Photography Lessons in Whitehorse

Want to learn how to use your new (or old!) camera? Curious about how to get great wildlife or landscape shots? Have a new flash, but not sure how to properly use it?

For the month of July I’m offering one-on-one and small group sessions to help you learn more about photography, your equipment, and the settings on your camera. Each session will be tailored to suit your skill level and will focus on what you would like to learn. I currently offer lessons in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Types of Lessons and Sessions Available

  • Beginner photography concepts (aperture, ISO, shutter speed, getting out of Automatic mode)
  • How to use your various lenses
  • Wildlife photography
  • Sports photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Portrait photography
  • Off-camera flash
  • Working with Natural light

If you’d like to learn something that’s not listed here, just send me an email and we can chat about it.

Book A Session Today

To book a session, email me at or get in touch with me on Facebook.

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

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

Canon EOS-1D x Announced!


Here is the press release from Canon: 

Canon U.S.A. Introduces The New Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera, Re-Designed From The Inside Out

Featuring a Completely New 61-Point Autofocus, Fast Shooting up to 12 fps, 18-Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, Full HD Video Recording and Much More


The Canon EOS-1D X
Canon’s new pro-level camera the EOS-1D X replaces both the 1DMKIV and the EOS 1DS3

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