Studio Portraiture 2

Take your studio skills further & learn when you can benefit from working with two lights. Broaden your creative possibilities in this two-part course.


14.11 + 16.11.2019


1 evening & 1 Saturday


10 hours (total)


Thursday + Saturday


CHF 685.00


Zollikon Studio



Group Size

3 - 9

Detail Schedule

Thu 14.11 from 19:00 — 22:00, Sat 16.11 from 10:00 — 17:00

Registration end: Nov. 12, 2019


  • Knowing when & how you can benefit from lighting your portraits with two lights.
  • Understand when, where and how to position two lights for pleasing effects.
  • Learn how to use a flash meter when setting up your lighting.
  • Understanding contrast ratios when juggling main-, fill- & backlights.


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, but we strongly recommend starting with our Studio Portraiture 1 course.



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 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. Part 2 is a mix of theory and shooting exercises which explore several two light studio setups. Students will know to recognise situations where they would benefit from lighting their subject with two lights. By learning how to use a flash meter to judge power levels on their lights, students will be able to achieving the desired contrast ratio between main-, fill- and backlights. Additionally, there will be ample time for practice shooting and the opportunity to work with professional models on posing techniques. 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.