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An accomplished architect and fine art architectural photographer, Julia Anna Gospodarou has added another feat to her list with the completion of the book From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography, an educational read on black and white photography (written with co-author and award winning B&W photographer, Joel Tjintjelaar).

In this interview, read about everything from Gospodarou’s tips for successful daytime long exposures, why she prefers the square crop for fine art photography and what features she finds most essential in Topaz B&W Effects.

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Rofl Ademeit has had a passion for photography for over 30 years. While he considers himself a hobbyist, he recently completed a five year long black and white series titled ANIMALS. His patience and perseverance is evident through the beautiful display of black and white wildlife photography. Learn how he was able to capture these beautiful photos of a very unpredictable subject matter, as well as how Topaz Labs played a role in the post processing of these amazing images.

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Topaz:

Whether it’s architecture, landscapes, portraits, or still life, you work exclusively with black and white photography.  What draws you to black and white photography, and more specifically what makes you choose this over color photography?

Joel:

First of all there’s just something special about B&W photography, it has something mysterious, something nostalgic and something dramatic to it. There’s so much beauty in the simplicity of using just monotones. Furthermore I know from myself that I have this ability to express myself far more effectively in Black and White than I could ever do in color. That was my initial explanation for myself.

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The release of Topaz Black and White Effects 2.1 introduced a variety of new borders not found in any other Topaz plug-in. During a recent Webinar, a question was asked if it is possible to use a B&W Effects border on a color image. The answer–yes!

Here is how it is done:

*This can be achieved in any program that supports layers and overlays

1. Open the image in Photoshop and duplicate the layer (Ctrl/Cmd + J):

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