Real life group and private workshops anywhere in the world or online mentorships and online consults from the comfort of your home.


By Joel Tjintjelaar


Real life workshops anywhere in the world for larger groups.

As a professional fine art photographer I teach fine art architectural photography and Black and White photography post processing group workshops around the world on a regular basis, from Vienna to Melbourne to New York to Chicago. Any place is possible. Those are usually larger group workshops with around 20 students per workshop. In case you’re interested in such a workshop then keep an eye on any announcements I will post on this website or on my social media.


Private real life workshops anywhere in the world

If you prefer the intimacy of a private workshop that is tailor-made  for you at any place around the world, with you only (or if needed with 2 other students max. to reduce costs), then please contact me via I offer the following types of private workshops:

1. B&W post processing workshop focused on giving you the right tools and skills using my own developed and popular method of iSGM2.0 that gives you complete control over your black and white photograph to ensure it is perfectly aligned with your personal artistic vision. This includes portfolio reviews and in-depth and detailed suggestions how to improve.

2. A fine art architectural workshop in any location in the world for a maximum of 3 days. I’m specialised in architectural workshops in New York City, Paris, London and Chicago. Of course other locations around the world are also possible and I’m happy to advise you on that and give you the experience that fits your needs.

3. A long exposure photography workshop in any location in the world. This can be in any great architectural location in the world or specifically focused on long exposure seascapes.

4. A combination of all the above. Anything is possible, you provide your personal preferences, I will advise you on that and will suggest the best options including routes and hotel accommodations.

Indicative price range:

– in the Netherlands and Belgium: varying from €700 to €900 per day depending on the specific needs excluding costs for traveling and hotel accommodation but due to the limited distance these costs are usually very limited and very often hotel accommodation is not needed.

– anywhere else in the world: varying from €1100 to €1600 per day depending on the specific needs, excluding costs for traveling and hotel accommodation.

If you don’t mind to have a private workshop with one or max. three other students, then prices can decrease significantly since costs for travel/accommodations and fees will be spread out over the participants.


Online private workshops and mentorships from the comfort of your home, supported by live video conference

If you prefer to have a private online workshop from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world, then I can offer you the following.

1. An online workshop focused on the art of black and white photography post processing: the black and white private Masterclass. Duration 6 to 8 weeks using online one-on-one live video conference via Google+ or Skype and email/chat communication supported with prerecorded HD video tutorials. Extensive portfolio reviews and real time online demonstrations how to improve are an essential part.

2. An online workshop focused on Long exposure photography: the Long Exposure Masterclass. Duration 6 to 8 weeks using online live one-on-one video chats via Google+ or Skype and email/chat communication supported with prerecorded HD video tutorials. Extensive portfolio reviews and real time online demonstrations how to improve are an essential part.

3. A private mentorship. This course is designed to guide you over a longer period of time, again using online tools like Google+ video hangouts or Skype video chats.

4. A combination of both Black and White Photography private Masterclass and the Long Exposure Masterclass. Duration 8 to 10 weeks.

The difference between a workshop and mentorship is that workshops are usually designed for acquiring a set of mostly practical skills within a limited period of time (6 to 8 weeks) while the mentorships are designed for acquiring the same practical skill sets over a longer period of time in which continuous evaluation is an essential part. There is more time to discuss topics, complete practical assignments and hence there’s a more realistic learning curve and a more realistic assessment of the progress. Due to the longer time frames, mentorships also allow for acquiring more theoretical knowledge and skills on top of the practical skills, that will give you broader insight to what fine art photography is. This allows you to not only know HOW to photograph and edit a scene but also WHY you do that and place that in a specific perspective, meaning: development of artistic vision will play a more prominent role in online mentorships.

Indicative price range of online workshops and mentorships (exact prices depend on the personal preferences, additional modules, etc.):

– online workshops: varying from € 450 to € 600 for a 6 weeks course.

