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2018 June Grand Teton Milky Way Photo Workshop

With Matt Suess, June 13 - 17, 2018

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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. 

This workshop is scheduled around the new moon when the sky is at it's darkest, allowing for prime viewing of the Milky Way and night sky.

2nd Annual June Grand Teton Milky Way & Night Sky Photography Workshop

Dates: Wednesday, June 13 – Sunday, June 17, 2018

Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Class Size: Limited to just 6 students

Type: Field Workshop Status: Open - Scroll Down to Register

I am an authorized CUA permit holder of the National Park Service and conduct my workshops based on the permit’s guidelines.

Photographed during my 2017 June Tetons Milky Way Workshop

Spend 5 days in the magnificent Grand Teton National Park with me. I will be there to teach you all I know about photographing the night sky. The proper camera settings are essential to getting the right shot, and I will share with you my techniques for proper exposure as well as ways to dramatically reduce noise in your photos.

This is a shooting-intensive landscape photo workshop with both one-on-one and group instruction in the field. It is scheduled for when the new moon occurs. This will provide us with dark skies all night giving us perfect conditions for the Milky Way.

Students photographing during my 2017 June Tetons Milky Way Workshop

What You Will Learn

You will learn & improve your skills in the following areas:

  • Getting Perfect Exposures
  • Composition for the Perfect Photo
  • Choosing the Correct Focal Length Lens for the Situation
  • How to Choose the Correct ISO, F-Stop, Shutter Speed and White Balance for Night Photography
  • Photographing Stitched Panoramas
  • Working a Scene to Create Numerous Photos & Compositions from One Location
  • Techniques for Reducing Noise
  • Techniques for Brightening Up Your Foregrounds
  • Long Exposures up to One Hour for Star Trails
  • Star Stacking Techniques
  • Using Apps on Your Phone to Find the Milky Way
  • Techniques for Focusing at Night
  • And Much, Much More!!

My normal field workshops include 8 students, but for this workshop the limit is just 6 students! This will allow for more personalized and more one-on-one instruction to help you achieve your own individual goals for the workshop.

A smaller group also has the advantage of having a little more "elbow room" while on locations. Shooting at night can be challenging while waiting for people to get set up and turn off their headlights. A smaller group makes this much easier.

Photographed during my 2017 June Tetons Milky Way Workshop. While this photo may look like it has been light-painted or low level lights were used for the cabin, absolutely no artificial light was used. I will teach you how to achieve this during the workshop.

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is designed for advanced beginners to advanced photographers and even professionals. A DSLR or equivalent camera (like the Sony Mirrorless cameras) with interchangeable lenses and a sturdy tripod are required, as is a basic working knowledge of your camera. 

Photographed during my 2017 June Tetons Milky Way Workshop. This is a combination of 15 photos stacked to give me an hour of star trails. The light on the Chapel was not added by me but rather a passing car. I will teach you the techniques and software needed to get shots similar to this during my workshop.

Itinerary

2nd Annual June Tetons Milky Way Photo Workshop

Dates: Wednesday, June 13 – Sunday, June 17, 2018

Class Size: Limited to 6 students

Status: Open

This workshop starts at the new moon and we will have completely dark skies for each of the nights during this workshop which will be ideal for photographing the Milky Way.

This workshop is also not like other night workshops that only stay out for a few hours in the evening.

In this workshop we will start out just after sunset and shoot all night and finish up after sunrise. You will have numerous opportunities to photograph the Milky Way from different locations and you will also have the ability to work on very long exposures and star stacking with times of about an hour long!

You will not feel rushed during this workshop. Photographing the night sky takes time, and you will have ample time at each location to perfect your shot. Plan on 2 to 3 different locations on average per evening. Many locations yield themselves to multiple shots and angles.

There is no official classroom portion to this workshop, yet I will definitely be doing a few demonstrations on my laptop showing various post-processing techiques using a number of different photo software programs to show you how to get the best out of your night photos. 

This is a landscape photography workshop and that will be our primary focus. However with the amount of wildlife in the park we will certainly keep an eye out for and photograph any wildlife we come across during our sunrise shoots.

We will meet for dinner for a couple hours in the early evening to go over the final itinerary, discuss safety, and get to know one another in a casual atmosphere. No shooting is planned for this evening, however, we will swap this night with another and shoot tonight if the weather looks bad on one of the other evenings.

