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New ON1 Photo RAW Classroom Photography Workshops Announced

I have just opened registration for my upcoming ON1 Photo RAW Two-Day Crash Course Classroom Photography Workshops!

Learn all about ON1’s exciting new update to their ON1 Photo 10 software, now called Photo RAW which is being released in mid-November. Work non-destructively editing and enhancing your photos from start to finish inside ON1 Photo RAW instead of using Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Registration is now open for class in Bozeman, Montana on December 3 & 4, 2016.

Registration is also open for 2 classes in Tempe, Arizona – December 10 & 11, 2016 and April 1 & 2, 2017.

Full details on the class and registration can be found here.

Additional classes in Oregon, Texas, and New Mexico are being planned for 2017 as well!

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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!

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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

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.

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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Switch to Aurora HDR Today During Their Limited Time Offer

As many of you know, my favorite HDR program is Macphun’s Aurora HDR Pro. If you are looking for natural HDR photos for your landscape photos or a more gritty and “artistic” look for all photo subjects, Aurora is hands down the best HDR software program out there.

It was released in November of 2015 and just recently they passed over 500,000 downloads!

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And now they have a limited time special offer for those wanting to switch from any other HDR program. Here are the details:

  • *Special Competitive upgrade price: $79.99 $20 Savings

  • Exclusive live webinar with Trey Ratcliff

  • 20 Minute Deep Dive Aurora HDR tutorial with Trey

  • Jeff Carlson HDR ebook

  • A collection of full resolution textures from Flypaper textures

  • How to HDR video training with me, Matt Suess

  • Promotion good now through July 31

*competitive upgrade pricing requires screenshot of their existing HDR app to qualify, qualifying competitive upgrade apps include but are not limited to: Photomatix, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, HDR Efex Pro, and many more

Looking for more info about this awesome offer? Want to download a free trial first? Head over to Aurora’s website today and check it out!

Special Contest Too!

In addition, there is a cool contest you are going to want to enter.

Macphun has teamed up with leading photography magazines in the US, UK and Austrailia to feature the best HDR photos on a monthly basis. Partner Magazines include: The Outdoor Photographer (USA), Digital Photography (USA), Digital Camera (UK) and Australian Photography (AU). Each magazine will feature an ad spotlighting the winning Aurora HDR photo on their back cover each month for the next four months.

You can find out full competition details and deadlines online here.

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