363 episodes

Each week, this photography podcast takes you well beyond camera gear, with weekly interviews and panel discussions with professional photographers, industry insiders, enthusiasts, and hobbyists alike. Our candid but laid back conversations deeply explore the craft of photography, psychological drivers relating to creativity, motivation, inspiration, and workflow. We also discuss social media, photography business practices, marketing, sales, and hot topics impacting photographers from all genres, with a special focus on landscape, nature, and wildlife photography. The show is hosted by Matt Payne, a professional full-time nature photographer and the co-founder of the internationally renowned photography competition, the Natural Landscape Photography Awards. Matt is also a mountaineer, having climbed the highest 100 mountains in Colorado. Matt leverages skills he gained in pursuit of his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology to dig deeply into the hearts and minds of his passionate guests, revealing secrets and inspiration in every episode.

F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Matt Payne

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    • 4.7 • 236 Ratings

Each week, this photography podcast takes you well beyond camera gear, with weekly interviews and panel discussions with professional photographers, industry insiders, enthusiasts, and hobbyists alike. Our candid but laid back conversations deeply explore the craft of photography, psychological drivers relating to creativity, motivation, inspiration, and workflow. We also discuss social media, photography business practices, marketing, sales, and hot topics impacting photographers from all genres, with a special focus on landscape, nature, and wildlife photography. The show is hosted by Matt Payne, a professional full-time nature photographer and the co-founder of the internationally renowned photography competition, the Natural Landscape Photography Awards. Matt is also a mountaineer, having climbed the highest 100 mountains in Colorado. Matt leverages skills he gained in pursuit of his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology to dig deeply into the hearts and minds of his passionate guests, revealing secrets and inspiration in every episode.

    364: Michael McMullen - Revealing Spokane's Unidentified

    364: Michael McMullen - Revealing Spokane's Unidentified

    In this episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," host Matt Payne speaks with photographer Michael McMullen about his poignant photography project "Unidentified," which documents locations of found unidentified bodies in Spokane to shed light on the issues of homelessness and unidentified individuals. McMullen shares his process from inception to execution, including the challenges of mental health and his own experiences with ADHD. The project also serves to remind of the fragility of life and the societal need to address these matters more proactively. Beyond his book, Michael discusses his and his wife's Etsy store, their approach to photography, and expresses hopes for the obsolescence of his book with the resolution of the unidentified persons issue.
    Links Discussed on the Podcast:
    Michael's Etsy Page.
    Michael on Instagram.
    Michael's book, Unidentified.
    Support the podcast on Patreon.
    Photographers that Michael mentioned on the Podcast:
    Chloe Dewes Mathews
    Nick Fancher
    Jan C. Schlegel

    • 45 min
    363: Kent Burkhardsmeier - Merging Poetry with Photography

    363: Kent Burkhardsmeier - Merging Poetry with Photography

    Welcome to another captivating episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," with your host, Matt Payne. Today we're joined by Kent Burkhardsmeier, a landscape photographer and poet whose appreciation for nature's whispers inspires his unique blend of photography and poetry. In this episode, Kent takes us on a journey through his transformation from a corporate world veteran to embracing a nomadic lifestyle driven by his passion for capturing minimalist landscapes and quiet moments. We'll uncover how living across various countries shaped his artistic vision, leading him to self-publish photo books like "Stillness" and "Awareness" from his "Whispers from Nature" series.
    Kent shares the profound experience of creating photo poem books, a meditative exploration where each image is coupled with a poem, and the logistical challenges of self-publishing. He reflects on the personal and global events that shape his work, emphasizing authenticity and the personal connection with his art over external validation.
    With Kent's tales of his RV travels throughout North America and details about his upcoming solo exhibition "Invite Nature Inside with Whispers," you're in for an episode that's as insightful as it is inspiring. His commitment to collaboration, whether through his photographic collective in South Florida or working alongside other artists, shows how synergy can lead to transformational art.
    So, grab your favorite headphones, settle in, and let's delve into the world where photography and poetry intersect, with the profound insights and serene artistry of Kent Burkhardsmeier. Get ready to be inspired to find your own whispers in nature.Links discussed on the podcast this week:
    Kent's books, Stillness & Awareness - Use the code F-STOP15 for a discount on his books!
    Matt's article on Nature Photography and Wellness
    The Nature Fix book (affiliate link)
    Timm Chapman's episode on this podcast
    Discussions about each episode over on Patreon
    Kent's upcoming gallery exhibition
    Artists Kent Recommended on the Show:
    Jeanine Henebry
    Marleen Van Hove
    Michael Scandling
    Sherri Mabe
    David Hendley

