2023 Utah Epic 3-Park Spring
Photo Workshop

With Matt Suess May 14 - 20, 2023

Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, AND Zion National Park, Utah

Join me for an Epic 3-Park Experience as we journey from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park, and finish in Zion National Park.

Only open to 6 photographers!

May 14 - 20, 2023
Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, & Zion National Park, Utah

"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."

Jill E.

2019 Spring Grand Teton Photo Workshop Student

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The Basics:

Dates

7 Epic Days:
Sunday, May 14 - Saturday, May 20, 2023

Locations

Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, & Zion National Park, Utah

Group Details

Open to any skill level from beginner to professional. We will be out photographing from sunrise through sunset with a break in the day. Limited to just 6 photographers.

Physical Activity

Easy to Moderate & Possibly Strenuous Each workshop student needs to be in decent physical condition with the ability to walk on trails up to 2-4 miles round trip. The most strenuous hike would be the Narrows.

Tuition Fees

Pay $1,250 today to secure your space, and the remaining $1,447 is due by January 14, 2023. 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.

Our Experience Starts at
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

Capitol Reef encompasses the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth's crust that is 65 million years old. It is the largest exposed monocline in North America. In this fold, newer and older layers of earth folded over each other in an S-shape. This warp, probably caused by the same colliding continental plates that created the Rocky Mountains, has weathered and eroded over millennia to expose layers of rock and fossils. The park is filled with brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs, gleaming white domes, and contrasting layers of stone and earth.

The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold.

The fold forms a north-to-south barrier that has barely been breached by roads. Early settlers referred to parallel impassable ridges as "reefs", from which the park gets the second half of its name. The first paved road was constructed through the area in 1962. State Route 24 cuts through the park traveling east and west between Canyonlands National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, but few other paved roads invade the rugged landscape.

The park is filled with canyons, cliffs, towers, domes, and arches. The Fremont River has cut canyons through parts of the Waterpocket Fold, but most of the park is arid desert. A scenic drive shows park visitors some highlights, but it runs only a few miles from the main highway. Hundreds of miles of trails and unpaved roads lead into the equally scenic backcountry.

- source Wikipedia

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And Continues to
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce Canyon National Park is much smaller and sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m).

The park covers 35,835 acres (55.992 sq mi;) and receives substantially fewer visitors than Zion National Park (nearly 4.3 million in 2016) or Grand Canyon National Park (nearly 6 million in 2016), largely due to Bryce's more remote location.

- source Wikipedia & NPS

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And Finishes in
ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to 2,640 ft (800 m) deep. The canyon walls are reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone eroded by the North Fork of the Virgin River.

Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park has a unique geography and a variety of life zones that allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park's four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.

The geology of the Zion and Kolob canyons area includes nine formations that together represent 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation. At various periods in that time warm, shallow seas, streams, ponds and lakes, vast deserts, and dry near-shore environments covered the area. Uplift associated with the creation of the Colorado Plateau lifted the region 10,000 feet (3,000 m) starting 13 million years ago.

- source Wikipedia & NPS

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"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."

Emily L.

2018 June Tetons Milky Way and 2019 Spring Grand Teton Photo Workshop Student

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Learn How to Use Camera Filters

Using Camera Filters to Control Exposure & For Creative Effects Can Dramatically Improve Your Photos

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I was using at least one camera filter for pretty much every photo you see here on this page. 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 students 😊.

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.

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to Achieve Perfect Exposures By Understanding the Histogram
  • Finding the Best Composition & Framing
  • Maximizing Your Composition Through Light, Shadow & Texture
  • How to Choose the Correct Focal Length Lens for the Situation
  • ​How to Choose the Correct ISO, F-Stop, Shutter Speed and White Balance
  • ​Photographing Stitched Panoramas
  • ​​Working a Scene to Create Numerous Photos & Compositions from One Location
  • ​Long Exposures up to 10 Minutes in the Daylight for Creative Cloud Effects with Solid ND Filters
  • ​Techniques for Reducing Noise
  • ​Using Split-Neutral Density Filters to Control Exposures
  • ​Proper Camera Settings for Landscape Photos
  • ​Finding Things to Photograph Even in the Middle of the Day
  • ​How to Work a Scene from Multiple Angles & Focal Lengths
  • ​How to Photograph the Obvious, and Especially the Not So Obvious
  • ​And Much, Much More!!

With a small class size of just 6 students there will be plenty of time to work with me on a one-on-one basis.

Hike the Narrows

Depending on weather, we will hike the Narrows of Zion on either Friday or Saturday.

This is the hike of a lifetime for many, and is usually featured among most top hiking lists.

The hike can be considered moderate when water levels are low, and strenuous at high water flows. The best way to describe it is it is like walking on bowling balls in a river, as the bottom of the river is either completely sandy or we are walking on bowling ball type river rocks.

Round-trip we’d be looking at around 6 miles. Per my permit, we are required to stop at Orderville Canyon, which is unfortunately before the most narrow "Wall Street" part of the Narrows but even with this restriction we are able to photograph some amazing spots.

