Mastering the Digital Darkroom

With Matt Suess

A new online membership & community featuring:

Direct group coaching & instruction from Matt Suess

A private community for support & accountability

Monthly LIVE events, and more!

All uniquely designed to help you Master the Digital Darkroom
AND get the best out of your photos.

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Online Membership & Community

The Basics:

Format

Online streaming video with monthly LIVE Zoom calls, private online community for sharing & discussion.

Membership Details 

Monthly & Annual memberships available. Annual plans get 2 Months FREE.

Who This Is For 

Open to any skill level. 

This is geared for the nature & wildlife photographer. Content will rarely - if ever - cover portraits or architecture. 

Software Covered:

Mastering the Digital Darkroom will focus on the following programs to start with: Photoshop, Lightroom, Luminar AI & NEO, DxO Photolab along with DxO's Filmpack and NIK Collection.

🛑 Stop trying to improve your editing skills by taking traditional online courses & webinars!

Instead, join us in my new online membership & community uniquely designed to help you Master the Digital Darkroom!

The Problem:

You’ve taken too many online courses & webinars, viewed countless YouTube videos, and yet you still struggle with editing your photos. 

Why? 

There are many problems with traditional online courses, webinars, & YouTube videos when it comes to learning how to take your photos to the next level.

Problems with Online Courses:

🛑 Most photo software companies constantly release updates, making some course material instantly outdated.

🛑 Online courses are usually not set up to allow for questions on any particular video. You get your download link, download the videos, and you are then left on your own.

🛑 Rarely is there any community aspect to the online course. Wouldn’t it be nice to share your experiences with others in the course, maybe ask them questions and maybe help answer their questions and make new relationships?

🛑 It is even rarer to get any access to the instructor. Imagine being able to join a monthly group call to get your questions answered and learn new tricks…

Problems with Webinars:

🛑 They can be an hour to 2hrs long, which can be too long to get the info you need.

🛑 Usually you have no idea who else is on the webinar with you.

🛑 You can usually only ask questions via a text comment, and often your question gets unanswered.

🛑 There is no support and no community following almost all webinars.

Problems with YouTube:

🛑 You can spend countless hours looking for - then watching - videos from strangers, hoping to find those tiny golden nuggets of info you are looking for. How valuable is your time?

🛑 The distractions on YouTube are endless - how often do you search for one thing then end up down a rabbit hole in a totally different direction?

🛑 There is no support and no community. Sure, you can leave a comment, but often they are not monitored by the video creator and rarely do you get answers to any questions you may have.

The Solution:

🏆 Let me provide you with a solution to your struggles: my Mastering the Digital Darkroom online membership & community specifically designed to, well, help you Master the Digital Darkroom!

This is especially for you if you use the following photo programs: Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, DxO Photolab, and/or Luminar.

Highlights of my membership & community:

Monthly Themes: each month features content based on that month’s Theme

Monthly post processing videos from me showing step-by-step how I edited a photo(s).

Follow along by downloading the same RAW file I used.

✅ "Hey Matt - Edit This" Challenge! Each month I’ll edit 1 or 2 photos from the community showing step-by-step how I edit YOUR photos.

✅ "Hey Fotogs - Edit This" Challenge! Each month I’ll make a RAW file available for YOU to edit and post your results in the community. Let’s see how you do!

Monthly Group LIVE Review & AMA: Perhaps the most valuable part of this membership, each month we will meet online where you get direct group access to me LIVE during a 1hr Zoom Meeting.

Bonus Theme Related Content: each month I will have some surprise Bonus material regarding that month’s Theme.

Content driven by YOU: I will be creating content based on polls & feedback from you, the members of this program. This is so much more valuable than a static photo course because you get to help dictate content based on the membership’s needs.

COMMUNITY: You are becoming part of a community (not on FB 👍) that is eager to help each other from critiquing fellow members photos to asking - and getting answers to - post processing questions. All on a platform free from algorithms & outside distractions so you can focus on Mastering the Digital Darkroom to achieve your own results & goals.
"I'm glad I signed up for your course [Mastering the Digital Darkroom]. 

I believe it will be very helpful since I've never had a working relationship with any professional photographer.

Now, I'm more motivated to spend the time to edit my work."
Ron S.
Mastering the Digital Darkoom Member
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The Struggles Are Real

One thing I've discovered in my many years of working closely with countless landscape/wildlife/nature photographers is that the struggle to bring your images to life can be as big & challenging - if not bigger & more challenging - than getting the shot to begin with.

Does this sound at all like you?
  • Which software should I use? 
  • What other software is out there that can help improve my photos? 
  • ​What adjustments do I need to do - or not do - to develop that perfect shot? 
  • ​What settings are best for printing?
  • ​How do I keep things organized? 
  • ​Who do I ask for help when I need it?
  • ​Did the edit I just did come out good or does the photo need more work? 
  • ​Is there anywhere I can get some valuable critique? 
  • ​Can I get my questions answered directly from a working pro who knows the answers? 
  • ​Is there a supportive community I could join where I can get help from others AND also help them in return?
Some of you may look to get some of your struggles solved by endless YouTube videos. So much time spent for such little results...

