Suess Fine Art Photography

Photography Workshops, Private Instruction, Online Classes, Webinars, E-books, & More

Learn photography from professional fine art photographer, educator & writer Matt Suess of Bozeman, MT & Scottsdale, AZ. 

Study with a photographer who has over 27 years of experience and who absolutely loves teaching. 

Join thousands of photographers who have learned from Matt and start taking better photos now. 

Field and Classroom Photo Workshops

Join me on one of my field and/or classroom photography workshops. Class sizes are kept small and each workshop is designed for plenty of one-on-one and group instruction.

Be sure to subscribe to my Photography Education Newsletter to get first notice of new workshops. Many of my workshops sell out and registration opens for those on my list first.  

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

2017 Grand Teton National Park June Milky Way & Night Sky Photography Workshop

June 22 - 25, 2017 

Join Matt Suess for 4 days of field instruction in majestic Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late spring of 2017 photographing sunrise and sunset in addition to the Milky Way and Night Sky. 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! - only 2 seats remain!

2017 Grand Teton National Park Spring Photography Workshop

June 29 - July 2, 2017

Join Matt Suess for 4 days of field instruction in majestic Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late spring of 2017 during his 3rd annual spring workshop there. 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - only 1 seat remains!

2017 Grand Teton National Park Fall Foliage Field Photography Workshop

September 28 - October 1, 2017 

Join Matt Suess for 4 days of field photography instruction in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming during the fall foliage season.


2017 Zion National Park Fall Foliage Field Photography Workshop

November 8-12, 2017

Join Matt Suess for 4 days of field photography and instruction in Zion National Park, Utah during the fall foliage season - one of the most beautiful times to photograph in Zion. Matt has been teaching photo workshops in Zion since 2013.


ON1 Photo RAW Two-Day Crash Courses

Join ON1 Photo RAW expert Matt Suess during his popular 2-day classroom crash course on using ON1's excellent photo enhancement software. 


2016 Grand Teton National Park Fall Foliage Field Photography Workshop

September 29 - October 2, 2016 

Join Matt Suess for 4 days of field photography instruction in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming during the fall foliage season. 

WORKSHOP IS NOW SOLD OUT. Contact me to be placed on a wait list and/or to know when registration opens for my 2017 workshop.

""As someone new to photography, Matt was exceptional at cultivating my novice level while educating the group at a comprehensive level in the photography field. He worked relentlessly to provide us the knowledge necessary and incessantly positioned us in superlative places for stunning scenic and wildlife pictures. Matt has extraordinary talent in the realm of photography, however, he is equally as impressive with his teaching and relational skills with his students." 

- Mike Parsons

Online Courses

Study image processing and photography by enrolling in one of my online photo courses. 

These pre-recorded classes allow you to learn at your own pace. Watch and re-watch the videos as often as you like. You can use your computer, tablet, or phone. Some courses are streaming only and some are available for download.

Mastering ON1 Photo RAW Online Training Video

Learn all about ON1 Photo RAW, the newest verson of ON1's software. Coming late spring of 2017, this will be the most comprehensive training video on ON1 Photo RAW available!

Mastering Luminar Online Training Video

Learn all about Luminar, the new all-in-one editing program from Macphun. With over 80 videos, 7.5hrs of content, plus course photos & FREE presets, this is the most comprehensive training video on Luminar available!

Available in Streaming Only AND Downloadable & Streaming Versions here!

Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Online Training Video

Learn all about Aurora HDR 2017, the newest editing program from Macphun. With over 50 videos plus 36 course photos, 7 hours of content, & 14 FREE presets, this is the most comprehensive training video on Aurora HDR available!

Available in Streaming Only AND Downloadable & Streaming Versions.

2 FREE HDR Photography Classes Using Aurora HDR 

Watch my 2 FREE online classes using Macphun's Aurora HDR Pro on Skillshare. Over 1 hour of content with video of me behind the camera showing shooting techniques and me in front of the computer showing how to process the HDR photos.

ON1 Photo 10 Training Video Course

ON1 Photo 10 Comprehensive Step-by-Step Downloadable Online Training Video

My online downloadable & streaming ON1 Photo 10 Comprehensive Step-by-Step Training Video includes over 100 videos and 10 hours of content as well as 20 class photos. It is the most complete ON1 Photo 10 training video available! 

It is available in Streaming only AND Downloadable & Streaming versions.

Better Landscape Photos with Lightroom

Join me as I show you how to process and enhance RAW landscape photographs in Lightroom. 

Much better than a webinar, this course includes 9 of my RAW landscape photos that you will be able to download yourself to work on and practice as you watch the pre-recorded videos at your own pace. 

You will feel like I am there with you as I go into detail explaining the corrections and adjustments I make to the photos. You will benefit from working on the exact same files as I am, accelerating your learning pace.

""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

Private One-on-One Instruction

Accelerate your learning with one of my private one-on-one sessions. Options include both in-person as well as online sessions from the comfort of your home or office.

