Studio Portrait Photography 1

Take your portraits to the next level by mastering the fundamental principles of lighting and posing in this exciting introductory studio portraiture course.


24.10 & 26.10.2019


1 Evening & 1 Full Day


10 hours (total)


Thursday + Saturday


CHF 685.00


Zollikon Studio



Group Size

3 - 9

Detail Schedule

Thu 24.10 from 19:00 — 22:00, Sat 26.10 from 10:00 — 17:00

Get in touch
Registration end: Oct. 22, 2019
Our Studio Photography Course Zurich Portrait 1-2-3 series can be purchased individually or as a three-part course package.
To benefit from a reduced price, please follow the link below to register.
Package dates: October 24+26 (part 1), November 14+16 (part 2) and December 12+14 (part 3).


  • Understand how your lens influences the look of your portrait.
  • Know how to work with a single light to produce many effects.
  • Understanding the "three laws of light."
  • Know how to configure five different one-light setups.
  • 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 strategies to keep your shoot on-track.


Our Studio Photography Course Zurich Portrait 1-2-3 series, 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 Workshop. Extensive flash experience is not required. If you are new to portrait studio photography, then this course is perfect for you.


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.


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 (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.

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 Photography Course Portrait 1 is held at our fully equipped photography studio in Zollikon and is a mix of theory and shooting exercises which explore a variety of single source lighting setups. 

Read more about the upcoming Studio Photography Course Zurich Portrait 2 .

Included in the price

  • Small group learning.
  • Fully equipped, professional photo studio.
  • Professional models for shooting exercises on Saturday.
  • 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.