Black And White Long Exposure Masterclass

Black And White Long Exposure Masterclass

Quick Overview


Learn how I process my black and white images

Shooting on location: The Zeelandbridge

Shooting on location: Rotterdam

Seascape post processing workflow

Architecture post processing workflow

 Product Overview

*Note: special discount available when buying this video together with the B&W Speed Workflow Video. 

The Black and White Long exposure Masterclass Video tutorial created in association with FOTOTV.DE (world’s largest WebTV about photography) has been released in May 2013 and is my first video tutorial series. This video tutorial will guide you step-by-step through my digital Black and White workflow using my own self-developed method of iterative Selective Gradient Masking or iSGM. An influential method that is now used by many award-winning black and white photographers all over the world and arguably the first structured method for digital B&W processing. It’s the predecessor of the Speed Workflow (iSGM2.0) method. At the same time I will give you a look at how I approach architectural and landscape photography using Long exposure techniques out in the field. Read more on this video tutorial here or scroll down this page to read a selection of testimonials on the video. You can buy the video tutorial online at the Fastspring webshop.

A few of the topics discussed and demonstrated in this video:

  • Seascape Long exposure photography at the famous Zeeland Bridge in the Netherlands
  • Architectural Long exposure photography in Rotterdam
  • A step-by-step demonstration of my iterative Selective Gradient Masking technique – iSGM.
  • Creating presence in your photos to create depth and a 3-D look to your images.
  • Creating selections for masks
  • Use of the curves tool as an essential tool for B&W post-processing techniques.
  • A step-by-step demonstration of my complete B8W post-processing workflow using all my techniques.
  • An interview with Joel Tjintjelaar and much more.


1. Introduction Joel Tjintjelaar: International award winning B&W fine art photographer Joel Tjintjelaar
gives an introduction to his style of photography, using long exposures and how he processes them to
black and white, using his self developed method called SGM and iSGM.

2. Seascape photoshooting: in this part Joel Tjintjelaar takes you on a small trip to one of his favorite
subjects to show you how he approaches it and photographs it: the Zeelandbridge in the Netherlands.
From setting up the shot, to actually taking the shot.

3. Architecture photoshooting: Joel Tjintjelaar takes you to the city of Rotterdam where he’s going to
demonstrate how he shoots long exposure architectural photographs and how this subject matter
differentiates from long exposure seascapes. Get a look behind the scene on location how Joel shoots
his award winning architectural photographs.

4. Determining vision architecture: an important part of fine art architecture is to determine the vision.
Joel explains how he looks at architecture and how he interprets it in the context of B&W fine art

5. Determining vision seascapes: an important part of fine art architecture is to determine the vision.
Joel explains how he looks at seascapes and landscapes and how he interprets it in the context of
B&W fine art photography.

6. RAW optimization conversion: before Joel starts the actual B&W processing of his images he always
makes sure the original color file is optimized by performing a few basic actions in the raw file.

7. Masks selections: a very important aspect in Joel’s workflow is the use of selections to control
every aspect in his image. Joel demonstrates how he creates his accurate selections.

8. Curves tonal range; the curves tool is one of the tools in PS Joel uses the most to control the
tonality in larger parts of a subject in his image and to ensure he covers a full tonal range.
A demonstration how Joel uses this tool.

9. Merging sharpening: in this part demonstrates a few basic functions in Photoshop
necessary in his workflow.

10. Finishing touches: a final part of Joel’s workflow after the interpretation and translation to B&W is
to check the image meticulously for artifacts, noise and other unwanted elements in his photo. The
goal is perfection, see how Joel takes this aspect very seriously.

11. Presence – edges: In this part Joel explains and demonstrates what separates his work from other
work. It’s the concept of creating presence in his images by altering tonal relationships and defining
edges that will eventually result in a subject with depth.

12. Selective Gradient Masking; Selective Gradient Masking or SGM and iSGM are proprietary methods
developed by Joel himself to merge differently treated parts of an image together in a natural way and
to create subtle tonal transitions and depth in his work. While creating presence is a goal in his work,
SGM is the ultimate tool to achieve that goal.

13. Iterative Selective Gradient Masking: iterative selective gradient masking or iSGM is the same as
SGM but Joel demonstrates how incredible and very smooth looking effects can be obtained by
applying SGM in an iterative way.

14. Seascape workflow: in this part Joel demonstrates how he uses all of his basic tools and methods
in a complete workflow for the creation of B&W seascapes. From start to finish.

15. Architecture workflow: in general an architecture workflow is different from a seascapes workflow.
It is far more time expensive and cumbersome than a seascape workflow. Have a look at how Joel
creates his minimalistic architectural images that stand out from the rest and have been imitated many
times in terms of style and look and feel by others.

16. Interview: an interview with Joel Tjintjelaar

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