Photography Workshops

 

I teach a number of various field and classroom photography workshops throughout the year, usually with my colleague Christine Hauber. Together we offer over 40 years of professional photography experience and absolutely love sharing our knowledge and experience with our students.

Most of our workshops include a maximum of 8 students or less. Our students love small class sizes because it guarantees more one-on-one time with both of us throughout the workshop. Where you could get “lost in the crowd” at larger workshops with only one main instructor and possibly an assistant, Christine and I both provide you with the learning environment that only 2 full-time professional photographers who have been doing this for a long time could offer.

Our students range from beginners with point-and-shoot cameras to more advanced photographers with “all the gear”. We teach the basics like shutter speeds, apertures, ISO’s, histograms and depth of field. The study of light, composition and timing is emphasized.

And we teach advanced photography techniques such as multiple exposure HDR photography, stitching, texture blending, layer masks, composite photography, and more.

As fine art photographers, we emphasize personal style and artistic expression. As artists, our creativity is not limited to what a cold, mechanical device such as a camera can see. Creativity begins when we photograph the scene with great light and composition, and creativity continues with how we enhance our photographs in post production using specialized photography software such as Capture One Pro, Perfect Photo Suite, and Nik Software.

I am also available for private instruction for those who prefer complete one-on-one time or can not make one of the other scheduled workshops. Private instruction can range from topics such as marketing, website and social media, art festivals, in addition to field and classroom photography instruction.

2014 Photo Workshops, Tours and Speaking Engagements 

Last updated 2/12/2014

 

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2013-06-04_13-37-412-Day Classroom Creative Photography Course

Dates: The dates for this workshop are April 12 & 13, 2014

Location: Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Phoenix/North Scottsdale

Skill Level: Any

Class Size: Class size is limited to 20 students

Status: Registration is open. Click here for more info and to register.

Highlights: In this class creativity is key. Learn how to apply numerous effects and how to create your own, learn the easy way to deal with layers and layer masks, do texture blends, smooth blemishes on skin, whiten eyes and teeth, remove red eye. learn how to do cut-outs easily – even complex ones with hair, remove and replace the sky, add and remove objects in your photos, convert your photos expertly into B&W, add creative focus to your photos, and learn to resize your photos for print and online sharing. Learn all of this and more using one software program – onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 8 – “the photographer’s choice for photo editing”.

 

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2013-10-10_12-25-53The 4th annual Santa Fe 5-Day HDR Field Photography & Digital Darkroom Boot-Camp 2014

Dates: The date for our 4th annual Santa Fe Photo Boot-Camp is September 26-30, 2014

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Skill Level: Beginner to slightly intemediate

Class Size: Limited to 8 students

Status: Registration is now open. Click here for more info and to register.

Highlights: This workshop is an intense 5 days of both shooting and classroom study. In the field we will work on light, composition, and mastery of camera controls, In the classroom we will process and enhance RAW files using Capture One Pro, then learn how to finish off photos with Perfect Photo Suite. HDR Efex Pro will be the preferred software for the HDR conversions. You will leave with a greater love and knowledge for photography and its many creative possibilities.

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2013-10-10_16-29-39Half-day workshops of fall foliage in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Santa Fe, NM

Dates: Tentatively scheduled for October 2&3, and October 8&9

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Skill Level: Beginner to slightly intemediate

Class Size: Limited to 4 students each day

Status: Registration will open later this year. If you want to be put on the list of first-notification when registration is available contact me. You will then have the first opportunity to register for this spectacular workshop which will only be open to 4 students.

Highlights: Spend a half-day photographing the changing aspen leaves during morning light in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. These half-day photo workshops are limited to just 4 students each day. During this workshop we will work on light, composition, and lens choice while photographing the tiny details of a single leaf to a wide angle shot of the yellow tree canopy. Perfect for those in town already for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta as Santa Fe is just a 1 hour drive from there.

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2014 Zion Photo WorkshopZion National Park 5-Day Fall Foliage Photo Workshop 2014

Dates: The dates for our 2nd annual Zion Workshop is November 7-11, 2014

Location: Zion National Park, Utah

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Class Size: Limited to 8 students

Status: Registration is now open. Click here for more info and to register.

