Outside of Ansel Adams’ Basic Photo Series, From Basic to Fine Art, by Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou, is the best book on B&W photography written in the last 40 years.”
George DeWolfe Photographer/Educator
With a focus on architectural fine art photography and long exposure photography, but going far beyond these genres and covering black and white photography in general and in-depth.
Everything about the artistic side, the practical side, the philosophical side but also the business of photography and the financial side of photography, plus… the secret to success in photography by Julia and Joel.
You can consult this extensive BOOK PREVIEW (pdf) containing the Table of Contents and some fragments from the book to get an idea on what the book covers.
Our black and white photography processing methods and workflow, our long exposure photography methods are analyzed in depth, with examples and extensive hands-on explanations, extended analysis of our award-winning images, plus the theoretical base for what we do so you do not only apply a method, but start creating your own black and white (en)Visionography right away.
More than 400 pages of knowledge from our extensive experience as fine art photographers and from the long years of studying art, architecture and everything related to image representation.
Tens of black and white photographs from our portfolio, showing our signature style, recent and from the archives, dating back even more than 10 years, explained and analyzed in a simple and clear way.
A book, written in simple English, so every lover of photography with a medium knowledge of the language, regardless where they are, can easily understand and use the information the moment they read it. As they say, great ideas do not need complicated words. We totally agree.
Price: $ 59
Elaborate And Extensive: 424 Pages
iSGM2.0 + Luminosity Masking And Photography Drawing
Finding Vision And Rules Of Grays
Long Exposure Photography And Composition
…then Gospodarou (and Tjintjelaar) is the gospel!).
As Gospodarou and gospel share the same root, I am quite certain that for all black and white photographers at least, that this epic new publication will rest comfortably alongside the Bruce Barnbaum bible (‘Art of Photography’). Barnbaum managed to straddle the old wet and analogue process of photography, and the new, digital age. He gave us an insight into the art of the process, whether A or D, and his ideas are still relevant today. Gospodarou and Tjintjelaar have finally given B&W photography a massive – not to say transcending – push into the digital age!
Up to that point, my editing was loosely based around a workflow which catered for making mostly global adjustments to an image. In the book, both Joel and Julia Anna outlined the benefits of breaking an image down into a number of carefully selected areas. Once selected, those areas can be adjusted and the result blended into the overall image, typically using a gradient mask. That simple principle was the foundation for a completely new editing process for me. It is now central to everything I do in Photoshop.