Steve's Impressions of India trip did everything it said on the tin and more. Not only did I get to see some of the most incredible sights, I've got spectacular photos to prove it. The combination of an intrepid tour guide with local knowledge and Steve's travel experience and photography instruction made it stand out from other trips I've been on. In three weeks I managed to go from complete beginner to competent user. SLR's not needed!
SG - Impressions of India
The Better Travel Photography range of travel photography tours are bespoke photographic holidays, designed and led by Steve Davey, drawing on his 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.
As Steve is trying to juggle his professional and family life with running these tours we are only planning three or 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. Our current range of tours is below. Click on an image to see more.
Impressions of Uzbekistan 2014
Our newest tour will see us visit the incredible country of Uzbekistan. Lying on the ancient Silk Route, the most well known city is the evocative Samarkand, famed for its Registan square which boast some of the most spectacular Islamic Architecture in Central Asia. We also visit the historic cities of Khiva and Bokhara, as well as traversing the Kizilkum Desert, and searching out Bronze Age petroglyphs at the Sarmysh Gorge. Uzbekistan's history has been shaped by an enticing blend of Islam and old Soviet communism; as well as Genghis Khan and Timur, the founder of the Moghul Empire. We will explore ancient cities, the modern capital and have a great chance to meet the friendly and welcoming Uzbek people. To see more click here.
Our last trip for 2014 takes us to the incredible country of Nepal. We start in the Bustling Kathmandu Valley; exploring the historic sites of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur; the stupas at Bodhnath and Swayumbhunath and the Hindi pilgrimage town of Pashupatinath. Leaving the valley, we head off to the rura locations of Nuwokot and Bandipur; 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.
My trip to Morocco with Steve Davey was truly inspirational and one of the best I have ever been on. Steve gave me a great insight into what it takes to be a great travel photographer. He willing shared his expertise with all the group throughout the day whilst we took photographs and gave talks most evenings. Personally, Steve has help me improve my photography both technically and artistically – I particularly remember him pointing out a great photo opportunity in Casablanca which he taught me to anticipate and take the photo I want rather than missing the opportunity. Steve is a very charismatic and funny guy who is great fun to travel with - I would definitely travel with Steve again!
NC - Impressions of Morocco
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