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August 11-15, 2021
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

2021 Milky Way
& Perseid Meteor Shower
Photo Workshop in Grand Teton NP

With Matt Suess August 11 - 15, 2021

Workshop Coincides with the Peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower
as Well as a Nearly New Moon!!!

Only 4 Spaces Left

If there is one Night Sky workshop you need to take, this is the one!!

Scheduled during the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, in 2021 we will have virtually no moonlight for most of the night.

Assuming no cloud cover, we could experience seeing and photographing potentially up to 100-140+ "shooting stars" per hour!!

And I'll be there every step of the way helping you get those amazing shots :)

"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."
A.J.
2019 June Milky Way Grand Teton Photo Workshop Student

The Basics:

Dates

5 Days (4 Nights)
Wednesday August 11 - Sunday August 15

We will be out shooting all night, from sunset through sunrise.

Location 

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

The closest airport is in Jackson, Wyoming.

Class Details 

Open to any skill level from beginner to advanced. 

Limited to just 7 photographers.

Time is Running Out - Only a Few Spots Remain

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

Wouldn't You Love to Be Able to Take Amazing Night Sky Photographs?

   🤯 It's not easy trying to figure this out on your own, isn't it?
Otherwise I'm guessing you wouldn't be here. 😉

I can certainly remember how difficult it was learning on my own how to take the night sky photographs I always wanted to take! A sky filled with stars above a beautiful landscape, sharp, with as little noise as possible, etc. 

It was a struggle to get those images sharp and to have the correct exposure. 

What direction do I best point my camera for circular star trails? Where was that darn Milky Way??

I started taking my first night sky images way back when I was a teenager in the 80’s using slide film that I would develop myself. I eventually learned to get some decent 10-minute exposure star trails, but that was about it. Forget about photographing a landscape with the stars above - that was something I just couldn’t achieve correctly. 

I started taking my first night sky images way back when I was a teenager in the 80’s using slide film that I would develop myself. I eventually learned to get some decent 10-minute exposure star trails, but that was about it. Forget about photographing a landscape with the stars above - that was something I just couldn’t achieve correctly. 

When I started shooting with digital cameras in the late 90’s the instant feedback was helpful, but the noise in those early cameras still make it nearly impossible to get decent shots of the night sky.

As the cameras improved in the early 2000’s so did my images. I developed my own techniques for manually focusing on the stars for sharp images. I figured out through trial and error how long of an exposure I could take for great star trails, how to calculate the correct settings for those long exposures, and how to best post process the image.

Now with today’s camera equipment and software, anyone can photograph great night sky images. 

But… 

Even though anyone can, it still isn’t as easy as daytime photos. 

While the equipment makes it easy, you still need to know how. How to get those sharp images, how best to reduce noise, how to be able to see the landscape with the night sky, what white balance to use, how to even see what your composition looks like before you start that long exposure - and so much more.
Over the course of my photo workshop I can help you fast track your ability to get amazing night sky images, so you don’t have to go through all the pain I suffered for years and years trying to figure it out on my own. 

It's so exciting to see the joy from my students that very first night we are all out together at the start of my night workshops. That very first hour actually, when they see - some for the very first time - the Milky Way appear on their LCD screen. 

Imagine that being you!!

I invite you to join me and the small group I am putting together to feel that magic and together share in that experience that my workshops provide. My night sky workshops are some of my student’s favorites (mine too) and most sell out. 

They are at a slower pace - often without seeing any other people throughout the night - enjoying each others company under a sky filled with millions of stars as we tell stories during long exposures while counting the number of shooting stars we see.

Not only will you leave with amazing photographs but you'll also know all the tips & tricks I use to achieve those shots so you can do it on your own next time. 

And you'll also bring home with you the memories from an experience unlike any you've had before with a new group of friends you're sure to stay in contact with.

Will you be joining me and the other students I am gathering for this incredible experience I’m providing out in the Tetons? I’d love to have you there with us!

Hi - I'm Matt Suess - and I'm Here to Help You!

Spend 4 nights and 5 days in the magnificent Grand Teton National Park with me photographing the night sky. I will be there to teach you all I know about photographing the night sky. The proper camera settings are essential to getting the right shot, and I will share with you my techniques for proper exposure as well as ways to dramatically reduce noise in your photos. We will cover shooting techniques such as stacking for noise reduction, long exposures for foreground detail, how to photograph star trails, and more.

This is a shooting-intensive landscape photo workshop with both one-on-one and group instruction in the field. It is scheduled for when the new moon occurs. This will provide us with dark skies all night giving us perfect conditions for the Milky Way.

The Perseid Meteor Shower

   🌠 The most BELOVED Meteor Showers 🌌

Active from July 17 - August 24, this annual meteor shower is expected to peak around August 12 of this year, providing up to 140+ "shooting stars" per hour.

