The Virgin River in the Narrows at Zion National Park in Utah.

Welcome to my photography journal / blog Beyond the Lens where I try to have at least one post or story each and every week.


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ON1 Photo 10 Preview on Enhance, Portrait, Browse Modules

Earlier today ON1 had a live webinar showcasing some of the new features of the upcoming ON1 Photo 10, the upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite 9.5. I took some notes and wanted to share with you some of the new features coming in the new release, scheduled for late October. If you missed the webinar you can watch it here.

Note that the webinar shows a beta version of ON1 Photo 10 and the look and features may change slightly.

Here is a list of some of the improvements they discussed:

  • Up to 4x faster
  • Requires less memory
  • Modern user interface
  • Supercharged browse
  • Redesigned ON1 Portrait
  • Enhanced color and tone controls
  • Use Perfect Resize from anywhere
  • Integrated mobile workflow
  • And much more

Here are some of the improvements discussed in the webinar that really caught my eye.

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ON1 announces ON1 Photo 10, drops Perfect Photo Suite name

ON1 yesterday officially announced the successor to Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 and gave a timeline as to when it will be available.

It is being called the next generation of Perfect Photo Suite and along with that comes a name change to ON1 Photo. The entire program has been reworked and it promises seamless app integration, up to 4x faster performance, fast module switching, an integrated mobile workflow, modern user interface, require less memory, and will still include all of the essential ON1 photo editing tools.

You can read more about ON1 Photo 10 here. Pre-ordering is now available and the program is expected to be available late October.

My ON1 Photo 10 Training Course

I can’t wait to start using this new version and as soon as I can I will be posting my thoughts and reviews. I will also be working on a new training video for Photo 10 and expect to have it available shortly after it’s release. Contact me and mention ON1 Photo 10 Training Course if you want to be one of the first to have access to my new training videos AND receive special savings and benefits. In the meantime you can save up to 40% on my 6-hr Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 training video. Current students of my 9.5 course will be able to upgrade to my Photo 10 course with a savings of at least 50%.




Here is the full press release from ON1:

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Watch my guest presentation on photography podcast jpeg2RAW talking about Perfect Photo Suite

Last week I was the guest on the live photography podcast jpeg2RAW. This was my second time on the show and I talked about on1’s Perfect Photo Suite as well as my online training video using the photo enhancement software.

If you missed the live podcast you can watch it here. During the course of the video I discuss why I love this program for enhancing my photos, show some before and after examples, discuss workflow scenarios, and do a couple demonstrations using both Lightroom and Perfect Photo Suite.


High Resolution Cloud Backgrounds Perfect for Sky Replacement

My 2 sets of high resolution clouds have become very popular with those looking to replace boring skies in their photos and make them more interesting.

Now they are available with 2 FREE videos totaling 32 minutes showing how you can replace your skies easily using Perfect Photo Suite from on1.


Clouds - Set 1

Clouds - Set 1

This collection of 25 high-resolution cloud photographs are perfect to use as a background in your photos to replace a boring sky. In addition you receive 2 videos totaling 32 minutes for FREE showing you how to replace skies using Perfect Photo Suite from on1.

Clouds - Set 2

Clouds - Set 2

This collection of 25 high-resolution cloud photographs are perfect to use as a background in your photos to replace a boring sky. In addition you receive 2 videos totaling 32 minutes for FREE showing you how to replace skies using Perfect Photo Suite from on1.


There are 2 sets available, with each containing 25 photos sized at 6,000px in the longest dimension at 300 dpi with the sRGB color profile. The files have been saved as a JPG file (for ease of downloading) just once with a quality setting ranging from 70%-95%.

Each photo has been individually optimized and enhanced to correct for color, tone, lens distortion if noticeable, and clarity. Dust spots and distractions have also been removed leaving you with a file ready to add to your project.

Order yours today and start improving those photos you have with boring skies and turn them into something new and exciting like the below photos demonstrate!




Two videos totaling 32 minutes showing how to replace skies in Perfect Photo Suite

Now FREE with your Clouds purchase!

View More Information and Purchase Here.


Zion Blue Sky Before After

Watch me LIVE on jpeg2RAW Photography Podcast this Tuesday

On this Tuesday, September 1, I will be the guest during the live jpeg2RAW Photography Podcast, where I will be talking about On1’s Perfect Photo Suite photo enhancement software in addition to my new 6hr Perfect Photo Suite training video.

Tune into the LIVE show that starts at 8:30pm EST here. If you miss it, it will be recorded and available online shortly after the live show.

I will be giving a free copy of my course to one lucky winner during the live show and will have some special discounts as well. During the LIVE broadcast you will be able to ask questions regarding the software or my course.

Hope you can make it to the LIVE show!

