Viewfinder Center

Outdoor photography in focus

Zurich-based photography courses in English and German, plus adventurous photo tours around the globe.

Viewfinder Center creates fun, inspirational learning experiences and provides courses, day-trips and photo tours with the right mix of creativity, theory and hands-on practice.
Celebrate with our Advanced Photography Study 2018-19 students on June 20th at the Hallenstation in Oerlikon! Please RSVP before June 16th. Detailed directions to follow by email closer to the date.

Advanced Photography Study Program

Now in it’s fifth year, Viewfinder’s Advanced Photography Study helps goal-oriented students master a variety of high-end camera skills and shooting strategies, taking them from intermediate shooter to advanced photographer during seven units of study. 

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Student Testimonials

I did the basic course to understand the functions of my camera. Really nice husband and wife team who showed a true interest in my specific needs. Sessions were very well timed, with highly welcome coffee breaks. Later took my wife along to the composition course, which she also thoroughly enjoyed. Instructors made no effort to plug any specific camera brand and were not disdainful of my rather low caliber equipment. Well done team!
David K.
I have attended several of Viewfinder Center's courses over the years and found them excellent. Matt and Dagmar plan them well and they have always met my expectations. The free element they throw in is the group of interesting people that are there.
Raju V.
I did the Advanced Photography Study course followed by various workshops and day trips and recommend Viewfinder to anybody who has a passion for photography, wants to learn photography from scratch, further develop his skills or become more creative. There are courses for all needs and instructors are very professional and knowledgeable. Thanks Matt and Dagmar for all your dedication, advice and support.
Liliana H.
Absolutely Excellent. Cannot recommend enough. I did the 1-2-3 course and it was perfect to give me a good grounding as a beginner to start experimenting and out of Auto Mode!! Really professional but friendly atmosphere and group sizes were not too large.
Clare W.

Latest Photography News & Thoughts (Blog)

May 23, 2019, 6:26 p.m.


If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed “starbursts” in other people’s photos and wondered how they created this dazzling little element in their shot. Last week I stopped wondering and I asked Matt for advice. Turns out that it’s much easier than you’d think and, aside from a tripod, you don’t need any special gear to pull it off!
May 20, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

Flash for Wildlife Photography

Most people don’t think of flash as something to use in wildlife photography situations. In fact, many photographers loathe the idea of using flash altogether. However, on our recent trip to Costa Rica, we found ourselves using the flash almost every day and we got some pretty good results with it. In strongly backlight conditions – flash can really make the difference. While in Costa Rica, we produced this short video to help demonstrate some of the possibilities. Enjoy!
Flash for Wildlife Photography
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