Join renowned travel photographer and author Steve Davey for an exclusive talk on Photographing in Arctic and other extreme conditions.
See beautiful examples of Steve’s work while he discusses the techniques and practicalities of achieving these shots and talks us through the itinerary of the special Spitsbergen Explorer photography expedition that he will be escorting this June.
The Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is a fantastic location for seeking out wildlife, but there’s more than that to discover in this intriguing land.
You have a more than excellent chance of seeing the fearsome polar bear, as well as groups of bloated walrus, the somewhat dumpy Svalbard reindeer and even the Arctic fox. In the water you can encounter a variety of whales and all sorts of seals, often hauled up on pack ice.
One of the best things about moving to Singapore seven years ago was having the opportunity to travel around South East Asia.
My husband and I first visited the Temples of Angkor in 2008 and were immediately hooked. For the intrepid explorer and keen travel photographer, the place is a visual feast. In fact, I had so much fun photographing not only the temples, but also daily life in Cambodia (the markets, the lovely Khmer people and the fascinating floating communities on Ton Le Sap), that I now lead a yearly Photography Tour to Angkor from Singapore with the land arrangements provided by Intrepid Travel.
There are great rewards to be had in Cambodia for the more adventurous travel photographer. People are warm and friendly (having a guide who can translate definitely helps if you’re into travel portrait photography and/or want to learn more from the locals), plus visiting local villages is a fascinating glimpse into times gone by and exploring temples, both forgotten and famous, is so exciting.
Here are a few tips for taking your own great photos of the Temples of Angkor:
Great weather can’t be summoned on cue, but bleak skies needn’t spoil your travel photographs either. In the current issue #39 of get lost magazine, photography expert Steve Davey shares his tips for shooting in poor conditions…
“I am the undisputed rain man. Not in a Dustin Hoffman sort of way. On every trip I have taken in the past six or seven years I have experienced some sort of precipitation. A good outcome from all these drenchings is that, whether it be rain, snow, drizzle or a colossal thunderstorm, I have developed a number of ways of taking good shots when the weather has let me down.
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.
How do you supercharge your travel writing and photography? David Miller of Matador Network gives us his top 10 professional tips…
“As travellers in the digital age, with every image we share, with every post we write, we’re adding to the larger narrative of how travel and place are described around the world. We become, by default, storytellers.
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?