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Photography Course at Frankfurt Zoo - Learn to take pictures

Learn the basics and advanced topics of photography at the Frankfurt Zoo, using exciting subjects, and gain a deep understanding. Master the operation of your camera and acquire a broad understanding of how to adjust your camera to the right settings.

  • Basics of Photography

    Understanding and correctly applying on an exciting safari at the Frankfurt Zoo

  • Tips from the professional, also for other topics.

    Many practical examples and topics for other types of photography as well (not just wildlife photography).

  • Individual or group courses

    Individually tailored to the participant. Learning content based on the participant's needs.

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Photography Course Information

The most important information and key details about the photography course at Frankfurt Zoo:

Our photography course at Frankfurt Zoo offers individual adjustments and flexibility in terms of dates, times, and course content in the individual workshop. We tailor the course to your needs and preferences. If you have specific subjects you prefer to photograph at Frankfurt Zoo or if you prefer to start later, that is not a problem at all.

For group photography courses, there are fewer flexible options available, but there is still a selection of dates. Even in a group setting, we cater to each participant individually to ensure that your needs are met.

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Photography Course Information at Frankfurt Zoo

The most important details about the photography course at Frankfurt Zoo are summarized here at a glance. In the individual course, you will receive the full attention of the instructor and can ask questions to the fullest extent. We are happy to arrange a date with you that is completely individual and flexible.

  • Courses are available during opening hours
  • Individual courses or group courses with up to 3 participants
  • 1 instructor - topics are applied in practice
  • Lunch break at the halfway point of the course
  • Opinion & advice regarding new purchases
  • Shared use & testing of instructor's equipment
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Photo course Frankfurt Zoo - Requirements

For the photography course at the Frankfurt Zoo, there are no minimum requirements regarding camera equipment or knowledge level. Both beginners and more advanced photographers are welcome. If you don't have your own camera, you have the option to use the camera(s) provided by the instructor. Otherwise, feel free to use the equipment you already have. To prepare for the course, you can do the following:

  • Manual adjustable camera (e.g. DSLR, mirrorless, bridge, system camera)
  • Lenses (more than 85mm is desirable in many enclosures)
  • Batteries (charge and insert them before the course)
  • Memory cards (empty and insert them before the course)
  • Self-catering, snacks, drinks (alternatively, have lunch at the kiosk)
  • Season-appropriate clothing → The weather in the Taunus region is usually a bit windier and cooler
Single course
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Photography Course Frankfurt Zoo - Individual Course

199,00 €
  • Individual course with optimal learning outcomes
  • Individual Course
  • approx. 10:00 to 16:00
  • From meeting point to choice of motif and content individually

In the individual course, you decide which topics and issues you want to discuss during the photography course. You can also contribute to the selection of subjects and the course progression. This allows for effective communication of the fundamentals and ensures a good learning outcome.

The individual course covers all normal individual needs for learning topics and addressing issues in the course, and it is sufficiently timed to cover all relevant content and subjects.

Extra long intensive course
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Photo Course Frankfurt Zoo - Intensive Individual Course

249,00 €
  • Best learning outcomes
  • Intensive individual course
  • Customized implementation
  • Maximum from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Zoo opening hours)
  • From meeting point to motif selection and content, it is individualized
  • Longer stay allows for more flexibility or additional opportunities (e.g. exploring more enclosures, image analysis, or longer time per motif)

The intensive individual course offers the same flexibility as the individual course, but the duration of the course is longer within opening hours - allowing topics to be treated more intensively and in more detail. With more time, it is also possible to watch and evaluate the recordings already at the zoo.

This course is particularly suitable for beginners or individuals who want to take more time for learning or simply want to get the most out of a course.

Friends, Family, Relatives, in pairs
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Photo Course Frankfurt Zoo - DUO

249,00 €
  • Like individual course but 2 participants
  • Parent + child, cousin, couple, or friends
  • Usually from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Good & individual learning outcomes
  • Exchange between both participants

The DUO photography course aims to conduct the photography course with 2 participants who plan the course together. Examples:

- Parent & child
- Siblings, cousins
- Couple, partners, spouses
- Friends

The course is conducted together, and each participant can contribute and address their own topics and issues.

