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 or 2 posts, stories, reviews or tips each and every week.


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Huge Holiday Print Savings from Matt Suess Photography

The Holidays are fast upon us, and I am personally more excited than ever now that I am living in Bozeman, Monana with my girlfriend & puppy and looking at snow outside my office window. Lights have been strung on our house since Thanksgiving, last night we are attended the annual Christmas Stroll in Downtown Bozeman, and we will also be tree shopping this weekend!

We hope that you and your family are starting to get excited for the upcoming the Holiday Season as well.

For this year I have put together a Huge Holiday Savings Special designed to help you save money in bringing home your favorite photograph(s) of mine. In addition, I have been adding new photos to my website recently and there are now almost 400 photos to choose from! (Tip – when viewing photos, save your favorites to your Lightbox for fast retrieval).

Before I get to the Specials I want to mention that I will need to get you orders for aluminum prints before December 8th to get them to you before Christmas. If you are ordering photo prints or canvas, those orders need to arrive by December 12th. If you are not in a rush for Christmas delivery note that this savings is valid through the end of 2016!
Save 20% on any photo in any size and finish

You can save 20% on orders totaling up to $999 by using coupon code HOLIDAY20 during checkout. FREE SHIPPING is also included. (U.S. addresses only)

Save 25% on any photo in any size and finish

You can save 25% on orders totaling over $1,000 by using coupon code HOLIDAY25 during checkout. FREE SHIPPING is also included (U.S. addresses only)

Save 30% on any photo in any size and finish

You can save 30% on orders totaling over $2,500 by using coupon code HOLIDAY30 during checkout. FREE SHIPPING is also included (U.S. addresses only)

You can start looking at photos and getting your shopping list ready by visiting my Online Photo Gallery here.
New Website Gallery Diptychs, Triptychs, & More

I have finally added a new gallery to my website, Diptychs, Triptychs, & More. This gallery features some of my most collected photos and also includes some new exciting editions. And the great savings I mentioned above also applies to this new gallery!


Above is one of the new pieces in a stunning new 5-panel presentation. Titled “Prismatic Sunset at the Tetons” this piece in this design is only available in a special limited edition of just five!

Any questions at all please don’t hesitate to reply to this email or call me at 480-818-9566

– Matt

P.S. I also have special pricing on 2 of my online photo courses: a savings of 20% off my Mastering Aurora 2017 Online Course and a savings of 40% off the pre-order of my upcoming Mastering Luminar Online Course.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Specials On My Online Courses and Software

Tis the Season for Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales and I wanted to remind you of a few specials from myself and also let you know of some photo software specials I highly recommend.

My Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Course has a savings of 20% off both my Download & Streaming Version and my Streaming Only Version.



My upcoming Mastering Luminar Online Course is currently in pre-order for just $35 (a savings of over 50%) now through Monday for the Downloadable & Streaming Version!



And speaking of Aurora HDR 2017 & Luminar, my friends at Macphun are having a great savings on both programs through Monday!


The great folks at ON1 have a fantastic offer now through Monday on their upcoming ON1 RAW software which gets you access to the currently available pre-release build.



And if you haven’t seen a Plotagraph yet, you have to check out what this company does to still photos to make them come alive! Now through Monday they are offering a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Plus, if you use coupon code “mattsuess” you will save 10%, giving you a total savings of $80.

My Mastering Luminar Online Course Now Available for Pre-Order

I am excited to announce that my newest online course, Mastering Luminar, is now available for pre-order at a very special price now until November 27th!!

Pre-Order today for just $35 and save over 50% off the expected retail price of $74.95

This course is expected to be fully completed by December 15 – and maybe even sooner!!

By pre-ordering today not only are you saving over 50% but you will also get early access to completed videos. Whenever I finish a chapter, I will be uploading it to the course and you will have instant access to those videos so you don’t have to wait till the course is complete to start learning!

You will not be able to get this course at a better price so don’t delay in pre-ordering!!

Luminar is a brand new program from Macphun that is the company’s first all-in-one photo editor.


