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String Lake Milky Way at Grand Teton National Park

Of all the times I have photographed the night sky, shooting the Milky Way at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park has to be one of my top highlights.

Words alone can’t describe the peacefulness encountered that evening as I was sitting on a rock at the edge of the lake in complete darkness, watching the stars and Milky Way reflected in the still water at 2am.

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I had photographed in this location a number of times in the daytime and as such I had a pretty good feeling this spot would pay off in the nighttime as well. Getting there at night sure is a little harrowing driving along roads in complete darkness looking out for any elk, deer, foxes, or any other animals that might want to dart out in front of you. I kept my speed at 35-40mph, even though the limit was 45mph, just to be safe (as I usually do while driving through the Tetons and Yellowstone at night).

One other safety tip if you decide to go photograph there especially at night – don’t forget to bring your bear spray!

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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.

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.

Honored to be added to Singh-Ray Filters list of top photographers

Recently I was added to Singh-Ray’s list of top pros who use Singh-Ray Filters. It was quite an honor to be included in such a list that mentions some of the best photographers out there.

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Check out the bio page that they added about me and view some of the photos I created using their filters here.

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As of this writing I have been using their filters exclusively for over 10 years and I highly recommend them. Singh-Ray has also started sponsoring my photo workshops and has provided me with a code for my students that saves them 10% off their filter purchases.

If you have taken one of my workshops before, contact me for the code. If you are taking one of my workshops in the future you will be receiving it in my workshop newsletters.

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

UPDATE May 27, 2016

Last month I began the transition of moving my online photo galleries to PhotoDeck.com to handle my online sales. While I still love and recommend Shopify, my online photo gallery needs has evolved to the point where I plan on adding thousands of photos online and felt that Shopify would not scale very easily based on my needs.

I have been very pleased so far with my transition to PhotoDeck and can highly recommend them. If you are considering PhotoDeck for your online photo gallery needs, be sure to use coupon code “[email protected]” to save 50% off your first month’s subscription!


Original article published Feb. 28, 2015

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.

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Zion by Moonlight

Many times the human eye sees things much better than what a camera can see. The eye has a much larger contrast ratio with a lot more dynamic range.

Other times the camera comes out on top and can see things that our eyes can not. This is one of those photos.

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 “Zion by Moonlight”
Zion National Park, Utah

Looking at this photo, one can see all of the detail in this landscape at Zion National Park in Utah. When I was photographing it, however, it was much, much darker than this.

The sun had set behind me almost 30 minutes prior to me taking this photograph. A nearly full moon had come up over the horizon in front providing some illumination. The rest of the illumination in this photo came from the light still present in the sky behind me after the sun had set.

A long exposure and higher ISO – 15 seconds at ISO 400 – was used to provide me with a photo that I couldn’t quite see with my own eyes but what the camera had no problems in helping me see.

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