Advanced photography

Starting 1 March 2024 Flexible schedule: week or weekends daytime or evenings

Advanced photography

Take your photography to the next level 

  • 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 week days or weekend
  • Schedule your classes directly with Oliver:
  • Valid 12 months
  • CHF 800.-


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 documentary and contemporary photography trends, and the various forms of fine 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 and practical shooting information. You’ll learn how to be consistent in your approach and to develop your own range of photographic languages. Homework is assigned, your photographs are reviewed in class in the following session, with discussion and feedback.

What you will learn 

  • Contemporary trends: digital media, self-marketing, street photography, fine art photography, reportage, commercial photography, stylistic trends
  • Master photographers: Andreas Gursky, Gregory Crewsden, William Klein, James Natchwey, Paolo Pelligrin, Max Pinckers, Jacob Sobol, Martin Parr, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, Annie Liebovitz, Mario Testino, Joel Meyerowitz, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Oliviero Toscani
  • Aesthetic theory: beauty, ugliness, society, art, spiritualisation and religion, expression, representation
  • Visual characteristics: flash, saturation, contrast, exposure, focal length, texture, movement, blur, composition and perspective
  • Alternative photographic mediums: analogue, pinhole, holga, polaroid, medium and large format, mixed-media, non-silver processes
  • Photography within historical and contemporary art movements: pictorialism, dada, surrealism, pop art, russian constructivism, snapshot aesthetic, constructed realities


  • Class 1: contemporary trends
  • Class 2: master photographers
  • Class 3: aesthetic theory and visual characteristics
  • Class 4: alternative photographic mediums
  • Class 5: photography within historical and contemporary art movements
  • Homework: each week you put into practice the class topics with specific homework assignments, your work is reviewed each week with specific technical artistic feedback


  • Oliver O’Hanlon Photography
  • 88 Rue de Saint-Jean, 1201 Geneva
  • Public transport: bus 7 stop Ormeaux tram 15 stop Mercier
  • Walking: 4 minutes from Manor department store or 6 minutes from Cornavin railway station

Gift voucher

  • To offer this course as a present you can purchase a gift voucher with this link
  • We can send you an A5 printed gift voucher card in the mail

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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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