Custom design course 5 x 2h

Starting 31 December 2029 Flexible schedule: week or weekends daytime or evenings

Custom design course


Highly specialized, tailor-made for your specific needs. Focused training is the surefire way to get ahead, to concentrate on particular problems or creative impulses that you may have. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome. Before the course, Oliver will assess your level and make recommendations on what topics you may be interested in discovering, a 30 minute Zoom consultation is organised after your level has been assessed. For all custom design courses, the program is put together in consultation with Oliver. You will also be able benefit from a range of practical classes shooting on location with Oliver. Please consult below the range of topics Oliver can teach you. For more in depth information on what you will learn studying any of these topics, please consult the relative programmed courses.

Schedule and pricing

  • Each course is comprised of five two-hour sessions
  • Flexible schedule: classes at the studio, daytime or evenings Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays
  • Practical sessions: also available to meet on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for on location shooting sessions
  • Book your dates / times directly with Oliver 078-765-39-23
  • Valid 12 months
  • CHF 950.-

Photography topics

  • Beginner: camera functions and settings, aesthetic fundamentals, introduction to portraiture and photographing people, introduction to street and travel photography, introduction to nature and landscape photography
  • Intermediate: developing consistency in your picture taking techniques and aesthetic style, learning how to experiment, editing to select your strongest work, image quality and shooting for best file results, colour and black and white photography, introduction to flash photography, Introduction to post-production
  • Advanced: contemporary trends, master photographers, aesthetic theory and visual characteristics, alternative photographic mediums, photography within historical and contemporary art movements
  • Photographic style: introduction to photographic style & how to build your own visual language, reportage and documentary trends and styles, fine art photography trends and styles, master photographers, artistic expression
  • Fine art photography: movements timeline, photography within fine art 1839-2021: pictorialism, surrealism, dada, mixed-media, abstraction, california modernists, snap-shot aesthetic, minimalism, personal-documentary, constructed realities, master fine art photographers (check list on course page), how to start making fine art photography: style, inspiration, experimentation, artistic expression, practical decisions, experimenting with new visual languages: applying technique and visual characteristics to ideas, creating a coherent artistic portfolio: inspiration, artistic expression, quality, consistency, printing
  • History: the first one hundred years 1826-1926, pioneer photographers, humanistic photography, photography within historical fine art movements, 20th century master photographers
  • Media training: photography fundamentals, portraiture and photographing people, event photography, constructed subjects, strategic visual communications


  • 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 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

Student photographs 

This gallery below is from intermediate level students. You can also consult introduction and advanced students samples here

Student Testimonials

Having been an amateur photographer for a long time, I had taken many albums of amateur photographs. Now an Alumnus of Oliver’s courses I am taking photographs I am genuinely proud to show and really enjoying my photography more than I ever had. The structure of the classroom and the practical courses works well, thanks to Oliver’s, enthusiasm, sense of humor and honest but constructive feedback. While the expanse technical knowledge Oliver shares inspires confidence, his emphasis is always on the creative, using collections famous and more obscure photographers to demonstrate. The themed assignments are fun but challenging to experiment beyond the comfort zone. Having roamed obscure parts of Geneva in a variety of weather conditions, no situation phases me now.

David Welsh Intro., Night & Flash Portrait Workshops & Intermediate Evening Class 2015-2016.

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

I joined the Beginner's photography course offered by Mr. Oliver O'Hanlon. It was an intensive day workshop with three hour technical session explaining fundamentals of photography, lighting and efficient technical control of a DSLR followed with 6 hours of intense hands-on experience at multiple outdoor locations with varied natural lighting. My feedback

•    Mr. O'Hanlon is an expert on the science and arts of photography
•    Mr. O'Hanlon has the ability to explain complex technical or artistic items in simple terms with examples from eminent photographers. He not only generates enthusiasm on photography technically, but also challenges us to embark on the arts of photography
•    His technical knowledge is paramount where he personally tuned and adjusted all our cameras with rational explanation
•    Selection of the outdoor locations must have been carefully planned as we covered a large spectrum of lighting. He showed us simple rules which we could use to manage the varied lighting situations.
•    He explained with hands-on demonstration do's and dont's on street photography and portrait.
•    Beauty of the course was that it was very well designed and not prescriptive allowing each of us artistic freedom
As a result of this workshop, which was a birthday gift to me from my wife, I have taken a fascination to photography and have already enrolled for the intermediate course. I am eagerly looking forward to the next course.

Sukrit Bhattacharya Beginner Workshop and Intermediate Evening Class, 2016.

There are two things I like most about Oliver's sessions, actually, three: the video clips of photographers from different schools and his knowledgeable explanations at the start of each session; the photo reviews with his feedback (always stirring us up to go beyond the obvious) ...and Oliver's sense of humor and his unassuming way to talk about photography. Photography through Oliver's lessons has become a means of self-expression and engagement with every day life. An observation exercise in which shutter speed or panning, exposure or composition are tools to express your personal view of the world. And one more thing, he has made me discover the power of Black and White.

Laura Chumillas Photo-Walks, Beginner and Intermediate Evening Courses 2015-2016

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

Oliver’s course was incredibly inspiring. Not only he transmits technical knowledge in a fun and engaging way, but also his approach to photography explores different aspects of art in general and personal creative processes. It was a great experience doing Oliver’s workshop, I have now discovered a hobby that I truly love!

Thais Porto Introduction and Intermediate Evening Courses, 2016.


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