Photography Canoe Retreat

A Digital Photography Education partnership with Matt Lit

Photography educator ​Matt Lit and The River’s Path offer a unique approach to learning photography while connecting with the River by canoe. Join guide Lauren Bond Kovsky and Matt for a guided canoe trip and learn photography!

June 2-10, 2018


$1,495 per person

Early Bird (before April 15):

$1295 per person

Payment Plan

Available upon request


50% nonrefundable deposit is due upon signup.  

Your Dynamic Guides
Canoe guide Lauren Bond Kovsky
& Photography Educator Matt Lit



On a Photography Canoe Retreat
You Can Expect

  • Floating Green River, Utah ~ Ruby Ranch to Mineral Bottom​
  • 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
  • Passion and inspiration for photography
  • Learning to previsualize in your mind and when you’re “in the viewfinder”
  • Discovering your personal style
  • Continued inspirations for your vision & style
  • Digital Asset Management…DAM!
  • Storing & Backing Up your images
  • Basics of Adobe Bridge, Photoshop & Lightroom
  • Tweaks, techniques & actions
  • Tripods available FREE!

Limited to 12 people! 

Learn Photography on The River

  • 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

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

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

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

Before the course starts: 

  • Get out your instruction manual. Learn your camera:
    • Where the buttons are, what they do and where is the information presented to you. I’m going to teach you about photography but you need to learn your specific camera!
  • ​Need help finding your instruction manual? Contact me and I’ll help you find online.


the Wonders of Photography by Dennis Curtain

* ​This is the textbook Matt reviewed the manuscript for and is a featured photographer.

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

Learn Photography & Photograph
the Magic of the Green River.

Reserve your spot on the guided canoe & photography retreat