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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 or five 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 Jordan 2019
Jordan is firmly back on the tourist map. Having been at the crossroads of the world for millennia, Jordan offers a bewildering amount of history. The Jewel in the Crown is the ancient lost city of Petra, but we will explore sites from the Bible, Roman ruins, Crusader forts and ancient churches. We will also have the chance to spend an atmospheric night in the desert at Wadi Rum, snorkel in the Red Sea and float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea! To see more click here.
Impressions of Laos 2019
Laos is arguably the most entrancing country in South East Asia. Laid back and relaxed, they don't call the national currency the kip for nothing!This unique visits the highlights of this incredible country, from the haunting Plain of Jars in the North, past the soaring karst scenery of Vang Vieng and the Khmer ruins at Champassak, to the sprawling 4000 islands at Si Phan Don. We also spend time in the capital, Vientiane as well as witness the monks processions at the ancient capital of Luang Prabang. To see more click here.
assignment: Holi 2020
The first of our new series of assignment: tours will see us returning to the vibrant and colourful Indian festival of Holi. Our assignment: tours will emulate the way that a professional photographer would approach a commission. They will be hard work, and in the case of Holi, crowded and messy, but will represent a great way to approach a particular festival or place. As well as covering Holi in incredible depth, we will also look for tigers in Ranthambore and photograph the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset. To see more click here.
Impressions of Madagascar 2020
Madagascar is rightly famous for its wildlife, being the only place in the World where you can see lemurs in the wild, but there is a lot more to see here too. We have created a fantastic blend between wildlife, landscape and culture, including visiting the remote protestant village of Soantanana, the Avenue of the Baobabs and the Tsingy de Bemhara. We have made a few changes from our previous itinerary: most notably travelling to Ifaty in the South to photograph the entracing 'dancing lemurs' as they leap across the ground between trees. To see more click here.
Impressions of Namibia 2020
Our last trip to Namibia was fantastic, and we have made a few tweaks and improvements for our return. There are some things in this incredible country that you just have to include: sunrise at Dead Vlei, Kolmanskop Ghost Town, and the incomparable floodlit waterhole at Okaukuejo. We include so much more though,and have timed our visit for one of the best times to see wildlife and photograph the stunning landscapes. 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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