I am an authorized CUA permit holder of the National Park Service and conduct my workshops based on the permit’s guidelines.
We will be at our locations photographing just before sunrise and ending our day just after sunset.
During mid day when the light isn’t great we will be taking a break for a few hours to recharge batteries, download images, and rest up for the evening sessions.
However we are ultimately at the mercy of Mother Nature and I will be diligently studying weather forecasts during our time together with the numerous weather resources I always use when planning for the best light.
So our day-to-day schedule is absolutely always subject to change immensely based on the light/photography potential on any given day, thus this itinerary is intentionally planned to be extremely loose and variable during our time together.
There have been numerous times on my workshops where we ended up not taking the scheduled mid-day break to instead chase the light. And our efforts were always rewarded with amazing photographs...
So in other words, be prepared for the unexpected!
We will meet at 3pm then head out into the park to photograph though sunset which is at approx. 7:12pm.
Our locations and times will vary depending on the weather.
Sunrise during the workshop is at approx. 6:27am and sunset is at approx. 7:12pm. Expect to meet in the mornings one to two hours before sunrise, and night sessions ending as late as 8:00pm.
We will be photographing sunrises & sunsets throughout the workshop with a break for a few hours in the middle of the day. Storms are always a possibility so definitely be prepared to photograph them.
We will head out for our final group sunrise shoot. Workshop will end by 10am.
Here is the best airport option:
RAPID CITY REGIONAL AIRPORT: In Rapid City, SD. You will then have a 1hr drive to our base location in Wall, SD.
Schedule your flight so you arrive to Wall, SD by noon on Monday, September 11th or anytime on Sunday, September 10th.
We are not based out of any particular hotel so you are free to stay where you want, provided it is in the very small town of Wall, SD.
More information will be provided following registration.
A complete list of What to Bring will be provided. This list will mention required and suggested items regarding camera equipment and clothing.
Keep in mind that this workshop takes place in Mid September when the weather can range from overnight lows on average around 50 F to daytime temps on average up to 81 F. Rain and stormy weather is always a possibility.
For this workshop we will be carpooling. Let me know if you are willing to be a driver - I will need 2 drivers that can take two additional passengers.
It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to purchase quality travel insurance.
Some companies allow for the purchase of Cancel for Any Reason Coverage that expands the list of reasons for your canceling to include things such as sudden work or family obligation and even a simple change of mind.
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Photography has always been a huge part of my life starting at the age of 12 when I had my own black & white chemical darkroom. That early interest launched a full-time professional photography career that began in 1990 and continues today.
For the first 17 years of my career I was a photojournalist based in New England. I am a digital photography pioneer and began teaching digital photography to photojournalists in the late 90’s, helping bring digital cameras to two different newspapers. I was awarded the 2003 New England Press Associations Photographer of the Year award for my work at the Cape Cod Times. During my time as a photojournalist, I also photographed weddings & portraits, as well as corporate & commercial assignments.
In 2006 I decided to leave all of that behind and move West, where I am now a fine art landscape & nature photographer, educator, and publisher. In addition, I also accept select luxury resort & architectural photography assignments.
I teach numerous field & classroom workshops throughout the year as well as online courses and I provide occasional free online webinars. You may have already seen my videos for software companies such as Skylum and ON1. My passion for sharing and teaching what I have learned during my long career is evident in my down-to-earth and encouraging approach with my students.
I am sponsored by Olympus / OM SYSTEM as an OM SYSTEM Ambassador. One does not need to shoot with Olympus / OM SYSTEM gear though to take my workshops.
I live in Bozeman, Montana with my fiance and fine art painter Whitney Hall and our two blue heeler cattle dogs. You can find me online on Instagram and YouTube at @mattsuessphoto