Marc Koegel Long Expsoure Image

This one-of-a-kind course will teach you all about black and white photography.

Deceptively simple, it truly takes a refined eye and solid techniques to produce black and white imagery that really stands out.

We see the world in colour and most images we take start out that way as well. However, what works for colour photography rarely works for black & white. Through lectures, field trips and shooting assignments this course is designed to give you the tools to create dynamic and effective black & white images.

In order to achieve this goal we will work on the way we see in black and white. We will examine the work of some of the great masters of the medium, and concentrate on shooting as much as possible.

Your instructor Marc has been shooting black and white ever since he started his photography career. He has had the privilege to work with some of the great Masters of the medium including Ralph Gibson, Greg Gorman and Mary Ellen Mark. Marc's award-winning black and white imagery can be seen on his website by visiting

*Maximum of only 10 participants for this exclusive Course!*

Please see this video below featuring some of Marc's recent award-winning black and white imagery. Thanks for watching!

Class 1 :

Lecture: Introduction to black and white photography. Image slideshow and discussion of what makes a great BW image. Technical information and creative advice on how to see and shoot in black and white.

Cass 2 :

Field trip. Black and White street photography: capturing the 'decisive moment'.

Class 3:

Review and critique of images shot the previous week. Lecture on tools for the black and white photographer: using grain, high contrast, high ISO and infrared to get unique imagery

Class 4:

Studio Shoot: Black and White Portraiture using a variety of creative techniques discussed the week before.

Class 5:

Field trip. Black and White Landscape Photography.

Class 6:

Final class. Review of images created during the entire course. Marc will work with each student one-on-one using post production techniques as discussed during the course. Each student will leave with finished images, ready to add to her/his portfolio!



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


Maximum 10 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens. Film or Digital.

We Provide:

Detailed course notes in binder.


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

"Marc, thank you for your great advice and inspiration. I have been shooting in black and white ever since the workshop and like the images I'm getting. I'll be back for another workshop soon."

"Hi Marc, I wanted to let you know, I won a merit award in the B&W single image contest. Please let me know when you have another Long Exposure Workshop shooting in a different location. Thanks."

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The Seeing in Black and White Course is taught by the following instructor:

Marc Koegel
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Please choose your workshop date from the registration table below.

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Class Start Date Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration
Tues April 13th, 2010 7pm-10pm March 15th, 2010 VPW Studios Marc Koegel Click Here to Register
6 week TBA, 2011 10am-5pm TBA, 2011 VPW Studios Marc Koegel Click Here for Wait List