We will meet at approx. 3:30am and drive to our location for sunrise which is at approx. 5:40am and we will photograph till approx. 7am. We will be arriving at this location in the dark with enough time to “get our feet wet” with night photography by learning how to focus on the stars and how to properly set up our cameras.  

This morning shoot is also designed to get us used to staying up all night for the next few nights. Following the sunrise shoot we will break for the entire day so we can get some sleep in preparation for the next 3 nights.

We will meet at approx. 9:00pm and drive to our first location arriving during the blue hour after sunset. We will then shoot at various locations all night through sunrise, which is at approx. 5:40am. Shooting will end by 7am giving us the rest of the day to eat, sleep, and take a look at images before the next session.

We will meet at approx. 9:00pm and drive to our first location arriving during the blue hour after sunset. We will then shoot at various locations all night through sunrise, which is at approx. 5:40am. Shooting will end before 7am.

We will leave our sunrise location and head to breakfast at approx. 7am. Following breakfast we will have a photo processing demo in addition to a group photo critique. Workshop ends by 10am.

Bonuses

In addition to the field instruction I am now able to offer these exciting new enhancements to this workshop!

  • NEW - Students to this workshop get access to a Private Group on my website where everyone can meet and stay in touch with fellow students, share photos, and more both before & after the workshop.
  • NEW - Online Group Meeting with me and other students a couple weeks prior to workshop to get to know one another and ask any last minute questions. Expect 1 to 2 hours.
  • NEW - Online Group Meeting with me and other students a couple weeks after the workshop to show off photos, view a processing demo or 2, and ask any final questions. Expect 1 to 2 hours.

Class photo from my 2017 June Tetons Milky Way Workshop.

Tuition & Registration

Until the start of the workshop!

2nd Annual June Tetons Milky Way Photo Workshop

Wednesday, June 13 – Sunday, June 17, 2018

Tuition: $1,295 per student, with a limit of 6 students.

You can register here safely & securely:

$1,295 per student with a limit of 6 students
Workshop Tuition for Wednesday, June 13 - Sunday, June 17, 2018
NEW - Online Group Meeting with me and other students a couple weeks prior to workshop to get to know one another and ask any last minute questions. Expect 1 to 2 hours.
NEW - Online Group Meeting with me and other students a couple weeks after the workshop to show off photos, view a processing demo or 2, and ask any final questions. Expect 1 to 2 hours.
NEW - Access to a Private Group on my website where everyone can meet and stay in touch with fellow students, share photos, and more!

Option #2 - Workshop Tuition Paid Half Now, Half Later

$647.50

Pay $647.50 today to reserve your seat. Shortly after your registration you will be emailed an invoice for the remaining $647.50 balance which is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.
  • Workshop Tuition for Wednesday, June 13 - Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • NEW - Online Group Meeting with me and other students a couple weeks prior to workshop to get to know one another and ask any last minute questions. Expect 1 to 2 hours.
  • NEW - Online Group Meeting with me and other students a couple weeks after the workshop to show off photos, view a processing demo or 2, and ask any final questions. Expect 1 to 2 hours.
  • NEW - Access to a Private Group on my website where everyone can meet and stay in touch with fellow students, share photos, and more!

Before being able to register & pay you must first agree to my Workshop Policies stated below. Once read click on the checkbox and the payment options will be enabled.

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Workshop Policies

– 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 that still has open seats left. 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 complete registration. No fees are to be returned if the transferred workshop is less than your original payment. 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. I also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

Things beyond my control such as government shutdowns and weather can effect scheduling. In the event of a government shutdown that closes our location to the public, the workshop will not necessarily be cancelled, and locations near the intended location will be considered in an effort to keep the workshop continuing.

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.

– 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 can be emailed to you following your registration upon request.

– Photos & Video of You: Photos & Video of you may be taken during the workshop and used for advertising future workshops on websites and print media owned by Matt Suess and/or other sites & media that advertise workshops taught by Matt Suess. Acceptance of these terms implies that you agree to such usage with no further compensation above and beyond the photo instruction received during the workshop. If requested, Matt can send you the full-resolution images being used of yourself to keep and make prints from. This also applies to any testimonials provided in-person, online, or on any public forum.

 

Register Today for my June Tetons Milky Way Photo Workshop

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STUDENT ALUMNI: Have you taken a field or classroom workshop with me before? If so, contact me and I will send you a special discount code good for 10% off registration for this workshop.*

*(Registration discount can not be combined with any special offers)

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of registration, or you may elect to register today with a partial payment. The remaining balance is due no later than 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. I can bill you monthly for the remaining amount if you desire.

