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The Digital SLR Photography Boot Camp is designed for maximum immersion into the exciting world of digital photography. Our Famous 10 Week Introduction to Digital SLR Course offered in a 2-Day Weekend.

We'll run through the basics of operating your camera so you get predictable, high quality results you'll be proud to share.

Throughout the week, we'll give you lots of creative shooting exercises. From a full-scale portraiture/ fashion shoot in our studio to outdoor trips where students practice their new found skills in the field. Each shooting session is followed by an image critique, helping you understand which components worked, and which areas need improvement.

With a strong emphasis on hands-on shooting, you will have fun and learn lots during this exciting week. Bring your cameras with manual control capabilities, a memory card, and be prepared to get inspired and be immersed in photography!

Please Note: SLR Camera only

Day 1
Introduction to photography, how digital cameras work, digital technology and workflow basics, auto focus versus manual focus, digital image optimization.
ISO, Digital noise, Understanding image capture modes and exposure controls, EV compensation and intro to using the histogram.
EV compensation demo and workshop.
EV compensation assignment.

Day 2
Review students' images from Day 1 assignment.
Metering methods, reading a histogram, using manual mode, white balance.
White balance demo and workshop.
Creative uses for aperture and shutter, depth of field and motion, lenses and their characteristics. 
Assignments: White balance, Depth of field.

Day 3
Review students' images from Day 2 assignment.
Composition guidelines - rule of thirds, texture, color, point of view and seeing in shapes and forms.
Field trip - An afternoon photo walk, Yaletown and waterfront. Bring your camera.  Practical exercises and refining composition and camera control. Putting into practice what we've learned to date.

Day 4
Review students' images from Field trip.
Low Light Photography Lecture.
Afternoon Photoshoot in the studio.
Photographing models in the studio, using continuous light sources and strobe. Have fun and explore your creativity!
Photo Field Trip to Granville Island - Night Photography. Please bring your tripod. Evening time.

Day 5
Students prepare final images for final presentation (at home).
Afternoon class only. 
Review and critique of students' final images from the week.
Final Q & A.




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.
Memory card.
A CD, DVD or USB jump drive to take home images and the slideshow video.

We Provide:

Detailed course notes in binder.
All lighting equipment and professional models when shooting in a professional studio 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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"Great course - I really enjoyed the hands-on shooting exercises and I am confident using my digital camera gear now."

"What a great Introduction to Digital Photography! Fun class, instructor and day trips. Info well delivered.

I will sign up for the next program, I was so impressed!"

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The Digital SLR Photography Boot Camp is taught by the following instructors:

Tim Tallevi
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Marc Koegel
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Syx Langemann
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Please choose your instructor and workshop date from the registration table below.

Class Dates Time Early-Bird Registration Offer: Location Instructor Registration
Mon-Fri Nov 25th - 29th, 2013 10am-5pm First 3 Students SAVE $45!! VPW Studios Geoff Nuefeldt Click Here to Register
Mon-Fri March 24th - 28th, 2014 10am-5pm First 3 Students SAVE $45!! VPW Studios Ross denOtter Click Here to Register
5 day TBA, 2013 10am-5pm TBA, 2013 VPW Studios TBA Click Here for Wait List