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Alessandra Neri testimonial for Viewfinder Center

Alessandra N.

Terrific Photography Composition course today! I just loved it and can't wait for the next one. Thanks Matt!


During this one-day course, students focus on the fundamental building blocks of photographic composition. After a brief presentation at Viewfinder to get the creative juices flowing, we’ll head across town where we spend the afternoon working on several composition assignments in an urban setting. By working exclusively in black & white, you’ll strengthen your visual sense as you practice with several key aspects of composition. In the afternoon we’ll return to the Viewfinder Center for some picture review and instructor feedback, analysing our images for the factors that make some photographs stronger than others. This is a more cerebral course, with an emphasis on the creative (rather than technical) side of photography.



Viewfinder Center, Stampfenbachstr. 157, 8006 Zürich & nearby locations.


This course is conducted in English.


Open to all skill levels.


Any camera will work fine for this course but we prefer to use 50mm fixed lenses for our shooting exercises. Viewfinder has extra 50mm lenses (Canon and Nikon) for students to use.


We’ll take a 45 min lunch break at 12:00. Lunch is not provided.


Minimum of 5 participants, Maximum of 9.


Erwin Windmüller and/or Matt Anderson


Registration closes two days before event.


This event takes place rain or shine.


Our Composition course starts with a short presentation on the four hallmarks of good photographic composition. Photographers will be introduced to a “tool-kit” of various techniques that can add interest to their images. In the afternoon we’ll be outside working on several shooting assignments which push students into taking a different approach. The course finishes with a feedback session at Viewfinder where the instructor and students evaluate assignment photos together, discussing their strong points as well as areas for improvement.

Alex Keuning review for Viewfinder Center

Alex K.

The composition course was a real eye opener! Learnt to rethink reality. A wonderfully inspiring afternoon that just makes you want to get to work.

Matt Anderson, photographer and director of the Viewfinder Center in Zurich, Switzerland.

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. As a former newspaper photojournalist, he’s comfortable photographing a variety of subjects from sporting events and reportage to portraits and landscapes. Matt takes pleasure in seeking out interesting photography trips and creating fun learning experiences for other photographers.

Viewfinder Centers instructor Erwin Windmueller


Erwin Windmueller’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 is the principle photographer 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.


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May 4
10:00 - 16:30Zurich
CHF 325.-
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