If you are unable to register online, you can register and pay by phone by calling me at 480-818-9566. All major credit cards are accepted or you can pay by check as well. Contact me and I will call you back at the time you desire.

Tuition does not include park admission which is paid at a ranger station upon entering the park and good for 7 days. 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 can be emailed to you following your registration upon request.

Photographed during my 2017 June Tetons Milky Way Workshop.

Looking for Even More Photo Instruction During Your Trip?

I have had workshop attendees hire me for private one-on-one instruction just before or just after the workshop to further their education.

If you are interested, contact me immediately following your registration to schedule a 4-hour or 8-hour session. The itinerary is completely up to you. Some students have used this for extra time out in the field while others have used this for photo processing training on the computer, or both.

I can only offer this to a few students and it is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Again if you are interested, contact me immediately after your workshop registration.

Rates for these private sessions are at a discount from my normal rates and are $350 for 4 hours and $525 for 8 hours.

Lodging

I will be staying at the Virginian Lodge in Jackson, Wyoming – just a short drive from downtown Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. I have stayed here for a few years now and most students also stay here. The Lodge features regular rooms and also has an RV park for those traveling via RV. It is not required that you stay at the Virginian Lodge.

NOTE: I am currently attempting to secure room discounts, so if you decide to stay at the Virginian let me know and I will update you on the status of the room discount.

It is recommended to make reservations here or anywhere else in Jackson ASAP as most places fill up months in advance!!

The Virginian Lodge phone number is 1-800-262-4999 and the RV Park is 1-800-321-6982.

You will definitely want to be staying in Jackson, WY for the workshop at least Wednesday night through Saturday night. Many students checkout Sunday morning to catch afternoon flights back home while others stay a few days before/after the workshop to photograph Yellowstone.

What Matt's Students Have to Say

Actual testimonials from online, classroom, and field workshop students.

  • As someone new to photography, Matt was exceptional at cultivating my novice level while educating the group at a comprehensive level in the photography field. He worked relentlessly to provide us the knowledge necessary and incessantly positioned us in superlative places for stunning scenic and wildlife pictures. Matt has extraordinary talent in the realm of photography, however, he is equally as impressive with his teaching and relational skills with his students.
    Mike Parsons Mike Parsons
  • Thank you very much for a great workshop. I learned and practiced more things in this workshop than in all the others I have taken.
    Frank Croft Frank Croft
  • 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.
    Jay McDonald Jay McDonald
  • This was the class I was looking for. I had been using Perfect Photo for about a year and had watched some of the video presentations but did not really have the feel I wanted for the program. I had been searching for several months for someone to teach a face-to-face class and finally came upon Matt after seeing a link through on1’s emails. This was a crash course but it was perfect. Great explanations and demonstrations with plenty of time to ask questions and receive one-on-one time when needed. Matt’s experience as photographers and users of the software was very evident. It’s nice to have someone who actually uses a program in real life situations instead of a company representative. After sitting through this class, I can now start to do more with my photos and use Matt’s and on1’s videos as refreshers to the class. I now have a better understanding of the capabilities of the program and what I want to do or need to do with my photos.
    Richard Hart Richard Hart Tampa, FL

What to Bring

This workshop takes place in the spring when the weather can range from overnight lows in the upper 30's to daytime temps in the upper 70's. Rain is always a possibility. 

With that in mind you will want to dress appropriately with waterproof clothing, dressing in layers, and make sure you have your gloves and hat (sunrises can be quite chilly). Hand warmers are a great idea too as well as sunscreen. Hiking boots – preferably waterproof – are also very highly recommended.

In regards to camera gear you will want to have lenses that cover wide angle to telephoto and lots of memory cards and batteries. A tripod is a must and a cable release is highly recommended. Polarizing filters, split neutral density filters, and solid neutral density filters are highly recommended but not required. You can contact me directly with questions regarding these filters. (Note that my workshops are sponsored by Singh-Ray filters and students receive a 10% discount on their purchase.) 

You will also want to bring your laptop computer to download images. On our last day, Sunday, you will want to bring it with you for a scheduled critique session following our sunrise shoot.

In particular to nighttime shooting: 

You will want at least a 24mm lens that is f2.8 or faster. An ideal range would be between 14mm and 24mm. I personally use a 24mm f1.4 and a 14mm f2.8 lens.

