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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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.

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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.

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!

 

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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.

 

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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!!

 

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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.

 

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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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New Workshop Announcement: 2016 Grand Teton National Park Spring Photo Workshop

I have a new photo workshop to announce: my 2016 Grand Teton National Park Spring Photo Workshop.

Dates: Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19, 2016   Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Type: Field Workshop Status: Registration is open.

I am an authorized CUA permit holder of the National Park Service 
and conduct my workshops based on the permit’s guidelines.

Join me for 4 days in beautiful Jackson, Wyoming at Grand Teton National Park in the spring when there are normally a lot of wildflowers to photograph, striking sunrises and sunsets, with chances for wildlife too.

This is a shooting-intensive landscape photo workshop with one-on-one and group instruction in the field.

 

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This workshop is designed for any skill level, yet a DSLR or equivalent (like the Sony Mirrorless cameras) with interchangeable lenses and a sturdy tripod are required, as is a basic working knowledge of your camera. Most students who take my workshops are beginners to advanced amateurs. This workshop is filled with hands-on instruction, demonstrations, and even a session or 2 in the field with my laptop going over some processing tips.

 

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You will learn and improve your skills in the following areas: getting perfect exposures, composition, lens selection, the use of split neutral density filters and solid density filters to control exposure and for effect, how to photograph stitched panoramas, exposure bracketing (HDR), working a scene to create numerous photos & compositions from one location, and more.

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Streaking Clouds at Sunset at the Tetons

“Streaking Clouds at Sunset at the Tetons”
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

This was photographed at Schwabachers Landing – a popular place to photograph sunsets and sunrises at Grand Teton National Park. Beavers have dammed the Snake River here providing photographers with a mirror-like surface when there is no wind.

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I photographed this scene just as the sun was setting behind the Tetons while out scouting for an upcoming photo workshop I was teaching there. I was experimenting with a new filter I purchased from Singh-Ray (use coupon code Matt10 to save 10% on their filters).

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Shiras Bull Moose at rest

A Shiras bull moose with summer velvet antlers rests in a field of grass in the late evening at Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, in early summer.

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Moose are the largest extant species in the deer family. The Shiras Moose is the smallest subspecies in North America, weighing from 507 to 785 lb at maturity and can be found in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

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