Show #72 – Matt Suess – Fine Art

Host Mike Howard and Tim Kemperle interview photographer Matt Suess.

Matt Suess Mini Bio

Matt’s professional photography career began in 1990. He was a photojournalist for 17 years working for newspapers and magazines in New England. In 2006 he moved to Arizona, leaving his photojournalism career behind to focus on fine art photography full-time.

Matt Suess Interview

Matt Suess – Scottsdale, Az – started photography at 12 years old.  Learned how to take photos, develop and make prints.  In 1990 freelanced for newspapers and 17 years later morphed into a fine art photographer.  Now I am able to go out and photography things I like versus going out on assignment and t

Is it challenging to be freelance knowing that you don’t have a steady check coming in?
Comes down to Marketing.  Exhibits in Arizona for 20-30 shows as well as New Mexico, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma for shows throughout the year.  Exhibition Schedule.

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HDR Photos – General Rule, manmade subjects lend themselves to HDR versus landscapes which look better natural.  HDR Effex Pro 2 software is used , like the localized adjustments, very used to using the Nik software and stepped right into workflow with ease. 

Photojournalist – 17 years, great career being able to photograph everything.  Learned different techniques to comeback with the best shot possible based on the conditions. Must be able to comeback with a photo that is good enough for the next day’s paper. 


  • Is the HDR effect all the software or does he also do the different exposures and combine?
    • Used all techniques, years ago taking photos and blending in Photoshop, depends on lighting situation
  • How many shots does he typically blend for HDR?
    • Three to eleven photos, depends on the light intensity.  Pay attention to the Histogram…
  • Was he spraying clear coat on the canvas?
    • Clear water based UV Varnish, need to perform this step with Breathing Color
  • What Printer are you using?
    • Epson, 9880 – Fine Art Printer. 
  • Favorite place to photograph? 
    • Anywhere there is great light. 
  • Photographed just in USA?
    • Mainly US, in 2001 did a wedding in the Grenadines – document the couples wedding.  Want to go to Alaska and Australia.
  • Black and White photography?
    • Roots are in B&S from the Darkroom but really see in color.  A lot of times now the B&W photos are mistakes in the color photograph that may be overpowering and look better in B&S.

Images from the show –

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January Photo Challenge – jpeg2RAW Facebook Group

This month we had TWO topics – “Minimalism” and “World in Motion”

For the “Minimalism” topic, the three finalist are:

Minimalism - 1

ByGini Kessler

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Minimalism - 3

BySara Fierce Title –

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Minimalism - 2

ByScott Greene Title –

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For the “World in Motion” topic, the three finalist are:

World in Motion - 1

ByTamara Lara

Title – “Time”



World in Motion - 2

ByDanielle Foster

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World in Motion - 3

ByHeather Chesky

Title – “Love”


World in Motion - 4

ByKatja Wright

Title – “World in Motion”





And the winner of the January 2013 Photo Challenge is:


Katja Wright with “World in Motion”

World in Motion - 4

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About geephotant

geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast ( and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.

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