Highlights 1 – Tips for Better B&W Photography
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
2M ago
Introduction This year the BWvision website will celebrate its 15th anniversary of sharing skills, insights, and knowledge related to photography and art. Over the years we’ve published many original and unique articles on how we approached methods and techniques for B&W processing. We were amongst the first, to publish a free and in-depth tutorial on long-exposure photography in the summer of 2009 – see the Wayback Machine here, and here and here. Now long exposure tutorials are flooding the Internet but back then there was no one who published a comparable in-depth and free tutorial. We ..read more
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Masking Techniques and AI
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
3M ago
Introduction I’ve written various articles on masking on this website. Very recently I wrote about holistic masking and how a good and efficient masking approach depends heavily on the type of adjustments you want to make in your photo. So first comes image analysis and the visual style of the image with its corresponding processing approach, and then comes the masking approach. Every aspect of image creation is part of a whole and interconnected and the entire process can therefore be called holistic.   Masking techniques weren’t addressed in that recent post, but they have been addres ..read more
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More perspectives on architectural photography
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
4M ago
Introduction Part 2 of the previous article ‘Perspectives on architecture photography’ where I discussed the place of negative space and the maximum amount of perspective in architectural photography. My premise in that article was that in ‘true’ architectural photography the design of the architect plays an outsized role while negative space is the opposite of the dynamics, visual energy and tension I want to convey with my architectural photographs. A dynamics and tension I’m trying to amplify with the use of the Maximum Amount of Perspective. Hence negative space has no function in my arch ..read more
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Perspective On Architectural Photography
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
5M ago
Introduction Over the years I’ve encountered many discussions on architectural photography in the context of fine art. Especially when it comes to the use of spaces in architectural photography. Most heard remark: the building needs a bit of ‘breathing room’. It needs some negative space. But no one can articulate why. I will state that negative space is secondary to other principles in architectural photography that I will highlight in this article.   Use of negative space in visual arts First of all I think that a building doesn’t breathe, it doesn’t live, it’s just a building, so it ..read more
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Foundational Processing Adjustments
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
8M ago
Foundational Adjustments in Post processing There are certain types of image adjustments in Photoshop that can be done in various ways and are essential in that they form the most important basic adjustments for any good black and white or color photograph and are foundational. They are adjustments that every photographer/artist needs to be proficient at and at some point needs to master. Recurring adjustments that create the classic look in modern B&W images. There is a variety of ways to do those foundational adjustments but only a few that deliver the most accurate and most subtle resu ..read more
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Practical Advanced Masking Webinar
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
11M ago
Practical Advanced Masking By popular demand, a webinar focused on masking various types of images, using a combination of my advanced method and mainstream methods. What and how to mask in an image and what technique to use. No theory, just masking and you can submit images that I can use to mask live. When A practical 3.5-hr demonstration session on Sunday, October 1, 2023   Price USD 140 – click here to go to the sign-up section. Outline When talking about vision most people only refer to the visual end-result. But Vision is much more than that: you can envision the result but ..read more
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The Only Secret Behind Good B&W Photography
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
1y ago
Introduction Recently, while writing and finishing this article on quality in visual arts, I came across one of Seth Godin’s blog posts about raising the bar. Very appropriate timing and I decided to start my article with his statement that most innovations are not made to raise the bar, but to raise the average.  As an example, he refers to Mcdonald’s which wasn’t there to raise the bar for the best food, but to make roadside dining faster, cheaper, and more reliable. This is what happens these days with AI, software, and other innovations in the creative world (and outside of it of cou ..read more
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Next Level B&W Best Practices Webinar
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
1y ago
Next Level B&W Best Practices – a 2-session webinar This all-practical webinar via Zoom focused on raising the bar in post-processing and creating high-quality professional grade images through best practices, consists of 2 different and independent sessions:  1. Session 1 – A hands-on demonstration session on Sunday, August 13th  2. Session 2 – An independent review & feedback session on Sunday, August 27th (session 2A) or Sunday, September 3rd (session 2B) All sessions will take up approx. 3.5 hours each. Even though, it is recommended to only follow session 2 if you hav ..read more
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Embracing AI in art
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
1y ago
Introduction As a follow up on my previous article, “The importance of fine art photography”, I wanted to share my initial thoughts on AI and how it can impact, be it negatively or positively, photography and art in general. By all means, this will obviously not be my definitive thoughts on AI and art and I might change my thoughts the same way AI will develop and integrate into our lives. I hope to share more thoughts in subsequent articles. To start with, let me state clearly that I’m very excited to encounter and live any change in our lives and the world we live in. Of course, positive ch ..read more
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Webinar B&W Fine Art Architecture Masterclass
BMVISION | Black & White Photography
by Joel Tjintjelaar
1y ago
Webinar B&W Fine Art Architecture Masterclass Creating a fine art series of architecture – practical demonstrations Price and duration The price is $155 USD for a 3.5-hr session. The session will be recorded and only attendees will receive a copy of the recording. Date and time On Sunday 29 January 2023. The class will start at 2.30 pm CET (Amsterdam) / 8.30 am EST (New York) / 5.30 am PST (Los Angeles). The class will end at 6.00 pm CET (Amsterdam) / 12.00 NOON EST (New York) / 9.00 am PST (Los Angeles) Limited Group size I’m aiming for a smaller group with more interaction. The maximum ..read more
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