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.

Milky Way and lightpainting during summer at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming at T.A. Molten Barn. Mormon Row Barns.

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.

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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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