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Matt Suess has been a full-time professional photographer since 1999. He is a fine art landscape & nature photographer and photo workshop instructor currently based in Bozeman, MT in the summer and Scottsdale, AZ in the winter.

During the course of the year you will find him exhibiting his fine art photography at select juried fine art venues, teaching group field & class photo workshops, creating online photo classes, and teaching private one-on-one instruction online & in-person, as well as taking new photos and creating new artwork while updating his progress on his photo journal / blog.

 


About Matt Suess

About Matt Suess

Matt has been a full-time professional photographer since 1999. Check out his bio and artist statement.

Photo Journal / Blog

Photo Journal / Blog

Check out Matt's photo journal / blog for posts on new artwork, behind-the-scenes stories, photo tips, photo workshop updates, writings, specials and more.

Photo Gallery and Print Store

Photo Gallery and Print Store

View hundreds of Matt's photos online. Save your favorites to your own personal lightbox for quick viewing. Purchase prints on numerous photo surfaces. License Matt's photos for your publication or advertising needs.

Photo Workshops and Online Classes

Photo Workshops and Online Classes

Thousands of students have learned photography from Matt's various photo workshops, online classes, private instruction, webinars, and more. See what is available here.


 

Photo Journal / Blog

 

Just Announced: Aurora HDR 2017

Macphun has just announced that my favorite HDR program has a new version coming soon: Aurora HDR 2017.

The new version has a number of features & improvements. It will be available for pre-order on September 15th and it will officially launch on September 29. Be sure to sign up here to receive more info as it is released and to be notified when it is available!

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Features and Improvements List:

  • New Batch Processing

  • New Tools, including polarize filter and radial masking tool

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  • New presets by Trey Ratcliff and other recognized pros

  • Updated tone-mapping and bracket merging technology for more realistic looking HDR images

In all, Aurora 2017 will come with over 20 key improvements and new features. More details will be released soon!

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Availability:

  • Aurora 2017 will be available for pre-order September 15th and will officially launch September 29th.

Upgrades and Pricing

  • Current users of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order price of $49

  • Current users of the standard version of Aurora HDR can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order upgrade price of $69

  • New customers can pre-order Aurora HDR 2017 for $89

  • Pre-order customers will also receive special bonuses that will be announced soon

Don’t forget to sign up here for more info and to be notified when Aurora HDR is ready!

Registration Now Open for 2017 Grand Teton Fall Photography Workshop

Registration has just opened for my 2017 Grand Teton National Park Fall Foliage Photography Workshop.

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The workshop takes place from September 28 – October 1, 2017 during what is normally peak fall foliage season at the Tetons.

This will be my 3rd annual fall workshop there. My 2016 fall workshop sold out months in advance, so if you want to take this workshop don’t delay in registering. It is open to only 8 photographers.

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A ton of information on this workshop can be found on my workshop info & registration page. You can also contact me with any additional questions you may have.

2 FREE HDR Photography Classes Available Using Aurora HDR from Skillshare

Earlier this year Macphun Software contacted me to produce a FREE HDR class with Skillshare, a global learning community for creators that features thousands of online classes.

The result was 2 separate online courses. A 32 minute Intro to HDR Photography: Shooting and Editing High Dynamic Range course and a 43 minute HDR Photo Editing: Perfecting Light and Detail course using Aurora HDR.

 

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The courses are free to take. If you are not a member of Skillshare you will need to sign up with a credit card and you will have 90 days access to not only my courses but all of the courses on Skillshare. You can cancel any time before your card is charged.

 

“This class was very straight forward and not too technical. I have a DSLR, but do not know how to use it. The class helped me to understand and use aperture settings, f stops, ISO settings, AEB, etc. (really what happened is that when I heard these terminologies I read the manual and learned what they do!). Anyway, I followed the class instruction and produced a beautiful photo that is now on my desktop. Looking forward to an upcoming trip to Yosemite!” – David Senior

Here is a sample video of one of my courses:

 

For more info and to sign up be sure to check out my info page here!

