LOCATION Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 to 15:00
Group Size 1 (plus one guest for £25 if from the same household)
Highlights
  •  A second stage macro photography event for more advanced users
  • Fully bespoke day
  • Held in the only specialised natural history macro studio workshop venue in the UK
Included
  • Entrance to Knowsley Safari Park (after the event only)
  • Refreshments (please bring a pack lunch)
  • Photographic Guide
  • 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 workshops 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.

Full Day Itinerary 

09:00 Arrival at the main Safari Park Entrance where you will be met by your tutor and transferred 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 and running through any topics we wish to cover.

09:30 Macro photography in our studio.

12:00 Lunch break (please bring a packed lunch).

12:45 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.

11.08.21

13.08.21

27.08.21

02.09.21

06.09.21

10.09.21

23.09.21

27.09.21

03.10.21

11.10.21

23.10.21

30.10.21

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 3 reviews
September 21, 2017

Dear Janet & David,

I attended one of your one to one workshops back at the end of July.

I have been meaning to email you for a while to thank you for such a great day. I really enjoyed it and I’m really pleased with the images I captured. Ill certainly be coming back.
I have attached my favourite ones from the day.

If you ever run a one to one workshop using a Fuji GFX or Sony series of cameras, I’d certainly be interested, particularly the GFX.

Thanks again,

Kindest regards,

Adam

April 27, 2021

Dear David,

Thank you very much for a fabulous Macro workshop on Tuesday. I have 400 photos to edit now but really like these two fighting over the sunflower seed. This is out of camera as I have not had time to edit yet. Brilliant day at Wild Arena, as always, with some very compliant creatures.
Looking forward to doing our postponed Big Cats sometime soon

Kind regards

Teresa

June 3, 2021

Thank you for a fantastic day yesterday. I’m just about to look at the photos (550+)

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