LOCATION Park Farm, Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 to 12:00 Half 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 half day
  • Held in the only specialised natural history macro studio workshop venue in the UK
  • Entrance to Knowsley Safari Park
  • Refreshments
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF 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

Arabian Sand Gecko

Panther Chameleon

Borneo Eared Frog

Golden Tree Frog

Peacock 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)

Giant Jungle Nymph

PLUS species only available for one to one sessions

Red Eyed Green Tree Frog

Vietnamese Mossy 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

Half 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.

10.30: Macro photography session in the studio.

12.00 Summary & Close.

The location for this session is accessed via Knowsley Safari Park and as such your ticket for this event includes their admission. You are therefore welcome to spend the remainder of the day and spend time at leisure in the park, providing it is open.

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.

Dates are discussed to suit the participant and availability of the guide.

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.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
September 30, 2019

Super half day macro 1:1 session today. Thank you so much. I am delighted with the images taken. Looking forward to future sessions .

October 1, 2019

I would not hesitate for a second to recommend a Wild Arena workshop. As someone new to photography I learned the basics of macro photography and saw first hand the difference lighting can make. The environment is supportive and I felt comfortable from the outset. I wasn’t embarrassed to ask questions and came away having learned a lot. I am delighted with the images captured on the day and I’ll definitely be booking onto another event.

January 19, 2020

Fabulous morning of macro photography yesterday with Janet and my friend at Wild Arena. With help advice and brilliantly prepared settings I captured beautiful images of exquisite and immaculately cared for creatures that truly make you marvel at nature. Very professional. So exciting I nearly forgot to breathe. Highly recommended.

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