San Francisco Zoo Photography Workshop
(This workshop is limited to 12 students)
Photos from the last workshop
A day at the zoo! The famed San Francisco zoo, no less! This 5-hour workshop is an introduction to wildlife photography, with emphasis on taking your current skill level and ramping it up to a whole new level.
If you've never done more than take photos of family pets, you'll love what you'll discover on the other end of your lens.
However, if you're more than a beginner, you will appreciate the tips, tricks and insights that will make your photography rival that of the finest professionals! And everyone will enjoy the fun approach of our instructors as they provide hands-on, one-on-one instruction and an overall good time. You absolutely will not be disappointed!
We will spend the entire workshop at the zoo, and our instructor will take you to some favorite locations and exhibits, as well as some lesser visited, that provide a wonderful opportunity to practice some exciting exposures. Knowing the zoo as well as we do, every moment will be spent productively...so bring your walking shoes and be ready to take a whole lot of photographs!
This workshop is a new favorite, and it's ideal for beginner and intermediate photographers, and for those who want to brush up on their photography. You'll get a chance to sharpen your skills, get very comfortable with your equipment, and work with a variety of composition, lighting and outdoor conditions...while enjoying the company of some amazing animals.
Equipment To Bring
Directions & Lunch
We will eat lunch in the zoo at one of the cafe's around noon. Click here for a map to the San Francisco Zoo.
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to the workshop location. However, car-pooling during the workshop is encouraged both to minimize the number of vehicles at shooting locations and to get to know one another.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!
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