Matt Payne Photography Blog (Articles)

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."

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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...

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...

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 décor, and wall art...

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...

My Connection to and Passion for Colorado Mountain Photography
July 19, 2021  |  Colorado Mountains

It is not very hard to see how someone could enjoy making photographs of the beautiful mountains of Colorado. With 53 mountains rising above 14,000 feet in elevation and 584 additional peaks rising above 13,000 feet, Colorado is an absolute mountain treasure-trove with photographic opportunities in all directions...

Storytelling as an Art: Redefining Traditional Photography Styles
May 1, 2021

The phrase “traditional photography” can be hard to define. If you think about it, it is almost easier to define non-traditional photography. What would that look like? Strapping on a GoPro to go skateboarding, using a wet-plate process to document a beauty pageant, or taking your camera on a journey to document something deeply personal or intimate? Storytelling involves opening up to show an audience real things—real emotions, real fears, real vulnerabilities...

Photoshop Action to Resize Vertical Instagram Photos
January 9, 2021

If you're like me, you hate the fact that Instagram does not allow for uploading of native 2:3 vertical photographs. This is annoying because all full-frame cameras when in vertical / portrait orientation, capture the image in a 2:3 ratio...

My Best Twelve Photos from 2020 - A Reflection in Landscape Photography
December 28, 2020  |  Colorado

2020 - What a year! For many, 2020 will always be remembered as the year that we were greeted head-on by COVID-19, which disrupted life as we know it in so many ways, both positive and negative. For me, 2020 was to be a break-out year for my landscape photography career...

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

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. Trash and litter adorn the trails...

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

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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...

Sony Mirrorless for Backpacking

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...