm a strong advocate for cross-disciplinary study to make yourself a more well-rounded person, which I think makes you a better photographer...

Surrender Yourself to the Landscape - A Conversation with Alister Benn
November 21, 2022  |  Scotland

Finding ways to engage with nature and landscape photography in a way that goes beyond simply capturing the natural beauty of nature can be a huge challenge that a lot of photographers struggle with...

An Obsession with Joshua Tree National Park
November 14, 2022  |  Joshua Tree National Park

Focusing on one geographic area has many tremendous advantages for nature and landscape photographers. It can provide familiarity with your subjects, light, times of day, and so much more which is often overlooked by most folks...

Exploration of the Grand Canyon with Rich Rudow
November 7, 2022  |  Grand Canyon National Park

Dedication to a single area in your landscape photography can yield incredible results and keep you immersed and engaged as a photographer for a lifetime.

This week on Episode 290 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast, I had a wonderful conversation with landscape photographer and canyoner Rich Rudow about his adventures in the Grand Canyon in Arizona and how he has developed a life-long relationship with this spectacular place...

Artists Asking Artists #3 - Guy Tal & Alex Noriega
October 31, 2022  |  Creativity World

We are back with our third installment of the Artists Asking Artists Series on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast.

This week's podcast, Episode 289, features two of my favorite nature and landscape photographers, Guy Tal and Alex Noriega...

Discovering Little Surprises in Nature Photography
October 24, 2022  |  Nature

Small scenes in nature photography are like finding little surprises to explore visually with the camera. They can lead to an enriching relationship with nature and photography and expand a photographer's appreciation for light, subjects, and field craft...

Artists Asking Artists #2 - David Thompson & Candee Watson
October 17, 2022  |  Color Cast Island

Providing a platform for landscape and nature photographers to be able to engage with each other is one of the most amazing things that my podcast has afforded. As such, I developed the Artists Asking Artists Series and it was an honor facilitating our second installment!

This week on the podcast I was joined by co-host Candee Watson to discuss all things Landscape Photography with David Thompson...

Staying True to Yourself in Nature Photography
October 10, 2022  |  Ireland

It can be hard not to chase the latest trend in nature photography, whether that be social media trends, editing trends, locations, and more; however, today's guest on my podcast has managed to find a way to stay true to his roots while focusing on what he's good at...

Using Photography to Process Grief
October 3, 2022  |  Australia

Grief and the grieving process are an integral part of the human condition, yet so few of us have a solid grasp on how to engage in it or talk about it. I believe art and creativity can be a helpful gateway to help with this...

In Defense of the American Pika
September 26, 2022  |  Southwest Colorado

The American Pika is one of my favorite creatures found in the wilderness of Colorado. It is a small, adorable creature that is about 6 or 7 inches in length and is known for its high-pitch chirping sound and cute face...

ICM and Multiple Exposure Nature Photography
September 19, 2022  |  United Kingdom

This week on the podcast I had a wonderful conversation with Valda Bailey. Valda is a UK photographer specializing in intentional camera movement (ICM) and multiple exposure work, which she often combines as part of her workflow...

An Appreciation of Dark Skies in Landscape Photography
September 12, 2022  |  California

Dark skies are an important part of the natural world and are paramount in the success of every night photographer that exists. As such, it was a fabulous honor to discuss an appreciation of dark skies, night photography, and many other subjects with the guest of this week's episode of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast...

Nature Photography as a Lifelong Pursuit
September 5, 2022  |  La Verkin, Utah

When nature photography is seen as an integral part of our life, it takes on new meaning and provides focus for our true goals with this artistic medium. As such, it was a fabulous honor to discuss this among many other topics with the guest of this week's episode of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast...

Psychedelics & Abstraction in Nature Photography
August 29, 2022

Nature and Landscape Photography can be a journey filled with introspection and is often positively augmented and influenced by various experiences we have in life. Discussing these experiences with other photographers brings me a lot of happiness, so I was excited to speak to this week's guest on my podcast about his experiences with psychedelics, reading books, and going on long personal journeys and how those experiences have influenced his work...

Building a Photography Website
August 22, 2022

Building a photography website can be a complicated and time-consuming process and can end up costing you thousands upon thousands of dollars and countless hours of your precious time if you don't do it correctly...

The Pursuit of Happiness Through Nature Photography
August 15, 2022  |  Australia

Modern society has, for better or worse, influenced the adoption of wide-scale consumerism. This shift is relatively new for our species, and marketing experts have tapped into human psychology to maximize our desire to purchase and consume goods...

