Date and time

16 - 17 September or
21 - 22 September


£340 per person


The Oakfield at Chester Zoo

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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. Breakfast 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 to one month after the course, 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: 16th – 17th September 2019
  • Weekend 2 Day Photography Workshop: 21st – 22nd September 2019
How to book
The price is £340 per person for the two day course and includes breakfast and lunch both days, admission to Chester Zoo and one free ticket which can be used up to one month after the course. 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 how to take great quality holiday photos; 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

For more information, advice on accommodation, or to book over the phone, please call us on 01244 650 209.

Gift vouchers

Our photography workshop voucher is the perfect gift for budding photographers and animal lovers alike. Our gift vouchers come in a smart gift wallet, containing the gift voucher and everything you need to know about your day. If you would like to order a gift voucher please contact 01244 650 209.

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 call 01244 650209.