We want to make sure you have an unforgettable morning with us learning how to get the most of your camera. Please find a selection of frequently asked questions regarding our junior photography workshops below.
Are there any age restrictions?
Participants must be aged 12-15 years of age to participate and with one accompanying adult present throughout the Workshop.
Which animals are involved in the workshops?
We aim to include meerkats, red pandas, rhinos and pygmy hippos. 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, Mirror-less, Bridge, or any other compact camera.
- Spare camera battery, memory card and instruction manual (if available in printed form)
- The most useful lens for the day would be a telephoto zoom in the 70-300mm range but if you have any longer lenses 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.
- Most fixed-lens bridge and compact cameras have such a wide range zoom lenses, from wide angle, to telephoto so the last two listings do not necessarily apply.
- A polarising filter.
- Lens hoods for all lenses.
- Rain cover for cameras or polythene bags that can be used to protect equipment in wet weather.
How many people can be booked in for an experience?
A maximum of 6 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, the workshop voucher includes entry for the day for the participant and the accompanying adult. After the workshop has taken place participants and accompanying adults are then able to explore and enjoy the rest of the Zoo.
Can I bring anyone with me when I’m doing my experience?
Participants must be accompanied by a spectating guardian or adult (maximum one per child).
I’m a member, do I get a discount?
Yes, member's get 10% off workshops. Please select the "RZSS Member - Junior Participant" 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 in the case of severe weather where we would need to shut the Zoo we can book you for another suitable date or arrange a refund. This is a very rare occurrence but should it happen we would endeavour to provide as much notice as possible to all participants.
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 9am with arrival from 8.30am and lasts until 1pm. There will be a briefing in the morning with Laurie before you begin the tour and then a debrief at the end of the workshop.
What's included in the price of the workshop?
The price includes half a day with the professional nature photographer and entry to the Zoo for that day. Participants also receive free car parking and a 10% discount in our Gift Shop (not eligible on books or Fairtrade Stand products). Please note that car parking spaces are limited, especially during busier times of the year.
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.