In 2021 the peak coincides close to the new moon, providing near perfect conditions to view them. We won't have conditions like this again until 2023, as next year the peak happens when there is a full moon!

Meteor showers appear when the Earth passes through debris left behind from comets and asteroids. Perseid meteors come from debris left behind from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero.

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor showers of the year for us in the Northern Hemisphere, known to be a rich and steady meteor shower. 

(stats & info from earthsky.org and space.com)

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING

   🌠 One of the BEST places in the U.S. to see the Milky Way 🌌

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.

This workshop is scheduled around the new moon when the sky is at its darkest, allowing for prime viewing of the Milky Way and Night Sky.

Grand Teton National Park is one of the best places in the U.S. to view and photograph the Milky Way & Night Sky due to it's location far from any major cities and features very little light pollution and less air traffic than other popular areas like Joshua Tree NP & Bryce Canyon NP.
Photographed during my 2017 June Tetons Milky Way Workshop. While this photo may look like it has been light-painted or low level lights were used for the cabin, absolutely no artificial light was used. I will teach you how to achieve this during the workshop.

  WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to Achieve Perfect Exposures
  • ​How to Creatively Photograph Meteor Showers
  • Finding the Best Composition & Framing
  • ​How to Choose the Correct Focal Length Lens for the Situation
  • ​How to Choose the Correct ISO, F-Stop, Shutter Speed and White Balance for Night Photography
  • ​Photographing Stitched Panoramas
  • ​Working a Scene to Create Numerous Photos & Compositions from One Location
  • ​Techniques for Reducing Noise
  • ​Techniques for Brightening Up Your Foregrounds
  • ​Long Exposures Up to One Hour for Star Trails
  • ​Star Stacking Techniques
  • ​Using Apps on Your Phone to Find the Milky Way
  • ​Techniques for Focusing at Night for SHARP PHOTOS
  • ​How to Use Your Intervelometer and/or Pluto Trigger
  • ​And Much, Much More!!
With a small class size of just 7 students there will be plenty of time to work with me on a one-on-one basis.

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 students who take my workshops are beginners to advanced amateurs. My workshops are filled with hands-on instruction, demonstrations, and often a session or 2 in the field with my laptop going over some processing tips.

4 Unique Features of This Workshop

  Very Small Class Size: Only 7 Students! Some photo workshops allow as many as 12 students, but this workshop is limited to just 7. This 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 but stunning locations that I have found with my years of experience photographing the Night Sky in Grand Teton National Park.
  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 night sky techniques, composition, & post processing.
  The Perseid Meteor Shower: This workshop is scheduled around the expected peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower and in 2021 we will have perfect conditions with a nearly new moon. We won't have conditions like this again until 2023.

     $956 In BONUSES Included

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

  • 1.5hrs of LIVE Online Group Welcome Party: Approx. 2-3 weeks 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 workshop students in this informal social gathering. ($175 Value)

Bonus #2

  • 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 #3

  • ​How to Post Process Night Sky Images: An online course only for my night sky students teaching you my secrets to post processing night sky images. ($197 Value)

Bonus #4

  • ​How to Create Amazing "Shooting Stars" Photos: In this online course (to be available approx. 1 month - and maybe sooner - after workshop) I will show you my secrets to getting the best out of the "shooting star" photos we all shot together during the workshop. ($197 Value)

Bonus #5

  • 1.5hrs LIVE Online Group Review and Q&A: Approx. 2-3 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 students once again. ($175 Value)

Bonus #6

  • ​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)

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: $956

WORKSHOP ITINERARY

This workshop is scheduled close to the new moon and at the expected peak of the Perseid meteor shower. We will have mostly dark skies for each of the nights during this workshop which will be ideal for photographing the night sky.

This workshop is also not like other night workshops that only stay out for a few hours in the evening. We will start out just after sunset (unless conditions seem favorable for a good sunset in which case we will head out earlier) and shoot all night and finish up after sunrise. You will have numerous opportunities to photograph the Milky Way from different locations and you will also have the ability to work on very long exposures and star stacking with times of up to an hour long!

You will not feel rushed during this workshop. Photographing the night sky takes time, and you will have ample time at each location to perfect your shot. Plan on 2 to 3 different locations max per evening. Many locations yield themselves to multiple shots and angles.

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 sunrise shoots.

In the event of rain we will either spend time post processing and/or waiting it out for the rain showers to end depending on how the weather is looking. I have a number of weather apps that I use for night photography that will enable me to make best guesses as to the best use of our time each night. On cloudy nights we will be out photographing looking for breaks in the clouds or other creative ways to photograph on such nights.

Wednesday August 11, 2021

If flying into Jackson on Wednesday, it is advised to get to your hotel as early as possible and try to get some sleep in the afternoon and early evening. Ideally it is best to get into town on Tuesday.

Wednesday Evening - Saturday Evening

Plan on heading out to photograph by sunset or soon after (sunset is at approx. 8:31PM). Exact time and location will be provided. We will be out all night through sunrise (sunrise is at approx. 6:23am).

