“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” — Destin Sparks

Welcome to Dutch Photo Trek

About Douro Photo Tours (DPT)

About Douro Photo Tours

About me

Hi! My name is David Flin, and I am the founder of Douro Photo Tours (formerly Dutch Photo Trek).

I have been a passionate photographer nearly all my life; indeed my first job was as a technician at a developing and printing laboratory.

Over the years I have done many photographic assignments including weddings, family gatherings, portraits and commercial. My activity declined somewhat in the 90’s when my children were young. Then it re-ignited about 15 years ago, fuelled by the digital revolution.

I have also owned many different cameras, but now (mostly) use a Sony Alpha 7iii mirrorless system.

And apart from DPT, I currently concentrate on photography for websites – which I also build!

About Dutch Photo Trek

How it all started

In 2016 I took early retirement having worked 30 years in IT, and moved to the city of Leiden.

Inspired by the beauty of Leiden, I started to explore other Dutch cities in depth, and began to concentrate on urban photography.

I started Dutch Photo Trek, so I could share with others my passion for the history of Leiden and other cities, and my passion for photography.

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In the beginning…

For the first 2 years DPT conducted photographic sightseeing tours of Leiden and other cities.

The phototours aim to show you more unusual aspects of a city and take you its best photo opportunities away from the crowds.

In addition we give you actually interesting historical information, and offer coaching and advice on how to improve your photography skills.

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New for 2020

In the winter of 2019 I decided to take DPT in a different direction by introducing practical photography workshops. The workshops would focus more on photography skills, and less on tourism and photo opportunities.

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Covid and lockdown

Obviously, apart from online all activities had to stop during the lockdowns. I used this as an opportunity to re-evaluate. One of the problems with Northern Europe is the winters; days were often too cold and wet for tours and workshops. I had visited Portugal on a number of occasions and had grown to love the country and its people. I began to explore the possibility of relocating there.

The city of Porto seemed ideal: a beautiful city with an excellent transport system, and not too large.

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The move to Portugal

The move to Porto finally happened in August 2022.

Obviously, the name Dutch Photo Trek was no longer appropriate, but I wanted to keep the acronym DPT. The Douro is the river that flows through Porto, so I have changed the name to Douro Photo Tours!

I also took the opportunity to reduce the range of tours and workshops. And in conjunction with Keep the Moment photography school in The Hague, DPT is offering a six-day photography course based in Porto.

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My motivation

While DPT does charge for the tours and workshops, making money is not the motivation! My motivation is to share knowledge and experience, to inspire people dive deeper into the art and technology of photography, and to explore the city of Porto and other fascinating surrounding places.

If you join one of our tours or workshops, I want you to have a great experience. If you are not completely happy, I will gladly give you your money back! Can I say fairer than that?

The aim of DPT is to give you a memorable photography experience!

On a personal note

For me, I find photography to be perfect convergence of art and technology. Digital photography empowers the photographer with the introduction of new technology, which in turn extends the artistic possibilities.

I actually find that most of the photographs I take fall into one of six main themes:

  • Urban landscapes
  • Night moods
  • Subtleties of light
  • A moment captured
  • Making the familiar strange
  • Man dwarfed by nature
  • Macro photography

The first five were ‘conscious’ themes, but ‘man dwarfed by nature’ is the one that intrigues me most. I was unaware of it until pointed out by a friend and colleague!
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Reasons to take up photography

Photography is good for you mentally and physically:
• It gets you out in the fresh air
• It gives you exercise
• You begin to observe and see the world around you
• You learn to be creative
• it teaches yo about technology

For me there is nothing nicer than to go out on a crisp winter’s morning and photograph the dawn. Then come back to a steaming mug of strong coffee followed by an enormous fried breakfast.

The difference between a snapshot and a photograph

Smartphones make it easy to take pictures; you always have a camera to hand. You see something you like, and CLICK you have a picture of it. With a bit of luck, and depending on the conditions, the result may be very pleasing.

Sometimes you have to be quick to capture a moment, but usually with a bit of thought and planning you could have made it even better. Walk around a bit to make sure you have the best angle, and bet lighting. Apply the rule of thirds; make sure there is space around an object or person; do not chop the top off things; make sure there are no ugly distractions (such as portable toilets!)

But here’s the thing: you eyes and brain are far more sophisticated than even the most advanced camera sensor. For a start, they are about a thousand times more sensitive to light, which is why a woodland in summer appears as soft shadows and dappled pools of light, while a photograph of the same small is patches of green with detail, and large areas of black and white devoid of anything.

Your eyes interpret the scene around you, a camera records it literally. So why bother, you may ask. Well, a camera (obviously) can record a snapshot in time, which your eyes cannot. But what transforms than snapshot into a photograph is when you value to it. For example use backlighting to form a halo round a person. Or use a fast shutter speed to freeze a moving object. Or a slow shutter speed so water appears silky and moving. And a photograph can present shapes, patterns and textures that your eyes do not readily discern.

The start of a journey

For me, clicking the shutter is the start of a journey:
• Compose the picture
• Press the shutter
• Post process the picture (for example in Lightroom or Photoshop)
• Share the photograph on social media (Instagram and Flickr)
• Stream the photograph to your television

Thank you for reading about DPT!

If you would like to learn more about DPT, you may telephone us daytime or evenings (Central European Time), weekdays or weekends.