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Julia Anna Gospodarou

www.juliaannagospodarou.com - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
April 07, 2015 1 comments 1 shares 34 plus ones
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Thank you +DxO   for having me tonight and thank you everyone so much for coming and for the fantastic feedback you sent me during and after the webinar. I'm happy you enjoyed it and I hope you took some good things from it, to use in your work so you can express yourself and your vision and create the photograph YOU want to create.  
Looking forward to the next one and, as I told you, see you on my website www.juliaannagospodarou.com   for even more B&W fine art experiences! 
PS. My site just exploded from visitors today but you're all welcome to stay as long as you want. Make yourself at home, there's room for all:) 

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April 07, 2015 1 comments 3 shares 40 plus ones
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A compilation of what I consider the most important principles of black and white fine art photography, I recently created for my photography students and just published on my site www.juliaannagospodarou.com that I’d like to share with you all, because they are easy to understand and they can help you express your vision in black and white much easier.
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/complete-guide-black-and-white-fine-art-photography/

The Complete Guide to Black and White Fine Art Photography - Julia Anna Gospodarou | B&W Fine Art Photography

The Complete Guide to Black and White Fine Art Photography - This is a compilation of what I consider the most important principles of black and white photography, or the most important guidelines for creating black and white fine art photography, that I recently created for my photography students and that I'd like to share with you all, because they are easy to understand and they will take your black and white fine art photography to a new lev...

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April 06, 2015 3 comments 1 shares 17 plus ones
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Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for the webinar I will be presenting for +DxO . The webinar is sold out, more than 1000 people registered from the first days it went live. If you did register, I will see you live, if not you will be able to watch the registration later. But live is always better, right? :) 
B&W fine art, architecture, vision, (en)Visionography, creation tools, Photography Drawing, PP tricks and what I like to do to my photos to make them look like the way they look. Plus you get to ask me questions :) 
See you there! 
8pm London – 3 pm New York – 12 pm San Francisco

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March 30, 2015 6 comments 1 shares 66 plus ones
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One of the “serious” photos we took at Athens Workshop. As you can understand, the main workshop activity besides comparing cameras, filters, backpacks and joking about selections, was to take fine art selfies. 
More to come... :) 
Chris, Finn, John, DeMarcus, Mykolas, Panagiotis, Stefan, Aggelos and everyone, it was great meeting you. Thank you for coming and looking forward to your (serious) images! 
‪#‎IloveMyStudents‬ ‪#‎AthensWorkshop‬ ‪#‎FunFineArtTimes‬

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March 28, 2015 11 comments 3 shares 105 plus ones
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Great team and a lovely guest: +DeMarcus Allen  - official +DxO Ambassador. You can see him in the photo together with my camera:). DeMarcus showed our students some super cool tricks you can do with DxO and I'll show you some more at my Webinar for DxO on April 7th. My new Firecrest +Formatt-Hitech  Filters put to great use today, can't wait to show you the results and I might also show you some ”fine art selfies” too from our experiments today. smile emoticon All in all, Athens workshop is about learning, shooting great photography and having lots of fun doing it. 
PP - DxO OpticsPro + DxO FilmPack (“Dark City Color” preset created by yours truly - available with DxO FilmPack Elite Edition)
‪#‎IloveMyStudents‬ ‪#‎AthensWorkshop‬ ‪#‎GoodLife‬

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March 27, 2015 7 comments 2 shares 52 plus ones
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Happy to try out my new +f-stop  backpack and even more happy my new +Formatt-Hitech  Firecrest filters (16, 10 + 3 stops) arrived just in time. Many thanks James Stamp for the fantastic help and huge thumbs up to Formatt-Hitech for sending the filters on such short note so I can make my Athens and Chicago workshops + NYC trip (after I broke my Firecrest 16 a couple weeks ago – I don't wish you that, I fainted when I saw the cracks on my filter). One more reason to be happy, we'll welcome tomorrow  +DeMarcus Allen official +DxO  Ambassador who came to Athens especially for the workshop, representing DxO. Can't wait to meet my students tomorrow. They are already all in Athens enjoying the city. 
#IloveMyStudents #IloveFirecrest #IloveAthens

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March 26, 2015 2 comments 2 shares 27 plus ones
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Now you can read about my B&W PP method Photography Drawing (PhtD) and how to use it with +Topaz Labs  plugins in +PictureCorrect Photography Tips  too, a site I warmly recommend for its photography tips. And don't forget, till March 31th you can get Topaz BW Effects 2 with a serious discount from this link http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html with code MARBW
If you want any other Topaz product you can use my code "juliaannagospodarou" to get 15% discount.

