Bird Photography Workshop in Switzerland

Discover a perfect habitat for bird photography which also allows for easy photographer access. This overnight trip will take you across Switzerland to the French-speaking part.


Zurich HB pick up


Two full days

Group Size

5 - 10 people

Skill level


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


  • Learn important settings to capture sharper, more dynamic photos of birds in the wild.
  • Get composition ideas from an experienced wildlife photographer.
  • Practice capturing action photos of birds in flight.
  • Experience an interesting new location and discover the amazing world of wildlife photography!


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



You will need to bring your own camera and telephoto lens to this outing. We recommend a dSLR or a mirrorless type camera, but the most important factor is that your lens is capable to zoom in close. Some of our favourite lenses are the 300mm (from Olympus), the 100-400mm (from Canon) or the 80-400mm (from Nikon). Consider renting or borrowing a lens for day (before buying any new equipment). We're happy to answer questions about the benefits of one lens over the other. A monopod can be especially handy for stabilizing larger, heavier lenses.


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 loved the approach of Dagmar and Matt. I've been on several trips that have allowed me to access parts of my camera (and Switzerland) that would have otherwise passed me by. I have taken good photos and met fabulous people along the way.
Angela B.
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.
Easy going, knowledgeable instructors hosting interesting excursions. What more could I ask for?!
Jessica W.
Having participated in many events and workshops, I repeatedly enjoy Viewfinder's highly professional, friendly approach which is continuously demonstrated during each activity. Viewfinder's great team have turned every event into a memorable experience and without reservation I highly recommend them. I'm looking forward to participate in many more trips and activities with Viewfinder...
John H.

Workshop Information

For this weekend trip, we'll head to the French part of Switzerland and stay at a nice hotel right at our bird photography location.

Included in the price

  • Small group learning.
  • Personal support from instructor.
  • Handouts documenting the relevant camera settings, creative tips and ideas.
  • Single room accommodation.
  • Entrance into bird sanctuary.

Not included in the price

  • No meals or drinks are included in this offer.