Shoot at the Zoo

By Jeff Insel

This was another fun Arizona Highways PhotoScapes workshop, the first one I got to work in over a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I was pretty excited to get back into the groove of logistical planning, communicating with the participants and the photographer, Amy Horn. I felt like I was shaking off some rust, using our Smartsheets program and trying to remember various details that needed to be checked and confirmed.

This is a fun, one day workshop for those who enjoy photographing wildlife and learning new skills like shooting through fences without the fence showing and shooting through glass enclosures with varying light and moving critters. AHPS usually goes to the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, AZ. This zoo offers a multitude of wildlife and also has numerous indoor exhibits and aquariums – too many to properly explore in a day in this person’s opinion. AHPS usually conducts these in the winter and fall or late summer when the temperatures are cooler.

Hamadryas Baboon
Crested Crane
Baboon contemplation

Turns out this workshop is fun for beginners and more advanced skill levels. Our photographer/instructor is very familiar with this zoo, its wildlife and light conditions for best photos.

Northern Wood Duck
Male lion full mane

Jeff Insel is a Photo Guide for Arizona Highways PhotoScapes.