LOCATION Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 to 12:00
Group Size   3
  •  A great introduction to macro photography
  • Held in the only specialised natural history macro studio workshop venue in the UK
  • Entrance to Knowsley Safari Park
  • Refreshments
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF notes
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Macro Lens for Fuji, Olympus and Sony
  • Specialist food or drinks

Our introductory ‘Macro 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 Workshop include:

Harvest Mice

Gargoyle Gecko

Leopard Gecko

New Caledonian Crested Gecko

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Peacock Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Rough Frilled Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Edible Frog

Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog

Common Toad

Rankin’s Dragon

Praying Mantis (various species)

Giant Jungle Nymph

The session will begin with a welcome tea/coffee and the Wild Arena tutor will go through an introduction presentation on macro which includes: choice & use of macro lenses, keeping things in focus & the creative use of depth-of-field, managing movement in the images with shutter speeds and the correct use of other related accessories. 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 session where guests will have their own chance to capture images of a range of exciting 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. This is also a great chance to learn about this type of lighting and we are once again happy to answer any questions you may have.

AM Session:

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 an introductory presentation on the basic techniques for macro covering; choice & use of macro lenses, keeping things in focus & the creative use of depth-of-field, managing movement in the images with shutter speeds and the correct use of other related accessories.

10.30: Macro photography session in the studio.

12.00 Summary & Close.

Guests will have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure in the Safari Park, if it is open. (It is possible that during the winter season, the park may not be open to the public, so non escorted access outside of the event timings will not be possible).
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.

25.07.21  fully booked

31.07.21 – last place

12.08.21 – fully booked

23.08.21 – fully booked

04.10.21 – fully booked



12.12.21 – fully booked











27.05.22 Fully booked

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 5 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.

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