Photography workshops - FAQs
The General level workshops are aimed at people who consider themselves at beginner to intermediate level. This workshop aims to move participants from the cameras auto-settings to manual settings. This will allow participants to become more creative with their photography.
Advanced are aimed at advanced amateur photographers. Participants should be comfortable using the manual or semi-manual settings, and need to have a DSLR camera. This level will focus more on composition and the art of photography.
On an advanced workshop we will talk more about composition and how to approach the art of photography, and less about camera settings. People booking on an advanced workshop should ideally have a DSLR camera (not a compact) and at least know how to use the camera in manual or semi-manual mode (not be reliant upon the cameras Program and Full-auto settings).
Workshops last approximately 6 hours (including 30-minute lunch break).
The workshops are all very similar so you would just attend one. However, you could attend the General workshop first and once your confidence grows then attend an advanced workshop.
We recommend you bring the following photographic equipment.
The essential items are highlighted in bold text. The remaining items are non-essential but useful and may increase the number and range of photo opportunities you are able to exploit. If you are unsure about what gear to bring or have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For all users:
Digital or film SLR camera (participants with compact cameras can attend General workshops)
Lenses in the range 100MM – 300MM
Shorter focal length lenses (e.g. 17MM – 28MM)
Longer focal length lenses (e.g. 400MM)
An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x)
Small flash unit (preferably with off-camera bracket)
Monopod or tripod with head
UV filter (screw-in type)
For digital users:
Spare memory cards
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.
Participants must be over the age of 16 years old to participate on a workshop.
No, the group will walk around the site together.
All of our workshops are £125 per person.
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.
There will be a maximum of 10 participants on each workshop. This ensures that the lead photographer has plenty of time to answer any questions and interact with everyone on the workshop.
Please dress depending on the weather. At both zoos there will be lots of walking around so please ensure you wear comfortable and appropriate footwear which you don't mind getting a bit dirty. You may enter quite humid exhibits at ZSL London Zoo so you may prefer to wear layered clothing.
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.
You can purchase an open-ended voucher or book directly onto a date.
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.
If you have a question which is not covered in this list, please email email@example.com or telephone 0844 225 1826 and we will respond as soon as we can.