1 Slot
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Photography Course at Frankfurt Zoo - Group Course

179,00 €
  • Group Course Participants
  • Typically 10 am to 4 pm
  • Maximum of 3 participants
  • Topics for all participants
  • Individual questions & help options
  • Mutual exchange

In the group photography course, we will find a date that suits all participants. The course is limited to a maximum of 3 participants. It will be decided together when the next subject will be approached. Each participant has the opportunity to address their individual issues but also to exchange ideas as a group.


We are really super happy and feel that the day and ourselves are perfectly reflected in the pictures!

Isabella & Manuel

Great wedding photos and a beautiful photo book.

Petra & Ralf

We are thrilled! With full enjoyment, by candlelight and wine, we were able to relive our beautiful wedding through your photographs. A big compliment to you. We are very satisfied with the result, and our expectations were exceeded.

Renata & Andreas

Customers about us

Customer feedback from weddings, portraits, events, and photography courses

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Photography Course - Content & Topics

With one of the exciting zoos in the Rhein-Main area, you can go on a photo safari with us as your photography trainer at the Frankfurt Zoo. In our photography course for beginners, you will learn the basics of photography and how to choose the right settings. With our training, you will understand the connections between different settings and be able to achieve the best composition in manual mode.

  • Basics of ISO, Exposure, Aperture
  • Operation, Settings
  • Camera Modes, Focus
  • Composition, Image Ideas
  • Thought Processes
  • and more
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Your advantages at the Frankfurt Zoo course

Access the help of an experienced photographer who conveys the various facets of photography with patience and attention. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, there are always approaches where mistakes are made that need to be discovered.

  • Professional photographer with over 10 years of experience
  • Professional use of various cameras from different manufacturers
  • Authentic motives
  • Courses, consulting, and participant experience
  • And much more
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Frankfurt Zoo Photography Course - Tailored to Your Needs

In the photography course at the Frankfurt Zoo, individual attention is given to the strengths and weaknesses of each participant in order to build on existing knowledge and achieve the best possible learning outcome. Whether you are already familiar with a specific topic and want to delve deeper into other subjects, we adapt the course to your foundation and seamlessly pick up from where you are.

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Images from the photography course at Frankfurt Zoo

With many hours of experience in the zoo, we bring the necessary patience to wait for the special moment. With the perfect camera settings, we bring out a noise-free and successful image from the shot. Learn the process of choosing the right and, above all, optimal settings for ISO, aperture, and exposure time at the workshop. Discover some impressions from our zoo workshops and zoo shots.

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Your Trainer at Frankfurt Zoo

The Frankfurt Zoo is one of the favorite leisure activities of the people in Frankfurt. It offers a wide range of great subjects to introduce, experiment, and learn the basics of photography. Discover the best enclosures with trainer Carsten to effectively learn the fundamentals of photography and enhance your skills.

  • Grew up in Frankfurt and had many professional photo assignments
  • Favorite subjects at the Frankfurt Zoo: Tigers, Lions, Meerkats, Reptile House
Workshop Guide im Kronberger Opel-Zoo

Camera lenses for the photography course at the Frankfurt Zoo.

To get an idea if you have a suitable lens for the workshop, you can determine by using the lens list and comparing the designation on your lens. The focal lengths are given in full frame or 35mm film. Depending on the camera, there is an additional magnification factor of 1.5x or 1.6x. If you have any doubts, you can contact us regarding your equipment.

Standart-Zoom, Prime Lenses

24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 18-55mm, 24-70mm

Unsuitable / For many animals in the zoo photography course, a focal length of at least 85mm is required.


18-105mm, 18-135 mm

Slight / Partially too large distance to the subject

Prime Lenses

85mm, 105mm

Slight / Suitable as a supplement in some enclosures

Tele-Prime Lenses

150mm, 200mm

Medium / Good addition to Zoom


70-200 mm, 70-300 mm

Good / Suitable for various enclosures in the zoo


150-500mm, 150-600mm, 80-400mm

Very good / Most enclosures can be photographed


1,4x & 2,0x in addition to your Lenses

Very good / Helpful as an addition

The specifications of the lens can be read on the side. Typically, the focal length and aperture are indicated in a format such as 150 - 500 mm F/5 - 6.3. For the photo workshop at Frankfurt Zoo, the focal length is therefore crucial (from-to) mm. Lower F-numbers are advantageous but not essential.