You will also want an intervalometer (programmable timer). Winter clothing is needed and you may want to consider bringing a blanket and chair. In June of 2017 we had overnight lows in the upper 30's and daytime temps in the upper 70's to low 80's. You will definitely want handwarmers (for yourself and your lens) as well as bug spray!

A tripod is required and also a headlamp that has both a white and red light. The red light is used to protect our night vision.

A more complete list of what to bring will be provided to you as we get closer to the workshop.

F.A.Q's Regarding This Tetons Milky Way Workshop

Is there a lot of walking/hiking during this workshop?

No there isn’t. My permit from Grand Teton National Park only allows us to travel 1/2 mile along any trail so that would be the longest walk. There is also little to no elevation gain on any walks we will do.

Can my spouse, relative, friend, pet, etc. attend?

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.

Will we work on our computers and learn how to process our photos?

This workshop is a field photography workshop and there is no classroom computer time scheduled. On Sunday, however, the last few hours are devoted to me giving a few demonstrations on using software from Macphun including Luminar & Aurora HDR, ON1, Lightroom, Capture One Pro, in addition to some specialized software for night sky photography.

In addition, there is also a group critique where each student shows their favorite photos from the shoot. This in particular has been extremely beneficial to students as they learn from their peers on how to see and shoot differently.

What’s included in my tuition? Rooms, transportation, meals?

Tuition includes all lectures, fieldwork, guiding, computer demos, and critiques of your digital files. It also includes coffee made by myself while we are out in the field 🙂

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included.

Are there restrictions on participation?

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.

What happens if there are clouds or rain overnight blocking the night sky?

This workshop, like any workshop, is at the mercy of Mother Nature. In 2017 we had no clouds or rain overnight whatsoever. But there is no guarantee that will continue to happen on other workshops.

Usually when it rains in the Tetons, it rains in part of the area and doesn’t in another part. One area can be cloudy and another area can have fewer to no clouds. Most rain storms are isolated and come and go quickly. I have a few professional weather/radar apps that I use to evaluate the weather at any given time and can adjust the workshop accordingly.

We will try to find and photograph stars wherever they may be in the park if the weather is questionable. Only on a guaranteed washout will we abandon the night shooting and instead photograph during the daylight hours in which the park, unlike at nighttime, is quite photogenic during the rain. I will be prepared as well to give as many demo’s and instruction regarding night photographs as possible during the daylight shooting.

Lastly, I have Wednesday overnight built into the schedule as a possible shoot date if any nights between Thursday and Saturday are questionable.

Will you be photographing too during the workshop?

Yes I will be photographing on occasion and usually only when the light is amazing. When I do photograph, my priority is still my students needs and I have absolutely no problem stopping what I am doing to help anyone. Most of the time I am photographing, it is to tell students exposure settings and to show composition ideas and other things to consider.

Students have told me that in some other workshops they have taken, it seems like the instructor is more interested in his/her own shots and often ignores or even leaves the group to photograph in better locations. My workshops are not like that at all and I am far more concerned that my students get the shot.

I am a pure beginner (or advanced) photographer. Is this workshop for me?

This workshop is geared towards advanced beginners, intermediates, and pros. Nighttime photography presents many challenges and you should be familiar with your gear. At a minimum, you should have basic understandings of shutter speeds, f-stops, and ISO’s in addition to being familiar with using a tripod.

What is your experience photographing in Grand Teton National Park?

I have been photographing the Tetons for a number of years and finally began teaching photo workshops there in 2015. For 2018 I will be teaching at least 4 scheduled group workshops including 2 Milky Way workshops as well as a spring and fall workshop. As far as I can tell, no other instructor teaches more scheduled group photo workshops in the Tetons then myself.

I live just 4.5 hours away from the Tetons and often travel down there throughout the year for my own personal photos as well.

I know of numerous locations to bring my students depending on the time of day and the lighting conditions to maximize time in the field photographing.

Is it safe photographing in the Tetons at night?

Safety is my number 1 concern and I will be doing everything I possibly can to provide a safe environment. All of the Tetons is bear country and I will have bear spray with us. If you have your own, definitely bring it. In addition to bears there are moose, bison, elk, deer, coyotes and some wolves in the Park. Most of our locations will be near our cars for optimum safety. We will also be photographing together as a group which should scare away any animals. While there is certainly the potential to come across any of these animals while shooting, it is far more common to encounter these animals while driving and we will certainly be driving at or below the speed limit.

Will there be any light painting or use of low level lights to light up objects during this workshop?

