Living close to our favorite photography destinations is a luxury that not everyone can afford; however, it has become a big part of my success in my own photography and I know it contributes to the success of others' work as well. Our relationship to place and how that connection fuels us and energizes our creativity can have a huge impact on the quality of our work.
This week I had the pleasure of speaking to United Kingdom photographer, Matt Oliver. Matt makes his living as a commercial photographer but his true passion lies in landscape and nature photography. I have always been a big fan of his quiet work from the Peak District in the United Kingdom, so I was excited to talk to him about his connection to that place and how it was forged.
On this week's episode, we discuss:
- How Matt got into photography.
- How Matt juggles his commercial photography with his landscape photography.
- How important it has been for Matt to live close to the Peak District.
- Advice for photographers that don't live close to their favorite areas.
- The role of curiosity in Matt's photography.
- The role of style in Matt's photography.
- Chasing the light versus photographing smaller scenes.
- What to do when the conditions are not ideal.
- The impact of AI on Matt's commercial photography.
- The differences between the UK and the USA in terms of how photography is monetized.
- And a lot more!
Other topics/links discussed on the podcast this week:
- Support the podcast on Patreon.
- Matt's commercial photography site.
- My article on NPN about AI and photography.
- Join me over on Nature Photographer's Network and use the code "FSTOP10" for a 10% discount!
- Natural Landscape Photography Awards.
Here is who Matt recommended on the podcast this week:
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