LOCATION Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:30 to 17:00
Group Size   8 (split into 2 groups of 4)
  •  Fully Escorted Photography sessions in both the Safari Park and Wild Arena macro studio
  • Small group ensuring each guest has individual attention
  • Step by step tuition on editing and processing your images by highly experienced ‘Foto-buzz’ tutors
  • Entrance to the Safari Park
  • VIP session in safari park reserves
  • Photography sessions guided by Wild Arena
  • Editing and processing sessions tutored by Foto-buzz
  • Start & end of day refreshments
Not Included
  •  Camera equipment or laptop computer (delegates should bring their own)
  • Spectators unavailable to join the group
  • Lunch

Competent, digital photography usually includes a degree of skill in not only taking pictures, but also in the careful editing and processing of them in software afterwards. For many photographers, this ‘post processing’ is often less exciting than the initial image capture and can expose a gap in their overall knowledge. This Wildlife Photography ‘shooting & processing’ Workshop, aims to address this exact dilemma and ensure everyone hones the necessary combination of skills!

Wild Arena are delighted to be joining forces with the great guides at Foto-buzz to offer a partnership event of both shooting and processing great nature images.  This new session will combine 2 intensive shooting sessions, lead by the Wild Arena team, with a further 2 post processing tutorials with the guys from Foto-buzz.

After arrival at the Safari Park and a welcome tea/coffee, the delegates will be split down into 2 small groups of only 4 guests. We will then spend the morning working on images, outside in the Safari Park. Subjects are likely to include Lions, Baboons, Rhinoceros and various Deer & Antelope species.

Each group will also then have time with Jon and Andrew from Foto-buzz, for ‘step by step’ guidance on skilful and efficient processing of images in Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop CC, (If possible it is suggested delegates bring their own laptops loaded with this software to enable easy practical use of their own images).

After a lunch break, we will run another 2 sessions, only this time concentrating on the wonderful smaller subjects that are available in the Wild Arena studio. Again there will be a chance for practical shooting and processing images for best effect and with only 4 guests in each group, ample opportunity for questions and individual support.

Foto-buzz create a friendly, membership photography community and is run by Andrew James and Jon Adams.

Here’s a little bit about the Foto-buzz tutors:

Andrew James spent 26 years as a consumer magazine editor, the last 13 of which were on the world-famous Practical Photography. A long-time expert in photographic techniques across many disciplines, he’s a self-confessed ‘generalist’, and a font of knowledge on creative approaches to capturing just about any subject.

Aside from being an award-winning photographer, Andrew is also well known as an educator, and has inspired thousands of enthusiasts across the world from his lectures, workshops and magazine articles. He works as a specialist tour leader and has guided photo expeditions from the frozen wastes of Antarctica to the colourful streets of Cuba.

Although he’s well known as an expert in capture, Andrew is also a RAW post-processing wizard, and if something is possible in Lightroom, he’ll show you how it can be done! His presentation style is always warm and inclusive, and like all great educators, he has a knack of explaining complex things in simple, accessible ways.

Andrew’s generalist label means that as a professional, he has been commissioned to shoot everything from heavy industry to delicate florals, but when he’s taking pictures for the love of it, he likes to hone his approach to capturing wildlife and moody landscapes.

Andrew’s wide-ranging photography knowledge means he authors the long-running Photo Answers section for Digital Camera Magazine, and his work as a journalist, guide and educator dovetails neatly into his training skills!

Jon Adams was the editor of Digital Photo Magazine for 15 years and popularised the creation of expertly delivered step-by-step Photoshop tutorials. Jon’s vast knowledge of Photoshop and how it can be applied to photography has helped thousands of photographers get to grips with the trickiest imaging techniques.

As a professional photographer Jon has photographed subjects from studio portraits to multi-image composites but when he’s shooting for fun he particularly likes to target landscapes and still-life.

Jon also shoots commercial video using Digital SLRs for businesses around the UK. As well as camera work he understands the technical aspects of sound recording and video editing, essential skills in the modern film-maker’s toolkit.

His multi-media approach to photography also means he currently writes and records Photoshop tutorials for Digital Camera Magazine, one of the UK’s biggest monthly photography magazines.

All in all we hope this fun and informative day will provide some great picture taking opportunities and the chance to learn about the important skills of editing and processing images. With only 8 guests and 4 guides, everyone should get the individual attention they need to make it a great day!

Wild Arena at 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 ‘Summer Evening Carnivore special’ we will focus on the carnivores in the walk round area after the general public has left. The keeping staff and Wild Arena guides will facilitate access to the park for the session and can offer both information on the animals and advice on your photography.

(Sadly we cannot offer a members discount on this event as it is run in conjunction with Foto-buzz and we need to offer fair pricing for both their members and ours).

09.30-10.00 Welcome & intro – split 8 into 2 groups of 4 (Group A & Group B)

10.00    Group A – Safari Photography session with Wild Arena guides

Group B – Safari Photography post-processing with Fotobuzz tutors

11.30    Group A – Safari Photography post-processing with Fotobuzz tutors

Group B – Safari Photography session with Wild Arena guides

13.00-13.45 Lunch

(lunch can be purchased in the Safari Park Restaurant)

13.45    Group A – Macro Photography session with Wild Arena guides

Group B – Macro Photography post-processing with Fotobuzz tutors

15.15    Group B – Macro Photography post-processing with Fotobuzz tutors

Group A – Macro Photography session with Wild Arena guides

16.45 Summary

17.00 Close & depart

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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