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, September 14  |  8 – 9:30 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, October 19  |  8 – 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 a.m.

Stay tuned for more details!


Thursday, December 12  |  5:30 – 7 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season by capturing some stunning images of ZooLights! The route is flexible and will be decided the day of our event.

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

meet the photographers