Rachelle Fox Photography

Spread over four Saturdays or Mondays for a total of 28 hours instruction, this course will have you seeing photography in a different light and taking pictures you never thought possible.

It is designed to show you how to create stunning and inventive images with any type of camera in any type of shooting situation.

While there may be technical issues when using a point-and-shoot, Holga, SLR or even home-made camera, if you truly understand the relationship between light and composition, you will still be able to produce a beautifully creative image. Many fine art photographers use limiting technology yet create impressive images.

Great photographic art is produced with a thorough knowledge of light and composition.

If you can master these aspects of the photographic process then you will no longer be limited by your equipment, only by your imagination, that's what creative shooting is all about.

Through shooting assignments and demonstrations you will learn to "think outside the photographic box". All equipment used in the class can be easily replicated at home and you will be shown cheap and effective ways to bounce light when needed for an effective shot.

Whether you have a point-and-shoot camera or the latest in professional SLR's this course will enhance your creative photographic eye and will allow you to capture the images you want!

*Please Note: This course is open to all camera types, however, you must have a thorough understanding of your personal camera operation. You must know how to change any and all settings available for your particular camera model. (Please know your camera manual inside and out.)


Session 1 : Saturday/Monday 10am-5pm

Morning: Introduction and lecture on creative shooting, light, composition and examples of what makes for a great image.

Afternoon: Creative portrait shooting for a dramatic look. How to use available lighting effectively.

Session 2 : Saturday/Monday 10am-5pm

All day on-location shooting. Focus on Landscape, Architecture, Documentary and Macro photography. (Location determined by weather and time of year.)

Weekly shooting assignments given.

Session 3 : Saturday/Monday 10am-5pm

Morning: Review and critique of images from previous weeks shooting.

Afternoon: Macro and Abstract shooting in the studio. What regular items can produce interesting imagery?

Session 4: Saturday/Monday 10am-5pm

Morning: Shooting on the waterfront and Granville Island. Using the available weather and environment to enhance your images.

Afternoon: Review and critique of images. Information regarding the processing of your images.



Beginner/Intermediate. Participants need to be comfortable and confident in using their personal cameras. (You must know how to change any and all settings, turn flash on and off, change exposure settings etc. for your particular camera.)


Maximum 14 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Each student will need a camera.
Optional: Extra lenses for SLR cameras, flash, tripod and filters.
Bring your camera manual.

We Provide:

Instruction as listed above.


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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"Great energy, knowledge and experience. Thanks Rachelle!."

"I really enjoyed how Rachelle was interested in each person, took the time to hear what they had to say and came back frequently to the things that were important to each individual.

She was also consistently positive, energetic and cheerful. She offered encouraging feedback on our images but was willing to be ruthlessly truthful when necessary.

Rachelle also went to a lot of trouble to set things up prior to our arrival, such as the portrait lighting equipment below or the conceptual photography setups in the studio."

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The Creative Shooting Course is taught by the following instructor:

Rachelle Fox
Read Rachelle's Biography

Please choose your course date from the registration table below.

Class Start Date Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration
4x Saturday March 6th, 2010 10am-5pm Feb 1st, 2010 VPW Studio Rachelle Fox Click Here to Register
4x Sat/Mon TBA, 2011 10am-5pm TBA, 2011 VPW Studio Rachelle Fox Click Here for Wait List