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

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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

Whitehorse Girls Super Volley Finals: Porter Creek Rams vs. Vanier Crusaders

Porter Creek Rams vs. Vanier Crusaders. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer.
Porter Creek Rams vs. Vanier Crusaders. Photo by Rick Massie / Yukon Sports Photographer.
Here’s a selection from the Girls Super Volley Finals on November 18, at FH Collins High School here in Whitehorse. More photos from the game will be posted at Rick Massie Photography / Yukon Sport Photos on facebook soon. 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

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

  Continue reading

Shooting Hockey Players

Here’s a shot from a photosession with the Kwanlin Kanucks here in Whitehorse. It was for a cover shoot for What’s Up Yukon.

Shooting Info: Underexposed the background by about 2 stops. Placed 1 large shoot-through umbrella (with a 580exII flash) high above, almost directly behind me. Placed another 580exII behind the players, camera right, as a rim light. You can see the stand behind the guy on the right.

Shot with a Canon 5D.