LOCATION Online or at Knowsley Safari Park
TIME 9:00 to 12:00 (online may vary)  
Group Size 3 (6 online)
Guide for Event David or Janet Southard
Fitness Level Light walking on made up pathways
Camera Experience Beginners and up, user of R6, R5 and R3
Disability Access The training room is on ground level but there are 4 steps up to the facilities
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
  • Get to know the best way to set up your camera for wildlife photography
  • Refreshments
  • Full tuition and guidance
  • PDF notes 
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: Setting up your camera for wildlife, back button focus, animal tracking, focus modes, eye focus

The new range of Canon mirrorless cameras have many of the features you may be used to seeing on the traditional mirrored version, but once you start diving into the menu systems there is so much more you can set up to help you with your photography. New technology brings amazing opportunities but also presents challenges in terms of mastering new features and more complex set-ups.

This can be daunting and sometimes you simply don’t understand why you would want to set it up differently to how it comes out of the box. With so many new tools and the customisable ability to assign different features to different buttons, we will talk you through these features and why you might want to play around with the set-up to really get the best out of these very capable cameras to better your wildlife photography.

Whilst of course, the photographer is always more important than the camera, if you are concentrating on wildlife and capturing those fleeting action shots, the customised set ups we will run through, should really help you to record these exciting moments.

We are offering these sessions both online and in person, so you can learn in the style that best suits you. After the course is complete, we will, of course, send you through all of the notes from the session, giving you plenty of time to play around and set things up with your camera, in your own way and at your own pace.

Topics covered will include:

Basic auto focus set up

Using subject tracking and eye tracking

Options for assigning button functions

Exposure setting options

Controlling ISO

Using RF lenses, EF/RF adapters & accessories

Setting up ‘my menu’

Setting up custom shooting modes

If you are attending the course at Knowsley, once we have finished you can take the rest of the day to explore the park with the included admission to try out any new settings straight away.

If you are attending the course online, with only 6 people there will be plenty of time to ask questions and with zoom we can guide you through the settings with your camera in front of you.


09:00 arrival and refreshments

09:15 session 1 on camera set up

10:30 refreshment break

10:45 session 2 camera set up

12:00 summary and 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.

12.05.22 online (14:00)

24.05.22 online – last place (14:00)

26.05.22 online (18:30)

27.05.22 Knowsley

29.05.22 Knowsley

How to Book

To book one of these dates, please select it from the drop-down calendar icon on the right-hand side ‘Book Now’ tab. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates (which have been listed above), then add your choice to the cart. 

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