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.

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...

My Best Twelve Photos from 2019 - A Landscape Photography Journey
December 21, 2019

2019 was an interesting year for me as a landscape photographer. When I look back on my journey this year, I am struck by the fact that I only really got out to take photos seriously six times over the course of the entire year...

A conversation with Jeff Bartlett on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
December 18, 2019

Welcome to Episode 139 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features an adventure and landscape photographer living in Canmore, Alberta near Banff National Park, Jeff Bartlett...

A conversation with Maria Grace on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
December 11, 2019

Welcome to Episode 138 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a former photographer turned SEO and Marketing expert, Maria Grace.
Maria and I had a wonderful conversation and explored several interesting topics this week, including:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)...
A conversation with Paul Reiffer on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
December 4th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 137 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a landscape photographer from the United Kingdom, Paul Reiffer. Paul uses Phase One digital backs as his camera of choice and produces some absolutely stunning work...

A conversation with Carl van den Boom on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
November 27, 2019

Welcome to Episode 136 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer who created a niche product designed for winter photographers - the founder and owner of Vallerret Photography Gloves, Carl van den Boom...

A conversation with Mandy Lea on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
November 20, 2019

Welcome to Episode 135 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer who has been travelling North American in a teardrop trailer for the past 3...

A conversation with Michael Frye on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
November 13, 2019

Welcome to Episode 134 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a nature and landscape photographer from Mariposa, California near Yosemite National Park - Michael Frye! Michael is the author and/or principal photographer of five books, including Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters; The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite; and three books in the Yosemite Meditations series...

A conversation with Dylan Fox on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
November 6, 2019

Welcome to Episode 133 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a nature and landscape photographer from Western Australia - Dylan Fox. Dylan is the 2018 Australian Geographic Landscape Photographer of the Year...

Colorado Autumn Photography Trip - 2019
October 29, 2019

Nearly every year for the past eight 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 Mahesh Thapa on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
October 30, 2019

Welcome to Episode 132 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a nature and landscape photographer living in Seattle, Washington - Mahesh Thapa. Mahesh is a Pediatric Radiologist and is known as "The Starving Photographer...

A conversation with Brenda Petrella on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
October 23, 2019

Welcome to Episode 131 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a nature photographer and educator living in the State of Vermont - Brenda Petrella. Brenda is the owner of Outdoor Photography School and is a passionate advocate for the Nature First Photography movement...

In the field review of the Shimoda Action X50 Camera Backpack
October 15, 2019

Over the past month I have been testing the new Shimoda Designs Action X50 Camera Backpack and am ready to share my thoughts with you. Shimoda has launched a new line of backpacks called the "Action X" collection...

A conversation with Aaron Nace on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
October 16, 2019

Welcome to Episode 130 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features the founder of one of the world's most premiere photo education websites, Aaron Nace. Aaron's chops in digital darkroom are pretty incredible and his body of work speaks for itself...

A conversation with Dan Hawk on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
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...

A conversation with Franka Gabler on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
October 2, 2019

Welcome to Episode 128 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer known for her exceptional work in the Yosemite Valley of California, Franka Gabler. 

Born and raised in Croatia, Franka developed a strong fascination and admiration for nature early in life...

A conversation with Ian Plant on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
September 25, 2019

Welcome to Episode 127 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features one of my favorite photographers and photography personalities - Ian Plant.

Ian travels the globe seeking out amazing places and subjects in his never-ending quest to capture the beauty of our world with his camera...

A conversation with Alister Benn on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast
September 18, 2019

Welcome to Episode 126 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features one of my favorite photographers hailing from Scotland- Alister Benn. 

Alister has been teaching landscape photography since 2009...