Studio Portrait Photography

Give your portrait skills a make-over in this exciting portraiture course package. Everything from lighting & posing skills to working on-location with models.


Zollikon Foto Studio


3 x 10 hours

Group Size

3 - 6 people

Skill level


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


  • Understand how lens choice influences your portrait.
  • Learn how to arrange 5 lighting setups with a single light.
  • Understanding & working with the "three laws of light."
  • Know which camera settings make sense in the studio.
  • How to find a flattering P-O-V & comfortable pose for your subject.
  • Learn communication & direction tips to keep your shoot on-track.
  • Know when & how you can benefit from shooting with two lights.
  • Understand where & how to position two lights for pleasing effects.
  • Learn to use a flash meter and take the guess-work out of lighting.
  • Understand contrast ratios while juggling main-, fill- & backlights.
  • Know how to read a location & re-arrange it for better results.
  • How to compliment ambient light with flattering light from your flash.
  • Learn to navigate the crossroads between ambient & flash for a balanced exposure.


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 medium length zoom or fixed lens (e.g. 24-70mm, 50mm or 85mm) is perfect. 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 borrow during the course. Please be sure to charge your camera's battery and don't forget to bring a memory card with you.


Our Studio Portrait Photography Course is an intermediate level course, open to anyone who has a solid fundamental knowledge of camera settings such as what is covered in our popular 1-2-3 Digital Photography Course . Extensive flash experience is not required. If you are new to studio portraiture, then this is a great place to dive in!


Viewfinder Center (Photo Studio), Dachslerenstrasse 10, 8702 Zollikon.



Erwin Windmüller's photographic career has taken him around the globe and introduced him to many of the world’s best and brightest. After cutting his teeth as an agency photographer in Zurich, he moved on to photograph for the biggest brands in fashion, living in Paris and New York for more than 20 years before returning to his home country of Switzerland. In addition to photographing for Vogue, Elle, GQ, L’Oreal, and Yves Saint Laurent, Erwin shoots regularly for Swiss Universe (the 1st– and business class magazine for Swiss airlines). A powerhouse of energy and creativity, Erwin is as approachable and thoughtful as he is enthusiastic for the craft of photography. He likes to share his knowledge with the studio portrait photography students.

Student Testimonials

It was extremely cool to work with Erwin and the two models did a great job as well. Thank you for arranging such a cool shooting opportunity!
Mirjam L.
I loved it! It was a really inspiring day! Learning from Erwin was wonderful. I appreciate his calm and simple way of doing things. Achieving great results with small refinements... The models were great as well. I liked to working with them.
Gabriela S.

Course Information

The Studio Portrait Photography course is held at our fully equipped photography studio in Zollikon. These courses are a fun way to take your fundamental portrait photography skills to the next level. Parts one, two and three build on each other, equiping participants with a repertoire of new lighting and posing skills – useful for studio shooting or location shoots. Each Saturday session has been planned with ample time for practice shooting and the opportunity to shoot with professional models.

Included in the price

  • Small group learning.
  • Fully equipped, professional photo studio.
  • Professional models for shooting exercises on Saturdays.
  • Personal support from experienced instructor.
  • Handouts documenting camera settings and lighting setups.
  • Coffee and water provided.

Not included in the price

  • Meals are not provided. Students are encouraged to bring a lunch with for our 45 minute break on Saturday. There are no shops or restaurants located nearby.