Suess Fine Art Photography

2017 Grand Teton Fall Foliage Photo Workshop

September 28 - October 1, 2017 - With Matt Suess

Gand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park is one of the most beautiful and majestic landscapes in the world, with the Teton Range rising more than 7,000 feet above the valley. Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park has some of the more dramatic scenery in the Rocky Mountains. It is sure to be an inspiration for any photographer looking to create beautiful images. 

This workshop is scheduled for when it should be near peak fall foliage at the Tetons. Aspens will be changing their color to a brilliant yellow and orange, snow could return to the peaks of the Tetons (and maybe even at ground level if we are lucky), and animals will be on the move and more visible as they prepare for the winter.

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3rd Annual Fall Tetons Workshop


Dates: Thursday, September 28 – Sunday, October 1, 2017 

Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced 

Class Size: Limited to 8 students

Type: Field Workshop Status: Open - Scroll Down to Register

I am an authorized CUA permit holder of the National Park Service and conduct my workshops based on the permit’s guidelines.

Dramatic Fall Colors

This workshop is scheduled for when it is normally peak fall foliage. The yellow and orange leaves make for a striking foreground to the blue Tetons in the background.

Closeups and Details

In addition to the vast vistas and panroamic shots, we will keep an eye out for smaller, more intimate subjects such as frost on leaves & grass and water droplets on fall foliage. 

Opportunities for Wildlife

While this is a landscape photography workshop and not a wildlife workshop we will still be on the lookout for animals and will photograph them whenever the opportunity exists. Past workshop students have had the chance to photograph deer, elk, buffalo, black bears, pronghorn, moose, and horses in addition to various birds.


Spend 4 days in the magnificent Grand Teton National Park with me. I will be there to help you with everything from camera settings to composition, shooting techniques such as HDR and panoramas, in addition to using filters to control your exposures.

This is a shooting-intensive landscape photo workshop with both one-on-one and group instruction in the field. It is scheduled for when it is usually peak fall foliage colors. Animals at this time of year are quite active and we will be keeping an eye out for wildlife photographic opportunities too.


What You Will Learn

You will learn and improve your skills in the following areas: 

  • Getting Perfect Exposures
  • Composition
  • Lens Selection
  • Use of Split Neutral Density Filters & Solid Density Filters to Control Exposure and for Effect
  • How to Photograph Stitched Panoramas
  • Exposure Bracketing (HDR)
  • Working a Scene to Create Numerous Photos & Compositions from One Location
  • Ideal Shutter Speeds, F-Stops, and ISO Settings for both Landscape & Wildlife Photos 
  • And More.

With a small class size of just 8 students there will be plenty of time to work with me on a one-on-one basis. I can assist you individually on pretty much anything you want to focus on regarding landscape and wildlife photography.

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is designed for any skill level, yet a DSLR or equivalent (like the Sony Mirrorless cameras) with interchangeable lenses and a sturdy tripod are required, as is a basic working knowledge of your camera. 

Most students who take my workshops are beginners to advanced amateurs. These workshops are filled with hands-on instruction, demonstrations, and even a session or 2 in the field with my laptop going over some processing tips.

Itinerary

3rd Annual Fall Tetons Photo Workshop


Dates: Thursday, September 28 – Sunday, October 1, 2017  

Class Size: Limited to 8 students

Status: Open

We will be at our locations photographing just before sunrise and ending our day just after sunset. During mid day when the light isn’t great we will be taking a break for a few hours to recharge batteries, download images, and rest up for the evening sessions. 

This is a landscape photography workshop and that will be our primary focus. However with the amount of wildlife in the park we will certainly keep an eye out for and photograph any wildlife we come across.

Planned Itinerary

Wednesday: We will meet for dinner for a couple hours in the early evening to go over the final itinerary, discuss safety, and get to know one another in a casual atmosphere.

