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."

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...

Flow States for Photography - A Conversation with Ben Maze
April 4, 2022  |  Australia

This week I was joined by an Aussie landscape and nature photographer, Ben Maze. Ben is quickly becoming one of my favorite photographers as well as one of the most genuine and thoughtful members of our community...

The Wilderness Society and Landscape Photography
March 28, 2022  |  Wilderness Areas

The protection and expansion of wilderness areas is something of great importance for landscape and nature photographers. These spaces provide critical habitat to a multitude of plant and animal species, help to keep our air and water clean, offer a path forward for much needed expansion of biodiversity, and are essential to combating climate change...

Photography as Art that Conveys an Idea - A Conversation with Serena Dzenis
March 21, 2022  |  Iceland

Welcome to episode 257 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a lens-based artist named Serena Dzenis who is originally from Australia but now lives in Iceland...

Metal Wall Art
March 17, 2022  |  Colorado

Metal wall art is becoming a very popular decor choice for those looking for modern, crisp, and contemporary fine art without the exorbitant costs often associated with large wall art found in galleries...

A Conversation with Francesco Carovillano - Trying to Fail Better in Photography
March 14, 2022

Welcome to episode 256 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a travel, landscape, and stock photographer from Italy, now residing in France, Francesco Carovillano...

Lying About Landscape Photography
March 9, 2022

Editing of photography is as old as the artform itself and is widely accepted as a means of artistic expression. The topic has almost always been at the forefront of any conversations about photography's legitimacy as an art form since I can remember...

Creating Personally Meaningful Projects in Photography and Filmmaking with Ashlei Payne
March 7, 2022  |  Greenland

Welcome to episode 255 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a photographer and film-maker who lives in California but travels internationally to focus on projects of personal importance - Ashlei Payne...

What is Fine Art America?
March 6, 2022
Fine Art America: What It Is and Isn't

As a solo small business owner, it is sometimes hard to compete against giants like Amazon and Fine Art America (FAA) when it comes to selling fine art prints, art d├ęcor, and wall art...

Confidence and Learning from Failure in Nature Photography - A Conversation with Peter Coskun
February 28, 2022  |  Arizona

Welcome to episode 254 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a landscape photographer living near the Sonoroan Desert of Arizona - Peter Coskun...

A Humble Journey into Landscape Photography - A Conversation with Mitch Dobrowner
February 21, 2022  |  Galleries and Museums

Welcome to episode 253 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a fine art black and white photographer who has broad museum and gallery representation - Mitch Dobrowner...

Minimalistic Landscape Photography - A Conversation with Julia Redl
February 14, 2022  |  Germany

Welcome to episode 252 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by a German landscape photographer who excels at making quiet and intimate photographs that spark the imagination - Julia Redl...

Making Unique and Personally-Expressive Photographs - A Conversation with Rachael Talibart
February 7, 2022  |  United Kingdom

Welcome to episode 251 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast, I was joined by none other than Rachael Talibart, a photographer from the U.K. who is known for her wave and coastal photography...

The Triple Threat of Content Creation - A Conversation with Michael Bonocore
January 31, 2022  |  Boise, Idaho

Welcome to episode 250 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by a travel and landscape photographer hailing from Boise, Idaho - Michael Bonocore...

Art Shows & Color Blindness in Landscape Photography - A Conversation with Nathan St. Andre
January 24, 2022  |  Southwest Utah

Welcome to episode 249 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by Southwest Utah landscape photographer and biologist, Nathan St. Andre...

Printmaking in Landscape Photography - A Panel Conversation
January 17, 2022

Welcome to episode 248 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by three master printmakers, John Sexton, Joseph Holmes, and Michael Strickland for an engaging panel conversation on printmaking in landscape photography...

Finding Our Voice & Differentiating Ourselves as Artists - A Conversation with John Paul Caponigro
January 10, 2022  |  Cushing, Maine

Welcome to episode 247 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by John Paul Caponigro - a full-time photographer living in the small town of Cushing Maine and the son of legendary photographer Paul Caponigro...

