|LOCATION||Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside|
|TIME||09:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 16:00|
Butterflies can be the most enchanting, beautiful subjects and are fixed favourites for many nature photographers. However with the humidity of their environment and the speed of their movement they can be difficult to photograph. At Wild Arena we have carefully selected a small range of butterflies to be photographed in the controlled environment of our studio. In this way we can manage the butterflies into the best positions for images and use lighting, backgrounds and set-ups to create high quality results. As with all of our studio work the welfare of our subjects is paramount and we do not use harmful techniques to achieve these results.
With the benefits of the studio we can try more complex techniques not always possible in the field or other butterfly collections such as backlighting and shooting images beyond life size using Canon’s 5x lens, the MPE-65. By shooting pictures in this controlled way and having very small group sizes of a maximum of only 3 guests, we aim to ensure everyone goes away with images that would be difficult to achieve elsewhere. The sessions are also a perfect opportunity for brushing up on macro techniques and ideas and your guide will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
This event also includes admission to Knowsley Safari Park where you can spend the remainder of your day. (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).
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: Butterfly 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).
13.00: 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.
13.15: 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.
14.30: Butterfly photography session in the studio.
16.00: Summary & Close.
Guests will have the start 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.
How to Book
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Purchasing a Gift Voucher
If you are looking for a gift for a photographer then why not consider a gift voucher, our gift vouchers are valid for a year and along with our membership are sent as standard with an e-voucher, gift packs are available and these can just be added to your basket from the shop. We currently sell the gift vouchers in £50, £25 or £10 denominations or you can buy an event specific voucher. Simply click through to our shop here to see what is available.
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Wild Arena is delighted to offer an annual membership scheme with many benefits to reward our regular customers and encourage new guests to participate on our wide range of different events. We offer 2 types of annual membership, at different prices, the details of which are listed in the below.
Annual Membership – £19
Provides our regular customers with a discount of 20% on all our one day workshops, £50 off every tour booking, a quarterly newsletter, priority notice on all new events and special offers on late availability! All the memberships prices are listed next to the standard price on all products on the website. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your cart.
Annual Membership Benefits:
- 20% discount on all one day events.
- £50 discount on every tour booking.
- Priority notice of discounted late space availability and new events.
- Quarterly Newsletter.
Annual Membership Plus – £99
Not only provides all the benefits of normal membership, but also the opportunity to book a free workshop from the list below:
Members can choose one of the following events as your free workshop (1 session per year):
- Macro Photography Workshop
- Macro Exotic Mini Beast Session.
- Big Cat Photography Workshop.
- Safari Photograph Workshop.
- Summer Evening Safari Photography Workshop.
- Summer Evening Owl Photography Workshop.
- Wild Red Kite Photography Workshop.
- Butterfly Photography Workshop.
- Butterfly Photography Masterclass.
- Landscape Photography Workshops.
- Getting Started with your Camera
Not only does this make ‘Membership PLUS’ outstanding value, it also makes a perfect gift for anyone interested in photography. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your basket.
To receive your members discount on website orders, simply use your membership number in the voucher section of the basket and for special offers use the code given on the promotion.
(Please note membership discounts cannot be used in conjunction with Tesco vouchers or other ad-hoc, generic offers as specified).
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