Images above: Copyright John Kosmopoulos

Breaking News: We just picked up Formatt-Hitech as a sponsor for this workshop! We are excited to be able to have their famous ND filters as a door prize and also for the photographer who takes the best image during the workshop!

Vancouver Photo Workshops is proud to announce this unique Fine-Art Architecture Workshop with international award-winning photographers, John Kosmopoulos and Marc Koegel.

Held in Toronto, Ontario, this workshop will have you shooting at fantastic locations all while exploring creative techniques, angles and photographic vision.

This workshop is aimed at covering fine-art long exposure photography techniques as well as post processing, but participants are welcome to photograph using more 'conventional' techniques as well. We will provide you with the insights into the vision and perception of two outstanding photographers: John Kosmopoulos and Marc Koegel.

Images above: Copyright John Kosmopoulos

Throughout the weekend, there will be many opportunities for shooting both the major architectural attractions as well as many hidden gems we'll find along our route.

At each shooting location there will opportunities to interact with the instructors and discuss any questions you might have, from technical to creative and beyond.


Images above: Copyright Marc Koegel

In addition to being out with our cameras, we will also place a strong emphasis on 'classroom' learning by way of presentations done by each instructor.

And we won't forget about spending time to review your work!

Finally, we are excited to announce that this workshop weekend will feature prizes and give-aways by the instructors as well as selected sponsors. By participating, you automatically become eligible to win!

For this workshop, digital camera equipment, or film in any format (including 4x5 and larger), can be used. Students can choose to shoot in black and white or color.

The workshop will be held at the following location in downtown Toronto:

Cambridge Suites Hotel Toronto

15 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1N2

Please note that the workshop fee does NOT include Hotel accomodations. You are free to stay at the same hotel the workshop is held or elsewhere in Toronto. We will meet in the lobby on the first day of the workshop (September 21st, 2013) at 9am sharp.

Sponsors for this workshop include:

Formatt-Hitech .Filters for Photography.

Xume. Quick release adapters for your filters.

Smugmug. Photo Sharing . Stunning Photo Websites.

About Your Instructors: John Kosmopoulos:

John Kosmopoulos is an internationally awarded photographer specializing in architecture, abstract, long exposure, and minimalist black and white fine art photography. He lives in the great city of Toronto where he balances his passion for the photographic arts with his love of the behaviour sciences as a consultant and educator. His love of architecture has also brought him to cities like New York and Berlin for opportunities to expand his portfolio and his vision in a meaningful way.

“I am fascinated by the geometry, symmetry, and abstract nature of any urban ecology. When I analyze architecture, I tend to dissect structures and compose them in my own mathematical alchemy of angles, light, time and space. My analysis often runs counter to the intention and function of the urban landscape. This is my way of harmonizing the city in the way that I envision it... Architecture often offers the music and photography offers the lyrics click by click – the unique signature of the photographer.” ~ John


About Your Instructors: Marc Koegel

Marc Koegel is a proud father of two, a photographer, educator, writer and the director of Vancouver Photo Workshops LTD (

His black and white long exposure landscapes, nudes and architectural photographs have been widely exhibited in Vancouver and internationally.

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 (Yes I fit this stereotype).

To create his fine-art photographs, Marc works with both, film and digital processes. See Marc's photography by visiting the following websites:

Toronto Fine-Art Architecture Workshop with international award-winning photographers, with John Kosmopoulos & Marc Koegel:

Day 1 - Saturday

9-12 am
Orientation & Presentations followed by onsite instructions for the 2-day workshop

Presentations - Long exposure photography and architectural / archistract photography

12-1:30 pm

Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition, Royal Ontario Museum, Daniel Libeskind with B+H Architects

1:30-2:30 pm
Lunch (on your own / group)

2:30-6:30 pm

Brookfield Place - Adam Lambart Galleria, Santiago Calatrava
Royal Bank Plaza
Scotia Plaza
Commerce Court
Union Station & Skywalk (no tripods)

Gooderham Building (Flat Iron Building)
St. Lawrence Market Square

And many others that we will find on our walkabouts during this time!

6:30-8:00 pm
Supper (on your own / group)

Day 2 - Sunday

9-10:30 am

Yonge & Dundas Square
Massey Hall

10:30 - 12:30 am
Toronto City Hall

12:30-1:30 pm
Lunch (on your own or as group)

1:30-3:00 pm
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research
Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building

3 pm-4:30 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Gehry International Architects with Adamson Associates Architects
Sharp Centre, Ontario College of Art and Design University

4:30-6:30 pm

Final Image Review & Critique

Please be mindful of your own safety, the safety of others, and the respect of public spaces at all times. There are certain areas where tripods may not be allowed (e.g., Union Station).

Please note that the instructors will make every effort to ensure access to certain parts of the tour but there may be times when it may not be possible due to construction, closures, etc. Alternatives may be offered. The great thing about Toronto is that it is a walking city and there is something interesting to see around every corner as you visit the main areas for the workshop.

TTC Map / Subway & Bus Information:
Day passes recommended

Here is a map of location we will be visiting during the workshop:

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Intermediate/Professional. Must be experienced with long expousre photography

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens. Film or Digital.
A Tripod
Remote Cable Release
If shooting film: Bring film (recommended are Fuji Across & Ilford XP2) and any color filters you may have.
If shooting digital: Consider bringing a laptop to work on your images.
Optional: additional lenses, ND filters.


ND Filters are available for rent ($25 for a set of 2 filter) for those who do not own them


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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"Marc's skill and enthusiasm for teaching is only matched by his incredibly inspiring photographs. Thank you for a great workshop today!"

"Marc, earlier this fall I took your Long Exposure Workshop and ended up with a number of prints I quite like. I went off to practice on Pender Island and ended up with an image that did well in the local camera club competition. So thanks for your contribution."

"Hi Marc, I wanted to let you know, I won a merit award in the B&W single image contest. Please let me know when you have another Long Exposure Workshop shooting in a different location. Thanks."

Read more testimonials......

The Fine Art Architectural Workshop is taught by the following instructors:

John Kosmopoulos
See John's work by visiting his website


Marc Koegel
See Marc's work by visiting his website here!







Class Dates Time Seats Left Available: Location Instructor Registration
Saturday & Sunday September 21st + 22nd, 2013

9am - 6:30pm

4 only

Cambridge Suites Hotel Toronto

15 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1N2

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