Rare and Exotic Animals

Rare and Exotic Animals
  • £195.00 /person
  • Deposit: £75.00
  • Location: Merrist Wood, Surrey
  • Dates:
    • 28 September 2019 ONE SPACE REMAINING
    • 2 November 2019 FULLY BOOKED
  • Duration: One Day
  • Leader: Janette Hill and or Roy de Ruijter and Geoff Read
  • Group Size: Maximum of 4
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Come to Merrist Wood to photograph their collection of rare and exotic animals.

The workshop includes a full day’s photography at Merrist Wood College where you will be able to photograph a variety of animals from their fantastic collection.

Some of the animals you may see are as follows:

Von der Decken’s Hornbill
Galah Cockatoo
Brown Necked Parrot
African Grey parrot
Three Banded Armadillo
Ring Tailed Coati
Sugar Glider
Sulcata Tortoise
Cuban Iguana
Black Throated Monitor Lizard
Australian Water Dragon
Frilled Dragon
Reticulated Python
King Rat Snake
Violet Winged Grasshopper

The welfare of the animals is paramount.  All animals are handled by Merrist Wood and Chameleon Photography dedicated handlers only and they take great care to ensure a safe environment for both their animals and workshop participants, including respecting any dislikes or phobias.

No previous experience of photography is required for this workshop, it’s limited to a maximum of six guests to ensure all participants have ample time to get the images they are after.




Your day will be spent with 3 photographic sessions with the aim to take as many images of the rare and exotic collection from Merrist Wood as possible in a safe and controlled environment.

There will be access to specialist professional lighting units to ensure that you obtain a fantastic set of images throughout the day.

You will also see some amazing creatures that are rare and part of a special conservation programme.

You will need to bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards for this amazing day!!



  • Included
  • Tea and Coffee with biscuits
  • A full day of photographing exotic and rare animals
  • Tuition as and when required
  • Use of Profoto D2 and Pixapro CITI400 Pro Lights
  • Various props and backgrounds
  • Excluded
  • Lunch - please bring your own packed lunch
  • Personal Insurance
  • 9.45am
    • Arrival
    • Chat about the day ahead with tea, coffee and biscuits
  • 10.00am
    • Introduction to your day
  • 10.30am
    • Session 1 begins
  • 12.30
    • Lunch with more tea and coffee!
  • 1.15pm
    • Session 2 begins
  • 2.45pm
    • Tea and coffee break
  • 3.00pm
    • Session 3 begins
  • 4.00pm
    • End of day
    • Wrap up and close
    • Please note that timings may change throughout the day
  • What equipment do I need

    A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a hotshoe

  • Is the price fully inclusive?

    No, you will need to bring your own packed lunch!

  • Which lens do you recommend?

    A zoom that covers a range up to 300mm will be good.

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  • Payment

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