Lesson 1-4

Lesson 1) “The Basics”

Before you can become a great photographer, you must learn the basics. That means how to use your camera, how to compose a good photograph and learning the founding principals of exposure and lighting.

Topics include:

  • Basic camera settings
  • Working with depth of field
  • Composition techniques
  • Proper Exposure: Working with ISO, shutter speed and aperture (f-stop)
  • Basic lighting techniques
  • White Balance
  • Freezing the motion
  • Auto and Manual Focus

Lesson 2) “Take it to the streets”In “The Basics” lesson you will have learned a great deal of information.  And if you're like most people, you will have forgotten a great deal of it.  Even if you have a photographic memory, you will still have problems applying all those concepts to 'real world' photographic situations.
In lesson 2 we "hit the streets" in Leiden.
The main purpose of lesson 2 is to have an instructor with you while you are attempting to capture images.
In this way you get to have somebody with you to answer questions, to mentor new concepts and most importantly to solidify all the technical stuff learned the previous week, into something that makes sense when you are actually shooting photos.
Lesson 3) “Getting Creative”
By now, you will have a pretty good grasp of how to work your camera and the basic concepts used in photography. However, as we all know, photography is an art more than a science and with that in mind, lesson 3 focuses on getting you to "see" in a new way.
Again we will head out to photograph, but unlike the previous lesson we will not be focused on the technical but instead we will learn to "see the light''.
We will also explore how to look at the same object in different ways to unlock your inner artist.
Lesson 4) “Post Production Skills”While great photography starts with you and your camera, often it is what happens in the digital dark room (the computer) which can bring your full creative vision to life.
No beginner lesson is complete without at least some post production software training.
In lesson 4 we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Improving exposure, lighting, contrast and colors.
  • Cropping and alignment.
  • Working with compression
  • Resizing and exporting.

The topics we cover here will vary depending on what you already know and what software you have access to. If you already have basic skills with imaging programs, then I'll show you more advanced image techniques like portrait retouching, making panoramas and HDR photography.
Price: 1 Lesson (2 Hrs) €70 (bring a friend €100 or two € 120)Price: Multi 4 Lessons Option (8 Hrs total) € 240 (bring a friend €320 or two € 420)Price includes assignment review and critique, plus email and phone support during the four weeks.
4 Private Lessons

After being bought this package as a birthday gift, I was not disappointed. Two of the lessons were conducted in the house. The first was an introduction to my camera and all the settings and terminology I would need for my subsequent lessons. We then had two walking tours of Leiden. It was great to get advice right as you were taking the photos and then reflect on the image and try it again if necessary. The final session was an introduction to editing and what can be achieve after the shot. I’m so pleased I took the classes and only wish I had done them when I had first bought my camera. Harry was patient and happy to go through things again with me. He was also very flexible with times and dates with helped. I not only feel I got photography lessons but also a personal history tour of Leiden. I would recommend Harry’s lessons.


Oh, let me tell you, Harry is an absolutely incredible teacher! His patience knows no bounds, and his knowledge is simply astounding. I cannot emphasize enough how much I adored the walk around Leiden with him. Not only did he effortlessly unravel the intricacies of photography, but he also painted a vivid picture of the area's remarkable history. I was completely captivated, hanging onto his every word. It was an experience that left me utterly enchanted and longing for more. Harry's passion and expertise made the whole adventure truly unforgettable, and I can't wait to learn from him again.

 by Anonymous on Photography Lessons
Private photography tour is an excellent way to improve your skills

I took a private photography tour through Leiden with Harry. He taught me lots of little things to further improve my technical skills. Excellent way to take your photography practise to a higher level. Highly recommend thiis!

 by Anonymous on https://photographylessons.nl
Day and night safari booked

Harry is a great teacher. His no nonsense attitude makes a private class very enjoyable. I learned a lot. He learned me how to look differently to every day objects. How to get the most out of my camera and to get the best shot. I recommend both day- and night workshops if you want to grow as a photographer!

 by Anonymous on https://photographylessons.nl
Another perspective of Leiden

This Photo Safari is worth every dime. Harry helped me with setting up my camera correctly for different types of weather and light throughout the evening. He is nice, patient, and very enthusiastic about photography. I feel like a few hours of walking around with Harry have made me a much better photographer. Highly recommend this experience to anyone wanting to learn more about photography both beginner and advanced.

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