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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 Ethiopia 2016
Our second 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 Emperors 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.

Impressions of Bali & Lombok 2016

This adventurous trip will explore the evocative isands of Bali and Lombok. Each stunningly different, but both boast volcanic craters and spectacular rice terraces. We will enjoy a series of treks, including the chance to get to the summit of the Mount Rinjani volcano and Mount Batur on Bali. Our visit is time to coincide with the Galungan festival and a temple festival at the Sakenan temple! To see more click here.

Impressions of Myanmar (Burma)

Our first trip to the entrancing country of Myanmar (Burma) went so well that we couldn't wait to start planning a return. It also means that we have massively tweaked the itinerary, to offer more photo-opportunities and to cut out the things which didn't work as well the first time around. We still visit Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake; but we will also be exploring the religious complex at Monywa and drive up into the Chin Hills to see the remarkable tattooed tribes. We realise that this trip is going to be so popular that we have organised two separate dates at the end of 2016, and the beginning of 2017! To see more click here.

About Our Photography Tours

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.

Learn Travel Photography

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.

SteveNamibia2Steve 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...


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