Architectural Photography Course














This new 3 hour crash course is designed especially to focus on the benefits of that point and shoot camera you never learned how to use or the new smaller cameras that are all the rage. Whether you have an all in one camera with a fixed lens or one of the new CSC Compact System Cameras, this workshop will help take your photography to the next level.

While this is not necessarily a session on all of the features or your particular camera model, we cover general photography topics that will help you to create better images. The proposed discussion topics include the following subjects:

Starting off … where to begin:

  • What are the Benefits of the Compact Digital Cameras
  • In the beginning … from “0 to 60” for first time camera users
  • Defining your objective … what, who, where, how do you want to photograph?
  • Asking the tough question … Why do you want to photograph?

Pre-Visualization … what you should do before pressing the shutter:

  • How your camera “sees” and records vs. how we see and interpret
  • You are what you wear
  • It’s all about the “light”
  • Setting up your camera

Technique … holding your camera:

  • How to hold you camera and lens
  • Seeing through the viewfinder vs. the “looking glass” or LCD screen
  • How to click the shutter … the “squeeze” vs. the “rollover”
  • Improving your pictures using the classical “rules” of photography …
  • Keeping everything “on the level”

Style … how to insure better photos from your camera:

  • Isolating the Subject … Exclusion, Depth of Field, Cropping
  • Playing with Distance, Perspective, and Angle of View
  • Story Telling … Capturing the Mood and Atmosphere
  • Composition Basics … Framing the Fill vs. Filling the Frame

Note: While this workshop will help you get more out of your camera and improve your photography, it is not a course on how to use your particular camera. You need to read your manual and have a basic understanding of your camera’s key features.

Note: Please read through your manual and practice taking photographs prior to class.

Instructor Biography

(see the time table below for their scheduled seminars)

Instructor Biography

Rick Hulbert Archiitect, AIBC, FRAIC, RCA, AIA
Your instructor is not only an award winning and published photographer, but an internationally acclaimed Architect who has been designing buildings and urban environments for the past 35 years.

  • Lecturer, Teacher and Seminar Panel Participant on four continents

  • Fellow, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
  • Former President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

  • Academician, Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts

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




Marc Koegel is the Director of Vancouver Photo Workshops, one of Canada’s largest family owned photography schools.

Since 2004, VPW has built a reputation for offering only the highest quality photography courses and workshops. Their famous Master Workshop Series brings internationally acclaimed photographers to Vancouver.

In 2007, Marc was commissioned to put together Canada’s first full-time, fully accredited, digital photography diploma program. He served as the Department Head for this program, and continues to teach courses there. Throughout his career, Marc has worked with many distinguished photographers, such as Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Greg Gorman, Ralph Gibson, Freeman Patterson and more.

He has taught thousands of students in courses and workshops across Canada, the USA and Europe. Marc’s fine-art photography has won several distinguished awards, and has been exhibited in galleries internationally.


Marc's Fine Art Photography Website

Marc's Long Exposure Blog






Maximum 20 participants!

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your compact/ point-and-shoot cameras and a note pad

We Provide:

Course descripton as above


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

“…it was one of the best photography classes I have taken. You have a real knack for teaching. Your lessons and feedback have really allowed me to grow as a photographer. You encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and gave me much more confidence in my abilities.”

“It was a great experience. I really liked the way you were the authority but were open to hearing our ideas. Overall Grade A+”

“You have had the most significant impact on my photography since I took it up and the smartest decision I've made in that regard was to take your workshop.   Little did I know that you would change my photography life.”

"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 :)"

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This Crash Course is taught by the following Instructors - See the seminar time table for their scheduled classes:

Rick Hulbert Archiitect, AIBC, FRAIC, RCA, AIA

See some more information about Rick here!

Marc Koegel

See Marc's work by visiting his website here!

Class Start Date Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration
3Hr Crash Course January 20, 2014 7PM - 10PM First 3 Sign Ups SAVE 10%!! VPW Studios Rick Hulbert SOLD OUT