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Adobe Lightroom beginners course


During this intensive two-day workshop, taught by Adobe Certified Expert Matt Anderson or A’ron Schmukle, you’ll become familiar with the organizational and creative functionalities of Adobe Lightroom – the photography industry’s gold standard for image selecting and editing. Meeting first on Saturday, we’ll get you up and running with a system for importing, selecting and organising your digital photography. Discover how metadata, import presets and the use of smart collections can make finding your favorite shots dead-easy. On Sunday students will learn how to put that extra “punch” into their images and become familiar with several essential retouching tools. Join us if you’ve been wanting to straighten out your digital workflow and polish up your images with Adobe’s latest Lightroom software.

Viewfinder Center photography instructor Aron Schmukle

A'ron Schmukle

A’ron picked up his first camera at age 10 and has been fascinated by the creative and technical sides of photography ever since. His main passions are wildlife and landscape photography and he travels widely in search of new subjects and scenes. A’ron has developed a strong expertise with Adobe software and takes pleasure in helping other photographers master their own digital workflows.



Viewfinder Center, Stampfenbachstr. 157, 8006 Zürich


Saturday from 10:00-17:00, Sunday from 10:00-15:30


This course is conducted in English but the instructor(s) speak English, German and/or Swiss German.


We’ll have a 45 min lunch break on Saturday and Sunday (not provided).


This course is open to anyone with basic computer skills. As a beginner course, no previous experience with Adobe Lightroom is needed but you need to be familiar with basic computer operations, such as creating new folders and locating files in your operating system.


You will need to bring your own laptop computer (Mac or PC) with an updated version of Adobe Lightroom pre-installed and ready to use. Please be sure that the program can be launched before coming to the first course session. It is not necessary to have any photos in your catalogue. We will use images provided by the instructor for most of our exercises. Students are asked to bring one portrait image and one landscape image for Sunday’s retouching exercises.


Minimum of 4 participants, Maximum 9


A’ron Schmukle and/or Matt Anderson


Registration closes two days before the first event date


This workshop is full of demonstrations and short exercises to get you setup with Lightroom’s essential time-saving preferences, presets and templates. The instructors will guide students through a number of key processes from importing, tagging, selecting and ranking images to creative color and black and white adjustments and much more. We ask that each student bring one favourite landscape image and one favourite portrait image for Sunday’s retouching session. In addition to those two images, students will work with photos supplied by the instructors.

Viewfinder Center lead instructor and managing director Matt Anderson


Professional photographer Matt Anderson directs the Viewfinder Center with his wife Dagmar and shoots commercial, editorial and private assignments when he’s not busy teaching. Matt takes pleasure in seeking out interesting photography trips and creating fun learning experiences for other photographers. He is a former photojournalist and acquired a diverse photography skills while photographing for two daily newspapers and the Associated Press in the USA. Equal parts photographer and teacher, Matt is a qualified educator, having done a masters-in-teaching program in the USA before moving to Switzerland in 2008. Matt takes pleasure in helping other photographers refine their skills and achieve their own creative goals.

Alex Keuning review for Viewfinder Center

Alex K.

The program is explained clearly and you immediately learn quick ways of working with Lightroom. A real bonus! It has definitely made a huge difference in the quality of my photo output and my way of storing photos.


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