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picture of tomatoes with sea salt on kitchen table


Still life photography (or table-top photography) is a genre that allows a photographer to focus carefully on design, composition and the creative use of light. On this one and a half day course, we’ll use simple food subjects and kitchen props to explore the creative possibilities in a small group of photographers.

Wine being poured into a glass



Dachslerenstrasse 10, 8702 Zollikon (both sessions).


Our Friday session runs from 17:30 to 21:30 at Erwin’s studio. On Sunday we’ll start at 10:00 and wrap up by 17:00. Please note the rendezvous times (for Van pickup) are 30 min before the workshop starts. Pickup is at Museumstrasse 1, outside the Zurich HB.


This workshop is conducted in English but both instructors speak German/Swiss German.


For dinner on Friday we’ll serve some sandwiches at the studio. Lunch on Sunday will be at a nearby restaurant (not included). Students may opt to bring their own lunch and eat-in if they wish.


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


We recommend either a digital SLR or mirrorless type camera. Lenses (zoom or fixed) covering a range of focal lengths will provide plenty of flexibility in terms of composition and approach. It’s not necessary to come with a large arsenal of lenses. Our preference is to work with medium-length lenses, between 50mm and 100mm.


Minimum of 4 participants, Maximum of 6.


Erwin Windmüller and Matt Anderson.


Registration closes two days before event.


Workshop tuition and hand-out
Sandwich dinner on Friday
Transport from Zurich HB to Erwin’s studio and back.


Lunch on Sunday is not included.

lemon being dropped into water
still life photo of red peppers dark background


Our small group will meet at the Zurich HB at Musemstrasse 1. We’ll head over to Erwin’s studio and from 17:30 to 21:30 on Friday and on Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 we’ll work on how food can be nicely presented.

Friday evening we’ll talk about tips and tricks to avoid beginners food photography mistakes before we practice it. Sunday we’ll kick off with shooting and lighting with help from Erwin and Matt.

Workshop highlights:

  • Use of a professional photo studio in Zurich.
  • Lighting assistance from two professional photographers with extensive studio experience.
  • Access to background materials and easy-to-use light modifiers.
  • A variety of subjects and shapes to experiment and get creative with.
  • On-site feedback from Erwin and Matt towards the end of our shooting day.


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.

Viewfinder Center lead instructor and managing director 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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