Low Light Photography in Zurich

After the sun goes down, most photographers call it a wrap. Learn how to create amazing cityscapes at night on this evening workshop in Zurich.


Viewfinder Center & Zurich


4 hours

Group Size

3 - 7 people

Skill level


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


  • Learn special exposure strategies for night-time cityscapes.
  • Practice long-exposure photography and special settings.
  • Learn how to bracket your exposure & work with a tripod.
  • Understand how HDR ("high dynamic range") helps manage contrast.
  • Learn how to blend images together in Adobe Lightroom.


Participants with an intermediate or advanced skill level will find this course interesting and enjoyable. 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. Wide angle and medium lenses (zoom or fixed focal length) tend to work best for night-time cityscapes. Please be sure to charge your camera's battery and consider bringing along an extra (if you have one). You will need a tripod for this course and don't forget a memory card.
*NOTE: If you do not own a tripod, we are happy to loan you one for the course.


Viewfinder Center, Stampfenbachstr. 157, 8006 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.
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.
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.

Workshop Information

This workshop begins with a short theory session at Viewfinder followed by a walk to some of our favourite Zurich night scenes near the Limmat river and historic Old Town. Our shoot takes place during the post-sunset "blue hour." Our group will spend about 30 minutes each in three different shotting locations. Your instructor will be available to assist with exposure and compositional questions. If time allows, the class will re-group at the nearby "Rathaus Cafe" for a drink and a short HDR blending demonstration.

Included in the price

  • Small group instruction and in-the-field assistance.
  • Guidance from instructor to help you find stronger compositions.
  • Handouts documenting the relevant camera settings, creative tips & ideas.
  • Coffee/tea and water provided at Viewfinder Center.

Not included in the price

  • Dinner is not provided. We ask participants to have dinner before arriving at the workshop.
  • Tram ticket for zone 110.
  • Drinks at the local restaurant.