Composition in Photography - Junkyard Visit

The best subjects can often be found in unusual places. There's no better place to spark your creativity than this amazing Junkyard!




09:00 - 16:00


7 hours




CHF 215.00


Zurich HB pick up


English & German

Group Size

4 - 9

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Registration end: Nov. 7, 2019


  • Learn & practice the four hallmarks of good composition.
  • Understand how to use point-of-view and perspective to vary your shots.
  • Practise visualising and shooting the scene in black and white.
  • Capture the texture and mood of this interesting and unusual environment.


This course is open to all skill levels. Foundational photography skills, such as those covered in our popular 1-2-3 Digital Photography Course series are recommended.


We recommend a digital SLR camera (a camera with changeable lenses) or a mirrorless camera (such as those from Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic or Olympus). We have found wide angle and medium focal length lenses to be the most useful at this location. If you own a 50mm lens please bring it along. Please be sure to charge your camera battery and don't forget your memory card.


Van pick up at Zurich main train station, Museumstrasse 1, 8001 Zurich.



Matt Anderson is the principle instructor and director at the Viewfinder Center. Matt has been living in Switzerland since 2008. His photography career began sixteen years ago while studying journalism in the United States. As a daily newspaper photographer he acquired a broad base of photography skills and found himself shooting all manner of subjects from sports and news events to portraits and feature assignments. Working as a regular freelancer for the Associated Press, he learned some important lessons about shooting under pressure. These days he balances a busy teaching schedule with photography projects for commercial clients in the Zurich area. Matt’s work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association (USA), and the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. 

Student Testimonials

The Composition in Photography Course was a real eye opener! Learnt to rethink reality. A wonderfully inspiring day that just makes you want to get to work.
Alex K.
My husband and I went on an excursion to the junkyard not so much because we need help with the photographing, but because of the location. Matt and Dagmar are super nice and friendly. They picked us up at HB Zürich in their van. When we arrived at the junkyard, they started with some tipps about which lens to use and camera settings. After that we were able to explore the location on our own but could always ask questions if needed. We had a nice lunch in between with the whole group. After that we continued photographing for a while before we headed back. We found the trip to be an enjoyable experience. The location was incredible. Matt and Dagmar are good instructors and the prices are absolutely fair. We have taken classes with other companies, but so far we appreciated this excursion the most.
Birgit M.

Trip Information

Our Creative Junkyard visit starts with a short orientation to the shooting location plus a few handy composition tips to consider as you explore. Participants are encouraged to wander freely and follow their "creative spirit." The instructor is nearby to help with questions whenever you need support. After shooting for a couple hours we'll take a lunch break at a nearby restaurant, then re-visit the Junkyard for another hour in the afternoon.

Included in the price

  • Small group learning.
  • Personal support from instructor.
  • Handouts documenting the relevant camera settings and creative tips and ideas.
  • Coffee/tea and water provided.

Not included in the price

  • Lunch is not provided.