Steve Davey

Steve Davey is Wanderlust’s photo tips guru and one of the judges for Wanderlust's Travel Photo of the Year competition. A professional travel photographer and writer, he is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die andUnforgettable Islands to Escape to Before You Die, both published by BBC Books, and translated into over 40 language editions. 

Most recently, Steve has written Footprint Travel Photography, published by Footprint Handbooks, which covers just about everything that you could ever want to know about travelling with you camera. To complement the book, Steve has launched his own range of exclusive travel photography tours to some of the most exotic and photogenic parts of the world. The land arrangements are contracted to Steve accompanies each tour, supply his unique blend of tuition and encouragement! Steve also leads his own range of London based photography courses.

Forthcoming tour destinations for 2013 include the mountain region of Ladakh in India and Turkey. More information on www.bettertravelphotography.com

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Top tips for photographing wildlife

Snapping the world's wildlife is no mean feat. You have to make your own luck and be a quick-draw photographer, says Steve Davey

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How to shoot a winning portfolio

Competition judge and pro photographer Steve Davey explains the techniques behind last year's winning photo story

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10 simple photography rules that everyone should know

Zooms, panning shots, memory cards and more - everything you need to know about taking the perfect photograph

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10 favourite locations for taking photographs

Photograph of the Year judge, Steve Davey shares the best-kept secrets on where to capture the most thrilling photographs

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Get shot of cliches: photographing travel icons

It's all about perspective, says Steve Davey. Abandon the stereotypes and think past the predictable angles and compositions

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Get creative with your compact camera – top 5 tips

You don’t need an expensive SLR camera to take an impressive shot. The results from compacts can be just as good – see our top tips to improve your shots

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Top 10 photography gadgets

With photography, there always seems to be one more piece of essential equipment. Here we reveal the top 10 must-haves

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The digital revolution: photograph manipulation

Taking a top shot is all about natural creativity, but a few digital tweaks can be vital in turning an average image into a breathtaking one

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Snapping flappers – photographing birds

Birds come in a dizzying array of colours, shapes and sizes: perfect photography subjects

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Shooting photographs in the jungle

Entering the rainforest needs preparation: the equipment, clothes and medicine. A great shot inside takes good planning too

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Cold snaps: How to take great snow photographs

Snow looks pretty, but brings photographic challenges beyond just chilly fingers. Here we offer tips to help keep your winter shots whiter than white

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Photography tips: festivals

Obstructive crowds, fast-moving action, tonnes of flying tomatoes... taking pictures at a festival is tough. Here we show you how to capture the moment – and enjoy the party

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Photography tips – markets

Hawking traders, bustling aisles, weird and wonderful vegetables – there’s no better place for photography than a market. Here we help you capture the action

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Perfect portrait photographs

Taking a good portrait shot can be a travel photographer’s biggest challenge. But it’s not just about camera settings, it’s about making friends, too

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How to buy the right camera for you

It's simple: what you really need to know about buying a camera

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Underwater photography

There’s more to underwater photography than keeping your camera dry. Here we dive in to get the best shots in the big blue

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Mastering black and white photography

Not every image shot in black and white looks arty – you need a bit of know-how. Change you black and white images from grey to great

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Photography tips: exposure

Don’t know your P from your AUTO? Here we explain how to control exposure on your DSLR to improve your travel photos

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Night-time photography

As night falls, a whole new world comes to life – but with it come photographic challenges: how to take exciting photos after the sun’s gone down

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Photography tips: snapping sunsets

The setting sun is a tricky character to capture – professional photographer Steve Davey helps you make the most of the moment

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Photographing travel icons

How do you make something special out of the over-familiar? Steve Davey helps you capture the world’s icons on camera

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Travel photography: taking portraits

How do the professionals manage to get such evocative and engaging portraits? Steve Davey says it’s all about getting up close and personal

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Photography tips: Mastering mountains

Mountains don’t move much, but that doesn’t make their majesty easy 
to capture. Steve Davey helps you take better peak pictures

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Photography tips: Extend your lens selection

Want to shoot a crowd, capture a distant animal, change your perspective or snap the perfect portrait? Add to your lens collection, says Steve Davey

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Photography tips: Experiment with ISO settings

Want to shoot hand-held in low light, or create blur in brilliant daylight? Then get creative with your camera’s ISO settings, says Steve Davey

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Photography tips: ways with water

It moves, it reflects, it makes simply keeping your camera steady a bit of a challenge. Steve Davey helps you become captain of your camera with water

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Photography tips: shooting sand

Stick to a few vital rules, and you’ll 
soon be taking prime pictures of your desert adventures

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Photography tips: How to understand histograms

Histograms can be daunting at first glance. But they're not as confusing as they look – here's our simple tutorial to make them work for you

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Photography tips: on the water

Pictures taken from boats all too often end in repetitive seascapes and wonky horizons. Steve Davey stabilises your waterborne photography

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Photography tips: places of worship

Photographing places of worship is a sensitive business. Steve Davey helps you capture the atmosphere in style, without causing offence

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7 tips for great road trip photos

Want to capture the magic and majesty of a road trip? Follow this simple advice from a pro photographer...

