"For more then a year I was looking around to find a new style for my Photography. After finding Julia's website and seeing her fantastic B&W fine art portfolio I was convinced that this is the way I should go. After exchanging a few emails I received extended study material which I continue studying. Eventually I went to Athens to spend some time with her and follow a private workshop. Julia keeps the theoretical part, 2 hours every day, very structured with very nice presentations, encouraging you continuously and answering any question you may have.
Julia brings you back to the basic of architectural photography and goes all the way with you to the fine art B&W architectural photography. From basic composition, developing your own vision, Photography Drawing are just a few of the so many things we reviewed together with Julia. She also goes trough her full post processing workflow in one of her own awarded photos. In the field Julia brings you to the nicest spots in Athens - in my case it was also an extended Calatrava tour!
Julia continuously focuses on you, making sure you will make progress. After 3 days I went home and was very happy with a portfolio of 12 long exposure photos and about 15 other architectural photos. Julia, besides a well-accomplished architect who collaborated with famous names in the International architecture, is a top B&W fine art photographer. She helps you understanding architects and their work. She has great pedagogic skills, is calm and always there to help you.
Following this workshop, which I highly recommend, was one of the best decisions I took for the ongoing development of my photography. I wanted to stretch myself and get past my own limits, which I did, thanks to Julia!"
- Noel Baldewijns - Belgium http://www.noel-baldewijns.com/
"Julia is a true professional in her approach to photography. Julia's in-depth expertise and energetic dedication are especially evident in her B&W Fine Art Photography courses. Her Workshop includes comprehensive in-class presentations and discussions as well as exciting internships.
Julia's goal is to see every one of her students excel in both technical and creative aspects of photography and to be proud of their accomplishments, while always striving to continue learning and getting better. Without question she is at the top of the list of the best. Being a beginner to the world of Architecture B&W Fine Art and long exposure Photography, I attempted to “teach myself” with manuals and self-help guides but it was just a lesson in frustration.
Taking Julia's workshop was the best thing I ever did: her natural teaching style gave me the confidence I needed to take the kind of photos I always dreamed about. I highly recommend Julia Anna Gospodarou for your next photography course, workshop or any tutorial. Julia has a real gift for “keeping it simple”, cutting through the technical jargon and leaving her students with an understanding of what it takes to get those great shots.
Thanks to Julia, I now look at photography as an absolutely joyous passion, and I love the results! Thoroughly enjoyed the Workshop! Julia is relaxed and sets comfortable, cheerful tone. She helps you learn from whatever level you are at. Her pedagogy considers adult learning needs, making everyone feel good about what they have accomplished while pointing out what needs to be corrected. Also appreciated having the opportunity to have my shots critiqued and better understand how computer software can enhance one's photos.
Julia is a dynamic and knowledgeable instructor. She incorporates theory as well as enough hands on practice so you can immediately apply the theory. You learn about how to compose photos, and then how to crop and adjust them so that you end up with the best photo.She also keeps the classes small so that you have lots of individual teaching. In addition, it was a fun workshop too.
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. You created an exciting learning experience and educated my "eye". I'm shooting every day from then. Your passion and critical vision have energized me. Thank you!"
- Panagiotis Chatzistefanou - Athens, Greece https://www.flickr.com/photos/pchatzi/
"Julia Anna Gospodarou is simply one of the best black and white fine artists of our time. When I first discovered her work, it took my breath away. Her use of light perfectly cascades over beautiful, simple curves throughout her architectural photography.
As an architect herself, she has a unique vision and ability to capture what must be the pinnacle of each architect’s design, ultimately memorializing it in photographic history. But Julia’s work is only surpassed by her gentle spirit and kindness as an instructor. She willingly and patiently imparts her gifts to other photographers, sharing how to see and then execute a vision. If you are considering attending one of her workshops,
I highly recommend you take advantage of what will likely be for you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shoot architecture with and learn from one of the world’s best photographers."
"Julia came to my attention when I saw her ‘Waves in the sky’ image.
I tried to figure out how she did this, this was so beautiful… Then came her version of the Calatrava bridge in Athens… again a masterpiece… I was sold, I fell in love… Julia has an unique way of looking… Since those masterpieces I started to look up, tried to see her way… no luck, big frustrations… Our holidays were planned in Greece so I contacted her and ask for a workshop… I wanted to learn from a ‘master’. Luckily, she could fit me in after her Chicago-workshop… I was over the moon, so excited, scared… could I really learn this? Our contacts (mail) were very easygoing, It felt like I knew her for a while, Julia is very accessible. She had a bunch of questions so she could really personalize the workshop. The 2 days in Athens were intense, got a lot of information, learned to see ‘the negative space’, saw beautiful architecture… The workshop fitted like a glove…
Julia is an ideal guide, a great teacher, has a special vision… I found it a privilege to be in her companion. Efcharisto poly, miss JAG!"
- Dina Van Damme, Belgium
"Julia is the kind of person that is in love with her work. She is organized and passioned. Noone from the students left with questions, but she taught us how to question ourselves and search inside us in our artistic quests.
She allowed and guided us on how to acquire a personal inner will for learning, how to be creative and have an alternative mindset. This is the way she did, does and will do with all her students in order to help them evolve. It's not at all difficult to write about the work Julia did with us.
She did her work with purpose and zest and the result was a beautiful experience that still continues and that was a big artistic satisfaction for me. Thank you for the beautiful journey!."
- Theocharis Karamanis - Athens, Greece
"I attended Julia's fine art architectural photography workshop in November. The workshop gave me valuable insight into what goes into producing some of the award-winning photographs I admire.
It left me with an expanded range of artistic tools to use in my own photography, and with new ways to think about my subjects and turn them from simple captured images into expressions of an artistic idea.
