2019 Maryland zoo workshop

Full day - $400

This workshop will begin with a classroom session at the Les Picker Fine Art Photography studio in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The afternoon will be spent at the Baltimore Zoo putting our earlier discussions into action with the assistance of Sean. Detailed information and directions to the studio will be sent upon registration

Before beginning my career as a full time professional wildlife photographer, I spent a great deal of time training by photographing animals which were most accessible to me. My local zoos became places of photographic learning, research, and inspiration for “real” wildlife photography. But even my training period was not wasted. My Snow Leopard photo taken at a zoo was published on National Geographic.

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Fast forward years ahead and I’m working as the wildlife photographer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD photographing both off site in the wild and also on site under indoors conditions. In this workshop, I will talk about the challenges of photographing in artificial settings, how to overcome them, and how to develop pictures that mimic natural environments.

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Day Itinerary

8:30 - Meet at ______

10:00 - Depart for MD Zoo

10:45 - Arrival at MD Zoo

3:15 - Wrap up of lesson

3:15 - 4:00 - Free time until zoo closing at 4:00pm.



What you will learn

  • Proper equipment for wildlife photography

  • Camera settings

  • Environments at the zoo and how to see them as a photographer

  • Challenging lighting conditions and how to overcome them

  • Composition and the different types of animal photos

  • Culling and efficiency in selecting your top shots  


What to bring

  • Camera - SLR, DSLR, & Mirrorless

  • Lens

  • Memory cards

  • Batteries

  • Tripod/ Monopod

  • Lunch


This workshop would be an exclusive collaboration between world renowned photographer Lester Picker and I, with a maximum capacity of six spots. We believe that the best education is one that has an excellent teacher to student ratio, so rest assured that an adequate amount of time and attention will be provided to you and your needs. This also means that if you wish to participate in our next meet please sign up soon!

Not enough could be said about the photographic potential at zoos and now is the time that I’d like to pass that skill and excitement onto you.  

Sign up here & See you soon!