Events & Experiences

Edinburgh Zoo Nature Photography Workshops


Have an unforgettable day learning how to take better photographs of stunning animals and understanding how to get the most of your camera. 

We are privileged that renowned professional photographer Laurie Campbell will be running our photography workshops. Laurie was actually at keeper at Edinburgh Zoo before embarking on a highly successful thirty year career as a nature photographer and has now returned as RZSS Nature Photographer in Residence. He has over thirty five years’ experience in leading photographic workshops, has illustrated and authored several books including the bestselling ‘RSPB Guide to Bird & Nature Photography’; and has won twenty-three awards in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2014 he was awarded the RSPB's Lifetime Achievement Award. A selection of his work can be viewed at

The workshops consist of tutorials as well as a tour of Edinburgh Zoo, taking in a number of different settings and animals – big and small, furry and feathery. Laurie will be with you for the entire day, giving personal attention to each participant as well as sharing many tricks of the trade. 

Do you have a camera and can take a good basic shot, but are unsure of how to get the most out of all the settings and functions? Are you keen to find out a bit more about the basics of photographing animals and nature? In this workshop, Laurie will take you through the fundamentals of nature photography and help you to get more out of your camera. There will be options for one-to-one tuition throughout the day, so don’t worry about being at a different level to others in the group.

For more information on our photography workshops, please visit our FAQs page,

Nature Photography Workshop Dates for 2020

We are thrilled to share we are able to reinstate our Nature Photography Workshop with limited dates for November 2020. We currently have dates available to book on Monday 9 November and Tuesday 10 November.

We will be looking to schedule further dates for 2021 as soon as possible.

For those who booked on a workshop earlier this year, or have a voucher purchased for this workshop, you will be notified as soon as we have released dates for 2021.

Please note there is currently no expiry date for these vouchers, given the current situation we want to ensure that everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy their workshop.

Please get in touch if you have any questions before purchasing a voucher by emailing


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For further information regarding our Photography Workshops please visit our FAQs page,  call 0131 314 0327 or email 


Feedback for our photography workshops:

"I would recommend the course to anyone wishing an up close opportunity to photograph animals and birds with the help of a true expert.”

“I really enjoyed the close proximity to the lemurs and access to the balcony at the chimps.”

“A great experience to learn the functions of the camera to get sharpness and quality you need to progress further.”

“Laurie was a great teacher, answering technical questions in layman a terms and very willing to share his vast knowledge of photography. The staff at the zoo are lovely, very welcoming, they went out of their way to make it a great day.”



Terms and conditions:

Please read our photography workshop terms and conditions.

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