Oh Canada! July 01 2014, 0 Comments

CANADA DAY SPECIAL!  Use discount code "CanadaDay" at checkout to get 10% off all purchases. Today only!!


Quantum Shift in Training June 21 2014, 0 Comments

This site, and my teaching, represent a quantum shift in photography training.



Instead of learning photography via mail order, which is distant and ineffective, or a college course, which takes forever and teaches irrelevant stuff, or training by a retailer, which is aimed just at selling you stuff and is taught by junior staff(1), there is now the Michael Willems Way.  

The Michael Willems Way of Learning Photography is represented by THE TEN ADVANTAGES:

  1. Taught by an accomplished, award-winning working pro, not by junior staff.
  2. But also: taught by one of the best teachers on the continent. I was born to teach. I teach here and at Ontario's Sheridan College, have taught courses on behalf of Canon Canada, and have taught worldwide.
  3. I am so certain that you will love my courses that I give an unconditional money-back guarantee: after the course, if you are not delighted, I refund your fee. (Hint: it has never yet happened).
  4. Courses are constantly updated. "No bureaucracy" guarantees quick response times when things evolve in the industry—as they always do. 
  5. The teacher is the writer. So you always get it directly from the horse's mouth, so to speak.
  6. The courses tie right into the books: they totally support each other!
  7. Small classes: Classes booked at your initiative never have more than 6 people.
  8. Knowledge: I shoot with all makes of camera, and know all brands. Try to find a camera I cannot work out in minutes, I challenge you!
  9. Classes can be part of an custom-designed longer course. I can put together a four-week course for you, or a six-week course, or a 12-week course, or any other course duration you'd like.
  10. Here's the kicker: taught when you want, at your convenience, not ours. My courses are seldom pre-planned. Instead, you choose when you'd like, 24/7/365, and you either get individual coaching for a price much lower than it would normally be, or you find a few friends and do it together, you each pay a smaller amount than you'd expect to pay anywhere, and you still have tiny, individualized classes!

 As an example of the last point, take a look at Landscape Photography, the all-new new course. It costs:

  • One on one: $199 (2.5 hours)
  • 2–3 people: $129 p.p. (2.5–3 hours)
  • 4+ People: $99 p.p. (3 hours)

So—give me a call, or book a course here right now. As soon as you have made payment, email me ( some suggested dates, and I will respond with the ones I am available for. You then pick out of those. As soon as that is done, I will send you instructions, directions, prep work, and so on.


Personal greetings,



(1) My Vistek courses are an exception: I control the syllabus, and Vistek have not tried in any way to influence what or how I teach.


Added: "Landscape Photography" training seminar June 16 2014, 0 Comments

"Landscape photography" has been added as an all-new training seminar. In 2.5-3 hours, you learn about the fundamentals, the techniques, special requirements, equipment needed, and much more. Become an accomplished landscape photographer whose work can decorate any wall, printed large!


Oakville, Ontario, 25 May 2014: Michael Willems today announced the immediate release of his all new and long anticipated e-book: Stunning Landscape Photography: Making Your Environment Tell Stories. This 117-page e-book is available now from the e-store at

If you have always wanted to try shooting landscapes, or if you want to become better at doing it, this is the e-book for you. In his latest e-book, Michael includes information on technical requirements, tripods, bags, filters and other requirements, required knowledge, timing and location finding, shooting technique, lenses, basic and practical composition, and post-production. He discusses many specific landscape techniques, from night scenes to flowing water photography.  The ultimate guide to finally mastering your landscape shots!

This extensive e-book is $19.95 plus applicable taxes: it comes as a PDF file conveniently optimized for freely viewing on your iPad, tablet, computer, and all similar platforms. 

COMING SOON: "Landscape Photography" May 21 2014, 0 Comments

The fifth in my series of e-books is coming out within the next few weeks. Stand by here for:


  Stunning Landscape Photography: Making Your Environment Tell Stories


It will be available from this store within the next weeks. Current special offers will end then, so use them while you can!




May SPECIAL on High School Senior shoot May 07 2014, 0 Comments

***NEW***   With graduations approaching, what better time than now to make beautiful photos of your High School Senior? A special price of $395 applies just this month! Part of the MAY SPECIALS series. Limited space: Act Now!

New Links To E-books May 06 2014, 0 Comments

Those of you who have bought e-books and received them as links in an email: those links have been disabled due to a bug in Dropbox. If you have not yet downloaed your e-books, please contact me, enclosing a copy of your receipt, and I will send you new links.

Kind regards, 

Michael Willems /


Michael Willems e-store now fully in service April 28 2014, 0 Comments, Michael Willems's fully featured e-store, is now fully in service. Pay securely using any credit card, get instant receipts, and conveniently choose between an growing range of photography-related products and services. Prices of training are flexible and depend on the number of students in a course.


Shoots now available here, too April 27 2014, 0 Comments

Some of my photo-shoot products are available here now, as well. Others will all be added too for your convenience, so you can order conveniently.  

Things like baby shoots:

Contact me for information: 


Michael's E-Books Now For Sale! April 19 2014, 0 Comments

Welcome to the store. This is where you can not just read about my books and seminars, but buy them. All of them. Seminars can be done over Google Hangouts, so geography is not a barrier. 

This blog contains news about my books and courses and other learning opportunities. For regular, near daily teaching articles, head on over to instead.