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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Just Announced: Aurora HDR 2017

Macphun has just announced that my favorite HDR program has a new version coming soon: Aurora HDR 2017.

The new version has a number of features & improvements. It will be available for pre-order on September 15th and it will officially launch on September 29. Be sure to sign up here to receive more info as it is released and to be notified when it is available!

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Features and Improvements List:

  • New Batch Processing

  • New Tools, including polarize filter and radial masking tool

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  • New presets by Trey Ratcliff and other recognized pros

  • Updated tone-mapping and bracket merging technology for more realistic looking HDR images

In all, Aurora 2017 will come with over 20 key improvements and new features. More details will be released soon!

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Availability:

  • Aurora 2017 will be available for pre-order September 15th and will officially launch September 29th.

Upgrades and Pricing

  • Current users of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order price of $49

  • Current users of the standard version of Aurora HDR can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order upgrade price of $69

  • New customers can pre-order Aurora HDR 2017 for $89

  • Pre-order customers will also receive special bonuses that will be announced soon

Don’t forget to sign up here for more info and to be notified when Aurora HDR is ready!

Registration Now Open for 2017 Grand Teton Fall Photography Workshop

Registration has just opened for my 2017 Grand Teton National Park Fall Foliage Photography Workshop.

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The workshop takes place from September 28 – October 1, 2017 during what is normally peak fall foliage season at the Tetons.

This will be my 3rd annual fall workshop there. My 2016 fall workshop sold out months in advance, so if you want to take this workshop don’t delay in registering. It is open to only 8 photographers.

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A ton of information on this workshop can be found on my workshop info & registration page. You can also contact me with any additional questions you may have.

2 FREE HDR Photography Classes Available Using Aurora HDR from Skillshare

Earlier this year Macphun Software contacted me to produce a FREE HDR class with Skillshare, a global learning community for creators that features thousands of online classes.

The result was 2 separate online courses. A 32 minute Intro to HDR Photography: Shooting and Editing High Dynamic Range course and a 43 minute HDR Photo Editing: Perfecting Light and Detail course using Aurora HDR.

 

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The courses are free to take. If you are not a member of Skillshare you will need to sign up with a credit card and you will have 90 days access to not only my courses but all of the courses on Skillshare. You can cancel any time before your card is charged.

 

“This class was very straight forward and not too technical. I have a DSLR, but do not know how to use it. The class helped me to understand and use aperture settings, f stops, ISO settings, AEB, etc. (really what happened is that when I heard these terminologies I read the manual and learned what they do!). Anyway, I followed the class instruction and produced a beautiful photo that is now on my desktop. Looking forward to an upcoming trip to Yosemite!” – David Senior

Here is a sample video of one of my courses:

 

For more info and to sign up be sure to check out my info page here!

Read more about my 2 HDR courses, check out testimonials, and sign up.

Get More Info On My FREE HDR Courses Here!

This course features Aurora HDR from Macphun. You can download a free trial here. It is Mac only right now but I hear they are working on a Windows version. Even if you use another HDR program I am sure you will benefit from these 2 free courses!

 

“Matt Suess is an excellent instructor who makes this AuroraHDR program seem so easy to use. I appreciate him sharing his expertise with us, and would highly recommend this class to any novice or professional photographer!” – Linda Ehlers

Let Me Know What Problems You Are Having With Night Sky Photography

I am creating a FREE PDF: Top 5 Tips for Nightscape/Milky Way Photography.

Help me create it by letting me know what struggles you are having with nightscape photography.

Milky Way and lightpainting during summer at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming at T.A. Molten Barn. Mormon Row Barns.

I will choose the most common problems photographers encounter and use them in my upcoming free tip guide which will be available in early August.

You can fill out the short, 4 question survey here to let me know.

Thanks for your help!

Registration Open for Bozeman, MT ON1 Photo 10 Class in September 2016

Registration has just opened for my ON1 Photo 10 Crash Course 2-day, 16hr classroom workshop in Bozeman, Montana this September 10 & 11.

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The class is open to just 12 students and is being held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bozeman West, just 7 miles away from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport and is located just a couple hours north of Yellowstone National Park and 4.5hrs north of Grand Teton National Park.

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This will be my last ON1 Photo 10 class (unless it sells out quickly and I add a second Bozeman date) until classes resume again in Tempe, Arizona this December.

I have been teaching these Perfect Photo Suite / ON1 Photo crash course classes for 3 years now and hundreds of photographers have learned how to use this software from me in person, and thousands have learned from my online classes, webinars, & other videos. Be sure to sign up soon to reserve your spot in my next class!

Coming to Bozeman, Montana September 10 & 11, 2016

Check out all the details on my ON1 Photo 10 Crash Course Class.

Read More About This Class & Register Here!

A special hotel rate has also been reserved for students booking a room with a king-sized bed. Each spacious guest room includes a pillow-top mattress, refrigerator and microwave, hair dryer, safe, iron and ironing board, and Bath & Body Works bath amenities. All rooms also include a Keurig Coffee Maker, HD flat-screen television with cable, high-speed wired and wireless internet. Details are found here on this page.

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