Alter Silvester Photography

The rural communities of Appenzell celebrate new years day very differently. This tradition dates back to a 16th century argument — with the Pope! Have fun with our Alter Silvester photography day-trip.




08:00 - 16:00


8 hours




CHF 235.00


Zurich HB pick up



Group Size

4 - 10

Registration end: Jan. 9, 2021


  • Learn strategies for photographing processions and cultural events.
  • Understand key autofocus settings for moving subjects.
  • Know how to choose a shutter speed for freezing or showing movement.
  • Practice dealing with difficult backgrounds & tricky lighting situations.
  • Learn which shooting– & drive mode settings work best.
  • Composition tips and much more!


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



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. A wide to medium zoom lenses, such as 24-70mm or 18-55mm will come in handy when the action is close. Longer zooms, such as 24-120mm or 70-200mm are great for tighter shots when shooting from a distance. Please be sure to charge your camera's battery and don't forget to bring a memory card with you. Solid footwear, warm clothing, plus hat & gloves are all must-haves. Be aware of weather conditions and dress appropriately.


Van pick up at Zurich HB, Museumstrasse 1, 8001 Zurich.



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

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.
I did the advanced photography study and some other workshops. The teachers are very helpfull and you learn a lot. My photography improved a lot thanks to Viewfinder Center.
Mike B.
I had a very experience at several of the courses here. The instructors were very knowledgeable and approachable, the atmosphere was fun and engaging, and I left with some good images 👍
Roxana S.

Day-Trip Information

Upon arriving at our destination, the instructor will present some tips on compostion and camera settings before we start pursuing our subjects on foot. We'll move to different locations based on the activity of the "Silvesterkläuse," parking the van to shoot for an hour or so in one location before moving on to the next. We'll stop for lunch and tea spontaneously, where & when it makes the most sense. 


  • Van transportation provided by Viewfinder Center. 
  • Small group learning.
  • Short field lesson explaining creative & technical strategies.
  • Personal support from instructor.
  • Handouts documenting relevant camera settings & creative tips and ideas.
  • Sack lunch is provided. Please choose a sandwich during registration.

Not included in the price

  • Transportation to and from pick up location (Zurich HB).