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This fine art workshop centers around black and white nude and figure photography.

For this workshop, we will be working on-location rather than a traditional studio. Let yourself be inspired by the surroundings! We will be using mostly natural lighting, but for those interested in strobes we'll have a few setups with flash as well.

The goal of this workshop is not only to have all participants walk home with stunning images; our aim is to introduce you to a different way of seeing, to ignite your passion for the creative process that is photography.

Master Photographer Ralph Gibson believes that "...all photographers should know how to photograph two things: the nude and architecture...". After this is accomplished, any subject can be attempted.

Your instructor Marc has been photographing the nude and figure for many years. What has started as a purely personal journey has significantly affected Marc's personal style and creative vision as a photographer.

In addition to Marc's B&W landscape images, his nude and figure work has been widely exhibited in Vancouver and internationally in the US and several European countries.

Marc will share his personal inspirations, approaches and techniques during this intensive weekend workshop. You'll be working in small groups with a variety of models. The focus during this class is on giving students as much shooting time as possible.

Marc prefers to photograph models on location, allowing himself to be inspired by his surroundings. We'll be utilizing natural light as much as possible, but have professional flash and studio strobe equipment on hand should the need to use it arise.

We'll shoot extensively Saturday and Sunday, so make sure to bring enough batteries and memory cards!

Critiques by the instructor are available and ongoing throughout each day.


Saturday 10am - 1pm:

  • Introductory lecture
  • Working with Models, including releases, posing and finding models
  • Getting the best out of a location, including lighting, props, etc

Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Saturday 2pm - 5pm:

  • On-Location Shooting session with models.

Sunday 10am - 1pm:

  • On-Location Shooting session with professional models.

Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Sunday 2pm - 5pm:

  • Critique and Review of Images shot on Saturday
  • Black and White Conversion and Post Production Techniques


Beginner/Intermediate/Professional. Must be comfortable with personal camera operation.


Maximum of only 12 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:

All lighting equipment and professional models when shooting in a professional studio/location setting as part of this workshop.


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!"

"The class was amazing and my photography is at a new level."

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The Fine Art B&W Nude and Figure Photography Workshop is taught by the following instructor:

Marc Koegel
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Please choose your workshop date from the registration table below.

Class Dates Time Seats left available: Meeting Location: Instructor Registration
Weekend October 13 + 14, 2018 10am-5pm Only 3 The Ironworks Studios,
235 Alxander Street, Vancouver
Marc Koegel Click Here to Register
Weekend TBA, 2019 10am-5pm N/A VPW Studios Marc Koegel Click Here for Wait List