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Workshop Content:


  • Lighting studio mini and macro subjects

  • Dynamic composition

  • Camera settings for studio and macro photography and creative portraiture of small mammal and reptile subjects

  • Focus - keeping your subject sharp 

  • Stacking techniques - in camera or post production

  • 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

  • Creative post processing tips

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Dates and Rates


Thursday 19th September 2024


Also available on request all year round







2024 Rates

  • £165 as part of a group session (max 3 photographers)

  • £400 - 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


please choose your date from the selection below and follow the links for secure online booking
contact us here

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Small Animals / Macro Studio Photography


Thursday 19th September 2024

Also available on request all year round

Learn to light and photograph small mammals, reptiles and insects in this innovative new all-weather studio workshop.

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.

Plus creative post processing tips to gain the most from your shots



Workshop subjects:

  • Small mammals: our small mammal subject for this workshop will be the increasingly rare harvest mouse - which is very
    apt as this species is currently being re-introduced to Northumberland by the Wildlife Trust


  • 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.

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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.


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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!

Additional Information




  • A DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera is ideal for this workshop. A short range telephoto and macro lens are perfect, but we believe that we can get the best out of whatever gear you have - so bring whatever you have!  We have participants with compact cameras and the latest smartphones, 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 smartphone 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! 



Toilet facilities are available.

Food and drink

Tea, coffee and water provided throughout the day.

Please bring a packed lunch to suit your dietary requirements.


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.  Toilet is only accessible via stairs.


Full joining notes issued with booking. 

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