You may also purchase an online course that only shows you how to edit in a specific photo program - but it doesn't truly help and guide you through the art of the entire Digital Darkroom. Rarely do you get direct feedback from your instructor - and just as important - from your fellow students taking the same course. 

And let us be honest - there is way more to the Digital Darkroom than just one software program.

Maybe you joined a Facebook group where the concept of constructively helping each other usually doesn't even exist. 

Or maybe you just continue on their own, and possibly even begin to give up.
Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing.

It could simply mean you are looking in the wrong directions.
"Thank you. I started a course on Luminance Masking [from another photographer] and gave up. 

Your explanation provides what I need to know at this point."
Donald H.
Mastering the Digital Darkoom Member

I'd like to present you with a much better solution to your struggles!

I am gathering a group of really awesome Fotogs like you and opening up the doors to my new MASTERING THE DIGITAL DARKROOM Membership & Community.

In this community, we will be focused on bringing your photos to life so that they reflect the emotion and the intensity that you remember when you were originally out there photographing.

  Mastering the Digital Darkroom Features

Here is how you will be able to Master the Digital Darkroom:

  • Monthly Themes: such as black & white, reducing noise, cropping, enhancing landscape/wildlife/night sky images, and more.
  • Monthly 1-2 post processing videos: with me showing how I post processed a photo in one or more of the following programs: Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Capture One Pro, DxO Photolab, Luminar, NIK Collection, and more.
  • Follow Along: with that video by downloading the RAW file
  • Hey Matt - Edit This! Each month I'll select 1 or 2 members photos and edit them and show you the steps I take to enhance it
  • Hey Fotogs - Edit This! Each month based on that Month's Theme I will make a RAW file available for YOU to edit and to post your results in the group. Let's see how you do.
  • Monthly Group LIVE Review & AMA: each month meet online where you get direct group access to me LIVE to review the past months themes and photos, and to Ask Me Anything, during a 1hr LIVE Zoom call which will be recorded for those who can't make it LIVE.
  • BONUS Theme Related Content: each month there is the possibility for some surprise BONUS material regarding that month's theme. It might be an article, extra tips, or maybe an extra video.

Here is a Sample Video from
Mastering the Digital Darkroom:

This community will be even more valuable with Fotogs helping fellow Fotogs.

If that wasn't enough, what is going to make this membership extra valuable is YOU and your participation in the community I am creating here!

You see, it's one thing to learn from me. And there will be a bunch of content that comes direct from me - including a 1hr group call with me each month.
So I've created an area where you can help your fellow Fotogs and where you can get help yourself regarding anything related to the Digital Darkroom.

This area is initially launching with some 16 different topic areas where you can ask questions, provide tips and answers, show off your photos and results, and more.
This community is YOUR community.
Free from algorithms, free from politics, and free from distractions so you can focus on Mastering the Digital Darkroom and achieve your results and goals while meeting other cool Fotogs just like yourself.
Your questions get answered by the community and by Matt Suess
Imagine where you could go with your photo editing by joining my membership at a price similar to what other photographers charge for their webinars, and getting all the extra content I just mentioned! 💪

Why Matt Suess? 🤷

I have been enhancing digital images for quite some time now - since before Lightroom even existed. In fact, I’ve been using Photoshop since its very early days.

Throughout the years I did color corrections in the imaging department of a daily newspaper, provided countless digital images for reproduction in magazines & billboards and any/all types of print & online media, have sold my own fine art prints for up to and over $10k, and have taught hundreds of thousands of photographers photo editing from various live webinars, online courses, YouTube videos, classroom workshops, photo presentations, photo workshops, and more.

I also work closely with a number of photo companies beta testing their software and occasionally doing live and prerecorded content for them.

Oh, and I also LOVE sharing my knowledge & experience with others!!

     $440 In BONUSES Included

These Bonuses are Unique to My Workshops & Programs.

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

Bonus #1

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

Bonus #2

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

Bonus #3

  • ​Special $150 Savings on Your First/Next Photo Workshop: You will receive a Special Alumni Membership Credit that can be applied to any future field workshop that starts within 2 years of you joining. (NOTE: This Bonus is only available for Annual Plans, can not be applied to any Workshops you might currently be signed up for)  ($150 Value)

These BONUSES total more than what the membership program costs annually!!!

