Explore The Netherlands

Join our journey through the ancient forests and charming rural landscapes of the East Netherlands, photographing the idyllic country roads and lush farmlands of this timeless setting. Together with award-winning Dutch photographer Lars van der Goor, explore some of the most picturesque locations in the area and get lost in the mystical, foggy forest of the “dancing trees”.

If you want to take just another shot of a popular location, this might not be the workshop you are looking for. However, if you believe there is beauty just around the corner and you would like to learn how to capture that beauty and turn even a less succeeded picture into an eye catcher, this workshop could be the one you just need. Not only will we visit and shoot in fabulous forests and enchanting tree lanes. The post processing part will be an interesting and fun part too.

If you are not afraid to leave the rules behind you and are willing to challenge yourself, push your boundaries, this workshop could be just the creative boost you needed.

    Highlights

    • Learn some of the secrets behind Lars van de Goor’s distinctive award-winning photographs, and practice these new techniques together with your instructors
    • How to use natural light and local weather conditions to capture amazingly atmospheric shots
    • How to handle equipment with care on location
    • Private hands-on lessons that can help taking your photography skills to the next level

Expert LARS VAN DE GOOR

More about Lars van de Goor

Lars van de Goor is an award winning Dutch photographer, renowned for his enchanting photographs reminiscent of the romantic landscape painters of the 19th century. Lars draws inspiration from the idyllic rural scenery of Gelderland.
He won a Hasselblad Masters Award in 2016 and has previously been honoured with a gold medal and a first prize from the prestigious Trierenberg Super Circuit.
–Winner Hasselblad Masters Award category Landscape/Nature 2016 –
-First prize in the ‘Season & Weather’ 2016 Trierenberg Super Circuit
–Gold Medal 2016 in the ‘Streets and Paths’ categories of the prestigious Trierenberg Super Circuit

EXPERT LARS VAN DE GOOR

Better Moments’ expert and Hasselblad Master Lars van de Goor talks about the Better Moments landscape photography workshop in his home country. Find out why you should join him on our next trip to the Dutch countryside to explore the local forests,

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On Location

  • Learn some of the secrets behind Lars van de Goor’s distinctive award-winning photographs, and practice these new techniques together with your instructors
  • How to use natural light and local weather conditions to capture amazingly atmospheric shots
  • How to handle equipment with care on location
  • Private hands-on lessons that can help taking your photography skills to the next level

In Classroom

  • Expert review and constructive criticism of shots taken during the day
  • Private portfolio review
  • Tips on how to commercialize your images successfull
  • A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN AMSTERDAM

The first day (depending on the time of your arrival ) will be spent meeting your fellow photographers and enjoying the photogenic streets and canals of Amsterdam. Watch boats floating by, admire the charming houses, and grab some local delicacies along the way.

In the evening, we enjoy a nice welcome dinner and Lars van de Goor will elaborate more about the itinerary for the coming days while also presenting a selection of his unique and award winning photos taken at the locations we will visit.

DAY 2: THE FOREST OF DANCING TREES

From Amsterdam we make our way to our hotel, located at the edge of the spectacular Speulder Forest. This picturesque woodland is home to what locals refer to as “dancing trees”, which twist elegantly to form intriguing compositions.

We photograph in the soft spring light and Lars holds his first of many one-to-one workshops. The beech forest is saturated with the first summer colors and the mighty beech trees leak magically into the landscape.

In the evening, Lars van de Goor will conduct a workshop on how to best take advantage of the local light and weather conditions, sharing some of his iconic nature photography.

DAY 3: THE MORNING LIGHT

The lighting is absolutely best inthe morning, early when the fog is settling and later when you can capture rays of light falling through the canopy. Lars van de Goor knows this forest like the back of his hand and will lead us to some of his favourite spots.

Speulder Forest developed its unique appearance due to the custom of felling straight trees for building material, especially as support beams in local mines. This has left a forest full of irregular and gnarled trees, providing almost endless subjects for photography. Lars will show us some of the trees featured in his award-winnin gphotographs as well as a few secret details that can be difficult to spot.

After dinner, we will have a lecture by Lars about his workflow in Photoshop. Lars will also work on a selection of the group’s images, to illustrate how he sees and defines the pictures in his photo concept and workflow.

DAY 4: RURAL BEAUTY OF GELDERLAND

After a short drive from the Speulder Forest, we arrive in the town of Lochem. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the surrounding countryside with our cameras. This part of Gelderland is renowned for its rural charm, with tree-lined avenues, lush farmland and picturesque estates. Lars van de Goor lived in this region for some years, considering it one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Lars will assist, guide and teach how to find locations, and there will be great opportunities to practice some more landscape and portrait photography in one of the world’s most stunning locations. You will undoubtedly fill your memory card with stunning photographs.

Tonight’s lecture by Lars will be on the topic How I became a Hasselblad Master.

DAY 5: LESSONS FROM A DUTCH MASTER

This morning will be spent with exciting lectures and workshops at our hotel, assessing shots taken so far, as well as some free time to explore the surrounding area and practice new techniques.

