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Julia Anna Gospodarou - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
October 13, 2014 5 comments 1 shares 28 plus ones
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Part of the extensive tilt-shift lens study I published in the book From Basics to Fine Art, written together with +Joel Tjintjelaar   , you can now find this guide on my blog. It was initially published on the +Topaz Labs  blog and it was received with a lot of enthusiasm, as you cannot find at this moment on the internet another T/S guide to have all this information about architectural photography. For the entire study, please refer to the book at this link…/…/frombasicstofineart
I will also work with my students at Athens B&W Fine Art Workshop on November 15-16, the ones interested in the TS lens, and we will study it in the field, shooting some great locations. I have 2 more spots left for the event, if you want to register please use this link 

The Essential Tilt-Shift Lens Guide | Julia Anna Gospodarou - Architect | B&W Fine Art Photographer

The Essential Tilt-Shift Guide- This tutorial is a fragment from the extensive tilt-shift lens study I present in my book From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography – Architecture & Beyond, a book written in collaboration with B&W fine art photographer Joel Tjintjelaar and that you can find on our webstore at the link above.

October 07, 2014 12 comments 2 shares 33 plus ones
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See all the winners and what's next on my blog post
Thank you all for participating and congratulations to the winners. If you want to see who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd PRIZE of the contest (prize a copy of the book From Basics to Fine Art + publication) and who will be the 104 images published in the special issue of +Camerapixo  dedicated to (en)Visionography – The New Fine Art Photography, go to the link above. 
Many thanks to the jury +Joel Tjintjelaar  +Anetta G. Heller  +Artur J. Heller  who, just like me, had a very hard task in choosing the winners among so many great images. We all loved it and hope this contest will help you in getting exposure for your work and taking your photography even further. Good luck to all! 

October 04, 2014 14 comments 6 shares 125 plus ones
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Brooklyn Bridge looking over Manhattan – you can see the 8 Spruce Street Frank Gehry building being built in the distance.
An older image that I haven't posted publicly yet (except for the book From Basics to Fine Art) and that I felt today that it was time for it to see the light of day. I do this with quite a few of my images. I keep them for myself for a while. It might seem a bit selfish to do this, but for me it's part of the creation of a photograph, and it might take years till an image is ready to be seen. Some will never be seen, probably. I don't know what I will do with an image when I finish it. Or rather, I consider an image finished the moment it is ready to leave me. It can stay on my hard disk finished for a long time before anyone else sees it. Why? It's part of the creation process, part of the “ritual”. Creating needs time, it needs to be lived, it needs to be for myself first and then for other eyes. I need to live with my images before I show them to the world. This image made me think about different things over time. It's a multiple metaphor for me. It makes me think about the force of dreams, but also about the force of constraints that rule our lives, it makes me think about different worlds that are coexisting but don't touch, about imagination that transcends any obstacle, and it makes me think about the world we live in, the networking world and its huge benefits but also its limitations. A whole world living in the inter-space between reality and science-fiction... we are here now that you are looking at this photo...
Shot in 2009 with a Sony Cyber-shot DCS-H5, a bridge camera I used in the past when traveling.
If you're wondering, my next image will come soon and it will be from Chicago, a new piece in my Fluid Time T/S blur series.
And because I was just listening to this Leonard Cohen song, and it's happening in NYC … Chelsea Hotel No. 2 - Leonard Cohen - Singing

October 02, 2014 16 comments 2 shares 50 plus ones
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These days I'm into new things. One of them is Ello. The others, you will find out soon...:)
If you're on Ello too, come say hi and follow me. Here's my profile. And while you're at it, leave your profile link in the comments so I can follow you too.
PS. not exactly related, but I was just thinking earlier about what Alfred Stieglitz once said: "In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality." I think I know what he meant... You? 
Cheers everyone, enjoy whatever you're doing!

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September 28, 2014 5 comments 0 shares 25 plus ones
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Μεγάλη μου ευχαρίστηση να είμαι φιλοξενούμενη και πάλι σε ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα και καλύτερα Ελληνικά ειδησεογραφικά δίκτυα (official) Ένα άρθρο για το ATHENS WORKSHOP 2014 που διοργανώνω για τρίτη φορά στη Αθήνα το Νοέμβρη και που ήταν στην πρώτη του έκδοση, πριν από τρία χρόνια, το πρώτο σεμινάριο fine art ασπρόμαυρης φωτογραφίας που έχει ποτέ διοργανωθεί στην Ελλάδα και ακόμα είναι το μόνο που ασχολείται με την αρχιτεκτονική φωτογραφία.
Very excited to be hosted at one of the best and biggest news hub in Greece, Protagon, with an article dedicated to ATHENS Workshop 2014 that I'm organizing for the third time in Athens, workshop that was, at its first edition, 3 years ago, the first B&W fine art photography workshop ever organized in Greece and it still is the only one dealing with architectural photography. Very proud about it and happy to meet my students again in less than 2 months.
The article is in Greek, if you don't speak Greek, you know by now, Google Translate is your best friend .
Thank you +stefanos kastrinakis  for the invitation!
Details about the workshop

