2024 Grand Tetons in Black & White
With Matt Suess
June 1 - 5, 2024
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Join us in the Tetons for a Masterclass in Black and White Photography, photographing landscapes, wildlife, and downtown Jackson Hole.
2024 Grand Tetons in Black & White Photography Workshop
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming June 1 - 5, 2024
5 Days, 4 Nights:
Saturday, June 1 - Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, USA.
The closest airport is in Jackson, Wyoming.
Open to any skill level from beginner to professional.
Limited to just 7 photographers.
Easy to Slightly Moderate Each workshop client needs to be in decent physical condition. Expect walks on level ground up to 1 mile.
Lodging, food, transportation, etc. is not included.
Your Instructor & Guide
Matt Suess Will be your photo instructor and guide during this workshop.
I am an authorized CUA permit holder of the National Park Service and conduct my workshops based on the permit’s guidelines.
"Matt is a great teacher, Grand Teton National Park is spectacular, you'll get the photos you want, and you can expect to be with a terrific group of people."
2019 June Milky Way Grand Teton Photo Workshop Client
Hi - I'm Matt Suess!
Spend 4 nights and 5 days in the magnificent Grand Teton National Park with me while studying black & white photography. My 30+ year professional photography career started with black& white and I'll be there helping you to both "see" in b&w and to create images you only dreamed of!
This is a shooting-intensive landscape photo workshop with both one-on-one and group instruction in the field. Our primary focus is on the impressive landscape, but we will also photograph wildlife from time to time.
A Masterclass in Black & White Photography
My 30+ year professional photography career started in black & white photography.
In fact, many years prior to me going pro, I had my own black & white chemical darkroom - back when I was 12 years old! Back in the day I shot countless tens of thousands of rolls of b&w film and printed thousands of my own b&w prints.
And all throughout my professional career I have always had a deep love for stunning and dramatic black and white photos.
When color is removed from a photograph, there is less room for error for it to be successful. Not only is your composition and exposure critical as usual, but when you remove color other elements become even more important such as contrast, shape, and texture.
Join us in the Tetons where I'll help you to "see" in black & white. Together we will study light, composition, shape, form, and texture to create stunning black & white photos.
You will leave this workshop with not only a better understanding of b&w photography, but much of what you learn can be applied to color photography too.
So not only will you become a better b&w photographer with this Masterclass, but your color photography will improve as well by studying b&w.
Will We Study Infrared Photography Too?
If you have an infrared camera be sure to bring it!
My entire career has revolved around traditional b&w photography and not infrared. But there is always the chance I might get one of my cameras converted to infrared before the workshop.
Do I Need a Special Camera or Filters?
Your regular camera will be fine as long as it has a b&w or monochrome picture style setting - most mirrorless cameras should have this feature. A list of highly recommended filters will be provided after registration (with a special discount code for workshop attendees) that will be extremely useful when not only shooting in b&w but can also be used for your color photos!
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A Fabulous Location for Black & White Photography
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.
I've been photographing and leading workshops in the Tetons for years and years and know the area like few others. While the Park is quite impressive for color photography, it also lends itself very well to black & white.
Over the last few years some of my favorite shots from here are black & white and I can't wait to help you achieve dramatic and breathtaking photos from such an impressive location!
"Matt is the best instructor I've had for any creative activity, but especially photography. He is patient in explaining things, and really helps you focus on the areas that YOU want to develop rather than focusing on what he thinks you need improvement on.
He also is the only instructor I've had in creative endeavors that is so supportive of you owning your unique style - I've always been one to do things my way, and most instructors struggle with students who don't "do as you're told," but Matt teaches to help you learn rather than trying to get you to do things his way.
Matt also is great about making sure that each person gets heard and gets time for their questions to be answered, which requires facilitation of the discussions in such a way that people aren't talked over but also that people don't feel like they are being shut down...this is not an easy thing to do. Plus, he has a great sense of humor, which is always appreciated!
The Milky Way Workshop felt more about learning some techniques, setting up the shot, then waiting to see if it worked. This was more thinking on your feet and instantly applying things and adjusting (which was likely part of my challenge...my brain wasn't ready).
I would recommend both trips, and have so loved showing people the magic that was captured both times. And it's fun to be able to brag about the great teacher we had each time."
2018 June Tetons Milky Way and 2019 Spring Grand Teton Photo Workshop Client
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
With a small workshop size of just 7 clients there will be plenty of time to work with me on a one-on-one basis.
Learn How to Use Camera Filters
Using Camera Filters to Control Exposure & For Creative Effects Can Dramatically Improve Your Photos
I almost use at least one camera filter for pretty much every photo I take during daylight hours. From a circular polarizer to enhance color & reduce glare/reflection, to a split neutral density filter to help balance exposures, to solid neutral density filters to allow me to shoot long exposures of the clouds - I used them all.
