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Wildlights with Denver Zoo is a fun three-part night photography workshop!

Learn how to photograph Zoo Lights art pieces at night as well as how to "paint with light" and how to achieve generally more pleasing photographs through an exploration of exposure value at the first night's webinar.

Then apply learning during a night shoot at Denver Zoo where you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to photograph animals up close at the Zoo’s Exploration Station, and then go have a walkabout on the grounds to capture the beautiful zoo lights. Meet again for a critique to share your best images.

This workshop is brought to you by Denver Zoo and Mike's Camera.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to photograph illuminated subjects at night
  • General exposure lesson; useful in all disciplines
  • ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Spot Metering, Focusing
  • How to paint with light

Tuition  $149 + Eventbrite online processing fee

(You are welcome to pay in Store to avoid paying the Eventbrite fee)  

Max Class Size

This workshop is limited to 30 photographers. Masks will be required inside the Zoo at all times. Participation is for those 12 years and older. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult 21 years or older.

Mike’s Camera is proud to donate 50% of proceeds from this workshop to the Denver Zoological Foundation

Snow or Cold, Rain or Shine!

Please keep an eye on the forecast and come prepared for the cold!  There is always a possibility of snow this time of year, which makes for even more spectacular photos! This workshop will not be cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather.

About Your Instructor: Ryan Hurtig

Ryan has been in the photographic industry for 20 years. He started at Robert Waxman Photo and Video in downtown Denver in 1995 and witnessed the shift from film to digital in that period. He has been with Mike’s Camera since 2012 and teaches the Nikon DSLR class and the Micro 4:3 class in Park Meadows. He enjoys using his cameras on hikes in national parks, beaches and downtown urban environments. A native Coloradoan, he lives in Denver with his wife Rachael and their retired racing Greyhound Reggie.


Workshop Schedule

Lecture: Tuesday 12/1, 6:30PM - 8:30 PM

Live in our Online Classroom

Shooting Workshop: Thursday 12/3, 5:00PM - 8:00 PM

at Denver Zoo (the group will meet at the main entrance at 4:45pm)

Critique: Tuesday 12/8, 6:30PM - 8:30 PM

Live in our Online Classroom

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