VPW Open House: FREE 2-Day Seminar Event! JAN 11th & 12th --

Intro to Digital
Come visit us this weekend at the VPW Studio (14 West 7th Avenue) and drop in on a seminar! Please note that seating is limited for this event. To reserve your seat, pre-register online or by phone!

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"Vancouver Photo Workshops offers a great balance between technical & creative."

"The compliments that I receive from the photos I take now just makes the class all the worthwhile"

"Love the quality of the workshops offered. Excellent Instructors! Worth every penny!"

"The class was amazing and my photography is at a new level. To make matters worse, I can’t take classes anywhere else now since they just aren’t up to the standard set by Vancouver Photo Workshops; the competition is a waste of time by comparison."

This January 11th & 12th, join the team of Vancouver Photo Workshops for our FREE Winter VPW Photography Seminar Event. NEW WORKSHOPS!!! NEW INSTRUCTORS!!

Come and join us for what will be one of the biggest photographic Seminar events across Canada in 2014! Our Open House Weekend allows Attendees to select one (1) FREE seminar from our wide variety of Photography related courses through 30 different 1-hour sessions hosted by over 14 renowned instructors!! Our seminars cover everything from technical to creative for all levels of photographic experience!! Want to attend more seminars? Up to an additional two (2) seminars can be purchased for $20 each in advance - Contact the VPW Office to find out how.


Browse our studio facilities, check our photography exhibition space (more info at www.PhotohausGallery.com), and meet and mingle with Photographers, our instructors and VPW staff.

Take a look behind-the-scenes from our Winter Open House in January 2013:

You can attend our Open House & non-seminar events for FREE! Select one (1) class from the schedule. Additional seminars may be purchased for $20 each for up to a maximum total of three (3) seminars total. See below for more details.


Descriptions for each Seminar can be found below, as well as a schedule for the day:




Join us on JANUARY 11th & 12th, 2014, and take the first step to Achieving Your Vision!

How to register for the Seminars:

Follow the link on the bottom of this page to complete a registration form and select your preferred ONE (1) FREE seminar. Registration is quick and secure, taking only a few minutes. During the online registration process you will be able to select which seminars and/ or shooting demos you would like to attend. Up to an additional two (2) seminars may be purchased at $20 each in person by cash on Friday January 10th from Noon until 7PM at the VPW Office.

Please note that if your desired seminar does not appear on the list during registration or you receive an ERROR message, this means the event has been sold out. We are limited by seating and so will not be able to accept over capacity.

Details about each seminar can be found below, simply click on the 'Seminar Descriptions' link.

NOTE: If you wish to register for more than ONE (1) FREE Seminars, participants may purchase up to an additional 2 seminars (totalling three (3) seminars maximum) for $20 each. ** Additional registrations must be made in person and paid by cash at VPW office on January 10th between Noon and 7PM.
For Assistance, contact our office at 778.898.5256 or info@vancouverphotoworkshops.com
NOTE: If you wish to register for more than ONE (1) FREE Seminars, participants may purchase up to an additional 2 seminars (totalling three (3) seminars maximum) for $20 each. ** Additional registrations must be made in person and paid by cash at VPW office on January 10th between Noon and 7PM..

For Assistance, contact our office at 778.898.5256 or info@vancouverphotoworkshops.com

Instructor: Katie Huisman
Professional Portraiture:
This 7 Session Course from Katie Huisman focuses on portraiture for the professional. Building on the basics, this class invites students to move onto the next level techniques and subject direction for making contemporary portraits suited to a professional market.

Body Language & Directing the Subject:
This seminar explores body language in relation to photographing people and how to direct the subject into candid emotive poses. Body language is a universal form of non-verbal communication and a fascinating subject to study.  Current trends in lifestyle & editorial photography depict clear emotions that are genuine, simple & contemporary.  Contrived or traditionally posed (portrait studio) images are not what most clients are looking for in today’s fast paced growing society.

Photography & The Art World:
This is a great opportunity for any photographer or artist wanting to show their work in a publicly recognized gallery space.  The goal for each student in the duration of this course is to conceptualize, produce and execute a series or body of work that will be exhibited at PhotoHaus Gallery in an art show curated by Instructor, Katie Huisman. This well rounded course provides students the support needed when recognizing and developing their vision as an artist.

History of Nude in Photography:
Photography and Art have an historic relationship since the early 19th Century. Although the art world only began to embrace the medium in recent decades, photography helped shape art history in the twentieth century; In the twenty-frist, it has begun to dominate it.

Intructor: Michael Manza
iPhoneography (mobile photography)
"The best camera is the one that's always with you" - Chase Jarvis

Join us while we embrace technology and look at mobile artistry and the fundamentals which are essential in achieving the best possible photos. There are thousands of apps, equipment, and gear - Find out which are the most beneficial and will provide you the outcome you are looking for. Michael will run through the best apps for the creative process of iphoneography, helping to make stunning works of art.


