Matt Payne Photography Blog (Articles)

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 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...

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...

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...

Nature First - Principle #2 - Educate yourself about the places you photograph
April 23, 2019

Yesterday I introduced you to the Nature First Photography Alliance - a project I have been involved in for about two years now. Nature Photographers have been growing restless and upset over the past several years by how people are treating the natural world we all love to photograph...

Introducing the Nature First Photography Alliance
April 22, 2019
A photographer sets-up for a shot at Vestrahorn, a popular destination in Iceland that has become inundated by nature photographers

Anyone who has been a nature photographer longer than ten minutes has probably noticed that a lot of the locations we cherish and love to photograph are under attack...

Pretty Little Lies
February 5, 2018
A treatise on landscape photography's dark side

The process of having thoughtful conversations with landscape photographers from all over the world on my podcast has really made an impact on my own thoughts and beliefs relating to all sorts of landscape photography topics...

Why I switched to the Sony Mirrorless System for Backpacking
December 8, 2017

A great deal of my landscape photography is conducted on long backpacking trips into the mountains of Colorado. As such, in late 2016, I made a conscious and well-calculated decision after months of research and spreadsheet manipulation to switch from Nikon F-mount system to Sony FE-mount system...

Moving from Colorado Springs to Portland, Oregon - a year later - was it worth it?
February 5, 2015

I promised myself that after living in Portland, Oregon for a year that I would reflect back on my decision to move here and evaluate the pros and cons of doing so. I'm sure that 95% of you might find this blog post a little boring, but for me, it is an opportunity to look inward and to focus on the future in my life and career...