Unless there is fog to photograph, which will always take precedence over any other activity. Lars van de Goor will conduct a workshop.

Being an expert in using natural light and local weather conditions he will explain how to create stunning compositions. During the workshop he will also share some of the insights that helped him win numerous international awards. In the soft afternoon light, we meet and spend the rest of the day photographing the adventurous and artistic beech trees.

Tonight it’s time to discuss our pictures and get each other’s input to optimise our photography.

DAY 6: A STROLL DOWN THE OLD KING’S ROAD

While influenced by romantic landscape painters, particularly Dutch Masters such as Barend Cornelius Koekkoek, as well as the work of other photographers, Lars’ prime source of inspiration comes from the mysterious encounter of nature and light, with the trees and nature of De Carolinahoeve being the main theme of his work. Driving to De Carolinahoeve, we will walk along the This ancient thoroughfare the way from Dieren over 37 km long, only explore the stretch. This timeless the perfect place amazing nature scenes that seem straight out of a Dutch Golden Age.

Tonight we all meet work on our images. support one-to-of view in regards basic Photoshop workflow.

DAY 7: REFLECTIONS AND RETURN TO AMSTERDAM

Driving to Delden, we will discover a unique landscape of bent beeches, their green leaves reflecting in the calm river, which is acting as an artistic mirror. This outstanding territory is probably the most photographic area we will visit during the trip. Lars has photographed here for years and he considers it as one of his favourite locations in the Netherlands.

Lars will run one-on-one workshops during the day with focus on compositions and how to fill all four corners of your frame.

In the afternoon we will return to Amsterdam and enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by an entertaining and inspiring lecture by Lars who will talk about his upcoming landscape projects around Europe.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM AMSTERDAM

Early birds can take photos of their own, before we all head to Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport.

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PASSIONATE TESTIMONIAL

“I found out that one of my favourite photographers, Lars van de Goor, was doing a workshop in the Netherlands so I signed up for the workshop and was introduced to Christian, the founder of the company, and I knew immediately that this would be a great workshop just by talking to him and seeing how incredibly well organized and precise everything was planned out. The hotels were first class, the food was phenomenal, which is important, and more importantly, each day was very well planned out and it has been a really great experience.”

Aubra Franklin, USA

TRAVEL FACTS

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Facts

  • 1-8 May 2021
  • 8 Days
  • Number of guests: 8-12
Included
  • Local transport
  • Accomodation
  • All meals
Not included
  • Travel to and from the workshop destination
  • Visa and taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

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Price

  • € 4,450 in shared double room.
  • € 4,885 in single room.
  • Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
  • All prices are per person.
  • Better Moments is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund, your guarantee that traveling with Better Moments is a safe experience.

We don’t want you to worry about losing money on your workshop booking. Therefore, you will receive a 100% refund of the workshop price – including your deposit – if we have to cancel any of our workshops due to coronavirus.

Overview

QUICK GUIDE GETTING THERE
GETTING THERE

There are many flights to Schiphol Airport, most of them on a daily basis to and from international Airports. The airport is located 17.5 km from the city and is easily reachable by train.

VISA

You must have a valid passport from before the start of your journey to the Netherlands. Visitors from outside EU may need a visa, otherwise you can stay as long as required. Please check with the local embassy and read more at https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands

WEATHER

The predominant wind direction in the Netherlands is southwest, which causes a moderate maritime climate, with warm summers and cool winters, and typically high humidity. Much of Holland is below sea level, making fog, mist, and dampness your too-frequent companions. As the Dutch weather is unpredictable, be prepared to layer your clothing any time of year.

In East Holland, the average temperature in May ranges from 7°C to 18°C with 65mm of rain.

The ideal time for traveling throughout the country is from April to October, with July and August usually being the months with the nicest weather.

LANGUAGE

The official language is Dutch. In some parts of the Netherlands, people often speak a dialect besides Standard Dutch. Many Dutch people also speak German and English.

CURRENCY

The Dutch monetary unit is Euro (EUR)

QUICK GUIDE

  • There are over 800,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. That’s more bikes than people! Cycling in Amsterdam is safe, enjoyable and easy, and there’s no finer way to explore the city’s streets, canals and attractions than by pedal power.
  • Foam is an internationally renowned museum that exhibits all genres of photography in a beautiful canal-side setting. As well as displaying a wide variety of works, it acts as a creative hub where photographers can meet and participate in forums and symposiums.
  • Museumplein is the cultural beating heart of Amsterdam as it is home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. The leafy 19th century district of Oud-Zuid is an art lover’s utopia, and the open square between the buildings pulses with activity all day.
  • Why not head out of the city to explore the diverse array of attractions of the surrounding area and the gorgeous countryside: beaches, castles, windmills and historic towns – all easily reachable from the city centre.
  • There is always something going on in Amsterdam – exhibitions, sport events, theatre performances and much more. Check the What’s on in Amsterdam website for up-to-date information.
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