The Minnesota Zoo’s photography programs include sessions perfect for photography beginners, professional photographers, and everyone in between. Learn tips and tricks-of-the-trade from a photography expert, and take advantage of the chance to see and photograph the Zoo’s animals without the crowds. Every class will include time in one area of the Zoo when the Zoo is closed to the public. A Zoo naturalist will also be present at each program, to answer all of your animal questions and share fun facts and insider stories about the trail of the day!

Each session offers a new focus and the chance to visit a new area of the Zoo – bring your cameras and come back often!

Photography at the Zoo is a partnership with District 196 Community Education.

Your photography teachers:

Gil Dignen has over 30 years of photographic experience. He has worked as both a studio and commercial photographer, including 18 years as a travel photographer for Northwest Airlines. Gil has experience teaching photography classes at various colleges in the metro area and has a studio in Northeast Minneapolis where he does portraiture and commercial photography. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others through Community Education and at the Minnesota Zoo.

Dr. Asha Lalla is a photography instructor with Minneapolis Community Ed and ISD 196, and enjoys sharing her passion for photography with other hobbyist photographers. Her love for animals brought her to the Minnesota zoo and its unique program. She enjoys seeing the personalities of the animals come out when they are being photographed, and learning more about their stories! She also enjoys travel and macro photography. Asha co-teaches many of our photography classes with Gil.

Ages: 16 and up
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $49/person for Zoo members; $55/person for non-members

Light & Shadows on the Northern Trail

Bundle up and head out on the Northern Trail! This may be a stark time of year, but it makes for some beautiful photography opportunities. This long trail is home to several large, cold-hardy animals, like our moose, bison, and wild horses. We’ll explore techniques for photographing animals at a distance and using shifting light and shadows – and if there’s snow, we can explore ways to deal with that challenge too! Bring any lenses you have for your camera, and a tripod if you have one – the photography instructor will also have some materials for people to try. This class will combine classroom time with time on the fully outdoor trail.  With plenty of opportunities to ask questions and practice your new ideas, you’ll head home with skills for getting that perfect shot – and new fun facts about how these animals deal with cold temps!

How to Register

Register Online

Questions? Email or call 952.431.9390.

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