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

• Holi at Mathura & Vrindavan

• Huranga at Dauji Temple

Ranthambore tiger safaris

• Incomparable Taj Mahal

Targeted photographic help

• Intense photo assignment

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unforgetPlaces4PCThis tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), which covers everything that you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.

Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.

Bookings are made through the Intrepid Special Groups Dept. in the UK not the Intrepid website or Stores. Use this link for more information

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Start: 5 March 2020
 

End: 13 March 2020

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Price: From 2895 pp
excl. flights based on a single room basis.

Price per person if two people booking a shared room: from 2495 pp.

 

Min 5; max 6 people

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Estimated current
flight cost 650

 

With only six places it is impossible for us to organise roomshares and so we have priced this trip to include the cost of a single room, with a discount for people who book together to share a room. If we can organise a roomshare for anyone, we will of course do this, but if you book you will have to be prepared to pay the full, single price.

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who is this tour suited to?

Our new assignment: trips are a completely different product from our usual photography tours. These are, in part, a holiday, whereas the assignment: trips are designed to emulate the way that a professional photographer might cover a particular festival or place. As such, they will be hard work, with a lot of early starts, late finishes and long days of photography. There will certainly be times when we will want to get to a place early, in order to secure a good position, and by their very nature, we won't be able to

As such, people coming on the trip will need to have a good level of fitness and stamina, and also be familiar with their photographic kit. Steve will cover various subjects that will be relevant to the things that we will encounter on the trip, such as fill-in flash and panning, as well as camera protection, but we will not have the same general teaching that we cover on our standard photography tours. We will make time, wherever possible, for a number of image reviews and so having a method of editing your pictures on the road will be an advantage.

Travel at Holi
Holi is an amazing festival, but it can be wild, crowded and a bit daunting. We will also be going out of our way to throw ourselves in at the deep end as much as possible. This will include finding the most crowded and atmospheric places - such as getting ourselves into various temples. If you are not good in crowds, especially those that are rowdy, then Holi is probably not the festival for you.

Crowds at Holi are often quite wild - sometimes the result of alcohol or bhang (a local form of cannabis). People will come up to you demanding selfies, and will also throw powder and water over you continuously. Personal space is an imposibility, and although we will do all that we can to minimise it - women especially can receive unwanted attention.

With a smaller number of people on the trip, we will be able to minimise anything that gets out of hand, but as Westerners you will be subject to more attention from powder and water throwers, and this is unavoidable at Holi. Please do contact us for more information if you have any queries about this.

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!

Professional photography
Although our assignment: trips are designed to emulate how a professional photographer would approach a commission, the quoted price does not cover the use of this trip being used for story research or for pictures that are intended to be published in a commercial way. This is not an issue if all you want to do is to put your pictures on a personal website or on social media; but if you are hoping to publish them in any publication or online publication, or place the pictures with a photo library, then please contact Steve before booking.

Non-photographing partners
As these trips are aimed at intense coverage of the Holi festivl, they are not suitable for non-photographing partners. The primary thing on this trip is to immerse ourselves in the festival in order to get the most spectacular coverage. This is somewhat incompatible with keeping partners happy - as I know to my cost!

Included in the trip price

7 nights hotel accommodation

• 1 night overnight train

• 8 breakfasts

• Air-conditioned Tempo Traveller

• Delhi/Sawai Madhopur in 2 A/C Air-conditioned Sleeper Class

• Three Ranthambore safaris

• Holi 'entrance' fees!

• Taj Mahal entrance

• Agra Fort entrance

• Sikandra entrance

• Entensive Holi experience in Vrindavan and Mathura

• English speaking tour leader

• Pre-trip Facebook group to meet other group members

• Experienced Intrepid leader

Targeted photographic instruction

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assignment: Holi Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi
Day 2: Ranthambore
Day 3: Ranthambore
Day 4: Mathura
Day 5: Mathura
Day 6: Mathura
Day 7: Agra
Day 8: Delhi
Day 9: Tour ends
 

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