Architectural Photography Course










Note: Only 1 seat left available in the January 2016 workshop!

HDR is the rage and it is here to stay.

This newly updated 2 day workshop looks at how the process of HDR imaging can improve your Photography whether for casual travel, for professional publication, or for gallery display. We will discuss how to know when HDR is the right “ticket” for your intended destination.

We will take you from pre-visualizing the final image through capturing an actual scene, then re-visualizing your image, and finally, utilizing the right software to get you the results you desire.

We will discuss the elementary basics of how people see, how the camera sees, and why HDR photography can be so enticing and fulfilling. This is true whether you want to document reality or want to create a fine art interpretation of the environment around you.

You will learn how to create jaw dropping images that will be the envy of both your photographer friends and potential future clients. You might even be able to impress your own family members!

There is no requirement for purchasing specific software for this workshop.
However, the instructor will be using “Photomatix Pro” and “HDR Efex Pro” software during the brief demonstrations. If you have HDR software on your portable computer, bring it along with your camera gear and tripod to the workshop. Just in case you don’t have a computer or HDR software, the Vancouver Photo Workshops Studio has rental computers with software already loaded if you would like.

We will be emphasizing how to achieve relatively quick results as opposed to having to employ extensive tweaking. Warning: HDR can be addictive.

“Photography is a constant struggle between the search for an honest and true documentation of reality and the inevitable interpretation, distortion and hoped for enhancement of reality. The search is noble, but the inevitability is likely certain . . . and either goal will, thankfully, remain elusive.”
Richard Hulbert

Who is this course for? Why should you take it? Who can benefit from taking this course?

Anyone who wants to learn the basics of High Dynamic Range Imaging will benefit from this course.

How will participants learn?

Participants will learn concepts and skills through the following activities:

• Lectures
• Class discussions
• Field Photography
• Photo Evaluations and Critiques

Instructor Biography

Richard Hulbert  MAIBA, FRAIC, RCA, AIA

International Award winning and published Architect, Urban Designer, and Photographer
Lecturer, Teacher and Seminar Panel Participant on four continents
Fellow, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Former President of the Architectual Institute of British Columbia
Academician, Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts

Richard’s educational philosophy includes the following notions:

  • Adults learn more from story telling than from memorization
  • Learning is heightened when key principles can be related to a humorous circumstance
  • Effective learning arises when knowledge is self-discovered with directed input,
    as opposed to being “taught”

Visit Rick's website for more information and to see his beautiful photography:

Comments from former students

"One of the most informational and entertaining speakers I've seen. I learned a ton. I especially loved his attitude toward everything."

“That was an awesome presentation, a lot of work put into it"

"Richard knocked it out of the park."

"He was an amazing speaker and I learned a lot from him! Truly inspiring!"

"You should know that your presentation profoundly changed (improved) the way many of us in the class shoot - myself included. The useful takeaways from it are too numerous to list. Thank you again."

Saturday Program:

10:00 am – 1:00 pm…………Lecture and Discussion
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ................Lunch Break
2:00 pm – Early Evening ....On Location Photography

Sunday Program:

9:00 am – 10:00am …………Selecting images for processing
10:00 am – noon ……………..Getting the most for the least with HDR Software
Noon – 1:00 pm ………………Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm…………..Getting the most for the least with HDR Software

What to Bring:

Bring your camera and at least one wide angle lens. Additional lenses are optional. Ideally, you would bring a tripod or other form of camera support.

If you have a portable computer with Photomatix Pro or HDR Effects Pro loaded, bring it along as well. The software can also be downloaded for a free trial period if you want to test it out.

Finally, just in case you don’t have a computer or HDR software, the Vancouver Photo Workshops Studio has rental computers with software already loaded if you would like.

Bring a USB memory stick so that you can download some of your images to the
instructor’s computer for processing and critical critique.



Intermediate/Advanced. Must be comfortable with personal camera operation and have a basic understanding of photography techniques and terminology.


Maximum 15 participants.


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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"One of the most informational and entertaining speakers I've seen. I learned a ton. I especially loved his attitude toward everything."

“I'm applying what I learned in the class everyday! Only thing I'd change is make the class longer :)"

“You opened our eyes to a new way of looking …we appreciated being free to take whatever subjects caught our imagination. You were generous with your time and your comments were helpful.”

“Rick has a gift for teaching, a very helpful but good way of critiquing submissions and, most important, what he teaches is immensely useful. His visuals are excellent and can be very thought-provoking.”

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This Workshop is taught by:

Richard Hulbert  MAIBA, FRAIC, RCA, AIA

Visit Rick's website for more information and to see his beautiful photography:

Class Start Date Time Seats available: Location Instructor Registration
Sat & Sun January 30+31, 2016 10am -5pm Only 1

The YWCA HotelDowntown ,733 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2M4

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