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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Registration Now Open for Dallas ON1 Classroom Workshop

Registration has just opened for my upcoming ON1 Photo 10 Classroom Crash Course in Dallas, Texas on May 14 & 15. The two day class is the perfect way to learn all about ON1 Photo. The class is only open to the first 10 students who register (as of this writing, 4 spaces have already been taken). Full details on the course, the location, and registration can be found here.

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And speaking of ON1, I just added the final 2 videos to the “Resize” chapter in my ON1 Comprehensive Step-by-Step Online course. The online course, now complete, features over 100 videos and over 10 hours of content. It is the most complete online training course available! 

Matt Suess Photography is now on Snapchat

Better late than never, right?

I have finally signed up for Snapchat!

With many photo projects and travels coming up this year, the My Story portion of Snapchat looks very interesting for creating live video content. I plan on using the videos to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like in the life of a full-time fine art photographer and educator.

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To add me to Snapchat you can search for my username “mattsuess” or just snap or screenshot the above photo.

I look forward to connecting with you there!

Here is a quick video of My Story from my first day there.

Art Discovery Series Photography Talk at Celebration of Fine Art

On Friday, March 25, 2016 I will be one of 2 photographers talking about photography during the Celebration of Fine Art Fine Art Discovery Series in Scottsdale, AZ at 4pm.

6 photos went into creating this panoramic. The original 6 are shown straight from the camera with no adjustments.

6 photos went into creating this panoramic. The original 6 are shown straight from the camera with no adjustments.

Each Friday from 4-5pm patrons have enjoyed discovering the inspiration, techniques and stories behind the creation of art during the 10 week show. Enjoy wine, cheese and artistic dialog during this final presentation of the year.

6 photos went into creating this panoramic. The original 6 are shown straight from the camera with no adjustments.

6 photos went into creating this panoramic. The original 6 are shown straight from the camera with no adjustments.

In the talk I will be discussing the importance of post processing, whether there are any rules or limits to post processing, stories behind some of my photos, as well as discussing my favorite locations and ways of photographing them. Questions from the audience will be encouraged too!

The one-hour talk at Celebration of Fine Art begins at 4pm so be sure to get there early to reserve a seat! The 10-week Celebration of Fine Art closes for the 2016 year on Sunday, March 27 at 6pm.

Today is the last day to pre-order Aurora HDR with special savings!

Today is the last day to pre-order Aurora HDR from Macphun and Trey Ratcliff with special savings and bonuses!!

If you order today you can get the newest HDR software for $89 and it comes with a training video, HD wallpapers, sample photos, and presets from Trey.

Take a look at my preview on Aurora HDR that I posted the other day and order today!

 

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HDR Photography is back in a big way with Aurora HDR from Macphun and Trey Ratcliff

Some amazing new software is coming this week from the group at Macphun, makers of the Creative Kit which includes popular Mac only photo enhancement apps Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, FX Photo Studio, Focus, and Noiseless.

It is a brand new app called Aurora HDR and was made with help from HDR guru Trey Ratcliff.

And let me tell you, it is quite impressive!! I recently received a beta copy of the software and after using it just a short time I was almost instantly convinced that this is the best HDR software out there, bar none.

 

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I have tried this photo with other HDR software programs in the past and always got halos around the trees and inferior color and brightness.

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My upcoming ON1 Photo 10 Training Video is getting closer to release

I know a number of people have been waiting for my own ON1 Photo 10 training video and here is a sneak peak at the status. After much preparation I started recording today and have 25 of the at least 80 videos now recorded (viewable by the red tag). Only 1 has been edited so far though (viewable by the green tag). The screenshot only shows a small percentage of the topics covered.

 

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My ON1 training video will be very similar to my 6-hr, 55+ video for Perfect Photo Suite as it is a step-by-step training guide that is modeled off of my 2-day in-person classroom crash courses that I have been teaching for a couple years now.

It includes over 20 class photos you can work on step-by-step with the recordings, as well as free presets, textures, and a couple cloud backgrounds and it goes into more detail than the excellent videos ON1 supplied. Between ON1’s videos and mine you can become an expert at ON1 Photo 10.

I hope to have the recordings done in the next day or two and editing done by the weekend. Pre-orders for the course will open up soon. If interested and you haven’t already done so, contact me so I can add you to my pre-announcement list which will have a great special offer for the course!

Watch my interview next week in the ON1 Pro Series

Yesterday I was interviewed by ON1’s Matt Kloskowski for their upcoming ON1 Pro Series which will feature short talks and video demos from myself and other really cool photographers.

 

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In the interview Matt and I talked about things such as what I see happening in the next 5 years with photo processing, my feelings regarding how much or how little one can do to an image in post processing, what tool for post processing I would like to see that hasn’t been developed yet, and more!

In addition to the interview there will also be available a short video showing how I work with a RAW photo in Capture One Pro and really make the photo come to life in ON1 Photo 10.

In the first week of the series I join fellow pro photographers such as Hudson Henry, Blake Rudis, Scott Wyden, Scott Davenport, Frank Salas, and Liz LePage. Be sure to sign up and start watching the videos next week.

ON1 Photo 10 Review – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of my ON1 Photo 10 Review I talked about the new look, the Browse Module, and the Enhance Module. Part 2 here finishes with the rest of the improvements to ON1 Photo 10 as well as my conclusion summary.

– the Portrait Module

The Portrait module got a refresh with a new way of working with facial features that makes it easier for retouching.

In previous versions of Perfect Photo Suite, when you brought a photo of a person into Portrait and clicked on the green box after the software automatically found a face, the software would also automatically find the eyes and the mouth.

In ON1 Photo 10 when starting to work on facial features you now have to select the eyes and mouth manually. It is a quick and easy process. First click on the left eye, then the right. Then click on the left corner of the mouth, then the right. For portraits photographed from the side where only one eye and part of the mouth is visible, you have the option of skipping those particular point selections.

Gone are the auto selection of eyes and mouth. Now you go step by step selecting first the left eye, then right. Then the left corner of the mouth, then the right.

Gone is the auto selection of eyes and mouth. Now you go step by step selecting first the left eye, then right. Then the left corner of the mouth, then the right.

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ON1 Photo 10 Review – Part 1 of 2

ON1 Photo 10 is the new name and upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite from ON1. Released to advance-purchase customers today and to the public Friday, what are the changes in ON1 Photo and is the upgrade worth it? This review will cover all of the main new features of ON1 Photo 10.

What is ON1 Photo 10?

ON1 Photo 10 is a feature rich photo editor & browser that can be used to quickly and easily improve the look of your photos. You can use it on JPG, TIF, PSD, PSB, and RAW files. From simple color corrections to advanced layer masking and blending, ON1 Photo 10 can meet the needs of most photographers from beginner to pro. There is an included Browse module to easily sort and keep track of your photos, easy options to enlarge or shrink your photos, a module for portraits, a layers module for masking & blending layers and for composites, a module for adding and stacking special photo filter effects, options to print, and ways to go mobile and sync your photos with your iPad or iPhone.

 

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ON1 Photo 10 in the Browse Module

 

For some photographers it can completely replace Photoshop and/or Lightroom. For others it works side by side with those programs as a standalone program or as a plugin. ON1 Photo also still works with Apple’s discontinued Aperture program as well as with Photoshop Elements. It works with OS X starting with 10.8 and newer (including El Capitan) and Windows starting with Windows 7 and newer.

What’s New in ON1 Photo 10?

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