Rick Matthews

Skills: Shoot Perfect Sunsets

Remember that trip with the perfect sunset that seemed to go on forever? Did the photos you took that sunset look the you remembered it? Probably not. The lighting...

Trip Photography: Shutter Speed

Advanced technology has made cameras so simple to use that most people just shoot in full-auto or program mode, rarely taking advantage of other picture taking modes. Although it's...

Photography Skills: Shooting the Breeze

It’s the sixth day of my Newfoundland search for icebergs. Six days of horizontal rain, two-degree temperatures, 60-kilometre winds and thundering surf. In six days I have yet to...

Skills: Let There Be Light

One morning high in the Himalayas of Nepal, I climbed for an hour in the predawn darkness and cold to catch the sunrise over the Annapurna Range. I...

Skills: Depth of Field

After a slide show for some paddling friends, a woman asked me how I got the paddler in one of the photos to stand out from the background. It took...

Skills: How to Shoot Wildlife (With Your Camera)

Wildlife photographers are often envisioned dressed in camouflage suits, spending countless hours stalking big game and carrying monster 12-pound lenses. Not so for kayakers who photograph wildlife. As...

Skills: Tripping with Tripods

“They’re too heavy, too bulky and too slow to use for tripping.” That was my mindset about tripods until I attended a weekend workshop on field photography...

Skills: Photographing Sunsets and Using Backlighting

Two of the most rewarding but challenging shots to control are sunsets and backlit subjects. True, anybody can point a camera and capture an orange sky, but understanding how...

Trip Photography: Going Wide

Have you been using the telephoto zoom lens that came packaged with your camera for all of your photography? Although this lens allows you to shoot around camp and...