There is no guarantee we will be able to hike the Narrows as it depends on the water levels from spring snow melt-off. May can be tricky when trying to plan this hike. If the Narrows is closed or deemed too unsafe, we will photograph elsewhere in the park.

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For those that can’t or don’t want to do the entire Narrows hike, I’d still suggest renting the water gear. I can show areas to photograph in the Virgin River near the entrance to the Narrows while the rest of group is in the Narrows. The Narrows hike is an all-day event and would be the most strenuous hike of the trip. 

NOTE: We will need to rent appropriate Narrows hiking gear from one of the local outfitters that includes special boots and dry bib. The rental cost is less than $100 and not included in the tuition fees.

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Unique Features of This Workshop

  • 3 Epic Utah Locations: Travel and photograph throughout 3 different and epic Utah National Parks. You will return with an incredible amount of photographs showcasing the beauty of three of my favorite Utah locations.
  • Very Small Class Size: Only 6 Students! Some teaching photo workshops allow as many as 12 students. This one is limited to just 6 which means more one-on-one time with me and less distractions from a large group.
  • It's All About the Light & Location: We will be going to some popular iconic locations but also many less known and less visited but stunning locations that exist in Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park.
  • Bring Your Camera Filters: We will be shooting quite a bit with filters on this workshop. From CPL's to split-neutral density to solid neutral density filters. Don't worry if you've never even heard of some of them! I'll provide a list of filters to bring, and by the end of the workshop you'll be creating photos like a pro with them! I am also an Official NiSi Reseller and you can order your filters direct from me.
  • ​Special Group Study: This workshop features 3 Unique Focus Areas: Technique, Composition, and Personal Style. With such a small group I will be able to work with you individually to help you begin to develop or to refine your own personal style, which will be accomplished through the use of various camera techniques, composition, & post processing.
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🔥 BONUSES 🔥

These Bonuses are Unique to My Workshops.

You will not find another instructor providing so much extra value to move you forward with your photography!!

Bonus #1

  • 1.5hr LIVE Online Group Welcome Party: Approx. 1 to 2 months prior to the start of the workshop we will all meet online for a welcome party. 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)

Bonus #2

  • 1.5hr LIVE Online Group Review and Q&A: Approx. 4-6 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). Most other workshops, once you leave that final day, you are on your own. This isn't the case here! 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)

Bonus #3

  • How to Post Process Your Capitol Reef Images: An online course teaching you my secrets to post processing Capitol Reef photos. ($197 Value)

Bonus #4

  • 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)

Bonus #5

  • How to Post Process Your Bryce Canyon Images: An online course teaching you my secrets to post processing Bryce Canyon photos. ($197 Value)

Bonus #6

  • How to Post Process Your Zion Images: An online course teaching you my secrets to post processing Zion photos. ($197 Value)

Bonus #7

  • 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)

Bonus #8

  • Special 15% off NiSi Filters: You will receive a Special Workshop Student Discount of 15% off your first order of NiSi Filters. ($155 Value on Average)

Bonus #9

  • Special Savings on Fotopro Tripods: You will receive a Special Workshop Student Discount towards your purchase of a Fotopro Tripod. ($135 Value on Average)

Bonus #10

  • Access to a Private Online Portal: You will receive access to a special private online community portal where you can get to know your fellow attendees, share photos from the workshop, get up-to-date workshop info, and watch the bonus videos. ($97 Value)

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:   $1,540

ITINERARY

We will be at our locations photographing just before sunrise and ending our day just after sunset. During our travel days between parks, we will do that mid-day.

During mid-day when we are not traveling and 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!

Capitol Reef

Sunday Afternoon, May 14, 2023

We will meet at 4pm then head out into the park to photograph though sunset which is at approx. 8:28pm.

Monday, May 15, 2023

We will head out for our morning shoot and arrive to our location before sunrise which is at approx. 6:15am and stay out photographing till around 10am or so. We will then take a break and meet up again at approx. 4pm for our sunset shoot. Sunset is at approx. 8:28pm.

Tuesday Morning, May 16, 2023

We will head out for our morning shoot and arrive to our location before sunrise which is at approx. 6:15am and stay out photographing till around 9am or so. Following our morning shoot we'll leave our hotel in Capitol Reef and head out to Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon

Tuesday Afternoon, May 16, 2023

We will meet at 4pm then head out into the park to photograph though sunset which is at approx. 8:28pm.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

We will be at our sunrise location before sunrise which is at approx. 6:19am and photograph till approx. 10am. From 10am to approx 4pm we will take a break, meeting back up around 4pm for sunset shoot. Sunset is at approx. 8:29pm

Thursday Morning, May 18, 2023

We will head out for our sunrise shoot and end morning session around 9am. We will then check out of our hotels and make our way to Zion National Park.

Zion

Thursday Afternoon, May 18, 2023

We will meet at 4pm then head out into the park to photograph though sunset which is at approx. 8:28pm.

Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20, 2023

On one of these days, we will hike the Narrows, starting around sunrise and ending before sunset to return rental gear. On the other day we will do the normal sunrise shoot (around 6:15am) with a 10am to 4pm break in the day followed by a sunset shoot.

Workshop ends Saturday evening, allowing you to schedule flights anytime on Sunday May 21.

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OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER

What is Included

  Photo Instruction & Guiding from Matt Suess

  3 Amazing Photographic Locations

  Bonuses of $1,540 in Value

What is Not Included

 Any Flights

  Lodging & Transportation during the workshop

  Food, Drinks, Snacks

  Park Passes, Narrows Gear, etc.

What Airport and When to Arrive

Here are the best airport options:

Salt Lake City Airport in Utah: This is a 3.5hr drive to Capitol Reef where we will be starting the workshop and a 4.5hr drive back from Zion where we end the workshop.

Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, NV: This is a 5.5hr drive to Capitol Reef where we will be starting the workshop and a 3hr drive back from Zion where we end the workshop.

Schedule your flights accordingly so you arrive in Torrey, Utah in time for the start of the workshop at 4pm on Sunday, May 14th.

Where to Stay

These are the hotels that are HIGHLY SUGGESTED you make your reservations for to keep everyone together. There are no group rates, so be sure to use your AAA card for discounts.

Nights of May 14 & 15 in Capitol Reef: Red Sands Hotel & Spa.
Nights of May 16 & 17, Bryce Canyon: Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Nights of May 18, 19, 20, Zion: La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham

What to Bring

A complete list of What to Bring will be provided. This list will mention required and suggested items regarding camera equipment and clothing.

Weather: These are the average high and low temps in mid-May during the workshop. 
Capitol Reef: 74F and 48F
Bryce Canyon: 64F and 37F
Zion: 86F and 54F

Carpooling

You'll need your own car during the workshop to drive between parks, but we will carpool once we are at the parks to make it easier for us for parking. 

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.

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Register Here

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2023 Utah Epic 3-Park Spring Photo Workshop

TUITION FEES:  $2,697

$1,250 due today, remaining $1,447 due by January 14, 2023

  • May 14 - 20, 2023
  • 1-on-1 & Group Coaching & Guiding from Matt Suess
  • Limited to 6
  • ​BONUSES Valued at $1,540
  • ​Past Clients can contact me about any possible alumni discount prior to registering.

ALL WORKSHOP ATTENDEES MUST ALSO FILL OUT AND SIGN MY ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

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:

  • The initial $1,250 registration fee is non-refundable, but it is transferable to another workshop provided we are more than 120 days from the start of the workshop (a $275 administrative fee is applied to all transfers).
  • The remaining $1,477 balance is due 120 days from the start of the workshop, that date being  January 14, 2023.
  • If you cancel within 120 days from the start of the workshop and you are able to find someone to fill your spot, you would be entitled to receive a refund (minus your initial registration fee and a $275 administrative fee). If your are unable to fill your spot, all fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. It is highly suggested to purchase good trip insurance to cover you in such an instance.

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)

You can view my full cancellation & refund policy along with other important information here

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STILL GOT QUESTIONS? WE GOT YOU!

Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding This Utah Epic 3 Photo Workshop

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

While a lot of time we will be photographing within easy walking distance from our cars, there will be some hikes we will be taking with distances of 2-4 miles on some uneven terrain with little elevation gain. The most strenuous hike would be the Narrows hike walking in the river (with appropriate gear). Attendees should be in good physical condition.

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

This workshop is open to all photography levels from beginner to pro. I have had students 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 student individually no matter their experience level to help them improve and reach their individual goals.

 What is your experience photographing in these parks?

With Zion I've been photographing there since 2007 and leading photo workshops there off-and-on since 2013. With Capitol Reef I've been photographing there regularly for a few years now and started offering workshops there in 2021. Both parks I know extremely well. With Bryce Canyon I've photographed there before, and we will have fun exploring various locations during the workshop.

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

No - this workshop is a shooting intensive workshop with no time for any group computer lessons. That is what my Bonus material is for where you can watch pre-recorded videos in the comfort of your home. You can even download the videos to watch again and again. Besides, wouldn't you rather be out shooting instead of inside the hotel room on your computer? An exception to this would be if the weather is bad enough that it prevents us from creating any meaningful shots. Should that happen we can spend some time on the computers.

 Is this primarily a landscape or wildlife workshop?

This is primarily a landscape workshop. There are some wildlife in the parks so if you want to bring a long lens just in-case feel free to do so.

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

STILL GOT QUESTIONS? WE GOT YOU!

Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding My Photo Workshops & Tours in General

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 What sets your workshops apart from other workshops?

I absolutely love teaching! I have over 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.

 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.

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

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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 unless otherwise specified. 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.

 What is your cancellation policy?

You can read my cancellation policy as well as any other terms & policies here.

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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

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