Welcome to my photography blog Beyond the Lens, where I usually have at least 1 (and often times more) posts related to photography each and every week.



Introducing Matt Suess Photography Gift Cards

New at MattSuess.com and just in time for the Holidays are my Gift Cards.

These gift cards are perfect for your hard to buy for art collector or photo enthusiast.


They are available in a number of amounts from $25 to $1,000. There are no processing fees, they do not expire, you can check your balance at any time, and they can be used towards purchases either online or in person at one of my exhibitions.

Gift cards can be used towards the purchase of my fine art photography, photo workshops & online classes, and photo textures & backgrounds.

Zion’s Heavenly Glow

Knowing where to photograph and when is key to photographing amazing light in Zion National Park, Utah.

At this particular location the light only lasts like this for maybe a half hour or so. The sunlight reflects off a canyon wall (not visible in photo), illuminating the orange canyon wall to the right.

Zions-Heavenly-Glow-1400“Zion’s Heavenly Glow”
Zion National Park, Utah
Prints can be ordered here.


This was photographed during peak fall foliage. The yellow trees in the center provide a wonderful color contrast to the blue sky and orange canyon walls, producing what I call Zion’s Heavenly Glow.

This was photographed hand-held using my Sony a7R and Canon 17-40mm f4 lens. The RAW file was processed in Capture One Pro and the photo was fine-tuned with onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 9.


Use the Buy Now link above to purchase prints of this photo.

New Tempe date added for Perfect Photo Suite 9 crash course in April, 2015

After selling out our Scottsdale class in November and a Tempe class in December, we have added another new date for our 2-day Perfect Photo Suite 9 Crash Course class. The new class will be on April 11&12, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona.


Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 11 & 12, 2015
Location: Executive Training Solutions, 1500 N. Priest Dr., Suite 123 in Tempe, AZ 85281 right near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Click for directions.
Skill Level: Any. No prior experience with Perfect Photo Suite 9 is necessary. Class Size: Class is limited to 15 students
Status: Registration is open.

Join Perfect Photo Suite experts Matt Suess & Christine Hauber during their 5th Crash Course in the past year on Perfect Photo Suite – one of our favorite photo enhancement software packages. Details and registration can be found here.

3 days left to upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite 9

There are only 3 days left to take advantage of onOne Software’s special offer on upgrading to Perfect Photo Suite 9.

Between now and November 21, you can upgrade for just $99.95 and receive extras including presets for Perfect Photo Suite and Lightroom as well as an eBook.


If you haven’t upgraded yet, now is the time to do so. It is a definite must-have upgrade with some of my favorite new features including: the ability to add keywords and improved Browser, the new smart photos and quick mask tool, improved auto tone, and the ability to print direct from the Suite.

Registration is now open for our 2015 Zion National Park Fall Foliage Photo Workshop

Registration is now open for our 2015 Zion National Park Fall Foliage Photography Workshop.


2015 Zion National Park Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

 Dates: Friday, November 6 – Tuesday, November 10, 2015   Location: Zion National Park, Utah
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Type: Field Workshop Status: Registration is open. Click here for more info.

Spend 5 days photographing in one of the most picturesque National Parks at or near peak fall foliage color and receive photography training from not one but 2 professional photographers in a class size of 8 students.

2015 will be our 3rd consecutive year teaching in Zion in the fall. View a photo gallery of Zion National Park here and take a look at the photo workshop details here. Be sure to register soon, as this class is limited to just 8 students!!

Zion by Moonlight

Many times the human eye sees things much better than what a camera can see. The eye has a much larger contrast ratio with a lot more dynamic range.

Other times the camera comes out on top and can see things that our eyes can not. This is one of those photos.


 “Zion by Moonlight”
Zion National Park, Utah

Looking at this photo, one can see all of the detail in this landscape at Zion National Park in Utah. When I was photographing it, however, it was much, much darker than this.

The sun had set behind me almost 30 minutes prior to me taking this photograph. A nearly full moon had come up over the horizon in front providing some illumination. The rest of the illumination in this photo came from the light still present in the sky behind me after the sun had set.

A long exposure and higher ISO – 15 seconds at ISO 400 – was used to provide me with a photo that I couldn’t quite see with my own eyes but what the camera had no problems in helping me see.

Shoot first, setup tripod later

I arrived in Zion National Park, Utah on Sunday with my colleague Christine Hauber ahead of our 2014 Zion Fall Foliage Photo Workshop a few days ago under cloudy skies and a slight drizzle less than an hour of when the sun would be setting. By the looks of it there wasn’t going to be a sunset that night, but the clouds hanging low over the Watchman were still very striking and photogenic.

Hard to tell with this cloud cover that within 45 minutes a striking sunset will occur.

Hard to tell with this cloud cover that within 45 minutes a striking sunset will occur.

As we were parking my RV at the campground and removing her car from the dolly we noticed the clouds were starting to break – there was going to be a sunset this evening after all – and it was going to be impressive.

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One Camera, One Lens: The AZ State Fair – a Photo Essay

I am starting a new feature here on my photography blog called One Camera, One Lens Photo Essays.

These photo essays will be photographed when I am out shooting with just one camera and one lens. Why only one camera and lens? Read here for the story and to view the galleries.

As for my first photo gallery, it has to do with the 2014 Arizona State Fair, where in mid October I went to the Fair in Phoenix for a good portion of the midday and brought my Sony a7 mirrorless camera and Sony FE 35mm lens.

Click on the photo to view the photo gallery.

Click on the photo to view the photo gallery.

To view the photo gallery you can click on the photo above or here.


New Photos of the Month Specials

This month has seen major changes at my website MattSuess.com, now in it’s 17th year of existence. Everything has been overhauled, and the last major phase – the photo galleries – are nearing completion.

With this new design I am introducing my new Photos of the Month Specials.


Each month 3 different photos will be chosen and offered for sale at a special savings off my regular prices – up to 20% off in fact! There is no coupon needed and orders can be placed safely and securely online. You can pay via credit card or paypal. You can save on every size available, with the photo printed on stunning metallic photo paper or striking aluminum.

Take a look at the photos I have selected for this month’s savings here. Stop back each month to view new photos from which you can purchase and save from.



Registration now open for 2015 Grand Teton National Park Photo Workshop

Registration is now open for our 2015 Grand Teton National Park photo workshop to be held June 26-30, 2015. Christine Hauber and I are preparing an awesome workshop that will include both field and classroom sessions during this 5 day workshop.

Dates: Friday, June 26 – Tuesday, June 30, 2015   Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced Class Size: Limited to 10 students
Type: Field & Classroom Status: Registration is open. Click here for more info.


For more information and photos on this workshop you can visit my 2015 Grand Teton Photo Workshop page.

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