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Nature's Image Photography Workshops and Tours

Australia Zoo

Join nature photographer Andrew Goodall for a great day of photography tuition at the Sunshine Coast’s own Australia Zoo. Practice your skills and learn some new tricks shooting some very colourful characters!

The plan is simple. We meet in the morning and spend a full day exploring the zoo and working on each new challenge as they come. See how much difference the light, the angle and the right camera settings make to every photo opportunity. Your best photos depend on good camera technique, but also developing your instincts working with light and dealing with good or bad backgrounds.

Each workshop will be different depending on the weather, and on which animals perform for us on the day. But you can expect to photograph plenty of great subjects including Lemurs, Meerkats, Tigers, a variety of birdlife and more. The indoor reptile house poses its own challenge…see how to get great shots even in dim light.

This is an intermediate workshop focused on practicing wildlife photography skills, and it will be assumed you already have a basic understanding of aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc. However with such a small group (six only) there will be plenty of time to get some help with any individual camera issues you may have. If you are looking for a beginner’s workshop you should consider the Photography Essentials two-day workshop in Maleny.

Although you may use a variety of lenses at the zoo, a telephoto lens is what you will use the most. We suggest a focal length of 200mm or higher would be ideal. I will be taking photos with an 18-135mm, and a 150-500mm over the course of the day.

I have kept the price much lower than my usual full-day workshops, but please note that your entry into Australia Zoo is NOT covered by the workshop fee. This decision was taken because our very small group will not qualify as a group booking, plus many people have annual passes or can benefit from seniors discounts etc. So each person will pay for their individual entry into the zoo.


Australia Zoo (entrance)
9.30 am
Meeting at the zoo
Meet me and your fellow photographers at the entrance to Australia Zoo at 9.30am. Once we have all paid for our entry we will head for a quiet spot where we can sit and chat about the day to come. Here is where I will see how you are going with your camera 'basics' and try to address your questions before we start shooting.
10.00 am - 12.30 pm
Let's get started!
Now we head to the exhibits and start taking photos. I am not going to just pick the fun 'easy stuff.' I will also be looking for the more challenging photo opportunities to show you how I would tackle them. Some problems are solved by camera settings, others by your position and choice of lens.
12.30 - 1.30 pm
Australia Zoo has a pretty decent cafe and food court (you know...relatively speaking!). I will be buying my lunch there and I hope you will join me (own expense). However if you choose to bring and carry your own lunch, of course you are welcome to do so.
1.30 pm - Closing
Snap till you drop
It's a big zoo, so there is still plenty left to photograph. We keep on shooting until the zoo begins to close, or until you have had enough and choose to go home. We will aim to finish our day at the large Africa section, as the light will be best later in the afternoon.
What to bring etc
Further Information
You will be on your feet and in the open for much of the day so a hat, sunburn cream and comfortable shoes are advised. Bring your camera and whatever lenses you like but you will do most of your photography with a telephoto lens (200mm or larger recommended). Once your booking is completed (i.e. paid) you will be sent more information to help you prepare.
Terms & Conditions:

Price for the Australia Zoo Photography Workshop is $125.00 per person. This DOES NOT INCLUDE your entry fee into Australia Zoo There are no discounts for multiple bookings as we already offer exceptional value for money compared to other workshops. Your place at the workshop is reserved the moment you place your booking, but payment in advance is required to finalise the booking. Most people pay when they make their booking; you can choose to pay later if you wish. However your booking is not considered final until payment is made, and if a workshop is sold out and we have a waiting list, you will be asked to confirm the booking through payment, or the place may be offered to the next person on the list. There are no refunds for non-attendance, but if you genuinely cannot make it to the workshop on the date you have booked, you can transfer to another workshop at a later date. When your booking is complete (paid) you will receive information on where we meet, what to bring etc.


  • You taught me how the soft light of dawn or the golden light of late afternoon can add a touch of magic to an image. You taught me the importance of taking control of what my camera is doing. You brought my fuzzy ideas about composition into clear focus. And you inspired me to take up my camera and shoot, to get up and have a go.
  • Andrew is a perfect presenter. Explains things clearly and at a level perfect for my comprehension.
  • Thanks for a great PRACTICAL workshop ! I have always been afraid of the big “M” on the camera – but not anymore!
  • I have been on many courses in my 75 yrs. I rank yours as one of the best . You have a great way of keeping up the interest in the class.
  • The weekend has given me more knowledge and confidence and renewed my enthusiasm… thanks again for your generosity in sharing your knowledge and experience.
  • Your method and mode of teaching is hands on, practical and free of technical gobbldygook — EXACTLY what most of us would be photographers need.
  • Description & explanation of things was very good… very helpful. You are a great teacher.
  • Good fun and a good mix of classroom and outdoors.
  • This course gave me a better understanding of the technical side which has always been daunting to me.
  • Gave me a lot of good ideas. I have a greater understanding of my camera.
  • I must say I enjoyed your ‘easygoing’ style of teaching and openness.
  • I have more practice to do but am now excited about using my camera. Thank you for the inspirational workshop.
  • If there is one thing I can recommend to anyone interested in photography it is to DO THIS COURSE! I can never thank Andrew enough for sharing his knowledge and making it so easy.




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