LOCATION Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 to 12:00
Group Size   3
  •  High quality targeted training with experienced professionals
  • Small group to ensure individual attention
  • Entrance to Knowsley Safari Park
  • Refreshments
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF Handout
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Specialist food or drinks

Our ‘Getting Started with Digital SLR cameras’ sessions are simple, 3 hour events designed to cover a basic overview of key D-SLR operation. Using simple language and practical examples we will encourage guests to start taking control of certain camera features to deliver more predictable, better quality results. We will also have time to actually put these concepts into practice with your individual camera. We believe learning with ‘bite size’ chunks in this way, really helps those new to photography get started more comfortably.

Each session will begin with a welcome tea/coffee at our training center situated in the heart of Knowsley Safari Park and we will take a little time to identify everyone’s individual needs. We will then begin with a 1.5 hour, simple presentation covering some basic camera operations. The trainer will not only cover ‘how’ things work but also ‘why’ we might want to use each feature, illustrating this with practical examples and images.

After the presentation we can head out into the Safari Park for an hour long practical session to immediately put these new ideas into practice. This is usually a perfect opportunity for us to make sure everyone can prove the theory is working for them.

The emphasis on all of our ‘Getting Started’ events is individual learning and we only have 3 guests per session as a maximum. At the end of event each guest will have a chance to ask any outstanding questions and we will provide an email PDF summary of the topics we have covered.

Our ‘Getting Started with Digital SLR camera’ Session will cover:

  • Exposure modes & coming off ‘full auto’.

  • Using exposure compensation.

  • Working with the cameras Auto Focus features.

  • Understanding basic file types (JPEG and RAW).

  • Controlling the color in pictures with White Balance and Picture Styles.

The goal of this session is to understand how to move from full auto operation and effect exposure, focus and the look of the images in a predictable, controlled way.

09.00: Arrival at the main Safari Park entrance where you will be met by your trainer.

09.15: We usually start the session by talking through what our guests hope to achieve over tea/coffee.

09.30: Classroom session with a full presentation on the topics for the day.

11.00: Practical session with a visit out into the Safari Park to find interesting and suitable subjects.

12.00: Summary & Close.

The location for this session is accessed via Knowsley Safari Park and as such your ticket for this event includes their admission. You are therefore welcome to spend the remainder of the day and spend time at leisure in the park, providing it is open.

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.

Group events are currently on hold

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.

Voucher Bookings

If you are trying to use a voucher from Red Letter Days, In to the blue, Virgin, Last Minute or Tesco please follow this link

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

Wild Arena Vouchers

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

These vouchers cannot be used on line as we have no way of validating them, please look at the event the voucher is for, under each event there is a date tab at the top of the page, choose a date from the list and remember it (or write it down) and follow the link that is given within the dates tab under the heading Voucher Bookings.

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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