LOCATION Wilkinson Cameras, Liverpool
TIME 10:00 to 16:00 
Group Size 6
Guide for Event David or Janet Southard
Fitness Level Light walking
Camera Experience Beginners and up
Disability Access The studio is on the second floor
Suitability Wild Arena workshops are not suitable for children under the age of 14 years old and a full paying adult must accompany any under 16’s.
  • Session includes refreshments
  • Full tuition and guiding throughout
  • a great selection of subjects
  • Refreshments (please bring a packed lunch)
  • Introduction video before the event
  • Photographic guide and subjects
Not Included
  •  Camera equipment
Time of Year All year round on specified dates
What we aim to cover We try to tailor all our sessions to suit our guests, so we do not always cover all the topics depending on the individual needs. Typical topics we can cover in this session are: Simply getting close enough, getting the best from depth of field, keeping everything still.

Here at Wild Arena we have long been involved in Macro photography and we have built up a wealth of knowledge in this area with regards to the photography and the subjects. Working with our good friends at Wilkinson Cameras and Animal Teach, we’re really pleased to be able to offer an informative day in a well set up studio with fantastic subjects. Before the session we will send through a video presentation on getting started with macro photography, so if you are new to the subject this should really help you get a good understanding of the common problems and how to solve them. Of course, the photography guide who will be with the group throughout the session can go over any questions or queries you may have on the subject.

The session will begin with a welcome tea/coffee and the Wild Arena tutor will go through the camera set up for the session and what subjects we will have available. You will then have the opportunity to capture your own pictures of these exciting animals on a bespoke set up to ensure you go away with captivating images. With a small group size of only 6 there will be plenty of time for each person to get images and we will also be working with two set ups. One showing how to get the best from constant lighting and one from studio lighting, these sets will work in very different ways, but this should allow you to leave the session with plenty of information on different lighting scenarios.

So if you are new to macro photography or would simply like access to the amazing subjects on offer then this is the perfect day for you. Your guide will be on hand to help you with the relevant macro equipment and the Wilkinson Cameras staff will be on hand to offer further help and guidance with this.

Animals you may see on the event;

Harvest Mice

Crested Gecko

Gargoyle Gecko

Leopard Gecko

Praying Mantis (various species)

Stick insect (various species)

Borneo Eared Frogs

Tomato Frog

Cinnamon Frogs

Panther Chameleon

Yemen Chameleon

Blue Tongue Skink


Poison Dart Frogs


10.00: Arrival at Wilkinson Cameras with refreshments and introductory briefing.

10.30: Session 1, we will divide the group in half between the two set ups and then swap over. We will swap animals and continue to swap the groups so everyone should have a chance with each subject as long as the subject is happy and settled.

12.30: Lunch break, you are welcome to stay in the studio for this or go out into Liverpool.

13.30 Session 2, again with the group divided in half we will carry on with the macro photography but with more challenging subjects.

16:00 Summary and close.

PLEASE NOTE: Our itineraries are listed as a guide and we may need to alter them depending on unforeseen circumstances or the availability of the subjects. Start and finish times are fixed to enable transport planning.


How to Book

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 8 reviews
June 4, 2017

Hi David, Janet

Many thanks for a most enjoyable macro workshop.
Tracy and I learnt so much.

Thanks too for the big cats shoot a couple of weeks ago. Tracy is feeling much more confident using her super zoom.

Until next time

Dave & Tracy

December 19, 2017

A great morning with the tree frogs and geckos! The set ups were first rate and the ability to take close up of the animals was just what I wanted.

Overall, a great experience!

Stephen C

August 4, 2019

Had a wonderful afternoon. Superbly organised and no rush. Opportunity to take many photos.

August 25, 2019

Did macro day today, David was brilliant. Great talk before we went into the studio, which was fantastic. Ten different creatures, lots of time on each and great guidance too. Lovely lunch then back to studio.. the reflection pool was amazing. I will be booking again.

October 25, 2021

Many thanks for the Photoshoot today it was very enjoyable. Hope to do this again some day.

December 14, 2021

Thanks for an excellent morning spent on the macro workshop. The group size of 3 was great as it gave us all time to get the images we wanted.

December 19, 2021

Thank you for an excellent and very enjoyable macro session. David was an excellent tutor, as always, with the skills and patience to ensure we all learnt a huge amount. Having just three people on the workshop made sure we all had the time we wanted and we certainly weren't rushed at all. Having always wanted to try macro photography but never having the knowledge or confidence I am now well and truely hooked. I will definately be back for the full day macro workshop.

September 16, 2022

Great time was had by all. nice studio, got some great photos

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