B W V I S I O N – S T O R E


The products on my page may seem a bit overwhelming and confusing, so here’s a brief guide with suggestions.

  • A good starting point for everything related to B&W and fine-art photography is the eBook ‘From Basic to Fine-art‘ that I co-wrote with Julia Anna Gospodarou and it deals on everything related to Black and White, fine-art, long exposure and architectural photography [description book section]
  • If you want to see my B&W workflow and techniques on video then I can recommend the B&W Speed Workflow video [description Video section]
  • My new B&W Artisan Pro panel I released March 2018 is intended to replace my B&W method as taught in the tutorials/book and can be used without any knowledge of my B&W workflow. However, knowledge of my B&W workflow will help you create even better images.
  • If you want to know more on Long exposure photography only, then the video Mastering Long Exposure Photography is recommended [description Video section]

e B o o k

eBook – From Basics to Fine-Art | Bestselling product

$ 59 | € 49 | £ 39

This 424 page eBook that has been written with co-author Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelaar and has been released mid 2014, is focused on architectural fine art and long exposure photography, but it also covers black and white photography in general extensively. The book covers the artistic sides of photography, but also the practical and financial aspects. Our B&W processing methods and workflow are analyzed and explained in depth in a practical hands-on way. You can read a preview and reviews on this page or go straight to the Fastspring webshop to purchase the book.


Already considered by many photographers/educators to be one of the best books on B&W fine art photography of the last decade. Read a small collection of the reviews here


424 pages of extensive tutorials covering all aspects of B&W fine art photography, long exposure photography and architectural photography


Elaborate explanation on Joel’s B&W post processing using iSGM2.0 with luminosity masking and Julia’s Photography Drawing as an approach for B&W processing


Practical guideline to finding one’s own vision and a set of rules for what makes a good B&W photograph


An extensive explanation on (en)Visionography, a new thinking and approach towards photography in the digital age, described by its inventor Julia Anna Gospodarou.


Extensive and detailed explanation on long exposure photography and composition techniques.

P h o t o s h o p – P a n e l s

B&W Artisan Pro Panel  – PS CC 2015.5 – 2018 V1.2 (June 2018)

$35.00 | €28.45

A new video trailer with the new Mask Optimization feature demonstrated for version 1.2 released June 20, 2018


B&W Artisan Pro is an intuitive and easy to use Photoshop panel for advanced editing of B&W photographs, with powerful local adjustments features. Designed and developed by multi-award winning photographer Joel Tjintjelaar, whose signature style B&W photographs have inspired many photographers worldwide, to emulate his style.

With this panel Joel unlocks his advanced B&W editing techniques to a larger audience without the need to acquire the technical knowledge and years of experience, necessary to create high impact B&W photographs.

Elementary tasks, such as accurate and subtle darkening of local areas, are enabled by quick, free-form selections with a lasso tool, and then clicking a single preset that triggers a sequence of sometimes more than 100 custom-built steps. Local adjustments have never been faster and more intuitive than this.

Add to that features such as Local Micro Zone adjustments to easily isolate and adjust tonal details, also with fast carefree selections, B&W fine-art conversion presets, smart Mask Optimization to prevent fringing (v1.2) or adding subtle split tones using a unique method, and this panel becomes a must-have for the B&W artist who prefers creativity to complicated technical features. More info in the Artisan Pro section.

B&W Artisan LITE Panel – PS CC 2015.5 – 2018 (FREE)



This stripped-down version of Artisan Pro, called Artisan LITE, is now available to visitors who subscribe to the newsletter of this website. Also new subscribers will receive a password to the download page of this free panel. The panel will be available starting June 15, 2018 via a password protected page. Newsletter readers will receive a password in the newsletter or, when you’re subscribing after the newsletter has been released on June 15, in the email that confirms your newsletter subscription. Go to the download page here.

See table below for comparison between Artisan Pro and Artisan LITE.

Quick Mask Pro Panel – PS CC2014 – 2018 V1.1 (Dec 2017)

$ 44.90 | € 39.90


Create intricate base masks within seconds with just a few mouse clicks. Refine your base masks fast, easy and non-destructively using the buttons under Quick Refine Mask. This replaces the traditional, labour intensive, workflow of manually refining your mask using a brush or pen and tablet and zooming in a few hundred percent. To bring out the most delicate parts of your image, like fences, cables, antenna’s or even hair, use Advanced Refine Mask. More info in the Quick Mask Pro section.


V1.2 of B&W Artisan Pro has been released on June 20, 2018, free of charge for existing Artisan Pro customers only. 53 new presets have been added and various other presets updated.


