Wildlife at Taronga Photo Workshop

Sydney   |  4 Hours   |  Special Interest
  • Gain first-hand experience with your camera's functionality
  • Focusing modes, motion, depth of field, ISO, exposure compensation
  • Composition and lighting best suited for wildlife & nature
  • Small groups, 'repeat for free' guarantee*
  • Detailed notes and critique of your images

Cost: $150 | Every Friday

On this workshop you will learn the skills required to take photographs of native and exotic animals in a controlled environment, giving you photos that appear to have been shot ' in the wild'. It's a great opportunity for anyone who loves the fauna of our planet and wants to learn the skills of wildlife photography and how to shoot both macro (close -up) and with telephotos ( long lenses) Gain first-hand experience with all cameras. Learn how to shoot a large variety of flora, fauna, & bird photography. The perfect workshop for travellers and those wishing to build a nature photography portfolio and improve their technique. It is suitable for anyone at any skill level.

Taronga Zoo is the nation's leading zoological garden, featuring Australia's finest collection of native animals and a diverse collection of exotic species. What makes Taronga something special is its location. It is situated on elevated land along the waterfront, in one of the most beautiful vantage points on Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Some of the living creatures which we will be photographing include: Australian area. Black-necked Stork, Little Pied Cormorant, Red Kangaroo Red-necked Wallaby, Emu, Koala, Platypus, Common Wombat, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Common Ringtail Possum, Squirrel Glider, Yellow-bellied Glider, Spinifex Hopping-mouse, Australian King Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot, Laughing Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Regent Bowerbird, White-browed Wood swallow, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard, Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko, Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, Red Kangaroo, Red-bellied Black Snake, Coastal Bearded Dragon, Red-backed Spider, Praying Mantis, Little Penguin, Australian Fur Seal, Leopard Seal, Dingo, Tasmanian Devil, Freshwater Crocodile, Komodo Dragon, Frilled Lizard, Green Iguana, Gila Monster, Anaconda, Jackson's Chameleon, Green Python, Boa Constrictor, Egyptian Cobra, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Short-necked Turtle, Green Tree Frog, Green-winged Macaw, Razor-billed Curassow, Sun Bear, Pygmy Hippopotamus, Brazilian Tapir, Common Zebra, Giraffe, Bongo Barbary Sheep, Ostrich, Chimpanzee, Western Lowland Gorilla, Asian Elephant, Silvery Gibbon, Francois' Langur, Fishing Cat, Oriental Small-clawed Otter,, Malayan Tapir, Golden Pheasant,, Glossy Ibis, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Asian Golden Cat, Mueller's Gibbon, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Tahr, African Lion, Sumatran Tiger, Indian Crested Porcupine, Meerkat, Orang-utan, Kodiak Bear, Aldabra Giant Tortoise, Andean Condor.

As you can see... Taronga has an exhaustive varies of living flora from around the world and we are lucky to shoot a fraction on this list! We hope you can join us soon. We deliberately schedule these workshops in the cool of the morning and on Friday to avoid weekend crowds..


what to expect

■ Recognised experts in nature/wildlife photography over 28 years
■ Gain first-hand experience with all cameras, with 'hands on' shooting
■ Learn how to shoot a large variety of flora, fauna & bird photography
■ Depth of field, aperture, colour balance, lens perspective
■ Freezing and showing motion, exposure, focus modes and points
■ Meet interesting, like minded persons who love wildlife, travel & photography
■ No more than 8 persons per group for more individual attention
■ First hand experience up-close and personal with wildlife
■ Expert tuition from professional wildlife photographer Andrew Thomasson
■ Detailed notes and follow up advisory service
■ Great value for money and our unique guarantee
■ Guarantee that you can repeat the workshop for free if you are feeling off colour, its raining...whatever!

workshop requirements

■ No previous photography experience is required
■ A digital DLSR, mirror-less or compact camera
■ For DLSR and mirror-less camera users, at least one multi range lens
■ Memory Card(s) - at least a 2GB card
■ Charged camera battery
■ DLSR Nikon & Canon cameras for hire ($50), 8GB cards for sale ($19)

course dates & course bookings

Alternatively, you can also download the course booking form and send it to us:

Course/Workshop Enrolment form

time & location

9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Bradleys Head Road, Mosman

Meeting Point:
(At the front of the main zoo gates)


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terms & conditions

Paying for your course in full upon booking will confirm your attendance. Places are limited on all courses.

We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule any course, due to inadequate enrolment bad weather, instructor illness, or an 'act of God'. We also reserve the right to cancel any course if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please therefore do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been cancelled. As our costs for each training event remain the same no matter how many delegates attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. If withdrawal occurs within the 14 days before the course starts we will try to put you on an alternative date if places are available. Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.

Course & Workshop Photography:
We reserve the right to take photographic, (both still and video) records of any of our workshops/courses which may be used for promotional purposes, submissions, advertising and records. We grant permission for participants to use any images captured by them during this workshop for self-promotion only. Participants may not make any financial gain from any images captured during this workshop/course.