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Our famous Basic Photography Course condensed into one intensive weekend workshop.

Are you looking for a great first course in photography, but don’t have the time to commit to a 10 week program? Then this workshop is for you!

In only 2 days you will learn the most important basic photography concepts, such as: exposure calculation, depth-of-field, effective composition guidelines and how to use your camera to get consistent high quality results in a variety of shooting situations that include travel photography, landscapes, portraitures, macro and events (in both bright and low light). We also introduce you to fine-art photography techniques such as long exposures, intentional camera movement, panning etc.

We'll finish the weekend with a dive into image processing to show you how to give your images that final 'polish', and how to share them efficiently online and in print.

On Sunday a hands-on photo fieldtrip will give you the opportunity to practice your newly acquired skills.

This intensive class is designed to leave you feeling comfortable and in control of your camera and its operation. It is a great workshop for people looking to refresh their skills and a stepping stone and foundation to further photography training.

Saturday 10am - 1pm:

  • Introduction to Photography
  • A brief History of Photography
  • Basic Camera Operation and Handling (what does this button do?)

Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Saturday 2pm - 5pm:

  • Exposure Workshop in the Studio
  • Understanding Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO
  • Understanding Depth of Field

Sunday 10am - 1pm:

  • Basic Composition Theory
  • Lenses and their Properties
  • The 'right' settings for the 'right' moment: how to setup your camera to capture the best images in various shooting situations (i.e. travel photography, portraits, events etc)

Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Sunday 2pm - 4pm:

  • Photo Field Trip
  • Shooting Assignments to practice what you have learned (exposure, white balance, depth-of-field, perspective, lens choices, effective composition etc)

Sunday 4pm - 5pm:

  • Post-Production and Image Processing
  • Adobe Lightroom and other software will be introduced and discussed


Beginner/General Interest. No previous photography experience required.


Maximum 18 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 PDF format


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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"When my friends looked at my photographs they couldn't believe that I really was the one who took them - I told them that VPW could help them achieve the same outstanding results as well!

Thank you for an excellent class!"

"Thanks for an excellent workshop. I learned lots, and especially enjoyed the studio shooting session with the models you brought in.

I will be back to take more of VPW's courses and workshops!"

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The Basic Photography Intensive Weekend Workshop is taught by the following instructors:

Marc Koegel

Katie Huisman

Mary Jensen

Ross Den Otter

Class Dates Time Early-Bird Discount Offer: Location Instructor Registration
Weekend January 27 + 28, 2018 10am-5pm First 3 registrations get 10% off regular tuition fees Ironworks Studios,
235 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Marc Koegel Click HERE to Register
Waitlist Winter 2017 TBA Waitlist TBA TBA TBA