Creating striking, subtle dark images in B&W photography

There are many wrong assumptions in black and white photography, when it comes down to tonal zones and what they represent, and how contrasts should be used to reveal details. In this tutorial I'll try to explain what tonal zones really represent, the role of luminance values within each tonal zone, and how to use this information to create better and more subtle dark images in B&W photography. The image I'm using to demonstrate my point is the Calatrava Bridge photo that won 1st prize for Architecture at the International Photography Awards in 2014 (IPA2014).

BW Artisan Lite Panel

Introducing a FREE, stripped-down version, of the B&W Artisan Pro Panel: BW Artisan Lite. Only subscribers to our newsletter will receive a password for the free download of the panel, including other discounts. The power of this panel is in its subtle and accurate local adjustments. Just select free-form and adjust with the push of a button

Being a professional photographer in the digital age

Making a living out of professional photography in the digital age is not always what you might expect. Perhaps this assertion can be rephrased by replacing photography with any other profession/skillset in the age of Internet and social media. Because, does it really matter at all these days what your specific skillset or profession is, to make a living through the use of Internet and social media? And is there, behind the label I attribute to myself to describe my profession, something else that is more generic and is the actual source of my income or anyone else’s income who uses Internet and social media to make a living?

Column: Cliches and authenticity in art

Introducing a new section on my website that I call Column and will be filled with an opinion, current (photography) affairs or just another short thought related to photography. In any case they all only express a personal opinion. I tend to post to this column at least twice a month. I’m kicking off with ‘Cliches and authenticity’.

Large Format Photography in the digital age

Announcing articles on 4x5 large format photography in the digital age, using a hybrid workflow, which will be an integral part of this website from now onwards.

Architectural photography: derivative or fine-art?

Is a photograph of an existing artistic creation, such as a building or sculpture, derivative and can it therefore not be considered fine-art photography? Is it even plagiarism? An analysis and conclusions.


What is creativity? How elusive is it and can we learn creativity? This article tries to describe the creative process and what it really is based on an influential essay of military strategist John R. Boyd and then tries to apply it to the artistic process.
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Interview with Julia Anna Gospodarou

An in-depth interview with multiple award-winning fine-art photographer and architect Julia Anna Gospodarou. We don't talk gear or techniques only art and photography.

Architectural Photography - Real estate and fine art

Architectural photography can roughly be separated in traditional or real estate architectural photography on one hand and fine art architectural photography on the other hand. The difference is a difference in intention of the photographer.

Black and White Photography Summer Course

It’s been 4 years ago since I last did an online workshop. Therefore, I’ve decided to do another online workshop this summer. This one-off online workshop will be limited to only 5 students. You can learn anything you want and ask anything you want, as long if it's related to the art of photography.

Guide to black and white photography 2 - Technical Essentials

Part 2 of the guide to black and white photography: black and white photography technical essentials and an overview of conversion methods with the least amount of interpolations. Recommendations for better black and white photography
Phase One IQ3 Achromatic Amsterdam The Eye

Phase One IQ3 Achromatic 100MP Review

In this review I try out Phase One's latest digital back: the IQ3 Achromatic 100MP. A camera dedicated to black and white photography, with possible exposure times up to 60 minutes. Included in this review are 100% crops and full resolution images for download.


Part 1 of a guide to give some insight in black and white photography and how to create better black and white photographs.

Photography Location Guide 2

In this location guide I discuss how and when to shoot The Salk Institute (located in San Diego) and The Scoop (located in London). I go over vantage points and give my advice on how to photograph these locations.


A new series with short articles on ideas and thoughts, meant to motivate and inspire and improve one’s photographic and artistic abilities.

Advanced split toning techniques

A more advanced and accurate way of creating split tones to a black and white photograph, using luminosity masks and exact color values for complementary tones.

Photography Location Guide

A series on photography locations of my favorite photographs with tips and recommendations on how to access those locations, how and when to shoot it.

Black and White Photography Advanced Tips

People ask me on regularly what my best black and white photography tips are, apart from the more generic tips like I shared them in this article. More specifically they ask: What's the difference between a good and a bad black and white photograph?
Top 5 Photography Books

Top 5 Photography Books

A personal selection of books that are not the typical technical books on photography, some aren't even on photography at all, but have proven to be influential books that have changed how photography as an art form can be approached and thought of.

Photokina 2016 Impressions

With some moderate anticipation I went to the 2016 edition of the Photokina in Cologne, Germany. Moderate, because it’s ‘just gear’. But well manufactured and good looking gear is not only a moral booster but it can also open up creative possibilities you didn’t...