The Lorax of Landscape Photography - A Conversation with Kurt Budliger
January 3, 2022  |  Vermont, USA

Welcome to episode 246 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by Kurt Budliger - a full-time professional photographer from Vermont...

Valuing Education in Fine Art | Curating our Work - A Conversation with Todd Pickering
December 27, 2021  |  Point Reyes, California

Welcome to episode 245 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen with your host Matt Payne.

This week on the podcast I was joined by Todd Pickering - a full-time professional photographer from Point Reyes, California...

My Best Landscape Photographs from 2021
December 22, 2021  |  Utah | Colorado | Oregon | California

As has become customary, I decided to go through and pick out my favorite and best photographs from 2021. 2021 was a really challenging year for me as a photographer, mostly because I was incredibly busy pursuing several projects, including writing a book for CMC Press on the San Juan Mountains of Colorado (due out 2022), organizing and creating the inaugural Natural Landscape Photography Awards, and producing my weekly landscape photography podcast...

A Focus on Women in Landscape Photography - A Conversation with Sarina Jackson
December 20, 2021  |  Sydney, Australia

Welcome to episode 244 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Sarina Jackson - a lawyer and landscape photographer living in Sydney, Australia. Sarina is the co-founder of In Focus Women, a community and podcast created to celebrate and bring together female landscape photographers from around the world...

Experience-Driven Landscape Photography - A Conversation with Murray Livingston
December 13, 2021  |  South Africa

Welcome to episode 243 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Murray Livingston - a South African landscape photographer and freelance architect who actively practices a contemplative style of photography while living out of his off-grid van...

Sticking with Landscape Photography as a Hobby - A Conversation with Jeppe Michael Jensen
December 6, 2021  |  Denmark

Welcome to episode 242 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Jeppe Michael Jensen - a photo-journalist by trade and landscape photographer by hobby living in the country of Denmark...

Landscape Photography and Craft Beer for Good - A Conversation with Jonathan Buford
November 29, 2021  |  Arizona

Welcome to episode 241 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Jonathan Buford - a landscape photographer and the founder & owner of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company...

Authenticity, Artistry and Creativity in Landscape Photograph - A Conversation with William McIntosh
November 22, 2021  |  Southern California

Welcome to episode 240 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by William McIntosh - a landscape photographer and choral music professor at Mt. San Antonio College in Southern California...

Refining Our Vision for Consistency in Landscape Photography - A Conversation with Huibo Hou
November 17, 2021  |  San Diego, CA

Welcome to episode 239 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Huibo Hou - a landscape photographer originally from China now living in San Diego.

Her photography has a very consistent look and feel to it which is something I think that a lot of photographers strive to achieve...

Composition is a Dance! A Conversation with Michael Torkildsen
November 10, 2021

Welcome to episode 238 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Michael Torkildsen - a landscape photographer who has been living on the road since right before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with his eyes on becoming a full-time photographer...

William Neill, Eric Bennett, & Alex Noriega - Curation, Creative Blocks, and Legacy
November 3, 2021
Welcome to episode 237 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by William Neill, Eric Bennett, and Alex Noriega for a casual yet informative conversation that is filled with tidbits of wisdom that I think any landscape and nature photographer can get something out of...

A Conversation with Talor Stone - A Heartfelt Journey into Landscape Photography
October 27, 2021  |  Pensacola, Florida

Welcome to episode 236 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Talor Stone - a PhD researcher and photographer based in Pensacola, Florida. After serving as a federal agent for the United States military, Talor broke from the traditional career path to pursue photography...

Dawn Wilson - Ethics in Nature Photography
October 20, 2021  |  Estes Park, Colorado

Welcome to episode 235 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Dawn Wilson, a wildlife and nature photographer living in Estes Park, Colorado at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park...