Thursday - Saturday: We will meet at approx. 5:45am and drive to our first location for sunrise which is at approx. 7:18am. Following sunrise we will stop for breakfast & coffee and continue photographing until approx. noon. We will then take a break and meet again in the early afternoon for sunset which is at approx. 7:08pm. Evening session will end at approx. 7:30-8pm.

Sunday: We will meet at approx. 5:45am and drive to our first location for sunrise which is at approx. 7:21am. Following sunrise we will stop for breakfast & coffee. The last 2-3 hours are reserved for a processing demo by myself as well as a group critique of everyone's favorite photos. Workshop ends at approx. noon.



"Thank you very much for a great workshop. I learned and practiced more things in this workshop than in all the others I have taken."

- Frank Croft


Tuition and Registration

3rd Annual Fall Tetons Workshop

Thursday, September 28 – Sunday, October 1, 2017  


Tuition: $1,095 per student, with a limit of 8 students.

STUDENT ALUMNI: Have you taken a workshop with me before? If so contact me and I will send you a special code good for 10% off registration for this workshop.* 

*(Registration discount can not be combined with any special offers)


You can register here:

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of registration, or you may elect to register now with a partial payment of $575. The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the workshop. I can bill you monthly for the remaining amount if you desire.

If you are unable to register online, you can register and pay by phone by calling Matt at 480-818-9566. All major credit cards are accepted, or you can pay by check as well. Contact me and I will call you back at the time you desire. 

Tuition does not include park admission which is paid at a ranger station upon entering the park and good for 7 days. Hotel / lodging, meals, car rental, any needed gear or equipment rentals, etc. are not included and is the student’s responsibility. A list of area accommodations can be emailed to you following your registration upon request. 

You can view my workshop policies and faq's by continuing to scroll down this page. Registering for any of my workshops implies you have read, understand, and accept the terms listed there.

Lodging

I will be staying at the Virginian Lodge in Jackson, Wyoming – just a short drive from downtown Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. I have stayed here for a few years now and most students also stay here. The Lodge features regular rooms and also has an RV park for those traveling via RV. It is not required that you stay at the Virginian Lodge. I am not able to secure room discounts. It is recommended to make reservations here or anywhere else in Jackson ASAP as most places fill up months in advance!!

The Virginian Lodge phone number is 1-800-262-4999 and the RV Park is 1-800-321-6982.

What to bring

This workshop takes place in the fall when the weather is cool and crisp. Overnight lows usually average in the mid 20's F and daytime temps can be anywhere from the 30's to 60's on average. 

Snow is possible. 

With that in mind you will want to dress appropriately with waterproof winter clothing, dressing in layers, and make sure you have your gloves and hat. Hand warmers are a great idea too. Hiking boots - preferably waterproof - are also highly recommended. 

In regards to camera gear you will want to have lenses that cover wide angle to telephoto and lots of memory cards and batteries. A tripod is a must and a cable release is highly recommended. Polarizing filters, split neutral density filters, and solid neutral density filters are highly recommended but not required. You can contact me directly with questions regarding these filters. (Note that my workshops are sponsored by Singh-Ray filters and students receive a 10% discount on their purchase.) You will also want to bring a headlamp as we will be walking in the dark before sunrise and possibly after sunset.

You will also want to bring your laptop computer to download images. On our last day, Sunday, you may want to bring it with you for a scheduled critique session following our sunrise shoot.

Frequently Asked Questions for this Fall Tetons Workshop

Is there a lot of walking/hiking during this workshop?

No there isn't. My permit from Grand Teton National Park only allows us to travel 1/2 mile along any trail so that would be the longest walk. There is also little to no elevation gain on any walks we will do.

Will you be photographing too during the workshop?

Yes I will be photographing on occasion and usually only when the light is amazing. When I do photograph, my priority is still my students needs and I have absolutely no problem stopping what I am doing to help anyone. Most of the time I am photographing, it is to tell students exposure settings and to show composition ideas and other things to consider. 