     Total Value In BONUSES: $440

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  Monthly 1-2 post processing videos showing how I post processed a photo in one or more of the following programs: Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Capture One Pro, DxO Photolab, Luminar, NIK Collection, and more.
  Follow along by downloading the RAW file
  Monthly Themes such as black & white, reducing noise, cropping, enhancing landscape/wildlife/night sky images, and more.
  Hey Matt - Edit This! Each month I'll select 1 or 2 members photos and edit them and show you the steps I take to enhance it
  Hey Fotogs - Edit This! Each month based on that Month's Theme I will make a RAW file available for YOU to edit and to post your results in the group. Let's see how you do.
  Monthly Group LIVE Review & AMA on Zoom
  Private online portal (not on Facebook) to view content, post your own photos, participate in the community, and more.
  BONUS Theme Related Content: each month there is the possibility for some surprise BONUS material regarding that month's theme. It might be an article, extra tips, or maybe an extra video.
  BONUSES - $440 in Bonuses included with special savings on filters, tripods, and photo workshops.
  For photographers who want to Master the Digital Darkroom AND become a member in a cool community from which to help & learn from.

ANNUAL FOUNDING MEMBER

$399.99 / Year

Paid Each Year

Get 2-Months Free Compared to Monthly Payments
  Monthly 1-2 post processing videos showing how I post processed a photo in one or more of the following programs: Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Capture One Pro, DxO Photolab, Luminar, NIK Collection, and more.
  Follow along by downloading the RAW file
  Monthly Themes such as black & white, reducing noise, cropping, enhancing landscape/wildlife/night sky images, and more.
  Hey Matt - Edit This! Each month I'll select 1 or 2 members photos and edit them and show you the steps I take to enhance it
  Hey Fotogs - Edit This! Each month based on that Month's Theme I will make a RAW file available for YOU to edit and to post your results in the group. Let's see how you do.
  Monthly Group LIVE Review & AMA on Zoom
  Private online portal (not on Facebook) to view content, post your own photos, participate in the community, and more.
  BONUS Theme Related Content: each month there is the possibility for some surprise BONUS material regarding that month's theme. It might be an article, extra tips, or maybe an extra video.
  BONUSES - $440 in Bonuses included with special savings on filters, tripods, and photo workshops.
  For photographers who want to Master the Digital Darkroom AND become a member in a cool community from which to help & learn from.
  Get 2 Months FREE Save on the Annual membership with the equivalent of 2 months

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FAQ's

I see you will be teaching a number of different software programs - how much content will be there for such-and-such program?
Mastering the Digital Darkroom will focus on the following programs to start with: Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Luminar AI & NEO, DxO Photolab along with DxO's PureRAW and Filmpack and NIK Collection.

I will try to spread content out evenly, but not all programs will be covered each month.

This is where the Community aspect really shines! Each of those mentioned programs will have a Topic area where the community can ask questions, get feedback, and learn from and help others in specific photo programs. And of course I'll be keeping an eye on the discussions to make sure no questions remain unanswered.
If I don't use such-and-such program, is it still worth watching the video?
ABSOLUTELY! Even if you don't use such-and-such program, there is still much to learn watching a photo come to life that might just be applied to the software you use. Plus, you might even find inspiration for your own photos and give that new program a try to expand your creativity.
Are the videos you are producing only going to be about post processing?
There will be more than that! This is Mastering the Digital Darkroom which involves more than just post processing. There will be Community Topics such as Home & Lab Printing, Hardware, Image Organization and more. Throughout the year I'll be producing videos to address those specific topics.
How long are the videos, and how often will content appear?
Videos are expected to be anything from a couple minutes to up to 20 or 30 minutes long. Each month will feature a Monthly Theme, and the videos will be relative to that theme, with new content released weekly. Some Themes I am considering include: b&w, wildlife, landscape, night sky, texture blending, controlling noise, etc.
Will I be able to download the videos?
The videos will be streaming only. There is even an app for iOS and Android that you can watch the videos on and post your photos from, reply to comments, etc.
Is this a pre-recorded course?
This isn't a pre-recorded course that takes you through steps A-Z. Monthly content will be pre-recorded and is based on my own internal outline for this membership. It will also be fluid too - if questions come up in the Community, I can add a video or article about it. This makes it so much more valuable than a pre-recorded course, as subject material will be more Community driven.
Do the videos disappear after each month?
No - you will have access to all the videos and content produced each month for as long as your membership is active. Watch and re-watch as often as you like.
"Thank you, Matt! I know I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been but for me it was an experience I will never forget! The Tetons are awesome and to be able to capture their beauty with your guidance was truly a blessing! 

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
"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
"As with any outside landscape/wildlife workshop, a lot depends on the weather, animal behavior/time of year and other factors (crowds) that the workshop has little control over. 

However, when circumstances weren't 'great' for where we were and what we were trying to do, you always brought up the concept of looking for something else to work on while at the location. And many times, just plain patience was all that was needed to bring in that 'AHHHH' moment.

I think the way you handled the workshop was as near perfect as any student could ask for."
Harley M.
2019 Fall Grand Teton Photo Workshop Student

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, Olympus Educator & Fotopro Ambassador

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 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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