LOCATION Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 16:00
Group Size   3
Highlights
  •  A great opportunity for capturing specialised close-up images of Butterflies in a studio
  • Held in the only specialised natural history macro studio workshop venue in the UK
Included
  • Entrance to Knowsley Safari Park
  • Refreshments
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF notes
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Macro Lens for Fuji, Olympus and Sony
  • Specialist food or drinks

Butterflies can be the most enchanting, beautiful subjects and are fixed favourites for many nature photographers. However with the humidity of their environment and the speed of their movement they can be difficult to photograph. At Wild Arena we have carefully selected a small range of butterflies to be photographed in the controlled environment of our studio. In this way we can manage the butterflies into the best positions for images and use lighting, backgrounds and set-ups to create high quality results. As with all of our studio work the welfare of our subjects is paramount and we do not use harmful techniques to achieve these results.

With the benefits of the studio we can try more complex techniques not always possible in the field or other butterfly collections such as backlighting and shooting images beyond life size using Canon’s 5x lens, the MPE-65. By shooting pictures in this controlled way and having very small group sizes of a maximum of only 3 guests, we aim to ensure everyone goes away with images that would be difficult to achieve elsewhere. The sessions are also a perfect opportunity for brushing up on macro techniques and ideas and your guide will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

This event also includes admission to Knowsley Safari Park where you can spend the remainder of your day. (It is possible that during the winter season, the park may not be open to the public, so non-escorted access outside of the event timings will not be possible).

AM Session:

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 an introductory presentation on the basic techniques for macro covering; choice & use of macro lenses, keeping things in focus & the creative use of depth-of-field, managing movement in the images with shutter speeds and the correct use of other related accessories.

10.30: Butterfly photography session in the studio.

12.00 Summary & Close.

Guests will have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure in the Safari Park, if it is open. (It is possible that during the winter season, the park may not be open to the public, so non escorted access outside of the event timings will not be possible).

PM Session:

13.00: 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.

13.15: We usually start the session by talking through what our guests hope to achieve over tea/coffee and running through an introductory presentation on the basic techniques for macro covering; choice & use of macro lenses, keeping things in focus & the creative use of depth-of-field, managing movement in the images with shutter speeds and the correct use of other related accessories.

14.30: Butterfly photography session in the studio.

16.00: Summary & Close.

Guests will have the start of the day to spend at leisure in the Safari Park, if it is open. (It is possible that during the winter season, the park may not be open to the public, so non escorted access outside of the event timings will not be possible).
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.

07.12.17

08.12.17

29.01.18

30.01.18

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