Photography Drawing in Topaz B&W Effects 2

In this tutorial I will make a demonstration of how I use the Topaz plugins in my Photography Drawing™ (PhtD – in short) workflow and what I consider as the best plugins and features to use when processing a B&W image, a long exposure architectural photograph in my case, so you can get the results [...]

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March 25, 2015 7 comments 0 shares 36 plus ones
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http://www.protothema.gr/city-stories/article/462406/i-athina-fotografizetai-/
Super excited today to see one of the most popular national Greek newspapers +protothema.gr publishing an article about Athens B&W Fine Art Workshop happening this weekend, workshop that has become a tradition and is my signature workshop,  plus an interview with me. If you want to read it in English, here is a Google translation 
http://bit.ly/1xzflvK Thank you +stefanos kastrinakis 
PS. Don't laugh with the photos, I'm still not the prime-minister :) ...but you never know... :))

Η Αθήνα φωτογραφίζεται

Η Julia Anna Gospodarou είναι το πρόσωπο πίσω από το σεμινάριο Ασπρόμαυρης Fine Art Φωτογραφίας

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March 12, 2015 3 comments 2 shares 19 plus ones
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+Topaz Labs  Feature & B&W Effects discounts
The people at Topaz are once again super awesome, not only because they featured my work once more (much thank you for this!!!), but because they give a great discount for B&W Effects 2. Get it here http://bit.ly/TopazLabsPro for only 39.99 USD (from 59.99 USD) till March 31st. It's the best B&W plugin I've worked with so far. And if you want to get 15% discount for any other Topaz product you can use my code “juliaannagospodarou” to order them from the link above. The Topaz Collection is hands-down the best and most complete plugin collection out there and if you were to get only one set of plugins I would warmly recommend Topaz. I use it in all my images and I couldn't live without it.  Another tip: check out Topaz DeNoise and see what it can do with removing noise from your photos. You'll be amazed. 

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March 10, 2015 2 comments 2 shares 26 plus ones
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Heartfelt congrats to  my Athens Workshop 2014  students for being published  in +Camerapixo  Fine Art issue +Sophie Voituron   +Henk Bijl +Solonas M. +Werner Elmer +Rene Gruber 
Something I always want to give to my workshop students is exposure for their work, this is why one of the prizes is always for the best images of the workshop to be published in international fine art magazines. Here are the best images from my last November workshop. http://camerapixo.com/publications/landscape-nature-architecture  Have a look  to see how talented the participants are and to see what you can create if you follow your vision and  process your images with the method I'm teaching, Photography Drawing (PhtD). If you want to create work like this and have it published in international publications, all you have to do is come to my workshop and let your talent show through. Next event March 28-29 http://bit.ly/Athens2015

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March 06, 2015 2 comments 0 shares 18 plus ones
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Here is the creation of my last fine art architectural image in a short video I did about its processing. How my vision transforms from idea to reality and how I apply Photography Drawing. To find out what PhtD is, you can read my book :) 
If you want to read more details about it and why I dedicate it to Alfred Stieglitz, you can read everything my blog post http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/equivalents-i-pennzoil-place-houston-tx/
Find the image here on  G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JuliaAnnaGospodar

