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Our Intermediate Digital course condensed into one intensive weekend workshop.

Maximum immersion into photography for maximum learning results!

Are you looking for a great next step to advance your basic skills, but don’t have the time to commit to a 10 week program? Then, this workshop is for you!

In only 2 days you will learn how to take your photography skills to the next level. Go beyond the fundamentals with LOTS of shooting both indoors and outside. The focus of this workshop is practical shooting exercises, designed to systematically improve your skills.

You'll learn about the latest digital techniques from capture all the way to final output. Techniques discussed include XDR, HDR, advanced use of depth of field, creative custom white balance, effective RAW shooting and processing, creating panoramas to name just a few. When shooting in the studio, we'll explore creative yet efficient lighting techniques that will work for you inside as well as outside (weather permitting). Last but not least, we'll talk about lenses and other camera accessories such as flashes, memory cards, filters etc.

Although the focus of this workshop is on actual hands-on shooting, we also set aside time to discuss digital post-production. We'll be demonstrating Adobe Lightroom 3, Bridge and Photoshop CS5 and specialized software for HDR processing and Panorama creation.

Expect to have fun, shoot and learn lots.

Saturday 10am - 1pm:

  • Review of Basic Photography concepts, effective camera handling/setup
  • Custom White Balance Techniques
  • XDR and HDR Techniques
  • Choosing Lenses and Camera Accessories
  • Creative Techniques including time exposures, panoramas, etc

Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Saturday 2pm - 5pm:

  • Shooting Field Trip (weather permitted)
  • Comprehensive List of Shooting Assignments/ Exercises will be given
  • Practice Techniques discussed in the AM session
  • XDR, HDR, time exposures, panoramas, creative shooting exercises
  • Night shooting opportunity/ on-camera flash practices

Sunday 10am - 1pm:

  • Review of Field Trip Images, XDR and HDR processing demonstration
  • Digital Workflow Demonstration using the latest Software
  • Adobe Bridge, Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 - Capture to output (web and print)
  • Essential Post-Production using RAW images
  • Healing, Cloning, global versus local adjustments, batch processing...

Lunch 1pm - 2pm

Sunday 2pm - 4pm:

  • Studio Shooting session with professional models
  • Explore a variety of creative yet simple lighting techniques
  • Use Natural, On-camera Flash and Studio Flash
  • Creative and Portrait Lighting Demonstrations
  • Learn how to Shoot tethered with your camera connected to a Computer

Sunday 4pm - 5pm:

  • Shooting Session wrap-up
  • Question and Answer Period


Intermediate. Basic Photography Intensive Weekend Workshop or equivalent basic photography knowledge required.


Maximum 15 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses, camera flash, tripod and laptop.

We Provide:

Detailed course notes in binder.
All lighting equipment and professional models when shooting in a professional studio/location 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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"The class was amazing and my photography is at a new level. To make matters worse, I can’t take classes anywhere else now since they just aren’t up to the standard set by Vancouver Photo Workshops; the competition is a waste of time by comparison."

"This has been the best photography course I have ever taken - thank you VPW for keeping the class size small, instructors are the best in the City and we worked with true professional equipment."

"Marc and the fellows at VPW bring a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to the sessions. The models are professional and the amount of shooting during the sessions outstanding. Fellow class participants added to the value of class."

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The Intermediate Photography Intensive Weekend Workshop is taught by the following instructors:

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

Class Dates Time Early-Bird Discount Offer: Location Instructor Registration
Weekend February 21st & 22nd, 2015 10am-5pm N/A VPW Studios Kathleen Hinkel SOLD OUT
Weekend May 16th & 17th, 2015 10am-5pm N/A VPW Studios Katie Huisman SOLD OUT
Weekend Oct 24th & 25th, 2015 10am-5pm N/A Beaumont Studios Katie Huisman SOLD OUT
Weekend January 30th & 31st, 2016 10am-5pm N/A Beaumont Studios 326 West 5th Ave Katie Huisman Click HERE to Register
Waitlist Waitlist 10am-5pm Waitlist VPW Studios TBA