Instructor: Syx Langemann

Off-Camera Flash Photography Techniques:
Syx will show you how to create studio quality images with your portable flash. Learn the endless possiblities of using your flash off camera and the benefits of small flash units!

Practical One-Light Set Ups:
Don’t’ forget your cameras! Syx will show you, hands-on, how to effectively use lighting while out on location. This session is meant to inspire, and show you many creative ways to get great shots with a minimum amount of equipment. Syx will use a model for his hands-on demo. Time permitting, participants will have a chance to shoot as well.

Adobe Lightroom for Beginners:
Syx will navigate through Lightroom from import to editing to lay the ground work for the demonstration of his advanced workflow. This demonstration will illustrate the importance of proper workflow & publishing of your images. This class is intended as a continuation of our Introduction to Lightroom Course.
*Laptop with Adobe Lightroom 3 or 4 recommended

Advanced Lightroom Techniques:
From best worklow practices to batch processing, Syx will show you how to maximize this incredible software! Syx will talk specifically about creating presets, loading plugins, camera calibration, soft proofing for print as well as making money using print fulfilment options from companies like Smugmug.

The New Nude:
Step beyond the traditional and enter the world of the 'new nude' with Syx Langemann. Where the intimate meets the erotic, where any fetish is someone's desire. This rare opportunity to experience raw, honest photography that observes the desires of the artist, the subject and the audience is truly unique and cannot be missed.
Prepare to embark on this adventure by discussing the style, composition and content of examples.

Instructor: Kaj Svensson
Product Photography:
Products exist in most areas of photography. Join Kaj as he earn the best lighting scenarios & focus points to best highlight the product.

Great Landscape Photography:
 Landscapes have been a subject matter since the dawn of photography.  They are timeless and often evoke a spiritual feeling about the land.  Kaj will give you an introduction to his ideas on composition, methods and current techniques in creating wonderful images.

The World of Macro Photography:
You don’t need to leave your backyard to find interesting Macro shots! Kaj will give you a quick introduction to macro photography equipment, methods and post-production techniques.

Instructor: Ross den Otter
Working with Mixed Media:
Creatively combining traditional artist media with photographic images. Ross will show you mixed media art pieces which are layered and textured with artist acrylics and/ or encaustic wax. A wonderful & exciting class which inspires photographers to express their vision fully.

Instructor: Wayne Hoecherl
Creative Lighting for Fashion & Editorial Portraiture Demonstration:
Join our resident lighting expert, Wayne Hoecherl, as he demonstrates how to effectively and creatively use lighting to produce amazing portraits. 
Time permitting, students will be able to shoot after the demonstration ends – bring your camera just in case!

Instructor: Richard Hulbert  MAIBC, FRAIC, RCA, RAIA, AIA 

Architecture Photography - Inside & Out:
Are you interested in architectural photography? Gain insight into this exciting field of photography with Richard Hulbert, an international award-winning architect, urban designer, and photographer. Learn about what architects do and how to better photograph buildings – inside and out!  
Travel Photography - Nature, People, Cities... :
Richard’s unique approach to travel photography combines his passions for architecture and urban environments with his love of travel and, of course, photography! This seminar will explore new facets of travel photography for our globetrotting students, and introduce our plans for our next Travel Photo Workshop.

Instructor: Mary Jensen
Child Photography – Tips & Tricks:
If you’ve ever tried to photograph a child, you know that they can be the most difficult subjects out there! Experienced portrait photographer Mary Jensen has been creating memorable and unique images of children at her studio for over two decades. Take this opportunity to learn from the best in this hour-long seminar.

Portraiture Lighting Essentials:
Knowing where to put the light can make all the difference!  Learn the 5 classic lighting styles that have been flattering various facial characteristics for centuries.

Posing Techniques:
Knowing how to pose your subject can mean the difference between an okay image and a great one! Mary demonstrates subtle, easy to use tricks when directing your subject to hide their flaws and flatter their features.

Instructor: Steve Pinter

Adobe Photoshop for Beginners:
In this course Steve breaks down the complicated Photoshop language and shows participants how to manage this intimidating peice of software. Understanding just a few key features can save you time and help you to make a fantastic image! Steve will show why Photoshop is loved by so many professional and hobby photographers...

Instructor: Geoff Neufeldt

Introduction to Studio Lighting:
Don't let the studio intimidate you - Join Geoff as he shows you the ABC's of handling equipment and lighting theory. Learn a basic, one-light set up, easily accomplished inside the studio and out! Apply what Geoff shows you and get your images the attention they deserve!

Instructor: Madhava Musterer

Introduction to DSLR Photography:

Whether you're new to digital photography or have been shooting for while, this seminar is filled with tons of real-life tips and tricks on how to easily and effectively turn 'snapshots' into 'great shots'. Madhava will discuss the basic rules of composition and what makes pictures stand out and be instantly recognizable.

Instructor: Dan Kozma

The Business Basics of Photography:

Dan will cover all of the 'must know' aspects of
running a successful commercial photography business including business planning,
image licensing, understanding the importance and application of copyright, building
estimates, pricing your photographic services and finally, how to create and maintain a
successful marketing strategy.

