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Beginning Bird and Wildlife Action Photography

  • Henry Vilas Zoo 702 South Randall Avenue Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)

Luck Favors the Prepared: Beginning Bird and Wildlife Action Photography 

We’re sorry, this class is sold out. Please contact Brenna at or 608-25-2473 to be added to the waiting list.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than honing your skills at taking beautiful, inspiring wildlife photographs? Experienced bird and nature photographer, Arlene Koziol (you may have noticed that her bird photos are everywhere on our website and printed materials!), will lead you through techniques and strategies for getting that perfect bird capture using your own equipment. You'll learn how to be ready to take the shot, handheld camera technique and fast-draw technique for action photography, the importance of anticipating behavior, importance of "reading the landscape" in the field, field techniques, and wildlife photography etiquette. Then we will apply our new knowledge and photograph the captive animals at the zoo.

Following class will be an optional lunch and discussion at ZuZu Cafe (1336 Drake St.) next to the zoo. Enrollment is capped at 8.


  1. Participants must have basic working knowledge of your camera

  2. Camera must have a burst or multi mode. Can be a point-and-shoot, DSLR, or mirrorless camera

  3. Camera with 300mm lens

Date: Monday, April 22, rain date: April 23
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Henry Vilas Zoo, north entrance (702 S. Randall Ave., Madison)
Registration fee: $15.00 per person
Taught by: Arlene Koziol and Linda Pils

Registration opens March 11 to MAS members
Remaining spots open for public registration April 1

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

Earlier Event: April 20
Birding 101 (3-part series)
Later Event: May 30
Birding by Ear (2-part series)