Holland is the place that you have to experience! We will do that together and during our photo workshop we will photograph everything that Holland is famous for. April timing is an ideal to capture myriads of tulips in blossom and we will certainly do that. Wide angle landscape shots full of colorful fields, but also perfect details of those beautiful flowers. We will also photograph iconic windmills, which are obvious elements of any view in the area. Holland is also know by a specific architecture, historic cities, canals, boats and cheese! We will be capturing all of that and more in Amsterdam which is a modern and historic city, all at the same time with more then 2500 bridges! And of course – a trip in April cannot be completed without a visit to world famous Keukenhof garden with over 800 different types of tulips and plethora of other photogenic flora elements!

Our meeting point and hotel will be in Alkmaar, old city north of Amsterdam with an ideal location to visit the countryside with tulip fields and different windmills, but also close enough to travel to Amsterdam, Keukenhof and other locations in the area of North Holland.

Small group of max 10 participants to ensure great experience for everyone, so we can dedicate enough space and individual instructions for everybody. You will learn new photography techniques and equipment, understand landscape composition and you will see how and why light conditions have such an important role for landscape photography, so you can capture stunning photographs. You will also experience photographing the streets and the city to enjoy the beauty of “street-photography”. All that in relaxed atmosphere of same-minded photo enthusiasts. Highly rated, cozy and very conveniently located hotel in Alkmaar with plenty of restaurants and shops around – and with an easy access to most of the places.

Date: Saturday 17 April – Monday 19 April 2021
Instructor: Patrik Banas

Itinerary for our workshop*:

Friday 16 April 2021

Arrival to Alkmaar, Holland
19:00 Meet and greet – optional meeting a night before the workshop in the hotel. Logistics and more details for the following three days. No photo shooting is planned for this evening.

Saturday 17 April 2021 (Tulips, windmills, Alkmaar)

Full day dedicated to tulip fields and windmills in the countryside. We will also visit local flower farm to photograph – of course more fields of tulips. Afternoon we will explore streets of historic center of Alkmaar, known as Capital of Cheese. Canals and amazing reflections of the old city square, boats, bikes, people – all that surrounded by colorful historic town houses. We will end day in the field capturing golden and blue hour light over the fields and endless alleys.
6:00 Sunrise – our workshop starts
12:00 – 15:00 Break – lunch, personal free time, nap, siesta…
21:00 Late dinner

Sunday 18 April 2021 (Amsterdam and historic windmill site)

Full day dedicated to Amsterdam and surrounding area. We will start of course with sunrise above the river with fabulous composition of the windmills in the background. Then we will continue visiting a small historic site with original and colorful mills and houses in the typical dutch set up. Afternoon we will roam Amsterdam and we will discover its street photography qualities as well as all what is Amsterdam known for – canals, reflections, boats, bikes, bridges, trams, buildings, food and people… We will finish our day capturing blue hour, combining famous canal lightning against cobalt blue sky background.
6:00 Sunrise – our day begins
10:00 – 13:00 Break – personal free time, nap, siesta, lunch
21:00 Late dinner and return to hotel

Monday 19 April 2021 (Keukenhof gardens)

Last day of our workshop will be dedicated to world famous Keukenhof garden, place opened only few weeks per year, blossoming with beautiful flowers. We will enjoy over 800 different types of tulips, but stay relaxed – your flora eyes will enjoy also hundreds of other different flowers, thousands of colors and mesmerizing arrangements.
7:00 Breakfast and check out
8:00 Garden visit
12:00 Lunch
13:00 End of the workshop​

​*Please, bear in mind, that this is a “vagabond” style photo trip, so we will be catching light, shadows, clouds, blossoming fields and agenda can change based on the current weather situation. More detailed agenda will be shared prior the workshop or agreed together on the spot.

Workshop price includes:

  • workshop fee – 3 days photo experience at the best locations in North Holland area
  • 100% availability and mentoring of your experienced instructor all the time
  • transport between the locations during the workshop
  • all logistic and organizational support at the locations
  • great atmosphere and bonus smile 😉

Total price: 499 CHF

Do not wait and book your Holland trip full of tulips and windmills now!

(499 CHF is apx. 449 EUR / 499 USD / 11000 CZK… exact price will be calculated at the checkout in your local currency based on the actual exchange rate.)