Ασπρόμαυρη Fine Art, του Στέφανου Καστρινάκη | Protagon

Όλα αυτά τα αρχιτεκτονικά είδη (αρχαίο, νεοκλασικό και μοντέρνο) συνυπάρχουν σε αυτή την πόλη και συμπεριλαμβάνονται στα θέματα για φωτογράφηση και συζήτηση αυτού του σεμιναρίου φωτογραφίας με διεθνή συμμετοχή.

September 25, 2014 0 comments 3 shares 23 plus ones
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First, I want to congratulate everyone who won a Honorable Mention at the IPA 2014 (the HM have just been announced). All  the images I submitted won multiple Honorable Mentions which makes me happy and now I'm looking forward to the awards announcements next week. Good luck to you all! 
Second, a few words about the Athens workshop. There are just a few spots left, so, if you want to participate, book your spot because we're approaching the limit of admissions.
One question I was asked and I want to answer here, is about the equipment you need in order to attend (or that you need in general, by extension). The answer is that you don't need any fancy camera or lens, you don't need a tilt-shift lens or some complex external LCD screens, you don't need a full frame camera to create great images. I've shot many of my award winning-images with a crop camera and a common all-around lens, with regular filters and a flimsy tripod, and never thought the equipment would stop me express my vision. And it didn't. If you have more advanced tools, that's great, use them, they will help you, but if you don't, that's great too. All you need is to love photography and be eager to explore your vision and personal style. And know that photography will make you happy even when you use the most modest tools because everything starts inside yourself and not in the piece of metal and plastic the camera is..
Have a look at the great work my past students created, many of them with basic DSLRs and kit lenses. They all loved doing it though. And the results show it.

September 24, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 14 plus ones
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(en)Visionography B&W Fine Art Photography Contest ‪#‎envisionographycontest‬
Proud to present the new contest I'm organizing together with +Camerapixo  only for the members of the Facebook group I created a little while ago (en)Visionography – The New Fine Art Photography. To participate you have be a member of the group. Join us here
The winners will have the opportunity to have their work published in the internationally acclaimed magazine Camerapixo that has a reach of more than 200.000 readers. There will be a special issue of the magazine dedicated to the group and it will comprise the best work published here. In addition, me and +Joel Tjintjelaar , we will personally offer 3 FREE copies of our book From Basics to Fine Art to 3 winners. 
All you have to do is post great photography on the group and we will do the rest to give you exposure and a book that was compared by many to the books of Ansel Adams (not my words, what critics say). 
Thank you +Artur J. Heller  and +Anetta G. Heller  for this fantastic offer, you show once more that you love photography and photographers.
To see how the contest will unfold please have a look at the blog post I made about it at the link above. All the details are there. 
Good luck and I can't wait to see your submissions.

September 13, 2014 21 comments 3 shares 29 plus ones
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FULL Review - FIRECREST 16 IRND 4.8  filters by +Formatt-Hitech
As promised, here is an extensive review of the Firecrest filters posted on my blog. My impressions after working with the filters for a few weeks. RAW files to check the result and even to download and see in large, also processed images to see the results. I have enjoyed working with these filters at the max and I promise you, if you try them out once, you will never want to use anything else again. Firecrest is indeed the best ND filter have shot with to date – not only free from color cast but also free from vignette and so easy to use. Read the review to see much more.
If you have questions, they are more than welcome.

September 05, 2014 16 comments 3 shares 137 plus ones
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 Shot with the new +Formatt-Hitech  Firecrest 16 ND filter.

