Digital Photography 1

If you’re ready to leave automatic mode behind, this two-evening course is perfect for you!


30.9. + 03.10.2019


19:00 - 21:30


2 x 2.5 hours


Monday & Thursday


CHF 289.00


Viewfinder Center



Group Size

3 - 9

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Registration end: Sept. 29, 2019


  • 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 beginners 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

Instruction was direct, open and personal. My expectations were surpassed! Very much appreciated. 
I'll be back for more!
Byron B.
I learned a great deal in just one day and it has fired my enthusiasm to become more than just a hobby photographer. Great fun and very inspiring.
Rod T.
Excellent course. Clear, with a good mix of theory and practice. Covered a wide range of topics but to a good depth as well. Really enjoyed it!
Steve W.

Course Information

This course meets for two evening sessions from 19:00 to 21:30 at Viewfinder’s Zurich classroom. Your instructor will present foundational photography theory interspersed with short in-class shooting exercises that familiarise you with key camera settings and functions. For those wishing to practice in between lessons – a homework exercise is also provided during the first session.

If you are looking for a more in depth experience, check out our popular three-day Digital Photography 1-2-3 Package.

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

  • Dinner is not provided. We ask participants to have dinner before arriving at the course.