Photography for Beginners

Our wildlife Photographer Barbara Meyer offers a
Photography for Beginners
course at Colchester Zoo.


This course is a full day event and is aimed at people, who would like to learn about the basic technical aspects of photography; like what are aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and how do these enable capturing images more effectively. Aspects we will cover include how to blur out the background, how to capture motions and how to take photos through fences. This course is ideal for anyone, who would like to get a better handle on their digital SLR (or bridge) camera and wants to get off automatic. (Beginner's level)

Professional wildlife photographer, Barbara Meyer will explain the technical aspects in a 60-minutes theory session and will be available throughout the day to offer advice while the participants will practice their newly learnt skills with the big cats and other exotic wildlife species at Colchester Zoo.

Based on Barbara's connection to big cat conservation, course participants will also be able to learn more about the animals and how knowing the animals will help to get better images of them. The practical exercises will be tailored primarily around the big cat talks (encounters), the zoo offers on a daily basis. The tigers, leopards and lions will either been fed or get some enrichments at these times. This will offer great photo opportunities. Through this approach our customers will be able to utilise their newly learnt skills when coming back to Colchester Zoo (or visiting any other zoo or wildlife park) on their own.

The courses will start at 10:00 and will finish at 17:00. The price for the Photography for Beginners course is
  • £145 per person
This price includes besides the tuition and the practical exercises, a welcome drink (tea/coffee) and lunch. Furthermore, 50% of the course fee will go to Colchester Zoo's wildlife conservation charity, Action For The Wild.

In order to make our courses most beneficial to all participants, we apply for this course type a maximum number of 8 people per course (minimum of 4 people).

The Photography for Beginners course has been schedule for the following dates in 2017:
13 October 2017 (Friday) - only 2 spaces left

You can book by completing the form at the end of this page and, provided it is not indicated above that no spaces or only a small number of spaces are available for the photo day date of your choice, proceed to the online shop via the Pay Link to pay either the deposit or the full fee from there (depending on when you book / the full fee is required when booking 4 weeks or less prior to the course date). For more details about the booking process, please check our Terms and Conditions.

If you are not sure about what dates and venue would suit you best, or you would like to get the photography course for a friend or family member, you can also buy a gift voucher and agree the course venue and date at a later stage.

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