LOCATION Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 to 15:00
Group Size   3
  •  A second stage macro photography event for more advanced users
  • Held in the only specialised natural history macro studio workshop venue in the UK
  • Entrance to Knowsley Safari Park
  • Refreshments and Lunch
  • Photographic Guide
  • Handout
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Macro Lens for Fuji, Olympus and Sony
  • Specialist food or drinks

Our ‘Macro Master Class’ sessions are held at our head office and studio training center at Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park. This great location has a fully equipped training room and macro studio and also the facility of our very own on-site collection of great animal subjects. By holding the sessions here we have considerably greater flexibility with equipment and can access a wider range of animals that would not be able to travel.

The subjects for the studio are drawn from our own, ‘little guys’ team. Species that may be included in a Macro Master Class include:

Harvest Mice

Gargoyle Gecko

Leopard Gecko

New Caledonian Crested Gecko

Arabian Sand Gecko

Panther Chameleon

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Peacock Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Rough Frilled Frog

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Edible Frog

Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog

Common Toad


Rankin’s Dragon

Praying Mantis (varous species)

Giant Jungle Nymph

Because of the nature of macro studio work we limit the group size of these sessions to just 3 guests and this also enables us to offer every guest individual tuition and attention.

The session will begin with a welcome tea/coffee and the Wild Arena tutor will go through a presentation on advanced macro which includes: comparing 1:1 lenses with those that achieve higher reproduction ratios, depth of field techniques including focus stacking, understanding the exposure triangle to balance picture demands and the use of continuous illumination, dedicated and manual flash for external lighting. During this time there will be ample opportunity to ask questions and relate these learning points to your individual camera.

We will then move to the studio and have a 1.5 hour session where every guests will have their own chance to capture images of a range of challenging subjects. The tutor will be on hand throughout the session to help set cameras up with the various complex lighting solutions we have to offer. After s a sandwich lunch break where you can ask any other questions you might have, you will than have another 2 hours in the studio to look at different subjects.

The sessions are suited to customers using D-SLR cameras and macro lenses. The Master Class sessions are aimed at more experienced guests and we are likely to choose more unusual and challenging animals that will both test and reward our guests.

09.00: Arrival at the main Safari Park Entrance where you will be met by your tutor and transferred to the Wild Arena center at Park Farm.

09.15: We usually start the session by talking through what our guests hope to achieve over tea/coffee and running through a presentation on advanced macro covering; comparing 1:1 lenses with those that achieve higher reproduction ratios, depth of field techniques including focus stacking, understanding the exposure triangle to balance picture demands and the use of continuous illumination, dedicated and manual flash for external lighting.

10.30: Macro photography in our studio.

12.30 Lunch break (sandwich lunch included).

13.30 Second session of macro photography in our studio.

15.00 Summary & Close.

PLEASE NOTE: Our itineraries are listed as a guide and we may need to alter them depending on unforeseen circumstances, weather conditions or the availability of the subjects. Start and finish times are fixed to enable transport planning.

26.07.19 – Sold Out

04.08.19 – Sold Out

25.08.19 – Sold Out

10.09.19 – Sold Out


10.10.19 – Sold Out




How to Book

To book one of these dates, please select it from the drop down calendar icon on the right hand side ‘Book Now’ tab to add to your cart. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates which have been listed above.

Purchasing a Gift Voucher

If you are looking for a gift for a photographer then why not consider a gift voucher, our gift vouchers are valid for a year and along with our membership are sent as standard with an e-voucher, gift packs are available and these can just be added to your basket from the shop. We currently sell the gift vouchers in £50, £25 or £10 denominations or you can buy an event specific voucher. Simply click through to our shop here to see what is available.

Redeeming a Gift voucher

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Red Letter Days, Virgin, Last Minute, Exhilaration and In To the Blue Vouchers

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You can also access the voucher booking page by clicking here but you will need to know the chosen date from the ones available.


Wild Arena is delighted to offer an annual membership scheme with many benefits to reward our regular customers and encourage new guests to participate on our wide range of different events. We offer 2 types of annual membership, at different prices, the details of which are listed in the below.

Annual Membership – £19

Provides our regular customers with a discount of 20% on all our one day workshops, £50 off every tour booking, a quarterly newsletter, priority notice on all new events and special offers on late availability! All the memberships prices are listed next to the standard price on all products on the website. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your cart.

Annual Membership Benefits:​

  • 20%  discount on all one day events.
  • £50 discount on every tour booking.
  • Priority notice of discounted late space availability and new events.
  • Quarterly Newsletter.

Annual Membership Plus – £99

Not only provides all the benefits of normal membership, but also the opportunity to book a free workshop from the list below:

Members can choose one of the following events as your free workshop (1 session per year):

  • Macro Photography Workshop
  • Macro Exotic Mini Beast Session.
  • Big Cat Photography Workshop.
  • Safari Photograph Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Safari Photography Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Owl Photography Workshop.
  • Wild Red Kite Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Masterclass.
  • Landscape Photography Workshops.
  • Getting Started with your Camera

Not only does this make ‘Membership PLUS’ outstanding value, it also makes a perfect gift for anyone interested in photography. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your basket.

To receive your members discount on website orders, simply use your membership number in the voucher section of the basket and for special offers use the code given on the promotion.

(Please note membership discounts cannot be used in conjunction with Tesco vouchers or other ad-hoc, generic offers as specified).

To purchase members simply click here to go through to our shop.

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Tour Reviews

June 2, 2017

Just wanted to drop you an email to say thanks for a great couple of days macro photography on the 31st and 1st.
It was massive fun for me, and not only did I learn new stuff and techniques, but I had great fun doing it. It is obvious that you both love the animals and care for them greatly, as shown by the condition and care taken with them.
I loved the variety of subjects and different scenes to photograph, and if the two dogs had sat on a stick, I would of had a go taking their picture aswell !!

I always say to myself when I go to these type of days and courses, “ if I come away with 10 photos that I’m happy with, I’m doing good “ And I have definitely done that !!

I hope to return at some stage, to have another go at the high speed stuff, splash pool etc and some more cool set ups.

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