Studio Portraiture 1-2-3 Package

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


24.10 - 14.12.2019


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3 x 3 hours 3 x 6 hours


Thursday + Saturday


CHF 1685.00


Zollikon Studio & off-site



Group Size

3 - 9

Detail Schedule

Thu 24.10 from 19:00 — 22:00, Sat 26.10 from 10:00 — 17:00, Thu 14.11 from 19:00 — 22:00, Sat 16.11 from 10:00 — 17:00, Thu 12.12 from 19:00 — 22:00, Sat 14.12 from 10:00 — 17:00

Registration end: Oct. 22, 2019



  • 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 Portraiture 1-2-3 course series is an intermediate level course, open to anyone who has a solid fundamental knowledge of camera settings. Extensive flash experience is not required. If you are new to studio portraiture, then this is a great place to dive in! Benefit from a reduced price by signing up for this complete 1-2-3 series.


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.

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 Portraiture 1-2-3 series 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. The course instructor is a very accomplished professional photographer who enjoys transfering his knowledge to enthusiastic students.

Included in the price

  • Small group learning.
  • Fully equipped, professional photo studio.
  • Professional models for all shooting exercises.
  • Personal support from an 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.