Study with Matt Suess Privately One-on-One!

Since I began offering private one-on-one instruction in 2014 it has become an increasingly popular and beneficial learning option for my students.

Due to the popularity of these private sessions, I am expanding the opportunities available to meet the needs of student requests. Here are both current and soon to be offered one-on-one learning options:

Private Instruction options

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. Any questions or want to schedule your first session? Use the link here to get started:

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Private Online Photography Instruction via a Shared Screen

Private Online Photography Instruction via a Shared Screen

Using the shared screen services of Skype I can teach you image enhancement & workflow in Lightroom, Perfect Photo Suite, 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

Private In-Person Photography Instruction

This summer and early fall I will be available for in-person instruction in Santa Fe, NM, Grand Teton National Park, WY, Zion National Park, UT and 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

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 Shopify, camera techniques, and almost anything else you need help in.


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.

Testimonials from one-on-one students

Best four hours of intensive photography instruction I’ve had in 15 years as a serious enthusiast. I decided on two sessions, both two hours long with a video for my use later. They were exactly what I needed to get a real jump start in Capture One and Perfect Photo Suite and then actually begin to use the tools between sessions. I had a couple of weeks after the first session to practice and to focus in on areas where I wanted additional help in the second two-hour session. The cool thing about these online sessions was the ability to focus on exactly what I needed for my work and my experience. We talked on the phone before we started, I sent a couple of emails to try and pinpoint what I was after in these lessons, and we launched from that point. When it turned out that workflow was a critical component of my integrating two new post-processing tools that I had only generally considered, we spent a fair amount of time talking about how you set up your workflow in the first session–and then you gave me feedback in the second session about the workflow that I built after that first session. Another cool thing about this online on-on-one was the ability to jump around. You’d touch on a point, and I’d interrupt and ask about something that came to mind at that moment, and we were able to jump out of that piece and into another peripheral area to talk about that aspect of post-processing–then jump back into the lesson flow. Jumped in and out of Capture One, Photoshop, talked about Lightroom workflows and comparisons, Photo Mechanic, making panoramic images–all in the context of the larger lessons on Capture One and Perfect Photo Suite. And as time waned on the lesson, I was able to ask you to jump to another component right away so I wouldn’t miss anything I had to learn. My learning curve drove the instruction–and you just jumped from one thing to another as I needed and asked, so it was instruction with real context. This–for me–is a great way for an experienced photographer to take his or her craft to the next level. It’s focused by me, but totally flexible so I can add/delete/make turns–go where I need to go “on the fly” as the lessons unfold. This is truly a case with new processes of not knowing what you don’t know, so the initial plan changes as one’s knowledge grows and/or new material creates new questions. Truly tailored instruction. Recommend multiple two-hour sessions. One hour is not enough even if one plans multiple sessions–which I recommend so you have the time to practice in between. Two hours, at least for me, gave me plenty of understanding without being overwhelming. I then took the two weeks in between sessions, used the video for reminders–and practiced/experimented. Your cost for this online instruction is extremely reasonable and fair, especially for the quality and quantity of truly focused learning I took from the sessions. No way I could have done this in a busy classroom. Thanks, Matt. Be back to you in a few months after I get my feet on the ground with the basics and run a few thousand images through the process. Good luck with the show. Cheers, Jim


"I found Matt’s one on one tutorial session was a perfect format for me to learn HDR. Matt’s warm and personal approach immediately put me at ease. Matt perfectly sized my skill level and personalized the pace so the information flow maximized my absorption of the subject I was able to interrupt and ask questions whenever I needed without concerns of interrupting a class. This really accentuated my climbing of the learning curve. Matt is a skilled teacher and made it “All about ME”. In two hours time Matt led me from neophyte to knowledgable user. I can’t imagine a more efficient way to enhance my photographic skills. The followup recording of our session provided positive reinforcement solidifying my new found expertise. I consider it a true value and a hyper efficient methodology for skill transfer. I will be using Matt’s skills as an expert teacher again. I look forward to our next session."

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