Henry's Photo Tour at the Toronto Zoo

Webcode: WORKSHOP164

Price: $150.00
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Duration: 5 hours
Prerequisites: Basic camera knowledge
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Henry's Photo Tour at the Toronto Zoo

Join us for this combination of photo class and photographic tour at the largest animal park in the GTA, the Toronto Zoo. Our day will begin with a 45 minute in-classroom photo primer to help everyone get ready to photograph the day’s subjects. Topics include: how to deal with low light, moving subjects, focusing through fences and other challenges. Photography will then begin in the classroom with a selection of behind-the-scenes zoo ‘biofacts’, including items such as skulls, pelts, claws , etc. Next, we’ll begin our walking tour, visiting various pavilions and open outdoor areas which are home to some of the zoo’s most esteemed animals, including: orangutans, gorillas, tigers, rhinos, lions and other exotic creatures. Our group will also have a private encounter with a bald eagle* facilitated by one of the zoo’s professional bird handlers so participants can photograph, barrier-free one of nature’s most majestic birds of prey.

Once the tour concludes, participants are encouraged to visit other animals displays - including the zoo’s famous pandas, its Malayan Temple Ruin and other great displays.

Contest: Participants will have the opportunity to submit their two best shots from this event for a chance to win a 16”x20‘ canvas wrap ($100 value) made from their winning image.

Event includes regular all day access to the zoo grounds.

You will receive an email from your instructor a few days prior to the event including the meeting details as well as any other important information.

* subject to availability; may be substituted by another exotic bird or animal.


Basic camera knowledge

Course Outline:

- Welcome & Orientation
- Photo Lesson: Understanding and preparing for the photographic challenges ahead - including: controlling focus, exposure, dealing with low light, high contrast lighting and more.
- Participants will have the opportunity to photograph up close a selection of ‘biofacts’, including one or more animal pelts, claws, skulls, etc.
- Walking Photo Tour: Participants will visit various animals in different indoor pavilions and outdoor spaces, each presenting a different set of photographic challenges. Photographic support and guidance from Henry’s photography instructor will be provided throughout the tour.
- Private animal encounter: An exclusive up-close, obstruction free personal encounter with a bald eagle* and bird handling specialist.

Who Should Attend?

Beginner-to-intermediate level owners of interchangeable lens cameras (DLSR or mirrorless) who are looking to improve both their knowledge & skills at photographing animals in various challenging environments. Fundamental camera techniques including: basic focusing methods, image playback and menu navigation should already be familiar. Awareness of semi-auto camera modes (shutter & aperture priority), exposure compensation, focusing and ISO control are also valuable assets, but will be discussed during the classroom component and throughout the course of the day.

What To Bring To Class:

Camera Gear:
- Fully charged battery + extra battery
- Memory cards
- Lens(es): 50mm-300mm range (35mm equivalent)

Other Suggested Gear:
- 100mm f/2.8 macro prime lens (35mm equivalent) or similar monopod or other image stabilizing aid

Clothing & Other:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Snack (ex: energy bar)
- Water bottle

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  • All courses begin promptly at stated times.
  • Henry's Learning Lab reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course without notice.
  • In the event of a course cancellation or postponement, all pre-registered attendees will be notified to arrange another suitable date.
  • Customers may reschedule or refund registrations up to 48 hrs prior to the course start time at no charge.
  • If less than 48 hrs notice is given, up until the course start time, only rescheduling will be offered and an administrative fee will apply. (See Fee Table)
  • Refunds will not be issued and rescheduling will not be permitted, if requested after the stated course start time. Missed courses are not eligible for refunds or rebooking.
  • Course credits with Henry's Learning Lab will be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase of the original course.

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  • Tickets for special events taking place off-site are final sale and non-refundable.
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  • *****
  • Awesome!!

  • June 25, 2014
  • By: Karin

I had been wanting to do this workshop/tour for a long time - wish it would be offered in Fall (even Winter) as there are plenty of things to photograph at the Zoo. I went on a cloudy overcast day (bit of drizzle) but it was perfect lighting conditions for photographing all the animals. Three great instructors, handful of participants with the same passion and some cool lenses to try with one-to-one coaching makes for a an awesome outing! I learned a lot and fun doing so. Well worth it...I would like to see more of these workshops at the Zoo...perhaps in Winter too for indoor pavilions.

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  • *****
  • Disappointing

  • July 28, 2014
  • By: David

Not much more an experience then the price of the general admission. Was expecting more in the way of instruction, behind scenes access, and insight. The zoo volunteer was very friendly and helpful. It was nice to try the canon 400. 2.8 but easily could have rented it for the day at the price. Definitely a longer lens / zoom helps see the animals through the fence and capture a more natural scene. Feeding times are best for most zoo animals. And Overcast days are best for lighting.

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