Prior to our workshop we can arrange a private Zoom call to go over your specific filter needs to make sure you have the right setup for this workshop.
Even better, I am an Official NiSi Reseller and you can safely & securely order whatever filters you need direct from me! I even have an exclusive discount just for my workshop clients 😊.
I shoot exclusively with NiSi Filters due to their lack of color casts and quality of products. Of course you are free to use and bring whichever filters you already have even if they are not NiSi Filters.
Who Is This Workshop For?
This workshop is designed for any skill level, yet a DSLR/Mirrorless or equivalent camera with interchangeable lenses AND a sturdy tripod are required, as well as a basic working knowledge of your camera.
Most clients who take my workshops are beginners to advanced amateurs and even pros. My workshops are filled with hands-on instruction & demonstrations. I encourage & help find and develop each clients' unique personal style of photography.
EASY to MODERATE
Each workshop client needs to be in decent physical condition. Expect walks on level ground up to 1 mile.
The weather this time of year can range from overnight lows in the upper 30's to low 40's. Daytime temps can range from the upper 70's to mid 80's. The Tetons get an average of 1.15" of rain this month.
Unique Features of This Workshop
These Bonuses are Unique to My Workshops.
You will not find another instructor providing so much extra value to help move you forward with your photography!!
1hr LIVE Online Group Welcome Zoom Call: Approx. 2 months prior to the start of the workshop we will all meet online for a Welcome Zoom Call. I'll cover where we will be going, discuss safety, show you some photos of what to expect, discuss what to bring, and will go over some basic camera settings. Bring your questions and meet your fellow attendees in this informal social gathering. ($175 Value)
1.5hr LIVE Online Group Review and Q&A: Approx. 4-8 weeks following the workshop we will all meet online again. I know that a few weeks following a workshop, a bunch of questions come up from what was learned (and sometimes forgotten). Use this as your opportunity to get all of those questions that come up following a workshop answered, get feedback on your photos, and connect with your fellow attendees once again. ($175 Value)
What to Do With These Photos! You will get access to my mini course on organizing your photos, captioning, adding keywords, and storing your photos. ($37 Value)
How to Post Process Your Teton Black & White Images: An online mini course teaching you my secrets to post processing our Teton B&W photos. ($197 Value)
Access to a Private Online Portal: You will receive access to a special private online workshop portal where you can share photos from the workshop, get up-to-date workshop info, and watch the bonus videos. ($97 Value)
Special $175 Savings on Your Next Workshop: You will receive a Special Alumni Credit that can be applied to any future field workshop that starts within 2 years of this workshop's start date. ($175 Value)
Special 15% off NiSi Filters: You will receive a Special Workshop Client Only Discount of 15% off your first order of NiSi Filters. ($155 Value on Average)
Special Savings on Fotopro Tripods: You will receive a Special Workshop Client Only Discount towards your purchase of a Fotopro Tripod. ($135 Value on Average)
Special 15% off Summit Creative Camera Bags: You will receive a Special Workshop Client Only Discount of 15% off your first order of any Summit Creative Camera Bag & Accessories. ($55 Value on Average)
Each BONUS is specifically designed to help you with your photography journey beyond the short time we are all together in-person.
🏆 Total Value In BONUSES: $1,201
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. There have been numerous times on other 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!
There is no classroom portion to this workshop. Post processing training will be provided in the format of Bonus pre-recorded mini courses viewable online in addition to a Bonus Live group call a few weeks following the workshop.
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 time together.
Evening 1: Saturday Evening June 1
We will meet in the late afternoon - around 3:00 or 4:00PM, for a group dinner and then head out into the park to photograph through sunset which is around 8:56PM
Day 2 - 4: Sunday Morning June 2 - Tuesday Evening, June 4, 2024
We will meet and head out up to an hour or possibly more before sunrise (sunrise is at approx. 5:44AM) and photograph the entire morning till around 11:00AM or so, when we will take a break for a few hours before we meet again in the late afternoon before sunset.
Evening sessions will end up to 1hr after sunset.
Day 5: Wednesday Morning June 5
After our sunrise session, the workshop will end at approx. 9:00AM allowing for time to check out of your hotel and catch a plane out of Jackson late in the morning or early in the afternoon.
"I think the way you handled the workshop was as near perfect as any student could ask for."
2019 Fall Grand Teton Photo Workshop Client
"I really cannot wait for this... figuring out how to make this particular trip happen has been on my mind since I first decided I wanted to get into landscape photography. And I know after working with you this year, I will truly be ready for it!"
2022 Photo Mentorship Client & 2023 Lofoten Aurora Workshop Client
"You have the utmost patience and instead of just telling me to do something, or how to do something, you helped me to think about solutions. Many instructors/leaders have an ego and those individuals are difficult to learn from. You don’t. You are a top-notch instructor."
