Photography workshop - FAQs

Frequently asked questions (FAQ's) relating to our General level and the Advanced photography workshops.

Who are the workshops aimed at?

The General level workshops are aimed at people who consider themselves either beginner or intermediate photographers. On these workshops you will start to understand more about the technical side of photography and begin to grasp the fundamentals of composition. By the end of the day you'll have a memory card full with decent pictures plus the knowledge to keep your photography moving forwards.

Advanced are aimed at advanced amateur photographers. Ideally, you should be comfortable with your camera's manual or semi-manual settings and a DSLR, mirrorless or advanced bridge camera is really ideal. This level will focus more on composition, the art of photographyand using images to tell compelling stories.

How long does the workshop last?

Workshops last approximately 6 hours (including 30-minute lunch break).

Do I attend just one of the workshops or all of them?

The workshops are standalone, so you will only need to attend one. However some people have attended general level workshops and then come back the following year to attend an advanced course.  You could also attend one at ZSL London Zoo and one at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as the two collection of animals are quite different. Go to www.zsl.org to see which animals we have at each site.

What camera and equipment do I need to bring?

The basic requirement for all workshops is a camera with a memory card or two, a fully charged battery and a moderately long lens. Digital SLR and mirrorless camera users tend to get the most out of the day, but over the years we've worked with everything from basic compacts to high-end DSLR's and no-one gets turned away.

Other nice to have kit includes:

A long lens: 70-300mm is a popular pice of kit, although Lenses for Hire is offering a 20% discount on lens hire to ZSL workshop participants, giving you the chance to try out longer lenses under Dave's watchful eye.

A spare memory card: You always need more than you think.

A spare battery: This is particularly useful for any camera with a permanently on screen, such as a bridge or mirrorless camera.

What happens if the weather is bad?

We don't shy away from a bit of rain, so the workshop will still run. ZSL London Zoo has lots of indoor animal houses whereas ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has fewer indoor areas. In both instances we would recommend bringing appropriate waterproof clothing and footwear. Please also ensure that your camera and other equipment is also protected.

Are there any age restrictions?

Participants must be over the age of 16 years old to participate on a workshop.

Will I need a vehicle for the Whipsnade workshop?

No, the group will walk around the site together, so please wear sensible shoes.

How much does it cost to take part in a workshop?

All of our workshops are £125 per person.

What's included in the price?

As well as taking part in the workshop the fee also includes entry into the zoo for the participant and car parking. Lunch and refreshments are not included in the price, but can be purchased from the cafe. Participants are also welcome to bring a packed lunch with them.

How many other students will be taking part on my workshop?

There will be a maximum of 10 participants on each workshop. This ensures that Dave has plenty of time to answer any questions and work with everyone personally.

What should I wear?

Check the weather forecast. At both zoos there will be lots of walking around so please ensure you wear comfortable shoes or boots. A few layers are a good idea as the weather can be changeable and a raincoat is always a good plan.

Can I bring a guest?

Friends and family are welcome to visit the zoo on the same day that you're attending the workshop. However we ask that spectators do not follow the group around during the workshop as this could potentially distract the other participants.

How do I book a place on one of the workshops?

You can purchase an open-ended voucher or book directly onto a date.

What should I expect to receive?

If you book directly onto a date, then you will be emailed your confirmation and ticket shortly after your purchase.

If you purchase an open-ended voucher, this will sent out to the specified delivery address within 1 - 2 working days.

Any other questions?

If you have a question which is not covered in this list, please email experiences@zsl.org or telephone 0207 449 6200 and we will respond as soon as we can. Alternatively you can get in touch with Dave at workshops@davestevenson.co.uk