Steve Davey has travelled to almost 90 countries around the world, so this renowned travel photographer and author has a lot of experience in keeping his gear and pictures safe. Of course there have also been a few incidents, but fortunately back-ups and insurance have prevented them turning into disasters. Steve shares his valuable tips to help bring your photos back home…
“Travel photography is about a lot more than simply taking pictures. It might sound obvious, but you have to sort the travel before you can get to the photography part. Travelling with a camera and lenses throws up a number of unique issues that you will have to deal in order to protect your equipment and the pictures you have taken.
If wild landscapes, remote communities and polar bears are on your wish list, then you can’t go past the Arctic! World-renowned photographer and travel author Steve Davey loves exploring this part of the world and he’s got great tips to help you capture this extraordinary region on camera…
“The Arctic region of Svalbard is an incredible part of the world: far more accessible than the Antarctic, it can be reached in a just few hours from most European capitals. Yet Svalbard is also the home of the polar bear, one of the most fearsome predators on the planet.
We seem drawn to them, like a bunch of archaeological lemmings, yet for so many of us visiting the ruins of once great civilisations can be a disappointing experience if your photos don’t turn out right. The whole experience can be, well, ruinous, if your photographic skills let you down, so that’s where renowned travel photographer Steve Davey steps in to share his professional tips…
“The biggest problem with so many ruins is the light! Photographers bang on endlessly about catching the soft, warm light at the beginning and end of the day, but whether you are photographing or just walking around ruined sites, this could not be more vital. The early morning light is warm, soft and coming from a low angle, giving a glorious interplay of shadow and light that picks out details of stone buildings and facades. Later on in the day and the light will be coming from overhead: it will be flat and featureless in some places; and cast deep impenetrable shadows in others. Many ruins are pretty bland in colour, either grey or yellow stone. If the lighting is flat and uninteresting they can just loose all of their three-dimensionality and detail.
Nearly 100% of travellers will tell you their favourite real life experiences involve people. Meeting a kind local who pointed you in the right direction, enjoying a spirited haggling session with a charismatic shopkeeper or making new friends during a village homestay. But how do you hold on to these memories and photograph these lovely people? Travel photographer extraordinaire Steve Davey to the rescue with tips on how to take great portraits and capture those smiley, happy moments…
“You don’t want every portrait you shoot to be a happy smiling face, but the smiles of people you meet on the road are a major part of most people’s travel experiences. Getting a relaxed and non-gurning smile can be really difficult, so how do you avoid that grin turning into a grimace – or worse still the subject of your picture standing to attention like a soldier outside of Buckingham Palace?
It’s wonderful being able to snap away happily on our holidays thanks to digtal photography. But it’s not only about the freedom of taking 100s of shots. There’s the added thrill of instantly sharing the moment and meeting locals, as Intrepid’s Yvette Thompson discovers in India…
“Waan foto!” “This is the standard greeting from Indian children to any foreigner: with or without camera. If you don’t have a camera, or you successfully hide it from inquisitive eyes, you can politely smile and walk by the group without risk of an ambush. However, if they spot your camera, then you better be prepared for village kids to run towards you at full speed!
What is it about the wonders of Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and all manner of photo uploading sites that have suddenly given us amazing photography powers? Or maybe not? It’s not as easy as it looks and let’s face it, there are a lot of very unappetising photo shots being shared, so photographer extraordinaire Steve Davey to the rescue with some much-needed foodie photo tips…
“Some people seem to have a compulsion to record, blog, tweet and update their status with everything that they do, or think. One example is in the habit of photographing each travel meal and posting them on Instagram. Am I unique in not wanting to see everyone’s dinner before they eat it? I might though be interested in seeing a good photograph that shows me something about the culinary traditions or cuisine of a country.
Russ Malkin, adventure television producer extraordinaire, rose to fame behind the camera on popular TV series Long Way Round and Long Way Down, starring adventurer Charley Boorman and actor Ewan McGregor. He’s currently working on a new project, Charley Boorman’s South Africa, which hits screens in the new year.
Russ hosted an event, “How to Film Your Own Adventure”, in the London Intrepid My Adventure Store this week, and gave us his ultimate hints and tips on how to record your travels on film. Here, we give you the lowdown on the best way to immortalise your experience on cellulose (or, more likely, hard disk. But that doesn’t sound half as romantic, does it!).
Ask a photographer what they never have enough of, and they are sure to say “time”! We put world-renowned photographer Steve Davey on the spot and asked how to get the most out of your photos in minimum time…
“Time is short. We all get precious little time off and need to make the most of every minute of it. For many people the short city break is the perfect way to do this. A chance to spend a few days in a new city to explore, eat and of course party! But how do you square getting the best pictures of your city break with trying to get the most enjoyment and relaxation out of your trip?
Mark Stennett travels South East Asia in search of the perfect photo and the iconic and majestic temples of Angkor are just the starting point for a fantastic photographic exploration of Cambodia…
“Angkor Wat and the many smaller temples in Siem Reap offer a never ending array of photo opportunities and not just at sunrise and sunset, when indeed they really do shine. There are so many new things to discover as you wander around slowly, trying to image what this once mighty civilisation might have looked like back at the peak of power.