Students have told me that in some other workshops they have taken, it seems like the instructor is more interested in his/her own shots and often ignores or even leaves the group to photograph in better locations. My workshops are not like that at all and I am far more concerned that my students get the shot.

Can spouces attend? 

I have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, family members, friends, etc. who are traveling with you and who haven’t registered are unable to partake in any group functions. This policy is in place to limit distractions for the other students attending as well as to keep our group size below the legal limits of my permit. 

Workshops are also not a location for pets and as such are not allowed with the exception of guide dogs. 

If a spouse or friend wants to attend they will need to register. 

I am a pure beginner (or advanced) photographer. Is this workshop for me?

This workshop is open to all photography levels from beginner to advanced. I have had students who didn't know what an f-stop was and I have had those who are just about ready to or are already selling their own prints. Being a small class, I am able to work with each student individually no matter their experience level to help them improve and reach their individual goals.

Will we work on our computers and learn how to process our photos?

This workshop is a field photography workshop and there is no classroom computer time scheduled. On Sunday, however, the last few hours are devoted to me giving a few demonstrations on using ON1 and Aurora HDR software. In addition, there is also a group critique where each student shows their favorite photos from the shoot. This in particular has been extremely beneficial to students as they learn from their peers on how to see and shoot differently.



What is your experience photographing in Grand Teton National Park?

I have been photographing the Tetons for a number of years and finally began teaching photo workshops there in 2015. This will be my 3rd annual Fall workshop there (my 2016 spring & fall workshops sold out months in advance). I also teach a few night sky Milky Way photo workshops in the Tetons. I live just 4.5 hours away from the Tetons and often travel down there throughout the year for my own personal photos.

Photo Gallery

Take a look at some of the photos taken during this time of the year in this photo gallery.

Additional FAQ's

What sets you apart from other workshop instructors?

I absolutely love teaching. I have over 26 years of experience making my career with my cameras and teaching & sharing my experiences along the way.

I am detail orientated and put the needs of my students first. I have extensive experience dealing with all types of situations and people and love answering all of my students questions.

I have a unique photo background with experience creating and selling my work in such diverse fields as photojournalism, sports, portrait, wedding, editorial, and commercial photography. My specialty since 2006 has been fine art landscape photography.

I draw from all of those life experiences to provide you with whatever technical and artistic guidance you need. With my help, you will grow and expand your visual expression as well as your technical skills. In addition, I hope you have a great time in the process, immersing yourself in photography and sharing in my passion for photography.

There is no holding back with information from me either. I have no problems teaching you all that I know and showing you exactly how I photograph and process my photos. You can ask me anything!

Lastly, as you can see I spend a lot of time on these web pages in an attempt to give you as much info as possible on what my workshops are about, what is included, schedules, what to bring, where we will photograph, and more. I want you to have as much info as possible when considering one of my workshops. If I am missing something and you need more info feel free to call me at 480-818-9566 or contact me here.


Why should I attend a program with Matt Suess?

I will teach you how to create inspiring and amazing fine art quality photographs. You will learn how to see more creatively and how to translate that vision into a final image that has emotional impact.

I make it easy to learn techniques and concepts that you will take with you every time you walk out the door with your camera. I have extensive experience shooting and selling my fine art photography as well as teaching the concepts of photography. I am a hands-on learner myself and teach using a hands-on approach that will give you the best opportunity to retain information and further your photography skills long after the workshop has concluded.

Lastly I love teaching small groups. Most of my workshops feature small sizes with up to 10 students on average. This allows for extremely low teacher to student ratios and provides many extremely valuable one-on-one opportunities to work with me during the workshop.

Do you provide travel insurance for your workshop participants?

I do not provide travel insurance as part of our workshop fees but definitely recommend it. I highly recommend trip insurance that also includes travel health insurance. 

Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating (although note I have no personal experience with this company). The cost for travel insurance is typically 4-7% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other variable factors.