If  you also struggle with halos and fringes around edges when masking objects – buildings specifically – even when you thought you just created the perfect mask and especially when pushing the contrast more than normal then v1.2 will give you a smart solution through 3 new ‘Load and optimize mask’ presets.
This new feature will eliminate annoying fringes/halos substantially, or, depending on the quality of your mask, completely. This takes place by applying an optimisation automatically when loading a mask via the ‘load and optimise mask’ preset in the panel. And no pixels on the edges will be deleted, blurred, cloned, smudged or manipulated otherwise, as the optimisation takes place before using the mask in an adjustment or a background replacement for example.
Have a look at the comparison photo above and the video with the optimization feature. Getting rid of halos around the edges of a building with the push of a button is actually easy, but the panel can do the same with the fringing on the intricate and very small cables on a panorama shot of the Brooklyn Bridge (see photo) and just as easy with leaves and branches of trees. But that’s just a small part of the new features I’m introducing.


– Advanced linear masking will now also come with 8 new ‘strict’ adjustments for detailed and precise, yet fast, and fluent local adjustments where more precision is needed, such as in architecture or portraits.
– Smart linear adjustments with pre-created masks have the new ‘mask optimisation feature’ built in.
– Micro zone adjustments also have 6 new ‘strict adjustment’ presets, for a precision that can only be beaten if you follow my manual and more cumbersome iSGM workflow.

A R T I S A N – P R O

Black and White Artisan Pro Panel for Photoshop CC 2015.5 – 2018 v1.2 (June 2018)

$35.00 | €28.45

Current V1.1 has been updated to V1.2 on June 20 2018, and has been released free of charge to existing customers. See comparison table below for v1.2 updates compared to v1.1. If you didn’t get the email with the Update information, then please check your spam folder and make sure to add info@bwvision.com to your contacts. 

  • Easy to use and innovative B&W Editing panel

    An easy to use and intuitive B&W editing panel, designed and developed by multi-award winning photographer Joel Tjintjelaar, whose signature style B&W photographs and innovative techniques and methods for advanced B&W post processing, have inspired many photographers worldwide, to emulate his style and techniques.

  • Powerful local adjustments

    Very precise and fast local adjustments are enabled by quick, free-form selections with a lasso tool, and then clicking darken/lighten for subtle and seamless adjustments.

  • Advanced Local Micro Zone adjustments

    For advanced and more controlled local adjustments, the Micro Zone adjustments only affect the tones you’ve selected within the indicated, local, target area. Take a sample, then hit darken/lighten and the panel will choose the right luminosity masks and adjust the tonality in a subtle and seamless way.

  • 10 B&W conversion and 15 toning presets

    • 10 B&W conversion presets, including fine-art presets that trigger over 200 adjustment steps in PS.
    • 15 single and split-tones that are among the most subtle digitally created toning, based on Joel’ s advanced method of toning
  • Mask Optimization feature (V1.2)

    Version 1.2 (June 2018) will feature an automatic mask optimization feature that will reduce fringing and halos substantially

  • Advanced B&W post-processing at your fingertips

    This panel unlocks Joels advanced B&W editing techniques to a larger audience without the need to acquire the technical knowledge and years of experience, necessary to create high impact B&W photographs.The main presets sometimes trigger more than 100 individual steps in PS with the single click of a button.

  • For beginners and pro users

    Fast and sophisticated B&W editing with ‘low knowledge and experience’ entry level. The panel has the ‘knowledge and skills’.

B&W Artisan Pro – Intro Overview

B&W Artisan Pro – Full Demo video #9

2 main objectives for this new panel: faster, more sophisticated but easier and less technical with a focus on being creative

Making the process of B&W editing more advanced and accurate and yet, more focused on expressing creativity in a fast, direct and intuitive way, also for beginners in Photoshop.

1.The problem in any photo editing is how to make very precise local adjustments in a fast and intuitive way without needing the technical knowledge to do this correctly or spending too much time on it. This panel solves that problem: just roughly indicate the area you want to adjust with any selection tool and then adjust with a click of a button. The panel ensures the local adjustment blends in smoothly and precisely with(in) the adjacent areas.
2.Another main objective was that advanced and technically correct B&W editing should be possible with very limited PS knowledge or B&W experience. It is meant for advanced professional users and also for beginners.

Primary ‘smart adjustment’ features for precise and subtle local B&W adjustments based on innovative B&W techniques.

1. Advanced Local Adjustment: very precise and yet subtle local adjustments by carefree and form-free indicating with the lasso tool the target area you want to adjust in the photo and click a darken/lighten preset. The change will be applied in a smart and seamless way while avoiding any abrupt transitions with adjacent areas. If you already have a pre-created mask, you can use these too with this new feature.
2. Micro Zone Local Adjustment: the same as Advanced Smart Linear adjustment but now the local adjustments are limited to a specific range of tonal values only, by using luminosity masks, working behind the scenes (no knowledge of luminosity masks is needed) for even more accurate and seamless tonal and contrast adjustments.

