As well as enjoying the stunning landscapes and wildlife of Namibia, you will learn a massive amount about photography and many of the techniques used by a professional travel photographer.
Our tours generally cover a wide range of technical and practical techniques for improving your travel photography. This is done with a combination of practical group and individual demonstrations, illustrated talks on aspects of travel photography and group reviews and discussions.
We have recently completely revitalised our teaching schedules on our trips: we will be setting a lot more projects for people to work towards, and also holding more image reviews.
We tailor the subjects covered on the tours depending on the level of knowledge of people on the tour, individual requirements and the nature of the itinerary. Always very approachable, we are always willing to give individual help, look at pictures or enter into a spirited discussion about just about everything.
Although these tours will be led by two different photographers, we will ensure that broadly the same subjects and topics are covered on each trip.
We will also give a short daily briefing as to the sort of things that you might expect to see each day, and the sort of equipment and techniques that you might need the following day.
There are a number of specific skills that we will be covering on this trip, including:
• We will show you simple ways to improve the focus and sharpness of your pictures.
• We will teach a number of techniques to achieve great portraits of the people we meet on our travels
• We will show you how to see pictures and prepare your camera ready to take them
• We will help you to learn to see pictures
• We will show you a number of ways to improve your exposures!
• We will show you how to use composition to tell a story in your pictures.
• We will show you how to use a polarising filter to get more vibrant shots.
• We will teach you some techniques for better wildlife photography
• We will explain the importance of understanding ISO, shutter speed and depth of field.
• We will show you how to shoot stunning star trails photographs
• We will show you how to use panning for exiting action shots
• We will show you how to shoot and process panoramic pictures
• We will teach you the rules of composition (and when to break them)
• We will teach you some simple post-production techniques to give your pictures more punch and impact.
• We will teach you how to back up pictures and clean your camera.
Our schedule is flexible, and will be responsive to the needs and interests of the group. If there is anything else that you would like covered on the trip, then please ask at any time. We are always happy to include anything in the trip tuition.
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There are two departures:
Start:23 Sept. 2020
End: 7 October '20
Price from £3895 pp
Min 8, max 12 people
Places left: 3
1 male roomshare place
Trip is confirmed
Start:14 Oct. 2020
End: 28 Oct. 2020
Price from £3745 pp
Min 8, max 12 people
Places left: 7
Trip to be confirmed
Prices excl. international flights, based on
Optional single supplement: £450
flight cost £750
We have two departures for this tour - led by a different photographer. Each are identical, but we have had to use a couple of different properties due to availability.
photo tours with steve davey
Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.
Bookings are made through the Intrepid Tailor Made Dept. in London not the Intrepid website or Stores. Contact Steve Davey for information
This 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.
Our return to the breathtaking country of Namibia manages to fit all of the highlights of this most photogenic of countries into an action packed, and adventurous fifteen days.
Adventure doesn't mean that we will roughing it though: we will be travelling in a large overland truck, giving us plenty of space for camera bags and a window each. We will also be staying at some amazing properties, not just for the luxury, but because they will give us special photographic access. Staying at the Sossus Dune Lodge inside the park at Sossusvlei gives us special access to the park before anyone else, which means that you can get to the hauntingly beautiful dry pan of Dead Vlei in order to witness the sunset, and before the crowds of course. Staying at Okakuejo, in Etosha National Park, means that you can spend the night at their floodlit waterhole: in my opinion the best in Africa, and your best chance of seeing the critically endangered Black Rhino anywhere on the continent.
There are two dates: one led by Steve Davey, and the other by Jamie Marshall, who has travelled widely in Namibia, and led our tour to Ladakh.
We start our adventure in the capital of Windhoek, before driving south to the Quiver Tree Forest, where we hope to photograph star trails over these strangely shaped endemic trees. Moving further South, we come to the little known Fish River Canyon. Although reached by few tourists, this is te second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon. Staying ina comfortable lodge, we can photograph at sunrise and sunset.
Driving to the coast we stay at the pretty town of Luderitz, before visiting the ghost town of Kolmanskop - which was constructed in the German style at the height of a diamond boom, before being deserted and reclaimed by the shifting desert sands.
The highlight of any trip to Namibia are the dunes of the eponymous Namib Desert, most specifically at Sossusvlei. This is our next location, and we stay inside the park to give is special access, allowing us to be at the haunting dry pan of Dead Vlei in time for the sunrise.
Mid way through our trip, we send a couple of nights exploring the vibrant town of Swakopmund on the coast. We have time to explore the touwn and the surrounding area, including the flamingoes at nearby Walvis Bay, before heading north to Damaraland, stopping en route to see the thousands of Fur Seals at the Cape Cross Seal Sanctuary, and the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein.
Damaraland is home to the colourful Himba people, and also a chance to look out for a rare sub-species of Desert Elephant. The wildlife theme continues with two nights at Okakuejo Camp in the Etosha National park - famous for the floodlit waterhole, which is the best place in Africa to see Black Rhino.
Our final journey is a drive back to Windhoek, for our final night in Namibia and a chance to review our best shots from the trip.
We have two dates organised for this itinerary. The first is led by Steve Davey, and departs Windhoek on the 23 September; the second is led by photographer Jamie Marshall and 14 October, each for 15 days. Even this far ahead, there is a high demand for accommodation, and we have had to vary the properties slightly, but to all intents and purposes, the trips will be identical. We are even endeavouring to have the same local Intrepid leader for both trips.
Jamie has travelled widely in Namibia. He has accompanied me on two trips, and also led a photography tour to Ladakh for us in the past. You can see more of his work here.
Please indicate on your booking whether you would prefer the first, or the second trip, or whether you have no preference. The more flexible you can be, the more likely we are to be able to offer you a place.
Highlights of this trip
• Dead Vlei sunrise
• Kolmanskop ghost town
• Cape Cross Seal colony
• Relaxed Swakopmund
• Etosha National Park
• Extensive photographic tuition
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Impressions of Namibia Itinerary
Day 1: Windhoek
Day 2: Keetmanshoop
Day 3: Fish River Canyon
Day 4: Luderitz
Day 5: Sossusvlei
Day 6: Sossusvlei
Day 7: Swakopmund
Day 8: Swakopmund
Day 9: Twyfelfontein
Day 10: Damaraland
Day 11: Damaraland
Day 12: Etosha
Day 13: Etosha
Day 14: Windhoek
Day 15: Tour ends