• Beach Scheveningen
  • Amsterdamse Veerkade The Hague Den Haag
  • Amsterdamse Veerkade The Hague Den Haag
  • Magere Brug Amsterdam
  • Holland Amerikakade Rotterdam

“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light”
— Hans Hofmann

Evening tours and night photography

General information

Because the position of the sunset varies with the time of the year, the itinerary and locations of the evening tours will vary in order to take full advantage of the conditions. The same applies to the weather.

Please note: smartphones are not suitable for night photography. And while not absolutely essential (depending on the camera), we highly recommend the use of a tripod, which you can hire from us if you wish.

The tour includes a short refreshment stop, when you can review and discuss your photos. Time permitting, you can continue the discussion after the tour.

The golden hour

Starting approximately one hour before sunset, the golden hour is a special time for photographers. The light – as the name implies – has a golden hue and is much softer than the middle of the day. In a city, it is the ideal time to take pictures.



If we are lucky. the finale of the golden hour will be a blazing sunset. We will take you to the places to best capture this.

The blue hour


Then as the sunset slowly disolves into twilight, we enter the blue hour, when the light gradually changes from gold to blue and the shadows disappear.

After dark


Amsterdam, Leiden, the Hague and Rotterdam all have a lively café culture, ideal for the photographer. Many public buildings are spectacularly illuminated.

Night life


The lights of the cafés twinkle in the canals and harbours, streetlights bathe the squares in golden light. Even in the rain the lights reflect magically in the wet cobbles and pavements.

The photography challenge


It sounds idyllic, but night time does pose special challenges for the photographer. Well here is the good news: even if you have never taken photographs at night we will explain simply and clearly the tips and techniques to begin taking stunning pictures!

And the night is always full of surprises!

guided photography tour of Leiden

Bad weather

The weather in the Netherlands can be unpredictable, especially in Autumn and Winter.

But it seldom rains the for whole day. If the rain is torrential the tour will be cancelled, but if it is not heavy the tour will go on regardless.

Photographers are hardy folks, and stormy skies and wet pavements present some of the most exciting photo opportunities!

Cancellation policy

But whatever the weather, you may cancel up to 1 day before for a full refund.

And if you are not satisfied with the tour for any reason we will also refund your money in full.

How do I book an evening tour?

If you would like to book an evening tour, you can do so by:

Booking online

Telephoning +31 (0)71 887 10 23

Emailing info@dutchphototrek.com

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