Photography Workshops

With Fine Art Photographer & Educator Matt Suess

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Learn photography from professional fine art photographer, educator & writer Matt Suess of Bozeman, MT & Scottsdale, AZ.

Study with a photographer who has over 29 years of experience and who absolutely loves teaching.

Join thousands of photographers who have learned from Matt and start taking better photos now.

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

2019 Photo Workshops

2019 HDR For Beginners - With Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

Dates: Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7, 2019

Location: Carefree, Arizona

Skill Level: Any - from Beginner to Pro

Type: Field and Classroom Workshop

Status: SOLD OUT. Click here for more info. Want to be put on a waitlist? Let me know here.

2019 Grand Teton National Park Spring Photography Workshop

Dates: 6 Days: Monday, June 17 – Saturday, June 22, 2019

Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Skill Level: Any - from Beginner to Pro

Class Size: Limited to just 6 students

Type: Field Workshop

Status: SOLD OUT Click here to be put on a waitlist.

2019 Grand Teton National Park July Milky Way & Night Sky Photography Workshop

Dates: 5 Days (4 Nights): Saturday, June 29 – Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Skill Level: Any - from Beginner to Pro

Class Size: Limited to just 6 students

Type: Field Workshop

Status: SOLD OUT Click here to be put on a waitlist.

2019 Glacier National Park Explorer's Photography Workshop for Alumni

July 8 - 13, 2019

Join Matt Suess for 6 days of scouting and field instruction in Glacier National Park in Montana in July of 2019. Learn how to scout locations with hands-on photography instruction.

This workshop will first be open only to student alumni who have taken a field photo workshop with me before. If workshop doesn't sell out it will be open to new students for the remaining spots.


More 2019 Photo Workshops & Classes will be listed here soon!!

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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.

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

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

What sets your workshops apart from other workshops?

I absolutely love teaching! I have almost 30 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 often will be photographing alongside the group. When I do photograph however, my #1 priority is still my students and I have absolutely no problem stopping what I am doing to help anyone at any time. Most of the time I am photographing, it is to tell students exposure settings and to show composition ideas and other things to consider.

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 in.

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. During the workshop we will carpool to minimize our impact on the environment and to facilitate parking.

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