Animals in Focus: Photography Classes

Join us for a 90-minute walk around the Phoenix Zoo where we will learn the basics of photography including composition, lighting and capturing emotion. On our walk, we will cover how to photograph through fences, glass and foliage in addition to learning more about the Phoenix Zoo and the natural world. At the end of the walk, we will provide a short review of your photos and offer feedback. During the Fall, our walks will include stops in both the Wild Side and Savanna Galleries.

Max group size: 6

Price: $30 + Zoo admission*

*Purchase Zoo admission separately




Saturday, February 24

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Learn about the best locations for photographing the Zoo’s animals, including the newly opened Predator Passage, which is home to three lions, two hyenas, an amur leopard, vultures and a fennec fox.

Saturday, March 23

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a walk about the Zoo focusing on the plants, flowers and colors of springtime. This class will cover tips on doing closeup photography on both your phone and camera.

Saturday, April 20

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Meet David Wagner, the Phoenix Zoo’s lead animal photographer. During this class, David will share some of his pro-tips and tricks for animal photography.

Saturday, May 18

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Beat the heat and come out early for a walk around the Zoo while learning and sharing with other photographers. The route is flexible and will be decided the day of our event. As a bonus, we will visit the Savanna Gallery to see an exhibit from KidsinFocus.

Saturday, September 14

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Stay tuned for more details!

Saturday, October 19

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Spanish-speaking tour

Conoce a Joaquin Hidalgo del equipo de Marketing del Zoológico. Durante esta clase en español, Joaquín compartirá su experiencia, y los consejos y trucos para fotografiar y grabar videos de los animales del Zoológico.

Saturday, November 16

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

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Thursday, December 12

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

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More information:

There is quite a bit covered on the walk so it may not be the place to learn how to operate your camera due to the amount of material we need to cover in 90 minutes. However, please reach out in advance if you’re having problems and Dave can recommend a tutorial video for your specific camera. While we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a telephoto lens, a phone is an option for some limited, wide-angle work.

This is a walking experience; if you use a chair or other mobility device, please let us know at the time of booking so we can plan accordingly.

Photography class

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