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A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Seven arches of ReguliersgrachtMassimo Catarinella/Wikipedia


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Magere BrugS Sepp/Wikipedia
MontelbaanstorenAlex hanoko/Flickr
Science Center NEMOO Palsson/Flickr
Nescio BridgeThe botster/Flickr
Sloten WindmillAloxe/Wikipedia
The AmsterdamS Sepp/Wikipedia
Bridge and canal, AmsterdamS Borisov/Shutterstock
Bridge and dancing houses, AmsterdamVeronika Galkina/Shutterstock
Bridge and dancing houses, AmsterdamS Borisov/Shutterstock
Bridge bikes and canal, AmsterdamDennis Van De Water/Shutterstock
Brug 99 Passeerdersstraat Naar MarnixstraatAlf Van Beem/Wikipedia
Dancing houses, AmsterdamJeniFoto/Shutterstock
Enneüs Heerma BridgeS Sepp/Wikipedia
Enneus-heermabrug-with TramS Sepp/Wikipedia
Equestrian statue of Queen WilhelminaJvhertum/Wikipedia
Heineken ExperienceArjan Richter/Flickr
Keizersgracht at the corner with the Leliegracht and Westertoren, AmsterdamMassimo Catarinella/Wikipedia
Lady FortuneSomeone/Wikipedia
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJAndré P Meyer-Vitali/Flickr
Pedestrian bridge, AmsterdamMichal Bednarek/Shutterstock
Amsterdam-ZuidPvt Pauline/Wikipedia
Canal, AmsterdamDiliff/Wikipedia
Canals of AmsterdamChristian van Elven/Flickr
Conservatorium van AmsterdamMisty/Flickr
Mama BarankaFaceMePLS/Flickr
Nesciobrug 4Botster/Wikipedia
Amsterdam Nieuw-WestMassimo Catarinella/Wikipedia
Fo Guang Shan He Hua TempleOs Rúpias/Flickr
Het ScheepvaartmuseumRicardo Liberato/Flickr
Hotel de l’EuropeJvhertum/Wikipedia
Amsterdam ArenaJanericloebe/Wikipedia
Joost van den VondelSwimmerguy269/Wikipedia
Oosterdok from the Amsterdam Public Library, AmsterdamSwimmerguy269/Wikipedia
Stelling van AmsterdamZandcee/Wikipedia


Map of Amsterdam


About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

GPS:52.37306, 4.89222
Means:Dam on the Amstel river
Fame:Capital and largest city of The Netherlands
Population:City 844,667
Urban 1,343,647
Metro 2,431,000
Province:North Holland
Time zone:CET (UTC+1)

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as the capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands, although it is not the seat of the government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam has a population of 851,373 within the city proper, 1,351,587 in the urban area, and 2,410,960 in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The metropolitan area comprises much of the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million.

Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city’s origin around a dam in the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries the city expanded, and many new neighborhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and the 19–20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group. The city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and seven of the world’s 500 largest companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer. The city was ranked 3rd in innovation by Australian innovation agency 2thinknow in their Innovation Cities Index 2009. The Amsterdam seaport to this day remains the second in the country, and the fifth largest seaport in Europe.

Famous Amsterdam residents include the diarist Anne Frank, artists Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh, and philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world, is located in the city center. Amsterdam’s main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 5 million international visitors annually.


















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