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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 three 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 Uzbekistan 2014
Our first photography trip to Central Asia visits the incredible country of Uzbekistan. Lying on the fabled Silk Route, this country was for so long a forced part of the old Soviet Union. Although some of the civic architecture harks back to the Soviet era; Uzbekistan also boasts examples of exquisite Islamic architecture. You can still explore Islamic madrassas and fortresses dating back to the days when despotic leaders built their bases in ornate city states like Samarkand and Bokhara. To see more click here.
Impressions of Nepal 2014
Our last trip for 2014 takes us to the incredible country of Nepal. We have plenty of time to explore the historic and bustling Katmandu Valley before heading off to explore some more rural locations near the town of Pokhara and even enjoying a mini-trek with a night of atmospheric camping. We spend time in Pokhara before the option of returning to Katmandu or adding an extension to Chitwan or more trekking. To see more click here.
Impressions of Burma 2015
Our exciting first tour for 2015 sees us finally reach the entrancing country of Burma (Myanmar). Recently emerging from years of isolation and dictatorship, Burma still manages to retain much of its charm and culture. Resolutely Buddhist, monks can be seen on their morning alms round, and the country is covered with ancient monasteries and temples, including the vast temple complex at Bagan. Our tour visits the evocatively named Mandalay and Rangoon and sees us take a boat down the Irrawaddy River and on Lake Inle. We even have time for a short village trek to take in the rural life of the country. To see more click here.
Impressions of Morocco 2015
We plan to return to Morocco in 2015, and have tweaked our previous itineraries to include some new places and also spend a night in the desert, shooting star trails. We have tried hard to get off the beaten track, exploring the gorges at Dades and Todra, and also the remote walled city of Taroudant. We then explore the coastal town of Essaouira, home to a thriving fishing port and an excellent place for seafood. No trip to Morocco would be complete without visiting the exotic city of Marrakech, and we spend three nights in a centrally located riad. 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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