Basic Adjustments feature for advanced global adjustments

The go-to Adjustment section in the older panel has now become a secondary feature called Basic Adjustments and is now only meant to do a preliminary or final global correction.

Product overview

B&W Artisan Pro is the successor of the older B&W Fine Art Quick Adjustments panel, with an entirely new design that takes the best of the old panel and combines it with a new and innovative approach towards digital B&W editing that is aimed at making B&W editing less technical and more intuitive and artistic. At the same time the name has changed for a more suitable name. Its goal is to effectively translate your personal artistic vision to a B&W image, with just a minimum of Photoshop knowledge and experience. No more steep learning curves and years of practice are needed to create sophisticated B&W images for which normally advanced knowledge of technically correct B&W processing techniques and knowledge of Photoshop were needed.

B&W Artisan Pro is a panel that uses Photoshop as a ‘host’ to introduce new features, through easy to use presets, that aren’t readily available in Photoshop. Each preset triggers a specific sequence of combined advanced PS features and also ‘hidden’ PS features, that sometimes consists of more than hundred different steps, in a way that reflects Joel Tjintjelaar’s signature style, craftsmanship and knowledge to render a non-destructive result.

This new panel doesn’t use the basic PS tools like dodging and burning, curves, levels or Photoshop’s built-in B&W conversion and adjustment features to adjust grey tones and alter contrasts, but a new and advanced way of linear adjustments that directly affects the luminance value of a tone, with a high degree of control imposed by the presets. The linear adjustments are accurate, predictable and proportionate. And they do that, either within the entire canvas or within an area, roughly or, if the artists desires to do so, precisely, indicated by the artist. Depending on what the artist wants.

The use of luminosity masks play an important role in how the new panel operates, but the user doesn’t need to know how to create luminosity masks, how to correctly use them and how to correctly evaluate them. The latter is something even many advanced Photoshop users don’t do, and usually skip that part, while in my approach, the correct evaluation of luminosity masks plays the most important part. The presets create, evaluate and apply the luminosity masks automatically behind the scenes when its triggered.

B&W Artisan Pro – Instruction video #7 (from 8)


Advanced adjustments are very precise and subtle local adjustments ideal to darken or lighten larger areas in your photo without needing to worry that it will not blend and match with the adjacent areas in your photo.


Micro zone adjustments are also very precise and local adjustments, that work similarly to Advanced adjustments, but are more refined than Advanced Adjustments as the adjustment will only take effect on a range of tones that you have indicated, within the local target area.


This feature will optimize pre-created (hard) masks in such a way that it will eliminate fringing and halos around edges substantially or even completely, depending on the quality of the mask you’e created.


There is a total of 22 advanced toning presets: an addition of 12 new toning presets compared to the previous panel. Since there are many new toning presets the toners have been split up in three sections:

  1. Basic single toning
  2. Split toning inspired by color palettes in cinematography
  3. Split toning inspired by the colours evoked when listening to music.

Besides the already existing option to create 8 light, 8 dark and 3 mid-tone luminosity maks. It is now also possible to create 16 half luminosity masks for more tonal control.


The following presets are custom built presets, each one of them consisting of a sequence of various custom built and accurate adjustments I apply also in my own black and white workflow.

Fine art subtle | Fine art dramatic | Architecture subtle | Architecture dramatic | Neutral conversion | Low-key conversion | High-key conversion | High Contrast conversion | SE 1 | SE 2


Basic adjustments are meant to do global corrections, in the initial stage of the B&W process or in the final stage, before applying split-tones.


Easy to use quick access buttons for your most used commands like Load Selection, Duplicate layer and Delete layer that are always visible, regardless the menu you’re in.


The panel now comes with a .pkg or .exe quick installer for Mac and Windows respectively

PHOTOSHOP CC 2015.5, 2017 AND 2018 ONLY

Please note that B&W Artisan Pro is only available for Photoshop 2015.5 and higher. You can check your version of Photoshop by going to Photoshop CC -> About Photoshop CC. If this version has a release version of 17.0 or higher, you have the right version.

What’s included:

– The B&W Artisan Pro panel
– Free technical updates (functional upgrades may be charged depending on the new features).
– Quick Installer for Mac and Windows
– Quick Reference Guide + Addendum B&W Conversion and Split toning presets overview with examples + Addendum B&W Basic Adjustments
An instructional video to complement the Quick Reference Guide will be made available on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 and can be downloaded by clicking on the Manuals button in the panel

Q U I C K M A S K – P R O

Quick Mask Pro v1.1 – *PS CC2014 and higher only (including PS CC2018)*

$ 44.90 | € 39.90

Click and mask accurately and faster without a pen or brush

Create intricate base masks within seconds with just a few mouse clicks. Refine your base masks fast, easy and non-destructively using the buttons under Quick Refine Mask. This replaces the traditional, labour intensive, workflow of manually refining your mask using a brush or pen and tablet and zooming in a few hundred percent. To bring out the most delicate parts of your image, like fences, cables, antenna’s or even hair, use Advanced Refine Mask.

