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Hear what Jessica had to say after participating in our 2015 Advanced Photography Study program.


To master a craft such as photography it’s been said that a student must invest 10,000 hours in learning new skills. At the Viewfinder Center we agree that “practice makes perfect” but we also believe that focused, high-quality, hands-on learning experiences are invaluable to photography students.

By diving into seven units of learning, students of Viewfinder’s Advanced Photography Study master a variety of camera skills and techniques – taking them from intermediate shooter to advanced photographer. Graduates leave the program with a portfolio that demonstrates their ability to solve difficult technical and creative problems. From shooting fast-action sports and portrait subjects to photojournalism and landscape photography – this program will challenge the photographer who’s ready for more. Roll up your sleeves and go beyond the basics in this exciting ten month program.

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Advanced Photography Study program brochure

More Program Info

Viewfinder hosts free, information nights at our Zurich studio for anyone interested in this exciting 10 month program. To attend an info night, please RSVP by clicking on a green date badge at the top or bottom of this page. In the meantime, we’re happy to send you a program brochure by email or by post. Just get in touch!

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Advanced Photography student shooting in Hergiswil Glasi, Luzern.



  • Evening class sessions once per week in Zurich
  • Monthly off-site practice shoots with instructors
  • Group review sessions following shoots
  • Individual assignments completed outside of class
  • Written instructor feedback on each assignment


  • Maximum nine participants, minimum five.


  • Matt Anderson with support from Susi Venditti, Elaine Yager and John Faber.


  • Viewfinder Center, Stampfenbachstrasse 157, 8006 Zurich
  • Off-site shooting locations around Switzerland


Advanced Photography Study student photo
Advanced Photography sports photography

Content & Prerequisites

Unit Overview

Unit 1: Advanced Exposure Control
Unit 2: Digital Developing & Printing
Unit 3: Creative Composition
Unit 4: Studio Lighting & Portraiture
Unit 5: Fast-Action Sports
Unit 6: The Picture Story
Unit 7: Photographing the Landscape


  • Confident with beginner camera skills such as those learned in Digital Photography 1-2-3 Course
  • Currently using Adobe Lightroom to import and organise photography
  • Short, informal enrolment interview at the Viewfinder Center
Advanced Photography Study camera gear


While familiarity with your camera is more important than the model you own, we strongly encourage the use of a “Digital-Single-Lens-Reflex” type camera (preferably from Nikon or Canon) in the advanced program. Alternatively, a “mirroless style” camera from Sony will also work fine. All of our instructors prefer shooting with “full-frame” digital cameras from Nikon and Canon. That said, it’s entirely unnecessary to upgrade for the purpose of this course and we are 100% brand-agnostic. If you’re considering a camera purchase we’re happy to recommend a suitable model. Students of the Advanced program will regularly make use of a dedicated flash and tripod.

Advanced Photography Study camera gear


Though it may be sad news for some, it’s not necessary to own a fleet of lenses for this program. A range of commonly used focal lengths from 24mm (wide angle) to 200mm (telephoto) will get the job done. Two zoom lenses, for example a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm would work great. We recommend against “super zooms” such as the 18-300mm. These “all-in-one” lenses perform poorly in low-light scenarios. One lens that we suggest to all students is the fixed 50mm lens. These inexpensive lenses are indispensable for low-light shooting. If you’re considering a lens purchase, please feel free to ask us for advice. A polarizing filter will also prove useful.

photography student hiking and shooting in the Engadin Valley of Switzerland
Advanced Photography Study student photo
Advanced Photography Study student shooting landscapes

Program Info Nights

Viewfinder hosts information evenings at our Zurich studio for those who interested in finding out more about this exciting program. Join us by registering for one of the free information nights listed at the top and bottom of this page. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have.

Viewfinder Center outdoor photography instructor Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson – Instructor

Matt Anderson is the principle instructor and director at the Viewfinder Center. Matt has been living in Switzerland since 2008. His photography career began fifteen years ago while studying journalism in the United States. As a daily newspaper photographer he acquired a broad base of photography skills and found himself shooting all manner of subjects from sports and news events to portraits and feature assignments. Working as a regular freelancer for the Associated Press, he learned some important lessons about photographing under pressure. These days he balances a busy teaching schedule with photography projects for commercial clients in the Zurich area. Matt’s work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association (USA), and the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. Matt publishes a regular photo tips column in each issue of Spot Magazine. When he’s not busy shooting or teaching you can find him planning or packing for the next Viewfinder trip. More of his work can be seen at

Viewfinder Center photography instructor John Faber

John Faber – Instructor

John Faber is a Dutch-born professional photographer who’s been living and working in Switzerland since 2012. Back in the Netherlands he was a self-employed photographer focusing on portraiture, weddings and reportage while teaching photography classes at Fotoschool Statief in Utrecht. His move to Switzerland gave him the opportunity to combine his passion for photography with his love for sports and mountains. Today most of his projects are related to sports such as skiing, running, cycling, and BMX bike events. John is a passionate teacher who enjoys seeing others grasp new concepts and improve their own skills. His easy-going nature and long experience in the photography industry mean that he’s a very approachable and resourceful instructor. John’s work can be found at

Advanced Photography Study student Alex K.

Alex K.

The program has been an incredible and intense journey. We were thrown out into the photography world: photojournalism, sports photography, working with models, landscape & wildlife photography. You'll be amazed at the diversity of images you'll produce by the end of term. I'm ready to start some photography work now and maybe even turn it into a living. but I will really miss the joy of working with my Advanced Study buddies!

Advanced Photography Study student Rod T.

Rod T.

I joined to extend my "photographic vocabulary” and learn the techniques to better express my ideas. That is exactly what this class is about. We spent a little time in the class room, learning the necessary theory and a lot of time in the field putting it into practice. Lots of fun was had on a number of excursions. If you are serious about your photography and want to take it to the next level, then this is the right place for you.

Jun 20
19:00 - 21:00Zurich
Free Info Night

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