Photo Safaris

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Capture Waterland

Workshop landschapsfotografie

A photo safari in the Amsterdam Wetlands!

Get to know the beautiful Amsterdam Wetlands while you are photographing and improve your photography technique.


English spoken small scale workshop (photography safari if you like) for tourists who like to escape the crowds and enjoy nature. During this photo safari/workshop you will get to see the tranquility of Waterland, the real Holland. Theme of the workshop will be nature & landscape photography. We will provide you with tips and tricks, basic 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.
Your tourleader will be Simone Opdam, an 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 of peat meadows. 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 called then, 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.Meadow birds fill the air with their birdsongs.

The workshop

The photo safari consists of a short route by car through Waterland in a group of up to 4 people. We stop at various interesting locations. The workshop leader gives additional information about this beautiful area on the way. Beside that, the tour leader helps you to recognize photo opportunities, how you can capture them (composition), as well as required camera settings.

Location: Waterland (region)
Pick up point: Amsterdam CS (or by appointment)
Date: Wednesdays from april – october 2019 (on call)
Participants: max. 4
Duration: approx. 4 hours (9:30 am - 1:30 pm)
Price: € 35.00 incl. VAT p.p., or € 100 for a party of 4
Including: transport to the photo locations, coffee, tea and cake (in the open air), tips & tricks

Portrait rights
During the workshop group pictures will be taken and it may happen that you are on photos of fellow photographers or the tour leader. Nature photography may use these pictures for publication on its website or in advertising material. Without notice we assume that you give permission for this. If you object to this, let us know in advance, then we will take that into account.

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 (0)6 39 578 273, or send an email to

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