1-2-3 Digital Photography Course

Master your camera with our popular three-day digital photography course for beginners! Understand aperture, shutter speed, ISO and much more!


Viewfinder Center


3 x 6.5 hours

Group Size

3 - 9 people

Skill level


There are no courses planned at the moment but please get in touch with us to check.


  • Leave "Automatic Mode" behind!
  • Take creative control of shutter speed.
  • Take creative control of aperture.
  • Using shutter– & aperture priority modes.
  • Choosing appropriate ISO settings.
  • Understanding white balance.
  • Why "Manual" mode is easier than "Auto".
  • Working with your exposure indicator.
  • Understanding the "exposure triangle."
  • Metering modes & how to use them.
  • Easy-to-use composition tips & tricks.
  • Understand meaning of "creatively correct".
  • Understand your camera's histogram.
  • Using various autofocus settings.
  • Using creative motion effects.
  • How to choose between lenses.
  • and much more...


Our 1-2-3-Digital Photography Course is a beginner's class and is open to anyone. If you are just starting your photography journey we recommend that you start here. The three different sessions are designed to build on each other from one session to the next.


We recommend any "system camera" which has a changeable lens (such as those from Olympus, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Nikon or Canon). We are “brand-agnostic” at Viewfinder, so any camera brand is just fine. If you own a 50mm ("standard lens") please bring it with. We have several 50mm lenses for Nikon and Canon cameras which you are welcome to use during the course. Please be sure to charge your camera's battery and don't forget to bring a memory card with you.
*NOTE: If you currently do not own a camera, we are happy to loan you one for the course.


Viewfinder Center, Stampfenbachstr. 157, 8006 Zürich




Matt Anderson is Viewfinder's lead photography instructor and is responsible for course development and for teaching a number of Viewfinder’s photography courses and workshops. Matt’s photography career began in the USA where he worked at three different daily newspapers and freelanced regularly for the Associated Press in Seattle — where he grew up. These days he regularly shoots for the Zurich-based Keystone agency and works with corporate and private clients in the Zurich area. Matt’s three passions are: exploring new places (near and far), creating impactful photographs, and helping other photographers become more creative and effective in their craft. Matt feels privileged to work in a business that combines his passions and brings him in contact with so many interesting people from all over the world. 

Student Testimonials

That was perfect! Looking forward to the next courses. I registered for Digital Photography 1-2-3 and I’m planning to attend more courses. I will definitely recommend Viewfinder Center to a friend who is also seeking to improve her skills.
Fabienne G.
Thanks for a fantastic class! I can't believe how much I was able to learn during the day and how these new ideas have completely changed my approach to taking pictures.
Jack M.
What a great day today!!! You must hear this at the end of each course, but really, it was amazing. I didn't expect to go through so much information and so many things which until now were always so vague and unclear. Now it all makes sense.
Giorgina D.L.
I did the basic 1-2-3 course and can really recommend it to anybody who likes to explore the opportunities the camera offers besides automatic mode. Great teacher, small groups, worth the money!
Melanie W.

Course Information

The 1-2-3 Digital Photography Course is a mix of theory presentation, short in-class exercises and afternoon shooting assignements. These classes are always fun and completely free of "photo-snobbery." Your instructor will provide short practice assignments that you can complete between sessions. Feedback is also provided. The course instructor is a professional photographer and experienced photography teacher who enjoys working with beginners.

Included in the price

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

Not included in the price

  • Lunch is not provided. There are restaurant options near by. Students are welcome to bring a lunch and eat in the classroom during our 45 minute lunch break.