B&W LE Masterclass
B&W Long Exposure Masterclass
The Black and White Long exposure Masterclass Video tutorial created in association with FOTOTV.com (world’s largest WebTV about photography) has been released in May 2013 and is my first video tutorial series. This video tutorial will guide you step-by-step through my digital Black and White workflow using my own self-developed method of iterative Selective Gradient Masking or iSGM. An influential method that is now used by many award-winning black and white photographers all over the world and arguably the first structured method for digital B&W processing. It’s the predecessor of the Speed Workflow (iSGM2.0) method. At the same time I will give you a look at how I approach architectural and landscape photography using Long exposure techniques out in the field. Read more on this video tutorial here or scroll down this page to read a selection of testimonials on the video. You can buy the video tutorial online at the Fastspring webshop.
A few of the topics discussed and demonstrated in this video:
- Seascape Long exposure photography at the famous Zeeland Bridge in the Netherlands
- Architectural Long exposure photography in Rotterdam
- A step-by-step demonstration of my iterative Selective Gradient Masking technique – iSGM.
- Creating presence in your photos to create depth and a 3-D look to your images.
- Creating selections for masks
- Use of the curves tool as an essential tool for B&W post-processing techniques.
- A step-by-step demonstration of my complete B8W post-processing workflow using all my techniques.
- An interview with Joel Tjintjelaar and much more.
A complete table of contents can be found here.
Learn how I process my black and white images
Shooting on location: The Zeelandbridge
Shooting on location: Rotterdam
Seascape post processing workflow
Architecture post processing workflow
After watching your videos and producing my first architecture image in June, I have now reached the grand total of 16 architecture images so far. Some I like better than others but overall, I am still thrilled with the skills you gave me on your videos and excited by the joy I now get from architecture.
I really appreciate the videos. All the chapters are very insteresting whether it is about on site shooting or post processing. It’s so far the best tutorial I get, and I read some books about digital B&W processing: -Vincent Versace -Harold Davis -John Batdorff -Leslie Alsheimer and Bryan O’Neil … I won’t say that those ones are worse than Joel’s tutorials, this is simply that Joel videos fits perfectly my need (espacially when it cames to long exposure for landscape) and all the explanations provided are clear. However I would have been even happier if Joel have included a dedicated chapter on printing in black and white since I think that there is definitely something to do in this area. Another question is about how Joel generates its 3 copies of the same image (Highlight, Low Light and Normal). It appears that they came straight from Nik almost without processing. Do you some time tweek thoses 3 versions or does it came straight from Silver Efex proposals? Do you use for example from time to time color filters in Silver Efex or photoshop Color to B&W conversions tools. Great work, I will definitely take look at your future book.
I simply wanted to touch base with you and share my gratitude to you for creating the BW Masterclass Series. In my latest image of The Getty Center, I followed along with the videos to help bring about my vision for the composition. The techniques you share are without a doubt the best way to create the smoothest most natural gradients in an image.
The New Gold Standard in Fine Art PhotographyI just had a chance to complete this video tutorial series, and I got so much out of it. I was blown away by how concise, easy to follow, and comprehensive this was. Anyone pursuing fine art photography needs to master these techniques. I believe a new “gold standard” is being created right before our very eyes. If you have not done so, get these tutorials. I have not mastered these techniques, but I know the challenge will help me to grow by leaps & bounds.I don’t think most people realize that I have only had a camera since 2011. I had no real experience with photography prior to meeting +Joel Tjintjelaar online. I never had a camera as a child or teenager. Photography still has that “new car smell”. I marvel at what is possible with this craft. I say this because I know without a shadow of a doubt that studying Joel’s techniques and going to his workshops have helped me to advance in a way that I never could have on my own. These tutorials have given me the vocabulary needed to express myself through visual communication.I have so much more to learn and grow in my photographic journey. It has changed me as a person. For the better Not just my view of the world & it’s people, but my heart. I never want to do “straight shots”, or be a button pusher. I am only interested in creating inspired work that comes from my heart, feeds my soul, and serves the world.
Can just recommend it! Have been watching all the chapters this week during travels and I can only say that I am longing to get out shooting and post process some images again. Especially the chapters about your vision with the images and how you create more presence is just great and very inspiring!
Masterclass indeed! Joel – your work has many distinctive hallmarks, and you have committed an act of extreme magnanimity to have laid it all out for us in such a personalised and user friendly fashion. The first few segments have already given me a permanently altered and newly stimulated view of architectural photography. Wishing you all the best in life and art. With sincere thanks, David