Workshop Template


Australia Zoo

Join Andrew Goodall for a great day out practicing your skills - and learning some new ones - at Australia Zoo. This is a small group workshop so you will get plenty of personal attention and have all your camera questions answered. All while photographing the fascinating, colourful and entertaining residents of the zoo.

Course Summary

If you already know the basics of DSLR photography (perhaps you have already attended Andrew’s Photography Essentials Workshop) then what you need more than anything is practice, and Australia Zoo is the perfect venue for a day out with your camera.

People come to the Australia Zoo workshop for different reasons. Some people struggle with exposure, others with focus/sharpness. Some are experienced photographers who have been away from photography for a while and need a ‘refresher’ to kick-start their photography again. And some just want to indulge their love of photography and simply enjoy a great experience with like-minded people. With a very small group (maximum 6 people) Andrew can make sure every participant gets what they came for.

The emphasis is on learning-by-doing, so be sure to bring a fully charged battery and plenty of space on your memory card!


The Program

We meet at 9.30 am at the entrance to the zoo. Once inside, we find a quiet spot where we can make our introductions, and Andrew can find out what you are keen to learn. If you have questions about your camera, lenses, focus methods etc., Andrew can answer most of them before we even get started.

Then we head out to start shooting. Andrew has been to the zoo many times and can guide you through a schedule that allows us to see all parts of the zoo at a relaxed pace. Every workshop is a little different, and if there is nothing to see at one exhibit (i.e. animals asleep) we move on to the next one. We see approximately half the zoo before lunch, which is usually around 12.30pm. We usually eat as a group at the food court, but you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch if you prefer.

After lunch, we visit the rest of the zoo, finishing at the popular Africa section where giraffes, rhino and meerkats are the final highlight of the day. Then we take a shuttle back to the exit to say our goodbyes.

What To Bring

  • Camera (obviously). DSLR or Mirrorless DSLR welcome
  • Telephoto Lens. Actually what you bring is up to you, but best results are usually found with a telephoto lens. A focal length of at least 200mm is recommended, and if you have a bigger lens, bring it along.
  • A fully charged battery (and a spare if you have one).
  • A suitable memory card with plenty of space available (and a spare if you have one).
  • Comfortable shoes and a hat. The zoo is a big place and we are on our feet most of the day.
  • Snacks if you feel you need them, and lunch if you prefer to bring your own (although most people purchase lunch at the food court).