Learning more about Big Cat & Wildlife Photography, Composition & Using Light.








Composition has a profound affect on your pictures. It will be the first thing that people see in your pictures, whether they realise it or not. Yet many photographers struggle with composition, and find it a barrier to taking good pictures.    If you've never photographed wildlife before, or would like to learn more -  here's a great opportunity for to learn more about wildlife photography & composition.Composition is about more than just making your pictures look good though. Exploiting composition, and the way that objects are combined in the frame can be used to set up meaning and create more visually complex pictures.

 During a four hour workshop we will be focusing on  understanding how we use our cameras to create wonderful images.Because the animals are in enclosures with very good viewing platforms from above & ground level. We will have the opportunity to look at what makes an effective  composition, - our own position & that of the  position of the animal in the frame, the effect of light &  metering - utilising different heights & angles -  what to choose to expose off -  along with - importantly learning about the animals that we photograph & their conservation. 

We will be  in a small group in a truly fantastic park  -  one of the leading Conservation Parks in Europe, with an active breeding & re-homing program & is home to Lions, white tiger, Siberian tigers,  white leopards, cheetahs, pumas, oselots  as well as rare wolves &  400 other species of wildlife..








 The Workshop is four approximately four hours.                                                    The cost of £25 - includes the entry fee into the Park.                                          Tuition Level: Beginners " / entry level day intended for those looking to learn & improve their wildlife photos- composition, exposure & metering on DSLR & compact cameras.

• Previsualisation

• Varying angles

• Looking for viewpoints

• Rule of thirds

• Composing for balance

• Lens choice

• Choosing a subject distance

• Mise en Scene

• Creating meaning through composition




As we move around that park, initially we'll look at learning to control our cameras to create images. Composing  strong images, that express your own creativity & vision, rather than just pointing & shooting using  lead in lines " - that lead the eye to your chosen focus points.

You'll learn how to set the shutter speed and aperture & exposures for static & moving animals, for animals that are at a distance & ones that are close up. We'll practice changing our sensors & exposures to best take advantage of the variations in available light to obtain different effects that contrast the animals from the surrounding environment.

We'll be photographing animals at a leisurely pace, given that animals are on their own timetable & move unpredictably - one of the keys to successful wildlife photography is being both patient & alert, having the camera set up ready for possible movement. Sometimes it takes plenty of images to capture a great image & sometimes you just get incredibly lucky. It's a deliberately small group so that I will be able to give each person attention & we can comfortably work together.


If you have a DSLR, we will work with whatever lens you have, if you happen to have a wide angle zoom and a telephoto zoom, please do bring them with. Many cameras come with a wide angle lens, something like 28-105/3.5-4.5 or something similar. 28mm is wide enough to be a real wide angle (35mm isn't). The second lens would be a telephoto zoom,  70mm - 300mm, something like f4 or f4.5 at the short and and f5.6 at 300mm.

Please bring as many charged up batteries as you have as over a few hours these will deplete. If you would like to bring a tripod you are welcome, however most of my shots are hand held as animals naturally do their own thing & are not predictable.

Please bring really warm clothes & comfortable walking shoes as we will be on our feet & knees outdoors for some time :)

Meeting & Getting to The Park

Photography Meetup CONTACT NUMBER: 0740 060474

We will meet at 10.45 am at the main entrance to The Park.

Paradise Wildlife Park is situated 20 miles North of London, just off the A10 near to junction 25 of the M25. Simply follow the brown tourist signs.

A10 - If you are travelling via the A10. Please travel to the Broxbourne/Turnford exit signposted A1170. There are brown tourist signs from this exit.

A1 - Please travel down the A1(M) to junction 1 and take the M25 (left) towards the Dartford Crossing. Travel to junction 25 and follow the brown tourist signs. If you have a SatNav device it may bring you off the A1 at Hatfield and along the A414 and then through the lanes. Please do not panic! This is effectively the back way in to Paradise Wildlife Park and you will not see any signs until you are on top of the Park.

M1 - Please travel down to the M1 to junction 6a and take the M25 (left) towards the Dartford Crossing. Travel to junction 25 and follow the brown tourist signs.

Click on google maps to get your directions. If you're using a SatNav device then the postcode is EN10 7QA and we are located on White Stubbs Lane.

Paradise Wildlife Park operates a minibus service from and to Broxbourne Train Station. When you arrive simply ask the station ticket office to phone the PWP hot-line and we will send out our minibus to collect you ( otherwise it runs every 20 minutes if you call then it comes & collects within a few minutes) . Passengers are charged £1 each way.

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  • David Fitz-Gerald

    I really enjoyed this one Jude - even though I failed to notice it was a beginners shoot - It was a great day out to the zoo with a lovely group of people :-)

    1 · March 22

    • JUDE

      Thank you so much David, it's always great to have you at these events - you are a treasure :)

      March 28

  • Pradeep

    Hi Jude,
    Just RSVP'd and made the payment however meetup shows a msg that PayPal is taking really long to respond. I have received the email receipt from PayPal for the same. Can you please confirm that it shows up for you as well? It should be for an email address that matches my name.

    March 19

    • Pradeep

      As always, the meetup confirmation shows up when I sent the msg to you..☺
      All sorted out.. (I hope)

      1 · March 19

    • JUDE

      Thanks Pradeep - the payment has gone through .

      March 19

  • Jo Mellor

    Hi Jude, really looking forward to this. Hoping to try to get my camera off of auto with your help!!

    March 16

  • Storm Hayward

    Is this on the 15th March or the 25th? There's 2 dates

    1 · March 12

    • JUDE

      It should read Saturday 22 Nd march very strange thank u for advising me have readjusted it

      March 13

  • Alex Jevon

    I hope one day to be free for this. :) I'll be in Luxembourg on this occasion, shepherding a dozen guys round various establishments of (ill) repute.

    1 · March 12

    • JUDE

      Photographs please alex ;)

      March 12

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