Digital Photography 1

Leave automatic mode behind! After this Saturday course you'll understand how aperture & shutter speed give you access to a world of creativity.




10:00 – 16:30


6.5 hours




CHF 299.00


Viewfinder Center



Group Size

3 - 9

Get in touch
Registration end: June 13, 2019
Our Digital Photography courses can be purchased individually or as a three-day course package. If you wish to register for the three day package and benefit from a reduced price, please click the button below.
Package dates: June 15th (part 1), June 29th (part 2) and July 6th (part 3).


  • Leave "Automatic" mode behind!
  • Learn how your camera works.
  • Take creative control of shutter speed.
  • Take creative control of aperture.
  • Using shutter– & aperture priority modes.
  • Choosing appropriate ISO settings
  • Understanding white balance
  • Achieve better sharpness in photos.
  • Composition tips that add interest.


This is a beginner's course and is open to anyone. If you are just starting with digital photography then you're in the right place!


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 Digital Photography 1-2-3 series is a mix of theory presentation, short in-class exercises and afternoon shooting assignments. These courses are fun and completely free of "photo-snobbery." 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 camera settings and 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 also welcome to bring a lunch and eat in the classroom during our 45 minute lunch break.