Most people own a camera - whether it is the latest & greatest DSLR or the phone camera in your pocket... But not everyone knows how to use the camera they do have to its' fullest.

Even when shooting on automatic settings, there are simple rules which can help remove the frustration from photography. Covering framing basics, compositional elements, proper shooting techniques and the very basic elements of photography, we will get you started off on the right foot.

In only 3 hours (including a 1 hour PhotoWalk) we will help to 'take the fear away' and have you on your way to making better pictures with your camera. Accessing tons of real-life tips and tricks on how to easily and effectively turn 'snapshots' into 'great shots', this seminar is a great starting point for photographers.

Following the 2hr lecture, join the Instructor on a 1 hour PhotoWalk around the neighbourhood. This provides a great opportunity to try out what you have just learned. Participation in the PhotoWalk is optional, but we highly recommend it. The PhotoWalk takes place rain or shine.

Looking for a more in-depth start in photography? We also offer a 1-Day Nikon & Canon Beginners Workshop, 2-Day Digital SLR Basics Workshop or a 10 Week Introduction to Digital SLR Photography Course. Check out the agenda & schedule details online or contact one of our staff members by email or phone to see which class is best for you.



All Levels. Everyone is welcome! Students should read through their manuals and practice with camera prior to class.


Maximum 15 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring along your camera - film, digital, mobile... All cameras welcome!


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

Read complete refund and liability policy

"Thanks again for the course...tons of very useful info for a newbie like me. Well worth the time and money!!!"

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This Seminar is taught by the following instructors: See the seminar time table for their scheduled classes:

Syx Langemann

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Rick Hulbert Archiitect, AIBC, FRAIC, RCA, AIA

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Marc Koegel

See Marc's work by visiting his website here!

Class Dates Time Location Instructor Registration
Wednesday June 25th, 2014 7pm - 10pm VPW Studios Syx Langemann SOLD OUT
Monday November 24, 2014 7pm - 10pm VPW Studios Marc Koegel SOLD OUT
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