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Beyond the Lens with Matt Suess – Photography Journal & Blog

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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Goodbye Sony! It wasn’t you, it was Olympus. Why I Switched, Part 1

By Matt Suess | July 22, 2019

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series. I will add links for new additions here when they become available. Part 1 – an Introduction It is official – on July 9, 2019 I broke-up with Sony after 5 years and went back to my first love from way back in the 1980’s, Olympus. It […]

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Sony Just Announced New 60MP Camera – Am I Bummed Now That I Switched to Olympus?

By Matt Suess | July 16, 2019

So right on the heals of me leaving Sony FF for Olympus, Sony today announces a 60MP upgrade to the camera I just got rid of. Am I upset? Am I regretting my choice?? Absolutely not, and this shot is just one reason why! There is more to a camera than it’s megapixels, and what […]

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Luminar Flex from Skylum Updated to v1.1 – What is Flex and What About this Update

By Matt Suess | July 10, 2019

Skylum today has released a free update to Luminar Flex bringing it to version 1.1. What is Luminar Flex? Don’t they have Luminar 3 too? For those not familiar with Flex, think of all the great photo editing filters and tools from Luminar 3, minus the not-ready-for-primetime catalog features that Luminar 3 has. If you […]

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Ranch Horse on Cold Morning – Tetons

By Matt Suess | July 9, 2019

I am amazed at how insanely sharp the Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 Pro lens is. Not to mention the great focal length too, equivalent to 80-300mm at f2.8 in the full-frame world, all in a lightweight design that makes it easy to carry around all day.

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Registration Now Open for my 2019 Fall Grand Tetons Photo Workshop

By Matt Suess | June 1, 2019

Registration has just opened for my 5th Annual Fall Grand Teton Photography Workshop in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming!! Here is some of the important info: Dates: Monday, September 23 – Saturday, September 28, 2019 Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced Class Size: Limited to just 6 students Type: Field Workshop Note: Previous fall workshops […]

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Still Learning the AF System on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X Camera

By Matt Suess | May 29, 2019

In my continuing experiments with the Get Olympus system they have loaned me and the OM-D E-M1X camera in particular, I’ve had some focusing issues that I believe I am finding solutions to! Switching camera systems is never easy nor is getting used to new AF systems. For most of my shots I have been using […]

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