LOCATION Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside or Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire
TIME 09:00 to 12:00 or 09:30 to 12:30 or 13:00 to 16:00
Group Size   7
Highlights
  •  Fully Escorted session with VIP access to the safari park animals
  • Small group ensuring each guest has a window seat
Included
  • Entrance to the Safari Park
  • Refreshments
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF Handout
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Spectators unavailable to join the group

There can be few subjects in animal photography as popular as Big Cats and Carnivores. These iconic predators are not only wonderful subjects for pictures but also are the source of many amazing animal encounters. Our ‘Big Cat Photography Workshops’ are held at 2 great safari park venues where you will have the chance to photograph a variety of predator species including African Lions and Amur Tigers.

Our half-day sessions will begin with a briefing from your guide about the planned itinerary together with an introduction on how we might achieve the best images of the animals we might see. We will then head out in the Land Rovers to spend time looking at a variety of Safari Park animals with a special focus on the Lions, Tigers and carnivore areas. The Wild Arena/Safari Park guides will be on hand throughout the session to ensure everyone has the support they need and will be happy to answer questions on the photography challenges or the animals we are meeting. The group will enjoy special VIP access to the animals to ensure we get the best chance for pictures through the session.

The focus for the session will be looking to get into the best possible situations for photography and the guides will work hard to put everyone in right position. With the help of the keepers, off road Land Rovers and special access, we will be able to deliver opportunities simply not accessible to normal park visitors.

Photographic topics covered by the guide in this session are likely to include; coming off full auto mode, appraising exposures, using exposure compensation, working with the cameras auto focus settings, effecting the look of resulting images with picture style and using the white balance control. We will also summarize some creative thoughts on composition and storytelling in images.

These events include admission to the Safari Park, so you will be free to spend the remainder of your day exploring the rest of the exciting animals they have to offer. (NB; 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).

Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park is situated just south of Milton Keynes and has a fantastic range of species in over 400 acres of parkland. During our ‘Big Cat Photography Workshop’ we will focus on the Carnivore section that includes an African Lion pride, a breeding group of Amur Tigers, Wolves and North American Black Bears. If time permits we will also visit the Rhino and Antelope reserve and possibly the Giraffe or Monkey section to add variety to our sessions subjects. Access to the park reserves on our sessions, is via VIP Land Rovers driven by the guides for the day. The Woburn events usually have 2 vehicles, one driven by a safari park guide and the other by a Wild Arena photography guide. During the session, the guests will be rotated across both vehicles to provide everyone equal opportunity to get both animal information and photographic advice.

Knowsley Safari Park

Knowsley Safari Park is situated between Liverpool and Manchester and has a fantastic range of species in over 400 acres of parkland. During our ‘Big Cat Photography Workshop’ we will focus on the Carnivore section that includes an amazing 10 strong African Lion pride, Amur Tigers and Iberian Wolves. If time permits we will also visit the Rhino and antelope reserve and possible the highly photogenic, large group of Baboons to add variety to our sessions subjects. Access to the park reserves on our sessions, is via VIP Land Rovers driven by the Wild Arena guides for the day who can offer both information on the animals and advice on your photography.

Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

AM Session

09.30: Arrival at the main Safari Park entrance.

09.45: Tea/Coffee and a briefing on getting the best from your pictures.

10.15: Photography session around the reserves with special time allocated for the Lion Pride and Amur Tigers. We also hope to see Bears, Wolves, Rhino, Antelope, Giraffes and Monkeys.

12.30: Summary & Close

Guests will have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure in the 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).

PM Session

13.00: Arrival at the main Safari Park entrance.

13.15: Tea/Coffee and a briefing on getting the best from your pictures.

13.45: Photography session around the reserves with special time allocated for the Lion Pride and Amur Tigers. We also hope to see Bears, Wolves, Rhino, Antelope, Giraffes and Monkeys.

16.00: Summary & Close.

Guests will have the start of the day to spend at leisure in the 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).

Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside

09.00: Arrival at the main Safari Park entrance.

09.15: Tea/Coffee and a briefing on getting the best from your pictures.

09.45: Photography session around the reserves with special time allocated for the Lion Pride and Amur Tigers. We also hope to see Wolves, Baboons, Rhino, Antelope and Deer

12:00: Summary & Close.

Guests will have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure in the 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.

Wild Arena work closely with Woburn and Knowsley Safari Park to offer Big Cat Photography workshops from both venues, so please ensure you look at the correct venue when selecting your date.

Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

Please note we cannot run these events on weekend or School holidays between March and October, due to the high visitor numbers at the parks.

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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 to add to your cart. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates which have been listed above.

Voucher Bookings

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Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside

Please note we cannot run these events on weekend or School holidays between March and October, due to the high visitor numbers at the parks.

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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 to add to your cart. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates which have been listed above.

Voucher Bookings

If you are trying to use a voucher from Red Letter Days, In to the blue, Virgin, Last Minute or Tesco please follow this link

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 7 reviews
July 15, 2017

Hi Janet

Just wanted to thank you and Mike for the photography tour around
Knowsley Safari Park on 7th July. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.
Still going through my photos and cleaning up some of the better ones.

Many thanks again

Simeon

July 31, 2017

Subject Big Cat photography 18/07/17 AM session Woburn Safari Park
Message Hi David Just wanted to thank you for an amazing morning it was so great to get up close and personal to the animals and we learnt a lot from your tips.

September 2, 2017

Hi, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to David Southard for making my experience at Woburn Safari park a day to treasure.
David’s knowledge of the wildlife surpassed all my expectations and more importantly, the help/tips/advice he gave me whilst I tried to get to grips with a new camera were invaluable.
Thank you once again and I have attached a few pics that I’m personally happy with….. for a novice. J

September 7, 2017

Janet,

Just a note to thank Dave and Emma for the experience yesterday at Woburn. It was truly amazing to see so many different animals exhibiting so many different behaviours.

Thanks once again for a great day!

Kind regards,

Simon

September 7, 2017

Dear sir, These are some of the photographs that I took on Tuesday 6th, September 2017. Dave and Jenny gave me a wonderful mornings viewing of the animals. I have been on Safari in Sabi Sabi game reserve in South Africa so was prepared to be disappointed, but the experience was great.

Many thanks to Dave for his technical advice and to Jenny for the driving and animal information.

Ian

September 12, 2017

I attended the Big Cat Photography workshop at Woburn last Thursday (7th Sept) and had a very good day out in a Landrover with Emma . . . at the end of the session the very informative instructor called Dave mentioned that you would like to see some of the images taken during the session so having processed the first batch I thought I would send you a selection of them.

The majority of the pics were shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mk.ll using a 100 – 400mm zoom and a 400mm f2.8 prime lens.

So in conclusion I just wanted to say thank you once again for a great day and a great experience . . . it’s something that I will remember for a very long time . . .

yours sincerely

Martyn

November 7, 2017

Good Afternoon,

I thought I would email to say what a great day I had yesterday. The morning Safari was amazing. Thank you so much for enabling me to be able to get so close to all of the animals to take photos of them.

I have attached my favourite photo of the day. This is the JPG version and not the RAW version. This will be put onto a large canvas and hung proudly in my home. The photo is of Mishka, the Amur Tiger.

Thank you to everyone involved and please pass on my thanks to Jenny who was an amazing host in the 4×4 and full of knowledge.

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