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March 02, 2015 21 comments 12 shares 184 plus ones
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Pennzoil Place, Houston, TX – Arch. Philip Johnson
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/equivalents-i-pennzoil-place-houston-tx/
The start of a new series and maybe a new direction in my work, a direction not so minimalist as before, with more complex subjects and relations among them. As always, my images are born from my experiences and I'm trying to tell my stories through them -  through black, white and shades of gray, through lines and shapes.
See in my blog post above the whole story of the image, the tech side and a video about its creation.
I call this series Equivalents as an homage to Alfred Stieglitz, the “father”of fine art photography, the one who used this word for the first time in the beginning of 20th Century to create the first abstract photography series in history, when he shot more than 200 photographs of clouds deprived of any other context, aiming with this series to capture only the feeling in his images and to find a channel of communication with the viewer beyond known shapes or subjects. This is what I aim for too when creating (en)Visionography. To communicate with the viewer through symbols, and I create this symbols by using architectural shapes and shades of gray. 
I shot this image on a trip I made to Houston, TX, together with my friend and wonderful photographer +Mabry Campbell  Check out his work, it's fantastic. Houston is an amazing city and Mabry knows everything about it so I got the best of what this city has to offer.
Shot with +Formatt-Hitech  ProStop ND filters 10+6 stops. Nowadays I'm using only Firecrest 16, which is THE filter to shoot long exposure. 
Much more about how I create my images + a demo of my entire processing workflow at Athens Workshop March 28-29. Only a couple spots left. http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/

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March 01, 2015 2 comments 0 shares 24 plus ones
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First day of spring today and just ONE MONTH till Athens Workshop on March 28-29! 
Last chance to book your seat as we're almost sold out. You can do it at bit.ly/Athens2015 We have international guests from all over the world (UK, Ireland, Germany, France, US, Norway, South Africa and of course Greece) and I can't wait to meet everyone. We'll also have other distinguished guests like an official +DxO  Ambassador who will give away prizes and make processing demonstrations. More details on this very soon. 
In one word, it will be a great B&W fine art event and we're going have a blast, just like we always do at my Athens workshops. 
PS. If you're curious to see my next photo stay tuned, I'll post it tomorrow, together with a new blog post and a short PP video. It will be an Homage to Alfred Stieglitz, the “father” of fine art photography. 
Happy spring everyone! See you in Athens!!!

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February 18, 2015 0 comments 0 shares 22 plus ones
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Happy to say we have ONLY 2 spots left for the ATHENS Workshop 2015. A warm thank you for your confidence to those who will participate. To join us please register at  http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/
One of my credos in life is to give back for the good things that happen to me. This is why Athens Workshop was the first (and only one so far, from what I know) that is not only providing real-life tuition in B&W fine art photography, post-workshop online assistance, but also give exposure to the students by publishing their images in international fine art magazines. I have partnered over time with  prestigious magazines as +Camerapixo  +STARK-Magazine or Art Photo Feature Magazine (APF) to exhibit the works of the students online and in printed form. Giving exposure to an artist is one of the best things one can do and I want to help as much as I can in this direction, because I know how hard it is to make your voice heard in such a crowded media nowadays. I was lucky for my work to be noticed, appreciated and awarded internationally very soon and this helped me evolve and continue to create my art, and this is what I want to give back to my students. Add to this the prizes worth thousands of Euros that my students receive from our fantastic sponsors +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +DxO  +SmugMug +Camerapixo  +STARK-Magazine  and you will understand how much I care for my students. 
#IloveMyStudents #AthensWorkshop

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February 17, 2015 5 comments 0 shares 40 plus ones
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Thanks everyone for coming on Sunday! It was great meeting you all, chatting about (en)Visionography and shooting together. London is a wonderful city and it's even better when you have good company. I can't wait to see your photos from the photowalk. You can upload them on the Fb and G+ events or on (en)Visionography group and you can tag yourself in this shot. I only added a few tags so I don't make mistakes. Looking forward to meeting you again soon in London or elsewhere and I promise you a great Athens workshop to those coming. London was the warming up, Athens will be the main dish :)

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February 16, 2015 1 comments 0 shares 14 plus ones
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Thank you everyone for coming yesterday to the photowalk me and Ian Good​ organized! It was so nice to meet you all and shoot together. We should repeat it soon, maybe in another city, and I promise, no more short notices next time :) You can upload your photos from the walk on the Google+ event at this link https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cal7oitosc289hdnpprhmt7tv9o  
  or on the Facebook event if you prefer  https://www.facebook.com/events/1591605687739697 I'm looking forward to seeing your images and I'll post the group shot as soon as I get back home so I can process it.  
Have a wonderful week everyone and hope to see you again soon.

