Purple flowers on our Photography Tour of the Botanical Gardens Amsterdam

I love to experience museums, tours and  “different things to do” on vacation so when my husband suggested a photography tour of Amsterdam’s Botanical Gardens, I was excited.  We both in the last year purchased cameras to help document our travels for the web site but most importantly our memories to share with everyone.  However, we needed to learn a little, okay a lot, more about how are camera’s work.  The best way to learn is from a professional and the most fun way to learn is while you are traveling! Our photography tour of the Botanical Gardens Amsterdam of the Netherlands was booked with Anni Maarit at Aperture Tours

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entry way to the Botanical gardens in Amsterdam
Entry to the Botanical Gardens
Plants and flowers in The Botanical Gardens Green House in Amsterdam
The Botanical Gardens Green House
yellow flowers in green house at the botanical gardens in Amsterdam
Trying to capture these flowers in the right light
single flower in gardens
Single flower, trying o get it right!

Experiment with our Cameras

As we entered the beautiful Botanical Gardens our guide brought us into the greenhouse.  Anni explained to us how the best way to learn photography was to take it off auto mode and place it in manual mode.  Scary, yes but we soon found out it is so worth it.  He then explained to us what aperture was and how to use it for great photos.  Basically, aperture is the amount of light you let in, more light- the faster the camera shutter speed too.  We began to practice under Anni’s instruction and soon we were getting the hang of it.

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Botanical Gardens tall tree
Botanical Gardens tall tree
Plants in desert climate at the Botanical Gardens in Amsterdam
Plants in desert climate- a little hot!

garden bridge over water in Amsterdam
Garden bridge photograph
Desert succulents in desert garden house
Desert succulents in desert garden house
Pink dropping flowers with a little light to photograph
Pink dropping flowers with a little light to photograph
Blue purple botanical garden flowers
Blue purple botanical garden flowers

Light for our Photography 

As we walked through the different areas of the botanical gardens we practiced with our cameras.  Anni was right by our side to look at every photo we took to help us make the photo more clearer, lighter or darker.  Some garden areas we were in shaded gardens, to capture the little light that was available could be difficult. As you can see in my photos, I need more practice!

grey and white cat laying down and hiding in bushes
With just a little light peaking through we found a surprise cat hiding in bushes
Single orange flower
Single orange flower at Botanical gardens
bamboo in Botanical Gardens of Amsterdam
Pointing camera up on bamboo in Botanical Gardens of Amsterdam
Full tree surrounded with bushes in the lovely botanical gardens
Full tree surrounded with bushes in the lovely botanical gardens
rocky area in garden with purple flowers
Rocky area with shadows
light pink flower with bright yellow center
Capturing the photographic flower

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Pink flowers in garden
Pink flowers in garden
Botanical Pathway to Garden of Amsterdam cafe
Botanical Garden of Amsterdam cafe
Pathway in gardens
Pathway in gardens
Green planter botanical gardens
Green planter botanical gardens

beautiful yellow lily in garden
beautiful yellow lily in garden
black butterfly in greenhouse
Amazing butterfly found in the butterfly greenhouse

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greenery with tiny waterfall
Trying to photography some light with this waterfall
dark shaded garden
Dark shaded area of botanical Amsterdam garden

yellow flowers with light shining on them
Photography capture of light
greenhouse from up above
Capturing greenhouse photographic angels
large stripped butterfly in garden
Large butterfly found in Butterfly garden
purple flower stem
Using photography tips to capture Botanical garden flower

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palms and ferns in garden
Some lush greenery in garden to capture in photography
Green house vertical photographic view
Green house vertical photographic view
Botanical garden ferns
Botanical garden ferns
Stripped Butterfly in flight
Catching butterfly in flight in the botanical butterfly house
large old tree along the botanical garden pathway
Large tree set in the gardens
path leading to shaded area in garden
A garden path that leads to shaded botanical garden

A Perfect Day

We could not have chosen a better day to visit the Botanical Gardens.  The sun was shining, the sky was a spectacular blue and the flowers were all in bloom.  To put a perfect end to our photography tour we stopped by the gardens cafe.  We each enjoyed a glass of wine to toast Amsterdam, Amsterdam’s Botanical Garden and our tour! Proost!

pond with green plants
Trying to capture the little bit of light on the garden pond
pathway in the botanical gardens of Amsterdam
Beautiful Botanical pathway

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Add the Botanical Gardens of Amsterdam to your must do list while in Amsterdam and you won\'t be disappointed! If you want to practice your photography, add a professional photographer to the tour and it makes this trip to the gardens even more fun! Beautiful flowers, greenery, green houses, trees and butterflies are everywhere to enjoy in this Netherland garden. #gardens #botanical #Amsterdam

Sherrie has been traveling for sometime now. Her husband Kevin and herself love to explore different destinations and adventures. She has always wanted to write, so writing about traveling just became the obvious combination. "I love, love, love to travel! Everything about it- views, sights, experiences, exploration, food, wine and of course meeting people!" Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten


  • Mohana and Aninda

    October 28, 2018

    What a lovely garden! It’d be so calming to walk amongst all those plants. I love the play of light and shadows in your photos.

  • Sinjana Ghosh

    October 28, 2018

    Wow you did really well with the photography tour. I see why people choose botanical gardens for photography lessons. I think the variety of colors and combination of light and shadow is what makes it a perfect studio

  • Rajat Kumar

    October 28, 2018

    Mother nature… I love to be in forest and mountains. Photos are really great.

  • Melissa

    October 28, 2018

    What a beautiful, serene place, I didnt even know this was in Amsterdam, will certainly pay it a visit next time i’m there. Great post!

  • Sydney | A World in Reach

    October 28, 2018

    A photography tour sounds like so much fun! I’ll have to try to find one for my next trip. I’ve been wanting to learn more about photography – especially about how to shoot with manual settings – and this sounds like a really fun way to learn!

  • Maša

    October 29, 2018

    So many beautiful shots!! I would definitely go and visit the garden now that I’ve seen how pretty it is. 🙂 Another thing – I have to see the tulip fields once!

  • Yukti

    October 29, 2018

    What a perfect place, a lush green garden with beautiful colorful flowers in Amsterdam. I love botanical gardens and therefore I would surely visit this place when in Amsterdam.

  • BonBon

    October 29, 2018

    What a great place to do a photography tour. Well… good for you guys since you both have cameras. My family only have 1 so we won’t be able to do this. hahaha Thanks for sharing…. awesome captures by the way.

  • Rahat Arora

    October 29, 2018

    A photography tour sounds like so much fun and also I’ve been wanting to learn more about photography

  • Supriya Bhardwaj (SuBhaSun)

    October 30, 2018

    Absolutely stunning photos. Would like to take a walk in this charming garden. A perfect place to relax and freshen the soul.

  • Jim Whittemore

    November 1, 2018

    Absolutely love it there! Have been a few times, and honestly, I always end up walking around for a good hour just looking at the tags to see the different places they’re from and to feel the different temps of each room.

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