Introduction to photographic style
CHF 800.-

Starting 31 December 2022 Flexible schedule: daytime or evenings Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays

Introduction to Photographic Style

Developing your own style

  • Experiment with different techniques discovering a range of visual languages
  • Learn how to apply specific visual characteristics to build your desired vision
  • Get inspired and discover the work of master photographers

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 five-part course is designed for those who have either completed the introduction course, beginner workshop, intermediate class or already have the basic fundamentals of photography under their command. You need to be able to control shutter speed, aperture, ISO using either a DSLR or a compact you can set manually. You don’t need to be an advanced photographer or own fancy equipment. All you need is a desire to learn, experiment with photography. During the course you’ll be exposed to a range of styles, with visual analysis. You will learn both the technical and practical elements of how each style is created. We teach you first how to experiment using different techniques, learning how to create visual characteristics: which then focuses your vision, for a particular style. You will experiment and and put into practice a range of styles, shooting for your homework assignments (4 assignments in total). We review your homework at the beginning of each class with feedback and discussion.

What you will learn

  • We will teach you in simple terms how to first experiment, and then combine camera settings, practical decisions, desired visual effects, in order to create your own style
  • Visual characteristics: black and white, colour, saturation, tone / hues, contrast, flash, ambient lighting, composition, movement, blur, depth of field, focal length and more!
  • Camera settings: you will learn how to set your camera so you can get the desired effects (listed above, visual characteristics) to create a specific visual approach
  • Flash photography: introduction to using flash lighting, the flash aesthetic, contrast and shadows, basic flash lighting techniques (direct, diffused, zoom, off camera, multiple flashes), flash look, ambient light with flash
  • Ideas and examples of great styles from acclaimed photographers: Alex Webb, Max Pinckers, Karl de Keyzer, Martin Parr, Alec Soth, Paolo Pellegrin, William Eggleston, William Klein, Elliot Erwitt, Antonin Krotachvil, Bruce Gilden, Joesf Koudelka, Raymond Depardon and others
  • Narrative photography: introduction to visual story telling, documentary styles and the photographic essay
  • Practical decisions: discover how great photography is actually produced, what is involved that is not directly linked to photography itself


  • The topics listed in the course below are presented with technical and practical information with images of acclaimed photographers listed above
  • You will put the theory you learn during the class presentations into practice each week with homework assignments
  • Classes 2-5: each week we review your homework assignment and give you specific feedback
  • Class 1: Introduction to photographic style, how to build your own visual language, how to develop a personal approach
  • Class 2: Techniques for creating a range of visual characteristics, aesthetic consistency, learning how to experiment
  • Class 3: Flash photography, flash aesthetics and shooting techniques for creating a photographic language using flash
  • Class 4: Narrative photography, practical decisions that affect your photography and enhance your vision
  • Class 5: How to get inspired finding new and fresh ideas to jump start your creative process

Course address

  • 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


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

Student Photographs

You can also check out more student samples here


What are students saying?

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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