Above Images: Rick Hulbert, Rick Hulbert

Urban environments comprise the most diverse target-rich places to photograph anywhere. Most photographs contain a “subject” within a setting or background. The cool reality is that Buildings and Urban Places are both subjects and settings. Think about all of the images you have taken or will take in the future that contain buildings as the featured subject or as backgrounds to a myriad of other photo subjects … like people, for instance.

This workshop series is designed to raise your photography to a “fine art” level regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, or a professional photographer. There are principles for photographing buildings and other man-made structures, and knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Mastering these rules will allow you to learn how “break” them in a deliberate, meaningful and artistic way.

Fine Art Photography will allow you to go beyond documentation into the realm of interpretation.

While the illustrated lectures will give you the fundamental information you need, we will spend a significant portion of the workshop in the field, with hands on photography. Your professional instructors, Marc Koegel, and Rick Hulbert will also give daily constructive critiques of your own selected images which is a key part of the learning experience.
As important as recording your images, we will then show you are respective image editing workflows that will make your images “sing.”

Above images: Marc Koegel

This workshop is designed to get you to think about concepts in architectural and urban photography that you hadn’t thought of or considered before.

That is, admittedly, a rather bold statement. However, that is exactly what this four day experience will achieve.
You will discover how to better frame and crop architectural and urban images based on both the history of Drawing and Painting along with the emerging sciences of human vision.
You will learn how to create jaw-dropping images that will be the envy of both your photographer friends and potential future clients. You might even be able to impress your family!

An exclusive four-day workshop with two Internationally Recognized Professional Photography Educators for a maximum of 10 participants

Subjects covered will include the following:
• The Art and Science of Photographic Composition
• Architectural and Urban Photography
• Long Exposure Photography
• Extended Dynamic Range Photography
• Editing your own images in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop as “hub” programs with various “plugins”
• The subjects covered can apply to many genres of photography including Street Photography and Travel Photography

How will you benefit from this fine art photography workshop?
• Learn the process of creating fine art photography from pre-visualizing your images through effective post processing techniques.
• You will learn how to develop your own unique artistic approach to creating photos that are considered fine art.
• Understand how people see and perceive the world around them and perhaps more importantly, be able to anticipate how people will react to your images


This workshop group will meet in the lobby of the Relexa Hotel Berlin at 10am on September 6, 2018. You can, but don't have to stay at the hotel - we will use the hotel as our meeting location and all lectures will be held there.

Address of the hotel is as follows:
Relexa Hotel Berlin
Anhalter Str. 8-9
10963 Berlin

Any questions please contact Marc Koegel directly at: mkoegel@mac.com or phone / text: +1.604.780.5589

LOCATION for this Workshop will be:

Relexa Hotel Berlin
Anhalter Str. 8-9, 10963 Berlin


Richard Hulbert:  Architect, AIBC, FRAIC, RCA, AIA

International Award winning and published Architect, Urban Designer, and Photographer
Lecturer, Teacher and Seminar Panel Participant on four continents
Fellow, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Former President of the Architectual Institute of British Columbia
Academician, Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts

Richard’s educational philosophy includes the following notions:

  • Adults learn more from story telling than from memorization
  • Learning is heightened when key principles can be related to a humorous circumstance
  • Effective learning arises when knowledge is self-discovered with directed input,
    as opposed to being “taught”




Marc Koegel is a Vancouver, B.C. based fine art photographer, educator, writer and director of Vancouver Photo Workshops. His black and white long exposure landscapes, nudes and architecture photographs have been widely exhibited in Vancouver as we as internationally in the US and Europe.

Born in Germany, Marc first came to Canada in 1996 to earn an Economics degree. He has been seriously involved with photography ever since he was given his father's camera and darkroom setup at the age of 12.

Marc has worked and studied with many internationally acclaimed photographers, including Joe McNally, Greg Gorman, Jay Maisel, Arthur Meyerson, Mary Ellen Mark, Ralph Gibson, David Hume Kennerly and Jon Cone from Cone Editions Press.




How will you learn?
• Lectures
• Class Presentations
• Hands-on Field Photography in Berlin
• Photo Evaluations and Critiques
• Image Editing Case Studies using your own RAW Files

What are your responsibilities?
• Bring your passion for learning
• Listen, react, inquire, participate
• Share your own knowledge

What Kind and Type of Gear should you bring?
In addition to any camera and lenses you want to bring, consider bringing a tripod and tripod head that will ensure a stable platform for your camera and lens… Ideally including a remote release, cabled, delayed, or otherwise.
Whether you bring a point-and-shoot camera, a new mirrorless camera, an SLR, or the camera on your smartphone, you need to have a camera that you know how to use.



Intermediate/Advanced. Must be comfortable with personal camera operation and have a basic understanding of photography techniques and terminology.


Maximum 10 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

In addition to any camera and lenses you want to bring, consider bringing a tripod and tripod head that will ensure a stable platform for your camera and lens… Ideally including a remote release, cabled, delayed, or otherwise.
Whether you bring a point-and-shoot camera, a new mirrorless camera, an SLR, or the camera on your smartphone, you need to have a camera that you know how to use.


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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"One of the most informational and entertaining speakers I've seen. I learned a ton. I especially loved his attitude toward everything."

“I'm applying what I learned in the class everyday! Only thing I'd change is make the class longer :)"

“You opened our eyes to a new way of looking …we appreciated being free to take whatever subjects caught our imagination. You were generous with your time and your comments were helpful.”

“Rick has a gift for teaching, a very helpful but good way of critiquing submissions and, most important, what he teaches is immensely useful. His visuals are excellent and can be very thought-provoking.”

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This 4 Day Workshop is taught by:



Richard Hulbert  MAIBA, FRAIC, RCA, AIA

Class Start Date Time Tuition Fee Location Instructor Registration
4 Day Workshop September 6 - 9, 2018 10am - 5pm Euro 1495 Relexa Hotel Berlin
Anhalter Str. 8-9, 10963 Berlin

Richard Hulbert & Marc Koegel

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