Successful Launch of My New 6-hr, 55+ Video Perfect Photo Suite Online Training Video

One week ago I launched my most ambitious photography training project to date: a 6 hour, 55+ video online training course for using Perfect Photo Suite photo enhancement software from on1 – and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Already students have enrolled in the course from 14 different countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • & South Africa


Feedback has been rolling in too with these student testimonials:

Charlie Monroe

Matt Suess, photographer and teacher extraordinaire, provides anyone who uses and wants a complete understanding of Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 the clearest, most concise yet detailed, and beautiful instructional videos on the subject - bar none! His videos, arranged in a linear fashion, lay a foundation that allows solid understanding of the Suite’s tools and techniques to make an ordinary image into a thing of beauty. Matt, having used Perfect Photo Suite for years, knows the program inside and out. His comfort with the program and his photographer’s techniques which he generously shares, provide a unique learning experience anyone from novice to expert can appreciate and enjoy. The Matt Suess Perfect Photo Suite videos are the only source of instruction on the subject you’ll ever need to thoroughly understand the program.

Brad Czarske

You’ve provided a lot of information, OMG, hours and hours worth! It is like being in your class. Excellent tool for me.

Scott Jones

Matt, Matt, Matt... I'm loving this course. Well worth the entry fee. Your information is well organized. I like your delivery. It's the best On1 tutorial I've found.

Steve Housley

What you have created is amazing, technically and otherwise. How you can do all of it out of the back of a camper just seems impossible. I’m so impressed with the technical aspects of the site. Not your ordinary cut and paste blog.

Joost Bosmans

Thank you for the PPS9.5-course, I've learned a lot.

John Armstrong

You did a great job on the coarse. I have a feeling I will refer to it often.

Mark Leddra

Just finished the course and found it very informative and well presented.

Howard Weiner

Just finished your 6 hour crash course and learned a lot.


If you are interested in learning how to enhance your photos with software that is much easier to learn than Photoshop you should take a look at my course. There is even a FREE Trial you can sign up for to preview the course before you buy. Once enrolled you have unlimited access to the course and you can download the videos too!




Attention Affiliates:

Do you have a photo website, blog, and/or are you active in social media and want to earn some extra money?

Become an affiliate for my online classes and receive special tracking links. When someone clicks on your link (from a blog post, website, email, social media post, etc) and purchases the course you will receive a percentage of the sale (current affiliates earn 20% of each sale, payable by paypal).

Other photographers and organizations are already making money through my affiliate program, and so can you. Contact me if you are interested – there is no cost to become an affiliate.

August Photos of the Month Special & FREE shipping this month

Now available to purchase are my 2 Photos of the Month for August photographs at a special discount.

For the entire month of August you can purchase two of my newest photographs, “Cowboy on Saddle Bronc” photographed at a rodeo in Bozeman, Montana and “Arrowleaf Balsamroot Sunset at the Tetons” photographed during wildflower season at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, for 20% off any size and finish. Sizes range from 8″x12″ up to 30″x45″ for each photo. FREE Shipping is also available for U.S. residents.




In addition for the entire month of August I am offering FREE Shipping on all of my photographs in any size or finish. No coupon is needed to receive this special.


Check out the savings today on my

Photos of the Month for August

View the Photos of the Month for August Here!

Now Available for Pre-Order: my Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 Online Crash Course 6-hour Training Video

NOW Available for Pre-Order.

Purchase now with special pre-order savings and specials and receive early access to the course on August 7th, 2015!!

Visit Here for Details!!

Coming August 14th is my Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 Online Crash Course 6-hour Training Video. Order it today and get access to it a week early on August 7th, get FREE access to another one of my online courses, and save on packages combined with my private one-on-one online instruction.

Learn all of the basics – and even some advanced – techniques from this very powerful and easy to learn photo enhancement software from on1. This is software I personally use on just about every photo I process and enhance!


Preview some of the actual course videos for free here!!


White Truck Before After


My pre-recorded online course will quickly get you up and running with Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 and in no time you will be enhancing the color and clarity of your photos, you will understand layers and sky replacement, make localized and global adjustments, how to enhance faces in portraits, convert you photos to stunning black & white images, add special effects, resize your photos for print & online, and much, much more.


The course is comprised of approx. 6 hours of content, over 50 videos that you can watch on any device, copies of all of the photos I use in the recordings, and a format to post and ask questions. You have unlimited access and you can go at your own pace.



Read more about my

Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 Online Crash Course 6-hour Training Video

More Info on the Course Here!



White Pelican in Fog on the Snake River at the Tetons

“White Pelican in Fog on the Snake River at the Tetons”
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


Earlier this month I spent 4 days in Jackson, Wyoming exhibiting at the Jackson Hole Art Festival. On my way back to Bozeman, MT I headed out early that day so I could photograph the sunrise at the Oxbow Bend Turnout.




While photographing the sunrise, I noticed this white pelican slowly cruising the Snake River coming towards me. I took the wide angle lens off my camera and put my 150-600mm lens on my camera and tripod and photographed the pelican as it was floating past me.

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Elk Cows with Calf at Grand Teton National Park

I came across a herd of elk shortly after sunrise at Grand Teton National Park last month as they were on the move. I quickly parked the car in a pull-off and started taking photos from just outside the car.

They came out of the woods and into a clearing and this group of cows, with a calf, paused for just a moment to get a look around to see if there was any danger in the area.



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