Date and time

28 & 29 September or
3 & 4 October




The Oakfield at Chester Zoo


Two day advanced photography course

Develop your photography skills under the expert guidance of three acclaimed photographers in the wonderful setting of Chester Zoo.

This two day photography course is designed for intermediate up to more advanced photographers. You will be led through the course by our three fantastic tutors who all come with a wealth of skill and experience (see biographies below).

The course will be held at The Oakfield in the heart of Chester Zoo. Refreshments and lunch will also be provided, and there will be plenty of time spent in the zoo photographing our collection of animals and wildlife. These workshops also include an additional free ticket that can be used up until the end of the year, which means that you’ll be able to come back to Chester Zoo and put the skills you have learned into practice!

Choose from two date options:

  • Weekday 2 Day Photography Workshop: 28 – 29 September 2020
  • Weekend 2 Day Photography Workshop: 3 – 4 October 2020
How to book
The price is £380 per person for the two day course and includes refreshments throughout the day and lunch both days, admission to Chester Zoo and one free ticket which can be used up until the end of 2020. Places are limited so we advise to book as soon as possible.


The two-day course is split into four half-day sessions, with a maximum of 15 people in each class.

Sue Flood will share practical tips and hints in the classroom – from technique, to clothing, to kit and field craft. This will be followed by a practical session shooting around the Zoo, so that you can put into practice some advanced photographic techniques with the benefit of on-the-spot tuition from Sue throughout.

Cindy Miller Hopkins will be leading a session on the downloading and processing of images with a comprehensive overview of good editing practices and how to work with metadata and image files. Cindy will also guide you through some invaluable tips on good business practice and marketing your work.

Stephen Johnson will be guiding you through the processes of image processing and effective workflows. You will look at shot selection, colour management, retouching and much more. Stephen’s course will give you hints and tips that can be applied to any software.

There will also be a choice of additional seminars from our tutors. There will be three seminars to choose from, of which you can attend as many as you like or even just take the time out in the zoo with your camera. There will be a session on wildlife photography; a session on composition and finally a portfolio review where the tutors will review your own work and talk you through some ideas to take away and develop your skills even further. Find out more about the sessions and tutors below…

Session A – Sue Flood

Sue will share wildlife photography tips in the classroom followed up by a practical session around the zoo, where you’ll be able to practice advanced photo techniques with on-the-spot tuition.

Read Sue’s biography

Session B – Cindy Miller-Hopkins

With Cindy’s guidance you’ll learn about the downloading and processing of images, with a comprehensive overview of the importance of proper origination of your images, good editing practices, with an emphasis on detailed captioning & key wording/ metadata for the hobbyist all the way to professional. Cindy will also share her hints on good business practice and how to efficiently market your work in the digital age.

Read Cindy’s biography

Session C – Stephen Johnson

Stephen will cover raw workflow management with aspects of colour management, file management, editing, global and local adjustments and image delivery to agents.

Read Stephen’s biography

Terms and conditions

  • Any dietary requirements must be advised.
  • Regrettably, participants under the age of 16 will not be able to take part in the workshop. This workshop is not suitable for pregnant women.
  • Whilst every effort is made to accommodate those with a disability or learning difficulty, due to practicality and health and safety this cannot always be achieved; please contact us for advice before purchasing.
  • Please read our full terms and conditions.  For more information please email, and when the zoo reopens we shall be in touch, how long this will be for, we simply don’t know, but we really hope closing the zoo plays a part in slowing the spread of this awful virus.

Photo credit: Niomi Parsons (lemur) and Thomas Woodward (lion), taken during our 2019 advanced photography course held at Chester Zoo.


If you’d love to learn more about photography, but you’re not quite at the advanced level, then our beginners photography course is perfect for you!