Benefits of one-on-one instruction

  • The ability to focus on exactly what you want to learn. Class and field workshops are great – don’t get me wrong. But one-on-one instruction takes things to a different level because the entire focus is on your needs and not the combined needs of a group of students. Ask as many questions as you want, go over specific material you want to learn, jump around from topic to topic, sessions are infinitely customizable – these are all benefits to the one-on-one sessions.
  • Lack of distractions. In a group setting there can be numerous distractions, as I have to balance time with all of the students. In one-on-one sessions there are no distractions and you have my entire attention.
  • Sessions are planned out in advance. Prior to our one-on-one session we will chat over the phone to discuss your specific needs. This allows me time to prepare in advance for your session so that once our appointment is here we can start immediately with instruction.

Private Online Photography Instruction via a Shared Screen

Using the shared screen services of Skype I can teach you image enhancement & workflow in Lightroom, ON1 Photo, Aurora HDR, Photoshop, and/or Capture One Pro. 

In the comfort of your home/office you can view my screen as I work on your photos. We can even switch screens and I can watch and comment on your photo processing. 

Sessions can be recorded too so you can view the session over and over. 

We can even schedule sessions for other topics instead of image processing like marketing, website design, camera techniques, and more - it is totally up to you!!

Private In-Person Photography Instruction

This summer through early winter I will be available for in-person instruction in Bozeman, MT. In the winter I will be available in Scottsdale, AZ. 

Learn photo processing, workflow, camera instruction, go out on full-day shoots, and more. Design your own personal photo workshop based on what you want to learn in half-day and full-day increments.

Private One-on-One Mentoring Programs

Let me mentor you in a series of 3 or 5-part sessions. Choose from one hour or 2 hour packages. 

Mentoring sessions can consist of any or all of the following topics and more: image processing, workflow, photo review from digital files and/or prints, portfolio reviews, marketing and selling your work, art festival preparation, website consulting with Wordpress or Photodeck, camera techniques, and almost anything else you need help in.

2016 Spring Tetons Photo Workshop Class Photo

"Thank you very much for a great workshop. I learned and practiced more things in this workshop than in all the others I have taken."

- Frank Croft

Frequently Asked Questions

What sets you apart from other workshop instructors?

I absolutely love teaching. I have over 26 years of experience making my career with my cameras and teaching & sharing my experiences along the way.

I am detail orientated and put the needs of my students first. I have extensive experience dealing with all types of situations and people and love answering all of my students questions.

I have a unique photo background with experience creating and selling my work in such diverse fields as photojournalism, sports, portrait, wedding, editorial, and commercial photography. My specialty since 2006 has been fine art landscape photography.

I draw from all of those life experiences to provide you with whatever technical and artistic guidance you need. With my help, you will grow and expand your visual expression as well as your technical skills. In addition, I hope you have a great time in the process, immersing yourself in photography and sharing in my passion for photography.

There is no holding back with information from me either. I have no problems teaching you all that I know and showing you exactly how I photograph and process my photos. You can ask me anything!

Lastly, as you can see I spend a lot of time on these web pages in an attempt to give you as much info as possible on what my workshops are about, what is included, schedules, what to bring, where we will photograph, and more. I want you to have as much info as possible when considering one of my workshops. If I am missing something and you need more info feel free to call me at 480-818-9566 or contact me here.

Why should I attend a program with Matt Suess?

I will teach you how to create inspiring and amazing fine art quality photographs. You will learn how to see more creatively and how to translate that vision into a final image that has emotional impact.

I make it easy to learn techniques and concepts that you will take with you every time you walk out the door with your camera. I have extensive experience shooting and selling my fine art photography as well as teaching the concepts of photography. I am a hands-on learner myself and teach using a hands-on approach that will give you the best opportunity to retain information and further your photography skills long after the workshop has concluded.

Lastly I love teaching small groups. Most of my workshops feature small sizes with up to 10 students on average. This allows for extremely low teacher to student ratios and provides many extremely valuable one-on-one opportunities to work with me during the workshop.

Can spouses attend? 

I have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, family members, friends, etc. who are traveling with you and who haven’t registered are unable to partake in any group functions. This policy is in place to limit distractions for the other students attending as well as to keep our group size below the legal limits of my permit. 

Workshops are also not a location for pets and as such are not allowed with the exception of guide dogs. 

If a spouse or friend wants to attend they will need to register.

What level of photography experience do I have to have in order to attend one of your workshops?

It depends upon the workshop, so please check with the specific workshop you are interested. I especially love teaching beginner and intermediate photographers.

With small classes, I am able to work with each student individually no matter their experience level to help them improve and reach their individual goals.

Do you photograph during field workshops?

Yes I do photograph on occasion and usually only when the light is amazing. When I do photograph, my priority is still my students needs and I have absolutely no problem stopping what I am doing to help anyone. Most of the time I am photographing, it is to tell students exposure settings and to show composition ideas and other things to consider. 

