Nature Photography Workshop

Have an unforgettable day learning how to take better photographs of stunning animals and nature and understanding how to get the most out of your camera.

Nature Photography Workshop

About Nature Photography Workshop

We are privileged that renowned professional photographer Laurie Campbell will be running our photography workshops. Laurie was actually at keeper at Edinburgh Zoo before embarking on a highly successful thirty year career as a nature photographer and has now returned as RZSS Nature Photographer in Residence. He has over thirty five years’ experience in leading photographic workshops, has illustrated and authored several books including the bestselling ‘RSPB Guide to Bird & Nature Photography’; and has won twenty-three awards in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2014 he was awarded the RSPB's Lifetime Achievement Award. A selection of his work can be viewed at

The workshops consist of tutorials as well as a tour of Edinburgh Zoo, taking in a number of different settings and animals – big and small, furry and feathery. Laurie will be with you for the entire day, giving personal attention to each participant as well as sharing many tricks of the trade.

Do you have a camera and can take a good basic shot, but are unsure of how to get the most out of all the settings and functions? Are you keen to find out a bit more about the basics of photographing animals and nature? In this workshop, Laurie will take you through the fundamentals of nature photography and help you to get more out of your camera. There will be options for one-to-one tuition throughout the day, so don’t worry about being at a different level to others in the group.


Which animals are involved in the workshops?
We aim to include lemurs, chimpanzees, brilliant birds, red pandas, meerkats, pelicans, otters and penguins. Please note, that we are unable to guarantee any specific animals on the day due to animal welfare issues. If any animals are off-show, we will replace this part of the day with an equivalent opportunity.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Information regarding travel by car and public transport can be found online here.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
For further information regarding our Photography Workshops please call 0131 3140327 or email

How many people can be booked in for an experience?
A maximum of 8 people will be booked on to each workshop. The small group size means that more time can be devoted to individuals.

Do I have to pay entry to the Zoo?
No, your workshop ticket covers your entry to the Zoo.

Are there any age restrictions?
Participants must be over 16 years.

What's included in the price of the workshop?
The price includes a full day with the professional nature photographer and entry to the Zoo for that day. You will also receive morning coffee and a sandwich lunch. Please inform us in advance of any dietary requirements.

Participants also receive free car parking and a 10% discount in our Gift Shop (not eligible on books or Fairtrade Stand products).Please note that car parking spaces are limited, especially during busier times of the year.

What should I wear?
Edinburgh Zoo is on a steep hill and there will be plenty of walking around, so wear comfortable and sturdy shoes or boots. Prepare for the weather – bring a hat and suntan lotion on sunny days, and layers and waterproofs if it’s looking rainy.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Nature Photography Workshop are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.

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