– online mentorships: varying from € 400 to € 500 per month for an online mentorship of at least 3 months. After 3 months it will be assessed and advised if the mentorship should be extended for 1 or more months. If you live in the Netherlands you will have the option to have a one-on-one in person meeting with me to shoot together for a small additional fee. If you live abroad then this is also an option but of course this option will cost more depending on travel costs.


Online, live video consults or portfolio reviews using Skype or Google Hangout

Many people who have attended one of my online or in person workshops know that I’m specialized in portfolio reviews. I always keep in mind the original vision and intention of the student/artist and I believe that this original and personal vision should always form the foundation of this portfolio review. Performing a review purely based on the technical merits of a photo is useless if you don’t know the artist’s intention. The review should always be inside the contextual boundaries of the artist’s artistic intention. Needless to say that I always respect the artistic intention, that is sacred.

Roughly a portfolio review will be performed according to the following criteria:

1. Technical execution (basic camera skills, composition, etc.).

2. Black and white conversion (optional, if the photo is in B&W).

3. Realization and expression of the original artistic vision: “how did the artist express his vision and is this visual expression a logical and effective one, keeping in mind the artistic vision?” – this will include both criteria #1 and #2.

Online portfolio reviews will include in-depth reviews of specific images with detailed suggestions and if needed on-line live video demonstration on how to improve.

Besides online portfolio reviews I also do video consults on anything related to black and white fine-art photography, architectural photography or long exposure photography. So if you have a question that can be handled in roughly less than 2 hours then you can contact me at and we will set a date together.

Indicative price range for portfolio reviews and live video consults

– varying from €150 to €300 per portfolio review session depending on the needs, additional options and size of the portfolio.  If more portfolio review sessions are needed, then discounted packages of max. 3 portfolio review sessions are possible.

–  live video consults are set at $130/hour.


All prices of the above mentioned real life and online workshops are depending on the type of workshops, the location and the personal preferences. Of course, private online workshops are usually cheaper than real life workshops since the compensation for travel and accommodations are not included. At the same time, if you don’t mind to have a private workshop with one or max. two other students, then prices can decrease significantly since costs for travel/accommodations and fees will be spread out over the participants.


A small selection of many testimonials. Please contact me if you need more.

“I have met Joel Tjintjelaar in 2014 on one of the Vision Explorers workshops in New York where he was the presenter.

I was very impressed with what I had learned at the workshop, but I wanted more. I had approached Joel about his one-on-one mentorship programs and I was successful in securing a spot.

The mentorship program that Joel provides is extremely detailed and not an easy one to do. There is a lot of emphasis on background theory and history study of fine art photography as well as many practical assignments. Whilst there is a weekly structure in place to follow, there is also a room for an individual tailoring of the content. The weekly video chats were constructive with invaluable feedback. I could see my improvements in many aspects of fine art photography, to the degree that I have won one Gold award with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and several Silvers. I was also pleased to have received two Honorary Mentions from PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris White competition, all under Joel’s guidance and mentoring, as well as several Silver and Bronze awards in the International Loupe Awards. I am planning to continue with the advanced mentorship program with Joel next year.

I can highly recommend Joel’s mentorship program to artists/ photographers who want to learn the magic of Fine Art Black and White Photography.”

– Irena Prikryl, owner Maud Creative gallery/ studio

Irena PrikrylFine-art photographer and owner Maud Creative gallery/ studio Brisbane

I have known Joel for 6 months and I consider him to be one of the best BW fine art photographers. He has his very personal and unambiguous style of photography. The photos have delicacy and are delightful with magical beauty. For me these fine art photos are true master pieces.
These master pieces have triggered my passion for BW photography. Before that moment I was dissatisfied with my photos and I have been searching for a personal style. Joel changed all of this. Since January, 2014 I am very proud and honoured to be one of his mentor students. During the first video chats I knew that he ís a Master (as well as an open person). In the beginning he taught me his techniques in a very interactive way and always open for discussion and questions. Joel states that “technique and post processing is a very crucial aspect but to develop your personal style/vision is the most important and at the same time the most difficult aspect in fine art photography”. How to become an artist? We talk and discuss a lot about personal style and vision, actually it takes most of our time.