Easter Weekend at White Sands National Park
August 11, 2022  |  White Sands National Park, New Mexico

On Easter weekend of 2022, I took my first trip to White Sands National Park in New Mexico to make some photographs. I enjoy the challenge of photographing a new place sight unseen. With expectations low, I ventured into the park and tried to unleash my curiosity and creativity...

Using Photography as a Vehicle for Personal Growth
August 8, 2022

One of the best things about nature and landscape photography is that it can provide added purpose to our lives and improve us as human beings.

As such, it was an honor to speak with black and white photographer Richard Boutwell on this week's episode of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen...

The Thrill of Storm Chasing
August 1, 2022  |  New Mexico

This week on the podcast I had the pleasure of speaking with storm and landscape photographer, Tim Baca.
Tim was recommended to me by one of my favorite photographers and humans - Wayne Suggs and so I was quite excited to chat with him...

Exploring Arizona with Joel Hazelton
July 25, 2022  |  Arizona

I have a deep respect for photographers who set out to do their own thing unabashedly. One such photographer is Joel Hazelton, who is widely known by his fellow Arizona landscape photographers as having one of the most prolific and unique Arizona portfolios around...

Artists Asking Artists #1 - Hans Strand & Eric Bennett
July 18, 2022

Providing photographers a platform through which they can converse with one of their heroes is something I have wanted to try on my podcast for a long time.

Other artists can inspire us to become better photographers and to take risks with our work...

The History of Lightroom and Photoshop
July 11, 2022

I personally think that knowledge about the history of our craft as photographers can be quite useful, if not fun to learn about. As such, it was really quite a blast to chat with this week's guest on my podcast, Jeff Schewe...

Overcoming Depression Through Nature Photography
July 4th, 2022

According to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year, and 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14...

Unlocking the Puzzle of the Forest
June 27, 2022  |  Vancouver, British Columbia

Photographing the forest can be one of the most challenging things a nature and landscape photographer can do, which is why I was super excited to chat with this week's guest on my podcast.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by Tristan Todd, a landscape photographer from Vancouver, British Columbia...

Mentorship - A Conversation with Colin Sillerud
June 20, 2022

Mentorship can be an important aspect to facilitate growth in nature photography. What kinds of workshops we choose to attend and the type of photographer we choose to learn from can also be instrumental in our growth process in photography...

Creating Unique Nature Photos
June 13, 2022  |  The Netherlands

Creating unique nature photography is easier said than done. That's why I was excited for this week's podcast episode.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by none other than Theo Bosboom...

Eight Useful Ways to Describe and Measure Photography
June 6th, 2022

How we talk about photography can often be wrought with controversy, hurt feelings, and leaves a lot to be desired for those seeking authentic feedback. When I came across the writings of today's guest on Episode 268 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast, Michael Rubin (or just Rubin for short), it was eye-opening for me...

Photography from the South Pole
May 30, 2022  |  South Pole

How our interests in life inspire our photographic journey is an important ingredient that helps forge who we are as photographers. As such, I had an awesome time talking with these week's guest on episode 267 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast about how he mixes his study of science with his passion for photography...

The Journey of the New Photographer
May 23, 2022

The journey of a new photographer can take many paths, but it is in our early years that the foundation is developed and the direction of our work begins. As such, I had an awesome time talking with these week's guest on episode 266 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast about his journey as a new landscape photographer...

Passion for the Woodland
May 16, 2022

Focusing our nature photography on the subjects we love and care about most can yield the most powerful and personal results. As such, I was thrilled to record episode 265 of the podcast due to our guest's focus on his passion for the woodland...

Combining Music, Writing, and Photography
May 9, 2022

How we choose to share our work with the public for maximum impact is a topic of great interest to me.

This week on episode 264 of the podcast, I was joined by a photographer living in Germany, Holger Mischke...

Curating Your Photography
May 2, 2022

Curating your photography is one of the most important skills you can develop as a nature and landscape photographer. This skill helps you narrow down your work so that only the best of the best images are showcased, and helps you to develop your skills as you grow as a photographer...

A Voyage of Discovery in Photography
April 25, 2022

Photography can be a life-long pursuit that takes many shapes, sizes, and paths. On today's podcast episode, we explore the path of David Southern, a photographer living on the coast of northeast United Kingdom...

Finding Your Why in Photography
April 18, 2022

Finding your why as a photographer is a noble life-long pursuit that can lead to many wonderful and satisfying years of creative exploration and output. On today's podcast, we are joined by nature photographer Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero to discuss her journey as a photographer and her pursuit of finding her why...

Judging Nature Photography
April 11, 2022

Judging nature photography competitions is often a controversial subject among the landscape and nature photography community. Why certain photographs are chosen over others is often a subject of great passion and debate among those that enter competitions...