**Updated version 1.1**

Shortly after the release of v1.0 we released v1.1 (which was free to download for customers who already purchased v1.0) that is even more accurate with in total 20 additional presets for more precise and effective masking.

Quick Mask Pro v1.1 PS compatibility – *PS CC2014 and higher only*

This panel can only be used on PS CC2014 and higher and will not work on older versions of Photoshop (CS versions).

The easiest way to creating the most accurate masks

Not just a product that promises more than it can deliver, but a product that delivers fast and accurate masking results in a way you don’t expect, using a unique method and algorithm that’s very different and more accurate than conventional Photoshop masking techniques. Based on the personal workflow of award-winning photographer and educator Joel Tjintjelaar and created by himself, for an automated, faster and far more simple execution.

Demo videos

1.Quick Mask Pro overview (features)
2.Quick Mask Pro demo – Quick demo overview
3.Quick Mask Pro demo – The Louvre
4.Quick Mask Pro demo – Flatiron Building
5.Quick Mask Pro demo – Advanced Refinement
6.Quick Mask Pro demo – 100MP Phase One File
7.Quick Mask Pro demo – Masking hair

Why choose this panel?

Every selection tool is based on detecting contrasts or differences in luminance values. Quick Mask Pro can create selections based on luminance levels of just 1 luminance value difference. The secret of this tool is in the automatic creation of base masks based on the histogram, and the tools to refine the base masks using smart fill presets, globally or within a designated area of the image, very accurately.

Skill level

Anyone with basic PS knowledge can use this panel since you don’t need any specific selection/masking technical knowledge.

Unique and advanced proprietary method of masking – click and mask

The ‘engine’ uses a method that’s different from conventional masking methods in Photoshop, and has been developed by award-winning photographer Joel Tjintjelaar for faster and more accurate results in an intuitive and user-friendly way: click and mask, without using a pen or brush.

Low-level skill entry level

Since the heavy lifting is done under the hood, even beginners can create professional masking results.

Instantly accessible basic keys

Quick access buttons to most commonly used tools: Load Selection, Deselect Selection, Delete All Channels, Delete Channel, Delete Layer, Duplicate Layer.

Base Mask

Create a Base Mask depending on the histogram of your image. There are a total of five options: Low Key Studio, Low Key, Low Mid, Mid High and High Key. Each Base Mask preset generates three masks, found under the Channels Panel.

Quick Refine Mask

Refine your mask quickly using the smart selective fill presets under Quick Refine Mask. Simply click a button to refine, instead of spending hours using a brush and tablet.

Advanced Refine Mask

Use Advanced Refine Mask to bring out the most delicate parts of your image. It can reveal and mask details that are hardly visible when looking the photo zoomed in at a few hundred percent.

Luminosity Masks

Under the Luminosity Masks tab you will find presets to create and delete Luminosity Masks. Also included are Half Luminosity Masks.


The most commonly used tools for making masks are found under this tab.

Software requirements and compatibility

This panel is built for Photoshop CC2014 and higher, including Photoshop CC 2018.

What you will get with the panel

1. The panel.
2. Installation instructions manual and video.
3. An accompanying video tutorial of 25 minutes, exclusively made for this panel, with very advanced tips and tricks that will enhance your PS general knowledge.

V I D E O – T U T O R I A L S


$ 59

A Fast track to Mastering Long Exposure Photography

In the video tutorial Mastering Long-Exposure Photography, I teach you how I capture award-winning long-exposure images. And also why they appeal to the viewer. This easy to understand tutorial condenses my many years of experience.

I walk you through long-exposure photography step-by-step and also show you the gear I use, as well as lower-priced alternatives.
Everything you need to know is explained in language you can understand so you will feel confident to begin capturing your own great images.
Beyond the basics of long-exposure photography, you’ll also learn my thought process behind capturing my own fine art photographs and how and why long exposure photography and other characteristics of my photography, contribute to its aesthetic appeal.

This comprehensive tutorial on long-exposure photography, produced by filmmaker Armand Dijcks, will help you discover your own talent as a photographer. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced photographer, you will learn how to get the most out of your shots while also avoiding many of the pitfalls.

Included with the tutorial is a beautiful 80 pages eBook that summarises and expands upon the concepts explained in the video.


Instead of going with a very lengthy video tutorial with often redundant visuals and information, we wanted to make every second of the video count and keep the video shorter than an hour, but with more information than in other similar videos with twice the duration or more. And with information that comes straight out of Joel’s artistic toolkit, it’s information you won’t find anywhere else. This video and eBook go beyond learning HOW to do long exposure, it also explains you WHY so you will not only gain a deeper understanding of long exposure photography, but also of its effects on the viewer and the artist.


