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Large mushroom with purple colors in the forrest near Zurich Switzerland

Alex K.

Susi's workshop opens up a whole new world of creativity. One you didn't even know was there!


For many photographers, the world of macro photography is uncharted terrain. Surprising subjects and interesting compositions are often waiting to be found – right under your tripod! With a bit of theory, insight and technical preparation, you’ll be amazed at your ability to capture unique close up photographs of mushrooms, insects, abstract textures and much more.

A forest on the edge of Zurich will serve as our autumn laboratory during this one-day photography field trip. Expert macro photographer Susanne Venditti will help you to recognise great photo opportunities and will guide you in composing stronger images in this unique forrest landscape. Join Susanne for an exploration into the often overlooked world of macro photography, right in Zurich’s own backyard.

large mushroom from low angle with sunshine, photographed near Zurich Switzerland



Forest location within 30 minutes drive of Zurich.


Van transport provided by Viewfinder. After our lunch break we’ll drive to the forest in Viewfinder’s company van. Once we’ve wrapped up our shoot there will be a van drop-off back at the Zurich HB.


This day trip is open to all photographers. We recommend that participants have a basis of fundamental photography knowledge, such as that which is covered in our popular Digital Photography 1-2-3 Course.


You will need to bring your own camera and macro lens to this course. We recommend dSLR or mirrorless type cameras, but the most important factor is that your lens is capable of true “close-up” focusing. Susanne recommends the 100mm macro lens (Canon) or 105mm macro (Nikon). That said, any macro lens will do and you may want to take this course before buying any new macro equipment.


We’ll take a group lunch break at midday.


Minimum of six participants, maximum 11.


Susanne Venditti (lead instructor) and Matt Anderson.


Registration closes three days before event.


This event takes place rain or shine.

Sihlwald Macro Photography Course Viewfinder Center
Photography student Jessica Wehrenberg

Jessica W.

Susi's creativity and passion are contagious. With her instruction, my macro photography skills have been taken to the next level.

Viewfinder Center photography instructor Susanne Venditti


Susanne Venditti picked up her first camera 30 years ago and has never looked back. The switch to digital photography allowed her to push her creativity further and intensified her desire to produce more images. Susanne grew up in Kanton Valais, here in Switzerland – which helps explain her fascination with beautiful landscapes. Macro photography is one of Susanne’s biggest passions and she takes pleasure photographing the details that others miss. Susanne’s enthusiasm for nature is infectious and fun. Her landscape and macro expertise come in particularly handy on workshops and macro photography courses where she helps students find compositions where others wouldn’t look.

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


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.

Sihlwald Macro Photography Course Viewfinder Center
photography student Rod Tanzer

Rod T.

Susi opened my eyes to a miniature world, that I had never even really seen or noticed before. In a few hours, she added a whole new side to my photography.


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