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  • Conquering Lighting Challenges at the Farm

    Add a new element to your zoo experience with this introduction to studio lighting in live animal photography at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. Photography at the Farm can be challenging due to the limited lighting in the buildings; this will be your opportunity to try out some equipment and practice photographing a variety of farm animals, including this spring’s new farm babies.This class will combine classroom learning time, photography practice, and, if time allows, the chance to receive feedback about some of your photos in class. With both a photography expert and Zoo naturalist by your side, you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions, practice new skills, and learn about the animals you photograph. Bring your camera and flash(es) along with any other accessories you have (tripod, lenses, filters, etc.); nothing but your camera is required, but you may find additional accessories useful. Items not brought on the trail can be locked in the classroom. The instructor(s) may also demonstrate additional equipment relevant to the class. 
  • Flash Workshop

    Test out top-of-the-line flash equipment in this hands-on, interactive workshop where you can hone your skills with on camera flash with the goal of using the flash off the camera. Bring your digital SLR camera, flash and manual.
  • Introduction to Studio Lighting

    Studio lighting can be what separates professional photos from amateur ones. It adds an attractive and imaginative perspective, plus makes subjects more appealing. Get a taste of why, when and how photographers use this technique and how to use it in your photography.
  • Macro Photography

    Macro photography is the technique of taking extreme close-ups. Learn which settings to use when you get up close and personal! Bring lunch and beverage.
  • Photography Level 1: Peter Wong

    Have you wondered how star trails and the Milky Way are captured in photographs? Why waterfalls look silky? This is the photography class for you! Learn about your Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera and the various lenses. Understand how to use settings beyond “auto” and shoot quality photography. Discover how to capture beautiful portraits, family gatherings, children’s sporting events and more. Create special images that tell a story. Bring a DSLR camera and lens(es). Cameras without the ability to change from “Auto” mode to M, A (Av) or S (Tv) will not benefit from this class. Take advantage of Saturday outdoor camera shooting experience as part of the class. 
  • Photography Problem-Solving on the Tropics Trail

    Escape winter and head to the Tropics for an afternoon! The Minnesota Zoo’s long and verdant Tropics Trail is rich with a diversity of different types of plants and animals - but with shifting light, glass, fences, and more, photographing animals on this trail also provides a unique set of challenges. Learn how to shoot through glass, vanish fences, and properly light our subject. Lens and filters selection will be covered, along with the use of tripods and other camera accessories, as we practice with the birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish!This class will combine classroom time with time along the fully indoor trail – leave February for a bit and enjoy the 75-degree temps! With plenty of opportunities to ask questions and practice your new ideas, and both a photography and a Zoo expert by your side, head home with new skills and knowledge. Bring any lenses you have for your camera, and a tripod if you have one – longer focal length lenses and circular polarizers are always helpful. The photography instructor will also have some materials for people to borrow and try – don’t worry if you don’t have something! A camera is the only necessary equipment. 
  • The Art of Posing

    Practice effective posing of yourself and others, learn to coach subjects into the pose you desire and identify common posing mistakes. Get tips on using composition techniques and posing skills in tandem to create beautiful portraits. Bring your DSLR camera, lunch and a beverage.
  • Understanding Your Digital Camera

    Improve the composition and quality of your photographs as you learn the fundamentals of digital SLR photography, including ASA/ISO, f-stops, speed settings and accessories. Bring your camera with interchangeable lenses.
  • Zoo Photography 101

    Are you just starting to enter the world of photography with a DSLR or SLR camera? Photography is both interesting and challenging, and this class is designed for beginners eager to dive in and learn more! The basic fundamentals of vanishing fences, shooting through glass, and stopping the action will all be covered. Selecting the correct lens and filter makes all the difference! Join us and learn the secrets of photographing the animals.This class will combine classroom time with time along the Minnesota Trail. Fall is a great time to be on the Minnesota Trail, a covered outdoor route that features both common and rare species from across our beautiful state. You can put your new tips and tricks to work as you photograph a diversity of species, including our beavers, wolves, bald eagle, or black bears! With plenty of opportunities to ask questions and practice your new ideas, and both a photography and a Zoo expert by your side, head home with new skills and knowledge. This class is designed for beginning photographers, especially those learning with an SLR or DSLR camera. (The instruction will not be as relevant for someone using a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera.) Bring your camera, and if you own additional gear (like a flash, lenses, or a tripod) you are welcome to bring those as well, although it is certainly not required! The photography instructor will also have some materials for people to borrow and try
  • Zoomobile: Animals without Barriers

    Join us in this new class photographing a variety of small animals, up close and personal. These ambassador animals live behind the scenes and will be making their first photography class appearance just for you. After some expert instruction, practice stop-action photography on live animals in the hands of a Zoomobile Naturalist who will bring the Zoo to you! Animal biofacts also available to photograph, so you can experiment with macro and flash photography as well- without having to worry about glass, fences, or other barriers.This class will combine classroom learning time, photography practice, and, if time allows, the chance to receive feedback about your photos in class. With both a photography expert and Zoo naturalist by your side, you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions, practice new skills, and learn about the animals you photograph. Bring your camera along with any accessories you have (tripod, lenses, filters, flash); nothing but your camera is required, but you may find additional accessories useful. Items not brought on the trail can be locked in the classroom. The instructor(s) may also demonstrate additional equipment relevant to the class.