Renowned cinematographer Armand Dijcks made sure that information is presented in a visually aesthetic and comprehensible way. Animations, beautiful visuals and smart infographics are an integral part of every topic and clarify each topic where possible.


Long exposure photography expert Joel Tjintjelaar developed a method for effective long exposure photography called 5MF8 that has as objective to shoot long exposures with times of around 5 minutes and at around f/8 with just two filters in any given situation under any type of weather. Joel will explain the various effects of specific long exposure times on objects and on water and clouds, and how specific looks can be achieved with many examples.


Joel explains what gear you need and what is recommended.


The information presented in the video is also covered in the accompanying 80 pages eBook as concise summaries with many additional charts, example images and other beautiful illustrations to clearly describe the effects at specific settings. But the eBook is more than just a summary of the video: additional information is presented in the eBook that isn’t covered in the video or anywhere else. Additional topics such as:

  • What is fine art photography and how to create it’
  • ‘How and why long exposure can contribute to the creation of fine art
  • Composition techniques for architectural photography‘ that go beyond the obligatory Rules of Thirds and advocates new composition approaches for architecture like:
  • The maximum point of perspective‘, based on perspective and the deliberate distortion and exaggeration of it to enhance aesthetics
  • An extensive case study with the Chrysler Building image, and how Art-Deco visual styling and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis poster determined the post-processing of the Chrysler photo.

Free action set for Photoshop for quick creation of luminosity masks with a short explanation.

2-video pack: Long Exposure + B&W Workflow 5hrs

$130 | €80

B&W Masterclass 2-VIDEO PACK: B&W Long Exposure Masterclass + B&W Speed Workflow videos

Learn all about Long exposure photography and advanced digital Black and White post processing methods for award winning photographs from the expert. Now you can buy both the Black and White Long Exposure Masterclass video tutorial and the Black and White Speed Workflow video tutorial, with almost 5 hours video in total. See for more information the individual video information in this section or go straight to the Fastspring webshop to purchase the bundle.

B&W Speed workflow 3.5 hrs video

$ 49.95 | €39.95
Note the deal for the 2-video pack for a lower bundle price!

Note that if you consider purchasing this video, this video plus the Long Exposure Masterclass are now available as a 2-video pack for a lower bundle price!

The B&W Speed workflow released late 2014, is an add-on to the previous B&W Masterclass video tutorial, for learning a black and white post processing method, that is in use now by many award-wining black and white photographers. The video can also be used as a standalone video, without needing the previous B&W masterclass video tutorial. This B&W Speed workflow will help you develop the skills needed to create award winning B&W fine art images in a faster and also more controlled and subtle way than in my older workflow, called iSGM2.0. Click here to view the detailed table of contents of this video. Click here to read more on this video tutorial or go straight to the Fastspring webshop to purchase the video tutorial.

B&W Long Exposure Masterclass 2.5 hrs video

$ 99 | € 59
Note the deal for the 2-video pack for a lower bundle price!

Note that if you consider purchasing this video, the B&W Speed Workflow and this video are now limitedly available as a 2-video pack for a lower bundle price!

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. A method that is now used by many award-winning black and white photographers all over the world. 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.

Fine Art Color + Exploring Vision 5hrs

Fine art color workflow bundle

$ 89

This bundle contains both the Fine Art Color Workflow and Exploring Vision tutorials by Joel Tjintjelaar. In Fine Art Color Workflow, Joel walks you through his workflow for creating sophisticated fine art images in color. Starting with a RAW image, Joel shows you his signature color workflow, and how you can apply it to your own work. Included with the tutorial are Joel’s Luminosity mask action set and a PDF Quick Guide with additional information. In Exploring Vision, Joel will take you through his creative process and will help you bring your photography to the next level.

Fine Art Color Workflow 2hrs video

Fine Art Color Workflow Video

$ 59

The second video produced in collaboration with cinematographer Armand Dijcks and released in November 2015. Based on my well known Black and White post processing workflow, extensively covered in other videos, I have spent the past year developing my own personal way of processing color images inspired by the often limited color palettes of old master painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer and fine-art photographers like David Burdeny. In this new video tutorial, I’m sharing my fine art color workflow for the first time to the public. Read more on this video here or go straight to the Fastspring webshop to purchase the video.

Exploring Vision 3 hrs video

Exploring Vision

$ 79

A video produced in collaboration with cinematographer Armand Dijcks and released in 2014. This tutorial goes beyond covering technique. It teaches you how to think about your photography in a different way, while providing many practical tips and insights on how to develop a vision for your images and how to translate that vision into the final product. This way of working will help you create consistently great images. Read more on this video here or go straight to the Fastspring webshop to purchase the video.

