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The Better Travel Photography range of travel photography tours are bespoke photographic holidays, designed and led by Steve Davey with land arrangements by some of the biggest names in the adventure travel industry. They draw on Steve's years of experience and intimate knowledge of some of the most fascinating and evocative parts of the planet.
"Your love of photography and travel is infectious and I can honestly say I have never laughed or learnt so much on a holiday before!"
This comment from a recent tour more than anything sums up what Steve is trying to achieve with these tours. Yes, we want people to learn as much as possible about photography, but it is also supposed to be enjoyable!
These travel photography trips will benefit your photography in a number of ways. Firstly you will be exploring some of the most incredible and photogenic parts of the world on a tour designed around photography and maximising the photographic opportunities. You will also be in the company of other keen photographers, benefitting from their enthusiasm and experience and certainly not look down upon for wanting to spend time taking pictures. Lastly you will benefit from the expert tuition and encouragement from Steve Davey - a professional travel photographer. Steve mixes nightly illustrated talks, personal tuition and practical demonstrations so you learn more about travel photography than you ever thought possible.
The land arrangements for these tours are provided by some of the most established names in the adventure travel industry, giving you the benefits of their experience as well as Steve's knowledge as a professional photographer.
Better Travel Photography range of Photography Tours
As Steve is trying to juggle his professional and family life with running these tours we are only planning four departures a year. The key for these trips is coming up with unique and stimulating travel photography experiences, so the itineraries and destinations will regularly change. Each of these photo trips explores the highlights of the area and we are trying to schedule in order to visit a different festival or unique cultural event with each departure: giving us the greatest possible cultural experience, as well as a fantastic opportunity for shooting portraits and local colour.
Impressions of Eastern Europe 2015
This exploratory trip sees us start from the historic city of Bucharest, travel through the fascinating country of Bulgaria before ending up in Istanbul: the gateway to Asia. Along the way, we will visit ancient Roman ruins, atmospheric villages, monasteries and vibrant towns. We will be using a variety of transport and stopping at some unspoilt and out of the way places as well as three very different major cities as we traverse these very different countries. To see more click here.
Impressions of Rajasthan 2015
Our last tour for 2015 sees us explore the desert state of Rajasthan in India, and visit two of the great melas: the Pushkar Mela and the less well known Chandrabhaga Mela. Pushkar is synonymous with camels, and we have timed our visit to the times when there should be the maxmum number of camels to be seen. At Chandrabhaga we are aiming to coincide with the religious bathing for the Kartik Poornima full moon. We also visit some of the incredible forts and temples of this most entancing region of India. To see more click here.
Impressions of Ethiopia 2016
Our first tour for 2016 sees us explore the fascinating and challenging country of Ethiopia. Although synonymous with famine and poverty, Ethiopia is one of the most historic countries in Africa. It is a living history too; Ethiopia was one of the first countries in the World to convert to Christianity, with a line of Emporers tracing its lineage back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. We visit the site of her kingdom in Axum, and extensive castle at Gondar and the remote town of Harar. Our trip is scheduled to coincide with the Ethiopian Easter amidst the carved churches of Lalibela, which will be a lively and atmospheric experience. We also visit the natural wonders of Lake Tana and the Simien Mountains. To see more click here.
The tours are primarily designed around photography and we aim to visit as many places as possible in the best light and spend as much time as we can taking pictures. On one of these trips you will learn more about travel photography that you ever thought possible. But these tours are about more than photography and learning: we also aim to give you an enjoyable holiday where you can explore, relax, interact with locals and see some of the amazing highlights that your destination has to offer.
All land arrangements are provided by some of the biggest names in the adventure travel industry, and they handle payments, meaning you are fully protected by their travel industry bonding.
On one of Steve Davey's photo tours you will be shown as many photographic opportunities as possible and receive custom tuition in all aspects of travel photography. Steve mixes illustrated talks most evenings, group practical demonstrations, individual tuition and photo critiques to tailor learning to your own needs and interests. Although primarily for people who want to learn more about Digital Travel Photography, you will learn a vast amount if you still shoot film.
Travelling with other keen photographers, allows you to benefit from their enthusiasm and also be in a picture-taking environment where your hobby will not just be tolerated, but actively encouraged and by other members of the group.
Steve Davey is a professional travel photographer and writer, whose work appears in magazines, newspapers and websites all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die and Unforgettable Islands to Escape To Before You Die (BBC Books). These books have sold around 500,00 copies and ben translated into some 30 language editions. More...
Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), a major title covering everything you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. This book is sponsored by Intrepid Travel and Nikon UK More...
Our tours have been featured in The Telegraph, Metro, The Sunday Times & Mail on Sunday
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