Kaj Svensson Photography

Macro Photography – New Worlds to Explore

Macro and micro (or close-up) photography opens up endless possibilities for the photo enthusiast to shoot.

You don’t even have to leave your own home or backyard to find infinite subject matters from flowers to insects.

Mini-landscapes and colorful abstracts are limited only by your imagination.

Equipment to allow any photographer to shoot small objects or scenes ranges from simple close-up filters to macro lenses but need not be expensive if you are on a tight budget.

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This 10 Week Course will explore all the methods and equipment used to create stunning images through lecture, a comprehensive set of notes, viewing a wide variety macro images shot by the instructor (with a "how-to" description of each photograph shown), studio photography sessions, field trips and class critique of images shot by the students.


Class 1:
In-class discussion and general description of what macro photography is, what "close-up" equipment is available (even on a tight budget) and the importance of using a tripod and cable release. Macro visuals presented.

Class 2:
In-class discussion and demonstration of the use of close-up filters, extension tubes, macro lenses, focusing rails and lighting strategies in an indoor situation. Visuals presented and various light sources demonstrated.

Class 3:
In-studio photography session employing basic artificial lighting. Students should bring small objects to photograph with their cameras and tripods.

Class 4:
In-class review and critique of student photography from class 3 followed by a discussion on various technical considerations such as depth of field and shutter speeds and the use of light modifiers. Visuals presented and light modifiers demonstrated.

Class 5:
In-studio macro photography session employing various light modifiers. Students should bring small objects to photograph with their cameras and tripods.

Class 6:
In-class review and critique of student photos from class 5 followed by a discussion on macro photography outdoors, shooting insects, use of modifiers outdoors, focusing rails and portable flashes. Visuals presented.

Class 7:
Field trip - to Van Dusen Gardens (possible Saturday or Sunday morning shoot).

Class 8:
In-class review and critique of student photographs from class 7 field trip followed by a discussion of post-production techniques, stitching of images, painting with light techniques and printing techniques. Visuals presented and prints displayed.

Class 9:
Field trip - to Stanley Park (possible Saturday or Sunday morning shoot).

Class 10:
In-class review and critique of student photographs from class 9 field trip.

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Should be comfortable with personal camera operation and basic photography principles such as Aperture, Shutter Speed, Depth of Field, etc.


Maximum 14 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

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

We Provide:

Detailed course notes in binder. Studio lighting equipment.


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 Macro Photography Workshop is taught by the following instructor:

Kaj Svensson
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Please choose your workshop date from the registration table below.

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Class Dates Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration
Saturday June 11th, 2011 N/A N/A VPW Studios Kaj Svensson SOLD OUT!
Sunday Oct 23rd, 2011 N/A N/A VPW Studios Kaj Svensson SOLD OUT!
Sunday January 29th, 2012 N/A N/A VPW Studios Kaj Svensson SOLD OUT!
Sunday April 29th, 2012 N/A N/A VPW Studios Kaj Svensson SOLD OUT!
Wednesday Evenings February 27th, 2013 7pm - 10pm First 3 Registrants will receive $50 OFF VPW Studios Kaj Svensson Click Here to Register
TBA TBA, 2013 10am-5pm TBA, 2013 VPW Studios Kaj Svensson Click Here for Wait List