The River’s Path Workshops


I am teaming up with The River’s Path offering a unique approach to learning photography while connecting with the Green River by canoe. Join guide Lauren Bond Kovsky and me for a guided canoe trip while learning photography! 

  • Gear handling and packaging for the River/Outdoors.
  • Technical tools for Creative Outcomes.
  • Finding, exploring and expanding your creative vision
    • Scenics
    • Seeing the details around you
    • Photographing the people around you
  • Photography EDU materials are included. 
    • Matt’s Basic Digital Photography Powerpoint
    • Wonders of Photography   Text featuring Matt’s work
    • Follow-up accessibility

Green river, Utah ~ Labyrinth Canyon

9-DAY TRIP ~ JUNE 2-10, 2019  (exact dates TBD)

  • Green River, Utah ~ Ruby Ranch to Mineral Bottom
  • Follow-up online critique of your images to be scheduled after trip with individual help available!
  • Critiques on the River and lots of exploring! 
  • Tripods available FREE!

$1,295 Early Registration 

(Before April 15th…$650 deposit)
$1,495 after April 15th
 ($750 deposit)
Limited to 12 people! 

canoe green river photography education
canoe green river photography education
canoe green river photography education

canoe green river photography education


St. Vrain Creek, Colorado

  • St. Vrain Creek – Tributary of the South Platte River
  • One day of paddling and learning photography! 
  • Afternoon critique. Professional review of your images using Adobe software to “work” them. 
  • Lunch included each day! 
  • Tripods available FREE!

Basic Digital Photography topics covered:

  • Basic Camera layout & menus
  • Aperture & Shutter as Creative Controls
  • F-stop & Shutter as Exposure Controls
  • Exposure meters, Zone System, Histogram
  • Inside the Digital Camera


  • Understanding of why you’re picking up the camera in the first place
  • How Aperture & Shutter work in concert for creative outcomes and correct exposure
  • Understanding digital ISO and how to use

Vision & Seeing topics covered:

  • Compositional guidelines & the math behind the beauty
  • Adapting your vision & Seeing how the camera sees
  • Focal length to capture your vision
  • Getting it right IN the camera, not fixing it in Photoshop
  • Seeing light & learning to meter to capture what you see
  • Metering, the Zone System & your Histogram

Adobe Bridge/Photoshop/Lightroom:

  • What’s the difference?
  • Which program is right for me?
  • Basics of Workflow
  • Digital Asset Management


  • Digital Asset Management…DAM!
  • Storing & Backing Up your images
  • Basics of Adobe Bridge, Photoshop & Lightroom
  • Tweaks, techniques & actions
  • Topic 1:  What are the Creative Controls and Why they Matter & Exposure
    • Why are we picking up the camera in the first place? Taking the mystery out of the numbers. 
    • Taking the mystery out of Shutter Speeds, F-stops and ISO. Learn how they work together.
  • Topic 2:  Nature, People, Night Photography, Wildlife

    • Different areas of photography explored…from Nature to People & Wildlife and capturing night photography and stars with the vision of creating timelapses.
  • Post Trip:  Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom Online Critique

    • Online critique of your images after the trip ends! Join Matt online and watch him post-process your photos and learn how to make them shine!  

Some trips will have a follow-up show and critique.

Camera Equipment needed


  • D-SLR, mirrorless or “bridge” camera capable of:

               • Manual Exposure 

                • Display of Histogram

  • Multiple memory cards

Computer Equipment needed


  • External Hard Drives (recommend 2 – 1TB)
  • USB thumb drives
  • Laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom

NOTE: Not necessary for the River! These are suggestions for managing and processing images. 

All my lessons include continued access to my videos, plenty of follow-up time for additional questions & photo review (within reason…full portfolio reviews and private tutoring available for a nominal fee.)