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May 29, 2014

Mike's Camera Photo Safari

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Focus your lens on Denver Zoo’s colorful creatures. Learn more about wildlife photography from the experts at Mike’s Camera. This three-day experience includes a class session, a visit to the zoo to test your skills and a follow-up critique to continue to improve your abilities. 

Additional Information

Join Mike's Camera and Denver Zoo for a wild photography workshop. You will get class instruction at the Denver Mike’s Camera location followed by an early morning, private, up-close animal experience and a guided walking tour at the Denver Zoo. You will receive hands-on photography instruction and get to test your skills long before the doors opens to the public.

The Thursday evening class will consist of tips and tricks for improving your composition, instruction on exposure, exposure value, and controlling depth of field for achieving stunning wildlife images.

Sunday you will get a private walking tour at Denver Zoo with an assigned zoo docent. You will enjoy two custom tailored special animal experiences - an exclusive private photo sessions with stars from the zoo’s Wildlife Show and a private tour of Tropical Discovery, where attendees can photograph a variety of fresh-water and marine fish and exotic turtles that can be seen swimming in the 2,250-gallon cerulean blue pool, followed by another up-close animal feeding.

During the private guided tour of the zoo, staff from Mike’s Camera will be on hand to answer any technical questions and provide you hands-on assistance and instruction to ensure you learn the tricks to capture sensational wildlife images in the beautiful morning light. Animal showings will vary seasonally.

Monday evening the experts from Mike’s Camera will review your work and offer tips and tricks to continue to improve your animal photography. 

Sunday, June 1 - Morning on-site safari at Denver Zoo

7:00 a.m.               Check in at Denver Zoo’s main entrance

  • Walking tour begins – an opportunity to photograph lions, hyena, water buffalo, cheetah, bighorn sheep and various birds as the rising sun begins to shine
  • Have early morning access to one of Denver Zoo’s most popular exhibits, Tropical Discovery
  • Walk through the Zoo photographing a variety of animals

9:00 a.m.               Gather at the Wildlife Theater to photograph up-close animal encounters

10:00 a.m.             End of official safari at Wildlife Theater

Participants are welcome to continue their day at the Zoo honing their new photography skills on their own.



$95 per person and includes instruction, private viewing and access to restricted animals and a great variety of photographic opportunities for the entire day!

Mike’s Camera will provide each participant with a 16x20-inch coupon code to print any image you choose from your Photo Safari Workshop.

Register early as these workshops are limited to only 25 people, 12 years and older. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult 18 years or older.

What to Bring on the Photo Safari

Camera(s) with extra memory cards
Variety of lenses from wide angle to zoom (macro lens is good for Tropical Discovery)
Flash and/or flash extender
Tripod/monopod (not necessary)
Snacks and/or sack lunch (or buy your lunch at Samburu Grille)
Light raincoat
Insect repellent
Please wear comfortable shoes and a watch
Hat to protect from the sun

About the Instructors:

Brian Rabin is a certified photographic consultant and sales person at Mike’s Camera in Boulder. Brian is a seasoned photographer and a lead instructor at Mike's Camera. He is well known for his enthusiasm and passionate instruction style and brings over 20 years of experience in various photographic disciplines including event photography, portraiture, macro and street photography. His work has appeared in one-man shows, group exhibits and has been published in national and local magazines.

Mike Dobson is the operations manager at Mikes Camera. Mike is an experienced photographer and has a vast knowledge from the camera to the photo lab process to achieving great output from a variety of image sources. He has photographed around the world while working on Princess and Norwegian Cruise lines and was the lead cruise ship photographer. In addition, Mike is an educator, a wedding photographer and a published photographer. Mike enjoys photographing his kids as well as macro and sports photography.

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