Learn how to edit and enhance your photos in this software that is full of features & options in my comprehensive step-by-step online course. (check out my preview on Luminar)

Course Planned Features:

  • Over 80 videos
  • Anticipated 4-7 hours of content
  • The Most Complete Luminar Online Course Available
  • Video available in HD 1080p
  • Course photos are included so you can follow along and practice
  • Workflow options for using with other programs like Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Aurora HDR 2017, and the Creative Kit
  • Videos on using Layers & Masks and the tools to create them
  • Tips on how best to set up your Workspace
  • Videos explaining each of the 38 Filters in Luminar – great to return to for quick review
  • Available in Streaming Only AND Downladable Verions
  • Watch the videos as often as you like
  • A set of FREE Presets I created are included
  • The online course features an area to ask questions where I and other students can answer
  • Not only color photos will be shown & discussed but also black & white photos
  • And much, much more!

Check out this FREE VIDEO from Chapter 5 explaining how Filters work in Luminar to get an idea of the course.

Remember, this pre-order special ends November 27th so order here today!

Order Today and Save Over 50%

Pre-Order Mastering Luminar Here >>
Macphun's Luminar - now available as a FREE TRIAL

Macphun’s Luminar Now Available – Try it For Free

Macphun today launches Luminar, it’s newest photo editing software for the Mac. It is their first all-in-one editor and includes some key features such as a RAW converter & processor, non-destructive workflow, customizable workspaces, layers, 38 filters, and much more.

Macphun's Luminar - now available as a FREE TRIAL


I have been using a beta of Luminar for a few weeks and have been very impressed. Be sure to read my Luminar Preview here! Image quality has been fantastic and I have really been enjoying the workflow and tools available.

But don’t just take my word for it – there is a FREE TRIAL available so you can see first-hand how impressive the program is and be sure to let me know how you like it, what your favorite features are, and even let me know what is missing from this v1.0 software in the comments below!

I will be having more to say about this software in the near future so be sure to stay tuned – including an announcement coming real soon on a new Luminar online course I am getting ready to produce 😉

Be sure to join my Luminar and Aurora HDR Users Group on Facebook!



My Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Training Video Now Available

I am excited to announce that I have just released my eagerly anticipated 7 hour Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Course available in both a downloadable as well as a streaming-only version.

Featuring over 50 videos, 1080p recordings, 36 course photos, 14 FREE presets, tips on how to best shoot multiple exposures, videos showing how to use layers & masking, advanced black & white techniques, a discussion area to ask questions, and much more, it is the most complete course available for HDR & Aurora HDR 2017. Even if you use Aurora for single exposure photos you will benefit from my course!

Aurora HDR 2017 Online Course


Now Available with a Special Holiday Savings: Save 20% now for a limited time during checkout with coupon code “aurorahdr” and you will get instant access to the course.

Aurora HDR 2017 is the newest version of Macphun’s hugely popular HDR editing program used by both enthusiasts and pros.

Learn how to edit your photos in the best HDR program available in my comprehensive step-by-step online course. (check out my review on Aurora HDR 2017). This is the most complete HDR training video available for HDR photography and post processing with Aurora HDR 2017!

My Course Features:

  • Over 50 videos
  • 7 hours of content
  • Video is available in HD 1080p
  • 36 course photos are included so you can follow along and practice
  • Videos explaining how to best photograph multiple exposures
  • Exclusive video interview with Kevin La Rue, the V.P. of Macphun
  • Tips on how to first process RAW photos in Lightroom and Capture One Pro
  • Videos explaining each of the Tools in Aurora – great to return to for quick review
  • Available in Streaming Only AND Downloadable & Streaming Versions
  • Watch the videos as often as you like
  • A set of 14 FREE Presets I created are included
  • The online course features an area to ask questions where I and other students can answer
  • Learn how to use Aurora for single exposures and multiple exposures
  • Find out how to use Layers and the new Zone System for Luminosity Masks
  • Learn how to create amazing black & white images using Aurora
  • And much, much more!

It doesn’t matter if you process single exposures or multiple exposures in Aurora HDR 2017 – if you want to know all about Aurora this is the course for you!

Take a look at the screenshots below and sign up for the Free Trial if you are unsure if this is the course for you. And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


Video still showing pre-processing in Lightroom


Video still showing pre-processing in Capture One Pro


Video still showing layer masking


Video still during my Layers explanation 


Collection of Before & Afters from photos included in the course:


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