Take a unique adventurous photography walking tour in the beautiful historical city of Leiden.

Guided by an experienced professional artist-photographer and teacher it's a great way to explore this ''City of Discoveries".

In a 3 hours photography walking tour, I will show you how to take great photographs of Leiden with its rich cultural heritage of science and arts.

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

What will we cover during the Leiden Photography Tour?


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

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

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

Many important scientific discoveries have been made here, giving rise to 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.

There is a lot to see and discover and I will help you to make great photos of the most beautiful and interesting sceneries.

In the meantime, I have trained and counseled thousands of photography enthusiasts, giving me a vast knowledge of all camera brands and systems.

During the Tour we will cover:

  • 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
  • Perspective, Point of View, Details
  • Wide Angle, Zoom-Telelenses

However, it's not just the camera settings. They are important but 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 15€. Tripod rent 5€.


Take a look at my photo gallery Leiden

ALL LEVELS WELCOME! From beginner to advanced photographers, everyone is welcome to join this exciting Photography Tour.

NO RISK INVOLVED! Payment after the Tour is over but only if you are satisfied!

Starting Point: In front of Old School Leiden.  Pieterskerkhof 4-A, 2311SR Leiden.

Starting Dates: Everyday in 2019.

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

(Duration Photography Walking Tour is 3 hours)

Pricing: 59€ 1 person  49€ 2pp  39€ 3pp  29€ 4pp

BOOK your place and INFO!  Or call: +31638053787 


Average rating:  
 5 reviews
by Reviewed by Kathleen M Dec 4, 2018 on Photography-Tours-Leiden.nl

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 on Photography-Tours-Leiden.nl

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 on Photography-Tours-Leiden.nl
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 on Photography-Tours-Leiden.nl
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 on Photography-Tours-Leiden.nl
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!