LONDON Photowalk 2015 - FREE event - Sunday Feb 15th, 11.00 am, City Hall - Google+

With @117455365995643899222 and @102471833540021278727 
Meet us on *Sunday Feb 15th at 11.00 am in front of London City Hall* building by Norman Foster - on the Riverside. 
More details: http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/london-photowalk-2015/
I will be leading a casual *FREE*  photowalk together with my friend, London based photographer @102471833540021278727  and we would be happy to welcome you at the event.
No fee or registration needed, ev...

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February 14, 2015 10 comments 0 shares 106 plus ones
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Playing with my mobile photos after a long and great day shooting in Canary Wharf & More London. Fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow at LONDON Photowalk 2015. Don't forget to wake up and come meet me and +Ian Good​ at 11.00 am at the City Hall. Plenty of people will be there. Can't wait to meet you all. In the meanwhile have a happy Valentine and easy on the chocolates... or other excesses. :) Love be with you! 

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February 11, 2015 13 comments 12 shares 56 plus ones
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http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/london-photowalk-2015/ I'm at the moment in lovely London for a photography trip and to film a series of lectures on B&W Fine Art photography for a well-known UK photography school and, as I was telling you, I thought to put up a small photowalk on Sunday February 15th to get to meet everyone. I will be leading it together with my friend and London based photographer +Ian Good  and we would be so happy to meet you all and shoot with you. 
It will be a FREE event, no fee or registration needed, everyone is invited to join us, We will move around the City of London and I will share with you tips on B&W, long exposure and architectural/urban photography. 
Meet us at 11am in front of London City Hall building by Norman Foster - on the Riverside, close to the Tower Bridge. We will be shooting til late afternoon or till we get bored : ) No specific equipment is needed, you can shoot with a high-end camera as well as with your phone. If you can though, have your long exposure equipment with you, as we will try to shoot some long exposures if the weather is fit for this. Let's shoot the city together!!!

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February 09, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 28 plus ones
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No better place in the world to discover your vision and learn about fine art photography than the city of art and philosophy, ATHENS. Just think of all the artists and philosophers that walked the paths of this city from the ancient times till today. Think of all the inspiration this city holds. You can breathe it in the air. This is why I love it. Get in touch with the essence of the artist you are in Athens and I promise I will teach you how to use this essence to create the photography you dream of. 
Athens B&W Fine Art Workshop, March 28-29  bit.ly/Athens2015 Almost fully booked. 
Act fast! Sign up and come shoot with me the places that inspired Socrates himself.
PS. We will shoot the Temple of Poseidon in the image and if you are lucky, I can arrange a meeting with Poseidon himself while we're at it. He is a very nice guy who loves the sea and photographers :) 

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February 06, 2015 13 comments 5 shares 131 plus ones
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http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/sea-devotion-ii-bw-processing-without-selections/
Shot a few days ago, while scouting for my next private workshop in Athens. If you want to book a private workshop with me (you can do it here bit.ly/workshops-mentoring), I'd be happy to teach you everything I know about B&W fine art and take you to the best locations in wonderful Athens or anywhere else in the world. I was born a traveler and I was born an artist. This is what  love to do most: share my knowledge and show others the best places for photography in the world.
Gear: +Formatt-Hitech  Firecrest 16 IRND filter, Canon 5D MK3 & T/S lens 24mm. Needless to say, the best ND filter you can shoot with. If you are an architectural or landscape photographer you need this filter just as much as you need your wide angle lens. 
I edited this image almost without making any selection, just by “drawing” it. Interesting? I'll show you how soon. 
PS. London Photowalk announcement in the blog post. FREE event, Feb 15th.

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