This is my first image shot with the  Firecrest 16 stops ND filter that I have just received a few days ago, and with the T/S lens + Canon 5D MKIII, and it is a landscape! 
Yes, I'm an architecture lover (read obsessed:)) but I'm in love with nature too.
Some more thoughts about everything in the blog post I made about it
 I'm already extremely pleased with the results I get with this filter. Shooting with the Firecrest 16 is like shooting without any filter at all, that's how neutral these filters are. I was shooting exposures of 8 minutes and more at sunset these days, exposures where all NDs would give you a lot of color cast, just to try this filter at its limits. Well, guess what! No color cast whatsoever, it's that good! I'll let you all know more of my impressions with the new Firecrest (plus RAW files) soon. 
Technical Data: 
Long Exposure Tilt-Shift image.
- Camera settings: 473.0 sec. (~ 8 minutes) @ f/14, ISO 100
- Neutral Density Filters: circular ND 16 stops  Formatt Hitech Filters Firecrest 16
- Shot with Canon 5D MK3 & Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
- T/S settings – no tilt, no shift, camera and lens leveled perfectly horizontal.
Processing Software: 
- LR5, PS CS6, Topaz Labs B&W Effects +DeNoise + Detail, NIK Silver Efex Pro.
You can get a 15% discount for the Topaz Labs products with code “juliaannagospodarou” from here 

September 01, 2014 12 comments 2 shares 34 plus ones
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View post on Google+ all  those who signed up for the ATHENS 2014 Fine Art Workshop, from its launch two days ago till now. I promise you a unique experience, filled with beauty, knowledge, photography and the flavors of Athens. I've already arranged with the gods of photography and they will all be with us :)
The workshop will be followed by a period of free online mentoring and processing assistance. Find out more and sign up at the link below!
Looking forward to seeing you in Athens! 
Sponsored by our very kind traditional sponsors +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +DxO Labs  +SmugMug +Camerapixo  +Stark-Magazine  Big thanks to them too! 

August 30, 2014 1 comments 3 shares 24 plus ones
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Officially LAUNCHED NOW!
Info & sign up on my blog: 3rd Edition in the workshop series From Basics to Fine Art 
Maximum 10 participants!
Shoot great  architecture in Athens, learn how to discover your vision, personal style, and create (en)Visionography™, learn B&W post-processing with the method of Photography Drawing™ (PhtD), learn how to use a tilt-shift lens and all kinds of ND filters to shoot long exposure fine art.
An event kindly sponsored by our traditional sponsors with  great give-aways  +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +SmugMug  +DxO Labs  +Stark-Magazine  +Camerapixo   
Se you in Athens! It will be my great pleasure to guide you through this famous city in a fine art way.
#athens2014   #workshops   #fineart   #architeture   #blackandwhite   #longexposure  

August 28, 2014 6 comments 5 shares 40 plus ones
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OFFICIAL Launch and sign up in 2 DAYS: Saturday August 30, 6.00 pm CET, 7.00 (19.00) pm Greece Time on my blog.
ONLY 10 participants! 
Featuring our amazing traditional sponsors with yet again great give-aways +Formatt-Hitech   +Topaz Labs  +SmugMug  +DxO Labs   +Stark-Magazine  +Camerapixo   I'll only unveil one give-away for now but it's s great one: The NEW official Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 16 F-Stop Filter Set (we'll have another surprise related to this, you'll love it!)
More in my blog post: 
#athens   #workshops   #architecture   #blackandwhite  

August 27, 2014 7 comments 2 shares 41 plus ones
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A book by yours truly and +Joel Tjintjelaar   An excellent  review by T. Michael Testi published today on 2 prestigious news and critique sites: one of the the Seattle's best-known newspapers and a renowned site for blog reviews We're happy that the good reactions keep coming from critics and readers also. A big thank you again to everyone who bought the book and to those that have written about it. We're grateful and very excited to be helpful to so many B&W fine art photographers.
If you want to buy the book, here is the link to it 

A small quote from the review: “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. (…) From Basics To Fine Art is a must read for anyone who is looking to make their way into the world of fine art.“
And the links to the 2 reviews: 
#frombasicstofineart   #fineart   #blackandwhite  

August 11, 2014 23 comments 11 shares 143 plus ones
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Wrigley Building & Trump Tower – Chicago
A new image in the T/S LE series Fluid Time and a new “Vision & Making of” post on my blog with the details of my creative and editing process with the method of Photography Drawing PhtD™ 
A complex image created from 4 captures with lots of work in building the base for my (en)Visionography. I can say I sweated for this image. You'll see why in the small video tutorial I posted together with the image. YouTube: Vimeo:
For more info on everything: vision, (en)Visionography, Photography Drawing, B&W processing and more, you can read the book From Basics to Fine Art by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  The best thing with the book: you can read about Joel's methods and tricks too, not only about mines, so you'll get a 2 in one dose of  fine art - or should I say overdose? : ) Order the book here: 
Technical Data:
Canon 5D MK3 + T/S lens Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II + 10+6=16 stops +Formatt-Hitech   JT edition IRND ProStop filters + Circular Polarizer
T/S settings – 8.5 degrees - maximum tilt, 12mm – maximum shift (rise)
LE shot: 241.0 sec. @ f/4, ISO 100
SE shots: 1/500 sec. @ f/3.5, ISO 100
LR + PS CS6 +  +Topaz Labs  BW Effects + DeNoise + Detail + ReMask + +DxO Labs View Point
Topaz 15%  discount with code “juliaannagospodarou” from Topaz Adjust promotion: 50% off with code  “augadjust” - August 13-31, same link.
But no more words here. See everything in a better presentation on my blog.
Cheers everyone and happy summer!!! 

