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Bill Ferngren – Portrait of a Photographer

Complexity through simplicity in photography

Matt Payne

Matt Payne

Matt Payne is a landscape photographer and mountain climber from Durango, Colorado. He’s the host of the weekly landscape photography podcast, “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen,” co-founder of the Nature First Photography Alliance, and co-founder of the Natural Landscape Photography Awards. He lives with his wife, Angela, his son Quinn, and his four cats, Juju, Chara, Arrow, and Vestal.


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One simple truth I’ve discovered by examining thousands of photographs and having conversations with some of the world’s most interesting photographers on my podcast is that there are so many valid approaches to making a compelling photograph. Some like to meticulously plan their photography outings in order to maximize the potential of any given scene by factoring in the impacts that weather, light, and timing have on the final image. Others enjoy a more laissez-faire approach to making images, relying on intuition and emotional reaction to guide the process of making an image.

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