Mountain Sports Photography Workshop

Two day Shooting Workshop beginning September 13 - 15, 2013 in Grindelwald

After a very successful workshop last year, ViewFinder is very excited to team up with established mountain sports photographers Dan & Janine Patitucci for another dynamic sports shooting workshop on from August 13 - 15 in Grindelwald, Switzerland. This 2.5 day intensive workshop will take place in Switzerland’s most fitting alpine sports environment with famous peaks such as the Eiger and Monch serving as our backgrounds. Our workshop base camp at Kleine Scheidegg is just a short walk from several world-class shooting locations.

During this workshop students will learn how to shoot trail running and mountain biking with Dan and Janine (who are both athletes themselves) and will enjoy dramatic alpine backgrounds that compliment their compositions. Direct feedback will be given to each participant during our editing sessions at the hotel. The course includes presentations by Dan and Janine on the story behind making successful (selling) images, tips on dealing with models, editors, stock agencies, and much more. This workshop is a great opportunity to see how two professional outdoor photographers, each with over 14 years of experience, handle a variety of challenges such as visualizing the shot, composing strong photographs, positioning and working with models, marketing their work and staying creative. 

Course Details

*Workshop fee also includes accomodation at the Mountain Lodge, plus breakfast, dinner and lunch (Friday evening through Sunday morning). Participants will be responsible for getting themselves to the workshop location.

Date Friday through Sunday, September 13 - 15, 2012
Time Friday 16:00 - 21:00, Saturday 7:30 - 21:00, Sunday 6:30 - 13:30
Location Grindelwald, Switzerland
Class Size Minimum of 6 students, maximum of 14
Instructors Dan & Janine Patitucci (Matt Anderson - workshop support)
Fee CHF 850 per person

Workshop Itinerary

Class Requirements

Skill Level: This is an intermediate/advanced shooting workshop. Our focus will be the subject of and techniques involved in photographing athletic activities in outdoor environments.

  • Students do not need to bring an arsenal of camera equipment, but a digital SLR type camera and a lens or lenses with a range of focal lengths (eg. wide angle to medium telephoto) will be helpful.
  • To participate in the editing portion of this workshop, students may wish to bring a laptop computer for viewing the images from their shooting exercises. 
  • A good understanding of exposure and your camera’s shooting, autofocus and metering modes will be useful on this course.

Please Note:This is not a beginner’s photography class. We will focus as much as possible on the subject of creating salable outdoor sports images. Instructors will do their best to assist those with questions about camera settings, but participants should be familiar enough with their camera or else be willing to work in one of their auto modes.


About Dan & Janine Patitucci

Janine and Dan Patitucci by Matt Anderson  

Janine and Dan Patitucci by Matt Anderson


Patitucci Photo is a the unique combination of Dan & Janine Patitucci’s vision for a creative life as photographers and mountain sport athletes. Since 1999, PatitucciPhoto is one of the world’s leading sources of the finest mountain sport, lifestyle and travel images for the global outdoor industry. Based in Grindelwald, Switzerland, Dan & Janine have access to some of the world’s most beautiful mountain locations. As real athletes of the sports they photograph, Dan and Janine have a thorough understanding, high level of technical skill, and passionate enthusiasm for the subjects they photograph. The Patitucci’s work has appeared in countless magazines and ad campaigns for many of the outdoor industry’s leading companies; National Geographic, The North Face, REI, Patagonia, Clif Bar, Petzl, Jack Wolfskin, Gore-Tex, Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated, Smartwool, Deuter Packs, Mountain Hardwear, Nature’s Path, and many more.