ND Filters

Starting from various prices
Permanent discount: 10% off on all F-H items with code BWVISION10

The REVISED Formatt-Hitech “Firecrest Long Exposure Joel Tjintjelaar Signature Edition” kit#1 and kit#2, featuring the brand new Firecrest ND filters and New Filter Holder light leakage proof set with integrated polarizer filter. These filters are extremely neutral and ultra thin. With the new 13- and 16-stops ND filters, stacking filters is no longer needed – effectively eleminating vignetting problems. There are two kits, each containing three filters. Kit#1 comes with a ND 0.9 (3 stops), ND 2.4 (6 stops) and a ND 3.0 (10 stops). And kit#2 comes with a ND 3.0 (10 stops), ND 3.9 (13 stops) and a ND 4.8 (16 stops). Both kits are available in either circular or rectangular format. The rectangular kit comes also with the new filter-holder (light-leakage proof with end-caps) and integrated polarizer filter. For more info on the signature edition kits, click here

Firecrest technology

Advanced Firecrest multicoating technology results in hyper neutral ND filters, the most neutral ND filters available on the market today.

3-16 stops

Filters are available in 3, 6, 9, 10, 13 and 16 stops, the first 16 stops ND filter on the market.

Ultra Slim

The circular Firecrest ND filters are so thin, vignetting is no problem when stacking filters. They’re also ultra light and portable.

Circular and rectangular

The new Firecrest filters are available as circular ultra slim filters or rectangular filters.


Read the independent reviews on the Firecrest filters here

The JT Signature Edtion Box

Joel Tjintjelaar Signature Edition Rectangular FiltersJoel Tjintjelaar Signature Edition Circular Filters

Images shot with Formatt Hitech Filters

Salk Institute La Jolla San Diego CaliforniaColosseum Rome ItalyEmpire State Building New York City

Testimonials for the eBook From Basics to Fine Art

A small impression of all testimonials received after publishing the eBook.

“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.”  (…) “The importance of the book is reached in Julia’s and Joel’s abilities to blend the practice of classical form and content in vision and tech­nique, so that Form is Content.  While others claim to have achieved this state of aesthetic grace, this is the first time I have seen it acc­omplished with great skill and with a brilliant explanation of how to get there.”  (…) “

George DeWolfePhotographer/Educator

In today’s humankind ever-increasing urge for homogenization and uniformity, Joel and Julia stand out. Joel is the modern equivalent of what Ansel Adams did for black & white photography in the film era, always exploring new horizons, new techniques, and new frontiers to explore. Julia Anna, on the other hand, is the chimera of Imogen Cunningham and Vivian Maier, merging one of the sharpest eyes in the art world with the artistic flair to make every image canvas come alive.”

Dr. Charles AzzopardiOncologist and Fine art photographer

If Barnbaum was the bible of Black and White…
…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!

Jack TorcelloFine art photographer

If you’re interested in black and white photography, the names Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou will probably need no introduction. The work of both photographers has helped define, and push the boundaries of long exposure photography, a relatively new genre in the fine art world. Julia and Joel have joined forces to write a new ebook called From Basics to Fine Art: Black and White Photography – Architecture and Beyond. It is principally aimed at photographers interested in using long exposure techniques to photograph buildings, with some chapters being more general and having a wider appeal.(…) You have two photographers whose work I admire immensely explaining how they create their images, from their general philosophy to the specifics of long exposures and post-processing. If you’re ever looked at their photos and wondered how they achieved the results they do then this ebook has the answers. It’s a tremendous act of generosity and sharing. No one else seems to be doing this stuff yet, or at least doing it and teaching it, so that makes some of the content unique. If you’re a fan of either of these authors, and want to learn the secrets behind their work, then it’s a must buy.”

Andrew GibsonPhotographer & writer DPS (Digital Photography School)

“From Basics To Fine Art is by far the most complete and well written book on photography that I have read in years. At over 400 pages, I would not say it is an easy read, but more of an educational one. There is no fluff here. It is the quintessential ‘Start at the beginning and continue until you get to the end’ type of book. Throughout I have made notes and essentially dog-eared pages I would want to go back and review. It is that enlightening! From Basics To Fine Art is a must read for anyone who is looking to make their way into the world of fine art. Yes it does focus on architectural fine art photography, but the core concepts transcend those areas and are really valid for any kind of photography.”

T. Michael TestiPhotographer/blogger

“I’ve just spent the past 3 weeks, not just reading and learning about Black and White, Long Exposure Architectural Fine Art Photography, but feeling like I’ve shared an intimate conversation with it’s authors. “From Basics to Fine Art” is an echo of both Joel and Julia’s love for Architectural Photography, and it’s a book that’s far more than the pages it’s written on. (…) ” …to review this book would be like reviewing the Bible. An almost impossible task, due to the amount and depth of content to be covered.” (…) “I can only do this with words, “It’s a Masterpiece”, for anyone that has any interest in shooting Black and White Long Exposure Architectural Fine Art Photography. This title simply has to be on your bookshelf. If you’re just starting out, or already an expert in this field, again …. buy this book you will learn far more than you expect from it. I certainly did.” (…) “To conclude …. Circa 1950, Ansel Adams first published a trilogy of photography books called, “The Camera, The Negative and The Print”, widely accepted as the gospel in terms of producing and printing photographic images. I can’t help but think that Joel and Julia have produced a volume that will have the same effect as Ansel’s books did, and continue to do so to this day.”

