Architectural Photography Course

This 10 week 30 hour course introduces you to the specialized techniques of architectural photography both interior and exterior.

Equipment selection and performance review, location scouting and selection, photographic styles and creative approaches as well as business aspects will be covered in this 10 week 30 hour course.

Students will be shown (and have an opportunity to use) a variety of specialized equipment including large format cameras and tilt/shift lenses for digital camera's.

Emphasis will be placed on shooting demonstrations on-location both indoors and outdoors. A list of locations will be distributed and discussed with all students at the beginning of the course. 

Assignments will include a student self-study project focusing on both an indoor and outdoor location.

Please Note: SLR Camera only

Session 1 :

Course and assignment overview.
Discussion about Architectural Photography and evaluation of predominant architectural photographer's portfolios.

Session 2 :

Photographing exteriors, discussion on perspective, angle of view, various types of equipment (4 x 5, tilt-and-shift lenses, portable flash, etc).

Session 3 :

Field trip with instructor to shoot exteriors of local building (Vancouver Public Library or Museum of Anthropology).

Session 4:

In-class review of field trip images from Class 3. Discussion on shooting exterior details, shooting at night, lighting techniques and shooting stitched images in order to compete with 4" x 5" shooters.

Session 5 :

Field trip with instructor to shoot exteriors and details of local building (the new Vancouver Trade and Convention Center).

Session 6 :

In-class review of field trip images from Class 5. Discussion on shooting and lighting for interior architectural photography.

Session 7 :

Field trip to shoot interior of local hotel lobby or restaurant.

Session 8 :

In-class review of field trip images from Class 7. Discussion on 4" x 5" cameras and lenses, shooting architectural and engineering scale models.

Session 9 :

Business practices, permits, licensing, insurance and promotional devices.

Session 10:

Final critique and wrap up. Review of students assignments and images created throughout the course.



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


Maximum 14 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses, camera flash and tripod.

We Provide:

Detailed course notes in binder.
All lighting equipment when shooting in a professional setting as part of this course.


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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The Architectural Exterior, Interior & Scale Model Photography Course is taught by the following instructor:

Kaj Svensson
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Please choose your instructor and course date from the registration table below.

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Class Start Date Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration
Wed Afternoon January 25th, 2012 2pm-5pm December 31st, 2011 VPW Studios Kaj R.Svensson SOLD OUT!
Wed Afternoon May 16th, 2012 2pm-5pm April 30th, 2012 VPW Studios Kaj R.Svensson SOLD OUT!
Tuesday Morning September 11th, 2012 9am-12pm August 31st, 2012 VPW Studios Kaj R.Svensson Click Here to Register
Afternoon TBA, 2011 2pm-5pm TBA, 2011 VPW Studios Kaj R.Svensson Click Here for Wait List