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.
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3rd Annual Spring Tetons Workshop
Dates: Thursday, June 29– Sunday, July 2, 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 Sunrises and Sunsets
When there are clouds there is the potential for incredible light during sunrises and sunsets. We will be ready for them too, arriving at our locations with plenty of time to get ready for the light.
Closeups and Details
June is a perfect time to be at the Tetons as many wildflowers are in bloom. I will show you how to best photograph them by themselves and with the Tetons as a background.
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 there are normally a lot of wildflowers to photograph. If the clouds are just right we will have the opportunity for striking sunrises and sunsets, and we will even keep an eye out for wildlife too.
What You Will Learn
You will learn and improve your skills in the following areas:
Getting Perfect Exposures
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
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.
2016 Spring Tetons Photo Workshop Class Photo
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.
3rd Annual Spring Tetons Photo Workshop
Dates: Thursday, June 29 – Sunday, July 2, 2017
Class Size: Limited to 8 students
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.
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. 4am and drive to our first location for sunrise which is at approx. 5:40am. Following sunrise we will stop for breakfast & coffee and continue photographing until approx. noon. We will then take a break and meet again at approx. 6pm for sunset which is at approx. 9pm. Evening session will end at approx. 9:30-10pm.
Sunday: We will meet at approx. 4am and drive to our first location for sunrise which is at approx. 5:40am. Following sunrise we will stop for breakfast & coffee and continue photographing. 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. 11am.
"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 Spring Tetons Workshop
Thursday, June 29 – Sunday, July 2, 2017
Tuition:$1,095 per student, with a limit of 8 students.
STUDENT ALUMNI: Have you taken a workshop with me before? If so email 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)
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 $547.50. 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.
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 as June and July are their busy months. 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 spring when the weather can range from overnight lows in the upper 30's to daytime temps in the upper 70's. Rain is always a possibility.
With that in mind you will want to dress appropriately with waterproof clothing, dressing in layers, and make sure you have your gloves and hat (sunrises can be quite chilly). Hand warmers are a great idea too as well as sunscreen. Hiking boots – preferably waterproof – are also very 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.
Take a look at some of the photos taken during this time of the year in this photo gallery.
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About Matt Suess
Matt has been a full-time professional photographer for over 27o 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.
Frequently Asked Questions for my Spring 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?
I will occationally photograph from time to time and this is usually reserved for letting students know exact exposure settings and/or to provide composition ideas. My goal is to help you get the perfect shot and not to pad my portfolio, so you can be sure I will still be available to help even during the most dramatic light.
Can spouces attend? What is your cancellation policy?
I have a no-tag-along policy, unless the spouce is also a paying student. 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. You can view my cancellation policy here.
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 Spring workshop (my 2016 spring workshop sold out months in advance). I also teach a fall workshop in addition to a few night sky Milky Way photo workshops in the Tetons. I live just 4.5 hours away from the Tetons in the summer and often travel down there throughout the year for my own personal photos.
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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