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Nature photography workshops FAQs


We want to make sure you have an unforgettable with us learning how to get the most of your camera. Please find a selection of frequently asked questions regarding our photography workshops below. 


Which animals are involved in the workshops?

We aim to include lemurs, chimpanzees, brilliant birds, penguins and otters. Please note, that we are unable to guarantee any specific animals on the day due to animal welfare issues. If any animals are off-show, we will replace this part of the day with an equivalent opportunity.

What photography equipment do I need to bring with me on the day?

The photographic equipment you need to bring is entirely your own choice. Participants shouldn’t feel that they can’t attend a workshop unless they have certain items of equipment. The workshops are more about teaching guests how to obtain the best results from the equipment that they already happen to own.

The following list of equipment is just a suggestion:

  • A digital SLR or 'Bridge' camera with the instruction manual.
  • Spare camera battery and memory card.
  • A telephoto zoom lens in the 70-200mm or 70-300mm range. But if you have any longer lenses up to 400-600mm then feel free to bring these too.
  • A wide angle or wide angle zoom lens in the 16-35mm range for full-frame cameras or 10-20mm range for 'cropped sensor' cameras.
  • Lens hoods for all lenses.
  • Rain cover for cameras or polythene bin liners that can be used to protect equipment in wet weather.

Additional items you may wish to bring:

  • A beanbag for supporting long lenses on enclosure barriers etc. Home-made ones filled with dried peas, grain or bird seed are fine.
  • A tripod with a remote release for firing the camera.
  • A polarising filter to remove the surface glare from the water when photographing penguins from above.
  • A 'fisheye' lens for photographing penguins underwater.

How many people can be booked in for an experience?

A maximum of 7 people will be booked on to each workshop. The small group size means that more time can be devoted to individuals.  

Do I have to pay entry to the Zoo?

No, your workshop ticket covers your entry to the Zoo.  

Can I bring anyone with me when I’m doing my experience?

No, guests are unable to accompany you on the workshop.  

I’m a member, do I get a discount?

Yes, member's get 10% off workshops. Please select the "RZSS Member" ticket

Will the workshop be cancelled if the weather’s bad?

We plan to go ahead with the workshops even if it’s raining. Participants need to make sure they bring appropriate clothing for the weather and make sure their camera and equipment is properly protected from the elements. Occasionally we shut down the Zoo due to really bad winds, this is very rare but if it happens we can book you for another suitable date or arrange a refund.  

How experienced do I have to be to book into a workshop?

All that is required is a basic understanding of the controls of your camera although guidance on settings within the cameras menus will be given during the tutorial at the start of the day. 

How long does the workshop last?

The workshop begins at 8.30am and last until 5pm. There is an hour break for lunch and debrief.  

Are there any age restrictions?

Participants must be over 16 years.  

What's included in the price of the workshop?

The price includes a full day with the professional nature photographer and entry to the Zoo for that day. You will also receive morning coffee and a sandwich lunch. Please inform us in advance of any dietary requirements. Car parking is also included.  

What should I wear?

Edinburgh Zoo is on a steep hill and there will be plenty of walking around, so wear comfortable and sturdy shoes or boots. Prepare for the weather – bring a hat and suntan lotion on sunny days, and layers and waterproofs if it’s looking rainy.  

How do I book a place on one of the workshops?

Book your photography workshop online here.  

What should I expect to receive?

You will receive an email confirmation of your booking with further details about the day.


For further information regarding our Photography Workshops please call 0131 3140327 or email [email protected]

If you are ready to book your place, please visit our main Photography workshop page for upcoming dates!


Terms and conditions:

Click here to read our photography workshop terms and conditions.