Shooting will end by 7:30 - 8am. A group breakfast is possible depending on where we are. The remainder of the day is free so you can rest up and sleep, as well as take a look at your images and recharge batteries before we head out again. 

Sunday Morning August 15, 2021

The workshop will end after our sunrise session at approx 7:30 - 8am. A group breakfast is possible depending on where we are. 

If flying out of Jackson that morning, plan for flights after 11 or noon to allow time for hotel checkout and car rental return. Often when I myself head home that morning, I'll check out of my hotel the night before at 7pm. It's always interesting to see the reaction from the hotel clerk 😂. If only they could cut us a deal on such an early checkout...

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER

Where to Stay

Book your hotel reservations ASAP! Hotel rooms are going fast this summer and your choices are getting more limited every day.

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.

ALSO super important - make sure the place you make your reservation gives you the ability to cancel within a few days of your arrival. If you are flying to Jackson, check with your airline regarding their specific cancellation policy. This is especially important in this time of COVID where things can get shut down pretty quickly.

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.

This workshop takes place in mid August when the weather can range from overnight lows in the upper 40's to low 50'sF with daytime temps on average in the mid 70's to low 90'sF. Rain is always a possibility.

Terms & Cancellation Policy

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is due in full at time of registration.

Tuition does not include park admission which is paid at a ranger station upon entering the park and good for 7 days. 

Hotel / lodging, meals, car rental, any needed gear or equipment rentals, etc. are not included and is the student’s responsibility. 

Enroll Here!

Space is available for just 7 students.

**Register before this sells out!!

My night sky workshops usually sell out quickly - the 2021 June sold out almost immediately and 2022 June is nearly sold out one year in advance for example.

Plus this one has the extra benefit of the Perseid Meter Shower!!**

Choose the Plan That Works Best For You

"Great fun, great location, great spirit, great instruction, great interaction with you and everyone. Marvelous time!"
Bruce B.
2019 June Milky Way Grand Teton Photo Workshop Student
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FAQ's Regarding My Tetons Milky Way Workshops

Here are a few answers to my most common questions regarding this workshop.

Is there a lot of walking/hiking during this workshop?
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.
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.
I am a pure beginner (or advanced) photographer. Is this workshop for me?
This workshop is open to all photography levels from beginner to advanced. 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 Grand Teton National Park?
I have been photographing the Tetons for a number of years and finally began teaching photo workshops there in 2015. I usually lead 3 or 4 workshops a year there. As far as I can tell, no other instructor teaches 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 students depending on the time of day and the lighting conditions to maximize time in the field photographing.
Is it safe photographing in the Tetons at night?
Safety is my number 1 concern and I will be doing everything I possibly can to provide a safe environment. All of the Tetons is bear country and I will have bear spray with us. If you have your own, definitely bring it. In addition to bears there are moose, bison, elk, deer, coyotes and some wolves in the Park.
 
Most of our locations will be near our cars for optimum safety. We will also be photographing together as a group which should scare away any animals. While there is certainly the potential to come across any of these animals while shooting, it is far more common to encounter these animals while driving and we will certainly be driving at or below the speed limit.
Will there be any light painting or use of low level lights to light up objects during this workshop?
Unfortunately no. In 2017 Grand Teton National Park started enforcing a law that prohibits the use of artificial light at night in the Park with the exception of using headlamps while walking/hiking and of course the use of car headlights.
 
Should this change between now and the workshop then yes, we will use lights provided by me. But if the law remains as is, we will use other techniques to brighten up foregrounds such as longer exposures and the lucky use of the general public's car headlights as they occasionally drive past certain locations at night.

General FAQ's Regarding My Photo Workshops & Tours

Here are a few answers to my most common questions regarding my photo workshops & tours.

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.
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?

   Important Covid Information

Safety is always my #1 priority for everyone attending my workshops, and especially in regards to Covid. 

All current local guidelines regarding Covid and Grand Teton National Park will be followed as per the condition of my permit to teach in the Tetons. You can find up to date Covid policies at the Tetons on their website here.

Plan on needing your own transportation during the workshop unless some students are comfortable carpooling together.

Should this workshop get postponed due to covid, or you are not able to attend due to your own concerns over safety, any and all fees paid in advance will be transferred to a future workshop or coaching program of mine of your choice up to two years in the future at no additional charge. Full details can be found on my policy & cancellation page.

About Matt Suess

I am honored to be sponsored by Olympus as an Olympus Educator

Even though I now shoot with Olympus full-time, it doesn't mean that you have to as well. I am quite experienced with many cameras (especially Canon, Nikon & Sony which I have shot with before) and all brands are welcome on my workshops 😊
MATT SUESS
Fine Art Photographer and Olympus Educator

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 is sponsored by Olympus as an Olympus Educator. One does not need to shoot with Olympus 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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