Advanced photography course
CHF 800.-

Starting 30 November 2022 Flexible schedule: daytime or evenings Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays

Advanced Photography Course (Geneva)

Your path to perfect pictures

  • Discover a variety of styles and techniques used by master photographers
  • Get in touch with your artistic slide: and learn how to put it into practice
  • Learn what’s trending in contemporary photography

Schedule and pricing

  • Each photo course is comprised of five two-hour sessions
  • Flexible schedule: daytime or evenings Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays
  • Schedule your classes directly with Oliver:
  • CHF 800.-
  • Valid 12 months


This advanced course focuses on refining your skills, enhancing your personal style, and elevating your artistic expression. These sessions cover not only higher theory and technique, but also the history of photography, the impact and relevance of photojournalism, reportage, and contemporary photography, and the various forms of art photography. Participants must have a good command of their cameras, or have completed the intermediary course. The course includes presentations to expose you to a range of styles and topics with analysis of aesthetics, equipment, and camera settings used. You’ll learn how to be consistent in your approach and to develop your own range of photographic styles. Homework is assigned, ranging from abstract photography to photo stories. Homework is reviewed in class in the following session, with discussion and feedback.

What you will learn

  • Photography within art movements: Dada, Russian Constructivism, Surrealism, Pop Art
  • Contemporary trends in photography: Snap Shot Aesthetic, Constructed Realities, Mixed Media
  • Photography today: social media, commercial, fine art, photojournalism and documentary
  • Developing your photographic style: practical techniques, shooting techniques, exploiting your equipment, personal approach, inspiration, visual characteristics, artistic expression
  • Aesthetic theory: abstraction, minimalism, motion, form, lighting, black & white, colour


  • Weeks 2-5: Include a review session of your homework
  • Week 1: Photography within historical art movements, trends in contemporary photography
  • Week 2: Developing your photographic style
  • Week 3: Photography today
  • Week 4: Aesthetic theory
  • Week 5: Portfolio development

Virtual classes option

  • This course is also available virtually using Zoom
  • Save time and take the course directly from your home or when you’re traveling
  • Apart from meeting in person at Oliver’s studio, the program is the same as described above
  • Available day or evenings week and weekends
  • 5 x 2h of class time
  • CHF 600.-
  • Book this course in it’s virtual format with this link

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Student reviews

Joining Olivers sessions was the best decision for developing my skills as a photographer. While I have seen many self-proclaimed photographers offering courses on photography here, Oliver is an experienced professional photographer, in fact one of the best I know covering a broad spectrum from portraits and reports to artistic street photography. During the classes I experienced Oliver having great skills in teaching and encouraging people to find their personal best approach to photography. Beside that, he is also fun to be with. If you want to start or develop your photographic skills, join one of his photo walks or individual classes, instead of buying yet another camera.

Jan-Henrik Tiedemann Advanced Course 2016

Absolutely loved it! Assuming my basic knowledge of the subject, this workshop has provided me with enormous boost. It gave me the understanding of many different light aspects. Provided me with training on how to use a variety of handy equipment, such as cobra flashes, backlights, diffuser, etc… I was impressed by the amount of knowledge one can carry out from a class in a day. In many ways thanks to Oliver’s style. Easy to communicate with, yet highly professional he manages to create a relaxing working environment in a group. Good theoretical part followed with tons of useful advises during the practice. Also to mention – I highly appreciate the “follow up” session and Oliver’s ability to provide feedback. Criticism to the point and in a way that you want to go out there, reflect, shoot more, experiment more… Truly inspirational experience for me.

Igor Kazakov Portrait Workshop May 22 2016 and Advanced Evening Course summer August 2016

Antia-Collazo-Ageitos Photo Student

I wanted to develop my skills beyond the typical portrait and landscape photography, so I decided to give Oliver's lessons a try. I liked them so much that I repeated not one, but three times, taking a total of three group courses and one set of one-to-one lessons. Oliver takes you one step further and guides you through photography understood as an art, while helping you hone your technical skills. What I most liked about his teaching style is that he pushes you to explore and try out new things in photography that you might not have thought of before. His feedback is, above all, meaningful--very honest and very encouraging at the same time

Antia Collazo Ageitos Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Evening Courses and individual course summer 2016

Doing courses and photo walks with Oliver helped me in many ways. Firstly, it obliged me to get to know my camera and it's various settings. Secondly, having homework to do on a predefined topic (flash, portrait, movement etc.) encouraged me to think about my photos, and knowing that the group would all be there to review each other's work the following week, concentrated the mind wonderfully! Lastly, I benefited from Oliver's knowledge and experience in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Gregory McBride Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Evening Courses 2015-2016

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