LOCATION Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 to 12:00
Group Size 1 (plus one guest for £25 if from the same household)
Highlights
  • A second stage macro photography event for more advanced users available in both full and half day sessions
  • Fully bespoke half day
  • Held in the only specialised natural history macro studio workshop venue in the UK
Included
  • Entrance to Knowsley Safari Park (Only after event)
  • Refreshments
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF Handout
Not Included
  • Camera
  • Macro Lens for Fuji, Olympus and Sony
  • Specialist food or drinks

Macro photography is a key specialty at Wild Arena. After many years of experience we have built a fully equipped be-spoke studio, which boasts many different kinds of lighting and creative sets to capture stunning shots of our great range of subjects. This unique specialist facility is located at the Wild Arena office at Park Farm, in the heart of Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside.

The beauty of our one to one macro events is you can structure your session to your personal preference. We have a number of options including all the usual species, a reflection pool set-up, ‘dark field illumination tank’, and high-speed flash all of which can be requested as subjects for you to see.

Our macro one to one sessions give you the chance to use equipment, sets and specific animals that would not be possible in larger groups. You will have the chance to work with species that are harder to handle and photograph. These include Red Eyed Tree Frogs, White Faced Owl and our Chilean Rose Tarantula. Using the best sets, lighting and techniques we hope to create unique and powerful macro images.

The Macro 1-to-1 sessions also mean we can focus on more specialist equipment such as the Canon MPE-65 5x macro lens and 1/16000 second high speed flash units. We can also use the session as a training exercise and discuss any topics which you believe are hindering your macro images, all in the comfort our be-spoke studio.

The subjects for the studio are drawn from our own, ‘little guys’ team. Species that may be included in a Macro 1-to-1 include:

Harvest Mice

Gargoyle Gecko

Leopard Gecko

New Caledonian Crested Gecko

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Rough Frilled Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog

Rankin’s Dragon

Mcleays Stick insect

Giant Jungle Nymph

Millipede

Praying Mantis (various species)

PLUS species only available for one to one sessions

Red Eyed Green Tree Frog

White Faced Owl

Little Owl

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Jumping Spider

Sets available for one to one sessions (please see the ‘set’ tab at the top for pictures)

Reflection Pool

Dark Field Illumination Tank

White Tent (High Key)

LED Lighting (Red Eye Tree Frogs)

Creative Lighting (Silhouette and backlighting)

Mist Set

Rain Set

Harvest Mouse Set

Arboreal Set

Leaf litter/Dirt and Moss Set

Sand Set

Skull Set

Reflection Board Set

COVID 19

We have made significant changes to the way we work and to our studio, for a full breakdown of this please follow the link here for our Guest roadmap.

Half Day Itinerary

09:00 Arrival at the main Safari Park Entrance where you will be met by your tutor and escorted to the Wild Arena centre at Park Farm.

09:15 We usually start the session by talking through what our guests hope to achieve over tea/coffee.

09:30 Macro photography session in the studio.

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.  Currently this is only available after the event.

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.

23.09.21

27.09.21

23.10.21

30.10.21

22.11.21

26.11.21

29.11.21

03.12.21

10.12.21

17.12.21

30.12.21

31.12.21

02.01.22

21.01.22

24.01.22

31.01.21

10.02.22

11.02.22

28.02.22

How to Book

Please select your preferred date from the drop-down calendar icon on the right-hand side “Book Now’ tab and we will confirm if this is available and the timings available on that day. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates, then add your choice to the cart.

The following pictures are examples taken on the sets detailed in the description, along with which animals are available for those sets and the minimum amount of time to use that set.

Reflection Pool 1 hour

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Rough Frilled Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Dark Field Illumination Tank 1.5 hours

Toad Species (this is currently unavailable, as we have no toads)


White Tent (High Key) 1 hour

All animals except the Owls, Spiders and Red Eye Tree Frog


LED Lighting (Red Eye Tree Frogs) 40 minutes

Red Eye Tree Frog

Creative Lighting (Silhouette and backlighting) 1 hour

Harvest Mice

Golden Tree Frog

Praying Mantis (various species)

Mcleays Stick insect


Mist Set 1 hour

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Rough Frilled Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog

Rain Set 40 minutes

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Rough Frilled Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog

Praying Mantis (various species)


Harvest Mouse Set 1 hour

Harvest Mice

Arboreal 30 minutes

Gargoyle Gecko

New Caledonian Crested Gecko

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Rough Frilled Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Mcleays Stick insect

Giant Jungle Nymph

Praying Mantis (various species)

White Faced Owl

Little Owl

Leaf litter/Dirt/Moss 30 minutes

Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog

Harvest Mice

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Jumping Spider

Millipede

Sand 30 minutes

Leopard Gecko

Rankin’s Dragon

Scull 40 minutes

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Jumping Spider

Millipede

Reflection Boards 30 minutes

Leopard Gecko

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Rough Frilled Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Mcleays Stick insect

Giant Jungle Nymph

Millipede

Praying Mantis (various species)

Harvest Mice

Gargoyle Gecko

Leopard Gecko

Crested Gecko

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog

Mcleays Stick insect

Giant Jungle Nymph

Millipede

Praying Mantis

Dead Leaf Mantis

Ghost Mantis

Spiny Flower Mantis

Devils Flower Mantis

Grass Mantis

Red Eyed Green Tree Frog

White Faced Owl

Little Owl

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Jumping Spider

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 6 reviews
September 30, 2019

Super half day macro 1:1 session today. Thank you so much. I am delighted with the images taken. Looking forward to future sessions .

October 1, 2019

I would not hesitate for a second to recommend a Wild Arena workshop. As someone new to photography I learned the basics of macro photography and saw first hand the difference lighting can make. The environment is supportive and I felt comfortable from the outset. I wasn’t embarrassed to ask questions and came away having learned a lot. I am delighted with the images captured on the day and I’ll definitely be booking onto another event.

January 19, 2020

Fabulous morning of macro photography yesterday with Janet and my friend at Wild Arena. With help advice and brilliantly prepared settings I captured beautiful images of exquisite and immaculately cared for creatures that truly make you marvel at nature. Very professional. So exciting I nearly forgot to breathe. Highly recommended.

December 10, 2020

Wow! What a way to spend three hours, it passed so quickly. With the tips and advice I was given, and the knowledge and professionalism of the guide (Sorry, I can't recall the name), I managed to photograph some stunning creatures, with amazing detail which has always eluded me. I'm so pleased with the photos I've taken. Thank you, looking forward to booking another soon.

April 27, 2021

Hi Janet, David,

Just wanted to say thank you for the session yesterday morning, I really enjoyed it and learned so much that I can now try to apply on my travels. Very well organised, really friendly, great learning experience and of course some lovely subjects to photograph too! I’ll definitely be back if you will have me 🙂

Best regards,

Dave

May 7, 2021

Hi David. Had 1 to 1 macro session on 2nd May, loved it. The harvest mice were adorable plus the frogs and crested gekko. Thank you for all your tips. Was my 2nd visit and no doubt I'll be back for a 3rd. Thank you again.

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