Recommended list of equipment for the workshop:
1. dSLR body.
2. 50mm macro lens (you can use a longer focal length l ike a 100mm or 180mm macro,
but the lighting won't be as soft and diffused compared to using the 50mm or 60mm
macro -- the latter being for digital cameras with less than full frame sensors).
3. No tripod is required for the frogs and reptiles. Only for the scorpion we photograph
with a black light is a tripod needed.
4. Ring flash or twin macro flash setup. You can also use a Ray flash diffuser
placed over a normal portable flash. This is a larger piece of equipment, but it's
cheap ($49 at Amazon) and it provides the same kind of light.
5. Extension tube set to allow you to focus extremely close to the small frogs
(which are smaller than you expect).