New: We have added the option to attend without hotel. This gives you a $550 discount!

Your instructors Walter Luttenberger and Marc Koegel will combine their forces, and their experience, to guide you across the Canadian Prairies.

This one-of-a-kind workshop will teach you how to make stunning photographs across the Canadian Province of Alberta using a minimalist mindset for composition and creative camera techniques such as long-exposures to help capture dramatic clouds and weather.

We will also be discussing infrared photography.

Both Walter and Marc have in common an excitement for the art and science of photography as well as their desire and enjoyment of teaching and inspiring others.

We hope that our paricipants will enjoy and gain from having both Walter and Marc guide them.

Alberta is a photographer's dream come true and this workshop will have you out shooting at various locations, from abandoned homesteads, historic grain elevators, isolated trees, to endless fields and farmlands and more!

Capture rare photographs that only this Prairie landscape can deliver!

Photographs above by Walter Luttenberger

We will prioritize our time for practicing photography in the field, but both instructors have also prepared presentations. What is more, Walter and Marc will provide in-depth feedback of your photographs as well as processing demonstrations.

While photographing, participants will benefit from ample one-on-one time with both Walter and Marc. Let them guide you in creating your own powerful and meaningful photographs of the Canadian Prairies!

Images above: Copyright Marc Koegel Photography

Marc has travelled the Prairies extensively, both during summer and winter.

Together, Walter and Marc will not only teach, but also inspire you as well!

For this special workshop we will meet on May 3rd, 2023 at 6pm in the lobby of the Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport. We will get to know everyone over a first dinner that evening. The next morning we're off on our adventure!

The workshop concludes by Sunday, May 7, by 5pm. Participants can choose to depart that evening or stay another night (if the latter please book your room for that last night, May 7 to May 8 yourself).

What's included in this Workshop:

  • 4 days/ 4 nights photo tour
  • 4 night single room hotel accomodations at the Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
  • Travel in comfortable Van's / SUV's with lots of room for your luggage
  • Small group tour with max of only 8 partcipants and 2 instructors - lots of personal instruction and guidance
  • All Photography instruction in the field, in-depth image reviews

What's NOT included in this Workshop:

  • Flight to and from Calgary (you can take the free shuttle to the Acclaim Hotel when you arrive)
  • Your Meals
  • Travel insurance (this is highly recommended) and personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above as included

Group Size:

  • A minimum of 4 and a maximum of only 8 (!!) participants

Physical Level: 2 / 5

  • For this tour, our vehicles will be able to get very close to the great majority of our shooting locations. Hikes will range from 5 to a maximum of 15 minutes.

Tour Fee and Deposit:

To book your seat in this workshop, we require a (non-refundable) deposit of $750, with the balance payment due by April 15, 2023. You can choose to pay in full when registering (so no need to leave a deposit) and this would entitle you a $100 discount off regular tuition. You can choose your preferred payment option during online registration.

Meeting Time and Location:

For this special workshop we will meet on May 3rd, 2023 at 6pm in the lobby of the Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport. We will get to know everyone over a first dinner that evening. The next morning we're off on our adventure!

The workshop concludes by Sunday, May 7, by 5pm. Participants can choose to depart that evening or stay another night (if the latter please book your room for that last night, May 7 to May 8 yourself)

We will be in touch a few weeks before the workshop and provide specific advice on getting prepared which includes suggestions specific to the camera equipment you plan on using.


My training as a photographer began in 1989 at the Petek Advertising Photography Studio in Graz. After finishing my apprenticeship, I moved to the then largest studio for advertising photography, Croce & Wir in Graz. There I worked as a photo assistant for 2 years and learned a lot from my talented colleagues.

Through my passion for architecture and design, I began my education in large format photography during my independence in Frankfurt, Germany. This focus on architectural photography led to the founding of my own company Walter Luttenberger Photography after my return to Austria in 1995.
With a focus on architectural, interior and reference photography, I began to build up a clientele among architects, interior designers and companies active in the construction industry.

