Workshop Policies and FAQs
Registration to any of my photo workshops acknowledges that you have read, understand and agree our photo workshop polices outlined here.
– Payment for my photo workshops acknowledges reading and understanding our 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. Students transferring from another workshop to this one will be registered in excess of the regular class size listed for this workshop with a maximum of 2 students transferred. 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.
In order to photograph great light one needs to know about proper exposure and histogram use. Here I am doing a presentation on camera settings and exposure.
– 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 will be emailed to you following your registration.
Q. What sets you apart from other workshops?
A. I absolutely love teaching. I have over 25 years of experience making my career with my cameras and teaching & sharing my experiences along the way.
I are 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.
Q. Why should I attend a program with Matt Suess?
A. 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 learners 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.
Q. Can my spouse, relative, friend, pet, etc. attend any or all of the workshop?
A. 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. 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 themselves.
Matt gives a demo on composition while out in the field photographing.
Q. What level of photography experience do I have to have in order to attend one of your workshops?
A. It depends upon the workshop, so please check with the specific workshop you are interested. I especially love teaching beginner and intermediate photographers.
Q. Does the workshop instructor photograph during field workshops?
A. Yes I do on occasion and only when the light is amazing or when I need to photograph certain subjects for later classroom use. When I do photograph along with my students, the goal is to inspire them to learn to see an image the way I do. It can be extremely valuable watching me work a scene. Rest assured however that I are far more concerned that my students get the shot and ALWAYS put their needs first.
Q. What should I bring with me to one of your workshops?
A. You will receive a workshop welcome kit before the start that will contain detailed information regarding bringing the proper gear with you.
Q. Do you provide travel insurance for your workshop participants?
A. 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.
Q. What happens in bad weather?
A. I love weather of all sorts. Great photos can be captured under some seemingly dreary skies. I believe “picture perfect days” are those with soft light from overcast skies. Many times, we will be out in stormy weather, provided it’s not putting you or your equipment at great risk. Great pictures happen in the moody light of fog, snow, rain and mist. But if it’s too bad, we will head inside and have discussions on photography, art, techniques and more.
Q. What’s included in my tuition?
A. 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.
Q. Do you provide transportation?
A. 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.
Q. Are there restrictions on participation?
A. 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.
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A. We accept Paypal, any major credit cards, and checks.
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