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

• Deadvlei at Susussvlei

• Fish River Canyon

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

• Okakuajo waterhole

Himba Tribe in Damaraland

Extensive photographic tuition

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Day 1: Windhoek
Day 2: Keetmanshoop
Day 3: Fish River Canyon
Day 4: Luderitz
Day 5: Luderitz
Day 6: Sossusvlei
Day 7: Sossusvlei
Day 8: Swakopmund
Day 9: Swakopmund
Day 10: Damaraland
Day 11: Damaraland
Day 12: Etosha NP
Day 13: Etosha NP
Day 14: Windhoek
Day 15: Tour ends

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Start: 26 September 2018
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Price: From 3350 pp
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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 Namibia
We have generally opted for some excellent place to stay, as these give us the best access to some of the places we are visiting. There are some cases, though, where the conditions might be a little more basic. This is because a more basic place might give us better access, such as in the public camp at Okaukuejo, which has one of the best floodlit waterholes in Africa!

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 some of it will be in sandy conditions. If you are worried about the itinerary, please do get in touch.

There will be a number of long drives, on this trip, but they will be spectacular. We have arranged for a 24 seat Overland truck, which menas that there are more window seats available for our group of 12! I generally 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.

The light in Namibia gets very harsh from the mid-morning to mid-afternoon. We will do all that we can to see as much of the country as we can during the best hours of the day for the light. This will mean a number of early starts to catch the sunrise. Some of these will be optional: others will be integral to the itinerary. We obviously won't be able to see everywhere and everything in the best light, but we will do the most that we can!

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.

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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Included in the trip price

12 nights hotel accommodation

• 2 nights guesthouse

• 8 nights in lodges

Transport in overland vehicle

• 14 Breakfasts

• 5 lunches & 10 dinners

• Sossusvlei entrance

• Full Day Namib Nauklauft Park

• Kolmanskop Ghost Town Tour

• Damaraland wildlife drive

• Himba village visit

• Etosha game drives

• English speaking tour leader

• Experienced driver

• Pre-trip Facebook group to meet other group members

• Experienced Intrepid leader

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