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Macro ‘Mini Beast’ Introduction Sessions

  • Days: 1

Course Details


Our Macro Exotic Mini Beast Sessions are a great way of getting started with this fascinating area of photography. The half-day sessions will begin with an introductory presentation that aims to cover the basic questions and difficulties surrounding macro photography.

Throughout the day we will cover a variety of topics including, the choice & use of macro lenses, keeping things in focus & the creative use of depth-of-field, managing movement in the images with shutter speeds and the correct use of other related accessories.

We will then move onto a ‘hands-on’ practical demonstration of techniques where guests will have the chance to try and capture their own images of some great close-up subjects brought along especially for the day.

We will usually not only have some flowers and plants but also some fascinating smaller creatures like Stick Insects, Preying Mantis, Geckos and Tree Frogs. These subjects will be available to photograph with a choice of either continuous light or flash light, which Wild Arena will bring along and demonstrate.

The sessions are ideally suited to customers using D-SLR cameras, and Wild Arena have Canon and Nikon fit macro lenses to try out on the day if you do not already own one.

With small group sizes of a maximum of 8 delegates and the convenient and comfortable setting of photography stores, these days are great value for those photographers wishing to develop their skills into macro and close-up.


David Southard / Wild Arena

David Southard / Wild Arena

Wild Arena Director & Video specialist.

David has worked in the photographic industry for over 30 years and has always been involved in Wildlife. 

He has photographed many subjects both in the UK and overseas and has made many friends in the photographic and wildlife communities. 

David founded Wild Arena in 2003 with the idea of sharing his knowledge with others and utilizing his contacts in the photographic industry and zoological institutions to provide informative workshops with special access to a wide variety of interesting subjects.

He has worked as a professional partner with Canon for 7 years, supporting them in the field of nature, macro and videography. He is also an ambassador for Manfrotto, working with them on training and development with particular focus on video convergence and studio lighting.

He is widely published in the photographic press having contributed to a many titles over a number of years.