    • 1 hr 4 min
    362: Paul Wakefield - Insights from a Lifelong Journey in Photography

    362: Paul Wakefield - Insights from a Lifelong Journey in Photography

    Welcome to another episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," the podcast for landscape and nature photographers. I'm your host, Matt Payne, and today we have the pleasure of diving deep into the photographic journey of the distinguished UK photographer, Paul Wakefield. Known for his evocative landscape work and particularly for his seminal book "The Landscape," Paul joins us to unravel the layers of his photography career that began in the 1970s and branched out into the demanding world of commercial photography.
    In episode 362, we'll get an intimate look at Paul's process of capturing images that distill the essence of a scene, his thoughtful approach to composition over light, and the personal and creative risks that come with making decisive, in-the-moment choices on film – a discipline that sees him capture no more than 10 images a day.
    Paul will share details about his new book and how his explorations in India lent new perspectives to his craft, while reflecting on the impact of critical assistance from loved ones, and the logistical challenges of self-publishing.
    We will also touch on the broader conversation about the influence of social media on professional photography, with Paul sharing his initial hesitations and ultimate embrace of Instagram for marketing his work.
    Throughout the discussion, Paul will offer insights on the importance of learning from other artists, the meticulous curation necessary for compelling photography books, and how he blurs the lines between landscape and street photography with his signature style.
    So adjust your dials as we explore the emotional and technical terrain of landscape photography with Paul Wakefield and consider what elevates a photograph from good to great. Don't forget to check out his books if you're looking for profound photographic inspiration.
    Links mentioned in the Episode
    Join us on Nature Photographer's Network
    Support the podcast on Patreon
    Paul's book, The Landscape
    Purchase Paul's new book, Indian Rights - Signs of Devotion
    David Ward
    Sara Macel 
    Yukari Chikura
    Evgenia Arbugaeva

    • 1 hr 35 min
    361: Peter Mather - Photographing Wolverines and Grizzly Bears with Camera Traps

    361: Peter Mather - Photographing Wolverines and Grizzly Bears with Camera Traps

    In this episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," host Matt Payne interviews wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Mather, who shares his captivating experiences with camera trapping elusive creatures like wolverines and grizzly bears in the Arctic, emphasizing the importance of storytelling in environmental photography. They discuss the challenging economics of photography, from the unpredictability of print sales to the high costs of publishing photography books, and touch on the personal aspects of their lives, including outdoor adventures and family dynamics. The conversation also dives into themes of integrity in photography and the impact of climate change on wildlife, with Mather expressing his commitment to long-term projects that highlight the interconnectedness of nature and the importance of environmental preservation.
    Links Discussed on This Week's Episode 
    Sonny Parker 
    Chris Steppig (Summit Workshops)
    Katie Schuler
    Caleb Charlie
    PetaPixel Article on Kittiya Pawlowski
    Natural Landscape Photography Awards
    Landscape Photographer's Worldwide on Discord
    Colorado Trail Episode on YouTube
    Support the podcast on Patreon
    Contact me
    Watch full episodes on YouTube.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    360: Marcus McAdam - Crafting Visual Excellence and Quality Content Creation

