Photography Workshops

Photography Workshops at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Our photography workshops are a great opportunity to perfect your snapping skills!

If you want to learn to take better photographs, understand your camera better or want to take photos on that once in a lifetime trip! Our workshops are a must for all amateur wildlife photographers. Run by professional photographer Dave Stevenson, our day long workshops combine a tutorial session and an incredible location to practice in! 

Your experience

  • General workshops will teach you more about the technical side of photography and start to look at the fundamentals of composition, leaving you with the knowledge to keep your photography moving forwards. This level workshop aims to take you from the automatic settings to mastering your camera's manual modes for more creative photography (participants can attend with a compact digital camera or DSLR camera). Our host photographer will walk you
    through getting your camera's auto-focus system to work for you. You'll learn the basics of using telephoto lenses, with plenty of real-life examples. By the end, you'll feel comfortable using your camera's manual modes and will be ready to take your wildlife photography to the next level.
  • Advanced workshops explore composition and how to approach the art of photography, with a view to telling incredible stories through taking more unusual, creative and impactful photographs. Aimed at advanced amateur photographers, participants should be comfortable using the manual or semi-manual settings,
    and need to have a DSLR or SLR camera (participants with compact digital cameras should not attend the advanced workshops). The advanced workshops explore composition and how to approach the art of photography, and less about camera settings.

What to expect on the day

The session starts at 10:30am with hot drinks and the tutorial session, after this it’s time to head out into the zoo to explore and try out the tips from Dave! The experience runs until 4pm.  

There will be a maximum of ten people taking part in the workshop, giving you lots of time to explore and get those perfect pictures!

Tip: You will have plenty of opportunity to take some fantastic photographs so don’t forget to bring a spare battery and memory card!


  • £130 per person

Please note:  ZSL Gold Members, Patrons and Fellows receive a 10% discount on this experience. Please enter your CRM ID in the Offer Code box.  

How to book


Things to know before you book:

  • General admission is included for the participant.
  • The experience takes place outdoors so please come prepared with wet weather clothes.
  • Please see our full terms and conditions for more information

If you have any questions about booking please contact us on


We are currently working on scheduling our 2023 dates. You can currently book a gift voucher valid for 12 months from the date of purchse.

We will email all voucher holders ahead of our workshop dates going on general sale, so you will haave priority to book.