The combination of a unique artistic personality and the outstanding teaching qualities make Joel the perfect mentor. In April, 2014 we met for the first time in New York City during a Vision Explorers Fine Art Architectural Photography Workshop. It was a great time and it turned out that he is also a fabulous and outstanding teacher/mentor in the field.  During a portfolio discussion I had the opportunity to show two of my BW fine art photos that I made the last three months in the class room in front of the others. The reviews were excellent and Joel showed his enthusiasm and told me that he was very proud.

So if you are a serious BW photographer who wants to increase and improve your artistic level I would highly recommend Joel Tjintjelaar.”

– Henk Bijl, Eelderwolde, the Netherlands, May 2014
  BW fine art photographer and Radiation-Oncologist 

Henk BijlBW fine art photographer and Radiation-Oncologist

“One of the finest contemporary Fine Art Photographer ever, who beside his immense talent loves to share his knowledge with so much passion, yes, Joel, you are a great Mentor/Teacher and certainly a wonderful human been.  You are an inspiration Master to me and for so many of us whom are deeply touched by your photos who tells a great and melodious story.  My deeply thanks for the wonderful journey on taking my photography to a higher level; it was a great honour to be your pupil, an experience that I will never forget.  I can’t thank you enough for everything you learned me. One of the most important lessons to me was how you helped me evolve my vision and how to translate it into my images. Thank you for being who you are and thank you for your immense talent!”

– Gittan Beheydt

Gittan BeheydtFine-Art Photographer

I was part of Joel’s exclusive online B&W masterclass and it was the first formal art training I had ever received. If I were to go back and start my journey in fine art photography today, I would take his class again because it was the best foundation I could have asked for. Joel gives you the tools to process your images in accordance with the way your mind’s eye interprets the scene. You learn a lot in a short period of time. I came out of his class with the technical ability and confidence to create better images than ever before. Joel has a fun style of teaching. He is very approachable and cares that his students are learning the content. What I loved most about the experience is that it felt more like a mentorship than a workshop. Although there is a set structure with weekly assignments, Joel caters his instruction to your specific needs. He keeps things laid back and is open to discussing topics not directly related to the class. He assisted me with contest submissions and gave me some great career advice. Being that Joel is one of the best modern day B&W fine art photographers, where else would you want to go for this type of one-on-one access? Note that while Joel talks about vision and has you do an assignment on the topic, it takes years, if not a lifetime, to hone your artistic vision. The good thing is that when you find your vision, you will have the technical ability to bring that vision to life.

– Simos Xenakis

Simos XenakisFine-art photographer

“Joel’s B&W online workshop is a highly personalized forum catering to individual goals, strengths and areas of development.  More than just sharing secrets and workflow, Joel moves beyond the technical to help you discover and unleash your artistic potential by translating your personal vision.  Overall the goal of the workshop is to create your best B&W image by capturing the essence of a subject to evoke an emotional connection with your viewer.  Joel is very adept at scheduling regular video chats on a global time zone that are comprehensive, customized and productive; often going well beyond the agreed upon duration. He also is known to extemporaneously offer further guidance to his graduates where his insight has proven invaluable when entering (and winning!) prestigious international exhibits. Joel is indeed a master of his craft who has a highly contagious passion, and remarkable sense of ease about him that makes you feel like his peer rather than a student. I enthusiastically recommend any workshop by Joel Tjintjelaar as the ultimate creative experience; an opportunity not to be missed.”

– Joanne Scherf 
  Detroit, Michigan, USA /
  2013 IPA Award Winner – 4 Honorable Mentions

Joanne ScherfFine-art
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