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OVERVIEW

This one-day portrait photography course will jump start your technique for photographing people. We look at some of the easily avoided beginner’s mistakes and discuss better approaches to creating portraits that both photographer and subject can be proud of.

It’s not necessary to own expensive studio lights to improve your portrait photography skills. We will use simple lighting techniques and a few inexpensive tools to solve typical lighting problems. The class will begin with a brief presentation, followed by demonstrations from the instructor and hands-on exercises to help you get creative. We’ll take time in the afternoon for picture review and feedback. This class is fun and interactive, with plenty of time to learn and practice new skills with your own camera.

Viewfinder Center student picture during portrait photography class

Carola E.

I took the portrait course as I wanted to learn how to get the best picture of a person with as little equipment as possible. I was very surprised at how much I learnt during the course. I can really see the difference in the pictures already. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to be able to take stunning pictures of people as a hobby or as a profession.

COURSE DETAILS

LOCATION

Viewfinder Center, Stampfenbachstr. 157, 8006 Zürich

LANGUAGE

This course is conducted in English.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Open to all levels. Foundational photography skills, such as those covered in Viewfinder’s popular Digital Photography 1-2-3 Course are recommended.

EQUIPMENT

We recommend a digital SLR type camera (or a mirrorless camera). Lenses for portrait photography are ideally longer than 50mm in focal length. An 85mm or 100mm lens is perfect, but a 50mm lens on a cropped-format camera body will also work well. At Viewfinder we have several 50mm lenses for Nikon and Canon cameras which you are welcome to use during the course.

LUNCH

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

GROUP SIZE

Minimum of 4 participants, Maximum 9.

INSTRUCTORS

Matt Anderson, Erwin Windmüller or Mike Bissig.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Registration closes two days before event.

COURSE FORMAT

Our portrait fundamentals course starts with morning classroom session in which students identify and solve classic beginners mistakes in portrait photography. Without introducing any complicated equipment, we practice solutions that are purely related to picture composition. On the technical side, we practice using our camera’s  spot meter before heading to the nearby park for several hands-on “partner-shooting” assignments. Students are encouraged to shoot in black and white during this course, which we think helps them focus on good composition. After returning to the classroom we use the remainder of the class time to provide instructor and peer feedback on each student’s best images.

Matt Anderson photography instructor and manager of Viewfinder Center in Zurich, Switzerland

Matt Anderson

Matt 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.

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