Beginner Photography Workshops With Cathie Archbould and Rick Massie: May 25 and 26

Learn how to get out of auto mode, and get your photos to turn out the way you want them to!

These are two one-day courses, both covering the same concepts. You’ll learn how to properly expose  pictures, how to choose a lens, how to create effects such as background blur and long exposures, and much more.


May 25 and May 26, at the Goldrush Inn, Whitehorse. Course will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with a 1 hour lunch break from 12:00-1:00.


Download the Light It Up! Whitehorse Photography Course Registration Form. Email the completed form to Rick Massie.

Registration fees are $150 for one day. Payment will be worked out through Cathie Archbould after you have registered.

Shooting the Yukon Quest 2011: Gear List and Lessons Learned

The 2012 Yukon Quest is fast approaching, and I often get asked what gear people should bring along to take photos of the Quest.

I don’t expect people to run out and buy the latest, greatest camera or lens, since photographers have gotten great shots of the Quest no matter what gear they use. Bring what you have!

However, I’ve learned that there are certain pieces of equipment that are going to help you out immensely. Continue reading

Fun With Fire!

Winterval Fire Twirlers At LePage Park in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photos by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Winterval Fire Twirlers At LePage Park in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photos by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer

Disclaimer***Ok, so this post is not strictly sports-related, but it definitely falls into the “action” category, and offers some tips that can be used to capture cool nightime sport photos.***

How do you take a photo of people and fire together, and make it work? Continue reading

Upcoming DSLR Photography and Lighting Workshops: Filling Up Fast!

**(Update: The off-camera flash workshop is now full. however, you can still sign up for the waiting list by emailing

I’ve teamed up with Archbould Photography to offer some exciting workshops this fall and winter. If you’ve got a DSLR, or if you want to learn how to use your flash, we’ve got some fun learning opportunities for you.

  1. Basic Digital Photography – Bringing It Into Focus: Learn how to get your DSLR out of “auto mode” and take control of the features of your camera. Date: Dec 3, 2011.
  2. Introduction to Flash and Off-camera Flash Photography: Get your flash off your camera and learn how to take control of light! Date: January 23, 2012.
If you are a photographer living in the Yukon (or outside even!) and either of these courses interest you, please visit or email Cathie Archbould to register today. Spaces are filling up fast!
Both courses are offered in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Shooting the Yukon Quest 2011: Circle City pt.2 – Inside the checkpoint

Sebastian Schnuelle talks to the media while eating breakfast in Circle City

Sebastian Schnuelle talks to the media while eating breakfast in Circle City

Generally, most of the excitement and amazing images of the Yukon Quest come from the sweeping vistas and mountains while the race is on.

However, as a photographer rushing from checkpoint to checkpoint, you spend a lot of time inside those checkpoints, trying to make things look interesting. The Circle City checkpoint was pretty busy – firetrucks, gear, coats hanging up, picnic tables around, media and volunteers all about.

That in itself can make interesting pictures.

But to take things a little beyond the ordinary, you can use little tricks to do something different.  Continue reading

Dancing in the Dark

Dancers leap into the air.

Dancers leap into the air at the Northern Lights School of Dance in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sport Photographer

This was a tough shoot. Why, you ask?

A) The walls and ceiling were either very bright white, or very light pink. This means lots of spill, and possibly pink color casts bleeding into the pictures.

B) The wall on the left is not a wall. It’s a huge mirror along the length of it! This causes more light spill, and stray reflections that might leak light into parts of the photo where I don’t want it.

C) The wall across from that? It’s all windows. And they run along the length of the room. And no blinds.

Hmmm….I was envisioning dancers against a dark background. How to pull this off? Continue reading

Shooting the Yukon Quest 2011: Circle City pt.1

Dallas Seavey arrives in Circle City

Dallas Seavey arrives in Circle City, Yukon Quest 2011

It was cold. Somewhere near -50, if I remember correctly. A few of us were getting antsy, and knew Dallas would be arriving shortly, thanks to GPS tracking devices.

It’s always a bit of a gamble to head out too early. At -50, your body, your camera, and your lenses will all hate you if you head out too early. Nobody wants to spend an hour outside at those temperatures. (though you have to wonder – how do those mushers do it?)

And if you head out too late – you’ll miss the shot.  Continue reading

Biking Shot at Long Lake

A biker on trails near Long Lake in Whitehorse, Yukon.

A rider hits the trails around Long Lake in Whitehorse, Yukon.

The assignment:

“Get an action shot for our front cover”.

Alright – that’s pretty wide open for an assignment. So I called up my friend Kirk,  who is into biking some local trails, and he was up for a little photosession. Continue reading