Photographing Captive Animals

Photographing Captive Animals Photography Workshop-Sat 14th May 2011 Chester Zoo, Upton, Near Chester- -£80 (Includes zoo admission) from 10am to 4:30pm

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A 6.5 hour Photography Workshop shooting a wide variety of animals with professional, personal tuition in a small group.

Summary of the Photography Workshop
PRICE: £80 (Includes zoo admission) from 10:00am to 4:30pm
LOCATION: Chester Zoo, Upton, Near Chester.
ABILITY: Photography for beginners and intermediates
TUITION: A friendly, professional photographer will be giving individual and group advice throughout
SHOOTING: A wide variety of animals

Photographing Captive Animals Photography Workshop includes
  • Guided photography for beginners and intermediates at one of the UK's premier zoo's.
  • Personal photography tips and tuition from a skilled, professional photographer
  • 3 months FREE ongoing professional photography support and review of your developing portfolio
Key techniques we will be covering on the day
  • How to meter a scene and “see” a good image
  • Shooting into the sun
  • Shooting through glass and wire cages.
  • Explore the use of aperture and ISO settings as a way to give us control over the shutter speed
  • Use of slow shutter speeds to convey movement.
  • The use of auto and manual focus.
Some of the animals we will be photographing throughout the day;
Asian Otter
Otter Image
Picture this: - You are able to get very close to the Otters who are extremely active! This provides an excellent opportunity to work with you on your focus tracking skills as the animals move around their compound. The shaded areas will also provide an opportunity to work with fill flash in order to retain detail in the shadows.

Scimitar-Horned OryxOryx Image
Picture this: - Although these animals can move fast when required, they tend to spend most of the day strolling around. Good opportunities here for close up detail shots, and this is what we will be working on with the Oryx.

Red Panda
Red Panda Image
Picture this: - These animals spend most of the time doing one of three things. Going up a tree, coming down a tree or asleep in a tree. They are an ideal subject on which to demonstrate the benefits on manual focus as opposed to auto focus. Aperture selection will also be discussed here which will allow you to render any leaves or branches in front of the animal out of focus.

At this point we will stop for Lunch. Please note that the cost of this is not included within the price of the workshop. You can bring a packed lunch or purchase food and drink from one of the many outlets within the zoo.

Cheetah Image
Picture this: -No visit to a zoo would be complete without seeing the big cats. The compound which houses the Cheetah's provides a superb vantage point for photographing these animals. Here we will focus on long lens techniques in order to isolate the cats and show them in a "natural environment".

Orangutan Image
Picture this: -The Orang-utans will be our last port of call during the workshop. These animals will allow you to put all the techniques you've learnt during the day in to practice. The Orang-utans will provide a good challenge for your photography skills.

This workshop runs for around 6.5 hours and gives you the opportunity to capture some superb animal shots by using a variety of aperture and shutter speed combinations. Please note that this photography tuition day involves a reasonable amount of walking, mainly along flat paths.. Toilet facilities are available at the zoo. Comfortable walking boots or footwear is recommended for the day

Where to meet
Meet at the front entrance to the zoo at 9:45am
A map to locate the zoo:

What to bring
  • Digital Bridge type camera or DSLR
  • Your lens if you have a DSLR - a zoom lens with a 300mm reach or longer is ideal.
  • A Tripod or monopod if you have one
  • Walking boots or comfortable footware
Don’t worry if you haven’t got all of this equipment – let us know what you need and we’ll have it available for you on the day, free of charge.

What if the weather’s bad?
There are plenty of indoor shooting opportunities should there be rain on the day.

Do you need to be fit?
No. The car park is next to the main entrance and the walking on this Photography Workshop is easy going.

Need a place to stay?
Why not make the most of the weekend and stay the night after your Photography Workshop? Soak up the friendly local atmosphere over a relaxed supper, then explore the beautiful city of Chester the next day. Here’s some links with some great B&B’s and hotels:

Chester Tourist Information

Any questions at all
Please contact us and we will be most happy to advise:

T: +44(0)1562 750 430 or +44(0)7916 296647


How to book

Please click on the book now below to confirm your place on the Photography Workshop

We accept payment by cheque or Debit/Credit card payment via PayPal over a secure server. You do not need a PayPal account in order to pay online. Upon booking your place on the Photography Workshop, you will receive a confirmation email and receipt from Oneworld Images.

We very much look forward to meeting you on this workshop!