ADULT PROGRAMS

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

Focus on Fauna: Flight and Feathers

Photo of butterfly using phone

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Marcus Donner (see below for bio)
Location: CWC (Center of Wildlife Conservation) building  
Age: 18+
Cost: $130.00 per person*
*Participants of our Fun and Fundamentals class receive $35.00 OFF this course.
Total registration for both courses is $225.00 per person.

Note: We will have DSLR cameras to borrow if you do not have your own. Please bring your own SD card.

Calling all bird enthusiasts (aka bird nerds)! The Pacific Flyway affords us a unique ability to see both resident and migratory bird species throughout the year. In celebration of migratory bird day, we invite you to come join us to learn the basics of photographing birds, small and large and in between. Participants will get hands on instruction and tips and tricks for great bird photography including how to deal with different light situations, how to frame the shot, and the nuances of featuring our feathered flighted neighbors in your pictures! Participants will get an opportunity to try their newfound skills with guided practice on Zoo grounds at a variety of different bird habitats. We hope participants will leave feeling more confident about taking the perfect pictures of birds and ways that they can use their skills to influence conservation! 

Participants will learn:

  • Tips and tricks for great bird photos
  • How to deal with different light situations
  • How to frame the shot and look at position with our feathered and flighted friends
  • An opportunity to try newfound skills with guided practice on Zoo grounds at a variety of bird habitats

We hope participants will leave feeling more confident about taking the perfect bird pictures and celebrate the power of photography in conservation on Migratory Bird Day!

This course is appropriate for beginner to intermediate photographers


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Focus on Fauna: Fun and Fundamentals of Zoo Photography

Adult Photographers at the Glass

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2024
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Marcus Donner (see below for bio)
Location: Education Center building
Age: 18+
Cost: $130.00 per person*
*Participants of our Flight and Feathers class receive $35.00 OFF this course.
Total registration for both courses is $225.00 per person.

Note: We will have DSLR cameras to borrow if you do not have your own. Please bring your own SD card.


Come learn about the connections between animal photography and conservation while getting hands on instruction and guided practice on zoo grounds with photography basics and techniques for taking fantastic zoo animal photos!

Participants will learn:

  • Camera settings and functions for both DSLR cameras and phone cameras
  • Tips and tricks for great zoo photos
  • How to deal with different light situations
  • How to frame the shot with large and small, furry, feathered, and potentially scaly zoo animal friends
  • What camera settings to use with mesh, glass, and open fronted exhibit spaces

This course is appropriate for beginner to intermediate photographers


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Meet the Instructor: Marcus Donner

Marcus Donner is a visual storyteller with 35 years of experience as a professional photographer, photo editor, and photography instructor. He has photographed everything from presidents to fire breathers to great horned owls. His success as a teacher centers on the belief that everyone—no matter what their skill level—can take better photos.
Marcus is the author of City Critters: Wildlife Photography In Your Own Backyard, Travel Photography for Everyone: Iceland, and Noodle Taco: A Taiwanese-Mexican-American Culinary Adventure.
He has received numerous awards including two national feature photography awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. When he’s not taking pictures, Marcus volunteers with the Seattle Urban Carnivore Project, serves on the board of the Friends of Discovery Park, and enjoys wildlife spotting with his wife Peg. He earned his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Follow Marcus @marcusdonner on IG and visit him at marcusdonner.com.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.


5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103   |  206.548.2500  |   zooinfo@zoo.org


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