Accommodation: Workshop price does not include accommodation. We have reserved rooms in the beautiful, stylish, recently renovated hotel right in the center of Alkmaar city. We strongly encourage you to stay in the same hotel, which will be our morning starting point and where we will return late evening. However, you are free to find your own accommodation, but if you’ll decide to stay at a different place we require punctuality – sunrise will not wait 😉

Price for one night (breakfast included) in this hotel (9.3 out of 10 rating), two people per room is 80 CHF per person (apx. 73 EUR, 1800 CZK). Single room available for double the price. More info about the hotel can be sent upon request.



What is not included in the workshop fee:

  • accommodation (see above)
  • public transport in Amsterdam (daily pass for 8 EUR/person)
  • entrance fee to Keukenhof garden (18 EUR/adult)
  • food and drinks
  • your transfer to and from Alkmaar, Holland

Payment by bank transfer / wire or with US checks payment is also available. Please contact us.

Gift certificate option available!
Please get in touch.

Requirements: Basic understanding of your camera, tripod (we have a few to borrow, contact us if you need one). This will be a very intensive 3 day photo trip and we will be shooting from early morning till very late night, so as for any landscape photography trips, be ready for lack of sleep 😉 All scouted locations are however accessible with the car, perfect spots are always within a reasonable walking distance. Be prepared to walk a bit more in Amsterdam, but we will use public transportation whenever possible. So overall, physically this trip is not very demanding.​ Also, all shootings are of course voluntary, so if you decide to skip one, it is up to you.

Weather: This is an outdoor photo trip and of course we hope for ideal weather conditions. Timing of the photo trip has been selected to maximize our chances of favorable conditions – and for the most beautiful landscape views with blossoming tulips. However, please be aware that weather can change and cannot be guaranteed. We will be monitoring weather forecast closely and will flexibly reshuffle our agenda to maximize the potential of our trip, but no guarantee can be made for ideal sunrises, sunsets, clouds, blue sky – and mainly – selection of peak time for tulips. Nevertheless, landscape photography is also about learning how to take pictures in a different conditions and we will do my best to teach you how to understand weather in photography and how to plan and shoot in inclement weather if it will occur (which is often very photogenic, by the way ;-)).

Payment and cancellation policy: To book your spot, payment must be made in full. If your booking will be cancelled by 31. 12. 2020, you will be refunded workshop fee – minus 50 CHF non refundable deposit (or equivalent in your currency). After 1.1. 2021 you’ll be refunded workshop fee (minus 50 CHF non refundable deposit) only if we will fill your place from the standby list, otherwise no refund is possible. Finding replacement for your spot is encouraged and of course fully accepted. Refund for the accommodation is based on the hotel’s refund policy.

Minimum 5 participants are required to organize this photo trip. In case of unlikely event of cancellation at our side for any reason, your payment will be refunded in full.

​Please see more detailed “Terms and Conditions here”.

Booking your spot for this particular photo trip serves as placing an order with pixien photo workshops (Monika and Patrik Banas) and constitutes as acceptance of these “Terms and Conditions”. Every participant will be required at the beginning of the workshop to sign and accept Accident Waiver and Release of the Liability, which can be downloaded here.

How to get to Alkmaar, Holland?

  • By car – look for the direction to Alkmaar, Holland
  • Plane – nearest international airport is Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) with direct lines to almost anywhere. Then about 30 minutes drive by car to our hotel. Public transport is also available directly from the airport. Train/bus from airport to Alkmaar should take aproximately 1 hour.

​​​Transfer to Alkmaar in Holland is not included in the price, but we will be happy to help with car-pooling coordination. ​​​

Questions? Email us and we will be delighted to answer any questions. pixien@pixien.com

What participants say about our workshops:

“A fantastic experience, well worth going. Patrik manages to find the right locations at the right time and always be there to guide you.”

Tony Baker, UK

“I want to thank you for absolutely perfect workshop! Everything went just smoothly, totally relaxed, because it was well planned, organized and confirmed. I am honored and I have to take my hat off for your work as instructors. So many new experiences and new landscapes just in three days – it is unbelievable!”

Michaela Nesvadbová, Czech republic

“Patrik is great photographer, but additionally he knows how to share his knowledge and experience easily, understandable and with a patience. Most of all I really like, how he can find photo opportunities during a whole day, no matter what kind of light, because those are typical situations I find myself during my holidays all the time!”

Tomáš Feller, Czech republic

“Thank YOU for such an amazing experience that I thoroughly enjoyed! Our days of shooting and locations were nothing short of amazing and thanks for arranging the GREAT weather too!”

Susan Lloyd-Piralli,  Switzerland

“Monika and Patrik are not only extremely skilled as photographers, they are also really kind and fun to work with / learn from.”

Luca Allaria, Italy

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