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.

 

 

Top 5 reasons why I love Shopify for my photography e-commerce website

Since November of 2014 I have been using Shopify for my online e-commerce photography website selling fine art photographs, photo workshops, and digital download products and I couldn’t be happier.

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I will probably do a more extensive review in the near future but for now here are the top 5 reasons why I love using Shopify.

Top 5 reasons why I love Shopify:

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Registration open for our 2015 Santa Fe 5-Day Digital Photography Boot Camp Summer Workshop

Registration is now open for our 2015 Santa Fe 5-Day Digital Photography Boot Camp Summer Workshop – our 5th annual boot camp.

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Dates: Friday, August 7 – Tuesday, August 11, 2015   Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced beginner/slightly intermediate Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Type: Field & Classroom Status: Registration is open.

Spend five intensive days in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with Matt Suess & Christine Hauber during this unique workshop that is half field and half classroom training.

This boot camp is especially designed for the beginner to the slightly intermediate photographer who not only wants to know more about their cameras & gear, but who also wants to learn more about composition & exposure in addition to developing skills in their digital darkroom on how to enhance their images into stunning photographs using Perfect Photo Suite from on1 Software.

You can find more details on this workshop and registration here.

For a limited time save 20% on my online Lightroom course

For a limited time you can save 20% on my Better Landscape Photos with Lightroom online photo course.

The 3.5 hour course is pre-recorded and you can view it at your own pace and watch over and over again. It includes 9 RAW files – the same files I used when I recorded it. It also includes 5 Lightroom presets you can install.

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To apply the savings use coupon code lightroom20 while registering. More details about the course and registration can be found here. There is even a FREE TRIAL you can register for first to see if the course is for you!

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Take a look at some of the testimonials students have been saying about the course:

Dennis Fitzpatrick

I like the format. It is useful to apply the techniques immediately to the photos. That format is a good learning tool. I plan on using and experimenting with the techniques on many photos in my catalog.

Linda Spata

I liked that the lessons built on one another and the consistent way you move through each image. I also like that I can play with the same images.

Jim Curry

Really pleased with step-by-step instructions, including images, so that I'm able to process the images. I also like the quick responses to question I had. There was nothing I didn't like about this class.

Glen Hirshberg

I liked hearing your thought process from start to finish on the photo... really enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone

This savings is taking place now through February 28th so don’t delay!!

Sale on on1’s Perfect Photo Suite 9 software now through Feb 19th

Now through February 19th you can save on awesome photo enhancing software from on1.

Save $20 on Perfect Photo Suite 9 Premium Edition. Savings is on both the full version and upgrade.

Don’t need the full version? You can also save $20 on Perfect Effects 9.

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I personally love this software and use it daily on almost all of my photographs. In addition I also teach Perfect Photo Suite 9 in 2-day classroom crash courses in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Free trials are available. Don’t delay as this sale ends on February 19th!

Currently exhibiting at Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale Arizona

Now through March 29, 2015 you can view & purchase my fine art photography in person as well as meet me daily at the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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The prestigious Celebration of Fine Art is where art lovers and artists connect with 100 renowned and emerging artists from across the country. The juried event is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, coinciding with my own 25th anniversary of being a professional photographer. It is my 2nd consecutive year exhibiting at this show, where I am the only full-time color photographer.

My studio here at the 2015 Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale.

My studio here at the 2015 Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale.

Located in North Scottsdale under the Big White Tents at Hayden and the 101 we are open daily from 10am to 6pm through March 29, 2015.

Take a look at the Phoenix Fox 10 TV live report from Celebration recorded in early February to see what we are all about in this short video then start making your plans to visit with me here at the show!

Adding clouds to boring skies with Perfect Photo Suite

Recently I recorded a 30 minute video for onOne, Inc. on how to replace your boring skies using photo enhancement software Perfect Photo Suite.

Watch as I show you two different photos where I replaced a sky with one of my own cloud photo backgrounds. Using Perfect Layers and Perfect Enhance, learn some of the tips and techniques I use to replace a sky, and even how I add clouds to a reflection in the water in a photo where I replaced the sky.

 

 

Perfect Photo Suite includes a handful of cloud backgrounds in the program. You can also use your own cloud backgrounds. Be sure to also take a look at my popular high-resolution cloud backgrounds that you can purchase and download to use in any of your own photo compositions.

 

Interested in learning more about Perfect Photo Suite? Consider taking one of my 2-Day Perfect Photo Suite Crash Course workshops. If you can not make one of the many classes I offer each year then consider a private online one-on-one session via skype.

A New Hope – Superstition Mountains in Arizona

New Years Day.

It is filled with hope for the new year as we throw away the worries from the previous year and try to start fresh for the upcoming year.

Every day Mother Nature gives me hope with her beautiful display of color and life. And on New Years Day in 2015 in particular Mother Nature didn’t disappoint. For on this day hope was shown in the form of a fresh snowfall in the Phoenix desert with gorgeous late afternoon light, providing those around to see an unusual display of beauty and life.

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Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona.
Photographed on New Years Day, 2015

I was waiting here for 2 hours just before sunset at the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona filled with hope. The sky was providing some wonderful looking clouds and the sun behind me be looked like it was going to give me a quite show just before sunset.

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My top ten favorite photos from 2014

With tomorrow being the first day of 2015 and rain actually falling outside my RV here in the Phoenix desert I thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on some of my favorite photos that I released in 2014.

Here is my top 10 favorite photographs from 2014 in no particular order.

1) “Thunderstorm over Santa Fe” – Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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A thunderstorm with lighting rolls in during sunset in Santa Fe, New Mexico over the Jemez Mountains in this composite photograph.

This was photographed right behind where my RV is parked in the summer in Santa Fe, which is located on a hill overlooking the valley providing me with a fantastic view for storms.

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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.

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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.

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