Vancouver Photography

During this exciting photo tour, we will visit many picturesque sites in a city that has often been called 'one of the best places to live'.

Vancouver is a photographer's paradise, not many cities have this much visual excitement to offer. We’ll meet in our Vancouver studio on Friday evening at 7pm to go over our activities, get acquainted, discuss our goals and go over suggested photographic assignments.

Before the evening is over, we'll view an inspirational slideshow with some great Vancouver imagery.

On Saturday we will meet in our studio at 9am then head out to photograph lively Granville Island, with its famous food market. While in the area, we'll explore Vancouver's waterfront and the beautiful Yaletown skyline.

In the afternoon, we'll photograph historic Gastown before catching the sun low on the horizon in English bay.

On Sunday morning we will begin the day by exploring Lynn Canyon and its famous suspension bridge. On our way back into the city, we'll stop in Stanley park for some great shots of the Vancouver skyline, ancient Totem Poles, and historic Lion's Gate Bridge.

Back in the city we will take a short trip out to the grounds of the University of British Columbia, where we'll photograph the Nitobe Chinese Gardens and the area around the Museum of Anthropology.

Before the day is over, we'll return back to our studio to discuss any remaining questions. Every student will have the opportunity to share images created throughout this workshop in a dedicated online photography gallery.

Access information will be provided to everyone during the workshop. The instructor and your fellow workshop participants will be able to see your images, comment and critique on individual results. We are very excited about this new system which will also let you stay in touch long after the workshop has passed.

How to get to our shooting locations/ Local transportation:

We encourage the group to carpool together to the various shooting locations. It is possible to use public transportation, but in an effort to minimize travel time (and maximize shooting time) travel by car is recommended. If you do not have personal transportation we will strive to match you with another participant who has. Mode details will be discussed at the meeting on the first day.

Come and join us for an unforgettable tour around one of North America’s most scenic cities!

Educated in British Columbia and California Kaj has over 25 years experience in commercial, illustrative and stock photography working in all camera formats including 35mm, medium, 4” x 5” and 8” x 10” view cameras, and the latest digital equipment.

Kaj also has extensive knowledge of and experience in lighting techniques and has owned and operated studios for over 20 years. He has been actively involved in teaching for over 20 years, and has taught at institutions such as the University of British Columbia (Centre for Continuing Education), British Columbia Institute of Technology, and other prominent local photography schools.

In 1986 Kaj incorporated Viewpoints West Photofile Ltd., a stock photo agency which today represents over 30 photographers and a file of 150,000 images. Viewpoints West supplies stock images to customers on a worldwide basis for an extensive range of editorial and commercial purposes. Viewpoints West images have appeared regularly in publications such as British Columbia, Canadian Geographic, Dynasty, Future, German Geographic, Globo, Maclean’s, Morning Calm, Outside, Russian Geographic, Western Living and many others.

Visit Kaj's website for more information:



Basic photography knowledge required.


Maximum 12 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your film or digital camera and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses, camera flash, tripod or laptop.

We Provide:

* All instruction during the tour in Vancouver.
* Use of our digital lab including printer and scanner.


CAPIC & PPABC Members:

A 5% discount is available to CAPIC and PPABC members when registering online. Please be prepared to show your membership cards on the first day of your workshop.

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 experience possible VPW keeps tour sizes limited to 12-15 people (depending on the tour). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen 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 tours, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 15 days written notice (before the tour start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

If you wish to transfer to a different tour date VPW requires 7 days written notice.

Please Note: $25 refund and transfer charge applies
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Class Dates Time Meeting Place Instructor Registration
Fri Night & Weekend May 7th, 2010 7pm-10pm VPW Studios Kaj Svensson Click Here to Register
May 8th & 9th, 2010 9am-6pm
Fri Night & Weekend TBA, 2011 7pm-10pm VPW Studios Marc Koegel Click Here for Wait List
TBA, 2011 9am-6pm