Who is this tour suited to?

These photo tours cater for a wide spectrum of people at a range of different levels. Steve's skill in explaining things, patience and tireless energy mean that he is able to pitch talks and individual tuition so that they are relevant for a range of different abilities.

These tours are primarily aimed at people who have at least a basic knowledge of their cameras and are keen to develop their skills further.

The people who get the most from a trip like this are those who are aware of the areas that they want to develop. It might sound obvious, but if you know your own shortcomings then you are better able to tackle them!

If you have a greater knowledge, then Steve will be able to fill in a lot of the theories behind things that you might have already thought that you knew, which will help make decisions more instinctive and more confident. He will also be able to help you to take your photography forward to the next stage and can teach you a number of advanced techniques and theories.

If you are an absolute beginner, then these tours will still teach you a vast amount about photography. A large part of photography is artistic and not technical. Selecting viewpoints and angles, composition and especially approaching people to take their picture are as vital as apertures and shutter speeds. Allied to this Steve will explain all of the technical aspects that you need to know as they relate to you and your camera.

You will get more out of these tours if you have a basic familiarity with your camera. If it is new, and out of the box then you might spend a great deal of time thumbing through the manual, and not learning about photography. I should also point out that whilst I has a lot of experience with different cameras, he doesn't know everything about all of them! If you are not familiar with your camera, then you should definitely bring the manual with you! Between us, we should then be able to sort out most things!

Different trips will offer a differing level of comfort, and also include varying degrees of physical activity. The specifics for a given tour will be included in the trip notes. Impressions of Morocco is based on the Intrepid Comfort style, which (very) loosely equates to three star accommodation; but we will also be staying in a desert camp and an atmospheric guesthouse, where the accommodation will be more basic. There will be some long drives and a fair amount of walking on this trip, although at the time we are travelling the temperatures won't be too high. A good level of fitness will help you to get the most out of this trip. The trek is not a long one, but there will be lots of steep steps and hills, which can be challenging both uphill and downhill.

Finally, it is important to remember that whilst photography does need patience and sometimes you need to wait for a picture; this is a group tour. There will be a lot of time for you to go off on your own, but there will also be times where we have to meet at a certain time, or during a journey need to maintain our pace. If the group dynamic is not really for you and you have the opinion that everyone else can just wait for you if you are taking a picture, wandering off or shopping then these (or any group tours) probably aren't for you!

This tour is organised and led by Steve Davey | The land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, but the tours don't appear on the Intrepid Travel website | The only way to book is through this site!

Highlights of this trip

Ethiopian Easter at Lalibela

• Boat ride on Lake Tana

• Carved churches of Lalibela

• City and hyenas of Harar

Simien Mountains walk

Extensive photographic tuition

This tour is organised and led by Steve Davey | The land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, but the tours don't appear on the Intrepid Travel website | The only way to book is through this site!

Highlights of this trip

• Monasteries of Ladakh

• Remote Nubra Valley

Driving Srinagar-Leh Highway

• Zanskar Festival

Houseboat in Srinagar

Extensive photographic tuition

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Ladakh Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi
Day 2: Leh
Day 3: Leh
Day 4: Hemis
Day 5: Nubra
Day 6: Nubra
Day 7: Leh
Day 8: Lamayuru
Day 9: Padum (Zanskar)
Day 10: Padum
Day 11: Padum
Day 12: Sonamarg
Day 13: Srinagar
Day 14: Srinagar
Day 15: Tour ends

Included in the trip price

10 nights in hotel/guesthouse

• 2 nights Nubra camp

2 nights in houseboat

All transport as per itinerary

• 14 Breakfasts

• 13 lunches & 13 dinners

• Delhi - Leh flight

• Leh city sightseeing

• Nubra Camel safari

• Srinagar city sightseeing

• All entrances as per itinerary

• Ladakh entry/wildlife fees

• Inner Line Permit

• Pre-trip Facebook group to meet other group members

• Experienced Intrepid leader

Expert photographic tuition

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Start: 12 July 2017
End:
26 July 2017
Code: IOL17

Price: From 2095 pp
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Min 8, max 12 people
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Approx other currencies*:
€ 2501 • US$ 2750

AU$3685 • NZ$3905

Optional single supplement: 395

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flight cost 500 - 550

If you have travelled with us before, you will get a 5% discount on the trip price.

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who is this tour suited to?

Our photo tours cater for a wide spectrum of people at a range of different levels of photography. Steve's skill in explaining things, patience and tireless energy mean that he is able to pitch talks and individual tuition so that they are relevant for a range of different abilities.

These tours are primarily aimed at people who have at least a basic knowledge of their cameras and are keen to develop their skills further.

