Advanced Photography Course

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

£295 per person

  • 23-24 Sep 2017 (includes zoo admission for 25 Sep)
  • 30 Sep - 1 Oct 2017 (includes zoo admission on 2 Oct)

This two-day course is aimed at Advanced Beginner/Intermediate to more Advanced photographers and includes entry to the zoo on the day following your course.

How to book

Course content

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Session D - Seminars

For the final afternoon session you can attend one, two, or three short seminars, or choose just one or two and spend the remaining time in the zoo.

Seminar 1: Holiday Photos Worth Framing
Our holiday photos are some of our most prized images. As a full time professional travel photographer, Cindy will teach you the do's and don'ts of getting the best holiday shots ever! This workshop will cover advice on shooting in adverse conditions, how to tell a story with your photos, unconventional use of flash, and even a homework assignment.

Seminar 2: Advanced Composition
Where you put the subject in your photo can make the difference between a snapshot or a GREAT shot! Learn some simple rules, by looking at photographic samples from around the world. This workshop will teach you how to take photos in a totally new way by taking advantage of leading lines, the use of colour, select focus and the rule of thirds. Learn how to combine elements in your images to make the most pleasing composition and the importance of knowing what to leave OUT of your images, to keep your images clean and simple.

Seminar 3: Portfolio Review
Time with Sue and Steven to review some of your work and take away ideas to develop your skills further.

How to book

The price is £295 per person for the two day course and includes full day admission to the zoo the day after your course. Hurry though, as places are limited.

Book your place now

For more information, or to book over the phone, please call us on 01244 650281.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

About our tutors

Sue Flood

Sue Flood
Sue is a professional and award-winning wildlife and travel photographer. Sue was born in North Wales and attended The Queen’s School, Chester. A Durham University zoology graduate, she went on to become a wildlife film-maker, spending 11 years with the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, working onThe Blue Planet, Planet Earth and the Disney movie Earth.

She left the BBC in 2005 to concentrate on her photography and was thrilled to be taken on by Getty Images. Sue’s adventures on nearly 40 trips to the Arctic and Antarctic have taken her from camping at -40°C, working on Russian icebreakers on trips to the North Pole and living with Inuit hunters on the floe edge, to diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic. Recognition of Sue’s work includes awards in the following competitions: International Photographer of the Year, International Garden Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year, the Art Wolfe (Best of Festival) Award in the International Conservation Photography Awards and a Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal.

Her first book, Cold Places, was awarded in the International Photography Awards in 2011. Her career highlight was to be invited to meet Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace in 2011 as a result of her photography. A close second was working with David Attenborough over the course of her BBC career. Sue lives in North Wales, though she is often to be found in some far-flung location. She is represented by Getty Images.

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson
Stephen Johnson is a photographer who setup and ran the early digital imaging department at Tony Stone images. He now helps photographers and specialist photolibraries develop imaging workflow that are efficient and meet the highest quality standards. Part of Stephens work is to retouch and prepare images for printing for organizations such as the BBC in the production of the Frozen Planet and The Hunt" books as well as retouching stills for Disney nature. He works as an external technical advisor for the Natural History Museum on special projects such as nature books and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.


Cindy Miller Hopkins
Cindy is a full-time travel and wildlife photographer with thousands publications to her credit. Cindy is represented by two major photo agencies, one in the US and one based in London. Her images can be seen on the pages of hundreds of text books, travel brochures, calendars, and other consumer products, as well as U.S. and international magazines. Her freelance, workshop, and assignment career has taken her to all seven continents and over 150 countries. Some of her recent clients include National Geographic Traveler, Wells Fargo, American Express, Microsoft, AAA & Frommer’s travel guides, BING homepage images and TV’s Food Network.

She has an image on permanent display at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. Along with her stock photography business, Cindy teaches digital photography classes and leads photo safaris around the world. She is a long time member of American Society of Picture Professionals and is on the North American Nature Photography Association Foundation Board. When not traveling, which isn’t often, she lives at home with her husband in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

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.

Terms and conditions

Please read our full terms and conditions.

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.

For more information please call 01244 650281.