• Austria's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Vienna gets its first English language photo school
Photo: VisualHub.at

Vienna gets its first English language photo school

The Local · 11 Mar 2016, 12:44

Published: 11 Mar 2016 12:44 GMT+01:00

Anyone who has picked up a camera knows how frustrating it can be trying to find the right setting in time to capture that perfect moment. After spotting the desired shot, there is usually a bit of fumbling about trying to guess the correct setting before the photographer gives up, goes to automatic, and ends up with either an out-of-focus or over-exposed image.

It was problems like these that friends of Aris Venetikidis wanted help with. “I'm certain that I’m not the first designer and photographer whose friends constantly asked about how to do stuff in Photoshop, what camera to purchase, and about tricks on how to operate them” he says.

The accidental teacher

What started as an informal gathering of friends, where 37-year-old Aris would pass on some basic photography tricks, has now turned into the fully-fledged photo school VisualHub.


Aris Venetikidis.  Photo: VisualHub.at

“It happened almost by accident,” he says. “Thing is: I love explaining stuff. Eventually, I started to pool a handful of interested friends together to save time and their feedback was a strong encouragement to offer frequent regular courses.”

Today VisualHub is the only place in Vienna offering regular lessons in English for photography enthusiasts. “We just saw a need for this,” says Aris, adding that he hadn’t planned to do this when he moved to Vienna from Ireland with his wife Sigita, aged 31.

In fact, they almost didn’t come to Vienna at all. Following the economic crash in Ireland, Aris and Sigita - who have Greek/German and Lithuanian backgrounds respectively - decided to move on somewhere else.

'More cosy'

After rating a list of cities based on stability, income and housing, they got it down to five. “Then we spent a summer travelling to the cities. It came down to Berlin and Vienna and eventually we chose Vienna because it felt a little bit more cosy,” he explains.

Now six years on and with a nine-month-old son, the couple have settled into Austrian life, although not without some difficulties.

“It can be difficult to start a business in Austria when you have a foreign sounding name because people have certain ideas about how they should deal with you,” he says. “That’s actually one of the reasons we’re trying to appeal to international people.”


Photo: VisualHub.at

Offering group and private courses ranging from beginner to advanced level, VisualHub teaches students techniques such as how to control photo cameras, edit photographs professionally, or even shoot expressive studio portraits. Lessons take place at the studio near Schönbrunn Palace, just one of the many picturesque and interesting sites around Vienna for photographers.

'Wonderful range of themes'

“A city like Vienna has a wonderful range of themes,” says Aris. “From imperial palaces to urban lifestyle at the Danube canal, from urban exploration in abandoned places to beautiful nature: everything is within easy reach and close together.”

Aris sees the school - which is a side project to his main job running his design and photography agency - as an opportunity to share both his skills and enthusiasm for photography.

“I care about seeing exciting creative projects and photo shoots come to life and what I can do to help,” he says. “There’s nothing quite like watching curious people discover how to use their camera and turn it into a creative tool for beautiful art.”

To find out more or book a place on one of their courses, visit the VisualHub website: www.visualhub.at and check them out on their Facebook page.

Photo Contest

Visual Hub, in conjunction with The Local Austria is running a photo contest until 31 March 2016.  The theme is "Hidden Vienna” and the photos do not need to be made by professional photographers, in fact the photo that suits the theme could even be snapped with a phone - the best idea counts! 

Submit your entries to news.austria@thelocal.com.  The best photo, in the opinions of the judges, will be awarded a free Basic Photo course (worth 139.- Euro) to be held in Vienna. 

All photos will remain the property of the submitter, and must be original and captured during 2016. Submission to the competition grants The Local limited rights to publish images on its web site and social media, to promote Visual Hub and The Local Austria.

This article was produced by The Local Austria and sponsored by VisualHub.

For more news from Austria, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Drug offences highest in Austria for a decade
LPD Wien

Austria saw a boom in drug offences last year with narcotics worth around €28 million seized by authorities.

Austrian commits robbery so he can 'start over' in prison
LPD Wien

An Austrian who robbed a fast food restaurant in Vienna told police he did it because he wanted to be jailed so he could have fresh start.

Expert predicts far-right to win Austrian election
Photo: Facebook/Norbert Hofer

Around 15% of Austrian swing voters are still undecided about who they will support in the presidential election re-run, although one expert predicts the far-right candidate will win.

Technical glitch causes chaos in Vienna airport
Photo: Twitter/Judith BK

Nearly 1,000 airline passengers were left stranded last night after a glitch in the IT system at Vienna airport caused huge delays to flights.

Cops nab accomplice in Austrian ‎€50m caper
Disgraced CEO Walter Stephan. Photo: Facebook/FACC

Police in Hong Kong have arrested an alleged accomplice who is believed to be involved in the scam which cost an Austrian aerospace company over 42 million euros.

A taste of Michelangelo in the heart of Vienna
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Why go to Rome when the art of the Sistine Chapel can come to you in Vienna? Check out the new exhibition of Michelangelo's timeless frescos at the Votivkirche.

Over 50 cats go missing in Austrian town
Photo: Creative Commons/Pablo Viojo

Animal rescue services suspect there could be a serial cat-napper at work in the Austrian town of Frauenkirchen after more than fifty cats disappear in the region in under two years.

Austrian minister describes Merkel as 'irresponsible'
Photo: Defence Ministry

Austria’s Defence Minister has criticised the German Chancellor’s handling of the refugee crisis last year, accusing her of irresponsibility.

Beach party protest against burqini ban planned in Vienna
Woman wearing "burqini" swimwear in Egypt. Photo: Giorgio Montersino/Wikipedia

Vienna is to join London and Berlin in protesting against the introduction of a burqini ban on beaches in 30 seaside towns in France.

Expert says smuggling is as high as last year in Austria
Refugees arriving at Westbahnhof in Vienna. Photo: Kim Triall.

Human trafficking expert warns last year's refugee truck tragedy could happen again.

Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
National
Beware these passport scams
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
National
Of course we skipped Oarsch
National
Foodies rejoice at the choice!
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Travel & Tourism
Yodel-ei-ei-eee--oh
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Lifestyle
10 years after her escape from captivity
Politics
Surviving the Brexit for British expats
National
Another 10 million Euros for fresh elections
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Gallery
Day 2 of the World Bodypainting Festival 2016
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Society
Is Islam hostile to Western society?
Gallery
Bodypainting festival in southern Austria
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
National
It's gonna be hot... here's how to cope
National
Europe's ice cream capital
Travel
Best Austrian beauty spots
Travel & Tourism
Three days in Vienna as a tourist
National
How to make friends in Austria
National
Don't hesitate - break the window
Sport
Ready to watch some football? Here's how!
National
Cake rules
Politics
Austria's choice for a new president
Politics
Profile on Norbert Hofer, Freedom Party Presidential Candidate
Politics
Austrian politics explained. TL;DR: worry not.
Features
Refugees need practical help
2,527
jobs available