The people who get the most from a trip like this are those who are aware of the areas that they want to develop. It might sound obvious, but if you know your own shortcomings then you are better able to tackle them!

If you have a greater knowledge, then Steve will be able to fill in a lot of the theories behind things that you might have already thought that you knew, which will help make decisions more instinctive and more confident. He will also be able to help you to take your photography forward to the next stage and can teach you a number of advanced techniques and theories.

If you are an absolute beginner, then these tours will still teach you a vast amount about photography. A large part of photography is artistic and not technical. Selecting viewpoints and angles, composition and especially approaching people to take their picture are as vital as apertures and shutter speeds. Allied to this Steve will explain all of the technical aspects that you need to know as they relate to you and your camera.

You will get more out of these tours if you have a basic familiarity with your camera. If it is new, and out of the box then you might spend a great deal of time thumbing through the manual, and not learning about photography. I should also point out that whilst I has a lot of experience with different cameras, he doesn't know everything about all of them! If you are not familiar with your camera, then you should definitely bring the manual with you! Between us, we should then be able to sort out most things!

Travel in Ladakh
Accomodation in Ladakh is generally on the more basic side. We will stay in a number of guesthouses, and sometimes the standards might be a little 'rustic'. This is all a part of travelling well off the beaten track. If you are the sort of person who struggles with this, or who expects Western standards, even though they are travelling in a remote region of a developing country, then this trip, or Ladakh in general is probably not for you!

To get the most out of this trip, you will need a good level of fitness and mobility. Whilst there is no trekking, there is a fair amount of walking and many of the monasteries will have a number of stairs. Ladakh is at altitude, which will make any exercise slightly more taxing. We will include some time for acclimitising before heading to the higher areas, but if you have ever had any issues with altitude, or have any breathing issues at all, please do contact us before booking.

There will be a number of long drives, on this trip, but they will be spectacular. This includes the Srinagar-Leh Highway, and the spectacular Khardung La Pass. The vehicles that everyone uses in Ladakh are non-AC Toyota Innova. These can officially seat 8 people, including the driver. However, this would be far too crowded, so we will have a maximum of five passengers in each vehicle. As well as the driver, there will be one person in the front seat, then either two in the middle and two in the back; or more usually three in the middle and one in the back. As we will have a local guide and an Intrepid leader with us, they will be in the back seats of two of the vehicles; so each of us will only have to take a turn of just a couple of hours in the back of the third car.

I make it a principle that everyone takes a turn in the good, and the less good seats. If you do suffer from car-sickness, please make sure to bring a remedy with you, rather than expecting to commandeer the front passenger seat for the entire trip! However, if you do have a medical reason why this would be difficult, then please do get in touch, and we will do all that we can to help.

Group tours and personalities
It is important to remember that whilst photography does need patience and sometimes you need to wait for a picture; this is a group tour. There will be a lot of time for you to go off on your own, but there will also be times where we have to meet at a certain time, or during a journey need to maintain our pace. If the group dynamic is not really for you and you have the opinion that everyone else can just wait for you if you are taking a picture, wandering off or shopping then these (or any group tours) probably aren't for you!

Similarly, if you are the sort of person who gets offended or irritated by other people easily, and just "have to speak your mind" about it, then maybe any group trip is not for you. These trips work better if everyone is prepared to work together as a team, and help each other. We will all have a better time, and come away with better pictures and better memories.

Tipping
On these trips I believe in trying to get to places in the best possible light, and seeing as much as possible. This can often mean early starts and long days for the drivers and local leaders who are with us. I expect a lot from them; but I also think that tipping them generously for their efforts is the right thing to do.

India really is a 'tipping' country, and so we intend to run a tipping kitty for any locals who help us, such as hotel porters who carry bags to rooms. A tipping kitty means that you won't have to worry about this every time you check into a hotel, saving a lot of hassle.

Although officially tipping is optional, if you are the sort of person who doesn't believe in tipping on principle, or if you think that tipping as little as possible, then please do not book on this trip: it makes us all look bad!

Non-photographing partners
Steve is often asked about non-photographing partners coming on our trips, and he always say that they are more than welcome - as long as they are not photographer-phobic! Steve believes that travel photography is a great way to engage with a place and the people who live there. Because we are photographers we will see more sunrises, talk to more locals, try more foods and visit more markets than ordinary trips. This means that non-photographers can engage with us - and some even go away with a new interest in photography. We are also about having a good time too - Steve is mindful that this is a holiday as well as a photography tour - so we aim to have lively meals, a lot of laughs and the odd drink or two. As someone recently stated abut our tours:

"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!"

If Steve had to have a mission statement for these tours, then this is it!

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