2019 Spring Grand Teton Photo Workshop Client
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
What Airport and When to Arrive
The best bet is to fly direct into Jackson, WY.
If that is not a possibility then consider flying into Salt Lake City, UT. You will have an approx. 5hr drive from Salt Lake to Jackson.
Where to Stay
Book your hotel reservations sooner rather than later! Hotel rooms go fast especially this time of year.
This workshop isn't going to be based out of any hotel location, so you can choose to stay at any hotel of your choice. I would highly recommend though staying within a few miles of the Square in downtown Jackson. Avoid far away areas like Teton Village. If you are considering a place and have any questions, feel free to contact me before you book.
You may also consider either tent or RV camping at Gros Ventre Campground in the park. Reservations can be found here.
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.
For this workshop we will be carpooling. Let me know if you are willing to be a driver - I will need 2 - 3 drivers that can take two additional passengers.
Travel Insurance - STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
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.
More information will be provided upon registration.
Traveling With a Spouse/Companion
This workshop has 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 as a regular client.
2024 Grand Teton in Black & White June Photo Workshop
Cancellation & Refund Policy for This Workshop
We know that plans can change, unforeseen circumstances can happen and no one wants to miss out on the trip of a lifetime. To provide the best customer support possible and to keep groups small and affordable, our cancellation policy ensures we can continue to provide clients the best possible foto experience.
For this workshop the following applies:
If you wish to cancel or transfer to another workshop MORE than 120 Days from the Start:
your registration fee will be transferable to another workshop by Matt Suess with a $275 administrative fee.
If you wish to cancel or transfer to another workshop LESS than 120 Days from the Start:
no refunds or transfers (assuming we cannot fill your spot)
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
This workshop is open to all photography levels from beginner to pro. I have had clients who didn't know what an f-stop was and I have had those who are just about ready to or are already selling their own prints.
Being a small class, I am able to work with each client individually no matter their experience level to help them improve and reach their individual goals.
I have been photographing the Tetons since 2012 and began leading photo workshops there in 2015. Each year I usually lead at least 4 scheduled group workshops including a Milky Way workshop as well as spring, fall, and winter workshops. As far as I can tell, no other instructor leads more scheduled group photo workshops in the Tetons than 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 clients depending on the time of day and the lighting conditions to maximize time in the field photographing.
In order to maximize shooting time in the field, we will not be spending time together on the computer during the workshop. Instead I now offer included online post processing videos specific to our workshop in addition to a live group Q&A following the workshop.
This workshop has 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 as a regular client.
Frequently Asked Questions
I absolutely love teaching & guiding! I have over 30 years of professional photography experience and am detail orientated and put the needs of my clients first and answering all of their 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, wildlife, night sky & Milky Way, and travel photography. I draw from all of my 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, you will have a great time in the process!
I will show 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 6 to 12 clients on average. This allows for extremely low teacher to client ratios and provides valuable one-on-one opportunities to work with me and my guides during the workshop.
Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, 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 thus are not allowed with the exception of guide dogs. If a spouse or friend wants to attend they will need to register as a regular client.
Yes I do on occasion and only when the light is amazing or when I need to photograph certain subjects for later classroom use and field discussion of composition and exposure.
When I do photograph along with my clients, the goal is to inspire them to learn to see creative compositions. It can be extremely valuable watching me work a scene.
Rest assured however that I am far more concerned that my cliens get the shot and I ALWAYS put their needs first.
It depends upon the workshop, so please check with the specific workshop you are interested in. Most workshops are geared towards beginner to professional abilities.
I do NOT provide travel insurance as part of my workshop fees, but I definitely recommend clients get it. I highly recommend trip insurance that also includes travel health insurance. I personally use Allianz Travel. The cost for travel insurance is typically 4-7% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other variable factors.
Tuition includes all lectures, fieldwork, guiding, any classroom instruction and critiques of your digital files during any classroom sessions.
Travel & transportation costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless otherwise specified.
You will receive a workshop welcome kit before the start that will contain detailed information regarding the proper gear to bring with you.
Do not dismiss bad weather, as 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.
I do not supply transportation for my workshops unless otherwise specified. I encourage participants to carpool once the workshop 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.
Each workshop has it's own cancellation policy you can review on each workshop's registration page.
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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, wildlife, travel, and Milky Way photographer, educator, and publisher. 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/webinars for OM SYSTEM / Olympus, Hunts Photo & Video, B&H Photo, 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 clients.
I am honored to be sponsored by Olympus / OM SYSTEM as an OM SYSTEM Ambassador but I teach photography to anyone using any camera brand.
I live in Bozeman, Montana with my blue heeler cattle dog. You can find me online on Instagram and YouTube at @mattsuessphoto
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