Unfortunately no. In 2017 Grand Teton National Park started enforcing a law that prohibits the use of artificial light at night in the Park with the exception of using headlamps while walking/hiking and of course the use of car headlights.

Should this change between now and the workshop then yes, we will use lights provided by me. But if the law remains as is, we will use other techniques to brighten up foregrounds such as longer exposures and the lucky use of the general public’s car headlights as they occasionally drive past certain locations at night.

General F.A.Q's Regarding Matt's Workshops

What sets your workshops apart from other workshops?

I absolutely love teaching! I have over 27 years of experience making my career with my cameras and teaching & sharing my experiences along the way.
I am 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 the total experience and sharing in my passion for photography.

Can my spouse, relative, friend, pet, etc. attend any or all of the workshop?

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.

Do you photograph during field workshops?

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 am far more concerned that my students get the shot and ALWAYS put their needs first.

Do you provide travel insurance for your workshop participants?

I do NOT provide travel insurance as part of my 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.

What’s included in my tuition? Rooms, transportation, meals?

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.

Are there restrictions on participation?

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.

Why should I attend one of your workshops?

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 learner 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 valuable one-on-one opportunities to work with me during the workshop.

What level of photography experience do I have to have in order to attend one of your workshops?

It depends upon the workshop, so please check with the specific workshop you are interested. I especially love teaching beginner and intermediate photographers.

What should I bring with me to one of your workshops?

You will receive a workshop welcome kit before the start that will contain detailed information regarding the proper gear to bring with you.

What happens in bad weather?

I love weather of all sorts!  Great photos can be found under some seemingly dreary skies. Many times we will be out in stormy weather, provided it’s not putting you or your equipment at risk. Great pictures can happen during fog, snow, rain and mist. If conditions are too extreme, we will find a location to wait out the weather. During this time, we can work on our images on our laptops while I assist you and give demonstrations.

Do you provide transportation?

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.

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What makes Matt qualified to teach me?

Experience Matters.

Matt started his photography career when he was 20 back in 1990 and has been a full-time professional photographer & educator ever since. His passion for photography began when he was 12 years old when he had his own black and white darkroom.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Matt carved out a very successful career as a photojournalist for 17 years, culminating in his award of the 2003 New England Press Associations Photographer of the Year. In his career he has photographed celebrities, U.S. Presidents, professional sports (MLB, NFL, NHL, PGA, LPGA, & Pro Tennis), breaking news events, musicians, and more. He has worked with and/or been published by the Associated Press, USA Today, the Boston Herald, the Connecticut Post, Hartford Courant, Cape Cod Times, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Cape Cod View Magazine, the Middletown Press, and Men’s Journal just to name a few.

During his 17 year photojournalist career he also worked in advertising, commercial, portrait, studio, stock, and wedding photography through his business Matt Suess Photography.

Matt is a digital photography pioneer and began teaching digital photography to photojournalists in the late 90's. His passion for sharing and teaching what he has learned in his impressive and long career is evident in his down-to-earth and encouraging approach with his students.

When Matt moved to Arizona in 2006 he left his photojournalism career behind to pursue a career as a fine art landscape photographer & educator. Since then, he has established himself as one of the leading fine art landscape photographers and photo workshop teachers in the area, if not the US. He has exhibited his photography in 8 states out west at such heavily juried shows as La Quinta, Utah Arts Festival, Jackson Hole Art Festival, Indio Arts Festival, and the Crested Butte Art Festival.

His main exhibition now is the prestigious Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, where 2018 will mark his 5th consecutive year at the 10-week show which runs from January - March. The rest of the year Matt teaches field & classroom workshops in at least 5 different states each year, offers online classes, one-on-one instruction, and provides FREE webinars & education for ON1 and Macphun Software.

But it is Matt's love for teaching that really stands out!

Matt loves nothing more than to share his extensive knowledge with his students. He is passionate about photography and he is passionate about teaching photography and that passion clearly comes through with his teaching style and ability.

Knowing that photography is part technical but also part emotional, Matt is able to explain the technical parts in easy to understand language and addresses the emotional part of photography by showing how one can easily express themselves with their photography and post processing. Matt understands that each student is different in their needs and doesn’t teach them how to photograph like him but rather encourages and guides each student to find their own voice and style through their own photography.

Lastly, Matt holds nothing back. He will teach you as much as you want to learn and teach you all of his “secrets”. In his field workshops he will bring you to his favorite locations and show you how to create the best possible photos from those spots and in his classroom workshops he will show you exactly what he does to his photos and help you adapt it to your own style.


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