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LOCATION Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 to 15:00
Group Size   3
Highlights
  •  A second stage macro photography event for more advanced users
  • Held in the only specialised natural history macro studio workshop venue in the UK
Included
  • 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

Madagascan Ground Gecko

Panther Chameleon

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Tiger Leg Frog

Peacock Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Golden Sedge Frog

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Argentinean Ornate Horned Frog

Common Toad

Frog Legged Beetle

Macleays Stick Insect

Rankin’s Dragon

Praying Mantis (various species)

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.

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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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