Antony NorthcuttFine art photographer, writer, educator

Testimonials for the B&W Artisan Pro Panel

A small impression of the first reviews (more will be added)

Joel your new panel is amazing, I just did some quick edits with it. The way to select subtle parts in an image and play with light and shadows is brilliant. I was on my way to get more and more used to your ISGM2 method, but with your new panel, processing is much easier. I must admit that for ‘big’ corrections on the sky I used a gradient, but that’s more due to the fact I have to get familiar with the new panel. In other words get the right effect with the lasso tool. As I am used now to look first to the correct luminosity mask(s) and apply a gradient.


I just processed a photo, you and your team did a very well job.  It’s unbelievable how subtle transitions between the different tonings can be created. And so easy, it’s a very powerful tool Joel. Thank you for sharing and making this panel available to the world.

Marco MaljaarsPhotographerMarco’s Flickr page

I downloaded the panel yesterday, what an amazing piece of work! its still incredible! I like the new toning presets a lot, but especialy the new sections, which allows a very fast post processing and most of the time without creating accurate masks, what is always horrible. I really like the panel!! could you make a short tutorial where we can see some more steps than in the actual videos? I ask for a specific reason, I’ve edited an image which I’ve already edidet with ISGM technique, the result with Artisan was still great and in a very short time. But I would like to see, how you combine the new functions with your isgm technique, because I like those reflecting metall look, which comes from the reflecting gradient, a lot. here is a part from an image where you see the difference […]  I tried it in the way how you have described, and it works fine and especially fast. For example creating a vignette is still amazing with the smart linear adjustments (based on an accurate sky selection), no need for iSGM what takes some time also for a vignette. Here is the result, I’ve made all with smart linear or the micro zones, only the bright reflecting of the “grid” from the building was done with iSGM. but looking forward for a complete workflow tutorial.

Lukas ZitzPhotographerLukas’ 500px portfolio
Dear Joel,
I procured recently your panel,  ‘B&W Artisan Pro’. Indeed the title covers the subject. This panel makes it truly easy to focus on the development of your creativity instead of on the technical aspects. That makes a huge difference with other panels. The choice of the right technical aspects is facilitated and therefore made easy by the ‘simple’ interface (panel). Therefore there is less distraction on the technicalities and but more  on the creativity.
The panel is only a part of the product you are offering. The manuals and videos guides you  through the panel and that is a huge advantage and makes the difference with other panels. The language used in the manuals is simple with a lot of easy understandable graphics. The videos are of a high quality. Full screen shots of Photoshop, the picture and the panel. Luckily no focus on the teacher, which often distracts your attention from where it is all about. The use of the software. Your explanations in the videos are underlining the most important aspects on how to use the panel. You are using an easy understandable English. Not many technical terms. That is important for the many non native English speakers, which is a big part of your audience. May be I am too enthousiastic. That might be true, but it brought my pictures to a higher level. A big thanks and both thumbs up.
Deem VermeulenPhotographer, The Netherlands

Yesterday I tried the BW Artisan Pro panel, and it showed to be excellent. I experimented with different types of photos, architectural and portraits, also scanned 4×5 inch BW negatives (file sizes up to 400MP), and it worked fast, accurate and very subtle. The panel itself is clear, uncluttered and intuitive. I would like to encourage every genuine BW photographer to try this BW Artisan Pro panel. Bravo, Joel

Henk BijlOncologist and Fine art photographerHenk Bijl Photographer website

Joel, thanks for publishing this plug-in. There’s a certain elegance to the approach you’ve used – enabling beautiful subtle adjustments!

Scott J. LoftesnessPhotographer

I’m a nature photographer and I’ve had the B&W Artisan Pro for a week now. It’s incredible. The blending it does from my selections is amazing. It brought detail back to my dark shadows that I’ve had a really tough time with previously. Well done and thank you for this.

Justin MulderPhotographer - CanadaLong Shot Photography

Hi Joel, that panel is excellent. I still have a lot to play with to understand. The 8 videos are very helpful. It makes your work easier and you can let your imagination run free. I find the Tonal-Option very successful. Very good work the new panel BW Artisan Pro.

Michael O.A. KlapperPhotographer - Germanywww.michaelklapper.com

I purchased the new panel and am impressed with its ease of use and results. Great job!

