Photography workshop - FAQs

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

Who are the workshops aimed at?
General level workshops are aimed at photographers who consider themselves either beginner or intermediate. On these workshops you will start to understand 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 of decent pictures plus the knowledge to keep your photography moving forwards.

Advanced are aimed at advanced amateur photographers. Ideally, you’ll be comfortable with your camera's manual or semi-manual settings, and you’ll have either a DSLR, mirrorless or advanced bridge camera. This level will focus more on composition, the art of photography and 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’ll 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. 

What camera and equipment do I need to bring?
You must have a digital camera with a few spare memory cards and a fully charged battery. We strongly recommend a decent length lens – 200mm is a decent starting point, and over the years we’ve noticed various 70-300mm lenses are popular choices.

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 ever gets turned away!

Other nice to have kit includes:

A long(er) lens: 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: If you have a bridge or a mirrorless camera on which you compose by using an LCD screen, a spare battery will be worth its weight in gold. If you have a DSLR you probably won’t need a spare battery, but you must charge your DSLR battery the night before the workshop. Don’t forget to put it back in your camera!

What happens if the weather is bad?
We don't mind a bit of rain, so the workshop will still run. We would recommend bringing appropriate waterproof clothing and footwear. Please also ensure that your camera and other equipment is 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 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 £130 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. 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?
We'd alwasy recommend checking the weather forecast in advance of the workshop. 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.

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 or telephone 0344 225 1826 and we will respond as soon as we can. Alternatively you can get in touch with Dave directly at