Students have told me that in some other workshops they have taken, it seems like the instructor is more interested in his/her own shots and often ignores or even leaves the group to photograph in better locations. My workshops are not like that at all and I am far more concerned that my students get the shot.

What should I bring with me to one of your workshops?

You will receive info in advance of the start of the workshop that will contain detailed information regarding what to bring with you. Be sure to also check out each workshop page for additional information to give you a head start in planning. 

Do you provide travel insurance for your workshop participants?

I do not provide travel insurance as part of our workshop fees but definitely recommend it. I highly recommend trip insurance that also includes travel health insurance. 

Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating (although note I have no personal experience with this company). The cost for travel insurance is typically 4-7% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other variable factors.

What happens if there is bad weather?

Some of the best photos come when the weather isn't at it's best. We will normally be out in stormy weather, provided it’s not putting you or your equipment at great risk. 

But if it’s too bad, we will head inside and have computer processing demo's, discussions on photography, art, techniques and more.

What’s included in my tuition?

Tuition includes all lectures, fieldwork, guiding, classroom instruction and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions. Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless otherwise specified.

Do you provide transportation?

I do not supply transportation for my workshops. I encourage participants to carpool once the program has begun, to minimize our impact on the environment and to facilitate parking. Please come expecting to share your car with others or to jump in and share someone else’s.

Are there restrictions on participation?

My workshops do not normally entail strenuous activity unless specified. Nevertheless, participants must be able to complete moderate walks/hikes with their required photo gear sometimes on uneven or slippery surfaces. If you have any health problems or physical limitations, please let me know prior to booking.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept Paypal, any major credit cards, and checks.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact me here.

Workshop Policies

Registration to any of my photo workshops acknowledges that you have read, understand and agree to my photo workshop polices outlined here.

– Payment for my photo workshops acknowledges reading and understanding my workshop policies listed here.

– Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of registration unless otherwise specified.

– I have a no tag-along policy. Spouses, family members, friends, etc. who are traveling with you and who have not registered are unable to partake in any group functions. Workshops are also not a location for pets and as such are not allowed with the exception of guide dogs.

Cancellation Policy: All workshop tuition fees are non-refundable. I understand, however, that emergencies do come up at the last moment that could effect your participation. Should you need to cancel, I can transfer the fees you paid towards another one of my other photo workshops. Note that there is a $150 administrative fee to do this, and you must sign up for one of my workshops that occurs within 1 year of the workshop you cancel. If the workshop you are transferring to is more than your original amount paid, the remaining balance will be due to secure registration. No fees are to be returned if the transferred workshop is less than your original payment. Workshop fees can only be transferred towards another workshop and can not be used to purchase artwork or other items for sale.

In the event that I deem it necessary to cancel the workshop I will provide a full refund of tuition fees which the participant(s) acknowledges as full and final settlement. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. I strongly recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. Things beyond my control such as government shutdowns and weather can effect scheduling. I also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

– Partial Payment: Some workshops may allow for a partial payment when registering. Partial payments are subject to the same cancellation policy stated above. Following your initial partial payment you will be contacted to see how you want to pay the remaining balance. I can bill you monthly for the remaining amount if you desire. Remaining balance must be paid in full before 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your registration. Fees already paid will be transferred to another workshop at my discretion.

Liability Limitation: I aim to provide a safe, educational and enjoyable experience. I assume no liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, delay, mishap, or damage to persons or property arising from any cause during the course of the workshop or in transit thereto. I can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. I reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances.

- By participating in this workshop you acknowledge that you have read the information concerning responsibility and release Matt Suess, his guides, instructors and any cooperating agent from any liability. Matt Suess will assume no liability for injury, illness, or loss of personal property or expenses thereof associated with workshop participation. You also acknowledge that Matt Suess has the right to refuse service to anyone at any time and that these policies are subject to change at any time.

– Unless otherwise mentioned, tuition does not include any park admission fees. Hotel / lodging, meals, car rental, any needed gear or equipment rentals, etc. are not included and is the student’s responsibility. A list of area accommodations can be emailed to you following your registration.


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About Matt Suess

Matt has been a full-time professional photographer for over 26 years and has quickly become one of the leading fine art photographers & educators in the United States. Matt is a digital photography pioneer and began teaching digital photography to photojournalists in the late 90's. His passion for sharing and teaching what he has learned in his impressive and long career is evident in his down-to-earth and encouraging approach with his students.

You can see his work at fine art exhibitions such as the prestigous Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale in addition to other select juried events. In addition Matt teaches field & classroom workshops in at least 5 different states each year, offers online classes, one-on-one instruction, provides FREE webinars & education for ON1 and Macphun Software, and still finds time to spend with his girlfriend & fine art painter Whitney M Hall as well as his companion & Best Friend Scrappy.

Matt, Whitney and Scrappy

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