    360: Marcus McAdam - Crafting Visual Excellence and Quality Content Creation

    Welcome to another episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," with your host Matt Payne. Today, we're joined by Marcus McAdam, a multifaceted photographer based in Scotland, who has made a significant mark on the photography landscape. With a background in radio production, Marcus has seamlessly transitioned into full-time photography, embracing not only the art of capturing stunning imagery but also the intricate dance of leading highly desired photography workshops across Europe.
    In this episode, we'll dive deep with Marcus into the authenticity of photography, the importance of transparency in photo editing, and his personal journey from working in radio to leading his photography venture. He'll share his insights on the art of planning shots, working with film, and his passion for subjects with rich backstories.
    Marcus also discusses the challenges and rewards of producing high-quality content for his YouTube channel, Photography Online, all while navigating the changing landscapes of digital media, workshop logistics, and sponsorships. Plus, stick around as we touch on his show "Photo Detectives," aimed at educating viewers on discerning the truth in photography.
    So, prepare to engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Marcus McAdam, a photographer not just capturing the light across Scottish landscapes but also illuminating the path for authentic and passionate photography. Let's get to it!Links discussed on the podcast:
    Chris Sale
    Matt Marrash
    Robbie Maynard
    Lying About Landscape Photography Article
    Natural Landscape Photography Awards
    Pitch Your Idea for Podcast Episode
    Steven Madow's Rocket Photo

    • 1 hr 46 min
    359: Tim Geoffrion - A Quest to Photograph Every National Park

    359: Tim Geoffrion - A Quest to Photograph Every National Park

    Welcome to another episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," with your host, Matt Payne. Today, we bring you the incredible journey of Tim Geoffrion, a man who traded in his financial career and embraced transformation through photography and the exploration of America's national parks. Known on Instagram as "This Walking Life," Tim's voyage to visit and photograph every U.S. National Park is a testament to living authentically and embracing the unpredictability of life.
    In this episode, we'll uncover the personal trials and moments of serendipity that shaped Tim's path: from the collapse and rebuilding of his personal life, including his marriage and the loss of his grandmother, to the struggles and enlightenment found in nature. We'll delve into how Tim's quest for connectedness with the natural world and his own emotions led to not only stunning photographs but also lasting personal transformations.
    Hear Tim's candid stories of car camping adventures, unexpected friendships, and his philosophical musings on life, movement, and the intrinsic value of each photograph. Now a coach aiding others in their own life stories, Tim brings his intimate knowledge of life's peaks and valleys to our conversation. Get ready for an episode filled with raw, meaningful narratives that enlighten us on the power of asking the right questions rather than seeking straightforward answers.Links:
    Support the show on Patreon
    Teju Cole
    Mr. Rodgers Documentary
    John Barclay
    Emily Sallstrom
    My Sunset App
    Mitch Boeck
    Tim's Print Shop
    Most Valuable Podcast Episodes

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
236 Ratings

236 Ratings

D_Louise ,

By far, one of the best!

I've been listening to F-stop, Collaborate, and Listen for a while now. Lately, I've been diving in to see how this Podcast has influenced my photography, and there’s been a big change. The conversations with professionals whose techniques are tried and true have been impactful and valuable. Each guest has a unique story and experience with photography, and infusing that experience into my workflow has been helpful. Much of it is due to Matt Payne's engaging conversation with each guest. This Podcast is a must for anyone who wants to further explore their deep connection to photography by listening to what others have experienced. It's one of the absolute best. Be sure to support their Patreon, as it keeps this quality Podcast up and running.

Mike Weinhold ,

Excellent

I've been listening for a few years now and the show has introduced me to so many awesome photographers that I wouldn't have otherwise known about. Love the conversations. Love it all.

MrBill2021 ,

Great Podcast!

Having been one of this podcasts early listeners, I am blown away by the fact that after 300 consecutive weekly episodes, Matt Payne manages to keep each episode fresh, fun, and above all, informative. The vast array of guests that Matt has managed to get onto the show have all shared thought provoking ideas, approaches and experiences that have been a big part in my growth as a photographer. Please consider finding this podcast on Patreon, and become a supporter of this fantastic program. In doing so, you also will gain access to early release of the podcast episodes.
On a scale from one to five, this podcast is a perfect ten!

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