Read more about my 2 HDR courses, check out testimonials, and sign up.

Get More Info On My FREE HDR Courses Here!

This course features Aurora HDR from Macphun. You can download a free trial here. It is Mac only right now but I hear they are working on a Windows version. Even if you use another HDR program I am sure you will benefit from these 2 free courses!

 

“Matt Suess is an excellent instructor who makes this AuroraHDR program seem so easy to use. I appreciate him sharing his expertise with us, and would highly recommend this class to any novice or professional photographer!” – Linda Ehlers

Let Me Know What Problems You Are Having With Night Sky Photography

I am creating a FREE PDF: Top 5 Tips for Nightscape/Milky Way Photography.

Help me create it by letting me know what struggles you are having with nightscape photography.

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I will choose the most common problems photographers encounter and use them in my upcoming free tip guide which will be available in early August.

You can fill out the short, 4 question survey here to let me know.

Thanks for your help!

Registration Open for Bozeman, MT ON1 Photo 10 Class in September 2016

Registration has just opened for my ON1 Photo 10 Crash Course 2-day, 16hr classroom workshop in Bozeman, Montana this September 10 & 11.

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The class is open to just 12 students and is being held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bozeman West, just 7 miles away from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport and is located just a couple hours north of Yellowstone National Park and 4.5hrs north of Grand Teton National Park.

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This will be my last ON1 Photo 10 class (unless it sells out quickly and I add a second Bozeman date) until classes resume again in Tempe, Arizona this December.

I have been teaching these Perfect Photo Suite / ON1 Photo crash course classes for 3 years now and hundreds of photographers have learned how to use this software from me in person, and thousands have learned from my online classes, webinars, & other videos. Be sure to sign up soon to reserve your spot in my next class!

Coming to Bozeman, Montana September 10 & 11, 2016

Check out all the details on my ON1 Photo 10 Crash Course Class.

Read More About This Class & Register Here!

A special hotel rate has also been reserved for students booking a room with a king-sized bed. Each spacious guest room includes a pillow-top mattress, refrigerator and microwave, hair dryer, safe, iron and ironing board, and Bath & Body Works bath amenities. All rooms also include a Keurig Coffee Maker, HD flat-screen television with cable, high-speed wired and wireless internet. Details are found here on this page.

It’s Such a Heavenly View – Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone at Night

So the initial plan during the past 4th of July weekend was to spend three nights at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming photographing the night sky and Milky Way. I am teaching a nighttime photo workshop there next spring and needed more sample photos to show potential students the amazing opportunities that are possible.

After 2 hugely successful nights in the Tetons, and with a lot of cloud cover in Jackson, I decided to travel to Yellowstone for the third night of shooting. My girlfriend Whitney and I packed up the RV and left the Virginian Lodge RV Park at 6pm and headed north. And fortunate for me because the further north we travelled, the less clouds we encountered.

After photographing the Milky Way above Old Faithful and a couple other geysers, we headed to Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin. It was cold, windy, we were all by ourselves, it was pitch dark, and there were no clouds!

We walked along the boardwalk to the top and I started photographing the Grand Prismatic Spring. Because of the cold and the wind, there was too much steam coming off the pool to see it very well and get a shot I had in my mind. So I started looking for other opportunities, and when I turned around to look down the boardwalk we had just walked from I instantly saw it and went to work.

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Having been out in the dark now for 45 minutes our eyes were fully adjusted to the night, and it was unbelievable the amount of stars we saw and how close they appeared to us! Like we could just reach out and touch them.

This photo, titled “Heavenly View”, is one of my favorite photos from that trip.

Each time I look at it I am transported back to that magical night with A Sky Full of Stars – it was such a Heavenly View! P.S. – thanks Coldplay for helping me with the title for this photo :).

It was a night I won’t soon forget.