Highlights: Expert instruction from Christine Hauber and myself, sunrise and sunset photography at some of the most photogenic areas in the park, work with us on studying light, composition, and attention to exposure details and lens choice, freedom to work on personal styles and projects with our assistance, and more. This is a photography-only workshop and no classroom instruction is scheduled. However feel free to bring your laptop and take advantage of the numerous one-on-one times available during the workshop to have answered any post processing questions you may have.

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p27690132-2Grand Canyon 5-Day Field Photography Workshop

Dates: The tentative dates for this workshop are August 15-19, 2014

Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona and possibly Page, Arizona

Skill Level: Any

Class Size: Limited to 8 students

Status: Registration will open later this year. If you want to be put on the list of first-notification when registration is available contact me. You will then have the first opportunity to register for this spectacular workshop which will only be open to 8 students.

Highlights: We are scheduling this workshop in the height of monsoon and tourist season. I have photographed the Grand Canyon at this time of year before and have been blessed with wonderful cloud formations, virga, and rainbows. The majority of this workshop will focus on spectacular sunrise and sunset light, the study of light and composition, panoramic stitching photography, and other field related exercises and techniques. We are considering Page, AZ for the last day and a half of this workshop to photograph Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, and possibly Antelope Canyon (depending on flash-flood weather reports). If not we will remain at the Grand Canyon and its numerous stunning overlooks. This is a photography-only workshop and no classroom instruction is scheduled. However feel free to bring your laptop and take advantage of the numerous one-on-one times available during the workshop to have answered any post processing questions you may have.

 

A slideshow of photos from some of our workshops:

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Some of our Past Workshops

2013

2013 Zion National Park Fall Foliage Photo Workshop

Private workshop in the Texas Hill Country in April

3rd annual Santa Fe 5-Day HDR Field Photography & Digital Darkroom Boot-Camp 2013

2012

Santa Fe 5-Day HDR Field Photography and Digital Bootcamp 2012 in September

2011

Free photowalk in downtown Tucson, AZ in December

Santa Fe 3-Day Digital Bootcamp 2011 in September

Online Webinar Using Nik Software’s Viveza 2 plugin in September

Free Online Webinar in August

Basic Photoshop 1-Day classroom workshop in April in Phoenix, AZ

Intro to HDR 1-Day classroom workshop in April in Phoenix, AZ

2-Day Printing and Stretching Canvas workshop in March Phoenix, AZ

 

You can read about our workshop policies and F.A.Q’s here.

About Matt Suess:

matt_200pxMatt began his professional photography career while in college in 1990 and for the next 17 years worked as an award-winning photojournalist and winner of the 2003 New England Press Associations’ Photographer of the Year Award. His editorial and advertising photography has been published worldwide in newspapers, magazines, books, and more.
Matt is a digital photography pioneer who began working with digital imaging in the early 1990′s and helped implement and teach digital image processing to fellow newspaper staff photographers in the late 90′s and early 2000′s.
In 2006 Matt left behind his photojournalism career and ever since he has been a full-time artist selling his artwork at some of the best juried fine art festivals throughout the Southwest, with collectors worldwide.
With his vast experience in photography it is no surprise that Matt loves teaching. Due to the demands of being a full-time artist constantly traveling, he is only able to teach a small number of workshops each year. You can view his upcoming workshop schedule here.
For more about Matt you can visit here.
About Christine Hauber:
christine_200pxChristine began her professional photography career in 1993. A graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado and the University of Colorado, her photographs have been shown in galleries nationally and showcased in B&W and Photo Technique Magazine.
The author of the book Working in the USA, Christine has been the subject of several television programs, including the Fine Living Channel’s Radical Sabbatical and CNN’s NewsNight with Aaron Brown and interviewed for such internet and podcast programs as the Candid Frame and Photo Talk Radio.
She has conducted national lectures, seminars and workshops in addition to teaching photography at a community college. Since she now travels extensively selling her artwork, she is able to conduct a small number of workshops each year.
Christine began selling her artwork as a full-time artist in 2004. She has taken her photography into the realm of mixed media, creating one-of-a-kind pieces combining patinaed or oil painted metals with her photographs. Her work is now collected internationally.  Her website is ChristineHauber.com

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