Instructor: Marc Koegel
Fine Art Black & White Long Exposure
Join Marc Koegel as he shows you step-by-step how he achieves his award- winning black and white long exposure images. From capture to final product, Marc will provide information on camera techniques as well as tips for post production – including conversion from colour to black and white.

Fine Art Digital Printing:
In this seminar, we take a closer look at what it takes to make a fine-art print. Topics of discussion will include monitor calibration, printer settings, paper choices, mounting final prints, etc. During this seminar Marc will be printing one of his award-winning images using the Epson 7900 and Epson 3800 printer(s).

Photoshop for Fine Art Long Exposure Photography:

Convert from color to black and white while maintaining utmost control and achieve results that far exceed what possible with in-camera techniques only. While this technique is geared specifically for long exposure photographers, the processes discussed here can be applied to landscapes, or cityscapes. Learn to combine elements from several images into one, stunning photograph.

The Art of Black & White Photography:

Throughout history, black and white images have been among the most memorable, powerful and effective. But with todays digital cameras, you will likely have to convert to black and white from a colour original. Even if you shoot black and white in camera, you will be disappointed by the little amount of control you have over the resulting images, which often fall short of what they could be. In his presentation 'Fine Art Black and White Photography', Marc will not only show you how he created his award-winning black and white photographs, he will also share with you the receipes and methods you can use to turn your images into more powerful, emotive black and white photographs as well.






Everyone is welcome!


Participants may select ONE (1) FREE Seminar

Additional seminars are $20 each with a maximum purchase of 2 and are payable by cash in person on January 10th from Noon until 7PM at the VPW Office.

Maximum total seminars per person is three (3)


What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring yourself plus paper and a pen to take notes :)

OPTIONAL : Laptop for Software Seminars - Loaded with applicable software)



Early-Bird Discount:

Most of our courses and workshops offer a 10% discount is applied automatically if you register before the Early-Bird Discount deadline date listed in the registration table below.

Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best learning environment possible VPW keeps class and tour sizes limited to 10-15 people (depending on the workshop). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen class or tour, once you have registered for it.

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.

For our Photo Tours (national and international), the following charges will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
  • There is no additional cancellation fee up to 8 weeks before the start of your tour
  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
  • From 1 week to 72 hours before the tour: 75% of your balance
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

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  • Instructors who receive the highest student feedback and are all working professionals. Ask anyone who has taken a course or workshop with us and they will tell you that we have the best instructors in town. We are proud of each member of our team. We only hire the best and pay the highest wages, too.

  • Price. Our courses and workshop are affordably priced. Go ahead and look around. You won't find a course or workshop of similar quality for a lower price. When comparing prices, take into account the quality of the instructor, the quality (and number) of models, the level and quality of equipment available for your use, the facilities in which you're being taught and the class size.

  • Professional Equipment. We use the latest lighting equipment from Profoto, Dynalight, Hensel and Elinchrome. Our computers are latest generation Apple Macintosh Workstations.

  • Professional Models: Ever taken a course or workshop elsewhere where models did not show up or have absolutely no experience posing? We belief in hiring top professionals for two reasons. They are on-time, and make for much better pictures. They are fun to work with. Just like our instructors, we pay the highest rates in town for our models. And it shows in the pictures our students get...

  • Small classes. Unlike the competition that takes up to 20+ students, most VPW classes are significantly smaller, allowing for greater student teacher interaction and one-on-one attention.

  • We build photographic community. We don't just teach photography, we practice it every day. We blog about it. We have the largest and most active Facebook and Twitter communities of any teaching facility in town. We support and sponsor local non-profit photography groups like meetup.com and the Vancouver Photo Marathon.

  • We know what is happening in photography, right now! No darkrooms need apply. We offer training in the latest digital photography trends and techniques. Our courses haven't been written 10 years ago. We know what that button on your new digital camera does!

  • We offer the greatest variety of courses and workshops in town. From 2 hour evening seminars to our Master Series Workshops, you're sure to find something interesting.

  • We are open Sundays! In fact, we belief that's a great day to do (and learn about) photography. But don't worry, we're open the rest of the week, too...

"You guys at VPW have the best facilities of any school I have attended in town. By far."

"I would like to thank you for doing such a great job teaching the Introduction to Digital Photography class. I am extremely happy with everything that was covered. It exceeded my expectations."

"Great course - I really enjoyed the hands-on shooting exercises and I am confident using my digital camera gear now."

"What a great Introduction to Digital Photography! Fun class, instructor and day trips. Info well delivered.

I will sign up for the next program, I was so impressed!"

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In total, there will be more than 10 instructors present.

Refer to the Seminar Description section to locate your instructor & their subject.


Class Start Date Time Seminar Schedule: Location How much? Registration
VPW Seminar Winter Event 2014 Jan 11th & 12th, 2014 10AM - 4PM See Schedule Above

VPW Studios14 West 7th Ave