LOCATION Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 to 15:00 Full Day
Group Size   1 (you can add up to 2 more additional guests for £25 each)
  •  A second stage macro photography event for more advanced users available in both full and half day sessions
  • Fully bespoke day
  • Held in the only specialised natural history macro studio workshop venue in the UK
  • Entrance to Knowsley Safari Park
  • Refreshments and Lunch (Lunch only available on the full day)
  • Photographic Guide
  • Handout
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Macro Lens for Fuji, Olympus and Sony
  • Specialist food or drinks

Macro photography is a key specialty at Wild Arena. After many years of experience we have built a fully equipped be-spoke studio, which boasts many different kinds of lighting and creative sets to capture stunning shots of our great range of subjects. This unique specialist facility is located at the Wild Arena office at Park Farm, in the heart of Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside.

The beauty of our one to one macro events is you can structure your session to your personal preference. We have a number of options including all the usual species, a reflection pool set-up, ‘dark field illumination tank’, high-speed flash, and Butterflies all of which can be requested as subjects for you to see. Available in both Half Day (3-hour) and Full Day (6-hour) variations, you can choose what option would suit you best.

Our macro one to one sessions give you the chance to use equipment, sets and specific animals that would not be possible in larger groups. You will have the chance to work with species that are harder to handle and photograph. These include Red Eyed Tree Frogs, Big Eyed Tree Frogs, White Faced Owl, Sugar Gliders and our Chilean Rose Tarantula. Using the best sets, lighting and techniques we hope to create unique and powerful macro images.

The Macro 1-to-1 sessions also mean we can focus on more specialist equipment such as the Canon MPE-65 5x macro lens and 1/16000 second high speed flash units. We can also use the session as a training exercise and discuss any topics which you believe are hindering your macro images.

The subjects for the studio are drawn from our own, ‘little guys’ team. Species that may be included in a Macro 1-to-1 include:

Harvest Mice

Gargoyle Gecko

Leopard Gecko

New Caledonian Crested Gecko

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Whites Tree Frog

White Lipped Tree Frog

Marbled Tree Frog

Tomato Frog

Rough Frilled Frog

Amazon Milk Frog

Edible Frog

Argentinian Ornate Horned Frog

Common Toad


Rankin’s Dragon

Praying Mantis (varous species)

PLUS species only available for one to one sessions

Red Eyed Green Tree Frog

White Faced Owl

Little Owl

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Sets available for one to one sessions

Reflection Pool

Dark Field Illumination Tank

High Speed Flash

Mist Set

Rain Set

Full Day Itinerary

09.00: Arrival at the main Safari Park Entrance where you will be met by your tutor and transferred to the Wild Arena centre 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 any topics we wish to cover.

10.30: Macro photography in our studio.

12.30 Lunch break (sandwich lunch included).

13.30 Second session of macro photography in our studio.

15.00 Summary & 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.

Fill in the booking form and request the date that you would like (you can add this to the notes on the PayPal section) and we will get back to you once we have checked our availability.

How to Book

To book please add your preferred date to the cart using the drop down calendar icon on the right hand side ‘Book Now’ tab to add to your cart. Please also advise us of the month and best days of the week for you as this date may not be available.

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.

Redeeming a Gift voucher

Wild Arena Vouchers

Your code should work at the checkout so please enter the code when prompted.

Red Letter Days, Virgin, Last Minute, Exhilaration and In To the Blue Vouchers

These vouchers cannot be used on line as we have no way of validating them, please look at the event the voucher is for, under each event there is a date tab at the top of the page, choose a date from the list and remember it (or write it down) and follow the link that is given within the dates tab under the heading Voucher Bookings.

You can also access the voucher booking page by clicking here but you will need to know the chosen date from the ones available.


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).

To purchase members simply click here to go through to our shop.

Tour Reviews

September 21, 2017

Dear Janet & David,

I attended one of your one to one workshops back at the end of July.

I have been meaning to email you for a while to thank you for such a great day. I really enjoyed it and I’m really pleased with the images I captured. Ill certainly be coming back.
I have attached my favourite ones from the day.

If you ever run a one to one workshop using a Fuji GFX or Sony series of cameras, I’d certainly be interested, particularly the GFX.

Thanks again,

Kindest regards,


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