F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

F-Stop Collaborate and Listen

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.

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June 10, 2024 86 mins

In this episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," Caroline Van Hemert and Matt Payne dive into the nuances of blending storytelling with photography, as Caroline shares her riveting personal experiences from the Arctic and discusses the environmental changes she's witnessed. Drawing from her background as a wildlife biologist and adventurer, she reflects on her family's sailboat explorations and the challenges of environmental st...

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In this episode, photographer Brittany Colt delves into her distinctive approach to photography, discussing the influence of graphic design and the use of color and negative space to shape mood and draw viewer engagement. Exploring intimate landscapes through her unique vision, influenced by being born blind in one eye, Colt emphasizes the significance of emotional connection in photography and the transformative impact of followin...

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In this enriching episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," we delve into the remarkable legacy of Ansel Adams through the eyes of his former assistant and esteemed photographer, Alan Ross. Ross shares captivating anecdotes and insights from his time with Adams, reflecting on Ansel's people skills, his comfort with technology, and his humble approach to photography that embraced imperfections and learning from mistakes. Ross disc...

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In this episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," host Matt Payne sits down with the celebrated photographer and 2023 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Tony Hewitt. They delve into a deep discussion about Tony's diverse experience, touching on the nuances of fine art and landscape photography, the intention behind each shot, and the emotional experience involved in photography competitions. Tony asserts the import...

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In this week's episode featuring Beth Buelow, the conversation explores the profound impact of labels on a photographer's creative journey. They discuss the dual nature of labels—how they can serve as useful cognitive shortcuts and create a sense of identity and confidence for photographers, but can also limit creative exploration and growth. By sharing personal experiences and examining the tension between embracing and resisting ...

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In a world where the constant noise of digital notifications attempts to claim our attention, seeking out space, stillness, and silence can be a radical act. On this week's episode we take a deep dive into Eric Bennett's new photography book and examine how reconnecting with nature can foster a deeper engagement with one's artistic process and personal well-being.

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In this profound episode of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen, host Matt Payne sits down with photographer Alex Armitage to explore an array of poignant topics. Alex has been living out of his Toyota 4-Runner for 3 years straight. He a writer for Fstoppers, and a full-time YouTube creator. Alex reflects on the challenges of sustaining a nomadic lifestyle, the psychological toll of solo travel, and the introspective process that has led...

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In this engaging podcast episode, host Matt Payne chats with photographer Michael Rung about the intricacies and challenges of producing photo folios, from meticulous print proofing to managing paper scarcity. Michael shares his journey from a corporate career to full-time photography, highlighting the emotional and financial nuances of the transition. Despite initial unease with YouTube, Michael has found a voice in authentic, uns...

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Hello and welcome to another episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," with your host, Matt Payne. In today's awe-inspiring episode, we're incredibly honored to sit down with the legendary nature photographer, Art Wolfe. Wolfe brings to us tales of passion, adventure, and a relentless pursuit of excellence that has defined his illustrious career behind the lens.

From his early switch from painting to photography to traversing the...

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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 AD...

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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 ...

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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 be...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 a...

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Welcome to another episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen," where we fuse the world of photography and delightful camaraderie. I'm your host, Matt Payne, and today we've got a treat for all you photography enthusiasts. Joining us is Mike DiMeola, not only a physician in Vermont but also a rising star in nature photography and co-host of the YouTube channel, Brews n' Views.

As an anesthesiologist, Mike's professional life is char...

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Welcome to another captivating episode of "F-Stop Collaborate and Listen." This week we delve deep into the lush landscapes of Japan with the extraordinary Mark Davis, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. armed forces turned passionate forest photographer.

In this episode, we'll explore how Mark, now settled outside Tokyo with his family, has navigated his struggles with PTSD and the challenges of a military career through the lens of his...

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Infrared is gaining in popularity among landscape and nature photographers, but can feel overwhelming and daunting if you're not sure where to start. I've been wanting to dabble in it myself, but haven't really figured out where I need to look to start my journey. 

One particular photographer has garnered my attention as being an expert in infrared nature photography. On this week’s F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast, we sit dow...

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In this episode of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen, host Matt Payne interviews Kamal X, the first street and documentary photographer to be featured on the podcast. Kamal shares his journey as a photographer and discusses the importance of capturing compelling street photographs that evoke emotion and tell powerful stories. They also delve into Kamal's latest book, "Black Astronaut," which documents the George Floyd protests and expl...

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One of my favorite things about hosting a podcast is that I get to dig a little bit deeper into what motivates some of my favorite photographers. I'm so lucky to be able to sit down with these excellent photographers and discuss their origins, their processes for making images, the numerous challenges they face as creatives, and the inner workings of their minds. As such, it was an absolute pleasure to record this podcast in person...

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