What happens if there is bad weather?

Some of the best photos come when the weather isn't at it's best. We will normally be out in stormy weather, provided it’s not putting you or your equipment at great risk. 

But if it’s too bad, we will head inside and have computer processing demo's, discussions on photography, art, techniques and more.

What’s included in my tuition?

Tuition includes all lectures, fieldwork, guiding, classroom instruction and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions. Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless otherwise specified.

Do you provide transportation??

I do not supply transportation for my workshops. I encourage participants to carpool once the program has begun, to minimize our impact on the environment and to facilitate parking. Please come expecting to share your car with others or to jump in and share someone else’s.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept Paypal, any major credit cards, and checks. 

Still have questions? Feel free to contact me here.



Workshop Policies

Registration to any of my photo workshops acknowledges that you have read, understand and agree to my photo workshop polices outlined here.

– Payment for my photo workshops acknowledges reading and understanding my workshop policies listed here.

– Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of registration unless otherwise specified.

– I have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, family members, friends, etc. who are traveling with you and who have not registered are unable to partake in any group functions. Workshops are also not a location for pets and as such are not allowed with the exception of guide dogs.

Cancellation Policy: All workshop tuition fees are non-refundable. I understand, however, that emergencies do come up at the last moment that could effect your participation. Should you need to cancel, I can transfer the fees you paid towards another one of my other photo workshops. Note that there is a $150 administrative fee to do this, and you must sign up for one of my workshops that occurs within 1 year of the workshop you cancel. If the workshop you are transferring to is more than your original amount paid, the remaining balance will be due to secure registration. No fees are to be returned if the transferred workshop is less than your original payment. Workshop fees can only be transferred towards another workshop and can not be used to purchase artwork or other items for sale.

In the event that I deem it necessary to cancel the workshop I will provide a full refund of tuition fees which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. I strongly recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. Things beyond my control such as government shutdowns and weather can effect scheduling. I also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

– Partial Payment: Some workshops may allow for a partial payment when registering. Partial payments are subject to the same cancellation policy stated above. Following your initial partial payment you will be contacted to see how you want to pay the remaining balance. I can bill you monthly for the remaining amount if you desire. Remaining balance must be paid in full before 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your registration. Fees already paid will be transferred to another workshop at my discretion.

Liability Limitation: I aim to provide a safe, educational and enjoyable experience. I assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. I can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. I reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances.

- By participating in this workshop you acknowledge that you have read the information concerning responsibility and release Matt Suess, his guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Matt Suess will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. You also acknowledge that Matt Suess has the right to refuse service to anyone at any time and that these policies are subject to change at any time.

– Unless otherwise mentioned, tuition does not include any park admission fees. Hotel / lodging, meals, car rental, any needed gear or equipment rentals, etc. are not included and is the student’s responsibility. A list of area accommodations can be emailed to you following your registration.

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Photographer Matt Suess

About Matt Suess

Matt has been a full-time professional photographer for over 26 years and has quickly become one of the leading fine art photgraphers & educators in the United States. Matt is a digital photography pioneer and began teaching digital photography to photojournalists in the late 90's. His passion for sharing and teaching what he has learned in his impressive and long career is evident in his down-to-earth and encouraging approach with his students.

You can see his work at fine art exhibitions such as the prestigious Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale in addition to other select juried events. In addition Matt teaches field & classroom workshops in at least 5 different states each year, offers online classes, one-on-one instruction, provides FREE webinars & education for ON1 and Macphun Software, and still finds time to spend with his girlfriend & fine art painter Whitney M Hall as well as his companion & Best Friend Scrappy.

Matt, Whitney and Scrappy
Photographer Matt Suess

About Matt Suess

I have been a full-time professional photographer for over 26 years. I was a photojournalist for the first 17 years and since 2006 I have been a full-time fine art photographer and workshop teacher. I have been using digital imaging since the mid-1990's. Read more about me here.

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