FROM BASICS TO FINE ART - Black and White Photography


FROM BASICS TO FINE ART | Black and White Photography - Architecture and Beyond

by Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelaar

The best-selling 425-page book that started a movement in photography

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From Basics to Fine Art, eBook format, by Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelaar is one of the most popular books of the decade on fine art photography and black and white photography.

From the two-time winner of IPA International Photography Awards Architecture Photographer of the Year and best-selling photography author Julia Anna Gospodarou.


With a focus on architectural fine art and long exposure photography, but going far beyond these genres and covering black and white photography in general, the book quickly became a reference for black and white photographers in the digital age, starting a powerful movement in black and white photography.

Everything about the artistic side, the practical side, the philosophical side but also the business of photography and financial side of photography, plus… the secret to success in photography by Julia and Joel.

You can consult this extensive BOOK PREVIEW 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 analyzed in depth, with examples and extensive hands-on explanations, extended analysis of our award-winning black and white photographs, 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.

What the Experts Say

“Outside of Ansel Adams’ Basic Photo Series, From Basic to Fine Art, by Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou, is the best book on black and white 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.” (…) “ I consider Julia’s (en)Visionography and Photography Drawing the most important innovation in black and white photography since the invention of the Zone System.”

- George DeWolfe – Fine Art Photographer, Instructor & Writer (Luminous Landscape)


“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 Paul Azzopardi – Fine Art Photographer & Medical Doctor

“I have now finished reading the book from beginning to end. For anyone who is both passionate and willing to understand what Fine Art Black and White Photography is all about, this book in an absolute must buy in my opinion. The way in which both Joel and Julia explain everything is easy to follow and with great detail. Not only do they explain their personal vision but also share some of their secrets in what it takes to produce some of the best Fine Art Architecture images around today. I have been making Black and White photographs for a few years and I have learnt so much from these two photographers especially as they explain how to approach architecture, understanding the light and reaching out for a better composition. If architecture is not your thing but long exposure photography in general is, Joel and Julia explain everything there is to know about the subject including some of the pitfalls to watch out for. All in all, this is the one book which i will reach for time and time again for both interesting reading and also as a great reference source.”

- Ian Barber – Fine Art Photographer & Instructor

"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 black and white photography a massive – not to say transcending – push into the digital age!  (…) amazing – not to say epic – book, which not only is a great read – especially with all its practical advice - but is a ‘good book’ as well: it will be read, and cherished, for many years to come."

- Jack Torcello – Fine Art Photographer & Writer

"Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelaar - Masters In Fine Art Photography. Julia and Joel have entered an exclusive club in the world of photography once reserved for the likes of Ansel Adams, Julius Brassai, Minor White, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. They are accomplished international award winning photographers. (…) Their book From Basics to Fine Art is superbly presented providing all the means for creating fine art photographic images. (...) As you explore its contents you will fine that they have removed the uncertainty and mystique in creating black and white fine art images. Their goal is quite simple, provide the tools and foundation to develop one’s confidence, personal style, and creative vision in the medium of fine art imagery. (…) What’s nice about adding “From Basics To Fine Art ” to your library is that it is timeless, always there for inspiration as a resource for creating superb fine art photographs. I can personally attest through their endeavor above all else Julia and Joel take pleasure in witnessing others become accomplished fine art photographers. Thank you both for sharing."

- Richard Terpolilli – Fine 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 Gibson - Photographer & Writer (DPS - Digital Photography School)

"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 Northcutt – Fine Art Photographer & Instructor

"I started reading books by lots of different photographers that specialized in various fields of photography, trying to rekindle that spark that made me love photography in the first place.  One book stood out head and shoulders from the rest. "From Basics to Fine Art - Black and White Photography, Architecture and beyond" by Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou.  The title is self explanatory. They share in detail their way of approaching a black and white fine art shoot, how to (en)Vision™ the soul of a structure, from planning to final execution. Lots of tips and tricks to sidestep the learning curve. I found the chapter dedicated to the proper processing of black and white conversions very helpful. I still have to finish the 400+ page book, but I've learnt so much already. Joel and Julia Anna also touch on the use of filters, other essential equipment and how to use it properly. This is an essential "bible" of sorts for anyone remotely interested in black and white fine art photography. Its an overload of information, and one of the most generous books I've read in terms of the knowledge that is shared. "

- Marcell van Aswegen – Fine Art Photographer

"Honestly speaking, I purchased in my life so many books and video tutorials but no comparison at all with your book. The way you explain the vision and technique is beyond imagination, even small macro details is there. No words to describe such a great book. Really, I'm impressed with the amount of info. So many questions I'm trying to answer for a long time and I finally found the correct answer. Chapeaux to both of you and thank you again."

- Dany Eid – Fine Art Photographer

"I would like to thank both Julia and Joel for creating this magnificent work, "From Basic To Fine Art"! It's on top of my list of favorite photography books. In fact, it's the best and most complete work I have ever red about fine art black and white photography. So my advise to all who are serious about art and photography in particular: Buy, read and study "From Basic To Fine Art"!"

- Jan Beernaert – Fine Art Photographer

"I wanted to let you know that the book was amazing, very beautiful but also great lessons and clearly walked me through how you achieved the look of your amazing photos.  I was so inspired by the two of you. I am extremely happy with the purchase and the inspiration and training that the book provided.  Just thought that you would like to know how people see the book and what they are able to achieve thanks to you.

- Nigel Bullers – Fine Art Photographer

"Julia Anna Gospodarou's and Joel Tintjelarr's book "From Basics To Fine-Art" has changed my photography. Your definition on "What Is Fine Art Photography" set the stage for me to up everything I do now with my art. Thank you!!! If you are serious about your art, you need to buy the eBook From Basics to Fine Art.

- David Davis – Fine Art Photographer

"Dear Julia & Joel, Thank you for this book! It’s opening for me a whole new life of photography. Over the past years I've be thinking: "What do I like to make pictures of?”. And with this book you hit me and this is what I like. A few weeks ago I showed a picture I have made according to your book and people liked it. So, I’m very happy and that’s because of you! Thank you for that! The book is very special and different from all the other books about photography. It helps you create a vision for the longer time. Thank you from the bottom of my hearth."

- Jan Bubbermann – Fine Art Photographer

"The book has been my companion for the past weeks and what a delicious time it has been! The book is very well written and the title couldn't fit better to the content. You managed to cover from scratch to the cherry on top of the cake. Impressive accomplishment! I was quite surprised for you guys even sharing the business model. Congratulations for such an open will to share. For me, the shooting technique was absorbed smoothly, and although I already had some of the initial knowledge, it was quite refreshing to go through it with the connective line to reach the final goal of a fine art image. The post processing  has bigger depth and it is still in abortion. I will have to consolidate that information with practice on some of my images. Wrapping up, I'm officially a big fan of the book.

- Rui Melo – Fine Art Photographer

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