If you wish you could produce some of the beautiful long-exposure images you see in galleries and on the web, one of Julia's workshops will give you a solid start down that road, and you'll have fun along the way!"
- Steven Grimm - Sunnyvale, CA, USA
"It was a pleasure meeting you at the Chicago architecture workshop. I found your presentations to be quite thought-provoking. You raised two important questions about vision that really struck me: · How do I feel about what I see? · How do I communicate that feeling?
You not only helped me answer these questions, you encouraged me to create the world I want to see. I find that to be a freeing idea and I’m going to explore what this means for me personally as I photograph my own city.
Thank you for sharing your personal vision and experience with me. I look forward to seeing you again in a future workshop.”
– Bob Beaverson – Madison, WI – USA http://www.robertbeaverson.com
"I recently attended the Vision Explorers' Chicago Long Exposure Architectural workshop and Julia was one of the instructors. I was well aware of her work and it was great to meet the person behind some absolutely stunning imagery.
Although I have dabbled in some architectural long exposure work previously, I felt I was still a bit weak in my approach toward it and Julia was always at hand to help, be it compositional or theoretical.
She has a great eye to identify what would work in a photograph and is not afraid to abstract if necessary. Julia definitely seems to be someone with both the passion to create as well as to teach and I highly recommend her architectural photography workshops."
- Ajit Menon, New York City - USA http://www.flickr.com/photos/inagitation
"I recently attended the Chicago workshop and it was a great learning experience. I’ve never attempted long exposure photography, other than night shots, which is entirely different.
Julia was very patient with me, helping me to understand how to set up a shot and walking me through the process. She was also very helpful on the post processing suggestions and critiques, giving me suggestions I fully intend to incorporate within my workflow.
Not only is her work a testimony to her artistic brilliance she is a very kind and thoughtful person willing to share her expertise and help you grow within your own personal vision."
- Angie McMonigal - Chicago, Illinois - USA http://www.angiemcmonigal.com/
"I met Julia for the first time in Chicago. I already knew some work from her before meeting her in Chicago and she was a great inspiration to me. Julia does wonderful things ... Her strength is her "eye" and her vision in how to create art ... I was very pleased to be able to follow a workshop with her and the rest of the Visionexplorers team. It was a great experience and it really gave me a new "vision" also ! I would recommend everybody who has a passion for art and photography to follow a workshop with Julia ! "
- Thierry Vanhuysse (Art-Unique) - Belgium http://www.art-unique.be/
"When I first saw the stunning long exposures images created by Julia Anna Gospodarou, I was filled with envy that someone could produce such artistry with a camera. When I learned that she would be teaching at a Chicago workshop, I quickly signed up and I was not disappointed. I was struck by the compositions she found and the subtlety of the transitions in tone that she rendered. Julia was most helpful in recommending compositions and generous in explaining techniques. I have not photographed architecture before, but my experience with Julia has opened new possibilities for creating art."
- Stephen Rostler, Massachusetts - USA http://www.stephenrostler.com
“It was an amazing experience being in Chicago surrounded by so many talented people. The instructors were great and they really know how to express their ideas. Julia's insights about composition were very objective. It definitely expanded my horizon, for it gave me new tools for experimentation with my photographs."
- Fernanda Ramos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil http://www.jugularfilmes.com/
"I had the pleasure of taking a long exposure architecture photography class taught by world renowned experts, including Julia. I came away with a new appreciation for this art, a deeper understanding of the craft, and a new found enthusiasm. Julia was patient, talented, and a great communicator. Without being the least bit condescending, she was able to help turn my camera a few degrees to the left, and help me frame a better composition. She has a deep understanding of what makes a good image, and is able to impart this effectively to her student. And she does this with a smile! Her talk on composition was comprehensive and insightful, drawing from her deep understanding of architecture and art. It was a pleasure and honor to get to know her. I wish her continued success in her brilliant career."
- Arun Patel - Sacramento, California - USA
“My architecture photography workshop in Athens with Julia Anna Gospodarou was a wonderful experience for me. I subscribed to this workshop willing to learn more about this type of photography, keen to enrich my post-processing skills with new techniques and to have fun shooting Athens modern architecture. All of this have been achieved: Julia prepared a large material, covering all that can be talked about architecture photography from regular images to fine art, presented us her complete post-processing workflow and chose some really beautiful architectural sighseeings of Athens. I spent excellent time doing both long-exposure and normal photography, having various one-to-one discussions with Julia and understanding her passion and vision. I definitely recommend this workshop for both people willing to dive into architecture photography but also for more advanced photographers interested to advance to a new level and experience new techniques.”
- Dragos Ioneanu - Copenhagen, Denmark http://www.ioneanu.com/
"The workshop was very well organized and the locations carefully selected. Julia Anna was very friendly and always open to discuss any subject.
From deciding what to shoot to processing the final image she was very generous in sharing her vision and her way of doing things. After the workshop her feedback and suggestions helped me to improve my images and take them to the next level.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in architecture and photography. It is an opportunity to shoot some of the best modern architecture and broaden your approach to photography."
- Petros Christidis – Athens, Greece
"The workshop led by Julia Anna Gospodarou was a busy and inspiring experience. First thing in the morning was a theoretical presentation. On day one we were welcomed in a nice location where we got an impressive presentation on architectural photography and in particular long-time exposure (LE) applied especially architecture, how to look at it and how to experience it and of course about the technical equipment and technical side of the architecture / LE photography. After all these we shoot at nice and impressive locations in and around. On day two we were introduced to the expertise of a great artist and became a glimpse of her secrets revealed as for the creation of a work of art, after which we went shooting around the Olympic Complex. This workshop was certainly a wonderful experience and I found a lot of inspiration acquired to handle in my style of photography.”
- Patrick Van Puymbroeck - Belgium