In addition, I taught young students in the fields of architectural and above all landscape photography at the Academy of Applied Photography. Subsequently, this led to my own workshops for landscape photography from 2014. In 2018, I finally founded the photo trip, for the purpose of organizing up to 14 photo trips and workshops per year. Interested photographers benefit from my many years of experience both as a photographer and as a trainer and workshop leader.

Marc Koegel:

Marc Koegel is a proud father of two, a photographer, educator, writer and the director of Vancouver Photo Workshops LTD (

His black and white long exposure landscapes, nudes and architectural photographs have been widely exhibited and have won numerous internationally awards such as the IPA, PX3, Spider Awards and Epson Pano Awards.

Born in Germany, Marc first came to Canada in 1996 to earn an Economics degree. He has been seriously involved with photography ever since he was given his father's camera and darkroom setup at the age of 12 (Yes I fit this stereotype).

To create his fine-art photographs, Marc works with both, film and digital processes. See Marc's photography by visiting the following websites:



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


Maximum 12 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens. Film or Digital.
A Tripod
Remote Cable Release
If shooting film: Bring film (recommended are Fuji Across & Ilford XP2) and any color filters you may have.
If shooting digital: Consider bringing a laptop to work on your images.
Optional: additional lenses, ND filters.


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

Read complete refund and liability policy

"Bravo to Marc and Oliver for leading one of the best of the winter photography workshops. I have attended others in previous years and the 2016 workshop stands out as one of the best. Marc and Oliver again remained focused on the students... work with each of us on
composition, technique and the probing inquiry as to the "why" of our

"More important than leaving the course with only technique knowledge,
I left the course with a better understanding of myself as a

"As the world of photography changes so does the market for photo workshops. I have attended enough of these to feel confident that I am a very good judge of what constitutes a poor vs. good vs. great workshop. Not one to settle for mediocrity I researched what I felt would be the best photo workshop covering long exposure and Minimalism. It didn’t take long for me to find Marc Keogel and Oliver Du Tre as they were offering a 3 day course in Calgary photographing the pristine prairies and the almost mystical scenery in those snowy fields.

For those of you who know Marc Keogel you know he has dedicated his life to his family and his unique business of owning and operating Vancouver Workshops in Vancouver, BC. Marc has many fine qualities but teaching photography is where he really shines. He has won many prestigious photo contests internationally and is well recognized as one of the best in his genre.

Oliver Du Tre is also a well known Black and White Minimalist photographer and his passion for his work is at another level. Oliver simply sees the world with a different set of eyes and he works extremely hard in the classroom and in the field to help each participant at any skill set. Oliver has put together a very clever and educational set of presentations which he uses to describe his approach to what is involved with making a great image.

For those of us who have attended field workshops we are all too familiar with the leader bringing their camera into the field and being more concerned with their images than your own. This is most definitely not the case with Marc and Oliver as they constantly walked around to assist in composition, technique and just overall making sure everyone was comfortable.

I am proud to have made the decision to attend this intense course which has absolutely raised the bar on my photography. I eagerly look forward to continuing my relationship with Marc and Oliver and I most certainly will be attending more amazing workshops offered by Vancouver Workshops"

"Marc's skill and enthusiasm for teaching is only matched by his incredibly inspiring photographs. Thank you for a great workshop today!"

Read more testimonials......

This Workshop is taught by the following instructors:

Marc Koegel
See Marc's work by visiting his website here!


Walter Luttenberger
See Walter's work by visiting his website here!
Class Dates Time Deposit: Location Instructor Registration
4 Day Workshop May 3 - 7, 2023 9am-5pm $500 Acclaim Hotel 123 Freeport Boulevard N.E., Calgary, Alberta T3N 0A3 Walter Luttenberger & Marc Koegel Click Here To Register Now!