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Photography tips: shooting open spaces

From salt-flats to scorching deserts – empty landscapes can be utterly atmospheric. How do you capture all that nothing on camera? Steve Davey is here to help

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Photography tips: view life in vertical

Cameras are designed to be held horizontally, but some subjects are just better captured from a different angle. It's time to turn your camera on its side!

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Photography tips: zoom in on detail

It’s great to see the big picture – but zooming in can create a more effective sense of place. Steve Davey gets you ready for your close ups

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Photography tips: taking action shots

Bungy-jumping, mountain-biking, river-rafting – all great fun, but how can you capture the moment? Steve Davey offers his top tips

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Making movie magic: filming your travels

Steve Davey lets you in on his top seven tips for filming better movies – with your DSLR

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Photography tips: night-time shoots

Don’t leave the camera behind on your evenings out! Steve Davey helps you capture those cultural shows, campfire drinks and bar crawls that make travelling so much fun...

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Photography tips: respecting locals

It can be fascinating watching local people going about their daily toil – but while the resulting photos can be great, you need to shoot with respect, says Steve Davey

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Photography tips: How to take snappier shots

Don’t have, want or need the expensive camera kit? Steve Davey shows how to get amazing images out of your point-and-shoot without worrying about not having the pro-gear

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Photography tips: how to frame your photos

Use the compositional device of framing to give your photos extra punch, no expensive kit required, advises Steve Davey

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Photography tips: capturing colour on camera

Be bright, be bold, and contrast, contrast, contrast! Steve Davey sums up the key rules of capturing colour with your camera

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Photography tips: alternative angles

They draw the eye, link subjects and add drama – shooting diagonals can properly pep up your photography, reckons Steve Davey

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Photography tips: breaking the rules

To take the best pictures, many of us abide by accepted ‘laws of photography’. But sometimes, reckons Steve Davey, flouting these rules produces far better photos

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Photography tips: take positive pics

Forget moody portraits and brooding landscapes – celebrate the world’s wonders! Steve Davey helps you add some positivity to your photography

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Photography tips: Mediocre to magical

When it comes to taking the perfect picture a bit of cropping and colour converting might just be necessary. But remember, it’s not always cheating says Steve Davey

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What makes a winning travel photo...

With the 2013 Wanderlust Travel Photograph of the Year Competition still open for entries, judge Steve Davey offers his insider tips on the Travel Icon category, and what makes a winning photo

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How to shoot a winning image

As the closing date of the 2013 Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition looms, judge Steve Davey advises learning from previous winners before sending in your entries

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Take Better Travel Photos: Water Festivals

During April, South East Asia is awash with water festivals. Steve Davey tells you how to capture the moment – and protect your camera at the same time

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How to create an award-winning photo portfolio

Can you compile an eye-catching photo portfolio? Our expert resident photographer and Wanderlust Travel Photograph of the Year judge shows you how

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How to photograph waterfalls

Want to capture a waterfalls on your travels? Wanderlust’s photo expert Steve Davey shares his professional tips

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Photography tips: How to shoot great portraits

Want to take a photo like this? Steve Davey shows you how to shoot an engaging portrait

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How to take amazing photos of stars

Want to photograph stars like a pro? Here's how to make your night-time travel photos dazzle...

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Photography tips: How to take great macro shots

Focus on the little things – here's how to master macro photography

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Photography tips: how to freeze the moment

With a few simple tricks, you can stop time – here's how to make your action shots sharp and compelling

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Ladakh may be the worst possible place for a flood

Photographer Steve Davey left Ladakh just as the unprecedented wet weather was closing in

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Only photographers should be allowed to travel

Some say keen photographers are a major pain in the ass for travellers. What drivel!

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The hard work starts now that the competition is closed

First the team removes all the cars from the landscape section; animal shots from the people section and zoo pictures from the wildlife category

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Travel Photo of the Year - post analysis

There are two types of people who enter travel competitions: those who listen to what the judges are looking for, and those who don't and just send in anything

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Top 11 non-festive festivals for December

Sick of all the Christmas hype already? From the exotic to the eccentric, here's where to get a festival vibe without any festive tat in tow

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8 alternative ways to celebrate the New Year

Fancy a more exotic celebration to welcome the New Year? We reveal eight ways to bring in 2015 in an alternative fashion

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Safari in the sky

Flying is about a lot more than just getting from A to B by the quickest means possible

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Cameras: get the best of both worlds

A new breed of camera combining the best bits of compacts and DSLRs has hit the market - but are they any good? Steve Davey puts them to the test

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