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Beyond the Lens with Matt Suess – Photography Journal & Blog

Unboxing the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

By Matt Suess | February 12, 2020

Unboxing the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III – Watch on Youtube On February 12, 2020 Olympus announced the new OM-D E-M1 Mark III camera. I have been shooting with a pre-production version for a couple weeks prior to the announcement. When I first received the camera from Olympus I videotaped an unboxing of it and […]

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MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack from Think Tank Photo Preview

By Matt Suess | September 18, 2019

My friends from Think Tank Photo just sent me for review a MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack just in time for a 10-day trip to Cody and Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming I am about ready to leave for. I’ll be sure to do a field review once I return, but in the meantime here are […]

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Skylum Announces AI-Powered Portrait and Skin Enhancement Tools for Luminar 4

By Matt Suess | September 17, 2019

Today Skylum continues to unwrap new features for the upcoming Luminar 4 by announcing new AI-powered portrait and skin enhancement tools. Portrait photographers – and really anyone who photographs people – are sure to be excited about these new tools to quickly enhance the look of people in their photos. While I have not yet been […]

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Think Tank Photo releases Retrospective V2.0 Shoulder Camera Bags in Black

By Matt Suess | September 11, 2019

My friends at Think Tank Photo let me know that they just released their Retrospective V2.0 shoulder bag series in a brand new color – BLACK. And from the pictures I’ve seen it looks pretty stunning! The original Retrospective series came out in 2016 featuring a classic “retro” minimalist & stylish look with a lightweight […]

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New Blog Post From Skylum Shows Their Excitement for AI – Are You Excited?

By Matt Suess | August 6, 2019

Skylum just posted a new blog article from the Chief Product Manager of Skylum talking a little bit more about the upcoming Luminar 4. No new features have been announced outside of the previously mentioned AI Sky Replacement filter, but the article does mention that Skylum is heavily invested in Artificial Intelligence to make our […]

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Green Grass and Montana Skies

By Matt Suess | August 5, 2019

Ahh Montana you continue to to both surprise me and impress me. And how can you not be impressed with the crazy light we can get here at times! It seems like almost every afternoon we have a storm roll through, which has been keeping the grass here just outside of Bozeman very green. This was […]

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Montana Sunset and Storm Clouds

By Matt Suess | August 1, 2019

Last night I had the opportunity to do some photography with fellow Olympus shooter Eric Rock exploring some areas new to both of us just outside of Bozeman, Montana, and we were treated to some great light! Finding this particular spot at just the right moment, there was no time for tripods and even if […]

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Hollyhock Flower with Olympus Focus Stacking II

By Matt Suess | July 31, 2019

Here is another shot of some Hollyhock flowers and buds I photographed in my backyard the other night here in Bozeman, Montana with my Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera using the M.Zuiko 300mm f4 Pro lens. I used the Focus Stacking feature of the camera set up for 15 shots with a focus differential of 2, with my camera […]

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Hollyhock Flower with Olympus Focus Stacking

By Matt Suess | July 25, 2019

Last night I had the chance to experiment some more with the Focus Stacking feature of my Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera using the M.Zuiko 300mm f4 Pro lens. Here is a shot of a hollyhock flower in my backyard here in Bozeman, Montana. By using focus stacking I was able to get everything I wanted […]

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Skylum Today Announces Luminar 4 – What Now Happens to Luminar 3?

By Matt Suess | July 23, 2019

Today Skylum has announced Luminar 4, a paid upgrade to Luminar 3, shipping this fall. Details however are still vague as to what new features Luminar 4 will have outside of the one new feature being mentioned at today’s announcement, even though Luminar 4 is now available for pre-order. What is that new feature, and […]

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