Alfredo MoraPhotographerwww.alfredomoraphoto.com
This simple email to tell you all the good I think of B&W Artisan Pro. This is really the product I’ve been waiting for. Very intuitive. Thanks Joel for offering us such applications. I wonder what else you could do to help us enhance our images…???
Pierre ZelerPhotographer

Hello Joel

The B&W Artisan Pro panel is a great tool that saves a lot of time. The update that offers the possibility to keep the selection is really a plus. One can dream that the panel can allow to integrate certain shades of grey predefined as for example silver grey, metallic grey etc in a click in a selection but it is certainly easier to imagine than to program
in data processing. In any case the B&W Artisan Pro is now my tool of construction, creation as well for the black and white as for the color . Well done master Tjintjelaar

Philippe LagabbePhotographer, France

Reviews on the Firecrest filters

A small collection of reviews on the Formatt-Hitech Firecrest filters

“Companies such as B&W* and Hitech Formatt have developed ND filters that surpass the Big Stopper and by some considerable margin. In particular, Hitech Formatt brought out the IRND range and more recently, the new Firecrest 16 stop filter – which has literally been a game changer for me. No horrible colour casts and accurate exposures are now the order of the day and with 16 stops to play with, the Firecrest IRND opens up many possibilities for long exposures in bright daylight.”

Stuart LowLong exposure photographer

“We have obtained a white balance of 6650, +20. Therefore, it is not really neutral but its deviation from the white balance of 1050, which means it’s going to get photos from a slightly cold dominant. What we do see is that there is a deviation towards green color which has required a correction of +38 from the photo 1. But it is much more neutral than the Bigstopper filter, and considering that is 6 stops more “dense” this filter is much more dense than the Bigstopper”

Manuel TobarraBlogger, photographer

“And it looks pretty damn good. Actually, what I should say is I haven’t seen this level of controlled performance from an ND filter set before. This is pretty amazing if you consider the density range” and “There’s no dominant color cast that I can see, which is fantastic. I’ll go out on a well supported limb here and say that these are the most neutral and consistent ND filters currently available.”

Phil HollandBlogger, RED camera user

“The Singh Ray 15 did not correct well and would require more advanced methods using RGB curves to remove the red cast, a time consuming task. The Lee’s cleaned up quite well, which is due to the blue cast being easy to fix by just warming up the white balance. The Firecrest was also easily corrected using only white balance, quite impressive for a 16 stop filter! For reference the Lee Big Stopper required a large white balance correction, going from a Temp of 5000 to 9300 and a Tint of +5 to +19, the Firecrest on the other hand only needed to go to a Temp of 5400 and a Tint of +1, a very small adjustment.” and “When shooting with a Lee Big Stopper you need to adjust the white balance in camera to 9300 to ensure you do not need to make a large adjustment later on, when using the Firecrest there is no need to set your white balance like this, daylight is very close.” and finally “I was extremely surprised by Singh Ray, a company that typically makes the best filters on the market proved to be a disappointment here. This is good news for the consumer though as Singh Ray is also extremely expensive. The good news is the Firecrest is actually quite affordable and performed exceptionally! I would highly recommend this filter”

David KinghamPhotographer, educator

“When I saw that the Firecrest 16 could give me an exposure time of 6 minutes at ISO 200 and an aperture of f11, I knew we would get along real fine despite our earlier gasket issue. The resultant images were even more neutral than my old Pro Stop IRND. It was a great rush to be able to shoot in broad daylight for minutes at a time again. Most photographers fear scratching the coating, with the Firecrest they can rest assured as the coating is sandwiched between the glass.” and “As you can see there is no colour cast, and both look as neutral as I could hope for. I used to use Hoya, B+W and Tiffen ND filters which all had significant colour casting from magenta to blue. If you are someone that likes to have the opportunity to shoot long exposures during the day, and are looking for a single solution then why not take a look at Formatt-Hitech’s Firecrest 16, it could revolutionise your photographic experience.”

Tuan NguyenPhotographer, blogger

“I have to say that out of all the ND filters I have owned for Long Exposure photography, the Hitech 16 Stop Firecrest in my opinion out shines all the other makes. It’s neutrality is amazing for a filter with such high filtration.” and “Too early to say just yet but going from the only shot taken, the exposure was right on the money unlike the Lee Big stopper which had a tendency to underexpose around 1 full stop.”

Ian BarberFine art photographer, educator

Testimonials for the Video tutorial B&W Long exposure Masterclass with FOTOTV

A small impression of all testimonials received after releasing the video in March 2013

“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.”

Billy CurrieB&W Fine art photographer

“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.”

Lucas HaynesFine art photographer

“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!”

Dennis BerggrenPhotographer

“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.”

FranzFine art photographer

“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.”

Sandra CanningFine art photographer

“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”

David CartierPhotographer