Macro Mini Exotic
Small Animals Studio Photography
Learn to light and photograph small mammals, birds of prey, reptiles and insects in this innovative new all-weather studio workshop
1 day photography workshop
Friday 31 January 2020
Max 4 Photographers
Small mammals, birds of prey, reptiles and insects all offer a unique range of photographic challenges, and you'll get to grips with them all on this Macro, mini and exotic wildlife photography workshop.
Hone your photographic skills with an inspirational range of wildlife including owls, harvest mouse, monitor lizard, chilean rose tarantula, scorpion, leopard gecko, praying mantis, tree frog, chameleon and more.
As part of the workshop we will also cover how to create purpose-built micro habitats, and how to light them for photography. All settings are appropriate to our subjects.
A variety of owls - may include barn owl, tawny owl, little owl, snowy owl, scops owl
Small mammals: our small mammal subject for this workshop will be the increasingly rare harvest mouse
Reptiles and insects: exotics including chameleon, monitor lizard, chilean rose tarantula, scorpion, leopard gecko, praying mantis, black mantis, king python, tree frog, millipede - more added all the time!
*Please note that species may alter subject to weather & wellfare of the animals.
Lighting studio mini and macro subjects
Camera settings for studio and macro photography and creative portraiture of small mammal and reptile subjects
Focus - keeping your subject sharp
Exposure - working with aperture, shutter speed and ISO
Aperture - retain a sharp subject and a blurred background
Shutter speed and its creative use
ISO - completing the exposure triangle
Exposure compensation - the final frontier
Advantages of a Workshop Environment
Small group: everyone gets a great position and lots of tutor time
Beginner friendly - no question too daft - ask away any time!
More advanced - try new techniques and expand your creative vision
Group and individual advice at your level throughout the day
Learn to light small and moving subjects
Recreate the shots more than once until you are confident in your new techniques and capture your perfect shot
Field craft tips to prepare you for the less predictable insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals you'll encounter in the wild.
An All-Round Great Day and Experience!
Our day is more than just photography, it's a fantastic all round experience.
You will get up close and personal with all of our subjects, interact with them, and learn loads about them from our knowledgeable handlers Andy and Juanita, while you're creating your shots!
Dates and Rates
Friday 31 January 2020
This workshop is available For Small Groups or 1-2-1 Tuition
On Request All Year Round
£145 as part of a group session (3-4 photographers)
£420 individual tuition, £500 2 person private workshop
Includes all photography and videography tuition, and all insect, mammal and reptile handling, set building and lighting, tea, coffee, water.
Please bring a packed lunch
This workshop is run in partnership with
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A DSLR or bridge camera is ideal for this workshop. A macro lens is perfect, but we believe that we can get the best out of whatever gear you have - so bring whatever you have! We have had participants come along with compact cameras and the latest iPhones, and they have gone home with new skills and great shots. Contact Trai before the workshop and she will let you in on some useful apps that will allow you to access the manual settings of the latest iPhone cameras.
A tripod is optimum for macro work, with a remote release handy if you have one.
This workshop will take place indoors in a heated studio, but please bring layers if you feel the heat or cold!
Our Base and Meeting Point
Andy Howey’s Birds of Prey Centre
The Riding Stables
Haggerston Castle Holiday Park,
Off the A1
Toilet facilities are available at our base.
Our sites on this workshop are only a few yards walk from parking on flat ground, though there is a step up into the studio. We are happy to help with carrying your photography gear if necessary.