LOCATION Near Birkenhead, Liverpool
TIME 18:00 to 21:00 or loss of light or 16:30 to 19:30
Group Size 5
Guide for Event David and Janet
Fitness Level Moderate Fitness, walking over rough ground
Camera Experience Intermediate, D-SLR users
Disability Access You will need to be able to cover rough ground
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.
  • Fully escorted by Wild Arena Guides
  • Small group size ensuring everyone gets individual attention
  • Character model to add story telling opportunities
  • Photographic advise & tuition
  • Tea/coffee on arrival
  • Provision for at least 1 model
Not Included
  •  Camera equipment (your own flash equipment if you have it)
Time of Year Summer/Autumn/Spring
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:

The use of flash and balancing this with daylight, working with models, composition.

For many years we have supported photographers in our studio and guided them in the use of flash. Now, we can take this ‘outside’ and offer a super opportunity to finally master using flashlight as another creative photographic tool! This evening session, at a great location south of Birkenhead, near Liverpool, offers the chance to be guided through the creative use of flashlight, step by step. Flash is often viewed as a means to light a subject ‘in the dark’ acting as a principal source of illumination, but it can also be amazingly useful in terms of additive lighting to compliment daylight. The event will begin with a demonstration of the basic process of ‘balancing’ flash with ambient light and then take control of this important ratio. We will then demonstrate how background and foreground brightness can be brought into balance with the use of flash. Delegates will be encouraged to use their own equipment, not least because this is what they will likely be shooting with independently, but we will also have a couple of flash options to demonstrate with and use if necessary. 

Once this basic idea has been established there will be a simple and relaxed opportunity for guests to try their hand at getting their own pictures. There are, not only some nice landscape features to shoot, but we will also have at least one character model along to generate options for storytelling. The guide will suggest 3 or 4 set-ups during the session and there should be time for everyone to shoot ‘one-to-one’ in order to have the maximum support and learning options. 

Beyond the use of flash, we can also explore ideas around composition, creative exposure, use of colour and directing a model to create a narrative in your images. 

Throughout the whole session, 2 Wild Arena guides will be present who will take time to help everyone capture images and develop new skills with flash lighting. We will also have some equipment to help demonstrate ideas, including an Elinchrom portable flash set up for guests to try if required. 

The overall aim of the workshop is to offer a fun yet informative opportunity to try some new ideas with the tricky area of additional flash lighting, meet like-minded photographers and ultimately capture some great pictures in a nice location! 


18:00 Arrival at meeting point and introduction 

18:15 Short walk to first location and demonstration on key flash control technique 

18:45 1st set up for guests to shoot with close guidance as required 

19:30 Move to 2nd location for alternative set up for guests to shoot 

20:15 Move to 3rd location for alternative set up for guests to shoot 

21:00 Close and de-brief (we will finish up when we lose the light or by 21.00) 

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.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
September 1, 2021

Highly recommend this workshop. I learnt so much and will now be using my flash a lot more rather than leaving it in my bag and not being sure what to do with it!
Delivered in a lovely relaxed manner. David and Janet as brilliant as ever. John was a superb model. Thank you all of you.

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