July 24, 2014 8 comments 2 shares 29 plus ones
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From Basics to Fine Art & Topaz Full Collection Give-away – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!
Thank you everyone for entering the contest give-away we organized with +Topaz Labs  The contest was an absolute success, there were around 3,300 entries to win 5 copies of the book by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  and the Topaz full collection. We are thrilled and humbled by your participation and we thank you for your vote of confidence! I won't post the names of the winners here, but I already sent an email to all so they know who they are. If you didn't win, don't be sad, it wasn't an easy battle to compete with 3,300 other people and the draw of the winners was randomly done.
If you still want to get the  book, here is the link where you can buy it and if you want the Topaz collection or any of the plugins, you can get it from with 15% discount, using the code “juliaannagospodarou”  ReMask has a 50% off promotion till end July with code “julyremask”

July 23, 2014 5 comments 2 shares 48 plus ones
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From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography – BOOK REVIEW by  +Antony Northcutt
If you're still wondering how the book by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar is, read a great review by Antony Northcutt, fine art photographer and instructor, to see what he thinks.
And then have a look at some of my thoughts about Antony, the book and more, on my blog.
#frombasicstofineart  #b&wphotography #fineart #architecture 

July 21, 2014 12 comments 3 shares 25 plus ones
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Another tutorial I created for the +Topaz Labs  blog. If you want to learn to work with a T/S lens here are the most important things you need to know. Much more on this subject in the dedicated extensive chapter in the book by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  FROM BASICS TO FINE ART – B&W Photography that you can buy from here

Good news - Topaz just released ReMask 4 which is an amazing tool for creating selections and masks and the new version is just fantastic – so fast and accurate! I'm recommending it warmly, if you want to save some time on your selections, and headaches too. Get it from this link  with 50% discount with code JULYREMASK till end July. 

PS1. More Topaz collaboration good news very soon!!!  You'll like it because you asked for it... : )
PS2. My new photo in the T/S LE series Fluid Time – An (en)Visionographic Chicago Story is almost ready to launch and is called “Stopping Time”. I'll be back soon with it and the story behind it – vision & processing, as usual!  
PS3. Have fun on your holidays! Gotta love summer!!

July 15, 2014 31 comments 3 shares 35 plus ones
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Just a few more days left!! Don't forget to enter to win one of the 5 FREE copies of the book on B&W Photography by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar   plus the full +Topaz Labs  Collection  
If you can't wait to have the book, you can get it right now from 
Also if you can't wait to have the Topaz plugins you can get them right now too from  with 15% discount, using the code “juliaannagospodarou”
Enjoy and fingers crossed!! 

July 02, 2014 38 comments 4 shares 79 plus ones
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GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE (1st, 2nd & 3rd prize) & 2 Honorable Mentions at PX3 2014 PROFESSIONALS – Prix de la Photographie de Paris - The most prestigious European fine art competition with many thousands of submissions from 85 countries – for my series “Fluid Time – An (en)Visionographic Chicago Story” and “Exuberance of Strings”. 
Worth mentioning maybe, I won the only GOLD medal in my category, one of the few categories this year where the jury gave only one gold. So I'm even prouder for that. 
I didn't have much time to work on my photographs this year, due to the long hours I dedicated to the book From Basics to Fine Art plus the workshops and the mentoring programs I'm doing, but I'm delighted to say that all the images I've entered in the competition won an award and even more. 
Congrats to all my fellow photographers that won distinctions this year, Professionals and Non-Professionals as well! Very much inspiring work this year! 
More about everything on my site

June 30, 2014 7 comments 2 shares 36 plus ones
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5 FREE COPIES of the book “From Basics to Fine Art - B&W Photography” + 5 Complete +Topaz Labs  Collection
Happy to say that we partnered with Topaz Labs to give away a great bundle – value 440 USD – the book by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  that is already a big success together with the full collection of Topaz plugins. Enter to win them at 
If you want only the book you can get it from here: 
If you want only the Topaz plugins you can get 15 % discount with code 'juliaannagospodarou” from here 
But be sure you also enter the contest to win both! Good luck and fingers crossed!! :)