New Workshop Announcement: 2015 Grand Teton Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

Registration is now open for my 2015 Grand Teton Fall Foliage Field Photography Workshop in Wyoming on October 1-4, 2015.

The workshop is open to any skill level with a maximum class size of just 8 students.

Grand Teton National Park is one of the most beautiful and majestic landscapes in the world, with the Teton Range rising more than 7,000 feet above the valley. Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park has some of the more dramatic scenery in the Rocky Mountains. It is sure to be an inspiration for any photographer looking to create beautiful images.

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This workshop is scheduled for when it should be near peak fall foliage at the Tetons. Aspens will be changing their color to a brilliant yellow and orange, snow will return to the peaks of the Tetons (and maybe even at ground level if we are lucky), and animals will be on the move and more visible as they prepare for the winter.

You will learn and improve your skills in the following areas: getting perfect exposures, composition, lens selection, the use of split neutral density filters and solid density filters to control exposure and for effect, how to photograph stitched panoramas, exposure bracketing (HDR), working a scene to create numerous photos & compositions from one location, and more.

For more information and to register visit the workshop page here.

Have you taken a photo workshop with me before?

Student Alumni can register for this workshop with a savings of 10%.

This workshop is sure to sell out so don’t hesitate in registering! In fact the workshop was already 25% sold out prior to this public announcement from those signed up to my photo workshop newsletter list.

Spend 4 days learning and photographing during what should be peak fall foliage.

2015 Grand Teton Fall Foliage Photo Workshop with Matt Suess

Find out more info on this workshop here!

FREE Lightroom and ON1 Photo Presets

Download my free Lightroom and ON1 Photo Presets today!

Included are 5 presets for Lightroom and 7 presets for ON1 Photo designed to fix common problems with landscape photos (and even other types of photography).

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Here is what is included with the Lightroom presets:

A little punch – designed to add some pop to your photos

Extra punch with vignette – designed to add even more pop with a slight vignette

Fix flat landscape and darken sky – add contrast and detail to your photo with an adjustable gradient to darken the sky

Overexposure Fix – designed to help fix overexposed photos

Underexposure fix – designed to help fix underexposed photos

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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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Zion’s Heavenly Glow

Knowing where to photograph and when is key to photographing amazing light in Zion National Park, Utah.

At this particular location the light only lasts like this for maybe a half hour or so. The sunlight reflects off a canyon wall (not visible in photo), illuminating the orange canyon wall to the right.

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Zion National Park, Utah
Prints can be ordered here.

 

This was photographed during peak fall foliage. The yellow trees in the center provide a wonderful color contrast to the blue sky and orange canyon walls, producing what I call Zion’s Heavenly Glow.

This was photographed hand-held using my Sony a7R and Canon 17-40mm f4 lens. The RAW file was processed in Capture One Pro and the photo was fine-tuned with onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 9.

 


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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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