With over 4,000 animals representing over 600 species, The Bronx Zoo provides one of the best opportunities to view and photograph animals in a setting that meticulously recreates their natural habitats, and it's right in our own backyard!
Rated one of the top 5 zoos in the world, their mission is to safeguard the earth's magnificent diversity of wildlife through field conservation and education.
Visit a zoo in the winter? Absolutely! The Bronx zoo is open year-round, which is fortunate for us as animals love the snow, and nothing makes a more impressive photograph than a fierce tiger surrounding by a wintery backdrop. The winter also means less crowds, less heat and humidity and more active animals. The zoo also boasts some impressive indoor exhibits as well, giving us a chance to stay warm and toasty while photographing exotic species.
Exhibit highlights include Jungle World, the Bronx Zoo's indoor rain forest featuring nearly 800 species, Madagascar, showcasing a variety of wildlife and plants from the island, Tiger Mountain (weather permitting), home to the striking Amur tigers, Sea Lion Pool (weather permitting), watch them frolic, play and get fed, creating the perfect opportunity for capturing images, and Astor Court, home to the zoo's original landmark Beaux-Arts buildings.
We'll begin the day with an orientation session and photo lesson where we'll cover such topics as camera settings for wildlife photography, focusing on fast moving birds and animals, handling tricky lighting situations, composing great wildlife images, storytelling, and framing. Then it's on to the animal exhibits to practice our skills, and learn new hands-on techniques. Each participant will receive a guide with helpful tips, techniques and tricks for getting amazing shots in a zoo setting.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
Whether you're preparing for a planned safari or just want to enjoy some of the best wildlife photo opportunities anywhere in New York, this workshop is open to all levels of photographer with any type of actual camera (no smart phones or tablets please). High school students are welcome but anyone 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
COST AND WHAT'S INCLUDED
The cost for this photo field trip is $75 and INCLUDES admission to The Bronx Zoo. As part of this workshop takes place in the zoo's JungleWorld exhibit participants will receive a Total Experience Ticket.
If you are already a zoo member or eligible for a senior citizen or military discount there is an option for you to purchase tickets on your own. Participants must ensure they are purchasing or have a membership which includes all of the amenities of a Total Experience Ticket.
Tickets can be purchased in person or online at https://bronxzoo.com/checkout/tickets/winter-total...
This special field trip takes place entirely at The Bronx Zoo, participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the zoo as well as their own parking fees. The Bronx Zoo is easily accessible by car, bus, subway and train. You will meet your instructor at the zoo, full details will be given prior to the field trip.
Participants may view directions by using the links below:
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your fully charged camera and and any accessories you'd like to have, see "Equipment Recommendations" below for details.
Our orientation session and lesson will take place at The Dancing Crane Cafe during lunchtime. Lunch options are available for purchase, and the zoo does allow you to bring your own food and snacks.
Food and beverages are prohibited in animal exhibits, all snacks will need to be stowed away before entering any exhibits.
All participants, no matter what type of digital camera (no smartphones or tablets please) they have, will find enjoyment and learn something from participating in this workshop. However, we do have some recommendations that will help to ensure you get the most value out of the workshop.
If you are using a DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, we recommend bringing the longest focal length lenses you own. In zoos animals are often far away from view and having a telephoto or super telephoto lens will help you to get up close and personal with your subject.
Although the zoo does allow tripods, they are restricted in many of the exhibits as they can cause a trip hazard. We find having a monopod can be helpful, if you have one, for exhibits where the lighting may be subdued and to support your long lenses. Monopods also offer maximum ease of use and safety in a zoo setting over a tripod.
Further equipment recommendations will be provided in a detailed email prior to the field trip.
This workshop will take place on Saturday, March 3rd 2018. We will be at the zoo from 11am - closing which is approximately 4pm during the winter months. A detailed itinerary will be sent closer to the start of the workshop. There will be a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes, The Bronx Zoo is accessible to wheelchair users and they have limited wheelchairs available for rental.
ABOUT THE BRONX ZOO
The Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States. To learn more about The Bronx Zoo and its visitor policies, please visit their website by clicking here.
Registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing no less than 7 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will not be given for no shows or latecomers. As the bulk of this workshop consists of indoor spaces it will take place snow, rain or shine. No refunds will be given for no shows due to weather. In the case of an extreme weather emergency or closure of The Bronx Zoo, there is an alternative workshop date available. If you cannot attend the alternative workshop date a credit will be given for use towards a future Dengrove Studios workshop.
Questions? Feel free to contact us before you register.
What type of photographer are you?
Level I - Students are new to photography and either have no formal training in photography or perhaps took a class a long time ago. Level I students are unsure of the operation of their gear or may feel intimidated by taking their camera out of "auto" mode and playing with the manual settings. Photographs of Level I students show significant technical issues as well as compositional issues as they have not yet received training. There's nothing wrong with being a Level I photographer, we all started there, and remember what it's like.
Level II - Students have some understanding of photography principles and may have taken a class or two. Level II students are somewhat familiar with their gear and try to use manual camera settings when they can. As a result, they have gotten lucky from time to time by creating great photographs that were the result of "happy accidents". Although their pictures are applauded by friends and family, they are still at the beginning of learning their craft and their images may have technical issues. Additionally, they can be so caught up with using the right settings they may forget to focus on the artistic side of photography such as composition and lighting.
Level III - Students have a solid understanding of photography principles, thanks to some formal training, and are completely comfortable using their camera in Manual Mode. Level III students have overcome most technical issues relating to exposure and sharpness and are starting to play with interesting lighting and compositions. Most of their photos look better than the average persons and are starting to be thought of as a photographer by friends and family. Level III students may be starting to think about doing some low-end paying photography work or upgrading their gear to full frame sensors and pro lenses.
Level IV - Students have significant experience making, capturing, and processing images that more often then not exhibit a complete understanding of photography principles and creative artistic qualities. Level IV students no longer worry about camera settings, they just happen automatically in their head, and all of their photos are sharp and well exposed. In addition, Level IV student photos exhibit consistently decent lighting and composition and a few of their very best photos exhibit these qualities that can be described as dynamic, beautiful, and awesome. They are not afraid to try unusual or extreme techniques but sometimes use them as a crutch to give their photos that "wow" factor. Level IV students are regarded as "really serious about photography" and may have considered going pro.
Level V - Students have advanced skills and knowledge of photography. Their work is consistently at a professional level with no image quality issues and technicals are spot on. Level V student photo compositions have a maturity about them with a clear style and creativity. A Level V student is capable of shooting in almost any lightning condition and bringing back great photos that are interesting and well exposed. Level V students may or may not be working professional photographers but based on their level of work certainly are capable of being a pro.