|LOCATION||Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside|
|TIME||09:00 to 15:00|
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:
New Caledonian Crested Gecko
Borneo Eared Frog
Golden Tree Frog
Peacock Tree Frog
Whites Tree Frog
White Lipped Tree Frog
Marbled Tree Frog
Rough Frilled Frog
Amazon Milk Frog
Red Spot Amazon Milk Frog
Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog
Praying Mantis (varous species)
Giant Jungle Nymph
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 our first session where 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 a lunch break (please bring this with you) where you can ask any other questions you might have, you will then have another session 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. If you are not sure if the level is high for you why not try our Macro Workshop first.
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 (please bring a packed lunch).
13.15 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.
How to Book
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