Will Pokemon Go and other VR Games Become A Nuisance for Photographers

I am curious: have any photographers yet run into any issues with kids/adults looking to catch Pokemon in popular photo spots such as the barns in the Tetons or elsewhere?

Last week, before Pokemon Go was released, we were photographing the Milky Way above the John Moulton Barn at 11:30pm when someone’s headlamp walked into our shot and stayed there. We initially thought it was another photographer but when I walked up to the person to let them know where we were photographing from, it turned out to be a young adult playing the Ingress game (another VR game in which the map for Pokemon was based off of).

You can see the light from a young gentleman's phone under the trees in this photo. He was playing the VR game Ingress, similar to Pokemon Go.

You can see the light from a young gentleman’s phone under the trees in this photo. he was playing the VR game Ingress, similar to Pokemon Go.

He said he had to stay in position for a while to do whatever he had to do in the game (this was the first time I ever heard of these VR games). So we had to wait for a bit while his game did it’s thing.

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String Lake Milky Way at Grand Teton National Park

Of all the times I have photographed the night sky, shooting the Milky Way at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park has to be one of my top highlights.

Words alone can’t describe the peacefulness encountered that evening as I was sitting on a rock at the edge of the lake in complete darkness, watching the stars and Milky Way reflected in the still water at 2am.

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I had photographed in this location a number of times in the daytime and as such I had a pretty good feeling this spot would pay off in the nighttime as well. Getting there at night sure is a little harrowing driving along roads in complete darkness looking out for any elk, deer, foxes, or any other animals that might want to dart out in front of you. I kept my speed at 35-40mph, even though the limit was 45mph, just to be safe (as I usually do while driving through the Tetons and Yellowstone at night).

One other safety tip if you decide to go photograph there especially at night – don’t forget to bring your bear spray!

How I Photographed This

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An Hour at Night at the John Moulton Barn in the Tetons

I just returned from 2 nights of Milky Way photography in Grand Teton National Park and 1 night in Yellowstone during a new moon.

Weather conditions were perfect for me with little clouds which provided a fantastic view of the night sky.

On my second evening out, I spent almost 5 hours at the famous Moulton barns in the Tetons. One shot I wanted to get was a very long exposure of the stars above the Tetons with one of the barns in the foreground.

This photo is the result of my efforts. It shows an elapsed time of one hour, and it is a combination of 15 photos each 4-minutes in duration from approx. 12:44am to 1:44am.

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Here is how I photographed it

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Switch to Aurora HDR Today During Their Limited Time Offer

As many of you know, my favorite HDR program is Macphun’s Aurora HDR Pro. If you are looking for natural HDR photos for your landscape photos or a more gritty and “artistic” look for all photo subjects, Aurora is hands down the best HDR software program out there.

It was released in November of 2015 and just recently they passed over 500,000 downloads!

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And now they have a limited time special offer for those wanting to switch from any other HDR program. Here are the details:

  • *Special Competitive upgrade price: $79.99 $20 Savings

  • Exclusive live webinar with Trey Ratcliff

  • 20 Minute Deep Dive Aurora HDR tutorial with Trey

  • Jeff Carlson HDR ebook

  • A collection of full resolution textures from Flypaper textures

  • How to HDR video training with me, Matt Suess

  • Promotion good now through July 31

*competitive upgrade pricing requires screenshot of their existing HDR app to qualify, qualifying competitive upgrade apps include but are not limited to: Photomatix, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, HDR Efex Pro, and many more

Looking for more info about this awesome offer? Want to download a free trial first? Head over to Aurora’s website today and check it out!

Special Contest Too!

In addition, there is a cool contest you are going to want to enter.

Macphun has teamed up with leading photography magazines in the US, UK and Austrailia to feature the best HDR photos on a monthly basis. Partner Magazines include: The Outdoor Photographer (USA), Digital Photography (USA), Digital Camera (UK) and Australian Photography (AU). Each magazine will feature an ad spotlighting the winning Aurora HDR photo on their back cover each month for the next four months.

You can find out full competition details and deadlines online here.

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