For tourists

Experience - Learn - Capture
Get to know the beautiful region of waterland while you are photographing and improve your photography technique.

Location: Waterland (region)
Date: mondays, wednesdays and saturdays from april – october 2018
Participants: max. 4
Duration: approx. 4 hours (9:30 am - 1:30 pm)
Price: € 49.00 p.p.
Including: transport to the photo locations, coffee, tea and cake (in the open air), course booklet and feedback afterwards


English spoken small scale workshop (photography safari if you like) for tourists who like to escape the crowds of Amsterdam, Volendam and Marken. During this workshop you will get to see the tranquility of Waterland, the real Holland. Theme of the workshop will be landscape photography. We will provide you with tips and tricks, camera technique, composition rules and developing your own vision of photography. It will be a mixture of taking your photography to the next level and enjoying the Dutch landscape.
Natuurfototrips offers a program that helps you improve your photographic skills. There will also be room for nature experience in beautiful Waterland, and learning a bit more about its natural history. Your tourleader is Simone Opdam, an enthusiastic, experienced nature photographer with an excellent knowledge of the area. Overall: the recipe for an unforgettable day capturing Waterland!

The area

If you leave Amsterdam on the north side you suddenly find yourself in the countryside. The real Holland. A beautiful area. One of the last refuge for meadow birds in the Netherlands. Villages floating on the low land, peat bogs, lakes, dikes, Gouwzee and Markermeer. More than enough subjects to photograph.


The landscape of Waterland, a peat meadow area, originated from the reclamation of peat that started around the year 1000 AD. Villages were founded along peat bogs and streams, of which Zuiderwoude is one of the oldest. Due to repeted flooding of the Zuiderzee, as the IJsselmeer was then still called, a layer of clay was deposited over the peat. Famous floods took place in the 1421, 1805 and 1916. Between Monnickendam and Volendam you will find ‘braakjes’, as the lakes that arose after the flood are called, wooden indications with these dates. Due to subsidence as a result of the reclamation, the Waterland soil became lower and more swampy, making arable farming impossible. To this day, Waterland is therefore a (milk) cattle breeding area known for its cheese production. In the spring, peat bog yields a beautiful floral wealth with species that are threatened with extinction elsewhere. Ragged robin and marsh orchids do fine here.

The workshop

During this workshop we drive a short route through Waterland by car with a group of up to 4 people. We stop at various interesting locations. The workshop leader tells you everything about this beautiful area on the way. During this workshop you will also learn how to recognize photo opportunities, how you can capture them (composition), which camera settings can best be used and other technical subjects. As a preparation for this workshop you will receive a course booklet by e-mail, or as a hand-out, so you can read afterward what has been discussed. You can also email me five pictures afterwards. I will give you feedback and tips that you can take with you in subsequent photo sessions.

Upon registration you will receive further information about the assembly point, the exact start time and payment. If the weather is unsuitable in the judgment of the workshop leader, a new date will be proposed, or the workshop will be canceled.

TIP: Put on sturdy, waterproof shoes and if possible take a tripod to place your camera and bring a sandwich, as we finish after lunch.

Are you interested in this workshop? Call us at +31 +6 39 578 273, or send an email to

Veilig achter de dijk
Lente in Waterland
Eén van de witte bruggen van Waterland
Herfst in Holland

Workshop 'Capture Waterland' (english)

For booking: call us or send an email:

+31 (0)6 39 578 273

Capture Waterland

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