Photography Tours Leiden offers unique and adventurous photography walking tours through Leiden.

Guided by Leidens most experienced photography teacher it's a great way to explore this ''City of Discoveries".  In a 2,5 hours photography walking tour, I will show you how to take great photographs of Leiden.

As a lifetime inhabitant of Leiden, I am the right person to give you insider tips of  the most beautiful and interesting sceneries. Moreover, I will help you to unlock your inner artist.

Over the years I have trained and counseled thousands of photography enthusiasts. So I have a vast knowledge of all camera brands and systems.

What will we cover during the Photography Tours Leiden?

Leiden is a city with a rich cultural heritage, not only in science but also in the arts.

For instance, one of the world's most famous painters, Rembrandt, was born and educated in Leiden.

Moreover, the city has been one of Europe's most prominent scientific centers for more than four centuries.

Hence Leiden’s motto: ‘City of Discoveries’.

If you ever thought only Amsterdam offers picturesque canal views, think again. After Amsterdam, Leiden is the city with the greatest number of bridges and canals!

Most of the current buildings in the city center date back to the 16th and 17th century. It’s actually the second largest 17th-century town center in the Netherlands, the largest being Amsterdam.

I will teach you how to capture the beauty of these places through your camera.

For over two decades I have trained and guided thousands of photography enthusiasts at Leiden University  or in private lessons. This experience makes it easy for me to guide you in setting up your camera for great results.

Here is what we will cover during Photography Tours Leiden:

  • Basic Exposure settings: Shutter speed, Aperture, Iso
  • Use of Tripod, Cable release, Self-timer, Mirror up
  • Use of Filters (Polarizer, Neutral Density, Gradual ND)
  • Depth of Field, Composition, Panoramas
  • Lighting, Exposure, Multiple Exposures, HDR, Flash Photography
  • Perspective, Point of View, Details
  • Wide Angle, Zoom-Telelenses

However, it's not just the camera settings. Even more important is to sharpen your eye and learning to see the light!

No Camera or Tripod? No problem!

Rent Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, or Olympus camera with lens for just 25€. Tripod rent 10€.

View from the Burcht to the Oldtown in Leiden
Take a look at my photo gallery Leiden

ALL LEVELS WELCOME! From beginner to more advanced photographers, everyone is welcome to join. Languages: English-German or Dutch.

NO RISK INVOLVED! Payments allowed after the Photography Tours Leiden. Only if you are satisfied!

Starting Point: Pieterskerkhof 4-A, 2311SR Leiden.

Dates: Everyday in 2024.

Times: Daytours 10.00h and 15.00h. Evening Twilight Tours: Starting times by agreement!

(Duration Photography Walking Tour is 2,5 hours)

Price: 80€  (2,5 Hrs.) (bring a friend 60€ p.p)

BOOK your place and INFO!  Or call: +31638053787 

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 5 reviews
 by Reviewed by Kathleen M Dec 4, 2018

I had a wonderful time walking the city for 3 hours with Harry Otto, learned a lot of things that my camera can do, got instruction on how to take some amazing photos, saw lots of interesting spots in Leiden and have over 200 pretty great photographs that I took on the tour. I would highly recommend it!

 by Reviewed by 25nodo

Aug 13, 2018

I really enjoyed my photography tour with Harry. His knowledge of photography and of Leiden was a great combination. We went off the beaten path and covered the whole city in 3+ hours. Harry is enthusiastic about photography and gave a lot of great advice. The tour covers a lot of ground, so be prepared to walk. I highly recommend this tour!

 by GeoCaribe, Houston, Texas
Wonderful tour - favorite thing in a full week in Leiden!

Highly recommend this tour! We had a great time with Harry Otto, touring beautiful Leiden and seeing its secret places. He is such a friendly, enthusiastic person, it was a pleasure to “see through his eyes.” Our photography was improved for sure. As we had two more weeks left in Holland, that was a real value add. One of us has some difficulty walking (especially on the brick streets) and Harry adjusted the tour to fit our needs. Oh yes, my favorite souvenir is his book, 86 Leiden alleys at Night, truly unique! The photos I took on the tour are some of the best of our trip.

 by Travelin_Fuel, New York City
Highly recommend

Harry not only knows Leiden like the back of his hand - but he knows photography and composition - even better! The three hours flew by as we explored the narrow alleys in search of interesting shadows, light, and photo frames. I learned a lot on this tour - and I would call myself an advanced photog hobbyist. I would not only recommend this tour - I would sign up for another tour - next time I find myself in Leiden.

 by Anna
A Twighlight Photography Tour in Leiden

On a cold evening in March, Harry Otto, instructor, and I myself set out for a three hour long workshop on nighttime photography in the center of picturesque Leiden. We started when the sun had just set, so the sky turned darker and darker as we progressed, and we even had a nice moment of ‘blue hour’. While wandering around, choosing different spots to set up our tripods, Harry taught me a lot about the technical aspects and the more artistic aspects of nighttime photography. Because the workshop was one on one I got constant attention and advice and could ask all that I wanted. I learned a lot that evening and had some nice pictures as a result. After this workshop I’ve been able to put in to practice what I learned, which has resulted in decidedly better nighttime pictures than before.
Harry is a relaxed and knowledgeable teacher. Highly recommended!