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.

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 Lefran├žoisSarah 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...

A conversation with Clay Bolt on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
April 8, 2020

Welcome to Episode 155 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features one of the most inspirational photographers of our generation, in my opinion. He has focused the attention of his lens on things that matter...

A Photography Panel Discussion on COVID-19 - F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
April 1, 2020

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

This week we have assembled a fabulous panel of full-time professional photographers to talk all about their thoughts on the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it is having on the landscape photography industry...

A conversation with Ugo Cei on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
March 25, 2020

Welcome to Episode 153 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features an Italian photographer who produces two podcasts, including "The Travelling Image Makers", and "Closing the Gap...

An Adventure to Grand Canyon National Park and the Desert Southwest in Spring
March 22, 2020

Right before the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, I made plans to go on a week-long landscape photography trip to Arizona with my friends Kane Engelbert and Shane McDermott. We had grandeur plans of spending time in Grand Canyon National Park and other secluded locations in the desert southwest...

A conversation with Scott Walton on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
March 18, 2020

Welcome to Episode 152 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

Coyote Buttes North, Arizona

This week's episode features someone that has been photographing the landscape for over 30 years...

A conversation with J Henry Fair on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
March 11, 2020

Welcome to Episode 151 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

The forested mountains, valleys and streams that once stood here are now buried beneath the overburden from mountaintop removal coal mining...
A conversation with Brenda Tharp on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
March 4, 2020

Welcome to Episode 150 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a fantastic landscape photographer from Santa Rosa, California, Brenda Tharp.

Brenda is a full-time photographer, educator and speaker with a passion for the natural world...

Yosemite National Park in the Winter
February 29, 2020

I recently returned from teaching at the Out of Yosemite conference through the great group Out of Chicago. This was the very first time I have had the opportunity to photography in Yosemite National Park and it was a really great experience...

A conversation with Alex Burke on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
February 26, 2020

Welcome to Episode 149 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

This week's episode features a fellow Coloradoan and Large-format film landscape photographer, Alex Burke. Alex's work is diverse but is largely focused on the mountains of Colorado as well as the plains and prairies of Eastern Colorado...

Live Podcast from the Out of Yosemite Conference
February 19, 2020

Welcome to Episode 148 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode was recorded live at Out of Yosemite. I was lucky to be invited as an instructor and podcast host by the gracious Out of Chicago team...

A Conversation About Sales with Nikki Rausch on the
February 12, 2020

Welcome to Episode 147 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a sales coach known as "The Sales Maven" - Nikki Rausch.

After 25 years of experience selling in the corporate world, Nikki decided to trade in her road warrior status so she could help others sell in a way that builds relationships, creates true connection, and results in more closed deals and long-term clients...

A conversation with Toby Harriman on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
February 5, 2020

Welcome to Episode 146 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode features an incredible aerial and commercial photographer, Toby Harriman. 

Toby and I covered a wide variety of topics this week, including:

How he went from graphic web design to photography...
A conversation with Michael Strickland on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
January 29, 2020

Welcome to Episode 145 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. 

This week's episode features a large and medium format film photographer from western Kansas, Michael Strickland. 

Michael transitioned from digital to film and hasn't looked back...

Maiden Voyage to Canyonlands National Park - a Landscape Photography Adventure
January 28, 2020

It is a bit silly to think that I have been seriously engaged in landscape photography for over a decade and up until this month I had never been to Canyonlands National Park in Utah, which is a short 3...

January 22, 2020

I am really happy to announce the winner of our inaugural "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen" podcast Landscape Conservation Award!

The Award

The goal of this award was to recognize an individual photographer who is highly involved in conservation issues within their local communities or within the landscape and nature photography community...

A conversation with Jerry Greer on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
January 22, 2020

Welcome to Episode 144 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast.

Heads-up! Stay tuned to the end of the show to hear who won our inaugural Landscape Conservation Award!

This week's episode features a landscape photographer from Johnson City, Tennessee, Jerry Greer...

A conversation with Royce Bair on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
January 15, 2020

Welcome to Episode 143 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer that probably needs no introduction - Royce Bair. Royce is one of the pioneers of the modern movement of NightScape photography and runs the popular Facebook Group, NightScaper...

Landscape Photography Education and Creativity - A Panel Discussion
January 8, 2020

Welcome to Episode 142 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode is a special one! I assembled a cadre of some of the most well-respected landscape photographers in North America (our UK and Australian guests could not make it, unfortunately) for a discussion on photography education and creativity...

A conversation with Luka Esenko on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
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...

My Favorite Photos of the decade - 2010 - 2019
December 31, 2019

In the spirit of showcasing my best photos of 2019, I thought it might be fun to look back on a decade of my photography (I got serious about photography in 2010, so the timing is perfect) to show you my favorite photo from each year I have been a photographer...

A conversation with Jonathan Tilley on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
December 24, 2019

Welcome to Episode 140 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a "personal brand strategist" - Jonathan Tilley. Jonathan works with individuals to create customized branding and marketing strategies for their business, whether it be actors, photographers, artists, or small businesses...